Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.5%
Ratings:
1,327
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 11, 2019
Added:
Jul 03, 2014
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  128
SCORE
86
Very Good
Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America)
Notes: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 6/3/14; drank 7/14/14 @ the Yarchives.

Clear bright orange hue.

HUGE eggshell head; a curtain of lace.

Mild citrus, skunky marijuana & lager malt nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Skunky weed & mild citrus bite up front; macro lager notes mingle as it warms.

Not bad, but I'm not converted.

Mar 11, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

This was a collaboration with Ballast Point, gotta dig it, two of my favorite breweries (in the world/CA) with great availability, production and consistency get together. What could possibli* go wrong (Simpson's gif). I think they later sold this in 6 packs itself too?

Anyways, pours an innocent looking enough yellow and slightly light copper mass produced lager with plenty of clarity and a sizeable 3/4" white head. Professional as it gets, could be confused for Budweiser it looks so good. Given that it has substantially more hops, its actually even more impressive appearance wise. Aroma imparts some bitter grapefruit like hop aromas and that lager yeast.

Taste, its bitter, its floral, its hoppy, grapefruit rind. Alcohol is in the taste and mouthfeel, there is a bitter burn, but the body isn't heavy, nor does it rise to the level of problematic heat. Once your palate gets set, you actually are able to drink it faster than you should. Cascade and Nugget hops are all over this one, I grow both of them, they are very plentiful here.

Feb 01, 2019
 
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold, with a one-finger white head with good retention. A good amount of visible small-bubble carbonation.

S: Cracker malts, clean lager yeast, and some resin and floral hops. Not a huge aroma, but nice enough.

T: A nice punch of hops up front - sticky resin, floral, and a bit of citrus rind. All of which is balanced by cracker malts and their attendant sweetness. A light floral hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Fairly light-bodied, average carbonation sensation. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable in the hang than expected, but not obnoxious.

O: A reasonably good beer, but nothing exciting and not my favorite out of the bunch for sure.

Jan 27, 2017
 
4.01 by Hazen from Germany on Jun 11, 2016
Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by stevoj from Idaho

On tap at PreFunk. Slighty cloudy golden with small silky head. Slight citrus aroma, creamy mouthfeel, malt/hops blend on the taste. More citrus (grapefruit) on finish.

Jun 02, 2016
 
3.75 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 20, 2016
 
3.24 by Briken from Washington on Jan 11, 2016
 
4 by MasterRigger from North Carolina on Dec 01, 2015
 
3.5 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Nov 03, 2015
 
3.43 by kuishinbo_tantei from New York on Sep 20, 2015
 
4 by jpuetz from South Dakota on Aug 05, 2015
 
3.9 by Warren2621 from Indiana on Jul 08, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is yeast, pine and malts. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, mildly earthy malts and a mix of spicy and bitter in the finish.

Jun 25, 2015
 
3.6 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2015
 
3.49 by ricoslim from Florida on Jun 06, 2015
 
3.39 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Apr 28, 2015
Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by stakem from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white creamy head that fades leaving patchy lace.

The smell is orange rind, slight candy sweetness mingled with a cheesiness and herbal component.

The taste is rindy with contrasting mild sweetness and citrus with a lightly fruity alcohol character that is somewhat solvent as it warms up.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a decent brew but not something I see myself purchasing again.

Apr 20, 2015
Photo of Mitchster
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mitchster from Michigan

Brewed with Two-row Pale, Pilsner, Oats, Munich, Caramel malts. Bittered with Cascade, Zues, Nugget, Northern Brewer. Finished with Amarillo, Crystal, Centennial, Cascade.
8.5% ABV, OG=18.0P, FG=2.7P, 70 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy light amber, forming a tall off yellow whipped head with superior retention and beautiful lacing. The nose is bright with floral hops, kinda rosy, with pineapple and grapefruit, light mango and light pine. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is clean, bright, full bodied with a slick sheen on the tongue. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and pine. Bitterness is medium firm but still nicely balanced, finishing dry in the mouthfeel but with a pleasing sweetness which balances this beer out. No off flavors or aromas.

A very nice beer. Quite rich, This reminds me a bit of hopslam in its balance and hop profile. I would definitely buy this again if it were available. Very well done.

Apr 18, 2015
 
3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2015
 
3.67 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Apr 01, 2015
 
3.84 by devin305 from District of Columbia on Mar 23, 2015
 
4.14 by SkyyNapalm from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2015
 
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 17, 2015
 
3.62 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 16, 2015
 
3.61 by GregBarleycorn13 from New York on Mar 15, 2015
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

Not bad. Just didn't leave me wanting another. Seemed a bit thin. Glad I got to try it though

Mar 13, 2015
 
3.92 by YalovaIA from Iowa on Mar 11, 2015
 
4.04 by Brewstradamus from West Virginia on Mar 10, 2015
 
4.25 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire on Mar 06, 2015
 
3.99 by CMundt4994 from New Jersey on Mar 04, 2015
Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"As ever, San Diego's Ballast Point looked to the sea for inspiration. A play on the fish's scientific name- Torpedo californica- Electric Ray plays homage to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of this beer's big flavor. Its massive grapefruit and floral notes deliver a high-voltage hit of hop flavor." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Lager. Available in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2014 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth head of a pale off-white complexion over a moderately hazy apricot-amber body with flecked sediment and light carbonation visible. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) The aroma balances hop and malt notes evenly, with a malt profile of biscuit malt and light caramel syrup and a lightness of cracker malt accented with a moderately bitter hop profile of pine and mellow grapefruit. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates much of the same flavor that the aroma suggests, with a solid malt base of caramel biscuit and moderate syrup with a mild sweetness, hop notes of grapefruit and pine more prevalent, with tropical fruit and floral notes secondary, even more vibrant over the aroma with a moderate drying bitterness. While Electric Ray doesn't drink quite as light as the average American Pale Lager, the yeast profile generates a considerable cleanliness which allows the subtleties of the malt and hop profiles to display uninterrupted. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly chewy, mildly syrupy slick and moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a very lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) One of the best beers of the variety pack thus far, Electric Ray generates an uncompromising balance and profile of malt and hop flavors for an India Pale Lager which gives the IPA a run for its money. The malt body drinks a bit heavier than one might expect going in, but the end result is generally favorable, and makes for a very tasty beer, a collaboration I would not mind seeing venture into stores once again in the future, perhaps? 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Electric Ray: India Pale Lager
/5.00

Mar 02, 2015
 
4 by Ultimate from New Jersey on Feb 28, 2015
 
3.73 by italianstallion from Wisconsin on Feb 20, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This nautically named India Pale Lager combines intense citrusy, floral American hops with the clean, classic malt body of a blonde lager."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing"; "As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for inspiration. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica— Electric Ray pays homage to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of ththis beer's big flavor. Its massive grapefruit and floral notes deliver a high-voltage hit of hop flavor."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

My cousin, Colby Chandler, the specialty brewer at Ballast Point, was the mastermind behind this beer and it garnered him a trip on the bus for Beer Camp this past summer! I did not get to see him in Philly as I was out of town that weekend on unalterable plans made prior to his trip. Boo hoo.

I Pop!ped the cap and initiated a very gentle pour because I did not want to rouse any lees that may have settled on the punt of the bottle. The lack of discernible head simply meant that I had to employ the bartender's trick, netting me two fingers of tawny head that appeared briefly and fell, leaving good lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fruity scent, but not grapefruit. Instead, it was more tropical. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a prickly quality on the tongue. Taste was grapefruit bitter, initially, but then a wave of sweetness, like mango or papaya washed over my tongue. I almost wonder what this was like fresh, but as a hophead, I can easily imagine. I really like what this has morphed into while awaiting its turn here at Chez Woody. Finish was dry, definitely nothing truly sweet about it, but it was not asthma-inducing as some really hoppy beers can be. I drank through this in no time, savoring the admixture of flavors and looking forward to my next series of misadventures with my Westie cuz. Last pour: Moderately hazy, big grapefruit odor,

Feb 20, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

Camped w Ballast Point Brewing Company for 2014-15 season.
This is what I imagine they serve at JOY CAMP.

A - Pours an orange, caramel, semi-clear body with 1 finger of merengue like, off-white, frothy head that stiffens to some standing waves and laces massively.

S - Too laid back but fresh and clean as to be expected by a lager - lime, pine, floral hops, ... a malty IPL.

T - Follows the smell but AMPLE. There's a lot here: lime, pine, caramel, floral hops, grass, blood orange creamsicle. Orange flare feels Ballast Point like.

F - Medium body. Oily-to-medium feel, with long, warming finish. A bit cointreau like

Loved this and want more beer camps.

Feb 19, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Never had a high gravity IPL. Into the pint glass!

A - Color is a hazy amber brown with mild floaties and a 1/2 inch of head that forms great lacing!
S - Mildly sweet, little lager smell, and mostly hoppy.
T - Quite good has a very dry hopped herbal hint to it with a smooth lager yeast body and no real skunky flavors.
M - ABV is well masked it drinks like a drier version of an IPA.

Overall it's slightly more chalky as I sip but easy to quaff back. Quite good!

Feb 14, 2015
 
3.8 by TypsiYpsi from Michigan on Feb 14, 2015
 
4.33 by intovert2438 from Michigan on Feb 12, 2015
 
4.15 by searsclone from Arizona on Feb 12, 2015
Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1327 ratings