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

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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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Photo of jaydoc
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

a very classic west coast style double ipa. clear and radiant pale golden orange in the glass with a permanent inch of white foam. aroma is fruity and bright, some citrus, pineapple, and sweet oily resins, fresh and not overly complex. the flavor features a wonderfully fresh and bold hop all the way through it, with suggestions of grapefruit and pine together, a very classic combination of hops, but dialed back just slightly on the finishing bitterness, this goes away nicely on the swallow, and while i do think the hop flavor is familiar, it may also feature a couple of newer varietals that add to the citrus and soften it a bit. a touch sweet on the malt for me, not overly malty in any way at all, in fact its light on malt flavor, but there is a definite sweetness here from the grain, and i do not think its necessary. the hops have a cool oily texture, and there isnt too much body here to appreciate that aspect. good carbonation but not over the top. after a certain point, especially in this style, quality stands out to me more than any of the specific flavor elements, and this is a supremely well made beer, even if it just tastes like a slightly better version of countless other big west coast ipa types, but its nice to see these guys do a new brew, and not just add guava juice or key limes or something to an old standard. i was getting worried there for awhile...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and tangerines seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of orange and tangerine citrus along with notes of melon and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down all too easy for an Imperial IPA and drinks more like an APA as it hides all traces of alcohol and hardly has any bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taken back by the beer's dry and light body, a double take occurs with this double IPA because its texture suggests something dangerously drinkable yet its flavor is bold, holding up to its imperial status. Ballast Point has made what others struggle to do, look easy.

Their Manta Ray pours a bight golden amber hue with the faintest of haze. Its hoppy perfume equally as bright opens with succulent citrus, grassy pine, a kiss of juicy melon and a whimsical sweetness of honeysuckle before the first sip. As light caramel and sweetness grace the tongue it does so with the soft toastiness of graham cracker.

As the sweetness gently lifts, the full flavor of hops are realized on the middle palate. Branch ripened tangerine, nectarine and red grapefruit wash the tastebuds along with the juicy, thirst quenching capabilities of honeydew and kiwi. As the ale nears its closure, the bitterness grows into impressions of fresh grass clippings and freshly shaven pine.

Smooth yet gripping, the finish is bitter, crisp and clean. Medium light on the palate, the imperial IPA is easily mistaken for standard American IPA because of its dry backbone. This allows the hops to stand out at its fullest hilt, but can also expose some of the hop, grain and alcohol's rougher edges- which in this case, there are none.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/9/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, light honey, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, light pepper, pine, light honey, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, grapefruit, lemon/orange rind, pine, light honey/biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced bitterness. Surprisingly light on the malt presence for the ABV. Very bright, juicy, and a bit dank on hops; with just enough malt for bitterness balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear golden, yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled tropical and juicy. Sweet, juicy tropical fruit flavor - pineapple, orange and grapefruit. A touch of bitterness and caramel malt for balance.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Manta Ray"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, packaged on 31 DEC 2016 (via the Julian date on the bottom of the bottle) and sampled on 15 FEB 2016
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes vis stream of consciousness: For some reason the Manta Ray has always eluded me. But now I have it hooked! Nice appearance but I wasn't able to bring up much of a head. Still it's got fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity and beautiful deep gold color. The bright white head dropped quickly but it's still maintaining a solid surface covering. No lacing though, and I'm disappointed because I made sure that I definitely had a "beer clean" glass this time. On to smell... I'm not finding much. I get malt and I get hops, but I don't get specific hops, and it's really fairly weak even for a standard IPA. I hope this isn't old. Here goes... no oxidation, but neither does it appear super fresh. It seems to follow the aroma. There's malt there, and some noticeable alcohol - how strong is this? Just 8.5%, that's not good - and hops but they're fairly dull, or at least not bright. It's piney, tropical, and somewhat citrusy - not that citrus fruits aren't tropical! - although I think the tropical notes come through most fully: mango, pineapple, peach, sweetened grapefruit. It's nicely balanced except for the alcohol, although it's very one-dimensional. It's starts with some lightly sweetish honeyish malt but there's also a good deal of bitterness within it, and that carries straight through into the bitter finish where the alcohol rears its ugly head. Don't get me wrong, a double IPA should have some alcohol, it's kind of required, but it doesn't need to step forward the way it does. It's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a moderate carbonation which is probably why the head retention is limited, and that's a fair trade-off for smoothness except that the alcohol then ruins that. Looking back, it has left some nice lacing, and it appears as if there are mountains rising alongside the glass beneath stratocumulus clouds. I just think it's a little thin given the fermentation profile, and that the hops could be a bit fuller in the aroma - although those are just personal preferences I guess. Disappointing after having waited so long to try it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours with an amber body and a large white head that quickly dies down to a thick top coat. Decent lacing.

Aroma: hoppy with citrus, melon and pine notes. Alcohol.
Flavor: follows the aroma. Strong flavor with moderate bitterness. A little pineapple in the mix of tropical fruits.

Overall: an impressive, well named DIPA ... as they claim, "a big beer without a bite."

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Came a lighter golden with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop.Sweet onion and tropical fruits in the nose with a slight underlying sugary sweetness underneath.The big Maui onion flavors hit upfront with mango and overripe pineapple flavors hitting hard,not overly sweet but sweet enough.No bitterness to this DIPA but I like the fact it's not overly sweet like too many of the style.Well done.

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Manta Ray Double India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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