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

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 124 | 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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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 oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a becker a deep orange hued medium golden with a great looking full two finger bone white head that settles very slowly,just a great head with a slower pour.Caramel and sweet dough with a little booze mixed with some piney hops in the back end,Iam a little surprised by the extent of the booziness.Flavors of sweet dough and more booze with some cutting spicy and piney hops in the finish.I like it,it's a little sweeter than most for the style but I like it just the same.

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

This beer was gold in color with a small white head.

Floral aroma mostly. Some citrus. Sweet malt.

Great taste. Grapefruit up front, then floral hops, then some lingering grapefruit. All against a bready background.

This was a nice hoppy, sweet IPL. I could drink this anytime. One of my Beer Camp favorites.

Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cereal malt with floral, metallic noble hops.

The flavor is very sweet bready malts with floral grassy hops that have good bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy.

Overall, it's a bit overly sweet and I don't care for the hop character.

Photo of barhoc11
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and crystal clear like a lager that has had proper conditioning

S: Smells good but just not as hoppy as you would expect for an IPA, smells like a slightly hoppier Pale Ale

T: Crisp and clean with a really good amount of hops. It has a sweetness to it that covers any alcohol in this beer

M: Carbonation coats the mouth and allows easy drinking

O: I thought this was very good, I love the crispness of a good lager paired with the IPA qualities.

Photo of Beerswag
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz fresh bottle pour, into mini pilsner glass, head is light in body with big bubbles, and a khaki froth staying around. color of the beer is between gold and chestnut brown. has decent amount of malt detected with a little roastiness. Not much on the nose, a little fruit such as apple and pine needles to bring in some earthiness. Taste is apple, pine, a little grapefruit, some malted notes such as cocoa and carmel to finish with the hops. Drinks a lot like a Maibock, with slightly more piney and citrusy notes in there. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, good for the Lager yeast style. Dry finish and very nice balance of fruitiness, and mildness of the yeast lends to a good mouthfeel and finish. Overall, should pair nice with some German foods, such as: Brats, Mustard, Veal, and Pretzel.

Photo of bsp77
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Bright orange with strong white cap and light lacing - impressive for a lager.

Smell: Apple, bread and light hay; somewhat of a cross between a Maibock and a Pilsner. Nice grapefruit and spice notes as well.

Taste: Core malt body is Maibock like, with sweet bread and apple. The hops are quite pronounced, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple and pepper. Basically tastes like a cross between a Maibock and an IPA.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation. Medium to full body that is very smooth in a lager type way. Finish is nicely dry.

Overall: I have never been that impressed with Imperial/Double Lagers/Pilsners or India Pale Lagers. This is kind of a cross between those two, but it is a slam dunk. I love this beer and it shows that extreme lagers can work.

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 PSU_Mike
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours a light amber color with a 1.5 finger head. It's fairly clear with tiny bubbles.

S - The nose is borderline non-existent. I get a touch of earthy and piney hops. That's it.

T - First sip yields some piney hop notes. Mid palate, the earthy hops that were advertised on the bottle show their face. The finish is a little dry maltiness.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice low bitter finish. Classic lager finish.

O - This could have been very, very good with a better hop profile. The miss was the lack of citrus notes in the taste. The nose was terribly weak as well. I enjoyed this one but it could have been so much better.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a cloudy golden orange. Small off white head with a moderate amount of bubbles.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, pine, and caramel. Upfront citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Earthy and herbal hops with hints of pine resin and grass. Some hop spice hints as well. Solid malt backing with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, straw, and lager yeast. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Big taste of citrus hops with notes of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and melon. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hops with notes of pine resin and damp grass. Good malt backing with notes of grains, caramel, straw, biscuit, and lager yeast. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount level of carbonation. Nicely juicy, chewy, drying, and smooth on the finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a IPL. Good mix of upfront hop notes with a nice lager backing.

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

Fantastic tropical fruit brew... nobody does hops like Ballast Point. Lovely caramel colored brew with minimal lacing, tight malt balance and the hops... my god... the hops. This is the best of the beer camp brews I've had so far. Creamy and balanced, brilliant mouthfeel. Yum.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich mix of pale malts give of a shining copper/amber body with a slightly off white head, forms fine even layers of speckled lacing as the head dwindles quite briskly. Just with the stats of 8.5% abv and 70 IBUs this is one of the biggest beers in the SN Beer Camp mixed collaboration 12 pack.

Aroma explodes with hops as soon as you crack the cap off, again use of the hop torpedo device is key here. I’m getting loads of citrus, floral hops, grapefruit pith to get more detailed a bit of the crushed aspirin from the alpha acids in the hop resins. Gotta love this style an imperial IPL basically at 8.5% abv, a bit of tropical fruit barely peaks through as I continue to stick my nares in the glass.

Flavor upfront juicy bitterness with waves of hop flavor citrus pith, hop juice, dank mary jane layers this beer even plays into a touch of tropical fruit but dials right back to herbaceous green hops with a clean pale malt base and lager yeast really makes for a good time in a bottle. Definitely my favorite so far on par with the excellent Torpedo pilsner, maybe it’s West Coast cohesive creativity…I don’t know but I would buy this on a regular basis. As it warms there’s even some nice honey and alcohol warmth that really make the beer more balanced and even more drinkable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied rich complex big bruising lager, the most bad ass lager I’ve ever come across the velvet gloves are off I’m getting smacked around by hops and waves of alpha acid bitterness, dry finish competes with the juicy malt/honey/biscuit and booze qualities. It doesn’t burn at all the alcohol doesn’t impair my enjoyment just my judgment. Complex on the palate even rolling carbonation some crisp lager components but the big body higher abv and heaping piles of hops makes this aggressive and enamel coating all at the same time.

Overall, I’m a west coast IPA/IPL fanboy and this is why…these guys have mastered the use of hops!

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a nonic. .Date stamp indicates a bottled on date of 3 June 2014

Pours medium amber with a durable head and very good lacing. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: sweet malts and caramel evident amdist the hops.

Flavor: The generous malt load nicely complements and tames the hop load. Overall, drinks like a smooth, moderately bold APA.

Feel: medium body with crisp and lively carbonation.

O: a fine IPL worth seeking out. More balanced than an average American IPA, this may lack the hop hit desired by some.

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 Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear amber orange with three fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a ring of white that left abundant lacing down the glass. Quite the nice looking beer, more IPA or amber lager than golden lager. Scents of grassy hops, tropical fruits, sweet orange flesh, citrus zest, a hint of pine and faint notes of grainy malt. A very nice, crisp, clean hop-forward aroma that also has a nice malt balance. Quite appealing. Flavor begins balanced between sweet malt flavors, bitterness and hop character with notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit peel and pith and slight floral hops. This moves into a balanced middle with sweet malt mingling with flavors of melon, pine resin, and hints of alcohol with a moderate level of bitterness. Finish is similarly balanced though a bit more bitter, with notes of grapefruit pith and peel, floral hop notes, a bit of pine resin, a sweet malt backbone and a hint of alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter with. Toes of floral hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel and a slight bit of grainy malt. A very nice flavor profile, quite similar to an IPA with very little indication of the lagering making it through the hops and high ABV. Still quite nice and very balanced between a high level of bitterness and sweet malt, which lends the beer its moderate bitterness level overall and its complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation and a slightly silky feel. Very nice and quite easy to drink, masking its ABV nicely. Overall this is a good hoppy beer. It balances the hops and malt nicely in the flavor and has a pleasant aroma and mouthfeel that make it quite pleasant to drink. A good effort from two great breweries.

Photo of azorie
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: really nice pale off yellow. great head, big foam. some lacing. not sure what you can do about a type or style that is not a "style" so I judge it against what it really is an American IPA.
pale lager my ass.

s: hops, yep its an ipa, big huge hop overload,heavy. grapefuirt, pinetar, shunky weed like resin etc.
still that is the style. so heavy it is what is. does not smell boozy, light yeast. as it hit near 60f some malt backbone, bread it the nose.

t: mostly all I get is pine tar, sappy, leather like malt, slightly boozy at this temp. well of course there is no balance its an IPA. I get some grapefruit but not as much as they are describing. still its supposed to be this way, I never get why folks like these though. no yeast detected. bitter, astringent after taste, yucko. its why i dislike this type of beer.

m: oily, low carb, thin body, astringent bitter, finish, sounds like the style to me.

o: ok its not a beer I enjoy. but its what folks that like DIPA/ipa like. Not something I WOULD ever want again period. but again the style is right, and its a just a lager by name.
oh 8.5% nice kick, yep I did finish it. no problem. heck I can drink almost any beer once, almost any, not all. ;.)


$25 for 12 beers. ouchies.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Sticky, light pale white foam with a foamy quality, good retention and abundant lace. Perfectly clear, copper body. No carbonation visible.

S- This has a huge floral aroma. I can smell it from a foot away. The hops are mildly piney and earthy, but there's still some sweetness here.

T- More sweet floralness, a bit of piney hop bite, and a caramel sweet finish.

M- An interesting mouthfeel in that it is creamy and malt-heavy, but also heavily hopped and bitter. With warmth, it becomes sweeter but a rush of carbonation and bitterness interrupt close to the finish to suggest an IPA.

Overall- It's damn good. A unique beer somewhere between an IPA, barleywine and an altbier or something else malt forward.

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

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with an egg shell white 2 finger head. Good retention, settling to a thin layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good with fair stick.

Smell - Notes of freshly peeled orange hit the nose first. Light floral qualities beneath, but otherwise it's a nice, mellow orange aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and grapefruit essence throughout. Touches of pine. A light cracker or bready character sits beneath with a hint of grain. Finishes with orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall - IPA or IPL? Hard to tell as it's one of the heavier and more flavorful IPL's I've had to date... guess we'll have to take the brewers' word for it! In any event, it's pretty good, though frankly I see more Sierra Nevada influence in this beer than Ballast Point.

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber -- impressive fine bone-white suds. Nicely loopy lace.

Nose is citrus and tropical hops. Yum!

Taste is very sharp and hoppy with a solid caramel malt back one for support. Body is heavy, for sure, not obscuring the heavy alcohol content here (8.5%). Tasty but definitely a sipper.

Photo of Roguer
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an active, large (~3 fingers) snow white head with great retention, leaving behind tons of frothy lacing. Brew is a golden amber color.

Caramel and pale malts; flowery and citrus hops. Fairly balanced, clean, and subdued aroma.

Very sweet flavor, with a dense mixture of malt and hops. Caramel, honey, and biscuit; slightly earthy and grassy bitterness, with noticeable pine and a light bit of orange.

For the style, the mouthfeel is thick and creamy (about medium overall). Smooth, lively, with a lingering, sticky aftertaste.

I liked this better as a sample on tap, but it's still very, very tasty. Quite different, likely, than what you might expect. A very good beer, perhaps a bit oversweet, but with nicely balanced bitterness and a hop profile that isn't overwhelming.

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 PRLRetailDrone
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a ballast point fan this was one of the reasons I bought the mix pack. I was a little let down. Nice coppery orange color. Decent head that lacked retention. Real nice nose. Smells like good weed. Malty taste underscored with hops. I can taste the booze but theres no burn. Medium body. Solid one off, but not the best ballast point beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Clear yellow body. Small white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Grassy hops. Smells like pilsner malt. Very malty, whatever they used. Slightly vegetal.

Taste - Grassy hops and pale malt in equal quantities. A bit of cracker malt. Bitterness builds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. I didn't realize it was 8.5% when I ordered it. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Decent, but very malty.

Photo of Rob23
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 pack of the Beer Camp.This is my 6th pick out of the pack and it is so far my favorite.Pours a dark copper and a bit of head but I pour slow.Smell is a typical IPA.Floral and Grapefruit which is in the taste also.This is simply a great collaboration and I wish I could find a 12 of this by itself.

Photo of sjones5045
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance, is copper with a thick white head, but fades really fast.

The smell, is pleasant. Nice floral notes hit you. Smells very clean. Maybe a little boozy notes surface as well. But doesn't ruin the beer.

The taste is really good. Sharpe and fairly clean. It starts with the citrus ipa almost taste then hit you with a malty backbone.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would buy this if offered on its own. Definitely one of the top Beer Camp beers.

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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.