Mad Manatee IPA
Bold City Brewery

Mad Manatee IPAMad Manatee IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,842
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,928
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.18%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
229
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Bold City Brewery
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
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SCORE
81
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Mad Manatee IPAMad Manatee IPA
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chikinhammr from Arkansas

3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre attempt at imitating CCB Jai Alai. Will do in a pinch. Best thing about this beer is the can/bottle artwork. I would buy again over any MolsonCoors/InBev/GrupoModelo/Heineken product but not because it’s that good. Goose Island IPA is better than this middling brew.

Apr 17, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't tell canning date, something in 2019
Pours a decent foamy pillowy head with good retention, soapy lacing, hazy orange tan color

Nose some citrus and mild stone fruit, candied citrus marmalade and hint of pine resin, sweet malt almost candy like

Taste quite bitter, medium high bitterness out front, a sweet malt to balance with candy malt notes that hint at alcohol to follow but it never comes, hops start with iced herbal tea, little resin, some citrus rind, candied stone fruit and orange marmalade, finishing medium sweet little dry, sticky, big bitterness lingering

Mouth is med bod, good fluffy full carb

Overall eh, somewhat like old school English ipa with some American hops, ok balance but malts are a little meh sweet like and hops are ok but nothing special. It's not a bad beer just doesn't do anything to give it a profile and any intangibles

Apr 17, 2019
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sholbert from California

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: cloudy copper, thin head, good lacing

S: very light nose, just a touch of citrus and biscuit

T: some malt comes through with citrus and a bit of spice from the hops

F: clean, bitter finish, but a bit of the malt sweetness lingers

O: A perfectly fine ipa. Nothing jumps out as particularly special or problematic

Oct 31, 2018
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad Manatee by Bold City Brewery at Amelia Island Plantation - The Falcon's Nest

Descent IPA; malty with nice hops flavor. Would have been better in tap instead of poured into plastic cup. Sorry, but was pool side. 5/11/17

Aug 20, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, "038 17" stamped on the bottom

Pours clouded darker orangey amber, frothy khaki fluff and leaving globs of thicker lacing and low sheeting.

Ripe tropical fruit sniff...mangoe infused

Tasty and enjoyable brew with soft and ripe fruit notes, pineapple and mango coming to mind..better then decent tropical hop Florida IPA

Mar 28, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at World of Beer in The Villages, Florida. Light orange body, mild haze, thick soapy head that coats the glass in lacing. Pine and floral aroma. Breast, malty body with light to medium bitterness. Thirst quenching. Solid.

Feb 21, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a duller amber red with a slight orange hue and a finger of off-white foam.

Pine and citrus hits the nose up front, but biscuity and caramelly malts lend sweetness to the aroma. However, the aroma is overall rather dull.

Pine and citrusy notes play in the flavor as well, but seem more muted. The biscuity and caramel malt backbone overpowers the hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, leans sweet, minimal bitterness.

Overall, while this is a drinkable beer and has a fantastic label, it needs bit of work. Rather underwhelming, but still easy drinking.

Dec 03, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can (thanks LJ) served in a Fat Cat glass.

Hazy copper body with a moderate size white head.

Aroma: mild for style; dominated by hops but with more malt aroma than one might expect.

Flavor: Moderate complexity and low bitterness for an American IPA.

Feel: near medium body; medium carbonation; slightly dry finish.

Overall: a well-crafted, flavorful but mild IPA.

Nov 07, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bold City Mad Manatee IPA has a medium, frothy, off-white head, an opaque, orange appearance, lots of tiny tan chunks or bits, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subdued hop oil and fruit, and the flavor is of sweet white bread, low-level hop bitterness, and fruit. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Mad Manatee finishes drying and drinkable.

RJT

Sep 18, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy burnt orange color, 1 inch khaki colored head, good lacing

S: Caramel malts, floral, piney hops

T: I get the caramel sweet malts up front, the piney hops come in next but not as strong as I would like, resiny aftertaste that is not too unpleasent

M: Medium

O: A decent IPA, I like a good malt balance and this one definitely has that but the hops are not big enough to counter the malt base that is established.

Jul 06, 2016
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ZBowden from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a thick cream head, smells of citrus with a thick cedar backing, tastes of sharp citrus with slight cracker, mouthfeel is thin with a sharp dry finish,

Feb 29, 2016
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brewmudgeon from Wisconsin

3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's just alright. This is a brewery that gives the impression of not being very hop-centric, and IPAs are just not really their thing, apparently. It's dark amber, decent head but not much aroma, kind of piney and citrusy but subdued. The malt dominates and the whole thing is kind of muddy. Finish fails to integrate or convince you that you made the right decision in ordering.

Dec 26, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber hued and extremely murky in appearance. There's a quarter inch of tan to beige resting on top. There is some moderate lacing. The aroma is difficult to seek out but I do get some citrus notes. The flavor is a dulled citrus and grapefruit dominated IPA. The light malt is clearly overwhelmed by the hops. The intense hopping causes a deep hop burn on the tongue.

Dec 10, 2015
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David63Olson from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12oz can that poured a copper color with a white head. The aroma is fruity with citrus hops and contrasting to the biscuit malts. The taste is moderately bitter with some bread-like sweetness. It was moderately carbonated and overall was a pretty good beer. Would like to try it on tap next time I'm in Jacksonville.

Aug 02, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can recently purchased and consumed while in the area of the brewery. It appears a copper color with a white head that fades leaving patchy webs of lace.

The aroma is fruity and pulpy with citrus hops and contrasting caramel to biscuit grain backing.

The taste is pulpy bitterness lightly fruity and floral with ample resinous bitterness that lasts with some bready grain sweetness to contrast.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall a decent brew but nothing wowing about it.

Jul 22, 2015
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Preston from Florida

2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(From a can, purchased at Trader Joe's) I had high expectations, but it's just not that great an IPA, especially compared to other Florida IPAs like Funky Buddha, Cigar City, and Proof. Drinkable, certainly, but meh.

May 09, 2015
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StevenMilligan from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy dark orange, with a small off-white head. Darker for an IPA.

S: Muted citrus hops, and sweet malt.

T: This surprised me a bit. Sweet maltyness, then a touch of fruity bitterness, then more malt. Definitely more malty than your average IPA. Bitterness dies off and the aftertaste is more sweet, almost carmely malt.

F: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: Lately I've described myself as a hophead, but I do love a good malty beer. This is somewhere in between. Very drinkable, and the bitterness isn't really there. I could see how some with disapprove and say that this Beer doesn't do a good job of standing out. However, I'd drink it again. I'd recommend it to someone who is easily put off by more hopforward IPAs.

May 07, 2015
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Bis4beer70 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking one'a these as i type...not the greatest ipa i've ever had...not the worst...the manatee/artwork is mad,crazy & groovy!...just went & saw them for realz at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in person & they were mad,crazy & groovy! & cool
...what a great place! go see them if you can!...(mad! crazy! groovy!...like my wife and my brothers & sisters,who i went there with)...
So cheers,cheers,florida beers in 2015!
...also,we brought one back for micheal & katie for being mad,crazy & groovy friends too! (all the notes all over the house left for us were reason enough for bringing ya'll a beer back!) Wild & crazy... cheers!

May 04, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Aroma is muted. Light citrus and a plain, malty sweetness. Flavor is decently dull as well. Citrus, subtle bitterness and a very agreeable maltiness. It's pretty bland. Pretty balanced. Left me wanting much more. Medium bodied. Didn't perceive much bitterness. Good carbonation. Won't remember this beer.

Feb 06, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bold City Brewery "Mad Manatee IPA"
12 oz. can, coded "212 14 11:33"
$1.67 @ Winn Dixie #0199, Jacksonville, FL

Appearance: Very hazy orange-copper body with visible particulate in suspension - most likely from dry hopping. The frothy off-white drops steadily to a wide collar. Lacing is average.

Aroma: Citrus and pine over a gentle golden caramel drizzled malt base.

Flavor: Bright hops combine citrus and pine with a subtle berry-like fruitiness (that could be from hops or yeast). A golden caramel character gives the grainy and biscuity malt charm, and it remains sweetish against a just-enough-to-balance bitterness along with a subtle, underlying tartness that's really quite unique. It finishes dry with lingering notes of pine and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately crisp before warming in the mouth to soften and become almost smooth.

Overall: A straightforward, clearly crafted IPA that's an accessible, reliable, and drinkable beer.

Jan 14, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with white head. Citrus and a little grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hint of malt. Seems to be a lighter IPA, but still good.

Dec 24, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.19/5  rDev -9.6%

Can from Tipples. No date visible. Pours copper, clear, with a big fluffy white to off white head. Nice floral nose with some light malts shining through, light tropical sweetness, grass. Not bad. Flavor is light grass, hint of fruit, watery malt, and a dirty macro lager finish. Very light bodied with medium carbonation . No this isn't terrible, but there are so many better options out there I don't really know why this exists.

Aug 22, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold to orange, with some hop floaters, a one-finger white creamy head, and lots of small bubble visible carbonation.

S: Resin and citrus rind, bready malts that give some sweetness almost no caramelly aroma. Not a huge nose on this though.

T: Bright orangey citrus, citrus rind bitterness with less resin flavor, along with a touch of tropical fruit and spice hops. A healthy malt backbone lends a bready sweetness, again with minimal caramel aspect. The hang is a fairly mild citrus rind bitterness.

A: Full-bodied for IPA, good carbonation sensation, and fairly low alcohol presence.

O: Another tasty, canned, yet pretty standard American IPA. Nothing here to set it apart, or perhaps to actively seek - but it's a more than serviceable option to have around. Drink one if you happen to see it.

Jun 12, 2014
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Shaw from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the name and the logo: Don't mess with a mad manatee!

Pours a lovely amber with a sticky tan head and some floaties of yeast.

Aroma of citrus-like hops.

Bracingly bitter with herbal hop flavors and a nice biscuit/waffle malt note. This one's about the hops, but there's some malt thrown in there, keeping this from being as dry as West Coast style IPAs.

Lovely body with plenty of oomph.

Overall an excellent IPA, further proof that Florida is making some of the best of the style. Seek it out.

Jun 06, 2014
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Brew_Bro from Florida

3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color after being poured into pint glass. The head is actually the best part about this beer. Good lacing in glass.

Smell was fine but not as great as the can lead me to believe. Typical IPA smell only not as strong.

Mouthfeel is too thin.

Taste reminds me more of a hoppy pale ale.

This beer can be dangerous considering how light it seems to drink with the 7% ABV. I could pound these and not think anything of it. Tastes like something I'd drink at the pool. Pretty much no alcohol to be tasted.

May 17, 2014
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