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
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
919
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
332
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 919 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of Chadwick0811
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good. Great Lake or pool beer

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Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of MasterMustace
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of JayFunk
4.94/5  rDev +28%
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 CMundt4994
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very light and easy to drink but still holds that strong hop taste

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Photo of DRapp1984
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Jagzfan86
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of bkhood10
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking. Perfect for an afternoon of yard work.

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Photo of NathanMcIntyre
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of aeric_7734
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of thisXwar
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattmarinucci
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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 swierczt
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bennetj17
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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 +18.9%
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 +18.4%
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 BerkshireGuerrilla
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Greatness in a can; the nuggie piney smell to this brew is top-notch.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Soulstrider
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 HeadyRebekah
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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