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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Even Keel
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%

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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2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed at Stone Brewery. Billed as a "mild IPA" by the server.

C: Gold, poured with a very thick head (the short pour isn't BP's fault). There were flecks of hops in the head.

S: honeysuckle

M: slick and oily.

T: Lacks sweetness to balance the hops. Very hoppy, but initially I don't think the beer can stand up to it. Spicy hop flavor. I was expecting more citrus. By the end of the beer, I had gotten used to hop/malt imbalance and the last few sips were refreshing. I'm still a bit up in the air about this approach to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 21:35:28 | More by joebrewer
Photo of Halcyondays


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 21:06:19 | More by Halcyondays
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 02:53:25 | More by DoubleJ
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 16:46:18 | More by Kegatron
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado in North Park. I had assumed this was an IPA but I guessed wrong, at least according to this site.

A - Clear and gold. Your standard pale ale coloring.

S - I got a nice whiff of hops and a bit of a flowery aroma.

T - No doubt about it, this is a hoppy one. Has a bit of a pine taste as well.

M - It hast a light feel on the tongue with a little bite.

D - Drinkability is good, but I don't know if I could keep going. It's great but not something I'd stick to. I'd have to switch it up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 08:32:08 | More by turboedtwo
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Local. Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Crisp hops and grass in the aroma, with white grapes. Straw and hops in the front that turns nicely into lemon and resin with drier malt/bread flavors. Very light, shocked to see it was classed as an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 00:04:38 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Durge


3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at the Fish Market Restaurant in San Diego. Poured cold into a pint glass this showed a light golden color with a whispy white cover and very good lace. The aroma is mild malty citrus, very mild. Taste is light and bubbly wheat and citrus hops, but the hops are very mild, maybe more grassy than citrus. A little harsh, not much sweetness or malt presence. And the hops are way too tame, so what do you have left? Not that much. Drinkable enough if it happens to grow on you, but I wasn't highly enamored.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 06:37:18 | More by Durge
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Stone's Bistro in Escondido, California

A- straw with bronze hues, not much of a head, id say just a little white crown sits on top of the beer

S- floral, citric, fruity malts

T- a bitter sweet flavor battles back and forth throughout with the bitterness winning in the end, soft citrus flavors, a flash of harsh strong citric rind in middle, earthy and a bit soapy, moments of nice balance

M- dry and coarse with some tongue numbing bitterness, dry after

D- a very sessionable and hoppy beer, very interesting and enjoyable, hop heads looking for a sessionable beer should look here, smells awesome, but a bit soapy for my liking

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 23:44:49 | More by tonistruth
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden bronzy. Clear enough to read through. Nice white head that fades away to a rimming, and center skimming. Few streamers.

S- Piney hops with tangerines with a very subtle hint of biscuit back in there somewhere. It smells like a west coast IPA to me.

T- Bitter, but not too bitter hops up front. Subtle malt in the back end. While it does not seem very complex to me, I appreciate the straight forward nature of this brew.

M- Thin, little carbonation, but crisp. Leaves the mouth dry.

D- This is not an "extreme" beer, and I am alright with that. Not every beer has to be a blend, barrel aged, or mega hopped. This is hoppy for a Pale Ale, but I do live in San Diego. Very sessionable beer.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2008 00:34:23 | More by m1ked
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Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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