Even Keel
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #970
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,905
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
953
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Very Good
Even KeelEven Keel
Notes: A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of Urk1127
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Finger and half of head, golden orange color
-Light malts, buscuity, bitter vegetal hops
-Get a zip of bitterness from hops, light biscuit malt, vegetal like aftertaste
-Crisp, high carbonation

-good but not best session for me id say. Would buy again though.

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Photo of KevChiTown
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of session IPAs, but in this case I understand the need for them now. Much more malt base then I expected, but still just had an off taste. Not bad just kinda blah.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009
This beer arrives from the tap a darker color than I was expecting; it is an amber, lightly hazy hue that is topped by a thin, pale tan colored head that is typical for a tap pour. There is a nice, clean hop citrus aroma to this that has notes of orange zest, some bright tangerine character, grapefruit, and a solid lychee note. There is a hint of crystal malt character here in the nose that adds light notes of toasted grain and caramel.

This has a nice biting bitterness to it as it first hits my tongue. It is quite dry which mutes the citrus hop flavors, but not completely as notes of grapefruit, tangerine, spicy citrus oil, a touch of lychee and a lingering apricot note in the finish are all noticeable. This is nice and light feeling on the palate, the hops actually provide some astringent mouthfeel that makes this beer seem a bit fuller than it actually is. Some pine and menthol flavors are also here and help to add to the hop complexity. There is just a hint of malt backbone here with notes of toasted grain and a touch of caramel.

This is very nice, I could drink a lot of this if the alcohol is anywhere near 4%, unfortunately there seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information on the actual alcohol content of this beer. This is perhaps not complext enough, but the mix of dominant hop character and light malt backbone in a low-alcohol form makes for a very nice beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white colored head.

The scent is citrus and sandalwood. Strong whiff of grapefruit rind. For a mild ale this is quite aromatic.

Starts out dry with the taste of grapefruit and soda crackers. Slight ghost of sweetness. assertive bitterness but it isn't overdone. The flavor is mostly citrus.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall for what it is it is very good. Considering that this clocks in about as light as bud Light what the hell is Anheuser Busch's excuse? Why can't they make a light beer taste this good!

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Photo of bark
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

The smell is loaded with lemon and grapefruit juice, plus orange juice sweetness. Hints of rubber and fruit candy.

The taste is bitter with lots of lime and some grapefruit. Passing dry bitter flavours. Smooth notes of fruit candy and lemon drops. Medium body. Growing sweetness in the aftertaste, as well as notes of rubber and dried flowers. The smooth finish got notes of fresh squeezed lemons and lime peel.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the few mid-sized bubbles are long-lasting. The liquid is light with some stickiness.

Compared to BrewDog Dead Pony Club, one of my standard beers at home, this one is less aggressively bitter and more balanced. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My dear cousin, Colby ChANdler, specialty brewer at Ballast Point B.C. (yes, he is my cousin and yes, that is his job title), has seen the light and begun putting his brewery's beers into CANs! I will take full credit for encouraging him to make the switch, although he probably begs to differ. This CAN is out of The Fridge's cooler.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted & CANned in San Diego, California"; "Dedicated to the Craft"; "San Diego Session Ale"; "Please Recycle"; "A Flavorful Ale That Keeps You Balanced"; Our Even Keel is a hoppy ale designed for smooth sailing. A full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and bright hop profile of herbs and citrus, it packs all the taste of an IPA in a sessionable alcohol content. This ale is perfect for leisurely days on the water, when all you want are a few beers and a level ride."

The Crack! unleashed a good bit of foam through the blowhole, so there would be no inverted Glug. Instead, I utilized the same leeward pour as for the Hop Stalker with both glass and CAN at an angle with the pour going down the side of the vessel. Arrgh! We be takin' on some foam, mates! Back off on the throttle and prepare to drop anchor as necessary! Avast heavin' on the sails! We be on a starboard list and need to get back on an Even Keel. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. The two fingers of dense, tawny head fell like the mizzenmast in yesterday's gale. Nose smelled of our cargo of grapefruit, pine trees and hemp. Hemp line, that is. Ye want to get us boarded? We struck the Jolly Roger so as not to call attention to ourselves, but this ship be a beast with loose CANnons rolling around and a mast CANsigned to Davy Jones' Locker. We look a sight on every one of the Seven Seas and every ship in sight thinks we be in distress. If we CAN keep her on an Even Keel until we make port in CAN Diego, CANifornia, it'll be a miracle! That's why I be drinkin' beer - to calm me nerves. Mouthfeel be medium-to-full with a boatload of carbonation. The taste leaves something to be desired, like taste! Arrgh! Aroma hops be not bittering hops, boyo! I needs me them hops to stave off the hops monkey on me back that I picked up in Shanghai! This brew be for the scullery crew. As captain of this motley crew, I CANnot stand for low ABV and low bitterness. A CANmand decision: if we CANnot come back to an Even Keel, we will jettison the rest of the store of this beer as Ballast and Point to the nearest landfall. Finish was rather bland and nondescript and so we began heavin' the barrels over the side to ride higher and faster. I put them Ballast Point scurvy dogs in a lifeboat and set them to their own devices. I hear tell that the magnificent artist, Paul Elder, captured their plight in a painting.

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Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a reddish amber.

The aroma offers grass, spicy hops, a light bready malt, honey, overly ripe tropical, lemon.

The flavor follows with some overripe tropical, almost like spoiled. A honey sweet bready malt in the middle, then onto a medium plus bitterness of lingering grassiness and herbaceous.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.79
Purchased: June 19, 2015
Consumed: June 20, 2015
Misc.: Born on April 2, 2015

Poured a honey, pale, mostly clear color with three fingers of khaki-white, frothy head. A good amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled sharp Citra notes up front, mainly grapefruit and nectarine rind. Also caramel, peppery spices, floral, tropical, light mango, rye and buttery malts late. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was much less flavorful than the nose, unfortunately. Got Citra, rye, iced tea, floral, grapefruit zest, caramel, lemon, light pine and mango rind. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK session ale. I rated it as a pale ale (according to Beer Advocate), but there are much better options out there. (Overall - 3.50)

3.68 | 83 | B

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Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of timwardjr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of hophugger
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical look, color, head and lacing. Aroma is amazing with hop profiles that are amazing. Taste is of hops, grapefruit and a malt background. Sessionable at 3.80abv and so, so refreshing and crisp with a clean, slightly bitter aftertaste..

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaywes754
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

can to glass

Pours a nice golden orange with two fingers of foam. Lots of yeast floating around, the beer would be mostly clear except for that. Good retention, not bad lacing. This would be a pretty sexy beer if there wasn't so much floating around 3.5/5

Smells pretty solid. Lots of alpha hop character, strong grapefruit and citrus, with a little bit of catty pine. Malt profile is understandably lower, some sweet caramel and some bread notes. Actually really good and hop forward 4/5

Taste follows okay, big citrus hop character- lots of grapefruit and pine upfront, followed by a bit of melon with a bouquet of citrus hints. Malt is pretty non existent, a light caramel hides behind all the hops 3.5/5

Feel is very light, no real body whatsoever. A little carbonation, dry, medium bitterness. 3/5

Overall while this isn't bad, it's incredibly one dimensional. Which I get, to make a hoppy beer at 3.8% the malts need to be absent. Still though, it's sort of like drinking hopped water with a little c02. In a way, I guess that sort of comes with the territory of the session ipa. I'm getting pretty tired of the fad though, if I wanted something hoppy with a lower abv I'll turn to a pale ale. I'll give BP props though they've been making this long before the summer of 2014 session ipa craze 3.5/5

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Photo of breadwinner
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Didn't expect to like this quite so much, not being much of a SIPA guy, but a couple things really make this work for me. 1) It's a legit SIPA @ 3.8% ABV. Sorry, but if your session beer goes much over 4.5% (and, frankly, that's being generous, as I really think it should be closer to 4.0 or below), it's not a session beer anymore. I've had some great small IPAs/pale ales that hover around 5.0%, but if you're gonna specifically market something as a session beer, you may as well go all the way with it and make it legitimately sessionable. (Stops to climb down off high horse.) 2) Even Keel has a legit, noticeable malt base. The complaint is as frequent as it is legitimate: too many SIPAs taste like hop water. Even Keel starts out crisp, veers toward watery mid-palate, but then pulls it all back together with a nice, toasty malt finish. Really, really dug that aspect of it.

Other detail... Copper out of the can, a little over 30 days old, nice foam on the pour that hangs around just enough and leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is, well, hops. No one note screams from the nose, but it's all pleasant and satisfying, lightly piney, a touch of fruit, a bit of green/herbal note. Palate is similar, a nice, zesty hop bite off the top, a touch weak mid-palate, then a harmonious toasty malt + lingering hop finish. And, again, at 3.8% this is a legit candidate for summertime crushing. In my neck of the woods, it's already warming up, and the thought of a cooler full of these bad boys on warm days and nights is a delight indeed. Kudos to BP for nailing a hard-to-get-right substyle.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops and ripe mango.

Taste is hop forward that emphasized a fresh citrus approach resting on the ripe fruit tinged malt base. Mango is present from start to finish but remains a servant to the hops. I believe there's a touch of pine in the hops as well. I also find something in the aftertaste that I can only describe as slightly nutty. Don't know where that comes from but I like it.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

It's balanced, refreshing and a bit more interesting than the usual Session IPA but it's not something I find interesting enough to buy again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second time I've had this beer. The first time was at Blue Palms and then this weekend at Ballast Point. I was not impressed the first time, but figured I would give it another chance.

A: The beer is a very clear light golden color with a thin layer of white foam that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Considering the description and all the mentioning of dry-hopping, I had high expectations. This is a pretty fragrant beer, especially for a pale. Lots of citrus hop aromas going on here.

T: This definitely has more of an IPA flavor to it. A lot of bitter pine and grapefruit flavors from the hops with hardly any malt flavor. You would not expect this to be such a low gravity beer.

M: The beer is quite light on the tongue, but that is the point of it. Very lively carbonation helps to keep it light as well.

D: This is a beer I wish was more readily available (even bottled). An amazing session beer and very refreshing. It's nice to see such a flavorful, low alcohol beer like this.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of knicks19947
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PJCarnell
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clake
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremy2487
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Even Keel from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 953 ratings