KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cab at Komachi. Doughy, biscuity nose, some stinky tropical fruit, and citrus. Slightly sweet, light but not thin, peppery finish. A bit of strange doughiness. Light and not outstanding but very impressive for only 3.8%.
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I never get tired of trying a new “Session IPA,” because every brewery takes such a different approach to the style. It’s amazing how many different flavor profiles are capable of being brewed and how some are so vastly superior to others. I think Ballast Point Even Keel may be one of the best of this latest trend in brewing innovation because of its delectable taste, slightly complex palette, and easy drinkability.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 2/11/15 and cost $3.05 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Copper hue like a shiny penny; crystal clear with bubbles evident. Pours to a one-finger, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Pungent aroma of citrusy hops with mild pine and herbal essence as well.
Taste: I was shocked to read the description of the beer on the brewery’s website that indicates it’s made with 10 different malts and six different hops. While not as complex as say, a Trappist Quad or some kind of barleywine, this is certainly a nuanced palette for the style. Hops obviously are at the forefront with a citrusy flavor to start out. It’s slightly dry and spicy (think lemon or orange peel instead of the fruits themselves). Through the middle it becomes a little earthy and herbally – very much in the European pilsner tradition. The malt base is, not surprisingly, light; however it is genuine with an amber/Vienna influence. A slight hop bite as it goes down, but it keeps perfectly with the rest of the body.
Drinkability: At only 3.8% ABV, Ballast Point Even Keel is indeed a light beer, though it still has genuine body to it. The mouthfeel is consistently crisp and well-carbonated, though I’d be lying if I said it didn’t seem a little watery at times. Nevertheless, it is extremely quaffable and refreshing while in the mouth. The hops linger momentarily, but fade eventually. That it comes in cans is the cherry on top since this is exactly what you want in a portable beer.
Ericular (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear gold with massive, pillowy off-white head that lasts forever and leaves good lacing. Aroma is balanced hops, primarily citrus, plenty of pine, some floral and herbal to complement. Taste is very full-flavored for a low ABV beer. Stays light and citrusy with hints of lemon and lime, adding a smooth malt backbone that avoids the cereal, grainy, corny flavors that other light beers have. Lots of flavor here. I’d like to try this against Stone’s Go To IPA on a hot summer day. This would be a good one - maybe best ice cold if slamming a few on a hot day.
Cavie (3977) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Appearance is orange to copper. Aroma is a lovely bouquet of fresh hops, malt, citrus and spice. Flavor matches, and is quite lovely!
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crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml can. Impressive deep gold color, foamy white head. Aroma is melon, fuzzy peach, hibiscus, dank, tangerine, and pretzel. Flavor is dry and almost savory in the finish with a pretzel-like malt quality. Some herbal notes int eh flavor, bone dry pine finish. Interesting session ipa, pretty much just malt and bitterness in the flavor but a complex aroma.
tmoreau (2784) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. can donated to our tasting session by the local Wirtz rep, poured to snifters, showing a clear, amber hue, with a presentable, but short lived layer of off white, head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was dank, expressive greenery, herbs, and a touch of citrus. Light bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, added a bit of pine, and expressed more of the full flavored, dark side of the hops. Quite surprising for such a low abv., session brew.
BeerBunker (800) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Pours amber with a big, foamy white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, caramel, and biscuit malt. Smells surprisingly balanced. Taste is of very juicy, floral hops. Lots of pine. Has a very bready malt backbone that evens it out. Light, soapy mouthfeel. Linger is of pine and hops. Bitter, but not overly bitter. Goes down very easy. I could definitely drink a few of these.
travita (4307) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper colored beer from a can. Mostly clear with a cream colored head. The smell is malty, caramel, pine, fruit, and good. The taste is pine, bitterness, some sharpness, fruit, good. Good overall tiny bit harsh that leads to a slight off balance.
geologyguy (895) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In Can so aroma and appearance may be off, very smooth citrusy IPA, could actually drink this frequently! Not bitter at all...nice!
tillmac62 (356) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 042/15. Pours a clear amber with a hint of garnet. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.
World class nose of blended hops. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon), tropical (mango, pineapple) and pine all make an appearance over a subtle biscuit.
Light medium body that has a smooth texture and a bit of oiliness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The outstanding flavor profile is intense and hop flavor forward, slightly complex and fairly balanced. It begins with hop flavors that never relinquish the forefront. The flavors follow the nose with a blended hop profile that begins with tropical, flows to citrus and shifts to grapefruit and pine in the middle. The middle is mildly bitter over a hint of biscuit. The finish is slightly dry and a rind bitterness lingers. A superb session beer and possibly the ultimate lawnmower beer.