Mad Manatee IPA - Bold City Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev +22.1%
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!
05-25-2011 03:04:32 | More by GarthDanielson
4/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
02-09-2009 02:51:46 | More by CampusCrew
3.98/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
06-06-2014 01:22:36 | More by Shaw
3.9/5 rDev +13.4%
A - Hazy, orange body with a small head of white foam. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - A light, spicy pine aroma with some orange hop character. There is a little bit of bready malt in the background with a hint of toasted grain.
T - Bready malt up front with some caramel and toffee. Orange hops appear in the middle and give way to pungent pine in the finish. Strong bitterness duels with the bready malt and wins out in the end with a pithy, almost medicinal bite lingering in the aftertaste.
M - Moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Not bad, the hop aroma is subtle, but very nice. The flavor is more about bitterness than hop character, which I don't care for but would work well for the real bitterness lovers out there. The malt is nicely handled an manages to keep things balanced up until the harshly bitter finish. I would probably really like this IPA if the hop aroma was just turned up a notch or two. As it stands, it is good but not great.
09-05-2010 03:40:46 | More by nickfl
3.83/5 rDev +11.3%
Mad Manatee IPA
Bold City Brewery
Style: American IPA
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.
12-08-2009 21:18:38 | More by unclejimbay
3.81/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
06-11-2014 23:37:59 | More by macrosmatic
3.75/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-06-2012 03:01:20 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark amber body with a smallish, whitish head.
Smell: Aroma smelling of Brach's caramel squares, some earthy, leafy hops, and touches of pithy citrus.
Taste: Pale malts along with tastes of caramel and lightly toasted bread. Medium sweetness. Leafy, citrusy hop character. Moderately bitter. After the midway surge of bitterness, the malts hang back, allowing the hops to dominate somewhat. Dry, citric finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly solid! Stop and have a pint as this isn't just another IPA to plow over recklessly in a motorboat.
06-06-2009 17:39:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
Mad Manatee IPA from Bold City Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.