Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +23.3%
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!
04-28-2010 21:41:32 | More by HopHead84
4.6/5 rDev +23.3%
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...
08-19-2009 18:11:03 | More by bennetj17
4.58/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
05-07-2010 17:12:07 | More by nickd717
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
05-06-2010 07:01:16 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
11-11-2010 21:49:22 | More by weeare138
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
479th review on BA
Draft to taster
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.
05-19-2011 22:35:47 | More by FosterJM
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
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!
09-25-2010 14:25:26 | More by hoptrip619
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-04-2010 17:42:21 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
08-19-2009 14:16:40 | More by GJ40
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
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 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.
07-14-2014 06:31:48 | More by RaulMondesi
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
08-23-2009 02:57:16 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, California
A- straw with bronze hues, not much of a head, id say just a little white crown sits on top of the beer
S- floral, citric, fruity malts
T- a bitter sweet flavor battles back and forth throughout with the bitterness winning in the end, soft citrus flavors, a flash of harsh strong citric rind in middle, earthy and a bit soapy, moments of nice balance
M- dry and coarse with some tongue numbing bitterness, dry after
D- a very sessionable and hoppy beer, very interesting and enjoyable, hop heads looking for a sessionable beer should look here, smells awesome, but a bit soapy for my liking
08-18-2008 23:44:49 | More by tonistruth
Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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