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Even Keel Session IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Even Keel Session IPAEven Keel Session IPA
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3.81/5
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930 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#14,253
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
930
pDev:
9.71%
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and very drinkable for the ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly settled down, leaving some bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit citrus are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of flavors of grapefruit from the hops, which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are underlying hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's not a bad choice if you like grapefruit flavors.

Serving type: can

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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With the somber alcohol content of pale ale but the hoppy thrust of IPA, the balance of Ballast Point's "session IPA" is anything but even keel. However that's their namesake and that's how things go down in the San Diego brewing region.

Even Keel's color is a mildly hazed light gold with a creamy and fluid crown. Its aromatic display is rife with citrus, tropical and orchard fruit for a bright bouquet that's floral, fruity and tantalizing. With the supple sweet honey and caramel flavors seemingly fructose in nature, the malt character is little more than a creamy fruit juice character.

As the floral and fruity presence remains high, the sweetness and light creaminess fades swiftly to allow the hops to take precedence. That's when the racy vibrancy of pink grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, mango, pineapple and honeydew take hold and enliven the middle palate with its luring fruit taste without the associated sweetness of those fruits.

And as the taste leaves the palate, the beer is dry, refreshing and very crisp with a medium-length extension of citrus rind, tea and pine. As an ultra thirst quencher, its an ideal beer for easing into a night, pairing with sushi or a way to extend the evening without compromising sanity.

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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a very cool new brewery arrival in Alberta. 'San Diego Session Ale' probably means what I think it means.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly ecru head, which leaves a hanging band of dripping paint swath lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pungent red grapefruit, orange, and sweet lemon citrus, bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, some hard water flinty notes, a twinge of musty, dank pine resin, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is more mixed domestic citrus bowl fruitiness, a growing tropical sideshow, gritty pale and crackery caramel malt, muddled pine and its forest floor friends, a waning chalky character, and some airy floral bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly innocuous in its lightly-rendered frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight (which is way ahead of the curve for this off-shoot 'style'), with maybe a smidge of hop bitterness picking away at the otherwise standard smoothness. It finishes off-dry, a lingering graininess gamely parrying the still heady citrusy, piney, and floral hop contingent.

Well, disparage a new style, and soon enough, the pretenders fall away, and the big (craft) boys get it right - despite this one's low ABV, the malt and hops bring their A-game, and prove that it is indeed possible to go big, while at least paying lip service to balancing the hops, for a truly sessionable IPA offering.

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3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top growler filled hours ago at The Growler Room in Austin, TX, and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Served cold. Side-poured with extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed as a session IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a 4 finger wide head of off-white colour. Frothy and starchy looking. It's a foamy sticky blanket of head, with a nicely thick consistency. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Inconsistent webby lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6-8 minutes. Airy and fluffy.

BODY: Clear copper colour of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears to be of below average carbonation. It's a decent looking session IPA, but isn't unique or special by any means.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop notes. A bit of caramalt. Light nectary hop notes. Quite resinous. A kiss of grapefruit citrus and bready malts. On the more bitter end of the spectrum. There does seem to be a lot of flavour here for a 3.5% ABV.

No oily hops, juicy fruity hop notes, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength, and suggests an imbalanced brew with a fair amount of flavour.

TASTE: Pale malts. Caramalt. Floral hop notes. Hints of candied character (with an accompanying sweetness) and bubblegum. Resinous. It's too sweet, and lacks sufficient hop character. What hop character is present is underwhelming. Where's the grapefruit citrus? Much more malty than anticipated. It's certainly imbalanced, but I don't dislike it.

The build is cohesive, but far from gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex for a 3.80% beer, but not complex by general standards. It's not subtly executed, and lacks nuance. A very simple plain flavour profile. No-frills, if you will.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and somewhat oily. I'd prefer it softer. Well-carbonated.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly drinkable, but it's not the blow-you-away session IPA I hoped for from Ballast Point. I expected a beer I'd be shocked had so much flavour and quality at such a low ABV, but ultimately I got just another imbalanced session IPA (i.e. glorified pale ale) that happens to have less alcohol. This is a tall glass of no thankyou, but I appreciate Ballast Point's effort and look forward to whatever they bring out in the future. I've had far better in the style. This isn't up to par with Ballast Point's finest offerings. Can safely be skipped. I like what they're going for - an über-drinkable hoppy brew with a lot of flavour but low-alcohol, but the execution just isn't there. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed.

C+

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3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/19/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness and lighter body that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.8%. Overall this is a very nice Session IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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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4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great looking beer with an orange / amber hue and abundant head. Nice lacing. Nose is grassy, leaves, freshly mowed lawn with grapefruit and orange pith. A slight graininess which is nice for a beer at such low abv. Taste bursts with pine, grassy, grapefruit. Clean and bright, nuanced bitterness throughout. Way crushable and delicious.

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Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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