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:
913
Reviews:
174
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
330
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 913 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a golden, lucid hue with minimal frothing. Tropical, fruity, citrus aroma with hints of peach and grapefruit. Refreshing, light taste.

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Photo of teromous
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "16099 12:49 EK 70"

Appearance: The body of the beer is slightly hazy with an amber color. There is visible suspended solids. The head is a very short white creamy cap. Not much head retention but the sliver of foam on the surface leaves a decent sheet of foam on the glass.

Aroma: It has a fairly strong hop aroma with a bit of a mango scent and somewhat of a tangerine scent as well. I get just a bit of an aspirin scent which is odd but otherwise it smells nice.

Taste: This beer packs in a ton of flavor for something standing at a simple 3.8% ABV. It has this great hop flavor that taste like a mixture of grapefruit, lemon grass, and just a bit of mint at the end. There is a light grain flavor that tastes more like just regular grain rather than malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice bitter kick at the end. It's a very easy beer to drink and before you no it the beer will be gone.

Overall: This beer has become my biggest "go-to" for light, flavorful, hoppy beers. It's a great beer to enjoy when you don't want a lot of alcohol and don't want to sacrifice any flavor. As a session IPA it's a great substitute for many garden variety pale ales. On a side note the beer fits in nicely with outdoor activities like camping or hiking where you can't bring glass in the area and you want a hoppy beer that doesn't have a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarkStar75
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Top of the line for this style of beer...smells great, bursting with hops, smooth easy drinking deliciousness. Love it.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of witster18
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Smells amazing. I get the difficulty in creating a brew like this, but had I not created many session IPAs that were of similar strength, and tasted exponentially better, I would probably think this is ok... at best. The hops take on some sour lime tinge, and the beer drinks like a macro twist beer and not like a lighter good ipa imo. This is coming from someone who digs MOST of the beers that Ballast puts-out. I can barely get through one of these. A sixer lasted a month in my house and that's a miracle in and of itself. The beer pours a golden hue with a tinge of orange in there. Really spritzy on the carb, and that smell just pops out of the can and gets you excited. Then the beer is quite the letdown. I'd say this very well may be the most overrated brew on BA.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickyge
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden and light amber color. An aggressive pour from the can yields a bubbly head that soon disapates into a sudsy cap and thin crown.
Citrusy in the nose, then mostly clean, and later followed by a stronger scent of caramel malt as the drink warms.
In the mouth the piny hops leave a prickly feel, a dry palate, some citrusy zest and a moderate bitterness in the finish. Light and crisp, it quenches the thirst really nicely.
I'm a bit confused about this brew's designation, as it is referred to on here as an APA and a session IPA in the can. Whatever you want to call it, it is indeed a nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krbrevard
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is an old light house that sits on top of Point Loma in San Diego that overlooks the bay and 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 Sam_The_Elder
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cfcairns
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodchip
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DesertFox24
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was actually very surprised with this beer. At 3.8% I kind of laughed before i opened it. The hop profile is very present, and looks good as well. It is a very light bodied beer, but still tastes so lovely. I could drink a million of these and be very happy. Definetly a beer on a hot summers day, that won't dry you out. I think this will server well as an entry brew for people just getting into the scene. Not over powering by any means, and still has that IPA aroma and taste.

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Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gawz
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even Keel Session IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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