Mad Manatee IPA - Bold City Brewery
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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
3.08/5 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
3/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
12-19-2011 14:33:29 | More by Aiptasia
3.25/5 rDev -5.5%
First off, what a fantastic label. Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of dense foam that settles slowly to a persistent half inch. Rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: spicy, orange peel, chalky, bready + a little caramel in the back. Out of place peppery component...some non-neutral yeast character. Taste: citrus heavy - tangerine juice, grapefruit peel, sweet pale and a little caramel backdrop. Unfiltered apple juice. Oily and gets a bit astringent towards the end of the sip. Medium bodied, fluffy feel but again, thins out. Bone dry finish, somewhat unpleasantly dry. Some good, some bad. With tweaking could be pretty good.
06-08-2011 04:59:01 | More by babaracas
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
3.48/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-13-2011 07:15:16 | More by route66pubs
Mad Manatee IPA from Bold City Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.