Even Keel Session IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 136 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Davidstan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I will rate this beer like a light beer so rating as such.
S. Fruity with light grass, mangos
T. Very fruity with hints of hop oil, for a light beer a home run
O. I like this beer a lot for a light beverage, may be my new go to when rotating in a lighter low ABV type beer

Photo of KevChiTown
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of session IPAs, but in this case I understand the need for them now. Much more malt base then I expected, but still just had an off taste. Not bad just kinda blah.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.66 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.79
Purchased: June 19, 2015
Consumed: June 20, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 2, 2015

Poured a honey, pale, mostly clear color with three fingers of khaki-white, frothy head. A good amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled sharp Citra notes up front, mainly grapefruit and nectarine rind. Also caramel, peppery spices, floral, tropical, light mango, rye and buttery malts late. (Smell -
(Smell - 4.25)

Taste was much less flavorful than the nose, unfortunately. Got Citra, rye, iced tea, floral, grapefruit zest, caramel, lemon, light pine and mango rind. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK session ale. I rated it as a pale ale (according to Beer Advocate), but there are much better options out there. (Overall - 3.50)

3.66 | 83 | B

Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 16 June 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the can, so I can't really speak to the appearance of the beer, but this is a pretty ballin' can. I love Ballast Point's branding.

Smell: Big citrus hop notes, just like you'd expect from a major West Coast brewery. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, and passionfruit.

Taste: The citrus hops don't let up on the tongue and dominate the flavor profile as well. There is little to no malt presence aside from a subtle sweetness that carries the rest of the flavors down the throat.

Mouthfeel: Light body, big carbonation. Perfect.

Overall: Probably the best, truly sessionable beer I've had. At 3.8% you could drink a whole sixer and be perfectly fine, provided you spend enough time nursing it. Probably my new go-to session IPA.

Photo of heytomcat
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Basically tastes like a watered down IPA. Not too bad if you're looking for a lower abv option

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very enjoyable session beer. Easy to drink with a piny finish. Nice orange sunset color with a head that is 1.5 inches and remains through most of the beer. There is citrus on the nose, but not a dominate flavor in the taste. Very smooth. Enjoyable.

Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For only being 3.8 abv I though this beer had incredible hop aroma and flavor. Dank, fresh hops, and enough malt to back it up. I've been getting pretty tired of session IPAs lately but this one made me rethink them. A perfect beer to pack a cooler of.

Photo of DRapp1984
4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with 2 fingers of head that fade down to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Quite a bit of fruity hops and moderate citrus notes. A bit of bready malts to go along with the hops. Some clean undeveloped yeast in there as well. Very well balanced

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of fruity and citrusy hops combined with the bready malts. Goes into some of the clean ale yeastiness before hitting on the hop/malt combo again. Finishes with very light bitterness and some "hop water" flavor

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Impressive balance and flavor from a sub-4% brew. Definitely one of the better "session IPAs" out there, so it's worth a try, especially in the summer when you just want to crush a few beers and barely feel it

Photo of drunkinchicago
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great session beer! Very tasty

Photo of jtk21351
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definitely my favorite beer under 4%. Probably my second favorite session behind Firestone's Easy Jack. Just wish it was a little less expensive.

Photo of nmaher
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, light, flavorful and entirely easy to drink. Straight out of the can this is a great summer beer.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of jkane101
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average session APA. For the price this will be my first and last 6pk

Photo of TBonez477
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even with double dry hopping this beer lacks some flavor. Understandably low complexity with the low ABV.

Photo of CMundt4994
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very light and easy to drink but still holds that strong hop taste

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured ontap in a shaker, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel copper color with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of caramel, pepper, cut grass, pine pitch, and subtle citrus notes. Flavors are peppery and herbal hops forward, with a caramel and cracker backbone. Citrus blend of orange and grapefruit mix with a strong herbal character. The body is light and the carbonation keeps it slightly effervesced. Grassy and peppery aftertaste, with a dry, spiced lingering finish. Decent session.

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Photo of Chadwick0811
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good. Great Lake or pool beer

Photo of Webbydag1
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 dutesanch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty for 3.8%. A true session beer.

Photo of ElmerTLee
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful, low alcohol session pale. Cloudy, light orange color, excellent hop aroma and flavor with a very solid mouthfeel for a 3.8% beer. I've had it in cans and bottles and both are very consistent. Difficult to find, but well worth it. One of my new favorites, similar to Founders All Day and FW's Easy Jack

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkin' moonshine 'til we puke.

Photo of bkhood10
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking. Perfect for an afternoon of yard work.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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