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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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 kell50
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerCon5
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Pungent hop nose brings notes of orange, grapefruit and lemongrass.

T- Solid bitterness and some citrusy fruit quality from the hops with a bit of malt backing. Well-balanced without one particular quality sticking out more than the other. The ABV is masked very well.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A very drinkable DIPA but I seek a bit more hop character. If you're looking for a strong but smooth IPA without too much going on, this is for you.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Streetcore
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A very juicy and dank hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront ripe citrus hop scent of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, apricot, and lemon with some pineapple. Dank and earthy hop scent of pine resin, grass, and cannabis. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe and juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big citrus hop presence with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, melon, and lemon along with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with some yeast. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying. Alcohol is covered well.

Overall: A very good West Coast Imperial IPA. Has all the dank juicy hop flavor you expect.

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Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a completely clear rusted orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like sticky honey covered grapefruit, pine resin, and bittersweet caramel malt.

It's nice to see that Ballast Point can still make a solid beer without adding all sorts of garbage to it. This is a quintessential tasting west coast IPA- slightly sweet with honey and malt, but a balanced and bitter hop character- there's weed soaked in grapefruit juice, sticky pine resin, grassy hops, etc. There's basically no booze here at all, which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel is good- solid and crisp, with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

A little bit of my faith in Ballast Point is restored here.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A nice golden color on pour with a minute amount of sediment in the glass. The beer is entirely see through and has about a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells amazing! Fruity, resinous, sticky. A classic West Coast style DIPA aroma on this one.

T: Spot on in terms of taste. This beer rivals some of the best West Coast beers I've had: Pliny, Born Yesterday, Blind Pig, etc. Strong piney stickiness piled on top of a dank yet juicy hop profile. Very impressive.

F: It has got the perfect body. It starts thick and sticky and finishes very smoothly, which is surprising. I am getting no alcohol burn on this DIPA. It's a little heavy for a summer day, but it is certainly refreshing.

O: I am very impressed. I had heard good things about this beer, but it beat my expectations. Ballast Point still knows how to make great IPA's.

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Photo of jjd315
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a golden straw yellow with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine, peach and bready malts.

T - The taste is grapefruit, tangerine, mango, caramel malts and piney hops. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A classic west coast IPA. The flavors are a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Not as good as Sculpin but still very nice.

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Photo of tmcarter23
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejane
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing my latest mini-horizontal as a part of the ongoing eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, this time with Ballast Pint B.C.'s beers.

From the bottle: "Dedicated to the Craft".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I went with an aggro pour to get things started. I watched with bated breath as the head came rushing up and exhaled only when it reached the top of the glass and miraculously stopped. I was left facing two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, enticing the Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon to drop by for a taste. Nose held an interesting mélange of scents, everything from pineapple and grapefruit to mango and pine with some tangerine and papaya thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big on the tongue & in the mouth. The taste was much more oriented towards a tropical fruitiness than anything else. Loads of pineapple, mango, papaya and tangerine were evident, underlain by a light grapefruit citrusy tartness and a little pine resin. Finish was dry, but fruity, which may seem like a contradiction in terms except that it was not at all sweet. It tasted of fruit, but it did not have much in the way of sweetness, leaving a dry, almost powdery feeling in my throat after the swallow. It will not replace Sculpin for me, but it is quite a tasty beer.

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

Photo of WDJersey
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Moderately hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Bright citrusy aromas with pineapple and some grassy notes. The flavors were largely as expected. Grapefruit, orange, mango, with some herbal, piney notes. Mild dankness. The malt was there and in the back. A classic west coast IPA.

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Photo of Liberskull
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth, doesn't taste like an 8% beer. It has an after taste of Mellon.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light tropical fruit aroma.

Taste: nice grainy malt profile with pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, and a bit of pine arrives late. Alcohol is mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a dry aftertaste.

Overall: another enjoyable beer from Ballast Point.

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Manta Ray Double India Pale Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 512 ratings