Manta Ray
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,003
Ranked #3,779
4.11 | pDev: 8.03%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: 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.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 8.5%. Golden colour, slightly hazy, moderate white head. Nice aroma of pine, tropical fruits and citrus. Well hopped flavour, slightly dry, but still with some residual sweetness. Notes of pine needles, resin and grapefruit.

Dec 14, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mine poured from a bottle slightly more colorful than an ordinary beer. There's almost no head and there isn't any lacing. There's a smell of bitter hops, but it's not pronounced. Onto what matters most, the taste. It's very good for a DIPA, solid malt base with enough hop complexity to make it an enjoyable quaff. That and the almost total absence of the taste of alcohol in such a style, redeems it from its shortcomings.

Jul 05, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Mostly clear, golden color. Puffy white head with good retention and very good lacing. The bottle did fizz over when opened, and it had been stationary since I bought it a week ago. No shaking it up on my part.

S---Hoppy. Peach is prominent. Lots of citrus and a light touch of pine.

T---Pine, peach, orange rind and a touch of malt for balance. Quite nice.

F---Thick & juicy. Good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

O---This is a really good one. I'm glad I bought more than just this one.

Aug 19, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a quite intensive and dank Imperial IPA from the lovely Ballast Point - who make only great beers (?) Why is this one no different?
Because not only is it a superb double IPA with all its traits (tropical aroma, syrupy dank hoppiness and intensive character) but they make it excellently well balanced: it does not become too boozy nor too sweet, it is not too malty nor too bitter - it somehow manages to be a full Double IPA in a way you (or at least, I) love it! Instead of just reading the beer reviews, you had better try this one out if you’re out for a good one!

Aug 16, 2019
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MTBeer70 from Colorado

4.81/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer by BP. Super easy to drink DIPA and has a wonderfully balanced mix of flavors, alcohol, hops and malt. I can’t get tired of this beer like I do many others. My only disappointment lately was when my local craft store got it back in stock, around May of ‘19, every time I crack a can open it has some reaction and fizzes out like it was shaken up. At first I thought it was just the one 6’er I bought but it has done that ever since on every one I buy. I’ve reported this to my main store and they are going to report it back to BP.

Jul 02, 2019
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Sandgrounder95 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Cloudy deep gold, hazy
A - Refreshing citrus and pine, with some bready malt
T - Hop dominated, citrus hops work well here. Also a slight taste of bready malt
F - Medium carbonation and body, and a surprisingly easy drinker for a beer of this abv.
Overall - a quality beer from Ballast Point, would recommend

May 25, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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?

Jan 13, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jan 08, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Dec 19, 2018
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fps_dean from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Dec 09, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Oct 07, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Aug 01, 2018
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will come back and update this, since I have more to drink. At first try, I was disappointed knowing how good the IPAs are from Ballast Point. First impression was emphasis was on malts rather than hops. Not hop forward.

Jul 01, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Best ipa from ballast point in a while. The west coast piney and tropical hops led the way in the smell with a decent amount of wheat and hops bitters on the finish. The goldenrod ale really smells how it tastes, uncompromising in lighter citrus, pine and hops. Higher carbonation works for me, helps pick the hops up. Nice work

Jun 30, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice DIPA with a golden color slight head and lacing, with a very pleasant aroma and taste. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a decent bitterness.

May 10, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives clear and golden with a decent head and some splashes

Smell: Pine and melon with undertones of caramel and grass

Taste: The pine emerges early, setting a bitter West Coast standard; underneath, there is some caramel and melon along with a dank pithy character, through the middle; the finish is a bit boozy with some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A classic West Coast DIPA that brutalizes the taste buds

May 02, 2018
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nlb802 from Vermont

4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a 3 month old can. Beautiful west coast DIPA - very complex flavor encompassing citrus, pine, apricot, with a kick ass malt balance. Perfectly bitter.

May 01, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single – I haven’t seen this around, but I haven’t been looking, either. 12 oz. bottle consumed while watching Andy & Red litter the big screen.

The pour is a titch yellower than a Bud Light, but you could fool Lou down at the corner bar with it. Until he stuck it next to his nose: classic pine, citrus, & you know there is going to be some bitterness right around the corner. West Coast represent.

Manta Ray is more throwback than a Andy Gibb album. Big, bitter hops greet the palate like this was 2009, threatening to wreck the palate in quite a pleasant manner. Pine & citrus from the nose carries through to the tonsils, along with a touch of orange & nostalgia. Sticky.

An old style, easy to drink, bitter-face IIPA. Very good.

Apr 15, 2018
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sjrider from California

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color with white head and moderate lacing. Nose is citrusy ,floral hops, pale malt . Taste follows ,quite well balanced for the abv. Easy drinker and quite tasty.

Mar 30, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unsure of the dating but within their freshness period (per the beer guy at my shop), poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter glass. Enjoyed on 12.13.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden copper color, light amber hues that is clear and filtered with a tall, foamy white head, good retention and ample lace. The aroma is nice, tons of bitter grapefruit peel, orange juice and dank grassiness, pine, pale grain and light tropical fruit. The flavors are very nice, sharp and snappy grapefruit, bitter pine, dank grassy and floral hops, tropical fruit with a nice pale grain backbone. The mouthfeel is very good, medium body, thick and coating with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.

Verdict: A very good west coast IPA from Ballast Point. Clean, crisp, bitter but bright and flavorful with a great balance albeit a touch boozy but this hits the spot for that classic San Diego style IPA.

Mar 04, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

it's expensive, powerful juicy, different and probably good for just 1.
a) Completely hazed golden body sports a thin head that fades almost as if it had fruit juice in it, but solid lacing.
s) Grapefruit predominates, too much so, over a light crackery malt back with sun-baked grass. Coastal.
t) Follows the smell but bigger, light, bright, with more fruit flavors mango, pineapple, peach, but most dominant is the grapefruit. Sweet honey like front see saws into bitter peppery finish with big ABV. Big like a Manta Ray.
f) medium-bodied, peppery crisp, clean finish with edgy carbonation. Frisky.
o) Not up to Ballast standards, or the expense, but worth a try.

Feb 17, 2018
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baldy00 from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a tulip glass, Gold in color, clear opacity, light head and carbonation, hints of orange and mango and maybe even honey in palate...not classic ipa nor new school ipa

Jan 19, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with a thick thin head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of passion fruit, lemongrass, stone fruit, lychees, pineapple foam and lots of melon.
Delicious and bold flavor with notes of tangerines, lots of lychees, pineapple, pine, mango, melon, resin, slightly toasted malts, some strawberries and pears. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. Its 70 IBU is not muffled at all.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% is absent.
Well attenuated, intensively bitter, original and fruity DIPA with great complexity. Big beer, I didn’t see it coming. World class worth trying.

Jan 13, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus zest and resin and bready malt.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and green mango, with some grapefruit and candied apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: This was a solid brew with crisp and bitter scent and taste, but nothing unique or exceptional. The body was solid and the finish was fairly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not top tier, but still an enjoyable drink.

Dec 28, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear yellow brew with plenty of white foam in the tall goblet. Malty body. Sweet but sharp and acidic. Dark bitter aftertaste. Bark dust. Pleasant orange and mango aroma.

Rather sweet and strong tasting. Lots of pine with a woody finish. Some green melon flavor. Plenty of bitterness. On the uncouth side. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

Dec 25, 2017
Manta Ray from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 578 ratings