Mango Even Keel | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Mango Even KeelMango Even Keel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HunterSBeerson on 08-11-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
849
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
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13
Gots:
232
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +12.9%
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 djrn2
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +4.8%
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%
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 SocalKicks
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mothman
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Boone757
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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 chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Mango Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 849 ratings.
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