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Even Keel Session IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 759
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 255 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 06-06-2006

A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.
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Photo of Roby923
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular session IPA from Ballast Point. Lots of hops balanced with malts to produce a great tasting IPA without the elevated ABV. Hope to see this more widely available. Canned from somewhere in Sarasota.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. coded 15285. I assume packed on October 12th, 2015 after researching Julian dates. so a little over 4 months old.

A: copper hued. hazy, but not ridiculously. dismal head, retention, and lacing.

S: oxidation, mild hop citrus, and a lot of caramel. earthy pine as well.

T: loads of caramel malt. slight oxidation. pine hop flavor and very limited bitterness. I think the oxidation lingers more so than anything.

M: average carb on a fairly light body as one could expect seeing the minimal abv.

D: wish this had more hop character cause it is fairly non-existent. is it easy to drink? sure. would love to review this fresh, but gotta judge what is in front of me. and without an Enjoy By they had this coming.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Company - Even Keel Session IPA. 3.8% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 10/12/15 (code 15285).

Look: Hazy burnt orange body, with huge three finger white head, which leaves traces of sticky lacing as it subsides.

Smell: Sweet juicy tropical fruits, floral hops, and some bready malt comprise the aroma.

Feel: Extremely light bodied, and very smooth, with a little bit of carbonation to balance.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, leaving a sweetness (from being old), some over-ripened fruit, and some bready malt make up the back end into the aftertaste.

Overall: I seriously considered not reviewing this, since it was obviously old, but I feel it was still good enough to be enjoyable. Very sessionable indeed, with great feel, and low ABV. This is another review to be updated when I try a fresh one.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

15285 can label enjoyed January 21, 2016 in a stemless wine glass.
Look – Dark orange almost copper. Finger of white medium bubbled head. Nice lacing. See through.
Smell – Musty. Dank. Malt. Hop.
Taste – Pine. Must. There is alcohol. Malt.
Feel – Dry finish. Alcohol and hop burn. Creamy.
Overall – This reminds me a lot of Alpha King. I like a musty IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the somber alcohol content of pale ale but the hoppy thrust of IPA, the balance of Ballast Point's "session IPA" is anything but even keel. However that's their namesake and that's how things go down in the San Diego brewing region.

Even Keel's color is a mildly hazed light gold with a creamy and fluid crown. Its aromatic display is rife with citrus, tropical and orchard fruit for a bright bouquet that's floral, fruity and tantalizing. With the supple sweet honey and caramel flavors seemingly fructose in nature, the malt character is little more than a creamy fruit juice character.

As the floral and fruity presence remains high, the sweetness and light creaminess fades swiftly to allow the hops to take precedence. That's when the racy vibrancy of pink grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, mango, pineapple and honeydew take hold and enliven the middle palate with its luring fruit taste without the associated sweetness of those fruits.

And as the taste leaves the palate, the beer is dry, refreshing and very crisp with a medium-length extension of citrus rind, tea and pine. As an ultra thirst quencher, its an ideal beer for easing into a night, pairing with sushi or a way to extend the evening without compromising sanity.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Mango & grapefruit rind, plus breadyness

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, a little grassiness & lime up front. A little lemon grass, plus dryness & a little Kafir lime as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly astringent with grapefruit & mango

MF: Light/medium body fairly firm carbonation, nice balance. Carbonation softens up as this warms

This drank very easy & had a lot of flavor for the ABV, there are better out there, but this is well worth a try

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Photo of cfalls
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - golden color, not much haze, head fades quickly

S - smarties, fruit cup, especially pineapple, some floral notes

T - fruit forward, somewhat sweet, pear, white grape, slightly bitter grassy finish

F - thin, medium carbonation, clean finish

O - can't think of a better beer at this abv

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Sampled on December 19, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking medium amber-copper with a tremendous off-white head that has great retention.

The aroma is cut grass, pine, and blossoms with a touch of caramel, grain and toasted bread underneath.

Light to medium body.

The taste flirts with toasted bread and cereal and then the grassy and pine dry hop bitterness emerges at the finish.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Burnt orange with a frothy white head that weaves a web of lace all the way.

S - Citrus, orange rind, grapefruit, bread dough, piney.

T - Citrus hops, piney, balanced by a caramel flavored malt, grains, bread dough, yeast, light and crisp mouth feel.

O - Solid Session IPA and since the ABV is so low you can really crush these and not get smashed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is super straw levels of yellow light with lots of clarity. Nobody would think this is a good beer just by looking at it. Now the aroma, yowza, so much hops. Not bitter, just tropical and piney.

Legit 1st tier session ipa, the mouthfeel is good and watery, very good for a hot day. Clean and bright. Definite summertime golf and pool beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from BottleDog (Glasgow, £2.80):
Fresh & hoppy with lots of flavour despite the low abv. Good bitterness with nice citrus & pine hops. Definitely one of the better session IPA's & very easy to drink, maybe not quite as good as Stone's Go To IPA or Founder's All Day IPA but it runs them very close & is a nice beer that I wouldn't mind getting again.

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Photo of Zraly
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright copper with a two-finger head. Beautiful pour from the can into IPA glass.

Malty enough to balance out the zesty, herbal hops. Clean and very light. Crisp and refreshing, and at 3.6%, it doesn't get any better for a session ale. Perfect if you are getting your drink on earlier in the day and plan on making it into the night.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Even Keel is a very good session ipa.....The beer poured a clear copper with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is pine resin with hints of bitter citrus. The taste is bitter with pine leaning hops....finishes clean and slightly lemony. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall....YUMMY!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour Even Keel into our KCCO imperial pint glasses. It shows a deeper, shimmering copper coloring, and puts forth a finger and a half tall head of chunky, iced bubbles the color of a singed marshmallow. This retains quite well, leaving the thickest mesh of lacing etched symmetrically and uniformly around our glasses. This is highly reproducible with a swirl of your glass. Carbonation appears to be active, while no haze or sediment is appreciated. The aroma is springy and fresh, composed of citric and green grassy hops, toasted pale and light caramel grain, rice krispie cereal graininess, white sugar, vanilla buttercream icing, beet juice, lemon pound cake, bittered cantaloupe rind, crushed vitamin C tablets, soft toffee sugars, Styrofoam, dried straw, boxed orange juice, toasted and salted sunflower seeds, and oily, perfumed moisturizer. The flavor is much more malt forward than one would expect, but it’s clean, given its blend of icy mineral water, coppery yeastiness, bitter pale, pilsner, and soured barley, biting citric, grassy, and earthy hops, cucumber water, vegetal and metallic green bell pepper skins, freshly cut flower stems, and green, under ripe bananas. The aftertaste gives nice lingering bitterness of citric and soapy hoppiness and Elmer’s glue. The body is light and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with surprisingly hearty creaminess and frothiness despite its otherwise airy presentation. The mouth is initially coated in this creamy, frothiness, but this eventually devolves into a patchy, chalky slowness. The abv is incredibly easy, and the beer drinks back like a session beer should.

Overall, this is a nice session ale, and probably one of the easier, more “mindless” ones out there. By “mindless”, what we’re really trying to say is that you just don’t need to think about it. There is nothing that is outright offensive, but at the same time, there is nothing curious, or densely complex about it that makes you want to dig any deeper. The hops are there, and nicely bitter through the aftertaste. They brush up reasonably well enough against a surprisingly full grain profile for such a light beer. In a perfect world, these flavoring hops would be a bit more present, but by no means were they missing. As far as session ales go, this one holds the abv to the far opposite end of the spectrum, at a lowly 3.8%. This is great though, because for people like us who like to keep their glasses full, it facilitates this all day and night without killing us.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a big mug at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a dash of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not a bad looking session IPA.

Smell: rich, fruity, juicy hops that really do the trick. Tropical and enticing!

Taste: light malt base with a nice toastiness and a good fresh hop flavor. The nice tropical juiciness does not translate from the aroma into the flavor, sadly, but still it tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: very drinkable and the aroma is wonderful. It makes up for the beer's other shortcomings in many ways.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Finger and half of head, golden orange color
-Light malts, buscuity, bitter vegetal hops
-Get a zip of bitterness from hops, light biscuit malt, vegetal like aftertaste
-Crisp, high carbonation

-good but not best session for me id say. Would buy again though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, medium coppery amber with a half finger whtie head that dissipates to a thick cap with good lacing. Aroma of bready malt, grassy hops with light citrus, a hint of tropical fruit. Flavor follows, with mild bready malt, grassy hops with grapefruit and lemon citrus, light fruit. Finishes with a good grapefruit rind hop bitterness. Light bodied with active carbonation. A lot of hoppiness in this light pale ale, but surprisingly well supported by the mild malt. The malt is bit attenuated and left me wishing for more flavor and body; but considering the very low ABV, this is quite an achievement. Like all "session IPAs", left me wanting a full bodied IPA, but if I wanted this style, this would be at the top of the list. In the gray area between light IPAs and pale ale; I'd call it the latter, although it is robustly hopped.

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Photo of fank2788
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pint glass
Clear copper in color with a finger or so of white head that settles but laces during the session. The smell is quite nice as a mix of both floral or grassy hops with some lemony citrus in there as well. Not much of malt in the aroma and that carries over into the taste where the hops definitely take the lead. More of the floral hop flavor comes through than the citrus but there is some lemon pepper bite in there as well. Again the malts are quite light with just pales and no residual sugar or sweetness. Very light in body, almost too much in my opinion given some of the other session IPAs I've had in the past as comparisons but it is quite refreshing and easy to drink without lacking flavor. Overall this is good but as I mentioned there may be better more readily available session IPAs or APAs available.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tried most of the sessions out there this one stands out. Not sure how they pack this much delicious hoppiness into a 3.8% IPA but I don't really care. Perfect for summertime swilling when you're having a lot more than one. Usually squeeze a grapefruit sculpin in with them too.....which is even better.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange color with white head. Aroma is really nice and hoppy fruity and herbal notes. Taste starts also hoppy with fruits, herbs and some resinous notes too. Finishes a bit abrupt, leaving only a slight lingering bitterness. Body is light and refreshing. For 3.8% ABV, this beer is pretty tasty.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Bronze with a little bit of clarity. Huge 2 fingers of head. Sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Huge hop nose. Dry hopped for sure. Smells delicious. So far it looks and smells like a DIPA

T - Awesomely hoppy. One of the better session IPA's I have had. Definitely recommend

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - Like any session, there is no maltiness to balance the brew out. If you swallow quickly, you can enjoy the tasty hoppy kick. Bonus is you don't get buzzed drinking this one. If thats what your looking for

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mild yellow pour, heavy water content to it, mild thin white head 1/9" on the top. Smell is awesome. Massive double dose of dry hopping here. Extremely citrus and tropical fruity. Wowza.

Taste is excellent, elite 1st tier session ipa stuff. Right up there with alpha session and whatever Berryessa brewing calls their session ipa. Mouthfeel is good, but it is essentially hop water at this point. No malt aspect detectable really. This is what you want in the summertime on the golf course, at the beach, around the pool. It is a staple.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking beer with an orange / amber hue and abundant head. Nice lacing. Nose is grassy, leaves, freshly mowed lawn with grapefruit and orange pith. A slight graininess which is nice for a beer at such low abv. Taste bursts with pine, grassy, grapefruit. Clean and bright, nuanced bitterness throughout. Way crushable and delicious.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.

A: Clear amber. The foam escaped from the can once opened, fortunately it stopped soon. There still a lot of foam after poured into glass.
S: Grassy and floral.
T: Grassy, some tangerine. Medium- bitterness. Quite dry.
M: Light bodied. Quite refreshing.
O: Well fitted the session IPA style, drinkable yet hoppy, best replacement of the bud.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy, herbaceous, citrusy, faint hints of tropicalness. Slightly bitter on the back end. Drinks well for only 3.8%. A decent session IPA but not my favorite.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.