Even Keel Session IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A session beer for Hop-heads, this ale gets double dry-hopped.

Added by xlperro on 06-06-2006

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166
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878
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
22.48%
 
 
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Photo of JayFunk
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best sessions I've had, a real surprise. Proven to be hard to find in my area. Pick it up if you see it, you won't be disappointed! Great while fishing or golfing!

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Photo of krbrevard
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

There is an old light house that sits on top of Point Loma in San Diego that overlooks the land in one direction and in the other direction overlooks the sea. This strip of land is ubiquitous when looking outward from the beaches and it towers over everything else in the area. This is literally/geographically and figuratively Ballast Point. Why write that about Even Keel? Because like every other beer they brew, this session IPA towers over everything else. Just flat out dynamite...

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Photo of DRapp1984
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great session IPA, and (IMHO) a prime example of why these should have their own separate category. Pours a bubbly golden orange, with a nice pillowy head, and a huge nose of citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and some piney, resin spice. Hops dominate the flavor, with loads of citrus at the forefront, and a little spice in the back. Malt is very slight, but delicately sweet. Body is nice and light (which is understandable for an IPA under 4% ABV), and the finish is crisp and dry. As far as session beers go, this is a gem.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4/27/2010

On tap at the Olds Grove location. The beer appears hazed dark orange with a frothy one inch white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is scattered.

The aroma is an exlosion of hops, with notes of grapefuit, mango, papaya, and orange pith. Malt is faint and crackery. Wow. The most potent hop aroma I've witnessed on a beer this low in alcohol. The flavor is similarly awesome, with a pleasant lower moderate level of bitterness and a dry mouthfeel. The hops are fresh and explosive with mingled citrus and tropical notes.

At 3.5% I can with certainty say that this is the best session beer I've come across. I'm in awe. Outstanding. Please bottle this!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ 1702. Clear, deep gold, with massive white foam. The head seems to last forever. The aroma is hop dominant, with loads of pine and citrus. Smells more like a west coast IPA to me.

The taste is quite nice, with more citrus hop dominance. Very piney also, the malt stays in the background and is not too sweet. This is very flavorful for such a lower ABV pale ale, although you have to almost be a hop head. The carbonation was very appropriate and mouthfeel held up well, it wasn't too thin.

Considering you can session this beer I think it is a great choice. The ABV is actually only 3.5%. We ordered pitchers and I had several pints without really feeling a buzz. I'm always looking for hop bombs, and this is one you could actually drink alot of. Highly recommended...

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Photo of Blueness
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Even Keel by Ballast Point was an awesome session ale.
Drank out of a 12oz can, poured into a Ballast pint glass.
2 finger head. Lacing stuck around well after beer was gone!

This was a great beer. Low ABV but the hop profile is still very present like an IPA. I would suggest this beer to anyone who likes Ballast Point, great beer, or someone looking for something to drink on a hot day and not get dizzy.

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Photo of nickd717
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared thanks to largadeer.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and good lacing

Aroma showcases loads of hops for the ABV. Citrusy and herbal, along with a touch of sweet malt.

Flavor is solid for a session beer (in the true sense of the word) like this. Slightly sweet malt with a hop kick that is orangey and herbal, almost tea-like.

Medium-light body with lots of resins attacking your palate.

Overall, wow, this is an excellent a pale ale, especially at 3.5% ABV. I could session the hell out of this, and what do you know, I can even use the verb "session" and not offend the term's tireless defenders when referring to this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is super straw levels of yellow light with lots of clarity. Nobody would think this is a good beer just by looking at it. Now the aroma, yowza, so much hops. Not bitter, just tropical and piney.

Legit 1st tier session ipa, the mouthfeel is good and watery, very good for a hot day. Clean and bright. Definite summertime golf and pool beer.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mild yellow pour, heavy water content to it, mild thin white head 1/9" on the top. Smell is awesome. Massive double dose of dry hopping here. Extremely citrus and tropical fruity. Wowza.

Taste is excellent, elite 1st tier session ipa stuff. Right up there with alpha session and whatever Berryessa brewing calls their session ipa. Mouthfeel is good, but it is essentially hop water at this point. No malt aspect detectable really. This is what you want in the summertime on the golf course, at the beach, around the pool. It is a staple.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tried most of the sessions out there this one stands out. Not sure how they pack this much delicious hoppiness into a 3.8% IPA but I don't really care. Perfect for summertime swilling when you're having a lot more than one. Usually squeeze a grapefruit sculpin in with them too.....which is even better.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hophead84. Thanks, Shane! Into a Moonlight imperial pint glass, the beer is a hazy copper color topped by a big frothy white head that rises to a two-finger height. Bright citrus hop aroma, grapefruity with a touch of orange and a nice bready malt backbone. Bitter grapefruit is the first thing to hit the palate, followed by flavors of orange peel. There's a nice bready malt backbone that provides a surprisingly hefty body. Nicely carbonated with a bitter and dry finish, this is awesome stuff, a true American session beer. 

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Got a six pack for the baseball games. Nice to see a session beer that clocks in below 4% alcohol. I was really enjoying the Stone Go To and the Lagunitas Daytime but this might be my new favorite light and crisp 6 pack.

S- Light metalic hop smell, nothing to complex

T- Smooth and bitter. Kinda creamy. Tasted more like an esb than an ipa to me.

F- Very smooth with tiny bubbles, really enjoyable. It think the mouthfeel is why i like this a lot more than similar session ipas and pas.

O- Solid session brew. Doesn't have lots of interesting flavors but it checks all the boxes off for a session beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that fades quickly leaving chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit notes.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a decent malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and guava as well as some pine. This gives way to a little grainy malt. Not much sweetness to it, but doesn't come off as overly bitter. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering fruit.

Mouthfeel sied medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty session beer and is my new go to for those occasion when I want a session beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Khyber Pass Pub...
Appears a light golden amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of a walloping of dry hopping, citrus goodness with hints of caramel, vanilla, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with light notes of pine, and citrus merging nicely with the malted grain and yeast.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, evenly balanced, and simply one that you can come back to time and time again during the same night.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Nice fresh, citrus, piney resin aroma. Strong resin. Maltiness is low but good with nice transition to a strong piney hop, ending in a grapefruit taste. There is a hint of lemon as well. Moderately astringent. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. This is one of my favorite session IPAs.

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Photo of Roby923
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular session IPA from Ballast Point. Lots of hops balanced with malts to produce a great tasting IPA without the elevated ABV. Hope to see this more widely available. Canned from somewhere in Sarasota.

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Photo of hoptrip619
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was stoked to see this on tap at Hamilton's the other night. Even Keel is arguably the best session beer coming out of SD. It's kind of like Sculpin light.

A: Pours a bright golden orange w/o much of head and that's fine because it means there is more beer in the glass.

S: For a "small" beer there is a ton of citrus and floral hop aroma. Not sure but must have dry-hopped with cascades, amarillo, chinook, or a combo of them.

T: Lots of citrus hop character with a touch of toasted malt in the background. Again, this is what I would imagine a light IPA to taste like but calling something light IPA would be...

M: Light in body with crisp carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: This is the perfect beer to drink at unch when you have to go back to work. You can even have 2!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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App- Bright vibrant yellow with a nice head to it. A little bit of lace as well.

Smell- Big hops, with a little bitterness even in the nose. The citrus was pretty evident as well.

Taste- HUGE flavors and was super dry. A great session beer to rival alot on the market with its flavor, low ABV and overall taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and yes even medium carbed IMO. Not a soft beer at all.

Drink- I am kicking myself for not getting a growler of this. It was refreshing, tasty and just plain good.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Bronze with a little bit of clarity. Huge 2 fingers of head. Sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Huge hop nose. Dry hopped for sure. Smells delicious. So far it looks and smells like a DIPA

T - Awesomely hoppy. One of the better session IPA's I have had. Definitely recommend

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - Like any session, there is no maltiness to balance the brew out. If you swallow quickly, you can enjoy the tasty hoppy kick. Bonus is you don't get buzzed drinking this one. If thats what your looking for

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

15285 can label enjoyed January 21, 2016 in a stemless wine glass.
Look – Dark orange almost copper. Finger of white medium bubbled head. Nice lacing. See through.
Smell – Musty. Dank. Malt. Hop.
Taste – Pine. Must. There is alcohol. Malt.
Feel – Dry finish. Alcohol and hop burn. Creamy.
Overall – This reminds me a lot of Alpha King. I like a musty IPA.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality sesssion right here. While aroma May be low to minimal, fruit and earth flavors explode upon the first sip. Think big, drink little. This is another very well done session ipa.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Mango & grapefruit rind, plus breadyness

T: Follows the nose, light breadyness, a little grassiness & lime up front. A little lemon grass, plus dryness & a little Kafir lime as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly astringent with grapefruit & mango

MF: Light/medium body fairly firm carbonation, nice balance. Carbonation softens up as this warms

This drank very easy & had a lot of flavor for the ABV, there are better out there, but this is well worth a try

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a ½” white foam collar that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Grass, mint, melon with some biscuit.
T: Melon, citrus, biscuit to bread crumb, malt is medium. Hop flavors are medium high, hop bitterness is medium.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: An easy to drink session beer.

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