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

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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 123 | FT: 1
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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: 1,310 | Reviews: 192
Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white creamy head that fades leaving patchy lace.

The smell is orange rind, slight candy sweetness mingled with a cheesiness and herbal component.

The taste is rindy with contrasting mild sweetness and citrus with a lightly fruity alcohol character that is somewhat solvent as it warms up.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a decent brew but not something I see myself purchasing again.

Photo of Mitchster
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Pilsner, Oats, Munich, Caramel malts. Bittered with Cascade, Zues, Nugget, Northern Brewer. Finished with Amarillo, Crystal, Centennial, Cascade.
8.5% ABV, OG=18.0P, FG=2.7P, 70 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy light amber, forming a tall off yellow whipped head with superior retention and beautiful lacing. The nose is bright with floral hops, kinda rosy, with pineapple and grapefruit, light mango and light pine. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is clean, bright, full bodied with a slick sheen on the tongue. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and pine. Bitterness is medium firm but still nicely balanced, finishing dry in the mouthfeel but with a pleasing sweetness which balances this beer out. No off flavors or aromas.

A very nice beer. Quite rich, This reminds me a bit of hopslam in its balance and hop profile. I would definitely buy this again if it were available. Very well done.

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 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 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.

Photo of DrDemento456
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 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 hosehead83
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed gold with a nice frothy cap of foam
Aroma-pale malt, floral hops
Taste-Up-front citrus hops,toasted malt, creamy, lingering bitterness to the finish. Nicely balanced and a nice match for a spicy food pairing

Photo of TheSSG
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, soapy head that has great persistence and laces madly. Bright citrus hop aroma. Chill haze straw-yellow color. Starts with a bright, intense citric hoppiness. A high-medium bitterness that starts to take on notes of pine and citrus rind. This citrus rind lingers into the finish, and is somewhat cumulative. If you wait long enough, mercifully, the bitterness will fade, leaving a very nice floral hop note.

Well, on one hand, the lager really allows the hops to shine in a very clean way. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of whatever hops they used in this; it has that unpleasant, cumulative bitterness I so dislike. I like the idea, but over-hopping isn't for me, and it definitely doesn't allow the refined malt characteristics of the lager to come through.
Edit: This does hide it's 8.5% ABV very well.

Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours hazy gold color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew like a seltzer or champagne, going to a 1-2 finger thick foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all size and dissipated slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it goes down. A sea foam layer stuck around on top, which is appropriate for the whole Ballast Point sea creature theme.

Smells of grapefruit, pine cone/pine hops, twigs, caramel, lightly roasted grains, peppery spices, herbs and earthy notes. The nose is soft and sweet, but earthy and almost woodsy at the same time with nice balance where the hops seem to fuse together as one dry supercone – real nice aroma overall.

Tastes similar to the smell, with light grapefruit, lemon zest, pine cone/pine hops, dry hay or twigs, tea leaf, mild caramel, lightly roasted grains, pepper and other spices like spruce tips, a dry yeast like biscuit mix, herbs and earthy notes similar to tree bark or dust. A lot more earthy tasting with OK balance and a dry, clean finish that could have used some more hop strength like the flashes the hops showed at the start of both the aroma and flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and on the thin side, with below average carbonation and the aforementioned dry, clean finish. This was good and easy to drink, but it let me down a little as it started off strong but finished lazy, for a lack of better word. Could easily be a session beer if it amped up the hops more since it hid the ABV masterfully.

Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All right, my final beer camp review. Not sure why it took so long to finally get to this one. Just the final lucky one I guess. Poured into pils glassware.
Quite amber for a pale later. Some sulfur, but more hops and a firm malt base too. Not much of the advertised grapefruit and more of the generic citrus. Big firm dense off-white head.
Again, while a hop forward beer there still is ample malt character in this drink. Hop flavors are a lot more complex than in the aroma. They play nicely with the bitterness and interesting hop flavors. Has more of an ale feel, but being classically lager clean.
Interesting beer. Might be a little too rich to imbibe several at a sitting and the I think winter is not the season, this feels more like a hot summer day enjoying being outside.

Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/30...BCAA 3/12...pours bright copper with high foam, leaving a sticky layer clinging to the edges. Sunny floral nose, fruity, fresh meadows. Clean crisp taste with a tight bitter hop back. More bitter and grapefruit as progressed.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 14/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 82/100

Another mediocre offering, has a nice flavor profile. Really just lacks complexity and substance. Enjoyable also rather forgettable~

Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, tropical, citrus, grassy, pungent, pilsner, toasted, and pale malts with some lager yeast too.

Taste: This beer is a well put together balance of flavors. Bravo. Another sip. Then another. Then another. The hops and barley are very tasty. Slight bitterness and super smooth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, slight bitterness, balance, a little chewy, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: The last of Beer Camp to review. Out of the whole 12 pack, this is one of my favorites. Hope to get a few more pints.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy light straw colored body.
The aroma is refreshing: lemongrass, lemon and dry grains.
The taste is mild overall. Starts sweet, some lemon bitter, then finishes sweet and dry.
The texture is light and crisp.
Interesting and enjoyable.

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

I forgot I had one more Beer Camp Across America pack, finally cracked it open this past week. First time drinking Electric Ray, a collab IPL between Sierra Nevada and Balllast Point. The beer is an orangish copper color, not quite clear with one finger of fluffy eggshell colored head. Very nice retention and lacing. Aroma is somewhat muted, which is not surprising considering it's age. I do get some faint bready notes, along with a whiff of citrus. The taste is pretty malty up front, but I get some nice grapefruit and slight pineapple in the finish. The mouthfeel was pretty light, with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, this was a dang good beer considering it is probably well past it's prime. Sadly, I didn't get to taste one of these fresh (shared the other Beer Camp boxes), I'm thinking it was pretty good when fresh.

Photo of Furlinator
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottled on 06/03/14.

Pours a hazy yellow gold. The 1/2 inch off-white head fades to a thick cap and ring on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of buttered bread, mango, faint pineapple juice and orange juice.

The taste is of bitter piney hops, tropical fruit and faint orange juice.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Piney and bitter up front with faint fruit presence on the finish. Standard but, solid.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +5%

Type: 12-oz.bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack
Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing Company; Packaged June 3, 2014

Poured an orange, caramel, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Good amount of streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Poor, uneven spots of lacing along the sides of the glass on the way down. Poor retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.63)

Smelled hidden hop flavors behind a malty front. Got lime, pine, light floral hops, caramel, other Citra hops, sharp, albeit brief, grapefruit punch and sugary, sweet malts. Reminded me slightly of a malty IIPA. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted close to the nose, maybe slightly better. Could taste the boozy 8.5% ABV right away though. Got lime, pine, caramel, Citra hops, bitter grapefruit rind, faint orange creamsicle and some tropical hops. (Taste - 4.13)

Medium body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Booziness went away as the beer went down. (Feel - 3.88)

This was my favorite of the five I’ve tried so far. It really grew on me. I guess American Pale Lager is the right style, but it still reminded me more of a smooth IIPA. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | B+

Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +5%

A - Amber and copper, a little clarity, and 1 finger of head and some lace retention.

A - Spicy hops is all I get. Citrus

T - Hops, and double dry hopped. Wow, thats about all I get. Citrus and Piney. Torpedo hops. Sierra dominates this one.

M - Medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

O - A tasty brew for sure

Photo of BadmouthBrews
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

On draft at flying saucer Nashville.

Pours a golden honey color, aroma is very faint of malt, no smell of hops. Almost smells like nothing. Thick white head, guiness like consistency. Tastes floral with a hint of hops. Not bad, a good collaboration from Sierra Nevada and ballast point.

Photo of BWED
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tumbler

A- Golden orange. Dense one finger pad of a head, just off white. Retention is good, and nice wisps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Floral and citrus hop aroma. Sweet citrus, orange. Malt character is toasty and grainy, but very faint.

T- Mildly sweet. Orange and a bit of a sugary character. A little bit of dry citrus peel, and the malt is very light and toasty.

M- Pretty drinkable for 8.5%. Body is fairly light like a ragular lager. Just more sweetness, dryness, and bitterness. Finish is long and dry.

O- This is a little too sweet for me to consider it a great lager. I'd like it to be more crisp and a cleaner drink. The sweetness really sticks, especially with the existence extra hops.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

I am drinking the beer at just over two months old. It has a floral, citrusy hop nose over light grains with a slight sweetness but does not smell like 70 IBU (international Bittering Units – a measure of bitterness). It pours brilliant amber with a light copper tint under a 1” snow white persistent foam cap. Electric Ray starts very creamy on the tongue, slightly sweet with clean light malt flavors supporting citrusy, floral hops finishing dry with a touch of astringency from the hops. Electric Ray has the lager cleanness and smoothness but it has bigger malt and a much bigger hop flavor and aroma. The body is bigger than a lager without being fat or flabby. The carbonation is creamy, fine and soft. Everything is very well balanced.

Photo of Samp01
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a medium white lasting head. Aroma is sweet fruity, yeast, grains and grass notes. Taste is grains and grass flavors, yeast upfront with some good amount of sweet fruity candied sugar and alcohol on the end. Palate is a med to full body, good carbonation. Finish is grains, yeast, malt sweet candied sugar on the end with moderate bitterness. Overall considering the alcohol content of 8.5, it wasn’t too overwhelming, simply drink slowly, a good drinking brew.

Photo of philbe311
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful active swirling pour yields a full fingers worth of fluffy crisp slightly off-white colored head... The color is a slightly pale medium gold... Loaded with medium paced carbonation... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... A bright vibrant aroma that can be detected even without bringing one's nose to the glass... A nice sturdy hop presence sits atop a base of cracker and biscuit... Excellent balance... The flavor is as expected based on the nose... A good mostly piney hop bite... Lemon zest... A strong graham cracker and biscuit malts base... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy and slightly chewy... Brisk and vibrant carbonation... An outstanding beer all around that I would indulge in with regularity if this were a year round offering... Very nicely done... Kudos to both Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point... By far my favorite of the Beer Camp Across America to date (though I still have a couple to go)...

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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.