Mango Even Keel | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Mango Even KeelMango Even Keel

Brewed by:
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 PiffJames
4.86/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

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Photo of BigStas
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional session beer for a fruit IPA lover. Surprising body for a session ale. The smell pops out of the can. Detect a slightly vanilla finish. Pours and retains a good head. Good lacing. Absolutely, my beer of choice for the summer.

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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 AC-Mivsek
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours golden with a hint of orange and a big, brilliantly white head
S- Big time mango and fresh fruit-orange,strawberry, banana. Followed by bold, juicy hops - delicious!
T- Sweet and fruity, but not overly so. Mango takes center stage once again, and the hops balance out the fruit with a nice slightly bitter pine finish.
M- Light body, high carbonation, crisp and finishes clean. Extremely quaffable.
O- This is an outstandingly delicious session ale, and the best fruit infused beer I have come across so far.

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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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Photo of Jeffwise
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised on the crappy reviews damn haha... Mango mango mango nose middle and finish. Insane fruit aroma... As soon as it hits the tongue... Also pure mango. Probably the most refreshing beer I've ever had.. I can see why some people would dislike it if they were looking for a hop forward mango IPA. But I believe this is not meant to be that at all. A great session beer. Hope this is around come summer... Could put down quite a few of these at 3.8% while satisfying my thirst. Would definetely suggest to anyone looking for an easy drinking.. Relaxing mellow beer. Also any fruit lover must have. If you're looking to get your tongue blown out with hoppy bitterness... This is not your friend

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Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3.8% ABV, 40 IBU's, brewed with Mango. $1.79 for a 120oz can at BevCo.
Pours out to a brilliantly clear light orange, forming a tall soapy off yellow head with beautiful retention and solid lacing, owing in parts to it's brisk carbonation, about 3.0 carbs or so. The nose is up front tropical fruit hops and potent mango. Very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, light bodied, easy to drink. The mango is up front and quite nice, followed by a delicate malt body, but still enough that it adds more backbone that I would think possible for a 3.8% ABV beer. The bitterness sits quite nice, enough to keep an IPA fan happy. There is a peculiar metallic kinda sweetness that is hard to describe in the middle, but ultimately finishes quite dry while leaving some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. No off flavors.

This is really interesting, probably the most flavorful low ABV beer I've ever had. If you're in the mood for an IPA but don't want to get wasted and want something refreshing and easy to drink, definitely try this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- big fruity mango aroma intermingles with citrusy hop notes and a clean toasted malt bill, very nice

T- big fruity mango flavors follow the nose and almost give a mango-nectar-like flavor. Underlying citrusy hops adds notes of orange zest. The finish is clean with a toasted malt linger, as well as more sweet mango fruitiness

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish

O- 3.8%!? You certainly can't tell as this thing is loaded with flavor. I can't imagine a better beach/hot weather beer and it's certainly the best <4% I've ever had, good stuff.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Come on, folks.

This beer is 3.8% and has more flavor than a 6% IPA.

Aroma is fantastic and the flavor is crisp and dry.

I really liked this one for what it is. Utterly amazed at the alcohol percentage.

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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 scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at THG.

A: Severed a clear light golden apple juice color with a fluffy, thick, and greasy white head that faded to a faint collar. Sheets of very sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Notes of mango and tropical fruit definitely dominate the nose. Perfumey fresh and hoppy. Sweet smelling. Lots of grassy notes in there as well.
T: Sweet and fruity hop punch. Tons of juicy hops with flavors of sweet tropical fruit. The flavor doesn't scream mango, but there is a tropical juiciness to it. Hop flavor lingers but there's no lingering hop oil or stickiness.
M: Clean and light body. Soft, standard, carbonation. Light and clean mouth that's almost tingly feeling.
O: A great low alcohol (by today's standards) flavor packed beer. Easy to drink, not cloying sweet but definitely tons of fruit nectar flavors. Mango is there for sure, but not a pure mango bomb.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a light honey brown with a medium white head. The aroma is piney hops. The flavor is pine with some semi sweet fruit at the end. Overall, another excellent beer from Ballast Point.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most all of the tropical / sweet and fruity flavor and 3.8% ! Very drinkable. Much love for this session. Has partial pine and mango/candy fruit on the nose...and a sweet flavor all around from the initial smell to the taste to the aftertaste.... a refreshing session offering no matter the season.

Pours light orange with minimal head and lace.. not much retention just a thin ring of head.

Light sugar and candy on the nose, citrus and pine up front and then tropical candied fruit with mango/pineapple bite. The body and mouthfeel of this is impressive for the low ABV. A little less carbonation would be nice though to make it crushable.

Overall impression:

So Good !

Buuuuut : A bit too prickly on the tongue and sickly sweet to be.... "Sessionable" if you will... I had 2 and I don't want a third in my uhh.. session. Overall this beer is amazing. Must try.

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

Another groovy summer beer from Ballast Point, this beer will be a contender for cooler space in the warming summer months. Light and refreshing with low alcohol it hits all the right notes in a sessionable IPA with the addition of some fruity sweetness. Only a lack of flavor really keeps this beer down, but for such a low ABV what can you expect?

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

Perfectly refreshing and crushable low abv pale ale. They don't overdo it on the fruit, but it's definitely there. Summer will be fun with these around.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, rustic orange with a big, foamy white head.
Smells like candied mangoes.
Very fruity taste with the bitter hop. I actually really like this. I loved Even Keel.
Mouthfeel is nice, crisp and light definitely crushable!
I will rate much higher than most.

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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 HopsAreDaMan
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is amazing, as it is packed with flavor, especially for a 3.8% ABV beer. There is both mango AND citrus-y hops in the flavor and aroma, and it is amazingly well balanced. I just wish that beer weren't $14 a six pack!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz can.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: A beer that I can completely see through...its been a while since I have seen a beer that is completely translucent. Anyways, pale yellow body with a large voluminous bone white head composed of many compact and equally sized bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a boat load of mango's which should be of no surprise here. A little hop bite of lime zest and grapefruit rind mixed with some mango jello. I think there is some mint presence as well.

Taste: Decent hop bite to start things off; boasting almost moderate levels of extrememly clean bitterness that quickly fades into big notes of sweet and juicy mango's. The mango is legit; nothing artificial or fake happening with this beers fruit adjunct. Hint of pineapple and papaya. Finish has a light pine and grapefruit/lemon/lime zest quality in the finish that is clean and even a little dry tasting. Some sweetness is left to linger shortly after the bitterness fades; its reminiscent of a grainy malt with mango jello.

Mouthfeel: light body beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very drinkable, but man does it have a lot of flavor for a session IPA. Does not hinder the drinkability though.

Overall: I am not a huge session IPA guy, but I have been gravitating towards drinkable flavorful beers on a frequent basis these days. I am absolutely impressed with this Ballast Point offering, mango was a great fruit to use in a tropical session IPA. This has the flavor/bitterness of an IPA, but still manages to drink easy. Sign me up for a six pack anytime!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Better than the Pineapple Sculpin in terms of picking up the fruit flavor. The Mango does pop out, but doesn't stay on the tongue as long as I would have wanted. Easy to drink and refreshing. This is a solid summer beer, and even a good intro for a new craft beer drinker.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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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 Amateurbrewmaster
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ashamedly, I have to admit: I thought this was really enjoyable. Is it mango-heavy? Yup? Does it feel artificial? I mean, in the sense you know there's no way to make a beer that mango-forward, in that quantity, without added flavoring, yeah. But, at the end of the day, was it kinda sneaky tasty? Yup. Brilliantly clear bronze body, a thin layer of fizzy foam that just barely lingers. Smell is mangoes, to be sure, but also a sort of creamy, peach rings-esque vibe, along with light traces of tropical/grassy hops. It's gimmicky and weird and feels so wrong...and yet so right. Palate is a punch of mango, then crackery malt and SIPA bitterness. In case it's not already abundantly clear, I feel so wrong for liking this, but I also can't deny it -- it's a darn tasty little brew that would be the toast of a summer BBQ.

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Photo of RAFH
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. There's mango sweetness, but I couldn't get enough of that vanilla sensation. I loved this beer for that reason alone. It was that unique vanilla flavor that made me love and crave this beer.

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