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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-06-2006)
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009
This beer arrives from the tap a darker color than I was expecting; it is an amber, lightly hazy hue that is topped by a thin, pale tan colored head that is typical for a tap pour. There is a nice, clean hop citrus aroma to this that has notes of orange zest, some bright tangerine character, grapefruit, and a solid lychee note. There is a hint of crystal malt character here in the nose that adds light notes of toasted grain and caramel.

This has a nice biting bitterness to it as it first hits my tongue. It is quite dry which mutes the citrus hop flavors, but not completely as notes of grapefruit, tangerine, spicy citrus oil, a touch of lychee and a lingering apricot note in the finish are all noticeable. This is nice and light feeling on the palate, the hops actually provide some astringent mouthfeel that makes this beer seem a bit fuller than it actually is. Some pine and menthol flavors are also here and help to add to the hop complexity. There is just a hint of malt backbone here with notes of toasted grain and a touch of caramel.

This is very nice, I could drink a lot of this if the alcohol is anywhere near 4%, unfortunately there seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information on the actual alcohol content of this beer. This is perhaps not complext enough, but the mix of dominant hop character and light malt backbone in a low-alcohol form makes for a very nice beer.

Gueuzedude, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-11-23 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz can

A - Very clear orange-copper with a 3-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves good lace.

S - Bright citrus, touch of bread and mild spice. Inviting.

T - Orange zest tea and a pine/orange peel hop bite up front. Just a hint of biscuit malt sweetness. Very dry. Orange and grapefruit flesh on the finish. It's nicely bitter but not over-the-top. Reminds me of a Surly Bitter Brewer.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Somewhat prickly.

O - This is one fine session IPA. Lots of flavor. Definitely not just bitter/dank hop water. The orange-zest-tea-with-a-half-lump-of-brown-sugar puts pushes this higher than most of the session IPAs I've reviewed.

Tucquan, Yesterday at 09:12 PM
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

it's hard to make a beer that's both this sessionable and this hoppy and flavorful. I love session IPAs and this is a great one - hits all the marks of the style and does them with flair - super floral, and very low ABV. Would be amazing on a summer day. They did an awesome job. Ballast Point knows their shit and this beer is further proof.

porntipsguzzardo, Saturday at 04:14 AM
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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.16/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Can. Pours a clear, orange color. Nice sized head. Head leaves lacing consistently. Aroma consists of damp citrus flesh. Some sweeter floral aromas, too. Some caramel. Flavor is better than the aroma and is quite powerful for its diminutive ABV level. The citrus seems to pop more. The flavor does falls off the tongue quickly, which isn't necessarily the worst thing; keeping it sessionable and not overbearing. Not overly bitter, which also helps its sessionability. Light bodied and somewhat crisp. A decent Session IPA. I will destroy this six pack come high noon.

VelvetExtract, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some citrus, highly drinkable. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth, sessionable beer.

tone77, Nov 01, 2014
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Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.