BrettTaylor (649) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quick rating for now as only had taster, but bought 6 pack so will re-rate later with full can.
DialSquare (3576) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz cans from Savor Growl: amber pour, medium off-white head. aroma of pine, resiny, grass, grapefruit. tastes are caramel, citrus, resin, little crackery, vegetal. medium palate and well balanced. just way too much onion for this to be a regular for me.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet hippy aroma. Flavor has a crisp hop with a large malty profile. Very light but fulfilling.
Sask89 (499) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours a slightly hazy lighter amber colour with a medium off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavy in citrus fruit, with some floral and grassy notes. Taste is not overly bitter and there isn’t much sweetness either. Light body, good carbonation, and thin on the palate. Overall a drinkable but average IPA.
pineypower (2789) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of sweet citrusy hops, light floral notes, some tropical fruit and light cracker. Taste is complex for so low Abv. Nice citrus, tropical fruit light cracker malts. Damn lots of flavor and super crushable
Ed5388 (2600) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can from dmac! Thanks bromo! Pours a crystal clear amber color with a finger of frothy white head. Aroma and taste is full of fresh grapefruit, with notes of pine, lemon zest, caramel malt, and dusty grains. Super crushable.
Christpuncher (2173) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
You know what is better than zombie dust? This session ipa. Very similar in flavor but slightly less alcohol. Citrusy and hippy and extremely crushable. Had a can pour at home. Bitter finish. Pours orange il with a hick white head
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KyotoLefty (7972) - 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 (1467) - 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 (846) - 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.