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Mad Manatee IPA - Bold City Brewery

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Mad Manatee IPAMad Manatee IPA

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BA SCORE
80
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bold City Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-24-2008

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bold City Mad Manatee IPA... problably somewhere in the range of 5.5-6.2% alcohol.
Poured from a growler into a 22oz. mug.

A- Nice dark orange fluid with firey outer walls as the light goes threw it. Thick off white head falls leaving a sticky rim around the glass and quarter inch froth that stays around.

S- Sharp scents of pine and floral hops dominate the nose a sweet malts linger in the backbone.

T-M- Hops are appearant in the form of citrus and piney bite, with a sweet but muddled carmel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is heavily astringent and tangy with a lasting bitter bite.

D- All and all a good ipa and a good pint but maybe a little to much at once for a growler.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of earthy hops. Slightly bitter citrus aromas waft out as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are followed quickly by decidedly bitter and earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this isn't a bad IPA however I wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold City Brewery "Mad Manatee IPA"
12 oz. can, coded "212 14 11:33"
$1.67 @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Appearance: Very hazy orange-copper body with visible particulate in suspension - most likely from dry hopping. The frothy off-white drops steadily to a wide collar. Lacing is average.

Aroma: Citrus and pine over a gentle golden caramel drizzled malt base.

Flavor: Bright hops combine citrus and pine with a subtle berry-like fruitiness (that could be from hops or yeast). A golden caramel character gives the grainy and biscuity malt charm, and it remains sweetish against a just-enough-to-balance bitterness along with a subtle, underlying tartness that's really quite unique. It finishes dry with lingering notes of pine and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately crisp before warming in the mouth to soften and become almost smooth.

Overall: A straightforward, clearly crafted IPA that's an accessible, reliable, and drinkable beer.

Photo of weeare138
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small white cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left.
Smell is of orange citrus, grass, herbs, and wet hay.
Taste is of the aromas with a light malty flavor and a touch of mild, hay hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and slightly bitter.

Photo of boss302
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mad manatee IPA, Bold City Brewery, 22oz bottle, 

A Clear and orange in color. Big thick head. 4

S Citrusy sweet hop aroma. Good smelling beer. 4

T Big hops, some piney flavor. Rich bready malt flavor comes through  after the hops. There is a significant amount of astringency. There is a lingering pine taste also.  3.5

M Medium body and thickness. Carbonation is right on. 4

D A good IPA. IPAs are my favorite style and after trying so many, my preference is for the IPAs that have the great hop aroma and flavor, but also keep the astringency in check.  This one is a little unbalanced with respect to astringency. 3.5     

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Bold City Brewery, the beer was served up in a pint glass. The beer is a bright, clear orange-gold coloring with a thin, clingy film of head. Great aroma of cedar and resinous, spiced hops. The flavors are smooth, with grapefruit and citrus blended sweetness forming a backbone for very spicy hops to springboard. There is a smokey and peppery aftertaste, with a dry, bitter finish. This beer is tasty, and light enough to drink A LOT of. That's a good characteristic, because I usually end up leaving with a growler of it, and in FL a growler is a gallon! Enjoy this one, my fellow hopheads!

Photo of JayQue
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK IPA. My first brew from this company...bottle brought back from Jacksonville by a fellow Defense contractor. Pours a nice hazy dark amber with a decent size pillowy off-white head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smell was about average, mild earthy hops. Taste is balanced...flavorful enough but no hop bomb under any circumstances and a large amount of caramel malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a hair thin. Drinkability is pretty good. I'm guessing that this is about the same octane as Celebration Ale. Not the most memorable IPA but not bad either.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white head of foam. It had a short lived head and left a little lacing.

S - It smelled citrusy with sweet caramel malt. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with some caramel. The hops added a citrusy kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an okay IPA. It is drinkable but not fantastic.

Photo of route66pubs
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-yellow, very clear with a nice white head. Head has great retention as I drink away at the glass, sticking closely to the sides of my Pisgah pint glass.

Somewhat malty aroma surprises the noise. Bready, banana-like, with an orange twist in there somewhere.

A bit of malt sweetness, but also orange and a bit of pine on the tongue. Ends with a much heavier pine feel.

A little bit soft on the tongue, but not at all disappointing. This clearly feels like an IPA. It is definitely NOT a Left Coast IPA though, and that may be for the best. But the clarity and crispness in the mouth on this definitely raises its score.

As mentioned, this is no West Coast hop-bomb. You are not going to be cringing with every sip, trying to keep the hops at bay. And that's good this little beer. 6.5%? I don't feel it. This is quite happy in the mouth and feels good going down for high marks on drinkability.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold to orange, with some hop floaters, a one-finger white creamy head, and lots of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Resin and citrus rind, bready malts that give some sweetness almost no caramelly aroma. Not a huge nose on this though.

T: Bright orangey citrus, citrus rind bitterness with less resin flavor, along with a touch of tropical fruit and spice hops. A healthy malt backbone lends a bready sweetness, again with minimal caramel aspect. The hang is a fairly mild citrus rind bitterness.

A: Full-bodied for IPA, good carbonation sensation, and fairly low alcohol presence.

O: Another tasty, canned, yet pretty standard American IPA. Nothing here to set it apart, or perhaps to actively seek - but it's a more than serviceable option to have around. Drink one if you happen to see it.

Photo of Aiptasia
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this one from a bomber in a pint glass, approx. 50 degrees cold.

A: Minimalistic pour without much of a head. Medium warm gold orange in color with very light carbonation. Lacking much lacing, and what there is doesn't cling.

S: Citrus rind and earth notes on the nose, leaning towards earthy.

T: Malty dry grapefruit rind and dirt. Phelonic flavors giving medicinal notes which tilt the balance on the bitter side. Agressive hops profile would benefit from further shelf aging, a hop bomb when young.

M: Not very fizzy. Drinks ok with a dry finish.

O: Sadly, there's nothing unique about this IPA at all. Tastes like so many other middle of the road IPA's. It's not a bad beer, it's not a great beer. It's solidly mediocre. My suggestions would be to re-think the bittering hops choice and perhaps go with a lager yeast without the phelonic profile.

Photo of Lerxst
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger white head that has fair retention and left just a bit of lacing.

S-Subtle earthy hops with a substantial malt presence as well. Not very complex or strong, but pleasant.

T-With the hop presence in the nose being so tame, I wasn't expecting the bitter hop bite I got. Its not breaking an IBU records for sure, but it does have a nice bitter IPA bite. Follows the nose with grassy, earthy hops, a slight piney presence and a biscuity malt round it out.

M-Medium body, somewhat slick and oily. I think they got the carb level just right, not too little or too much.

D-Drinks very easily. A few of these would be no problem.

Its not a world class IPA, but it certainly is a respectable beer from a young brewery that shows promise. I'd buy this again. As a matter of fact, I think I'll stop by the brewery this weekend and pick up a growler and see how it is on tap.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mad Manatee IPA
Bold City Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: unknown

I was new to this local taproom, so I was very curious to try this brew during my first visit ~10/2009. I did not take any detailed notes at the time as I was visiting w/ 3 friends and tried to stay social. But I did take detailed mental notes and determined this brew was on par, and would get a growler of it in a heartbeat.

The IPA offering was bitter without being overdone. Balanced as much as an IPA needs to be, still allowing the hop character to be showcased accordingly. Enjoyable, to style, and sessionable option fo rmy next visit. A bit less "piney" than the Chinook offering.

I plan to take some more detailed notes on my next visit, and plan to update this review. In the meantime it's a rough reference for those who may be wondering how this brewery is doing @ the "one year old" milestone.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured in an American pint, very drinkable, and well balanced.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amber hues, reddish, low head lacing

smell: sublte citrus and a lot of perfume and earthy meadow aromas.

taste: bitter ale with slight citrus taste but lots of floral hop flavor, it's balanced.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly on the chewy side for a IPA

drinkability: decent, I like his chinook much better, but it's another decent BC offering.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Aroma is muted. Light citrus and a plain, malty sweetness. Flavor is decently dull as well. Citrus, subtle bitterness and a very agreeable maltiness. It's pretty bland. Pretty balanced. Left me wanting much more. Medium bodied. Didn't perceive much bitterness. Good carbonation. Won't remember this beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, picked this bottle up in FL a few weeks back, just now getting to it. Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, nice off white head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, nice lacing, looks good.

Aroma is lightly hoppy and a little grainy, I hope it tastes better than it smells.

It does taste better than it smells but it still isn't very hoppy. This is almost like a red ale in the mouthfeel, medium in body mildly bitter on the back end, mostly earthy piny hop components, a light IPA, probably not a repeat but a decent beer.

Photo of tgreenwood4
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium hops, not complex, but pleasing. Good with pub food, and popular with our group.

Photo of Brew_Bro
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color after being poured into pint glass. The head is actually the best part about this beer. Good lacing in glass.

Smell was fine but not as great as the can lead me to believe. Typical IPA smell only not as strong.

Mouthfeel is too thin.

Taste reminds me more of a hoppy pale ale.

This beer can be dangerous considering how light it seems to drink with the 7% ABV. I could pound these and not think anything of it. Tastes like something I'd drink at the pool. Pretty much no alcohol to be tasted.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%

Can from Tipples. No date visible. Pours copper, clear, with a big fluffy white to off white head. Nice floral nose with some light malts shining through, light tropical sweetness, grass. Not bad. Flavor is light grass, hint of fruit, watery malt, and a dirty macro lager finish. Very light bodied with medium carbonation . No this isn't terrible, but there are so many better options out there I don't really know why this exists.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.  Beer is a slightly hazy orange color, with a two-finger, thick, foamy off-white head.  Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was citrus hops, light grains and malt.

Taste was bitter, citrus hops, some bread and grains. 

Long bitter finish.  Medium bodied.  Not too thick and syrupy, but not too light either.  Well balanced. 

Pretty drinkable brew. 

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

"A wonderful balance of hops and malt, this IPA is loaded with four hop varieties. You can expect a slight sweetness with toasted notes, a wonderful floral aroma and crisp citrus finish. Its as bitter as a MAD MANATEE!"

Poured from a 12oz can into a hotel high ball glass. Pours cloudy and is an orangeish good sort of color, with caramel highlights, a one finger sized head, and a nice dose of lacing.

Aroma was okay but nothing too grande. More malt than hops, toasty and bready with the requisite caramel undertones. The hops do lend a floral aroma as well as a slight earthiness.

Decent flavor. It is balanced. Malts and hops play with each other nicely. Slightly sweet. Hop flavor is slightly citrusy and the bitterness isn't overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, however. This one isn't blowing anyone out of the water but it is a decent beer. Kind of a pale ale masquerading as an IPA, Or is it the other way around? I like that it is local.

Photo of beeroclock
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer several times now, but decided to rate it from the growler since I've yet to rate it previously.

A - Pours a slightly cloud-like amber in color giving a small white head and leaving a ring on the glass.
S - Citrus and hints of ?? not sure, maybe pine.
T - Some hop kick and a mild bitter citrus punch. Some floral notes.
M - Crisp, holds a small bite through to the throat.
D - Very drinkable, though I prefer it straight from the tap. It seems even the growler ride home and 24 hours in the fridge has stepped it down a notch from sitting in the brewery with a fresh pint from tap. I'm not disappointed, it's still the best brew to take home in a growler from Bold City. They are doing good things here.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with white head. Citrus and a little grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hint of malt. Seems to be a lighter IPA, but still good.

Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name and the logo: Don't mess with a mad manatee!

Pours a lovely amber with a sticky tan head and some floaties of yeast.

Aroma of citrus-like hops.

Bracingly bitter with herbal hop flavors and a nice biscuit/waffle malt note. This one's about the hops, but there's some malt thrown in there, keeping this from being as dry as West Coast style IPAs.

Lovely body with plenty of oomph.

Overall an excellent IPA, further proof that Florida is making some of the best of the style. Seek it out.

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Mad Manatee IPA from Bold City Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.