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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 23, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

Nichols33, Wednesday at 01:29 AM
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

muskiesman, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head

S- Dank, pine, citrus grapefruit, pungent

T- Fairly bitter piney dank finish, grapefruit/citrus, light malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A good session IPA worth trying, like other session IPAs I feel it has a big hoppy nose, but nice lighter taste.

larryi86, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Chvck1, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

paulish, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Rick778, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

KG710, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

MrBeige, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

sonofliberty2, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

seagullbeer, Oct 16, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

Dur921, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Burkbom23, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Rhettroactive, Oct 16, 2014
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1.36/5  rDev -63.5%

bitterbobby91, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Hophead717, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

abex44, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

oriolesfan4, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

kscaldef, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top growler filled hours ago at The Growler Room in Austin, TX, and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed as a session IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a 4 finger wide head of off-white colour. Frothy and starchy looking. It's a foamy sticky blanket of head, with a nicely thick consistency. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Inconsistent webby lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6-8 minutes. Airy and fluffy.

BODY: Clear copper colour of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears to be of below average carbonation. It's a decent looking session IPA, but isn't unique or special by any means.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop notes. A bit of caramalt. Light nectary hop notes. Quite resinous. A kiss of grapefruit citrus and bready malts. On the more bitter end of the spectrum. There does seem to be a lot of flavour here for a 3.5% ABV.

No oily hops, juicy fruity hop notes, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength, and suggests an imbalanced brew with a fair amount of flavour.

TASTE: Pale malts. Caramalt. Floral hop notes. Hints of candied character (with an accompanying sweetness) and bubblegum. Resinous. It's too sweet, and lacks sufficient hop character. What hop character is present is underwhelming. Where's the grapefruit citrus? Much more malty than anticipated. It's certainly imbalanced, but I don't dislike it.

The build is cohesive, but far from gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex for a 3.80% beer, but not complex by general standards. It's not subtly executed, and lacks nuance. A very simple plain flavour profile. No-frills, if you will.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and somewhat oily. I'd prefer it softer. Well-carbonated.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable, but it's not the blow-you-away session IPA I hoped for from Ballast Point. I expected a beer I'd be shocked had so much flavour and quality at such a low ABV, but ultimately I got just another imbalanced session IPA (i.e. glorified pale ale) that happens to have less alcohol. This is a tall glass of no thankyou, but I appreciate Ballast Point's effort and look forward to whatever they bring out in the future. I've had far better in the style. This isn't up to par with Ballast Point's finest offerings. Can safely be skipped. I like what they're going for - an über-drinkable hoppy brew with a lot of flavour but low-alcohol, but the execution just isn't there. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed.


kojevergas, Oct 12, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -11%

wstitzel, Oct 11, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tabascosigned, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

willjschmidt, Oct 08, 2014
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Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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