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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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85
very good

352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of mothman
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared by tenderbranson69 with me, enjoyed chilled from the can.

The color is slight darker pale golden with thick white head head. The aroma is floral and fruity with a slight citrus quality -nice hop aroma. The feel is decent with more malt than expected from the nose but mostly dry and not too intensely bitter.

The taste is very good with some citrus and bitter hop flavors with nice amount of malt with some toasted grain and some mild sweetness level with a slight orange and floral flaovr in the profile. Overall this is better than most of the 'session IPA's' I have had, I consider it a very good pale ale with nice hop flavor

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of senglish7
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sazz9
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonld23
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a translucent brownish orange with very little head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits as well as some malts. Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. The taste is very similar to the aroma, but a bit more subdued. Tangerine, grapefruit and some light dank hops. Slightly bready. Quite dry. Very drinkable with a light mouthfeel as expected. Overall, it's a solid Session IPA I would buy again. Not the best, but certainly one of the better ones.

Photo of Kruja5
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vancean2
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an unfiltered looking copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which settle into a thin foam layer.

Smell: A ripe and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit, pine, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, apricot, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grassy hops. Backing malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a juicy and ripe hop forward taste with nice notes of citrus fruit, pine, and caramel. Citrus hops with upfront juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. Earthy and spicy hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Solid malt background presence with notes of sweet caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish. Nice bite from the hops.

Overall: A very good take on a Session IPA. Big sharp citrus hop flavor with a light body. You almost can’t tell that it’s below 4% ABV.

Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Good dry citrus rind flavor with a little bit of breadiness behind it, a little more heft than many session IPAs.

Overall: Picked up a single, nice to see a craft 12oz can. Not much in the way of aroma but pretty decent feel and flavor, lots of session IPAs just don't have enough body, but this is pretty decent.

Photo of loubar
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can from Ales Unlimited. Hazy orange colored body with an off-white head. Nose of light floral hops and grapefruit. Taste of grapefruit citrus on a smooth malt base with a bit of cracker and cereal. Not piney. Really well balanced. Medium to light bodied with good flavor, moderate carbonation and mild bitterness. All that a session IPA should be, light, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of dsnyder61
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pdonovan16
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rudy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris24tian
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell: Pretty strong citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness up front, into a sweet malt backbone that reminds me of shortbread. Ends abruptly, with just a faint hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated and very thin. I wish it had more body, but that’s the price of sessions.

Overall: Good as a session IPA. It’s certainly not as beefy as a full IPA, but it delivers plenty of aromatic hops.

Photo of plsmanx
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I spent $10 on this six-pack, based on the price I figured there was something magical about this beer, also description sounded like it had a little bigger malt backbone than your average dry session IPA. Later I noticed 3.8% alcohol, jeeze couldn't you make it at least 4%!

Poured a darker than expected light amberish color. Smelled okay, kinda that hop astringency smell. Taste was similar to the smell. Yeah, its okay. I first had it at fridge temp first and it was okay then I let it warm up a bit then it was good tasted the hops a little more and the malt a bit more too.

All in all not the greatest, perhaps it be better on a summer day! I'll take founders All Day or laguinitas Day Time over this one. Cheers!

Photo of Beerlover
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kmos27
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My dear cousin, Colby ChANdler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C. (yes, he is my cousin and yes, that is his job title), has seen the light and begun putting his brewery's beers into CANs! I will take full credit for encouraging him to make the switch, although he probably begs to differ. This CAN is out of The Fridge's cooler.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted & CANned in San Diego, California"; "Dedicated to the Craft"; "San Diego Session Ale"; "Please Recycle"; "A Flavorful Ale That Keeps You Balanced"; Our Even Keel is a hoppy ale designed for smooth sailing. A full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and bright hop profile of herbs and citrus, it packs all the taste of an IPA in a sessionable alcohol content. This ale is perfect for leisurely days on the water, when all you want are a few beers and a level ride."

The Crack! unleashed a good bit of foam through the blowhole, so there would be no inverted Glug. Instead, I utilized the same leeward pour as for the Hop Stalker with both glass and CAN at an angle with the pour going down the side of the vessel. Arrgh! We be takin' on some foam, mates! Back off on the throttle and prepare to drop anchor as necessary! Avast heavin' on the sails! We be on a starboard list and need to get back on an Even Keel. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The two fingers of dense, tawny head fell like the mizzenmast in yesterday's gale. Nose smelled of our cargo of grapefruit, pine trees and hemp. Hemp line, that is. Ye want to get us boarded? We struck the Jolly Roger so as not to call attention to ourselves, but this ship be a beast with loose CANnons rolling around and a mast CANsigned to Davy Jones' Locker. We look a sight on every one of the Seven Seas and every ship in sight thinks we be in distress. If we CAN keep her on an Even Keel until we make port in CAN Diego, CANifornia, it'll be a miracle! That's why I be drinkin' beer - to calm me nerves. Mouthfeel be medium-to-full with a boatload of carbonation. The taste leaves something to be desired, like taste! Arrgh! Aroma hops be not bittering hops, boyo! I needs me them hops to stave off the hops monkey on me back that I picked up in Shanghai! This brew be for the scullery crew. As captain of this motley crew, I CANnot stand for low ABV and low bitterness. A CANmand decision: if we CANnot come back to an Even Keel, we will jettison the rest of the store of this beer as Ballast and Point to the nearest landfall. Finish was rather bland and nondescript and so we began heavin' the barrels over the side to ride higher and faster. I put them Ballast Point scurvy dogs in a lifeboat and set them to their own devices. I hear tell that the magnificent artist, Paul Elder, captured their plight in a painting.

Photo of bigred89
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber/orange color with a mild haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains well at a half inch. Sheets of thin and sticky lacing.

S: Ruby red grapefruit with sugar, tangerine, honeydew melon, floral. Soft whiffs of a Crackery and grainy malt base.

T: Ruby red grapefruit and tangerine. Pine. A bit herbal. Faint toasty malt base. Bone dry. Tangerine and grapefruit with sugar on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Very slight creaminess. Fine carbonation has a strong scrubbing action. Hop astringency clamps down tightly.

O: I'd put this on par with some of the better session IPAs on the market. It's straightforward and pleasantly quaffable, but does suffer the same emaciated malt qualities and raking hop astringency that plagues the style. That seems to be the direction the style has headed though.

Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.