Mango Even Keel
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,643
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3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, which may or may not be the best choice (pleasure vs. cost analysis) right now for we Albertan beer cognoscenti, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar, tightly webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly ebbs away.

It smells of fresh, pungent mango flesh, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of lesser domestic orange and white grapefruit additions, subtle earthy yeast, and tame earthy, leafy, and sort of piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a still understated yeasty thingamabob, some rather reduced mango and other meek tropical fruitiness, weak copra esters, and more leafy, weedy and somewhat floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is gentle in its plain and sort of subservient frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really taking the time to mess around here, it would seem. It finishes well off-dry, the fading mango essence kind of disappointing amongst the still sturdy grainy malt.

Overall, a fairly refreshing and enjoyable summertime tipple, the sort more agreeable, I'm guessing, when one's so-called better half doesn't up and interrupt for an hour or so of 'conversation' in the midst of it all. Fuck. Anyways, a good and tasty brew - I wish I had another dozen or so to put back now, for various obvious and lesser so reasons.

Jun 09, 2016
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PiffJames from Illinois

4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beer most real craft beer aficionados will probably hate on. For me, this is my favorite out of all the Ballast Point brews I've tried.

Some fruity beers are sweet which immediately turns me off. I want the flavor of fruit without the sugary shandy taste. Too many of these sweet fruity beers just taste like cheap wine.

This beer on the other hand, just tastes good. It's NOT sweet. It's a creamy mango taste. It doesn't taste watered down at all. It actually tastes quite bold for a 3.8% abv beer. Very apparent pleasant mango taste and smell. Kinda a vanilla thing goin' on too but mainly tasty mango fun.

With all the mango flavor, this still tastes like beer. It leaves you with a mango taste that then turns bitter, reminding you that you are in fact drinking beer.

This is one of my favorite beers I've tired recently and I see this as something I will consistently drink for years to come.

Jun 02, 2016
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RJQ3 from New Jersey

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.

Jul 30, 2018
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govlady from Missouri

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer just tastes super artificial. Doesn't really compare to any of the other fruited ballast point beers, sculpins, etc. not a bad beer for that abv, but just way to artificial. Couldn't drink more than one.

Feb 13, 2016
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smbslt from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The sweet, fruity aroma (4.25) filled with floral notes came barreling out of the glass as the beer hit bottom and was detectable at arm's length. The golden, orange color belied a maltiness that based on the ABV was not and could not be there. The coarse head receded to a thin tight layer which provided sporadic lacing (3.75). The bitterness was complimented by candied fruit slice sweetness, very big for a session beer (4). Feel was a bit viscous and tacky which worked with the flavor but detracted from its refreshing quality (3.75). Overall an excellent season beer. Always impressed when a brewer can do so much without relying on jacking the abv (4.25).

May 29, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Mar 23, 2017
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Feb 27, 2017
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Amateurbrewmaster from New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a fine interpretation of a fruit infused IPA, and it's also the perfect craft beer for those who want a refreshing beer without getting drunk. Perfect for the ballpark or picnics
Looks: Somewhere between yellow and copper. Nice soapy head
Aroma: Blows me away with fruit. Popped the top and you can smell the fruit a mile away. Bringing it in closer you get citrusy and floral notes
Taste: Lots of mango (shocker). Citrus and a very subtle sweetness to balance it out. A little bitter bite on the finish
Feel: For a beer that's less than 4 percent, it was not too thin. It was smooth. Good carbonation
I've had 6 percent beers that weren't as flavorful. This isn't a bad beer at all and I'm quite glad I picked up an 8 pack of this

Apr 18, 2017
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descobar from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Jan 24, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow with decent foamy head and medium lacing. Smells wonderful, loads of hops and mango with a light floral mix. Taste is awesome, this is a perfect mix of mango and hops, its not overdone, just a nice mix of fruit but still solid hoppy beer flavors. Getting a little honey flavors and floral sweetness, the finish is light and mild carbonation. Overall a great beer for long day in pool or at party outside, very nice!

Apr 08, 2017
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

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.

Jul 11, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

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.
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!

Aug 07, 2017
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UtahBeerPleb from Utah

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.

Jan 09, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Oct 19, 2016
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bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jan 08, 2017
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Tavo2311 from New Jersey

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

Jul 10, 2016
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FogDishHead from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jul 09, 2016
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user785335 from Florida

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

May 30, 2016
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twizzard from New York

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 11, 2016
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gesesq from Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This one "jumped the shark" for me. Mango just did not work. Overall tasted like watered down candy infused hodge-podge that just did not belong together. One of my favorite brewers but you can retire this one.

Jul 05, 2016
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dditto2 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 17, 2016
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GreenEggsHam1 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 09, 2016
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thisXwar from New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 06, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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!!

Dec 01, 2018
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pstam87 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 29, 2017
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