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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
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)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-17-2014 13:47:54 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-08-2012 19:36:34 | More by t0rin0
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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and very drinkable for the ABV.

04-08-2013 05:27:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a bright gold with a good-sized off-white head. The aroma is very nice, with some floral and citrus hops that aren't too overpowering, but are well situated for the style. The taste has the floral and fruity character from the hops, a little bit of bitterness, and a little bit of bready malt. Light to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Not as enjoyable overall as some of the other Ballast Point offerings, but a very nice and sessionable hoppy brew.

02-17-2010 15:31:08 | More by Thorpe429
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-16-2014 06:05:05 | More by zestar
Photo of womencantsail


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
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-15-2014 23:02:30 | More by kjkinsey
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

08-15-2014 00:41:22 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-10-2013 00:13:47 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-04-2014 05:05:24 | More by SocalKicks
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3.73/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a finger of foamy brite-white head. Retention stays rich and frothy, leaving some solid spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and fresh smelling, with a touch of hop spices and some light notes of citrus and bread. Not overly assertive but still pleasant.

The taste is similar, with some sturdy pale malt character and some moderate bitterness to it, with a splash of citrus in the back. The mouthfeel is ligher bodied with a thin creaminess to the carbonation and extremely easy feel.

Solid Pale Ale that was quite refreshing and quaffable after a good sized downtown walk on this warm, nearly spring day. Easy body and sessionalbility and this packed just enough flavor to keep me interested. Good lighter offering form Ballast Point.

03-30-2009 16:46:18 | More by Kegatron
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at the Ballast Point store on Linda Vista Dr. Dry and thin but full of flavor. Resiny and hop scented but not terminally bitter. Pale brownish amber with a modest head.

Fresh tasting and highly refreshing. A big taste of browned biscuits with a long bitter aftertaste. More on the IPA end of the spectrum, but a great example of good taste with less alcohol content than a Utah supermarket beer. After setting the glass aside for a few minutes, that last sip confirms the big aromatic quality.

03-14-2013 03:14:09 | More by mactrail
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-22-2013 02:25:11 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

07-16-2009 21:06:19 | More by Halcyondays
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Draft at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark amber color with rose edges and a two finger, frothy light beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Steaks and spots of soapy lace left behind.

Resinous earthy hop aroma with subtle hints of citrus countering the dry, grassy pine character.  Underneath there's a nice malt presence with some caramel, toffee and nut.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of bitter dry hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish.  Lots of earthy pine, grass and soil countered by orange peel, mango and grapefruit.  Well balanced by decent makt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and light fruit notes.  Overall this is a solid, well balance, easy drinking session ale that has a very strong hop profile.

08-15-2012 00:06:54 | More by corby112
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-14-2014 17:36:26 | More by orangesol
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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orange in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + amber + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amount of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and slightly sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with a light amount of caramel malts that combine to provide a light amount of initial sweetness. Moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, and earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy initially but becomes a light more crisp as it warms..

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable but not quite as good as some of the other more widely available session IPAs that I have gotten (specifically Stone and Founders). Can describes these as a Session IPA but I can see it listed as an APA.

06-14-2014 21:17:56 | More by dbrauneis
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-25-2013 18:25:56 | More by drewone
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

On-tap at Hollingshead's on to the beer:

Clean-filtered, glowing orange in color, with a thick head that offers good retention. Hmmm...this smells hoppy. Good whiff of hops hits the nose, alongside some honey and malt. To taste, it is a lighter tasting beer, but at least with a little flavor. Mildly intense floral hops start off the journey. Eventually, a light wave of crackery malt shows up to play. for a brief moment, it goes sweet, but then it is back to the floral hops. It's light, oily, leafy, and well-carbonated as it sits in the mouth. Thirst quenching to say the least....good for a hot day like today.

07-14-2009 02:53:25 | More by DoubleJ
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-13-2014 23:37:34 | More by mdaschaf
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5/5  rDev +34%

11-21-2011 02:28:58 | More by PEIhop
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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
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Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.