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Ballast Point Even Keel

Rating: 3.85

My sixth beer from Ballast Point now and one that I picked up over the weekend at the new BottleDog shop from Brewdog in Glasgow as thanks to being inspired to grab a few beers from the brewery after reading about their resent purchase by Constellation Brands for $1 billion the other week. I’ve also read that Brewdog will no longer be stocking their beers after the current batch sells out and I’d been wanting to try their Grapefruit Sculpin but sadly they had already sold out so I settled for this and another two from the brewery that I hadn’t tried yet. Despite the fact their recent takeover will mean they have more funds available for expansion, I doubt I’ll get an opportunity to try many more Ballast Point beers after I get through they ones I have left in the house as Brewdog seemed to be the only ones importing any of their stuff to the UK; you never know though, I might get my hands on some Grapefruit Sculpin yet. This one is actually my twelfth beer that falls under the session IPA category and the beer must have been one of the first of the style when it was introduced way back in 2006, although it was probably labelled different back then as no one was really talking about session IPA’s until a couple of years ago. The beer is well hopped with one and a half pounds used per barrel when it is double dry-hopped so I’m expecting plenty bitterness from a beer that won silver at the 2007 California State Fair and a bronze at last years Brussels Beer Challenge.

Ballast Point Even Keel

Appearance (4/5): This one pours quite a nice and bright, medium amber colour with a very clear body and a half centimetre tall head that is white and bubbly. Head retention of this one was okay with it sitting for a bit before fading to a thin and soapy lacing on top of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): This one is quite fresh on the nose with pine and floral hops to start with but they did seem ever so slightly subdued initially. There is some touches of spice and grain coming through early on as well with a few biscuit note around the middle before some of the tropical fruits start to make themselves known. The nose seemed well-balanced with a few lemon and citrus towards the end but the pine was the most dominant, almost resinous at times and definitely pleasant.
Taste (7/10): A combination of pine, citrus and floral hops kick things off with the taste and some spice backs it up in the early going. Again the beer was fresh with some light but earthy malts coming through around the middle with touches of biscuit and a very faint sweetness. There is some grapefruit and a slight acidity around the middle and heading towards the end with a very nice bitterness too.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and very fresh with a lot of citrus and floral touches coming through and sitting on some spice as well. There was a nice bitterness running through this one for the start and I got some decent sweetness from the malts as well which also helped balance things out nicely.

Overall (17/20): This one was quite a fresh and hoppy beer that packed a tremendous amount of flavour into its 3.8% abv. and there was a lot more to it that I’d been expecting going in. The hops initially seemed a little light and subdued on the nose but this definitely sorted itself out come the taste with plenty of hops showing alongside some resinous pine and nice citrus flavours. A really nice beer and one of the better session IPA’s that I’ve had, it’s up there with Stone’s Go To IPA and Founders All Day IPA although it maybe just falls slightly short of both of them but it’s still an excellent beer.

Brewed In: San Diego, California, United States of America
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Full Name: Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA
First Brewed: 2006
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 3.8%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £2.80

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  1. November 23, 2015 at 11:07

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