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Even Keel Session IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 672
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 672
Photo of hophugger
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical look, color, head and lacing. Aroma is amazing with hop profiles that are amazing. Taste is of hops, grapefruit and a malt background. Sessionable at 3.80abv and so, so refreshing and crisp with a clean, slightly bitter aftertaste..

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid session beer- and lord knows there are too many session IPAs out there right now. Most of them are flaccid and washed out tasting with too much graininess. This one has a nice crispness, avoids tye graininess for the most part, and finishes with a nice bitter snap. Solid.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Copper/gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-Nice whiff of fruity, tropical hops
Taste-Fruity hops, citrus rind, crisp with a sharp little hop bite. Nice flavor and character for only 3.8ABV. Portable and sessionable, perfect for a hot day out on the lake or an outdoor get together. A fine match for a couple of loaded hot dogs or a flight of fish tacos.

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Photo of JayFunk
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sessions I've had, a real surprise. Proven to be hard to find in my area. Pick it up if you see it, you won't be disappointed! Great while fishing or golfing!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dull copper colored with a bit of light haziness. A fingernail of dull white covers the vast majority of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is surprisingly pungent with a wallop of citrus despite the session status. The flavor is a well balanced interplay between citrus hops and light biscuity malt. The mouth is very light and smooth. Much to like after a blistering hot day.

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Photo of Extol
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It's ok. I am a little disappointed. There is a strange flavor in it that I can't shake and I just don't like it. Overall it is alright. I probably won't drink it again.

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Photo of do_ob
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed straight from the can. Great hoppy aroma with a good bit of sweet malt and grapefruit. Taste follows. Think of it as a sessionable Sculpin. Great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

The scent is citrus and sandalwood. Strong whiff of grapefruit rind. For a mild ale this is quite aromatic.

Starts out dry with the taste of grapefruit and soda crackers. Slight ghost of sweetness. assertive bitterness but it isn't overdone. The flavor is mostly citrus.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall for what it is it is very good. Considering that this clocks in about as light as bud Light what the hell is Anheuser Busch's excuse? Why can't they make a light beer taste this good!

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Photo of Davidstan
3.88/5  rDev +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

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Photo of KevChiTown
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DRapp1984
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. Would like to revisit and give it a better review but from memory this beer is awesome. Top 5 session ale out there.

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Photo of ElmerTLee
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into IPA glass.

Appearance: Rich amber with good sized head and light lacing.

Smell: Herbal, citrusy and toasty.

Taste: Old fashioned Pale Ale malts with a focus on toast. Hops are a mixture of citrus, herbs and tropical fruits. Slight spiciness and bitterness.

Feel: Light bodied but definitely fuller and smoother than expected for 3.8%. Moderately high carbonation, with a great dry finish.

Overall: Very impressive, especially considering how ridiculously low the alcohol is.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big fan of the session ipa style. This one is pretty impressive, amber in color, not much head. Smell is like what others have said, lots of tropical fruits, almost kiwi like, taste is more subtle but the hop presence is there, definitely citrus hop forward, and man it's a beer you can just throwback. Finishes sort of light and dry but for 3.8 you would expect that, Oskar blues pinner and easy jack are better beers in my opinion and pack a more substantial punch, im really not a fan of the pricing on even keel at 10.99 a sixer, but all in all it is a veryyyyy refreshing light brew.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 042/15. Pours a clear amber with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

World class nose of blended hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon), tropical (mango, pineapple) and pine all make an appearance over a subtle biscuit.

Light medium body that has a smooth texture and a bit of oiliness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense and hop flavor forward, slightly complex and fairly balanced. It begins with hop flavors that never relinquish the forefront. The flavors follow the nose with a blended hop profile that begins with tropical, flows to citrus and shifts to grapefruit and pine in the middle. The middle is mildly bitter over a hint of biscuit. The finish is slightly dry and a rind bitterness lingers. A superb session beer and possibly the ultimate lawnmower beer.

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Photo of bluehende
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a great hop smell and flavor. My only complaint is that it was not bitter enough. That might be due to the session aspect. Overall a very good effort in a sessionable beer,

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Photo of DeFaz
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours from the can with a huge head that was completely unexpected, although the head recedes quite quickly.

Smell: Hops. This may be a session IPA, but there's small about the smell. I would have liked some citrus notes in the smell, however--this was just hoppy, and there wasn't much that was pronounced.

Taste: Really nice, even for a session. There's a strong hop presence here, which brings a herbal component. Nothing like the superior Sunshine Daydream that offers citrus flavors, but this is nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel: While lighter than I would want, it's not as thin as most sessions. It also could be more carbonated, but hey, it's nice and bitter.

Overall: This is the second best session I've had (Sunshine Daydream is first) and it does offer a lot with little alcohol. However, at $10.99/six, it's still somewhat overpriced.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.