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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

186 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,316
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 128 | 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 1,316
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First 1 taken from the case.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1" white head which lingers before thinning to a cap and leaves rings and spots of lace.

N: Grapefruity citrus, bready malts, lager yeast and faintly lemony.

T: Clean and crisp with bready malts and lager yeast, some citrus and a faintly spicy cedar-like wood note.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and semi-bitter, bready malts and yeasty.

O: Interesting and enjoyable, the ABV is hidden but does creep up. (493 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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, (2,257 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of barhoc11
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (459 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (796 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.