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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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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 752
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.06%
Wants: 32
Gots: 254 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 138 | Hads: 752
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +24.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +8.5%
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 -4.9%
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 +8.8%
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 +4.9%
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 +6.7%
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 +9.1%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Stone IPA glass. Slightly hazy golden-copper body with a thick and extremely retentive near-white head that leaves thick streaks of lacing as it finally drops.

Aroma is primarily citrus and tropical hops: grapefruit, mango, and lemon, along with a bit of resin. Surprisingly strong malty backbone (for a session IPA) hints at primarily pale malts, but also a bit of caramel and toasted notes.

Flavor mirrors the nose, but is fairly light. Mild bitterness but citrus fruit and pine are very evident; definitely tastes like dry hopping. Slight lemony zing. Caramel and bready malts are tame but definitely noticeable.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Very crisp mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish.

Overall this is what a session IPA should be. It doesn't taste or feel like hop water. Very hop-forward but with a bit of a malt backbone, unlike its peers. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is big: lots of grapefruit, lemon, mango and pine.
The taste has a nice bitter beginning, it quickly dies off to a thin flavor.
The texture is light and crisp.
The aroma is great and so is the flavor considering it's low ABV.

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Photo of cmq103
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly light with enough flavor to keep it very drinkable. I'd much rather have this than any of the macro light beers out there. A solid choice for a session IPA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with white head. Light pine, some citrus, grapefruit specifically, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light on the palate. Finishes with small amounts of hop resin. Decent session IPA.

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Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light clear golden color, short white head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Pine and resin hops

Taste: Piney and bitter, resinous hops. Super light malts

Feel: Light to extra light body, good carbonation

Overall: I would drink it again, but it doesn't really feel special for a session IPA. Not a bad choice for how low ABV it is, just uninspiring.

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Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden color, almost a light amber. The off-white head is huge and pillowy. The head slowly settles into a rocky cap.

The aroma is strong on grapefruit rind and some pine. The beer smells dry if that makes any sense.

The taste is more dank. Pine, onion and some tropical fruit notes seem to dominate. Some grapefruit rind. The malt is neutral but not as light as most session IPAs. Pretty amazing that this beer is 3.8%, seems beefier than that.

Moderate feel with semi-soft carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not overly so. The finish is quite dry.

A good session IPA. The hops are more dank and earthy than most session IPAs that I have had.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly settled down, leaving some bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit citrus are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of flavors of grapefruit from the hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are underlying hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's not a bad choice if you like grapefruit flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy head for a bar pour. Length if ring lace. Gold cored liquid with nearly no haze.

Starts with a bitter citrus aroma.

The flavor is strongly bitter and astringent. Little malt flavor; this is a hop lovers beer. Long aftertaste. The body is as expected for the style. A bit in your face bitterness wise.

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Photo of Matonika
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: light to medium caramel color. Nice head retention. Tons of particles in suspension it's not cloudy it looks a orbits. Smell: great hop aroma citrus a lil piney. Taste: super clean tasting for a ipa. A touch of malt sweetness. Plenty of bitterness but not overwhelming it is not oily, so it is not lingering. Picking up pine on it. Overall this is a good session ipa not terribly complex but it is one you could knock back pretty quick and easy.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-An attractive deep amber, copper hue, not overly carbonated and a thin white head.

S-A mild citrus orange aroma with a hint of the malt lying underneath the hops.

T-Pleasant mild and steady citrus hop character and the grapefruit flavor dominates over the orange and other citrus flavors. Piney and spicing notes also become apparent. The malt provides balance, body and additional depth to this slightly hoppy IPA.

O-I classify this is a hopped up pale ale and certainly it fits the bill as sessionable IPA. One might say it's the perfect lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.