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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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BA SCORE
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very good

423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 90 | 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: 423 | Reviews: 98
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Ballast Point store on Linda Vista Dr. Dry and thin but full of flavor. Resiny and hop scented but not terminally bitter. Pale brownish amber with a modest head.

Fresh tasting and highly refreshing. A big taste of browned biscuits with a long bitter aftertaste. More on the IPA end of the spectrum, but a great example of good taste with less alcohol content than a Utah supermarket beer. After setting the glass aside for a few minutes, that last sip confirms the big aromatic quality.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My dear cousin, Colby ChANdler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C. (yes, he is my cousin and yes, that is his job title), has seen the light and begun putting his brewery's beers into CANs! I will take full credit for encouraging him to make the switch, although he probably begs to differ. This CAN is out of The Fridge's cooler.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted & CANned in San Diego, California"; "Dedicated to the Craft"; "San Diego Session Ale"; "Please Recycle"; "A Flavorful Ale That Keeps You Balanced"; Our Even Keel is a hoppy ale designed for smooth sailing. A full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and bright hop profile of herbs and citrus, it packs all the taste of an IPA in a sessionable alcohol content. This ale is perfect for leisurely days on the water, when all you want are a few beers and a level ride."

The Crack! unleashed a good bit of foam through the blowhole, so there would be no inverted Glug. Instead, I utilized the same leeward pour as for the Hop Stalker with both glass and CAN at an angle with the pour going down the side of the vessel. Arrgh! We be takin' on some foam, mates! Back off on the throttle and prepare to drop anchor as necessary! Avast heavin' on the sails! We be on a starboard list and need to get back on an Even Keel. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The two fingers of dense, tawny head fell like the mizzenmast in yesterday's gale. Nose smelled of our cargo of grapefruit, pine trees and hemp. Hemp line, that is. Ye want to get us boarded? We struck the Jolly Roger so as not to call attention to ourselves, but this ship be a beast with loose CANnons rolling around and a mast CANsigned to Davy Jones' Locker. We look a sight on every one of the Seven Seas and every ship in sight thinks we be in distress. If we CAN keep her on an Even Keel until we make port in CAN Diego, CANifornia, it'll be a miracle! That's why I be drinkin' beer - to calm me nerves. Mouthfeel be medium-to-full with a boatload of carbonation. The taste leaves something to be desired, like taste! Arrgh! Aroma hops be not bittering hops, boyo! I needs me them hops to stave off the hops monkey on me back that I picked up in Shanghai! This brew be for the scullery crew. As captain of this motley crew, I CANnot stand for low ABV and low bitterness. A CANmand decision: if we CANnot come back to an Even Keel, we will jettison the rest of the store of this beer as Ballast and Point to the nearest landfall. Finish was rather bland and nondescript and so we began heavin' the barrels over the side to ride higher and faster. I put them Ballast Point scurvy dogs in a lifeboat and set them to their own devices. I hear tell that the magnificent artist, Paul Elder, captured their plight in a painting.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of 71ADub
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on draft, pint glass at the Cloverleaf, Caldwell, NJ. on sight, nice golden hue. not much hops in the nose. slightly bitter on the tongue, but not strong. finishes ever so slightly bitter, not much backbite. could use more hops during the finishing stage of the boil or during dry hopped, as well as a little more boil hops. good smooth mouthfeel. just needs more hops, would be a good IPA.

Photo of IPAFORPRESIDENT
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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 bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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 magictrokini
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Local. Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Crisp hops and grass in the aroma, with white grapes. Straw and hops in the front that turns nicely into lemon and resin with drier malt/bread flavors. Very light, shocked to see it was classed as an APA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered looking copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which settle into a thin foam layer.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grassy hops. Backing malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a juicy and ripe hop forward taste with nice notes of citrus fruit, pine, and caramel. Citrus hops with upfront juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. Earthy and spicy hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Solid malt background presence with notes of sweet caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish. Nice bite from the hops.

Overall: A very good take on a Session IPA. Big sharp citrus hop flavor with a light body. You almost can’t tell that it’s below 4% ABV.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is big: lots of grapefruit, lemon, mango and pine.
The taste has a nice bitter beginning, it quickly dies off to a thin flavor.
The texture is light and crisp.
The aroma is great and so is the flavor considering it's low ABV.

Photo of nickd717
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared thanks to largadeer.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and good lacing

Aroma showcases loads of hops for the ABV. Citrusy and herbal, along with a touch of sweet malt.

Flavor is solid for a session beer (in the true sense of the word) like this. Slightly sweet malt with a hop kick that is orangey and herbal, almost tea-like.

Medium-light body with lots of resins attacking your palate.

Overall, wow, this is an excellent a pale ale, especially at 3.5% ABV. I could session the hell out of this, and what do you know, I can even use the verb "session" and not offend the term's tireless defenders when referring to this one.

Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retention stays rich and frothy, leaving some solid spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and fresh smelling, with a touch of hop spices and some light notes of citrus and bread. Not overly assertive but still pleasant.

The taste is similar, with some sturdy pale malt character and some moderate bitterness to it, with a splash of citrus in the back. The mouthfeel is ligher bodied with a thin creaminess to the carbonation and extremely easy feel.

Solid Pale Ale that was quite refreshing and quaffable after a good sized downtown walk on this warm, nearly spring day. Easy body and sessionalbility and this packed just enough flavor to keep me interested. Good lighter offering form Ballast Point.

Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color, almost a light amber. The off-white head is huge and pillowy. The head slowly settles into a rocky cap.

The aroma is strong on grapefruit rind and some pine. The beer smells dry if that makes any sense.

The taste is more dank. Pine, onion and some tropical fruit notes seem to dominate. Some grapefruit rind. The malt is neutral but not as light as most session IPAs. Pretty amazing that this beer is 3.8%, seems beefier than that.

Moderate feel with semi-soft carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not overly so. The finish is quite dry.

A good session IPA. The hops are more dank and earthy than most session IPAs that I have had.

Photo of WellsWay
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best session beer made by far!

Photo of 3ricks
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A session APA at it's best,

Photo of Webbydag1
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a session beer under 4%, the Raul man was all kinds of surprised. Like a Cartier watch falling out of the piñata kind of surprised! Really crisp, juicy, and it has a nice malt backbone that keeps you on the level like Congress should. Just all kinds of smooth and tasty like Olivia Munn biting into a plum.

Yep!

Photo of Absolut
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lot a flavor for a little beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hophead84. Thanks, Shane! Into a Moonlight imperial pint glass, the beer is a hazy copper color topped by a big frothy white head that rises to a two-finger height. Bright citrus hop aroma, grapefruity with a touch of orange and a nice bready malt backbone. Bitter grapefruit is the first thing to hit the palate, followed by flavors of orange peel. There's a nice bready malt backbone that provides a surprisingly hefty body. Nicely carbonated with a bitter and dry finish, this is awesome stuff, a true American session beer. 

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly settled down, leaving some bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit citrus are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of flavors of grapefruit from the hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are underlying hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's not a bad choice if you like grapefruit flavors.

Serving type: can

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Khyber Pass Pub...
Appears a light golden amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of a walloping of dry hopping, citrus goodness with hints of caramel, vanilla, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with light notes of pine, and citrus merging nicely with the malted grain and yeast.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, evenly balanced, and simply one that you can come back to time and time again during the same night.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty for 3.8%. A true session beer.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-An attractive deep amber, copper hue, not overly carbonated and a thin white head.

S-A mild citrus orange aroma with a hint of the malt lying underneath the hops.

T-Pleasant mild and steady citrus hop character and the grapefruit flavor dominates over the orange and other citrus flavors. Piney and spicing notes also become apparent. The malt provides balance, body and additional depth to this slightly hoppy IPA.

O-I classify this is a hopped up pale ale and certainly it fits the bill as sessionable IPA. One might say it's the perfect lawn mower beer.

Photo of dutesanch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.