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Even Keel Session IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.

Added by xlperro on 06-06-2006

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 825
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours deep golden with a thin head. Lacing sticks, especially as it progresses.

The smell is of juicy citrus with a hint of caramel. Robust - I could smell the strong juicy hop goodness upon opening the bottle.

The taste is of citrus/grapefruit with caramelized bread/malt. Leafy, dry, refreshing finish.

For the modest abv/light body, it holds together well.

One of the better (if not best) "session" IPA's that I have had. Great choice for a hoppy brew with modest abv and a lighter body. Easy to drink, it is indeed a "sessionable" ale!

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice to see a session IPA so low on ABV (3.8%). Earns the 'session' label on that front. This has a great, crisp, citrusy aroma. Taste is a bit more subdued than aroma would lead you to expect, as seems fairly normal with sessions. Clean finish with medium bitterness. One of the best session IPAs I have found yet.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality sesssion right here. While aroma May be low to minimal, fruit and earth flavors explode upon the first sip. Think big, drink little. This is another very well done session ipa.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed a six pack of this the other day, and I've got to say, this has to be my new favorite session IPA. I don't drink session IPAs regularly, but I've had my share, and I found this to be the most flavorful and refreshing. It's a fine looking beer in a pint glass, but admittedly, I slugged all but one of these down directly from the can. The aroma is fresh and lively. There is a bit of pine and some citrus. I'd say mainly white grapefruit. The taste follows the nose... The body is light and refreshing, with a nice crisp finish. Overall, I'd rather drink this over both Day Time from Lagunitas or All Day from Founders. The only drawback is maybe the $9.99 price tag for a beer with a 3.8% ABV, but then again that is why it's called a session ale.

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Photo of danmouer
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will admit to not being a hophead, but I am a very experienced BJCP beer judge. I do believe this is right on the money for someone looking for a winner among the emerging crowd of session IPAs. For one thing, Sculpin's Even Keel is brewed at 3.8% abv, which is much more reasonable than the run of the mill session IPAs which typically run to 4.5, 5, or even higher. Noot my idea of session beers.

My bias against the resiny, citrusy, unbalanced hop character and the cloying bitterness of the finish may keep me from raving about this offering, but it is, I think, what many IPA lovers expect and seek in their beer. The crisp medium-light body and dry finish are just what I was looking for in a chilled can of brewski on a hot summer day in Virginia. I'd love to taste this same beer brewed as a session pale with about 15 IBUs knocked out of recipe (keep the hops, just addc them dry in the aging tank or real-ale conditioning cask!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Copper body with an ecru colored cap. Great retention, lace all over the glass. Biscuity malt with a touch of caramel lay the groundwork for tropical and citrus hops. Papaya, mango, grapefruit, and melon dance on the palate. Little bit of citrus bitterness lingers. Great body for a 3.8% beer. Very nice session IPA. I wasn't expecting much for such a small abv, but they did a great job getting the flavor to pop.

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Photo of hophugger
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +0.8%
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%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 -14.5%
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 +4.4%
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 -9.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -26.2%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 - 3.50)

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 - 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)

3.68 | 83 | B

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Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 +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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/31/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with mild flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, extremely mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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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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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.