Even Keel Session IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 22
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 118
Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +7.9%
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 SensorySupernova
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -8.9%
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 woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Greatness in a can; the nuggie piney smell to this brew is top-notch.

Photo of Absolut
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lot a flavor for a little beer.

Photo of SweetChicken
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the fullness of flavor from IIPAs and IPAs. So, session IPAs make me a little leery. However, Ballast Point has developed some real fullness in Even Keel that I don't pick up in other sessions. Well Done.

Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden color with a 1finger white head some lacing
S-slight tropical and citrus notes some grassy and sweet malts smells
T-light on the citrus/tropical hop taste had some baked bread cracker malts that competed with the hops
M-medium carbonation a tad watered down
O-typical session brew taste and hops were light its worth a try

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yay craft beer cans! Plus I'm a big fan of the new craze for session IPAs, all the great hops without a ton of booze. Code on the bottom of the can but no discernible date.

Also cans force a heavy pour, and it yields a large fluffy 2+ finger head which I can't finish the pour even, it fades at a med pace wtih nice soapy lacing, hazy sediment laden reddish-orange with a slight copper hue.

Nose is explosive out of hte can, lots of fresh hops, a little floral and grassy but lots of citrus, orange rind, a fruity apricot tangerine like, with a little candied orange, but unfortuntely the bright hops fade quickly to the candied orange, and caramel candy malt, and a little toffee. Could be a little older than it should be.

Taste brings more malts at first, caramel toffee candy malts, a reddish juicy malt. Hops are there btu more background, grassy and a bit spicy, with more generic fruity flavors, a little orange rind and citrus notes but not much, general fruity hops, with mild to fair bitterness, candied fruits, etc. Finish dries a bit, luckily not sticky or sweet, a little more candied orange peel and generic fruits, hops get more spicy and grassy though.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall OK but not special, hops are OK but not great, I think a little old unfortunately, also way too malty for a session IPA I think. Fairly enjoyable and sessionable for sure, but not quite what I expected, esp for that first great aroma of hops.

Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-11-23 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz can

A - Very clear orange-copper with a 3-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves good lace.

S - Bright citrus, touch of bread and mild spice. Inviting.

T - Orange zest tea and a pine/orange peel hop bite up front. Just a hint of biscuit malt sweetness. Very dry. Orange and grapefruit flesh on the finish. It's nicely bitter but not over-the-top. Reminds me of a Surly Bitter Brewer.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Somewhat prickly.

O - This is one fine session IPA. Lots of flavor. Definitely not just bitter/dank hop water. The orange-zest-tea-with-a-half-lump-of-brown-sugar puts pushes this higher than most of the session IPAs I've reviewed.

Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

it's hard to make a beer that's both this sessionable and this hoppy and flavorful. I love session IPAs and this is a great one - hits all the marks of the style and does them with flair - super floral, and very low ABV. Would be amazing on a summer day. They did an awesome job. Ballast Point knows their shit and this beer is further proof.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Can. Pours a clear, orange color. Nice sized head. Head leaves lacing consistently. Aroma consists of damp citrus flesh. Some sweeter floral aromas, too. Some caramel. Flavor is better than the aroma and is quite powerful for its diminutive ABV level. The citrus seems to pop more. The flavor does falls off the tongue quickly, which isn't necessarily the worst thing; keeping it sessionable and not overbearing. Not overly bitter, which also helps its sessionability. Light bodied and somewhat crisp. A decent Session IPA. I will destroy this six pack come high noon.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some citrus, highly drinkable. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth, sessionable beer.

Photo of larryi86
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head

S- Dank, pine, citrus grapefruit, pungent

T- Fairly bitter piney dank finish, grapefruit/citrus, light malt backbone.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- A good session IPA worth trying, like other session IPAs I feel it has a big hoppy nose, but nice lighter taste.

Photo of seagullbeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Got a six pack for the baseball games. Nice to see a session beer that clocks in below 4% alcohol. I was really enjoying the Stone Go To and the Lagunitas Daytime but this might be my new favorite light and crisp 6 pack.

S- Light metalic hop smell, nothing to complex

T- Smooth and bitter. Kinda creamy. Tasted more like an esb than an ipa to me.

F- Very smooth with tiny bubbles, really enjoyable. It think the mouthfeel is why i like this a lot more than similar session ipas and pas.

O- Solid session brew. Doesn't have lots of interesting flavors but it checks all the boxes off for a session beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top growler filled hours ago at The Growler Room in Austin, TX, and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed as a session IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a 4 finger wide head of off-white colour. Frothy and starchy looking. It's a foamy sticky blanket of head, with a nicely thick consistency. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Inconsistent webby lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6-8 minutes. Airy and fluffy.

BODY: Clear copper colour of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears to be of below average carbonation. It's a decent looking session IPA, but isn't unique or special by any means.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop notes. A bit of caramalt. Light nectary hop notes. Quite resinous. A kiss of grapefruit citrus and bready malts. On the more bitter end of the spectrum. There does seem to be a lot of flavour here for a 3.5% ABV.

No oily hops, juicy fruity hop notes, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength, and suggests an imbalanced brew with a fair amount of flavour.

TASTE: Pale malts. Caramalt. Floral hop notes. Hints of candied character (with an accompanying sweetness) and bubblegum. Resinous. It's too sweet, and lacks sufficient hop character. What hop character is present is underwhelming. Where's the grapefruit citrus? Much more malty than anticipated. It's certainly imbalanced, but I don't dislike it.

The build is cohesive, but far from gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex for a 3.80% beer, but not complex by general standards. It's not subtly executed, and lacks nuance. A very simple plain flavour profile. No-frills, if you will.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and somewhat oily. I'd prefer it softer. Well-carbonated.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable, but it's not the blow-you-away session IPA I hoped for from Ballast Point. I expected a beer I'd be shocked had so much flavour and quality at such a low ABV, but ultimately I got just another imbalanced session IPA (i.e. glorified pale ale) that happens to have less alcohol. This is a tall glass of no thankyou, but I appreciate Ballast Point's effort and look forward to whatever they bring out in the future. I've had far better in the style. This isn't up to par with Ballast Point's finest offerings. Can safely be skipped. I like what they're going for - an über-drinkable hoppy brew with a lot of flavour but low-alcohol, but the execution just isn't there. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed.


Photo of nmoreilly
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I've been so soaked into the "it must be of high ABV" to be a real beer that I've forgotten that that's not a factually correct statement. This beer proves that hands down, I asked for this at the Hoppin Pig in the Gas Light after being told the Sculpin tap was over. It was very good, tropical / citrus fruits, standard malt background and highly quaffable. I finds these San Diego area breweries having the ability to blow the Northern CA standard bearers out of the way Well done Ballast Point on this and various others, can't wait to try the stouts and porters into the fall.

Photo of 3ricks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A session APA at it's best,

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nice and hoppy

Photo of JBuckwalter
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

What a fantastic session beer. My standard go to for sessions is Founder's All Day IPA, but I think Even Keel has officially dethroned it as my new favorite session beer.

This beer has a malty backbone that other sessions don't seem to have and a flavor that would suggest it has a far higher alcohol content than it does. The beer is very hoppy with a citrus and pine aroma. The bitterness on the tongue is a little smoother than the All Day, so although the IBU may be higher, it has a little less of the bite.

To be honest, if this beer was at 5-6% alcohol I would have given it a 3.75. Because it is so light, dry and drinkable I think it really should be elevated. One of the most quaffable good beers I've had in years. Again, its going to replace the All Day as my new go to and that is really saying something.

Photo of Celtics17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Missed the mark for me. Very sessionable. But missing some of the big flavors that Easy Jack, Daytime and other session IPA's provide.

Photo of HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Serving Type: 12 oz can poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, copper golden color. Fizzy white head recedes quickly with limited lacing.

Smell: Brightly hoppy, citrus zest and resin, but also slightly musty, vegetal.

Taste: Refreshing citrus and resin continue with crisp bitterness and slight tartness. Very little malt.

Mouthfeel: Very light, thin body with good, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Light, refreshing thirst quencher with a good dose of hop character.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

An extremely bright beer with a floral and upfront hop profile and little maltiness in the body. Has a really light body and crisp taste of a lager and at 3.8% ABV it's really playing up the session factor. A solid beer no doubt but not the king of the session IPA, giving the nod to Founders All Day so far.

Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.