Manta Ray
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,496
Ranked #6,226
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Jan 24, 2022
Dec 06, 2016
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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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4.81 by LA2ED7 on Jan 24, 2022
4.14 by JTuomi from Finland on Nov 19, 2021
4.18 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2021
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 01, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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
4.28 by Bruno74200 from France on Sep 29, 2020
4.13 by HopBelT from Belgium on Sep 06, 2020
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 18, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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
4.5 by Kraig from California on May 31, 2020
4 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Feb 14, 2020
3.9 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 29, 2020
4.04 by Burgy from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2020
4.13 by Lelampp from Ohio on Dec 30, 2019
4.04 by BAsbill from California on Dec 26, 2019
3.68 by zknight from Korea (South) on Sep 20, 2019
3.87 by Rootscipio from Texas on Sep 01, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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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4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by monkist from Hungary

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
4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Jul 06, 2019
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4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by MTBeer70 from Colorado

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
3.86 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sandgrounder95 from Texas

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
4 by kaseydad from California on May 04, 2019
4.05 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia on Apr 27, 2019
3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
4.34 by cyreb1 from Texas on Mar 31, 2019
4 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Mar 25, 2019
4.1 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2019
4.16 by SANDSTORM from California on Feb 24, 2019
3.5 by VaporDome from New York on Feb 15, 2019
4.09 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Feb 10, 2019
4.25 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Feb 03, 2019
3.83 by dbarny76 from Oklahoma on Jan 30, 2019
4.22 by DJTOBY from California on Jan 27, 2019
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 27, 2019
4.43 by Clemson_OB from South Carolina on Jan 27, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 22, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mpyle from Maryland

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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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Profundobaso from New York

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
Manta Ray from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 581 ratings