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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,334
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
470
pDev:
7.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrumpy
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear with a bright, golden hue. Thin, foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, pineapple and mango. Caramel malt and floral notes as well. Flavor is ripe melon and tropical fruit. Some citrus zest is also in the mix, and is quite resinous & juicy. Light malt balances this one out nicely. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer! Smells citrusy and a light bready malt. Taste is very balanced with hops and citrus. Smooth drinking beer that hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, I looked and looked but could find no bottling date info.

Typical almond amber, near clear, off white cap, leaving a thicker film, low sheeting and then nice looking ringed lacing.

Subtle tropical fruit nose.

Big, bold and flavorful DIPA, with grapefruit notes up front, whole wheat in the middle and a resiny hop drying finish....well done, densly flavorful, heady brew, always glad to see a new offering from San Diego heavy hitter BP....well worth a try

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look is amazing - textbook west coast IPA. So is the aroma. Vibrant grapefruit dominates, with subtle undercurrents of melon, pine, grass floating around. Some malt shows up to balance (but not overpower). Flavor follows suit - it's like drinking grapefruit juice at times. A piny finish keep the subtle malt qualities of graham cracker, toffee, table sugar, and caramel in check. Yet the opening citrus flavors are still superb, and are still allowed to shine. There's a bit of lingering sweetness left on the palate, but it's otherwise absurdly crisp and clean - it never betrays being 8.5% at all. This is a superb, almost archetypal example of a west-coast DIPA. I genuinely believe this would be AT LEAST a 95 on BA had it been released four or five years ago.

4.27/5: Even better than Sculpin, and that's saying something

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Photo of Skillz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 dt_gbpackersfan
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Stays effervescent, good head retention & lacing

S: Bready, tropical, fades a bit as it warms

T: Grapefruit, bready, mango & dryness as well up front. Dryness, grapefruit, a little aspirin & mango as this warms, Finishes dry with a bready/tropical flourish & a little cakeyness

MF Medium body, firm carbonation, nicely balanced

Easy to drink & well put together

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Photo of Donkster46
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden juicy color, small head.

Aromas of sweaty fruits, baby powder, juiced melon and citrus.

Flavor is mostly rinds, but very balanced with hits of golden malts, juice, and orange.

Feel is somewhat of a palate scraper.

Overall, a good textbook IIPA.

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

From a growler, pours a clear light gold. Big 3-finger head is dense and white and lasts forever. Solid lacing. Smell is floral, citrus, spicy herbs and pine. Taste follows with sticky resinous finish. Moderate bitterness. Feel is a rich medium. Solid, tasty beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus, pine and strong notes of spices/tart. The flavor is citrus/fruit, grapefruit, mild pine needles and a spicy/warming alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Manta Ray Double India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 470 ratings
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