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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,306 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.
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Ratings: 1,306 | Reviews: 190
Photo of devin305
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Just didn't leave me wanting another. Seemed a bit thin. Glad I got to try it though

Photo of YalovaIA
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CMundt4994
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"As ever, San Diego's Ballast Point looked to the sea for inspiration. A play on the fish's scientific name- Torpedo californica- Electric Ray plays homage to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of this beer's big flavor. Its massive grapefruit and floral notes deliver a high-voltage hit of hop flavor." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Lager. Available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth head of a pale off-white complexion over a moderately hazy apricot-amber body with flecked sediment and light carbonation visible. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) The aroma balances hop and malt notes evenly, with a malt profile of biscuit malt and light caramel syrup and a lightness of cracker malt accented with a moderately bitter hop profile of pine and mellow grapefruit. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates much of the same flavor that the aroma suggests, with a solid malt base of caramel biscuit and moderate syrup with a mild sweetness, hop notes of grapefruit and pine more prevalent, with tropical fruit and floral notes secondary, even more vibrant over the aroma with a moderate drying bitterness. While Electric Ray doesn't drink quite as light as the average American Pale Lager, the yeast profile generates a considerable cleanliness which allows the subtleties of the malt and hop profiles to display uninterrupted. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly chewy, mildly syrupy slick and moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a very lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) One of the best beers of the variety pack thus far, Electric Ray generates an uncompromising balance and profile of malt and hop flavors for an India Pale Lager which gives the IPA a run for its money. The malt body drinks a bit heavier than one might expect going in, but the end result is generally favorable, and makes for a very tasty beer, a collaboration I would not mind seeing venture into stores once again in the future, perhaps? 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Electric Ray: India Pale Lager
/5.00

Photo of Ultimate
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This nautically named India Pale Lager combines intense citrusy, floral American hops with the clean, classic malt body of a blonde lager."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing"; "As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for inspiration. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica— Electric Ray pays homage to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of ththis beer's big flavor. Its massive grapefruit and floral notes deliver a high-voltage hit of hop flavor."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

My cousin, Colby Chandler, the specialty brewer at Ballast Point, was the mastermind behind this beer and it garnered him a trip on the bus for Beer Camp this past summer! I did not get to see him in Philly as I was out of town that weekend on unalterable plans made prior to his trip. Boo hoo.

I Pop!ped the cap and initiated a very gentle pour because I did not want to rouse any lees that may have settled on the punt of the bottle. The lack of discernible head simply meant that I had to employ the bartender's trick, netting me two fingers of tawny head that appeared briefly and fell, leaving good lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fruity scent, but not grapefruit. Instead, it was more tropical. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a prickly quality on the tongue. Taste was grapefruit bitter, initially, but then a wave of sweetness, like mango or papaya washed over my tongue. I almost wonder what this was like fresh, but as a hophead, I can easily imagine. I really like what this has morphed into while awaiting its turn here at Chez Woody. Finish was dry, definitely nothing truly sweet about it, but it was not asthma-inducing as some really hoppy beers can be. I drank through this in no time, savoring the admixture of flavors and looking forward to my next series of misadventures with my Westie cuz. Last pour: Moderately hazy, big grapefruit odor,

Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Camped w Ballast Point Brewing Company for 2014-15 season.
This is what I imagine they serve at JOY CAMP.

A - Pours an orange, caramel, semi-clear body with 1 finger of merengue like, off-white, frothy head that stiffens to some standing waves and laces massively.

S - Too laid back but fresh and clean as to be expected by a lager - lime, pine, floral hops, ... a malty IPL.

T - Follows the smell but AMPLE. There's a lot here: lime, pine, caramel, floral hops, grass, blood orange creamsicle. Orange flare feels Ballast Point like.

F - Medium body. Oily-to-medium feel, with long, warming finish. A bit cointreau like

Loved this and want more beer camps.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never had a high gravity IPL. Into the pint glass!

A - Color is a hazy amber brown with mild floaties and a 1/2 inch of head that forms great lacing!
S - Mildly sweet, little lager smell, and mostly hoppy.
T - Quite good has a very dry hopped herbal hint to it with a smooth lager yeast body and no real skunky flavors.
M - ABV is well masked it drinks like a drier version of an IPA.

Overall it's slightly more chalky as I sip but easy to quaff back. Quite good!

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of intovert2438
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of searsclone
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeccaH
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerparrot
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich dull brassy color, hazy with a large white head of foam.
Almost a sweet feel as it goes down but there is plenty of hops that let you know better.
Plenty of rich malts in the taste, a full bodied beer.
Good citrusy aroma.
If available in a six pack I'd buy one.

Photo of oldsailor
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matt73
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.