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Even Keel - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel
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85
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%

Smells strongly of medium-alpha hops. Big green burst, light malt backing. Noice.

Tastes... like most of these sessionable smalls. Big hop presence up front that drops off into a middle that is downright watery. The finish resembles a regular west coast pale, but that middle is like pure seltzer. The best of these beers, namely Founder's All Day IPA and Stone's Go To, rely on a crisper hop profile and slightly heavier malt nodes to in order to avoid the fall off. This beer has an excellent hop profile, and it's good drinking, but the lack of balance keeps is away from greatness.

I like how big brewers are catering to us problematic daydrinkers and offering up low ABV session beers. But, hey, you know how higher ABV beers cost more? Shouldn't that logic go both ways? Just saying...

mynie, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

orangesol, Aug 14, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

Bignick254, Aug 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

jaywes754, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jophish17, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

mjstacker, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of GeoChase90
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A - Poured a hazy copper orange with a big two and a half finger off white head. Head shrunk pretty fast but remained present for a good while. Moderate sticky lacing.

S - Very impressed with it. Pretty dang hoppy and very bright. Almost all citrus, lots of orange and lemon. Little bit of pine and no noticeable malt.

T - Pretty much follows the nose, bright and poppy. Lots of citrus fruits and a little bit of pine. Not a lot of malt going on here but not overly bitter either. Loved how big it tasted for such low abv.

M - Super thin but I don't necessarily think that that's a bad thing for the style, don't always want something super thick and sticky.

O - Awesome session beer. I think it would take a lot of these for me to get bored of them. Great for a "middle of a hot day, don't want to get smashed" type of beer.

GeoChase90, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

IdrinkGas, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

acashk, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

wesley14, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of seedyone
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

05/30/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure where we're going with this brew. As an Un-hoppy guy this was not what I had in mind, or for that matter what was Ballast Point was thinking?

Tons-O-Hops but only 3.8% ABV? One would think this would alienate fledgling crafties due to unfamiliar sensations on the tongue with 'less than' sensations on the buzz. My advise...save the vats for something more decisive.

seedyone, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mduran92, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mdr4669, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JGLittle, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kniles38, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

SunDevilBeer, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

IRISHFAN951, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

random846, Jul 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Tuckersmth, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Pete27lax, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

pdmoore714, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Roze, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

caverog, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Boone757, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Tanger112, Jul 16, 2014
Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.