Ballast Point Big Eye

This beer had a hoppy smell. It did not, however, have as hoppy a taste. With that being said, it tasted hoppier than a pale ale.

Ballast Point Big Eye

I was wondering if the beer was actually a bit warm. Then again, the weather was quite warm. 1:47PM PT

Drinking more of the beer after finishing my sandwich, I began to believe in my earlier observation: due to the temperature of the liquid, the beer tasted a bit harsh. In different words, the hoppiness stood out and dominated the milder flavors.

The beer finished with the same sort of popping taste - soft start with a bitter taste that comes and goes.

Ballast Point Big Eye

The taste is familiar, but different from a typical IPA. I wonder if it's how the Ballast Point Sculpin IPA tastes (as of 20160619, my guess is probably not). 2:13PM PT

[20160619 Edit]

Ballast Point Big Eye

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Website Information:

The beer that helped put San Diego IPA’s on the map.

Our Big Eye IPA is a big hoppy brew, thanks to the abundance of American Columbus and Centennial varieties we use to flavor and dry hop. While the English originally added extra hops to preserve their beers for sea travel, we do it for the love of all that bold, intense flavor that makes India Pale Ale one of our favorite styles.

AVAILABILITY: Year-round in 12oz. Bottles, 12oz. Cans, 22oz. Bottles, & Draft
ALC. BY VOL.: 7%
FOOD PAIRINGS: Hawaiian–style Tuna Poke, Panang Curry, Cured Meats

Brewer's Notes:
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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