1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Even Keel
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 145
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Beerbuddy21
Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-20-2014 22:09:24 | More by Beerbuddy21
Photo of jplopez21
jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-20-2014 21:14:43 | More by jplopez21
Photo of PA-Michigander
PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-20-2014 18:07:07 | More by PA-Michigander
Photo of Gagnonsux
Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-20-2014 02:44:49 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of atone315
atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2014 23:40:16 | More by atone315
Photo of fox227
fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-19-2014 21:12:54 | More by fox227
Photo of Mmantia90
Mmantia90


4.44/5  rDev +18.4%

08-19-2014 02:57:33 | More by Mmantia90
Photo of zander4dawin
zander4dawin

Texas

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.

08-18-2014 21:56:47 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of BKotch
BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-17-2014 06:17:35 | More by BKotch
Photo of lordofstarside
lordofstarside

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

can to glass

Pours a nice golden orange with two fingers of foam. Lots of yeast floating around, the beer would be mostly clear except for that. Good retention, not bad lacing. This would be a pretty sexy beer if there wasn't so much floating around 3.5/5

Smells pretty solid. Lots of alpha hop character, strong grapefruit and citrus, with a little bit of catty pine. Malt profile is understandably lower, some sweet caramel and some bread notes. Actually really good and hop forward 4/5

Taste follows okay, big citrus hop character- lots of grapefruit and pine upfront, followed by a bit of melon with a bouquet of citrus hints. Malt is pretty non existent, a light caramel hides behind all the hops 3.5/5

Feel is very light, no real body whatsoever. A little carbonation, dry, medium bitterness. 3/5

Overall while this isn't bad, it's incredibly one dimensional. Which I get, to make a hoppy beer at 3.8% the malts need to be absent. Still though, it's sort of like drinking hopped water with a little c02. In a way, I guess that sort of comes with the territory of the session ipa. I'm getting pretty tired of the fad though, if I wanted something hoppy with a lower abv I'll turn to a pale ale. I'll give BP props though they've been making this long before the summer of 2014 session ipa craze 3.5/5

08-16-2014 21:33:06 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of Sound_Explorer
Sound_Explorer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-16-2014 02:55:59 | More by Sound_Explorer
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-15-2014 23:02:30 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

08-15-2014 00:41:22 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%

Smells strongly of medium-alpha hops. Big green burst, light malt backing. Noice.

Tastes... like most of these sessionable smalls. Big hop presence up front that drops off into a middle that is downright watery. The finish resembles a regular west coast pale, but that middle is like pure seltzer. The best of these beers, namely Founder's All Day IPA and Stone's Go To, rely on a crisper hop profile and slightly heavier malt nodes to in order to avoid the fall off. This beer has an excellent hop profile, and it's good drinking, but the lack of balance keeps is away from greatness.

I like how big brewers are catering to us problematic daydrinkers and offering up low ABV session beers. But, hey, you know how higher ABV beers cost more? Shouldn't that logic go both ways? Just saying...

08-14-2014 21:32:08 | More by mynie
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-14-2014 17:36:26 | More by orangesol
Photo of Bignick254
Bignick254


3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

08-14-2014 05:17:36 | More by Bignick254
Photo of jaywes754
jaywes754

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-09-2014 22:45:37 | More by jaywes754
Photo of jophish17
jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-09-2014 22:42:17 | More by jophish17
Photo of mjstacker
mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-09-2014 11:19:40 | More by mjstacker
Photo of GeoChase90
GeoChase90

California

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

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
Photo of IdrinkGas
IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-08-2014 02:07:23 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of acashk
acashk

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-08-2014 00:04:32 | More by acashk
Photo of wesley14
wesley14

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-07-2014 02:23:56 | More by wesley14
Photo of seedyone
seedyone

New York

2.73/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

08-06-2014 05:11:10 | More by seedyone
Photo of mduran92
mduran92


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-04-2014 05:03:59 | More by mduran92
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.