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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
If you have fallen for the IPA style like we have, Big Eye will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. You’ll revel in Big Eye’s bitter, hoppy flavor thanks to the American Columbus and Centennial hops that are used to flavor and dry hop our flagship IPA. We thank our hops every day that the English loved their bitters—or else the IPA style may not have been born to help the beer survive the journey from Cape Hope to India back in the 18th century.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle pours a hazy orange beer with a pillowy off-white head and some lacing. Scent is sweet, hoppy and some cut grass. Taste is hoppy with a dry light bitter finish. Very Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Served from growler into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours yellow-orange with an off-white two finger frothy head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of citrus and hops. The flavor was of malt and bitter hop. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad IPA. It was not excessively hoppy but not under hoppy either. It was not my favorite IPA, but not my least favorite either. The drinkability on this one is great as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Rich amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, & citrus; Flavor of pine hops, malt, caramel, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Classic IPA - very good overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
A: Pours a deep amber with a nice white frothy head, leaving light lacing along the glass as I sip it. S: That familiar west-coast ipa scent of citrus and hops. T: Not too hoppy, solid balance between the hops and malts with good citrus notes as well as something else that I can’t put my finger on. P: Very smooth with great carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsoneill (7) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2010 does not count
A top quality IPA. High hops aroma and flavor. A much fuller flavor than the easier to find Yellowtail Pail Ale. Finish is long a bitter, but well balanced and serves to remind me to take another drink of the nectar. Excellent beer that is deserving of the awards that it has won over the years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4118) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Fairway in Brooklyn 6-pack ($14): Pours a clear copper body with a very formidable thick white head that stays around for a while and even required me to get it in two pours. Sharp hop aroma, coupled with citrus notes. A little bit of pine notes in there as well. Upon tasting it, the beer makes it very clear that it is a West Coast IPA. Very bitter and very hoppy! Aftertaste is certainly there. A few sweet toffee notes. Overall, a smooth beer with a hefty body and a ton of hops (maybe a few too many for me, or maybe it was the food that I ate previously that compromised it).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Enjoyed on tap in an English pint glass. The beer pours a deep golden to light amber hue. Citrusy hop notes to the nose. The palate is moderately bitter at first, before showing some citrusy and fruity hop flavors. Malt sweetness is present, but fairly muted; overshadowed by the hops. Carbonation is accurate, for the style. The finish leaves a light lingering bitterness, but is otherwise clean. Overall, an enjoyable example of the style, but not quite as good as I was expecting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield, NJ. Appearance: Beautiful hazed orange with honey lemon corners. A huge 3 finger off white crown with loads of retention and lace. The crown is really frothy and gets nice and dense like whipped cream after you let it settle and repour a few times. This is what I want my IPA’s to look like. Smell: A large burst of floral and citrus hops fill the nose. Grass, mandarin orange, lemon zest, lightly toasted malt. Taste: Resiny pine hops, toffee, citrus zest, and of touch of astringency. Mouthfeel: A touch thin Drinkability: Not hard to kick back because of the thin mouthfeel but the flavor isn’t that enjoyable. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-27-2009

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Drank from a growler. Not one of my favorite beers. But it wasn’t horrible either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Clear hazy orange-amber pour with a one finger off white foamy head. The aroma is evident upon uncapping, but it ever so delectable when actually sniffed. Citrus is simply massive- tons of orange and grapefruit with hints of orangepeel. The hop character rounds out with a nice floral grass arrangement that leaves the nose quivering for more. The malt character is very caramel oriented with some biscuit, toffee, and toast coming in as well. The flavor is a bit more malt heavy that the aroma would suggest, but the balance is wondrous. Lots of sweeter citrus including sugared grapefruit, orange, and even some tropical fruit notes. More grass and herbal notes as well, but they are suitably overwhelmed by the massive citrus character. Tons of caramel and toffee round out the malt character and present an excellently balancing sweetness. The palate is medium to full for the style with a velvety caressing mouthfeel and a resinous finish. Yummmm.


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