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RATINGS: 1423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours dark gold with a white head. Some minimal lacing. Smells sweet with hops and citrus. Grassy and pine faint in the back. Tastes very well balanced with hops and sweetness. Pine, grass, citrus, bitterness right at the end, super clean finish. Great stuff.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (620) - New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7% abv. Appearance: The body has an orange amber color with a light haze and lively carbonation flowing up to the head. It’s head slowly settles from tall thick and creamy off white foam. A light coving holds on till the last sip. Smell: This is one of the highlights of this beer. It is full of floral, citrusy orange and sweet tropical fruity notes of papaya and mango. Taste / Palate: On the tongue hop bitterness is king. The flavor is darker and more bitter than the nose suggested. The malt lays down a nice sweet bready base but the hops quickly take over with orange pith and deep resinous bitterness which hangs on long into the finish. The palate feels right on and balanced with good lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spittle8 (110) - - JUL 27, 2014
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Perhaps the best IPA I’ve had. Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a moderate head and good carbonation. Sweet, with a silky mouthfeel, The hops are just right in this IPA - unlike fellow San Diego megabrewer Stone, Ballast Point seems to understand classy moderation and you are getting a perfect combination of flavors without being overwhelmed with any one thing. Fantastic beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1715) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
12 oz bottle from 2012 notes. Pours clear amber with a towering, over-size, and surprisingly thick head. Plenty of sticky lacing left on the glass. A: sweet malt; spicy hops, herbs and alcohol esters. T: Herbal and spicy hops dominate the flavor, although a solid malt base is easily detected. Not aggressive or particularly bitter for style, but has adequate hop flavor and presence. M: medium body; nicely smooth and well carbonated. O: Centrist in style but at the same time, unique due to the particular mix of malts and hops. I appreciate the quality here but prefer IPAs that are at least a little more fruity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (51) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a beautiful amber color. Tastes bitter and of the finest hops. Decent lacing and minimal head. A dangerously wonderful session ipa at nearly 7%!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tuxford (13) - - JUL 19, 2014
A classic west coast IPA. Big citrus notes on the nose. The hefty IBUs fill the palate with orange and peach, following through with a big bitter finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mothergoose311 (14) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Outstanding IPA! Full hoppy flavor with citrus and pine notes. One of the best available!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (214) - HONG KONG - JUL 13, 2014
Can at El Camino in SD. Maltier than expected but good hops flavor - quite sharp. Solid IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (607) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle from Saveur-Biere, FR - Color: clear amber beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy blast, with grassy and caramel. Taste: hoppy taste, with grassy domination. Aftertaste: wet bitterness with caramel notes with black pepper taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (440) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle - pours deep hazy orange with a big white head. Sweet malt, orange, stone fruit, berries and leather, lots going on with the aroma, changes down the glass as it warms a bit. Bitter upfront then the hit of orange and malt and a bitterness at the side of the tongue . Mouthfeel is creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (6909) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch wunderbar nach tropischen Früchten, sehr malzig fruchtig, Karamell. Geschmack sehr hopfig, kräftig malzig, leicht bitter, tropische Früchte.


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