Manta Ray | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve developed many IPA recipes in our R&D program, but right from the tank, our Manta Ray Double IPA was a winner. Aromas of fresh, citrusy tangerine, melon and light pine leap from the beer and linger over a smooth finish. Like its namesake, this brew can sneak up on you – a big beer without a bite.

Added by Erik-P on 12-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,478
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
543
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
151
Trade:
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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pale golden color, with some hoppy haze. Nice creamy white head with good retention.

Nice citrus/pine hop aroma, more fruity than anything.

Initial big malt sweetness, then a huge slug of hop flavors with considerable tropical fruit and citrus. A nice fruity bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Not astringent and very restrained alcoholic warming for a beer of this strength.

Definitely on the good side of stronger IPAs that I generally do not like. A very unified beer, with a lot of malt and hops behind it, but very balanced and drinkable. A slightly stronger Sculpin?

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Generous three-finger head that dissipates, but still with one-finger worth of lacing retention. Golden in color, and completely transparent.
Smell - pine resin and plenty of citrus. Clean smell that is quite refreshing.
Taste - hop forward, with some fruity flavors, and a very clean finish.
Feel - medium bodied with average carbonation. at 8.5%, alcohol is very well masked, and the beer is very easy drinking and does sneak up on you a bit.
Overall - a very clean, tasty, and boozy IPA. The description says it well - a big beer without a bite.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of szmnnl99
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kflorence
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste: big piney grassy, bitter hops bite with a sticky finish. Earthy, grassy, dry, hopped nose. Gold hue, clear, with big foam head, some lace. Medium to med/full body. Sharp and very hoppy for me. 70 IBUs

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Photo of Handz
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of southerner2
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dduquette
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fps_dean
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has a mild and fairly bitter aroma of pine and citrus. Tastes much like it smells but you can also taste some melon and also wheat and somewhat bitter although not too strong. It's not too strong to the point it could almost pass as an extremely strong single IPA although it is not mislabeled as a double IPA.

Given my expectations based on Ballast Points other beers, I am not disappointed.

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Photo of Unclevince
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bustersuess
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a packaged on date of 8/2/18; into a tulip.
Appearance- gold, oily, champagne bubbles; head is a thin foamy white that leaves sticky sudsy lacing.
Smell- pineapple, flower petals and a touch of pine tree air freshener!
Taste- some tropical fruit, floral and pine hops with a hint of booze.
Feel - bitter and boozy with a partially dry finish.
Overall- had high expectations for this, so rankings likely reflect a little disappointment on my part; really solid DIPA though!

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Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.

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Photo of NoleRx
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eychung
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iftcoach
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! Don't know if I've ever had a 70 IBU beer this mellow--and in a good way. Light citrus and a touch of pine in a melon envelope. At 8.5%, it's a definite Imperial, but that melon softens the bite, and very sneakily makes it seem more sessionable. Session this at your own risk!

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Manta Ray from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 543 ratings