Big Eye IPA

Brewery info:
Ballast Point Brewing

California, U.S.A


Alcohol: 6.8%
Standard drinks: 1.9

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: N/A 

What the label really means: N/A.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: While Ballast Point appear to appeal to the fishing community by placing a large image of a bigeye tuna on the label, they’re excluding anyone with an ounce of good taste. Ok so it’s a theme for their IPA. They’re into big tuna and they wanted to name their beer after the great fish. For me, this is an image more at home on the side of products you’d buy from a fish and tackle store – bait, lures, rods, and sinkers. It seems so ridiculously out of place that I have grave concerns for these brewers and where their heads are. If the tuna was jumping out of the sea, or gnawing some crusty old sea dog’s leg off, bravo. Unfortunately the doe eyed beast swims across the label and into our collective hatred. Combine this with the overuse of blue on the label and it’s damned near a beer label catastrophe. I feel sea-sick just looking at this thing, get it away from me.

I give it a label rating of 3 out of 10.

AROMA:  Toffee malty deliciousness.

Taste: GLASS – Big Eye IPA hits with a spiced all-mouth bitterness that creeps up in wave after wave of intensity. In fact the brew over all is what I call an intense in-your-face brew. It won’t suit every beer drinker while it casually saunters up and smacks you in the eye, but it’s an unmistakably fine example of a classic IPA. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Perhaps just a tad better when drinking from the bottle, Big Eye cuts through the bitterness and shifts focus onto some of the tucked away elements of malt and caramel. It’s a good brew worth checking out.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A mild meat such as chicken, or seafood would work nicely with this. Perhaps some tuna.

Best season to appreciate: I feel it’s more of a Winter warmer.

All-nighter beer? As a session brew it’s probably a bit too intense for me but it’s the perfect pre-meal brew.


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  2. Radio Snivins says:

    This blog has completely farouked my guzzling buds. It’s required me to get on the outside of so many fantastic foozes, that when I got on the outside of a Melbourne Bitter at the local footy this arvo, it tasted like stinkwürst cheese, and so did the following five…hic


  3. Radio Snivins says:

    Whilst perusing the foozings at my local Murphettorium yester evening, I found myself face to face with a 640ml bottle of Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter. He was none too wallet friendly – $12 – but on the side of his label he suggested mixing him with Big Eye IPA for a treat. I had intended to purchase a sixer of Monteith’s chocolatey Winter Ale, which I did, but I also decided to take the Black Eye challenge – 1x Black Marlin, and 6 x Big Eyes. So, in conclusion, I woke up in my neighbour’s wall cavity this morning. I’ll never take advice from a beer label again.


  4. Radio Snivins says:

    It wouldn’t bother me a magoo if a beer had one of those hologram tilt pictures of Ernie Sigley shooting a lychee out of his murgatroyd on it. The fooze is King, and labels are the lowly pissboy.

    Everything about Big Eye is big. Big nose. Big hops. Big fooze. Big hangover. It’s big. It’s a little too big for me at this point in my foozling career – I’m more a Dundee IPA farouk – but I’m in training, and unless I get injured, I’ll be ready for it by the start of the summer competitive drinking season. Bargé will love it, if he doesn’t already. Nine out of ten.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Of course labels shouldn’t put you off your beer and yes they are lowly in the whole scheme of things. It’s the whole ‘judge a book by its cover’ thing isn’t it? I just like critiquing labels to keep the lame at bay…


  5. Diddlysquat says:

    As I said in the last review, I love this beer. Although your review was not glowing I think it will suffice to prevent me going out and buying a slab of Crown Lager.
    All of Ballast Point’s brews have a nautical theme and a different fish on the label, I thought it was particularly pertinent with this IPA seeing as it was specifically formulated to survive long sea journeys. That said I agree its not a particularly attractive label.
    Very much though as you mentioned a fine example of an IPA.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Diddles, that’s a pretty long bow to draw with the label don’t you think?


      • Radio Snivins says:

        I agree with ‘Kazoo. That bow’s so long a chap’d hafta be 10 feet tall to draw it, and Diddly isn’t 10 feet tall. He’s barely 6’2″. He’s petite.


  6. bladdamasta says:

    Nice price. From where did you purchase it?


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