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Ray Ray's Pale Ale - Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Ray Ray's Pale AleRay Ray's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Center of the Universe Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 03-06-2013

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3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A relatively bland pale ale

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3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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1.72/5  rDev -49.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

RVA / Central VA has had a recent surge of canned Pale Ales and I am loving it. Ray Ray's isn't the best of the group, but it is extremely drinkable with enough hoppiness to get the job done.

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit minty. Taste is hop forward, some bitterness, piney, light citrus, malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

My recent forays to NorVA and WASDC have enabled me to stop in at Total Wine & More stores in those areas, which is where this CAN came from in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “It All Revolves Around the Beer”; “Who is Ray Ray? Chris Ray was a professional relief pitcher and a longtime homebrewer. He has since retired from baseball and is now brewing professionally. His waistline, ERA and knowledge of craft beer grew steadily as he traveled all over the U.S. during his career. Phil Ray is a retired mechanical engineer who, while designing satellite guidance systems, perfected his craft on the weekends. He happily traded in his tidy cubicle for a mash paddle. Together, brothers Chris and Phil bring an adventurous yet pragmatic approach to brewing high quality beers with only the finest whole ingredients. Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, the namesake of the two, is a West Coast Style Pale that is continually hopped using Ameri[CAN] Cascade hops. The resulting 42 IBUs are balanced by the sweetness derived from the use of premium malt.”; “CANs Infinitely Recyclable”.

The Crack! revealed that the Ray brothers were generous in filling their cylindrical metal beverage CANtainers, so I held an inverted Glug to celebrate. Following a brief pseudo-cascade, three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head formed, evincing decent retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of both grapefruit rind and biscuit malts. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially very bitter with a taste of grapefruit, especially, but slowly, the biscuit malt came out of the background and leveled the playing field. Finish was dry, hoppy, tasty and about as close to an AIPA a beer CAN get and still be an APA. I liked it, but they could probably tone the bitterness down just a tad without much complaint from me. It was just enough that I probably would not want too many before I would want to some water or simply to switch to another beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of droomyster
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can pours a hazy, glowing amber body with a small white head with decent retention; little lacing. Fantastic aromas: bursting with orange peel and pineapple almost as much as an IPA, with equally potent notes of caramel malts suggesting lots of sweetness to come. This promise, however, isn't quite fulfilled; the flavors are hop-dominated with just a hint of caramel malts that don't even begin to balance the orange zest and resinous hop notes. This is by no means a bad beer, but the label "pale ale" sets up an expectation of an even match between hops and malts that isn't quite achieved here. Still, an enjoyable brew for those who prefer bitter-leaning pale ales.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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Ray Ray's Pale Ale from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.