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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-06-2006)
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Schwegler, Aug 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

RyanAU, Apr 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40%

BigBlueShep, Jul 07, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

71ADub, Oct 29, 2012
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2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

seedyone, Aug 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed at Stone Brewery. Billed as a "mild IPA" by the server.

C: Gold, poured with a very thick head (the short pour isn't BP's fault). There were flecks of hops in the head.

S: honeysuckle

M: slick and oily.

T: Lacks sweetness to balance the hops. Very hoppy, but initially I don't think the beer can stand up to it. Spicy hop flavor. I was expecting more citrus. By the end of the beer, I had gotten used to hop/malt imbalance and the last few sips were refreshing. I'm still a bit up in the air about this approach to the style.

joebrewer, Jul 22, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

HStoilkov, Jul 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

pmarlowe, Feb 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

mjstacker, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Birmz, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Roze, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Stinger80OH, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Wolberjs, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Smarty_Pints, May 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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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.

zander4dawin, Aug 18, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a fluffy one finger white head with good retention and lace.

S: One dimensional pine notes, light malt.

T: Again I got mainly the one note of pine in the hop flavour and some biscuit/toasty malt. A very simple ale.

M: Rather light-bodied and low in carbonation makes it sessionable as it is described.

D: A nice little ale from Ballast Point, if it were cheaper, a pint to stick with for the night, it's a beer that's easy to drink, tasty enough, and you don't have to think about it.

Halcyondays, Jul 16, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Devil's Den.

A - clear golden with a quickly dissipating bubbly head.

S - Huge orange and grapefruit notes in the nose. The dry hopping really dominates here and I don't get any sweetness, which is indicative of what's to come

T - No sweetness whatsoever. This is a dry crisp super bitter APA. I love the hopping, but this beer cleaned up too much. Either it attenuated too much or it was over-hopped, but this beer is just sheer bitterness. I would've wanted something like 30 IBUs with a great nose, but this was just overly bitter and resinous.

M - clean, crisp, decent carb. A little tannic on the finish.

D - I had high hopes for this given the ABV and incredible aroma. The first few sips were sublime, but it would be a struggle to drink anything more than a pint of this unbalanced beer.

ChrisPro, Feb 06, 2011
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Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.