Mango Even Keel
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Mango Even KeelMango Even Keel
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,218
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,081
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
969
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned January 2016; drank 2/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge off-white head; strong, frothy lace.

Strong mango, cane sugar & blood orange notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mango soda flavor up front; dry wheat & mild honey notes on the finish. Refreshing fruit soda vibes; golf heaven!

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
1.59/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

The regular Even Keel was my go to session until I stopped finding it on shelves. I enquired to find that the mango variant was selling far better and replaced it, but for me this one is awfully artificial-tasting.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops and ripe mango.

Taste is hop forward that emphasized a fresh citrus approach resting on the ripe fruit tinged malt base. Mango is present from start to finish but remains a servant to the hops. I believe there's a touch of pine in the hops as well. I also find something in the aftertaste that I can only describe as slightly nutty. Don't know where that comes from but I like it.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

It's balanced, refreshing and a bit more interesting than the usual Session IPA but it's not something I find interesting enough to buy again.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold with thick head. Smells of mango, earthy, citrus hops. The mango is strong in the flavor too, with an earthy and citrus hop flavor taking a back seat. Kind of bready, but not strong malt. Dry.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 fl oz can at 129 Center Cut on November 29, 2018. This hoppy, session ale gets a flavor boost from mango, which perfectly plays off the citrusy hop bouquet.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange amber color with a fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a mango smell mixed with other aromas of bready aromas as well as a bit of grass and herb.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat more bready taste that has a hint of mango sweetness. The mango grows slightly stronger as the taste advances, but it never gets too overwhelming. All the while some dank hop tastes start entering the flavor profile. These grow stronger to the end, and leave one with a moderately sweet, but nicely dank hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a brew of only 3.8 % abv. the body is rather thick with a carbonation level that is one the moderate side. The feel is actually rather nice for the mango and hop, as the thickness seems to accentuate them and make them “heavier” in taste.

Overall – A rather nice session IPA. At only 3.8 % abv., this one has tons of body and flavor. A nice, lightly fruited, and somewhat more dankly hopped session IPA!!

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a foamy 2 finger head. Color is clear, dark apricot. Good amount of sticky lacing

S: Immediately smell of mango. it mixes well with some floral hops

T: Heavy hop bitterness with a good (and nicely restrained) mango sweetness. It culminates in a deep earthiness. It's as if the seasons changed and the pungent hops browned with the season.

O: A bit too much on the hop bitterness for my taste. It also only has that one singular note. Straightforward, specialized brew that's just ok.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber, half finger of foamy head
Very fruity. Ripe mango and peach dominate
Malty and bready, some pineyness and hop bitterness, plus with what I imagine is the taste of mango peel. Kind of cough syrup sweetness at the end
Medium body, kinda gross feeling
I don't know why I keep trying fruit beers, I never enjoy them

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Photo of bankboy66
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice as the mango washes over your tongue just enough to remind you you bought a mango beer. Not overpowering and neither are the hops. Pretty smooth and different. Give it a try.

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Photo of KMillard
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the Mandarin, tangerine, bloof margarine ipas out this summer, this is the only one I could stomach on a regular basis. Why? Because it's balanced. The fruit doesn't overpower, the hops don't overpower and judging from other summer fruit offerings, this must be a rare feat. I see in the other reviews about an artificial taste. To me, this tastes like natural mango, even down to the green off flavor parts a mango produce. It's not the slushy mango flavor or the mango chutney flavor, but rather the overripe mango at the market flavor. If ballast managed to produce an artificial version by of that flavor they're in the wrong business. If you are suspicious of fruit beers, try this one.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have not had this beer in over a year. The Mango now taste even more authentic and doesn't taste like it used to, it taste even more natural now and I loved this beer previously and I still do cause you get a real mango flavor right up front and then a satisfying bitter hop bite on the backend and what else could you ask for in a 3.8% ABV session. This is the perfect summer/yard work session beer IMO.

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Photo of dcbeers
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Ballast Point is always on point, but stay away from this. As other reviewers state and I can attest to, the "mango" is an artificial vanilla flavor that leaves a bad, bad, bad aftertaste.

On a 95 degree Washington D.C. day my friend and I were looking for a refreshing session IPA. He always holds my beer choices in high regard. But I think I have lost all credibility with this beer which set the night off on a bad note.

Do yourself a favor for your beer reputation and your wallet, avoid at all costs.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at AllTech Beer fest, 2018.
Amber glow; candy sweet nose; hit of caramel, big sweet tropical, giant whack of C-hops, powdery end.

4 4.25 4.5 4 4.25

Does mango play as vanilla sometimes? Because this one is pulling tricks I’ve never seen. That intense Tang thing from Cali hops + the IBUs hit hard, too. This would work at APA strengths; at 3.8%, it’s a miracle.

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Photo of Dowlers
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 Oz cans poured into pint glasses.

Very poor effort in my opinion. The mango is very up front and on the nose but completely unbalanced. After my first can it started tasting metallic and vanilla. The aftertaste was sharp and bitter with no balance. Very thin. I like the regular even keel so was very disappointed by this.

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Photo of brenn79
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can- Pours burnt orange with a large off white head. Aroma is strong in mango, some dank hops, pine and citrusy, sweet yet in check malt backbone. The flavor is mango up front, piney and resinous, hops are well balanced with the mango. Tasty.

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells like mango. Tastes like mango, though it's balanced well and doesn't come across as overly sweet. It has enough of a hop presence to it to round out the flavor and give it just a little bit of a kick (but not much, seeing as it's only 3.8%). It's pretty much as advertised, and it's great, though if you don't like mango, I can't imagine you would like this. I only bought a single can of this and was immediately disappointed that I didn't have more.

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Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big foamy tan froth atop a hazy peach colored brew. Orange, mango and pine to the nose. Grain, mango, zest and a touch of pine on the tongue. Light to medium, easy going and consistent in quality across the board.

Why? Why not? I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, honey colored with a large foamy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: sweet and fruity, mango, light grain, light hops

T: lots of sweet fruit, heavy mango, very sweet but quickly fades into hop bitterness

M: thinner

O: lots of flavor with a low alcohol content

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pint glass. Poured a deep honey blond with thick head. Heavy mango on the nose. Slight bitterness on the front with mango on the back end. Hoppy but not overpowering.

A nice refreshing ale.

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Photo of puck1225
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Deep yellow with a decent head and good lacing. Very nice fruity smell and taste. Not hoppy but a good taste. Nice with salsa.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell: full of mango and some hoppiness.
Taste and feel: quite light, some taste of mango, bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste is very light, almost nothing.

An okay brew, nothing that exceptional about it.

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Photo of stopimalreadydead
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours coppery. Smells like tropical fruit. Sort of a candy/artificial mango taste plus grapefruit. It is hoppy enough to even out the candy sweetness that the mango adds. Overall, very easy to drink and wonderful on a hot summer day here in Hawaii.

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Photo of taters21
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely Amber color with a finger and a half of off white head, nice retention and lacing.
This smell divine, mango, guava, and passion fruit, and more mango! Light hop presence here but noticeable.
Light malt, mango notes, ending in light bittering hops.
Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery for the style, but given the abv I can't expect too much here.
Overall the taste is good, but the smell and appearance are much better.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a cider glass.
3.25/4.5/4/3.75/4.25
A: Clear copper, mild effervescence, no head.
S: Amazingly fruity with a very distinctive mango (light peach) aroma. A bit candyish/artificial, but not remotely unpleasant. Powerful and one-dimensional.
T: The candy notes persist upfront, and never really disappear, although a brightly dry malt follows with a trace of earthy bitterness. Ballast Point does fruity beers very well. The sweetness is slightly unnerving, but never cloying, and the overall effect is excellent...if you like tropical fruit.
O: Compelling drinking and compelling ABV. If you've ever savored a Jolly Rancher or a session IPA, this is the beer for you!

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. can. I am not going to do this beer justice with a short review but the beer looks beautiful, a generally clear orange/amber with a decent but not long lasting head. Modest lacing on the glass. Smells strong mangos and grapefruit. Tastes like candied mango and orange tootsie pop with a little bitterness. Really enjoying this session IPA! Another well done Ballast Point brew.

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