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Mad Manatee IPA - Bold City Brewery

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Mad Manatee IPAMad Manatee IPA

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-24-2008)
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-31-2012 09:31:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%

Single finger head with nice lacing in a murky amber with golden hues body. Aroma is mild with some malt and light musty hop aroma. Flavor is mostly pine and bitter hops. Very one dimensional however hop heavy. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a simple IPA with nothing memorable really. This is a Popular bold city brew but not popular with me.

01-21-2012 03:59:17 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

10-19-2010 01:17:09 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

05-08-2013 07:38:43 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

04-08-2010 22:34:59 | More by weeare138
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-01-2014 17:18:11 | More by smakawhat
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +7%

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.

03-23-2010 04:32:30 | More by glid02
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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
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cjgator3

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

08-20-2014 01:30:28 | More by cjgator3
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-10-2014 02:58:07 | More by Lare453
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-05-2014 17:55:45 | More by bpfrush
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-19-2014 13:24:24 | More by Gatordaddy
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-04-2012 22:51:14 | More by Lovely85
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st9647v3

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

07-07-2014 04:20:04 | More by st9647v3
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.19/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

08-22-2014 02:25:11 | More by BMMillsy
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9%

05-25-2013 03:45:49 | More by lupercmda
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-13-2014 12:42:53 | More by Stinger80OH
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JayQue

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -7%

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.

03-06-2010 00:43:22 | More by JayQue
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macrosmatic

Florida

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
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CampusCrew

Florida

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
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-05-2013 17:25:34 | More by KVNBGRY
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.66/5  rDev +6.4%

"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.

10-03-2013 20:14:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Mad Manatee IPA from Bold City Brewery
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