Big Eye

American IPA Ballast Point Brewing Company


Big Eye, an American IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Big Eye is an American IPA brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a stange from a can.


The IPA pours a clear copper and is topped by an inch-thick cap of cream-colored foam. Its slow reduction leaves behind patches of sticky lacing.


Aroma is faint and floral—not nearly indicative of the bold hop flavor to come.


The palate opens with a biting palate of Columbus and Centennial hops. Its flavors are piney, herbal and earthy but balanced nicely with a caramel malt backbone.


Its feel is crisp and dry with a medium body and moderate carbonation.


Big Eye is a well-balanced IPA that still offers a hefty IBU count that’s sure to keep the hopheads happy.

Recommended Pairings

Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with their Big Eye IPA: Hawaiian–style tuna poke, Panang curry, and cured meats.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.