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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: 126
Hads: 672
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JayFunk
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sessions I've had, a real surprise. Proven to be hard to find in my area. Pick it up if you see it, you won't be disappointed! Great while fishing or golfing!

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Photo of DRapp1984
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great session IPA, and (IMHO) a prime example of why these should have their own separate category. Pours a bubbly golden orange, with a nice pillowy head, and a huge nose of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and some piney, resin spice. Hops dominate the flavor, with loads of citrus at the forefront, and a little spice in the back. Malt is very slight, but delicately sweet. Body is nice and light (which is understandable for an IPA under 4% ABV), and the finish is crisp and dry. As far as session beers go, this is a gem.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


On tap at the Olds Grove location. The beer appears hazed dark orange with a frothy one inch white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is scattered.

The aroma is an exlosion of hops, with notes of grapefuit, mango, papaya, and orange pith. Malt is faint and crackery. Wow. The most potent hop aroma I've witnessed on a beer this low in alcohol. The flavor is similarly awesome, with a pleasant lower moderate level of bitterness and a dry mouthfeel. The hops are fresh and explosive with mingled citrus and tropical notes.

At 3.5% I can with certainty say that this is the best session beer I've come across. I'm in awe. Outstanding. Please bottle this!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ 1702. Clear, deep gold, with massive white foam. The head seems to last forever. The aroma is hop dominant, with loads of pine and citrus. Smells more like a west coast IPA to me.

The taste is quite nice, with more citrus hop dominance. Very piney also, the malt stays in the background and is not too sweet. This is very flavorful for such a lower ABV pale ale, although you have to almost be a hop head. The carbonation was very appropriate and mouthfeel held up well, it wasn't too thin.

Considering you can session this beer I think it is a great choice. The ABV is actually only 3.5%. We ordered pitchers and I had several pints without really feeling a buzz. I'm always looking for hop bombs, and this is one you could actually drink alot of. Highly recommended...

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Photo of nickd717
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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 HopAlongG
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. 

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Got a six pack for the baseball games. Nice to see a session beer that clocks in below 4% alcohol. I was really enjoying the Stone Go To and the Lagunitas Daytime but this might be my new favorite light and crisp 6 pack.

S- Light metalic hop smell, nothing to complex

T- Smooth and bitter. Kinda creamy. Tasted more like an esb than an ipa to me.

F- Very smooth with tiny bubbles, really enjoyable. It think the mouthfeel is why i like this a lot more than similar session ipas and pas.

O- Solid session brew. Doesn't have lots of interesting flavors but it checks all the boxes off for a session beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Nice fresh, citrus, piney resin aroma. Strong resin. Maltiness is low but good with nice transition to a strong piney hop, ending in a grapefruit taste. There is a hint of lemon as well. Moderately astringent. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. This is one of my favorite session IPAs.

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Photo of hoptrip619
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was stoked to see this on tap at Hamilton's the other night. Even Keel is arguably the best session beer coming out of SD. It's kind of like Sculpin light.

A: Pours a bright golden orange w/o much of head and that's fine because it means there is more beer in the glass.

S: For a "small" beer there is a ton of citrus and floral hop aroma. Not sure but must have dry-hopped with cascades, amarillo, chinook, or a combo of them.

T: Lots of citrus hop character with a touch of toasted malt in the background. Again, this is what I would imagine a light IPA to taste like but calling something light IPA would be...

M: Light in body with crisp carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: This is the perfect beer to drink at unch when you have to go back to work. You can even have 2!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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App- Bright vibrant yellow with a nice head to it. A little bit of lace as well.

Smell- Big hops, with a little bitterness even in the nose. The citrus was pretty evident as well.

Taste- HUGE flavors and was super dry. A great session beer to rival alot on the market with its flavor, low ABV and overall taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and yes even medium carbed IMO. Not a soft beer at all.

Drink- I am kicking myself for not getting a growler of this. It was refreshing, tasty and just plain good.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Dirtyhands
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality sesssion right here. While aroma May be low to minimal, fruit and earth flavors explode upon the first sip. Think big, drink little. This is another very well done session ipa.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this beer. The first time was at Blue Palms and then this weekend at Ballast Point. I was not impressed the first time, but figured I would give it another chance.

A: The beer is a very clear light golden color with a thin layer of white foam that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Considering the description and all the mentioning of dry-hopping, I had high expectations. This is a pretty fragrant beer, especially for a pale. Lots of citrus hop aromas going on here.

T: This definitely has more of an IPA flavor to it. A lot of bitter pine and grapefruit flavors from the hops with hardly any malt flavor. You would not expect this to be such a low gravity beer.

M: The beer is quite light on the tongue, but that is the point of it. Very lively carbonation helps to keep it light as well.

D: This is a beer I wish was more readily available (even bottled). An amazing session beer and very refreshing. It's nice to see such a flavorful, low alcohol beer like this.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-orange with a one finger creamy head, that dissipates to a thin lace on the glass and film on top of the beer. Immediately you smell the grapefruit. The taste is of grapefruit, honey-drizzled nectarines, some breadiness, slight flavor of grassy hops. Slight bitterness. Fairly substantial mouthfeel for only 3.8% abv. Medium-low carbonation. Definitely more of a pale ale in my mind due to the balance between medium hoppiness and malt backbone. I dig it.

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Photo of JBuckwalter
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

What a fantastic session beer. My standard go to for sessions is Founder's All Day IPA, but I think Even Keel has officially dethroned it as my new favorite session beer.

This beer has a malty backbone that other sessions don't seem to have and a flavor that would suggest it has a far higher alcohol content than it does. The beer is very hoppy with a citrus and pine aroma. The bitterness on the tongue is a little smoother than the All Day, so although the IBU may be higher, it has a little less of the bite.

To be honest, if this beer was at 5-6% alcohol I would have given it a 3.75. Because it is so light, dry and drinkable I think it really should be elevated. One of the most quaffable good beers I've had in years. Again, its going to replace the All Day as my new go to and that is really saying something.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Ballast Point brewery.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate off white head.

S - Nice floral and fruity hops.

T - Starts with floral and fruity hops then turns to a citrusy bitterness. This beer is smooth and easy with plenty of flavor despite the lower alcohol level.

M - A moderate carbonation and a light consistency without being thin.

D - As billed, this is a great session beer; especially if you're watching the alcohol intake. I could see reviews being harsh if you compare this head to head with an IPA or maybe even an APA but as a lower alcohol session beer, it's fantastic.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Dustin_Sallitt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. Would like to revisit and give it a better review but from memory this beer is awesome. Top 5 session ale out there.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.