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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Style:
American Lager
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.42%
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
1,327
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  129
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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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

possibly my favorite from the box so far, love me some ballast point, and love me some ipl. this is excellent, blonde and hoppy, well carbonated, biscuity, insanely light for how strong it is alcoholically, and just a supremely well made beer overall that makes the box almost worth it regardless of the other eleven beers. i thought so anyway. looks dead sexy in a teku glass, with a nice white ring on top and rising bubbles even time i flick the glass, active and clear. there is just enough pilsener type malt to give backbone for the muscular hops to be supported by, but they dont need much help here. this is the hoppiest beer in the box ive had (im about seven beers into it). clean finishing, floral and still somehow delicate without being aggressively bitter or harsh in any way. i would never had known it was so strong either, aside from the buzz it amplified. a very nice example of the style, id love to see this one become a full time offering from either brewery, its that good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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,

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Immortale25
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says PKGD 06/03/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a

S- Musty hop aroma that reminds me a hell of a lot of Torpedo. Maybe just a little extra spiciness in the hops, but otherwise almost identical to the nose of Torpedo. Semi-boozy.

T- Flavor is a lot cleaner than Torpedo (sorry, but now I'm just gonna keep comparing it to that) and the bitterness is slightly more restrained. Alcohol is noticeable and the hops bring forth some grass notes. The little sweetness that comes forth from the malt is obscured by the high alcohol which just doesn't work in the lager template.

M- Sharp from the booze and has a slightly sticky feel. Medium carbonation and a thin body that just can't sustain the heavy flavors going on.

O- I have no problem with a hoppy lager. What I do have a problem with is imperial lagers that are lacking in malt body and that's what this is. The mouthfeel especially suffers in this attempt at a high gravity, highly hopped lager.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, dated 6/3/2014, poured into a Perennial pilsner glass 7/29/2014.

A- Dark amber-brown body, one finger offwhite head with good retention. Some nice lacing.

S- A bit of alcohol booze, sweet caramel malt, bitter citrus hops. Not very appetizing to say the least given that lagers are supposed to be crisp, bready and refreshing? This just smells alcoholic and sweet.

F- A bit better here- the grainy, caramel malt comes out more with a nice breadiness that I have come to expect from craft lagers. Quite bitter on the finish with citrus and pine. It's alright, but as it warms up, it gets boozy. I'm not sure I'm a fan of how this was executed.

M- Medium body, a bit syrupy and feels very resinous. Good carbonation. Bitter finish is.. well, very bitter without much else to offer.

O- Not a fan of how this one was done. For one thing, it might as well be an IPA with a lot of bittering hops. I don't get as much of that characteristic crisp breadiness that comes with lagers, it simply gets boozy as it warms and the hops altogether seem to be solely for bittering. I'd like more contribution to aroma rather than just plain bitterness. That being said, it's not horrible, just not good.

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Photo of beerforpresident
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of guezarka
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Burnished bronze, clear. A white one finger head that dissipates down to tiny bubbles. thick lacing. (3.75)

S: Grainy, floral, clean. Lots of citrus notes. (3.75)

T: Hop/lagery. A well balanced malt/hop combo. Citrus and malty. Tangy yet full. The malt of a blonde with the hops of a pale ale. (4.0)

M: Medium with medium carbonation. (3.75)

O: A smooth, sessionable brew. I really enjoyed this one. (3.9)

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Photo of jgreenward
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Aroma: Strong citrus and grapefruit. A hint of sulfur from lager yeast as swirled. Sweet malt with a pilsner character.


Appearance: Golden to almost orange in color. Excellent clarity despite the hops. A smaller white head that fades slowly.


Flavor: Strong hop flavor throughout the entire taste! The front end is very much orange zest with more of a tart grapefruit finish. Some malt sweetness hitting in the middle, but this is not a sweet beer at all. Very well attenuated and dry on the finish, leading to a medium to almost light body. Finish is a tad astringent with a hint of sulfur.


Overall: A sparkling and bright tasting hoppy beer. The lager character contributes to the clean crispness, but the yeast throws me off a bit. I like this a lot but I'd rather drink a Ballast Point Palate Wrecker!

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Photo of matildamadeusdoit
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: hazy honey colored, orange tint. 2 finger head, quickly diminished. smell: gingery? some sort of spiciness, mixed with citrus. taste: overwhelmingly grapefruit at first sip. white floral lingers after a couple tastes. mouthfeel: smooth with a burst of tart flavor (again, because of the grapefruit). overall, we're feeling some brunch vibes. would buy again.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Electric Ray: India Pale Lager (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1327 ratings