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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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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 108 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 06-06-2006

A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.
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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 106
Photo of nmaher
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, light, flavorful and entirely easy to drink. Straight out of the can this is a great summer beer.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obviously not in your face with hops since low ABV, but I thought this one had some more body then other session IPAs I've had that I've heard some people say taste like hop water. Enjoyed the flavor, would drink again when want some hoppy light beers

Photo of jkane101
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average session APA. For the price this will be my first and last 6pk

Photo of TBonez477
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even with double dry hopping this beer lacks some flavor. Understandably low complexity with the low ABV.

Photo of CMundt4994
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very light and easy to drink but still holds that strong hop taste

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured ontap in a shaker, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel copper color with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of caramel, pepper, cut grass, pine pitch, and subtle citrus notes. Flavors are peppery and herbal hops forward, with a caramel and cracker backbone. Citrus blend of orange and grapefruit mix with a strong herbal character. The body is light and the carbonation keeps it slightly effervesced. Grassy and peppery aftertaste, with a dry, spiced lingering finish. Decent session.

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome session ipa. Not as good as boat but on par with easy jack

Photo of Chadwick0811
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good. Great Lake or pool beer

Photo of Webbydag1
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big aromas! Citrus jumps out at you. Clean and light finish.

Photo of dutesanch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was surprised at the low alcohol content of this considering how flavorful this beer is. Will be stocking up on more for the long summer ahead.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty for 3.8%. A true session beer.

Photo of ElmerTLee
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful, low alcohol session pale. Cloudy, light orange color, excellent hop aroma and flavor with a very solid mouthfeel for a 3.8% beer. I've had it in cans and bottles and both are very consistent. Difficult to find, but well worth it. One of my new favorites, similar to Founders All Day and FW's Easy Jack

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkin' moonshine 'til we puke.

Photo of bkhood10
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking. Perfect for an afternoon of yard work.

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into IPA glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with good sized head and light lacing.

Smell: Herbal, citrusy and toasty.

Taste: Old fashioned Pale Ale malts with a focus on toast. Hops are a mixture of citrus, herbs and tropical fruits. Slight spiciness and bitterness.

Feel: Light bodied but definitely fuller and smoother than expected for 3.8%. Moderately high carbonation, with a great dry finish.

Overall: Very impressive, especially considering how ridiculously low the alcohol is.

Photo of WellsWay
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best session beer made by far!

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big fan of the session ipa style. This one is pretty impressive, amber in color, not much head. Smell is like what others have said, lots of tropical fruits, almost kiwi like, taste is more subtle but the hop presence is there, definitely citrus hop forward, and man it's a beer you can just throwback. Finishes sort of light and dry but for 3.8 you would expect that, Oskar blues pinner and easy jack are better beers in my opinion and pack a more substantial punch, im really not a fan of the pricing on even keel at 10.99 a sixer, but all in all it is a veryyyyy refreshing light brew.

Photo of tillmac62
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 042/15. Pours a clear amber with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

World class nose of blended hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon), tropical (mango, pineapple) and pine all make an appearance over a subtle biscuit.

Light medium body that has a smooth texture and a bit of oiliness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense and hop flavor forward, slightly complex and fairly balanced. It begins with hop flavors that never relinquish the forefront. The flavors follow the nose with a blended hop profile that begins with tropical, flows to citrus and shifts to grapefruit and pine in the middle. The middle is mildly bitter over a hint of biscuit. The finish is slightly dry and a rind bitterness lingers. A superb session beer and possibly the ultimate lawnmower beer.

Photo of wakeuptothesun
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely my favorite session beer right now. So crisp and light and has a nice little hop kick!

Photo of bluehende
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a great hop smell and flavor. My only complaint is that it was not bitter enough. That might be due to the session aspect. Overall a very good effort in a sessionable beer,

Photo of rorykanderson
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent low-ABV IPA that's crisp, refreshing and tasty. Light but noticeable hop body that's very drinkable.

Photo of DeFaz
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours from the can with a huge head that was completely unexpected, although the head recedes quite quickly.

Smell: Hops. This may be a session IPA, but there's small about the smell. I would have liked some citrus notes in the smell, however--this was just hoppy, and there wasn't much that was pronounced.

Taste: Really nice, even for a session. There's a strong hop presence here, which brings a herbal component. Nothing like the superior Sunshine Daydream that offers citrus flavors, but this is nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel: While lighter than I would want, it's not as thin as most sessions. It also could be more carbonated, but hey, it's nice and bitter.

Overall: This is the second best session I've had (Sunshine Daydream is first) and it does offer a lot with little alcohol. However, at $10.99/six, it's still somewhat overpriced.

Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Stone IPA glass. Slightly hazy golden-copper body with a thick and extremely retentive near-white head that leaves thick streaks of lacing as it finally drops.

Aroma is primarily citrus and tropical hops: grapefruit, mango, and lemon, along with a bit of resin. Surprisingly strong malty backbone (for a session IPA) hints at primarily pale malts, but also a bit of caramel and toasted notes.

Flavor mirrors the nose, but is fairly light. Mild bitterness but citrus fruit and pine are very evident; definitely tastes like dry hopping. Slight lemony zing. Caramel and bready malts are tame but definitely noticeable.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Very crisp mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish.

Overall this is what a session IPA should be. It doesn't taste or feel like hop water. Very hop-forward but with a bit of a malt backbone, unlike its peers. Excellent beer.

Photo of tjwarren
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good session. More dank that other sessions. Refreshing and light. Would get again.

Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Outlier detected? Not very good...at all.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.