Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
An extremely bright beer with a floral and upfront hop profile and little maltiness in the body. Has a really light body and crisp taste of a lager and at 3.8% ABV it's really playing up the session factor. A solid beer no doubt but not the king of the session IPA, giving the nod to Founders All Day so far.
08-18-2014 21:56:47 | More by zander4dawin
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
can to glass
Pours a nice golden orange with two fingers of foam. Lots of yeast floating around, the beer would be mostly clear except for that. Good retention, not bad lacing. This would be a pretty sexy beer if there wasn't so much floating around 3.5/5
Smells pretty solid. Lots of alpha hop character, strong grapefruit and citrus, with a little bit of catty pine. Malt profile is understandably lower, some sweet caramel and some bread notes. Actually really good and hop forward 4/5
Taste follows okay, big citrus hop character- lots of grapefruit and pine upfront, followed by a bit of melon with a bouquet of citrus hints. Malt is pretty non existent, a light caramel hides behind all the hops 3.5/5
Feel is very light, no real body whatsoever. A little carbonation, dry, medium bitterness. 3/5
Overall while this isn't bad, it's incredibly one dimensional. Which I get, to make a hoppy beer at 3.8% the malts need to be absent. Still though, it's sort of like drinking hopped water with a little c02. In a way, I guess that sort of comes with the territory of the session ipa. I'm getting pretty tired of the fad though, if I wanted something hoppy with a lower abv I'll turn to a pale ale. I'll give BP props though they've been making this long before the summer of 2014 session ipa craze 3.5/5
08-16-2014 21:33:06 | More by lordofstarside
3.79/5 rDev +1.1%
Smells strongly of medium-alpha hops. Big green burst, light malt backing. Noice.
Tastes... like most of these sessionable smalls. Big hop presence up front that drops off into a middle that is downright watery. The finish resembles a regular west coast pale, but that middle is like pure seltzer. The best of these beers, namely Founder's All Day IPA and Stone's Go To, rely on a crisper hop profile and slightly heavier malt nodes to in order to avoid the fall off. This beer has an excellent hop profile, and it's good drinking, but the lack of balance keeps is away from greatness.
I like how big brewers are catering to us problematic daydrinkers and offering up low ABV session beers. But, hey, you know how higher ABV beers cost more? Shouldn't that logic go both ways? Just saying...
08-14-2014 21:32:08 | More by mynie
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a can into a pint glass
A - Poured a hazy copper orange with a big two and a half finger off white head. Head shrunk pretty fast but remained present for a good while. Moderate sticky lacing.
S - Very impressed with it. Pretty dang hoppy and very bright. Almost all citrus, lots of orange and lemon. Little bit of pine and no noticeable malt.
T - Pretty much follows the nose, bright and poppy. Lots of citrus fruits and a little bit of pine. Not a lot of malt going on here but not overly bitter either. Loved how big it tasted for such low abv.
M - Super thin but I don't necessarily think that that's a bad thing for the style, don't always want something super thick and sticky.
O - Awesome session beer. I think it would take a lot of these for me to get bored of them. Great for a "middle of a hot day, don't want to get smashed" type of beer.
08-09-2014 05:25:06 | More by GeoChase90
2.73/5 rDev -27.2%
05/30/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure where we're going with this brew. As an Un-hoppy guy this was not what I had in mind, or for that matter what was Ballast Point was thinking?
Tons-O-Hops but only 3.8% ABV? One would think this would alienate fledgling crafties due to unfamiliar sensations on the tongue with 'less than' sensations on the buzz. My advise...save the vats for something more decisive.
08-06-2014 05:11:10 | More by seedyone
Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.