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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 03-06-2013)
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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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Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A dull orange and apricot body, slightly cloudy a bit with minimal carbonation. Minimal retention on a big off white head that forms three to nearly four fingers tall. Soapy retention, and settles to a big bubbled puck and eventually a thin bubbled collar.

Grainy nose with a bit of mild acridity. Very quiet down here, not much else to detect either, malt or hop wise. Not awful, but noting worth getting excited about either.

Palate matches some of the subtlety and quiet character of the nose. Small grainy finish, with a minimal depth of malt character even for a pale ale. Slight juiced orange character with a bit of good stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Comes across as a decent basic everyday American pale ale.

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12oz can from ThatCracker (thanks man). Canned 2/14/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy amber with two fingers of pale head. A frothy cap lingers, leaving a good bit of lace.

Smells of floral hops, spice and a little bread. Meh.

I get a strange combination of flavors. Earthy hops, an almost nutmeg-like spice, bready malt, hay and vague citrus zest.

Fairly thin body with plenty of carbonation. Old hops, citrus pith and bread linger in the finish.

This was not at all what I look for in a pale ale. The earthy spice and iverly floral notes just turned me off. This was brewed for someone else.

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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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Ray Ray's Pale Ale from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.