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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Added by HunterSBeerson on 08-11-2015

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Photo of ballenc
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured from a can to nonic pint.

Short and not so sweet - I'm a big fan of Ballast Point but this is easily the worst of their beers that I've had. A very strange flavor - almost a vanilla/buttery taste that is off putting. Bought a six pack hoping it would be a good, low ABV summer beer. After two cans, the rest are going to the back of the beer fridge. Maybe I can pawn them off on some non-craft drinkers at a summer party. I hope this experience can be chalked up to a bad batch.

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Photo of gesesq
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of JamLand
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

The look and feel were appropriate for the style. I enjoyed the nose, but the taste was medicinal. It took me a bit to figure it out, but it reminded me of the chewable citrus children's Tylenol from my childhood. Overall, the most disappointed I've ever been in a Ballast Point beer.

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Photo of gniv
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I did not enjoy this brew. I'm a big fan of the regular Even Keel, but the mango flavor on this one feels fake, and that ruins it. I don't doubt the flavor is natural, as they claim on the can, but it just doesn't come out right in the beer.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

HUGE mango and pineapple smell. Smells like juice. Taste is bitter with hops and a somewhat artificial tasting mango flavor. Way too much with the mango here. Mouthfeel is is thin and crisp. Not for me. nb

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Photo of basaywhat
2.52/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body. The aroma is lots of mango. Nice. The taste is a bit of a clash between the mango sweetness and the pine bitterness. The texture is crisp. The aroma is nice, but I’m not a big fan of the flavor.

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like I'm in the minority with this one. This beer, though in a sense sweet and tropical-feeling because of the mango flavor, was extremely bitter. I just couldn't get over it. The bitterness overtook everything. The mango flavor is nice, and not in-your-face. It's subtle, but definitely discernible. But again, it's overpowered by the bitterness. Bought one can to try from TJ's and I'm glad I did. Will not purchase again. If you don't mind a very bitter beer and you like mango, this is probably for you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a can in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Insert Chris Kattan joke here. That said, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet mango syrup and ... well, that's about my nose can really get here. Fair 'nuff. The taste is similarly one-note, a blast of mango-tinted vegetal bitterness that malingers much longer than it ought. Such faux pas. The body is a hefty light, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this did absolutely nothing positive for me. The smell is pleasant but artificial, and the taste is just plain offensive. Yeesh.

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Photo of Moose90
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz Can Poured into small glass, forgot to look at the date on the can, but I am assuming this is fresh.

A — Pours a clear and clean light yellowy orange hue into the glass, there is an off white colored head that forms and leaves behind some wisps of foamy lacing behind it.

S — Smell is nice and pungent initially, though not overdone, there are notes of stonefruit and tropical overtones, fairly light and not overly mango focused though. There is a grainy and light sweetness here, some cereal graininess and a overly sweet fruit component, a bit unnatural.

T — Taste is crisp and straightforward initially with grainy notes of cereal and malt. A real resounding fruity pebble note is present and somewhat overpowers whatever else was going on. A very grainy and artificially sweet fruity pebble note dominates the palate.

M — Absurdly bitter and astringent, a huge drying finish, acrid, bitter, borderline unpleasant.

O — A bit of a letdown, this is a supremely bitter and artificially fruity pebble sweet beer, a miss for me. YMMV.

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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 jhavs
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I really did not enjoy this. It is a fine looking brew, the aroma is nice, get a good amount of mango. The flavor is where it lost me. The mango flavor is so fake and plastic to me and it is battling with a deep bitterness that does not add balance to the fake candy mango. The bitterness and mango flavors are fighting each other, and my tastebuds suffered collateral damage.

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Photo of hardy008
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with a less than one finger white head, with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has mango and citrus, but is not strong enough.

The taste is weaker than the aroma with mango, citrus, and biscuit malt. I know this is a session beer, but this is very bland.

Light bodied, overly carbonated, and there is a biscuit malt aftertaste. When a beer has the word Mango written on the label, I expect to be able to taste it more than I can in this beer.

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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 Ottoj55
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow beer, conflicting aroma of hops and fruit. Mango doesn't mesh well with the hops. A bit thin bodied, only 3.8% ABV probably a thin beer to start, the mango flavor is a bit cloying. Kind of a miss, not great.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Honey colored body, smells like mangoes. Strong mango flavor all the way through, but in more of an artificial juice way, not a fruit/tropical hop way. Feel is very light and crisp. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light orange, with a bit of an unwieldy, bubbly foam head.

The mango is just dominant on the nose, to the point I'm not so sure that it's natural mango, or some kind of artificial ingredient, or maybe a natural extract.

There is less mango flavor-wise than in the aroma, but, it's still quite sweet, almost like a beer Kool-Aid, with the addition of an astringent malt undertone.

If this were more widely available, I could see this as an extremely crushable option for the groups of young ladies that like to tailgate at country music shows, but don't really like craft beer all that much.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can to pint glass. I was expecting more, but this is still pretty tasty. Look is clear yellow, big white head lasts a while, then fades. To some light suds. Aroma is hairspray, hops, mango. I caught a good whiff of Mango when i cracked rhe can open, but it fell way behind the hairspray in prominence after that. Taste is mellow hops, hairspray, mild mango, touch of pine at the end.

A nice summer beer, just not loaded with flavor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Bert's
Brilliantly clear deep golden color with a decent sized frothy white head. Huge juicy mango on the nose with hints of bready and citrus deep underneath. The flavor is quite the mango bomb really. Lingering grassy earthy bitterness especially in the finish. The flavors in this beer do not mesh very well together.

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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 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 CJNAPS
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Really enjoyed even keel and this was better imo. Love the mango perfect beer for the summer. Haven't been a big fan of all the fruit variants Ballast Point has been doing but this one was good. Cheers

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've liked every Ballast Point beer I've tried.
Until this one.
Started out OK. Gold color with a small white head.
Sweet fruit and floral hop aroma.
Tasting it, I'm thinking mango and hops don't go well together, The beer is too bitter and metallic tasting. No more of these for me.

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Photo of pkalix
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

the last one to try (except for the watermelon-are you serious?) and the aroma reminds me of a margarita. the flavor gives me mind of some kind of ice cream. oh well. a novelty, to be sure. whatever. maybe the chicks dig it..... it is consistent with water. this is NOT a beer.

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Photo of bark
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and compact; it sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is bitter-sweet with distinct notes of mango juice. Hints of butterscotch. It is quite one dimensional. Not bad, but…

The taste starts bitter and dry. Then, the sweet fruity mango kicks in. Some bitter herbs, butterscotch and metallic bitterness. But mostly mango. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is less sweet and less fruity with some bitter herbs and mixed canned exotic fruits. The long finish reminds mostly of fruit candy.

The carbonation is strong; the many small smooth bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

Not a bad beer, but it is more mango than anything else.

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Photo of mothman
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange color. White head with a bit of lace.

This one is fairly bland. Not a lot going on here. Almost tough to even tell it is an IPA. The mango is meh and almost tastes like a soda. Bubblegum flavors in the finish.

Glad I only got a single and not a 6er

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