Mango Even Keel | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Mango Even KeelMango Even Keel

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Clear medium golden copper pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lots of mango and fruit... sweet and bready. Mild citrus.

T/F: This one definitely tends to the juicy side of things. Mango clearly present... more than in many supposed 'mango' IPA's. Tropical fruits and mild citrus are the prominent flavors with more malt richness than expected. Thin in body which was a given with the sub 4% ABV. Finish is almost caramel sweetness.

O: For a mango Session IPA... very not bad, and up to Ballast Point's usual quality. Not one I'd reach for often, but if you're looking for a low ABV beer that you can drink a lot of this one is way better than your typical light fare.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark golden color with slightly off-white head. Aroma is really sweet and fruity with some tropical bubblegum notes. Taste follows with the tropical bubblegum but then it gets quite watery with a dry, bitter grapefruit finish and aftertaste. Light body but feels really smooth on the palate. Overall it's quite aromatic and fruity but the taste falls a bit short.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can. Pours a pleasant copper-amber color with a light head that quickly dissipates. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose mixed with a little Juicey Fruit sweetness. Palate is very similar but with a nice hoppy bitter finish. With a very low abv, this is the perfect session pale ale -- lots of flavor to spare. Terrific.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with medium, thick, white head that lasts a while good lacing

Smells tropical, citrus, orange and mango. Sweet Caramel malt.

Sweet malts, mango and citrus. Dry finish with a bitter pine linger. Light body with higher carbonation.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep gold/pale amber producing 3 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, beige head that leaves a 3/4 finger of webby, clumpy lace above the collar. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit, orange & tropical fruit (mango) forward with a hint of pine swimming in a sweet caramel background. Taste is a fruity hop forward mix of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango sitting on top of bready dough & caramel, finishing with a pine note thrown in. There is an off-putting plastic-like note. Dry throughout with bitterness kicking in at midsip & intensifying in the finish where it becomes a very bitter, lasting citrus rind & pine needle astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a little slick, thin prickliness with a chalky aftertaste. A little disappointing release from this fine brewery.

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Photo of descobar
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Miramar brewery tasting room. - poured deep golden hue with creamy off-white head. full clarity. aromas is all mango and hoppy fruitiness. like a mango jello (amazing). taste is herbal and fruity balanced by malt sweetness. right on! mango flavors are there, not overwhelming with subtle bitterness. medium light body, but no watered down sensation (as in some SIPAs), smooth and crisp carbonation. bitterness and fruity flavors explode on the palate before a dry finish with lingering bitterness. - I love this beer! and at 3.8% I can drink these all day. brilliant!

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this one on draft and the keg kicked so I only a partial pour - it appears clear pale yellow in color with a white cap.

Nose is herbal and fruity with a nice balance of hop character meets fruit addition.

The taste has a hint of pink bubblegum upfront that blends to fruit, citrus and straw grain. At no point does the fruitiness scream mango to me but its there.

This is light in body with a light amount of carbonation. Not bad, will have to revisit sometime.

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Photo of california_republic
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I was at a Spec's and the Ballast Point reps were there setting up a display for Victory At Sea. Not having Ballast Point before, I asked about the sextant variety pack and one rep told me that it's a great pack because it's Ballast Point and any Ballast Point is good. Fine, so I got a build your own six pack of Ballast Point and this was the first I tried.

Nose: mango
Taste: mango, pine, bitterness
Finish: mango, bitter
Conclusion: I think Ballast Point is really pushing their arrogance with this one. It wasn't particularly enjoyable and was basically a one trick pony of mango with too much bitterness and nothing else though I guess it's a session beer. IPA flavor s were missing. My impression of Ballast Point at the moment is that they just throw fruit into everything and charge an arm and a leg for it without much regard for crafting something balanced and good. Hope that changes as I try more of their lineup. As far as mango beers are concerned, I prefer Anchor Mango Wheat Ale. Much more depth, balance, and drinkable.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz can without canning or freshness date into standard pint glass.

L: Copper color with solid finger white head.

S: Mango, citrus hops, Tangerine, Orange, Lemon.

T: Heavy citrus hop flavor and some tart mango. Strange aftertaste.

F: Light bodied and crisp from heavy carbonation. Very dry finish.

O: Not my style of IPA at all.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a clear copper/amber with a one-finger white head. As expected, nose is a big blast of tropical fruit. Taste ish a bit one-dimensional: bitter tropical fruit/hops. There's a mango aftertaste that lingers and is a bit unpleasant. Mouthfeel isn't great; it's a bit too carbonated for me. Overall, I wanted this to be a refreshing fruity IPA, but it's not working for me. The mango is a bit cloying (if a bitter taste can be said to be cloying). This beer seems a bit out of balance.

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Photo of Prager62
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A twelve ounce can with no visible date code poured in a 12oz. snifter tulip.

Look- Pours a lively amber color with two fingers of frothy off white foam. It slowly settles revealing thick lacing.

Smell- Mango, some floral, sweet malt.

Taste- Caramel malt heavy with some artificial and acidic tasting mango. A bit of floral perfume in the finish.

Feel- Acidic with a slightly bitter bite.

Overall- In three words, not a fan. With no date, I have no idea about freshness, but it was a recent purchase by a friend. A very artificial and malty taste that doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, mango, and caramel;

T: follows the nose; pine, mango, and caramel are well balanced; mild bitterness with prominent mango on the finish; mango lasts into the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: refreshing; much more than a fruit beer;

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, I think Tropicalia has ruined me in regards to any "juicy' IPA's. You do get a bit of the mango sweetness and lots of bitter but it doesn't balance well. I also get that this is supposed to be a lighter IPA but the mouthfeel threw me off.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A strange and poorly balanced beer, this unfortunate entry into the fruity IPA craze tastes hoppy and bitter in the front, hoppy and bitter in the back, and like a sweet, creamy mango creamsicle in the middle. Someone out there probably thinks it's interesting, but I think it's the beer equivalent of those poorly paced movies that start and end as a comedy but have way too much drama and story in the middle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Is this suppose to be subliminal messaging? Sure its a bitter hopped Session IPA which drinks great but to me I got very little mango in the aroma and almost none in the flavor. Not the biggest fan of session IPA's but I guess this is at least drink able even though its hard to even classify it as a fruit beer. Like putting a tablespoon of mango syrup into a fairly tasty IPA. It's OK I guess...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer is bangin! one of the best of the seemingly endless stream of fruited ballast point beers that have been rolling out since their acquisition. ive been generally fairly negative towards the other ones, much preferring the base beers to most of the slightly gimmicky variants, but this one is amazingly delicious. the mango is very forward and very ripe, always seems like mango is in conjunction with some other more powerful fruits like pineapple or passion, and its lost. here its on its own and its really vibrant and forward, even in front of the hops. so sweet and tropical up front, honey notes and the fruit together, a little more of a caramel type malt base than i expected for such a low alcohol beer. the hops are awesome too, juicy and citrusy, and not even a little bit bitter. the fruit and the hops together are a perfect marriage, each one really prominent and fresh, this is summer beer for sure. i am not sure i have had the regular even keel, but i cant imagine it being better than this. the mango is the perfect fruit and the amount of it is perfect as well. i love how low alcohol it is too. one of the best sessions of the summer this year!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Mango Even Keel"
12 fl. oz. can, no packaging code or freshness dating
So remind me, what's the "Even Keel"? There are so many beers anymore I just forget. Right, it's their "Session IPA", got it. Well that should be good then, right? A little more tropical character to give it a little more berth and depth.

Well, it's OK. In comparison to the standard "Even Keel" I'd have to say it doesn't really improve it. It's quite different, and it's OK, but it's not any better in my opinion. The mango's pretty solid in both flavor and aroma, and it's almost a fruit beer except that it's got a solid bitterness to it. Ballast point seems to be going crazy with all of these fruit flavored versions, and some of them are great, but I'm not so sure this one works as well. On the other hand it's not bad, there's a pleasant malt/fruit balance, and it's not overly bitter. There's certainly nothing technically wrong with it, and it's both interesting and refreshing. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased as a single for $1.89 American Dollars. Julian dated on bottom indicates this brew was canned on 6/5/2016.

Clear light orange elixir poured into SA pint glass. 2 finger, thick head. Thick clouds of lacing as the tasting proceeds.

Tropical fruits headed up by the mango. Cotton candy.

Nice balance between the bitter hops and tropical fruit.

Light body, smooth finish but more substance then you'd think could be found in a 3.8% session.

A nicely done session IPA that's easy drinking with a lot of presence.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing coating the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mango juice are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is bursting with flavors of mangos and seems to overshadow just about all of the underlying citrusy hops, which only contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's nice if you like mangos, but could use a better balance between the other citrusy hop flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very refreshing. Nice golden amber color, foamy, off white head & sporadic lacing. Mostly clear, and very carbonated. The aroma is like fruit juice, mango forward of course. A little too perfume like in my opinion. The flavor is the same, with hints of vanilla and citrus hops. Light caramel malt as well. The aftertaste is bitter, so you remember you are drinking beer. I do enjoy many of BP's brews. But, unfortunately, I find their fruit beers to be a bit on the "candy" side. Artificially flavored even, like the Watermelon Dorado, Pineapple Sculpin, or Barmy. I've had beers in which the tropical fruit flavor is from the hops, which is good. If this beer was more subtle in the added fruit, it would be better in my opinion. Not so mild that you can't taste them, like Heavy Melon from NB, but not like a kids drink either.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was canned 11 days ago, so very fresh. Poured into an IPA glass. Crystal clear golden amber color with a frothy white head. Big mango aroma with sweet tropical fruity notes. The taste followed with a nice mango presence and big tropical fruit. A slight bready backbone. Very light bodied but not watery. Seemed well-balanced and one of the best low ABV hoppy beers I've tasted.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is nice. Strong fruit aroma is quite apparent. More amber than orange for color. Good malt character is the backbone for the hop flavors and the mango sweetness in taste. The hop dryness on the finish is unexpected but enjoyable nonetheless. A bit of a grainy character to the taste wrapped in the typically thinner body and slightly watery character. This is towards the top of session ales.
Thanks Bry.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Even Keel is a refreshing light beer as it stands, but the idea of adding mango sounds delightful, doesn't it? From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Looks toasted orange with perhaps a hint of it leaning into brown. A solid half-inch of head rests above, dropping into a small creamy lace above. The mango stands out most in the aroma. Waves of crisp grass and a kiss of pine give the mango extra depth and aroma therapy. Mango Even Keel, compared to the standard one, could be viewed as a toss-up in taste. As weird as it sounds, but the mango seems to add AND subtract from the taste. The mango is surely present, adding oomph to the start, but also distracting from the pleasing grassy and dry biscuit and slightly sweet malt base. Its refreshingly, powerful crispness and light body gives the beer an added kick at the end.

Adding pleasurable adjuncts has quickly become the M. O. of Ballast Point. Mango Even Keel is not significantly better or worse than the original, just different.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, date stamp of 16159 15:12 EK 76M. Whatever that may mean. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright orange amber. 1/8" sudsy off-white head. Some strands and small islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Fresh cut mango, floral hops, citrus.

Taste: Mango first and foremost, and then a hoppy transition that lasts through the entire sip and swallow. Some floral and sweet taste in the middle (which may be the Mango again), and then some piney + citrus bitterness at the finish. Quite hoppy from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, nicely thick for a session IPA. Some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A good full flavor beer and the mango flavor really works well with this beer. Great with food (turkey burgers and mixed green salad) and I think this would be good all by itself as well. I could easily have another. A good hoppy IPA with a good Mango accenting flavor.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great looking head, lots of lacing. Nice light gold color. Smells strongly of mango and citrus hops, little malt detected. Taste is the same as the smell, hop forward and lots of mango to end it up! Feels light and head fluffy. Solid session brew, wolf but again.

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