Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice..that’s what hits you initially. Massive amounts of citrus dominate this one. It’s just so fresh. Pine, dryness, grapefruit just make this beer so fresh. Session ipa’s are the thing right now and this a cut above the rest. Ballast Point is one of those breweries that you can trust to make an all around awesome beer. I hate to say it because I have as of late but this might be the best session ipa. DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Poured from a can. I’m tempted to give this beer a perfect score just because the quality of flavors and richness defy 3.8%?! Looks beautiful, technically sound in clarity with a healthy pillowy head. Malt is smooth and rich, nose is up in my grill with an aggressive west coast theme in the entire sensory realm. Damn BP..damn. MetalNHopHead (1899) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 13, 2016
With an ABV of only 3.8%, Even Keel is laid-back, even by Session IPA standards. With a modest 40 IBU’s the bitterness scale is similarly "even." That’s the kind of result you’d expect with 10 malt varieties, 6 hop varieties, and 2 yeast strains. Small beer doesn’t always mean a scaled-down brewing process. Golden pour. As you’d think, there’s a large dosage of lemon, grapefruit, and pine. However, don’t be surprised to note some malty sweetness. Crisp and slightly sticky texture. If all-day enjoyment is your thing, Even Keel is one of Ballast Point’s best. Cybercat (5743) - Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Comes out of the tap a beautiful golden Amber - not much head, but that is an artifact of the pour. Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - like getting a good whiff of fresh-cut pine, evergreem and woody, plus fruity hints. Bold flavor makes you feel as though you’re drinking a liquid pine tree. This is a brewski for serious hop fans! Fruity and malty hints come through as well. Texture is firm and very lively and sassy, leaving a woody evergreen finish. Get on an even keel if hops are your bag! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Pours clear orange with a large white head. Smells juicy with hints of pine. Taste is fruity with some solid bitterness. Light-bodied with a wet texture and average mouth-carbonation, Ballast Point Even Keel finishes with a lingering juicy bitterness.
maltman53 (472) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2016
This is just a real pleasant beer - session or not. Bottle pour light orange with a nice, persistent lace. Nice tropical nose, followed by a crisp, well-balanced mid- and finish palate. Overall, BP is just crushing it when it comes to IPAs with added flavors. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a yellow gold with an amber tint. The body is clear, and atop sits a modest layer of foamy suds. Once the head subsides, it grips onto the glass and leaves its markings all the way down.Cavie (4654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2015
Aroma: Lemon, tangerine, grass.
Taste: Dry malt, gigantic citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and orange.
Mouthfeel: Thin with very active carbonation.
Overall: Beautiful and spot on. Up there with my favs from Firestone Walker and the Collaboration they did earlier this year.
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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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.
zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2015
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.
12 oz. can from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Nice piney and grapefruit hop aroma with light caramel malts. The taste is bright and moderately bitter with piney, grassy, and citrus hops taking center stage. This is one of the first session IPAs I have tried that I could imagine myself wanting to drink several of. An impressive feat that this seems like an IPA and not a pale ale yet weighs in at only 3.8% ABV. Very nicely done.