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 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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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange with two fingers of white head. Alright retention with a great amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is fruity with some bready malt.
Taste is tropical fruit bitter and some bready malt.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.
Overall a very nice beer for such a low abv.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.33 (I think)
Purchased: May 18, 2016
Consumed: May 19, 2016
Misc.: Canned on May 4, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. PT

Rachel called and asked if I wanted any beer from Trader Joe’s. Nothing stood out, but decided to try this Mango Even Keel (and a New Belgium beer) despite: a) generally thinking that Ballast as an average brewery, b) not liking the original Even Keel and c) Ballast Point not being a craft brewery anymore. I will do my best to review without any bias though.

Poured an amber, orangeish, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good uneven, foamy lacing. Great retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smell was potent from the get-go, getting tropical hops and notes, including mango, passion fruit, hints of pineapple and hints of coconut. Also orange blossom, Citra hops, peach, floral hops and buttery malts. Pleasantly surprised. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still decent. Just a tropical bomb, not a tropical hop bomb, but a tropical bomb. Mango, coconut, passion fruit and pineapple rind. Also peach, nectarine, apricot, floral hops, buttery malts and hits of red grapefruit pulp. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, tropical finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was much better than I thought it would be. I’d have this again, but one is probably enough in one sitting. (Overall - 3.75)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mango Even Keel pours a darker copper color with a small lacing head. Big sweet mango aromas. Taste has nice fresh sweet mango flavors, and a odd bitter finish. Nice body and feel. Overall very very good beer, great mango flavors, easy to drink, the only thing holding it back is the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of amorpork
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great session at 3.8%. Nice head and followed lacing. Scent is crazy mango, then the first sip is Wham! Mango upside the face/palate. Decent bitterness and it lingers for a bit and finishes clean. Another solid entry from Ballast Point. More enjoyable than the Pineapple but still like the Grapefruit Sculpin more.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big mango, grapefruit, orange rind, and light leafy hops. Really light bodied. Goes down way to easy. Mango works well with the hops. A lot better than pineapple Sculpin. I would reach for this if I wanted a session IPA.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - crystal clear amber

S - huge fruity mango aroma! Sweet and to the point. That's it, mango out the ass.

T - taste is fragile and fruity. Tastes shockingly like Trix. Goddamn cereal. Tasty, but on the hairy edge of collapsing into nothing due to the low ABV. Quickly turns into wheaty, skunky malts. Has a slightly dry bitter finish.

F - medium carb. Nothing stands out.

O - they squeezed every ounce of flavor they could out of this one. At 3.8%, I'm impressed. Definitely sessionable, but I'm not sure if I would want to session more than a couple.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My local shop was nice enough to make single cans available so I grabbed one.
Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a clear light orange with 1 inch of foamy head.
S - Aroma is citrus/grapefruit/mango, just as expected.
T - Initial taste reminded me of crackers with some sweetness. Further sips brought in the mango and no bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very drinkable, perfectly good summer beer.

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

Can from Trader Joe's

A clear orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is solid. Bright with plenty of fruit, tropical, citrusy, refreshing with the mango blending in nicely. Bitterness is mild, and there's no malt. The mango actually does come across as being hop driven rather than the clearly adjunct versions that the other BP fruited beers have. The palate opens light, crisp, mildly bitter, a little thin but not as watery as other session IPAs. There's a moderate amount of fruit, bright and refreshing, that's present - a blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Drying, mildly thin on the finish with nice flavor, this is solid. Recommended.

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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 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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from Market Place. Dark orange, almost reddish, good head. Aroma is heavy mango. Flavor is heavy mango, almost artificial but extra fruity. Light bodied and so easy to drink. I wish we got these in Colorado, great summer beer.

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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 rajendra82
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The golden yellow colored body was topped with a two finger thick head. The smell was dominated by mango, which is a fruit I have always loved. The taste was not as fruity as I had hoped, because the bitterness from the hops overpowers the initial mango flavor, and then this devolves into mostly just a standard pale ale with an occasional hint of mango. I think this formulation would be better as a standard IPA and best as a DIPA, as it would allow more mangoes to be used, and you just can't have too much mango.

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

nice clear dark orange pour with minimal head. nose is mango and fruit punch. this stuff actually smells a little to much like juice. almost fake. taste is real sweet up front and kind of tastes like im drinking fruit punch with some mangos. mouthfeel is thin but for a beer under 4 percent I would expect that. im really diggin this. while it tastes artificial on some level I find myself drinking faster the more this warms and the more the mango flavor comes out. good session beer. i enjoyed this and at under 4 percent I would give it a nice reccomendation. not sure if I could drink to many though cause of that sweet fake flavor.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Very clear. Light orange with one finger white head.
Smell is mangos all the way
Taste is slightly sweet. A mango sweetness immediately followed by a pretty good amount of lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty light. Obviously expected being a session ale.
Overall very good. Great mango flavor. Natural and not artificial tasting like their watermelon dorado. Anyway a great session brew . Definitely recommend this on a summer day.

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Photo of mchegash
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Medium orange, fairly clear. A good amount of off-white head. A good amount of visible rising carbonation.

S: Pine, mango, papaya, other tropical fruits.

T: Tastes basically the same as the smell, but extremely watered down. This beer tastes like I'm drinking mango-flavored sugar water. Not that great. I liked the regular Even Keel better (although that's not fantastic either)

F: Super light mouthfeel. Feels thinner than water. A light amount of carbonation.

O: This is a real disappointment. I can't believe BP would release something this sub-par. I'd rather have a PBR or a Budweiser. Although from the ratings apparently a lot of people like this, so maybe I'm just the odd person out here.

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Photo of 98green
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. I haven't liked the BP fruit added beers, so I didn't have high hopes. Look is medium orange and clear. Smell is sweet mango, some citrus hops. Taste follows, the sweet mango is prominent but not overwhelming. Nice hop bitterness from a session, but not much hop flavor. Almost no malt, and it finishes VERY dry, almost like seltzer. Overall much better than I expected. I would have preferred a higher abv, but this is truly a session. Highly recommended.

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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 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 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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Mango Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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