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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 2/5/16.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of mango juice, mango candy, dried mango, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with mango juice, mango ice cream, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting mango qualities that work well with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With the number of breweries on the rise, hops are in short supply. So how to bring out more of what's best about hops without adding hops? Simply add the things that hops taste like. Ballast Point goes the mango route with their session Even Keel ale for a radiant taste that trends topical from start to finish.

Its deep peach and orange hues nearly trick the eye with those suggestions of mangos as it appearance begins to take on those sun kissed hues. Hazy and firmly headed, the scent is all about the fruit. Perfumy mango leads the way while the citrus and complementary scents are remiss of fruit punch. The very light sweetness of malt has an early greeting on the tongue but also an equally as early exit.

Continued dryness on the middle ensures that the hops take full control of the taste. Red grapefruit, orange, nectarine and light lemon bounce off of the large mango flavors with their own citrusy balance. Other tropical flavors like pineapple, apricot and passionfruit play underneath and deeps the taste plump while the texture dries wonderfully. Its bitter finish is softly of pine and herbal grasses and carries a smooth but assertive bite.

Light bodied and dry to the bone, the beer leaves the palate with virtrually no sweetness detected. The echoes of fruit float above the palate, propelled by stern carbonation and a creamy-dry substrate. Lightly of seltzer, the beer's mineral taste shows to crispen and keep the finish snappy, refreshing and clean.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

12 can into pint glass, canned on 2/8/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy mango, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy mango, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, lemon, zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, lemon, zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that stays fairly balanced through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited session IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops, mango, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, flavorful, and easy to drink. In comparison to the base beer, this felt a bit sweeter and fuller bodied overall; which gave it a less drying/bitter finish. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yay cans
Pours a big foamy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, nice spotty lacing, mostly clear slight hazy amber orange color.

Nose tons of mango like mango city, fresh juicy over ripe mango, artificial mango, juice, etc, a bit of generic tropical fruit hops, that's about it.

Taste brings tons more mango and tropical fruit, again over ripe mango, artificial tropical fruit, mango juice, fair bitter rind like hop, little vanilla like flavor too, faint malt, fair bitter spicy hop finish, more mango and rind.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb

Overall eh, not much beer, and so much flavor artificial level, then the crazy bitter finish, not so enjoyable.

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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 chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a lager glass.

A: Pours a deep amber-apricot color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation rising to a moderate size white head. The head is durable and plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma: Surprisingly strong aromas of fresh mango with hints of tropical fruits and bread.

Taste: Fruity and lightly sweet up front. There's increasing fruitiness afterwards, but the light sweetness is quickly replaced by a citrus/grapefruit bitterness from the hops that momentarily builds to a moderate level.

Feel: Medium-light bodied; moderate amount of carbonation; fine dry and clean finish.

Overall: an excellent session IPA (or APA); with a great mix of mango and citrusy hops, notably low ABV, and plenty of flavor, this is one of the best of style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains mango and other citrus fruits, some floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a fruity and creamy mango flavor followed by sweet flavors of other citrus fruits and caramel. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates and decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy deep apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger than moderate aromas of fresh mango + mango juice (reminds me of the smell of a mango lassi) followed by moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops. There is a light aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of fresh mango and mango juice. There is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops in the finish which contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink with a slightly thin mouthfeel which is to be expected in the session IPA style. I enjoyed the mango aromas and flavors without a lot of additional sweetness and thought it was a pretty enjoyable beer for a warm (albeit rainy) spring evening here in NC.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Attractive clear orangey amber color. Sharp yet flat mouthfeel. This sure tastes like the Creamsicle to me, it has more of an orange than mango flavor. Quite dry and hoppy.

Bitter and devoid of any hint of sweetness. It starts out with a promising fruitiness and a hint of malt. Then the mineral taste takes over along with the resiny hops. It's not making any friends with me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey/amber color with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Tons of mango & grapefruit & passion fruit

T: Grapefruit in spades, a little dryness, some mango up front. Mango fights back as this warms, some grassy bitterness & tangerine peel as well. Finishes a little chalky, with grapefruit & a little pomelo

MF: Light body, light carbonation, skews a bit bitter

Drinks fairly easy, but if this would've lived up to the nose, this would be a top tier off

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Tim for sharing this with me enjoyed from the can in a glass.

The color is deep golden with beautiful clarity and thin white head. The smell has a tropical scent with mango fruitiness. The feel is very light with faint tanginess of fruit with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good but the light quality of the beer is perhaps a little lacking in body since the fruit/hop combination comes through but the flavor ends quickly with a dry almost seltzer quality. Overall this is not a bad beer, but it is not the best example of the fruit/pale or session IPA style

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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 mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/01/16 notes. 12 oz. can into a tulip.

Pours a clear bright dark orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Mangos, watermelon jolly ranchers, bready malts, fruity malts, wheat, and bitter grapefruit and citrus hops. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall a decent pale ale, but nothing too crazy. Nose is nice but the taste has less fruit and mango. I'd personally stick with the Sculpin's.

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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 woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My cousin, Colby Chandler, is a principal at Ballast Point, so I am always happy to try something new from them, especially if it comes in a CAN! I have been asked to bump this one up slightly in the rotation & I always try to acCANmendate my public. This CAN came from The Fridge to my fridge.

From the CAN: "Crafted & CANned in [CAN] Diego, [CAN]ifornia"; "Dedicated to the Craft"; "The Perfect Balance of Fruit and Hops"; "Our Mango Even Keel is the ideal beer for easy drinking. This hoppy, sessionable ale gets a flavor boost from mango, which perfectly plays off the citrusy hop bouquet. With fruit, hops, and a low ABV, this beer is truly on another level."; A Paul Elder (?) painting of a dreadlocked pirate skeleton and his skeletal parrot are depicted in a hammock, drinking a beer from a treasure chest filled with gold and bottles; "Please Recycle".

It began with a nice, loud Crack!, but since some reviewers have mentioned a haze, I am going with a gentle Glug to get things started. A swirl in the glass raised a finger of foamy, fizzy, eggshell-white head with good clarity. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. DeCANt gently, boys & girls! Nose was lightly pine-y with lemon zest & mango. I will grant you, I have not eaten fresh mango in a while, but this struck me as natural and not artificial. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, which is a common failing in these "session AIPs", IMHO. The taste was quite bitter, but I do not remember mango being like this, so the hops had to be creating that part of the taste. Underlying it was the fruity sweetness of the mango, but it was not worthy of top billing. It should have been called "Even Keel with Mango", instead. Finish was semi-dry with the sweetness of the mango keeping it from being outright dry and bitter. Too many strikes against it for me: 1) I do not like "session AIPAs"; 2) the name built up an unrealistic expectation in my mind; 3) I generally like bitter beers and yet, this seemed overly bitter. Pass me a Sculpin!

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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 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 WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought a can of Mango Even Keel whilst in Ft. Lauderdale to take on a cruise. The beer poured a clear copper in color with white head that left a lace. The scent and taste were like an orange creamsicle. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall I liked it and I would have it again in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can...numbers on the bottom really make no sense to me (16013 13:02)

Pours with a moderate haze, oatmeal hued and moderate sized head, leaves thicker strands of lace.

I get apricots on the nose...or some kinda fruit

Easy drinking ale, fruit tastes kinda artificial and its messes the taste on this one....not my favorite brew from BP, as Woody said "gimme a Sculpin"

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger slightly off-white head that dissipates to a thick cap leaving nice lacing. Aroma of mango and tangerine, light citrus hops, not much malt. Flavor leads with mango juice, biscuit and slightly caramel malt, oats with moderate grassy, slightly astringent hops. Finishes with a dry, astringent hop bitterness. Medium bodied with slight creaminess, better mouth feel than expected from this low ABV. I really like the starting flavor of this, very distinctive mango with a grainy, but supportive malt base that has an odd oat flavor that meshed well with the fruit. The hops are not distinctive, with mostly bittering hops in the flavor, leaving a somewhat stark, dry bitterness in the finish. I liked the start of this and perhaps in a more robust ale, this malt body and mangoes would deliver a great combination. Pleasant enough, but unbalanced finish.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from Brewers Haven. Pours out a nice rich, golden color with fluffy head. Oranges come to mind at first sniff, while the mango comes in at the taste and sticks around for a while. Fruit rules throughout, only hop presence is a bit of dryness at the end.

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Mango Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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