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 beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Oxidized orange coloring, good clarity with a bullet speed of effervesce shooting upwards in straight line fashion. Light parchament colored head is slight and frothy, 0.25 inches with an average rate of retention. Very minimal lacing, broken dashes, large empty voids.

S: Fresh wet mangoes from the can to the glass, very good strength, juicy and fruity with highlights of tropical pineapple and orange. A touch of oniony grass hops on the trail, faint, age a factor? still a very good impression.

T: Tropical orange skin and bite of citrusy hops with background grassiness. Dried mango fruit, pretty good flavor and kick of hops for a 3.8%. Tropical pineapple is lightly dry with a good kick of citric-orange hops on the finish. Sharp, spicy citric bite comes on the finish.

M: Crisp and sharp feel on the mouthful, dry warmth of mangoes and toasted grains on the inner cheeks with a perceived alcohol feel, even at 3.8%, so much that you may question it.

O: Overall for a session style and at 3.8% this delivers a very respectable amount of tropical hops, flavor and body so many others per style lack. I know technically this is an ipa, but feel that you can't wholly judge a 3.8% beer to that of a higher ipa malt monster. In regards to hop flavor and malt depth you would never know this is a sub 4% beer, with an easy rate of consumption this is done right. indulge.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting brew. It starts off looking and smelling pretty strong. It has some copper color and loads of dark hoppy aroma.

The taste falls flat. It is very dry and bitter. There is nothing to counter all those hops so it gets bitter. The finish is pretty good and hoppy.

This is so dry it gets stuck in your throat. Not recommended unless you really want to try something odd.

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Photo of mlockman
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as sessionable beers go, this is probably the best on the market in terms of being packed with flavor and lower ABV, but I really do not understand all of the love for this one. I honestly did not find it nearly as fruity as many of the reviews seem to reflect, and the hint of mango flavor I did detect was really overshadowed by hop-flavor (which makes sense for an IPA). While the hop-flavor was not unpleasant, it seemed to compete with the mango flavors rather than one complementing the other.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MEK pours an apple juice color - I would have liked more blush or orange; and has a 2 finger head of fuzzy proportions. Mostly transparent.

Aroma is beautiful with grapefruit and mango notes so loud it's almost tearjerking.

Flavor is much of the same with a 2D quality and an excellent finish of bread. The bread/yeast really wins out here and it keeps me coming back for more. It tastes like a grapefruit jellybean.

Feel is creamy and kind of sandy, not really a strong point, leaves a bit of a varnish on the palate with some residual carbonation and hard water.

Overall, MEK is probably something I'll be buying in a six pack very soon. So refreshing, so delicious.

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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 puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the can stamped 16137 on the bottom. Sampled on July 1, 2016.

A golden color is way it pours under a moderate white head that dissolves.

Big aroma of mango fruit on the nose with a feint toasted bread note behind it all.

Light body.

The mango and citrus flavors become the beer and anything else gets buried away. Maybe some toasted bread in there and mild dry finish. But way too fruity for my liking.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptional beer for this low an abv. Pours a golden amber color. A hard pour will give you a huge frothy white head with good retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma is dry biscuity malt, piney hops and a subtle, slightly sweet mango presence. Taste is more or the same. The malt dominates as the forward presence, then some balancing bitterness and finally the mango flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp, with some bitterness, a bit light but not watery and impressive for such a low abv beer. Well worth a try as a summertime beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Ballast Point's Mango Even Keel for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm interested to see how this bee takes to some mango being added, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz can into a teku.

A- The can looks nice, it's pretty typical for Ballast Point and it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice clear orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy white head that stayed for a while and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the mango being the first to show up and it imparts a strong and nice creamy mango aromas with a little bit of floral and glade plug in like aroma to it. Up next comes some sweetness with a little bit of a hoppy aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the mango still being the first to show up and it imparts the same sweet and candied mango aspect with a little big creaminess to it and it's followed b y the hops which impart just a little bit of generic hop flavor with a lighter amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little into the aftertaste along with more of those candied mango flavors. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it lives up to it's name and I have no complaints.

M- Smooth, pretty refreshing, a little crisp, medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and good example of the style, the mango came through nicely and I like the candied mango aspect it had, that set it apart and it blended well with the base beers flavor and that made for a memorable beer. This beer has good drinkability, I could drink a few of these, especially when it's hot out. What I like the most about this beer is how well the mango came through and the appearance, those were the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is the carbonation, I wish it had a little more. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend trying if you want a candied mango heavy beer with some hoppy flavors in the background. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out to be a nice and refreshing summertime beer. It's one of the better Ballast Point beers I've had and it's a good example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty beer that really delivers on the mango.

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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 Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a clear amber golden. Eighth inch of fine eggshell head retains indefinitely.

Smells of barley malt, honey, mango, and fresh fruity and floral hops.

Flavor is of bready malts, mango, grapefruit, and piney hops. Finish is dry.

Medium to full body with lightly tingly carbonation.

Solid and flavorful IPA, good flavor, and the addition of mango is mild and welcome. Refreshing in warm weather. Worth trying and very sessionable.

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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 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 daliandragon
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, Ballast point is beating this fruity IPA thing to death. I've been skeptical ever since Watermelon Dorado but we'll give this a shot anyway. Extremely attractive head-lace-copper body combo. Would be basically perfect if not for the crystal clarity. I like some cloudy translucence, myself. Nose is mango with a faint whiff of salty hops. Pleasant, if not exactly on style.

There is a tremendous amount of mango in this, although the aftertaste does bitter out a little. Tasty, and easy to drink, but not really what I'm looking for except as a ninety five degree outside beer. For that, this would be ideal.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can enjoyed out on the boat. Light bodied, flavorful, refreshing, this is a perfect beer for the outdoors. Extremely drinkable, and very refreshing.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Kings Convenience in early April for $ 1.99. Bottled on 3-14-16.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head.

Nose is mango forward, almost juice like.

Taste is mano with a bitter finish.

Feel is light and refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer, worthy of a shot.

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

Really drinkable brew that is more juice with malt and some alcohol.

12 oz can at Trader Joe's.

Light amber color. Smells strongly of mangos. Taste is dominated by mango with a malt finish. Very nice for ez drinking and summer drinking.

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

Pours a clear mango-yellow with a bubbly white head. The head disappears pretty quickly, but does leave behind some big bubble lacing. Especially at the start. Notes of mango, citrus and tropical hop aromas, and a slight cereal malty layer in the smell. The flavor profile reminds me of a sugary cereal marketed towards kids, with notes of mango, citrus, and tropical fruits as well. After taste is a bit bitter with more pine hop notes. Mouth feel has particulate in it that is slightly abrasive. It has a medium consistency for the thickness. Overall, it's a decent beer. The mango is quite nice. The cereal like flavor is a bit strange.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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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 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 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 michaelsmith11
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a can.

Look is clear and orange. One finger head

Smell is very fruity. A lot of mango hits the nose first

Taste is a lot like it smells..fruity with heavy mango taste with some bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel is light but not bad for the low abv.

Overall. It is what it says it is. A very drinkable lighter refreshing beer that's heavy on the mango. Perfect for hot summer days. It still retains enough bitterness and a mouthfeel to make it worth drinking. Bravo to Ballast Point for maintaining such quality on such a low abv beer

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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 smbslt
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So this will probably be my go to beach beer this summer. The color was a nice copper with a light head. The flavor was light hops with definite mango flavor...refreshing but not too sweet. Drinkable for days. Good stuff.

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Mango Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 815 ratings.
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