Fin (10841) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle that my dad brought along to try, consumed 28.03.11 cheers dad Pours amber with a large white/off-white head which swiftly departed. Thick and quite heavy in the mouth, tasting much stronger than it actually is. Packed full of malts and hops, touch sweet but there is a countering punch of bitterness. Good stuff, and nice to taste this so soon afetr the Ballast Point Calico at JDW tonight. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6
tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber with a white head that hangs on and laces down the glass. Aroma is warm, malty with the promise of hops in tha background. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Malty, with orange citrus, hint of caramel. Soft. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2011
5 gallon keg, east coast. Body is a muddy golden color with a fluffy pure white head. Lots of C notes and grapefruit in the nose. Flavors are sweeter than expected with heavy doses of crystal malt, refined sugar, pine needles and citrus vest. The hops are really effective at proper temperature, but turn sticky and sour as the beer warms. Luckily for me, this beer doesn’t last very long in my glass. The sugars and hearty body give it such a lovable palate sensation, and the hop bitters leave is clean finish, making me crave more.
Very happy with this purchase. Foxbush (2088) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 This is wondeful experience for beer lovers, a big IPA with all the trimmings. This was purchased by a friend at Beer Run in Charlottesville. I had rated very high another IPA form this brewery Sculpin IPA. This IPA poured a perfect amber color with a white frothy head straight from the growler. The pine resin and floral citrus aromas hit you as soon as your nose moves over the glass. The alcohol level is just right. There is so much to be said about a fine experience like the Big Eye. The medium body ale has a slight bitter finish yet very smooth. I still have more, what could be better. tommann (3904) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
355ml bottle. Pours orange with a large frothy head. Aroma is pineapple, tropical fruit juice balanced with some malt. Taste starts with some grapefruit. Medium bitter tropical fruit finish. A bit more subtle then the aroma but all balanced nicely.
woodychevy (874) - - MAR 18, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Tried this alongside Coronado Islander IPA and Mojo Risin from Boulder brewing- this was my favourite by far. Best balance of the lot- not overly fruity, some maltiness and a nice dry finish. Ballash Point website claims 85 IBU’s while ratebeer says 55. Either way, it’s a good finish- dry but not overpowering. Good brew to enjoy on it’s own. Pours a perfect light amber color for and IPA. Good carbonation levels, head that stays put, and big aroma. Caramel sweetness not lost in the hoppiness. Full marks to Ballast Point for this one. 09/21/14. Still great. Nice dank notes and pine/ resin notes that play back-up to citrus that balance it out. Great beer. VertBaconStrips (2397) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAR 12, 2011
THIS.....SMELLS......AWESOME!!! Wow. Just what the liver replacement doctor ordered - a big ass IPA. Poured out a liquid that strongly resembled beer. Crystal clear deep amber with a big foamy tan moonscape cap that settles on cover and leave plenty ’o mess. The aroma is awesome. Even more so considering the sub par brews I’ve had in the last week or so. Huge drool inducing greatness. The mix of the usual suspects is much better in this blend: caramel, lime, balanced pine, soft ruby red, apricot, red apple skin, oranges.... lots of fruit that has sweetness but never ever becomes cloying. Balanced to perfection. The taste is almost an equal to the aroma. Same stuff just in taste form. Caramel, apricot and orange, mild pine, excellent sweetness, more pine when a bit colder, a bit of bread. Medium bodied, a bit sticky in my mouth, great velvety carbonation, long thick fruity finish with perfect bitterness and a soft malt cover. Perfection. This was a pure treat. Dammit. I enjoyed that so much that I contemplated and debated the reasoning on how I don’t give this a perfect 5. Yes. AAAAAAAAAA shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2011
Aroma - caramel, resin and citrus hop aroma. very sweet
Appearance - light orange colour with white head
Taste - pineapple, caramel, bit of lime, lingering bitterness, oily hop flavour
Palate - medium bodied, oily and good carbonation minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Rich amber orange body; medium sized beige head. Real resiny oily juicy pungent hop aroma; a little caramel. Very nicely bittered. A touch too sweet, but that’s my personal preference. Carbonation is spot on. Another very nice IPA from Ballast Point. socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 6 pack from a local store. The aroma is very sweet with pineapple notes and very sweet citrus coming through. The appearance is a golden/amber color with an off-white head and good carbonation. The taste is very well balanced with hops lingering throughout the taste and the citrus and sweet notes also present throughout. I prefer sculpin due to the fact that it has a more complex flavor that isn’t quite as sweet. Wonderful beer, I am very impressed with Ballast Point Brewing. I just wish sculpin wasn’t on back order so frequently.