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Manta Ray Double India Pale Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Manta Ray Double India Pale AleManta Ray Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of worldkrysis
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jmg480
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Expectations run high when the brewery behind Sculpin puts out a new Imperial IPA. And, apparently, so do prices...

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Branded red & white pry-off crown cap. Ballast Point's usual sea creature motif on the label.

8.50% ABV. "Double India Pale Ale." 70 IBUs.

Per the BSJ: "Draft only editions of Manta Ray have been available in the past, as both a sweet stout, and [a] sweet stout with coffee, part of the brewery’s R&D Series."

Served cold into a tulip.

HEAD: Frothy off-white head about 5cm in height, with an even smooth consistency. Leaves light lacing as it recedes, which takes a good 5 minutes.

BODY: Clear clean copper of average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for the style, but generally inviting. A fuller softer head and a more vibrant body would be a good start in terms of improving the appearance.

AROMA: Like many (I)IPAs these days, it has an obvious tropical bend, favoring fruity notes of melon and tangerine along with a little mango instead of a more classic floral or citrusy hop profile. There's no overt hop bitterness judging by the aroma; all of it is covered up by the pale malt sweetness, but there's no troublesome overt caramalt to make it too malty. At least going by the aroma, this brew is true to its "big but no bite" marketing.

I don't find any of the pine Ballast Point claims this has. Not resinous, oily, or juicy.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no off-notes or booze.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A scintilla of graham cracker gives this male backbone an English IPA vibe, bending the pale malts and caramalt towards a slightly biscuity influence.

Fruity hop flavours coax it back to the American side, with a moderately pungent presence of mango, tangerine, and melon. There's no overt bitterness, but a better imperial IPA would boast more hop flavour and punch while avoiding imbalanced hop bitterness equally well...and it wouldn't need quite so much noticeable malty sweetness to do it. While fruit is its emphasis, there is some subsidiary floral flavour, but no pine, resins, or oils. Not a juicy or citrusy brew (the melon and mango eclipse any fresh citrus flavour the tangerine might offer).

Medium-bodied, overcarbonated. Coating. Could be softer and more approachable. Far from refreshing; it's too heavy on the palate. Not syrupy, gushed, hot, or oily. But a more oily texture might be of benefit. Smooth and wet, as most beers in the style are. Texture is far from harmonious with the taste, failing to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific notes. Middling execution mouthfeel-wise.

Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is below average for the style. Depth of flavour needs improvement, but it's not a shallow or reticent brew per se - just one that needs more pungency and expressiveness.

Complexity is adequate, and I like that the malty backbone is a bit uncommon. There's room for more intricacy and subtlety here.

OVERALL: This straightforward imperial IPA from Ballast Point won't charm fans of the brewery hoping for a bigger badder brother to Sculpin, but it's competent work that's drinkable for its ABV and will scratch the imperial IPA itch of any casual drinker. Its price in NYC is extortionate ($16.99 USD per 6 pack) considering the quality, but that doesn't affect my rating and one has to give Ballast Point credit for not opting for the cash-grab bomber format. I can't see the vast majority of consumers opting to pay more for this over Sculpin on a regular basis, let alone picking this over cheaper and superior California Imperial IPAs like Lagunitas Sucks or Hop 15, but it's a beer I'm glad I tried once even if its quality isn't high enough to warrant a second purchase.

For a New Yorker, it's a nice change of pace from all the market-flooding heavily tropical expressions of the style using their coast of origin as an excuse for their slightly off-putting unfiltered appearance. But Ballast Point has done far better with their game-changing Sculpin, and I continue to wonder if they're merely a two-trick pony - offering only Victory At Sea, Sculpin, and variants thereof as their truly impressive beers.

B- (3.34) / WORTHY

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Photo of mitch3114
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I couldn't get into this one. I was trying to get this one but the first wave of it sold out pretty quickly and then to my surprise it came back and was highly recommended by the guys at my beverage center and they are usually spot on.

Maybe I got a bad batch but it seemed to have an off putting bitter taste. I gave the rat of the six pack to my girlfriend and she seemed to enjoy it

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Photo of brewtalthrone
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of D1noB
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A citrus piney front with a bitter hit on the finish.

Taste Rating in Words: It's the pucker of two cheeks, just slightly, but enough you know you are doing it.

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Photo of kdivers
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light golden color with nice transparency. The head is thick and fluffy with great retention and lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

Aroma: It has a strong catty aroma with onion and garlic. It has more of a savory aroma.

Taste: Up front I get this light bit of grapefruit mixed with a soft dough flavor. A little bit of pine in the aftertaste. Pretty average fare.

Mouthfeel: Light bitterness, very wet feeling and refreshing.

Overall: It was decent enough beer to drink but it fell short a bit in flavor and overall character. It's one of those average beers that floats in the middle-ground where you probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of kkenagy
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear golden body with a nice white head. Smells of citrus and pine in equal measures with a hefty pilsner malt presence. Tastes similar. Citrus up front. Pine and resin behind it. Sweet, but again it’s mostly pilsner malt flavor that never overwhelms. Almost no bitterness. Medium heavy. Tasty, I suppose. But Ballast Point makes better IPAs than this.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as their other double IPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3/19...pours bright clear gold with heavy white foam that starts over an inch. Sticky. Latent malty pine bitter nose. Smooth open taste that spills quickly into a robust oily bitter. Comes on fast, but then clips into the background. Doesn't overwhelm. Amp up the IPA as intended.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pine, lemon, and wet hops. Bitter, medium-light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an above average imperial IPA. I like other Ballast Point beers more, but I would not pass this up if offered to me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow with an inch of foam. Good lacing.

S: Pine, pitted fruit (not dark), caramel when I whiff real hard.

T: Light pitted fruit, pine, some sweet notes, not really bitter or sweet.

M: Not full bodied but close

O: A decent Double IPA but not engaging to my palate.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seanecy
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber body topped with a dense, sculpted, white head. Mostly grainy malt aroma with some gentle spice and pine qualities. The taste is much like the aroma with a definite bitter taste lingering long into the finish; very little other hop flavor detected. Medium-heavy body; lush and creamy on the palate; dry finish.

Nearly let this one slip by for reviewing (and reviewing it relatively late as the date on the bottom of the bottle indicates a January 2017 date), so, perhaps an explanation for the lackluster hop presence in the aroma and taste other than the presence of bitterness. In fairness, I'll have to find a fresher release and re-review. But for now, at eight months of age, it's okay...

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some citrus. Taste is pineapple, orange peels, mango, pine, touches of alcohol, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Manta Ray Double India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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