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Center of the Universe Ray Rayís Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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The namesake beer of COTUís founders, Ray Rayís Pale Ale starts with imported English 2-row barley that provides a full rich flavor. Near continuous additions of Cascade hops contribute both a balanced bitterness and classic spicy and citrusy aromas and flavors. This extremely drinkable un-filtered American-style pale ale checks in at 5.2% ABV and 42 IBUs.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Can at home. Pours clear amber with a small, frothy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is fruity, floral and pine hops with pear esters and cookie malt. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness with light fruity esters, supporting sweet malt and a dry finish. Medium to light body and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1350) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Great can; nice pour. Aromas of apricot, honey and grapefruit. Lightly bitter on the palate with a medium weight and a nice caramel and straw malt backing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Crisp light amber and copper coloured body with a thin just off-white head. Aroma of bright grapefruit and herbal hops with a little malt note and some hints of apricot as well. Medium-bodied; Assertive hops up front make for a very nice beer and the malt shows well along with a touch of caramel and very light sweetness. Aftertaste has a good balance of hops (a decent amount) and malt and a subdued apricot sweetness. Overall, a surprisingly nice APA with a good balance and a smooth, yet sweet finish. I sampled this 12 ounce can purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia and sampled a few hours later after a hockey game on 19-May-2014 - thanks Kevin!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2126) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
6/13/2014. From can. Amber color with a fizzy white head. Spicy hoppy aromas. A little acidic. Flavors are caramel, hops, spice, light citrus.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (289) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Poured from a Draft. Unremarkable aroma, but nice orange yellow color and good lacing. Typical grapefruit flavor but not bitter. Refreshing choice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (187) - - NOV 18, 2013
Ray Rayís Pale Ale is a crips, clean hop driven pale ale sporting what would seem to be more than 42 IBUís. Hop expression tends towards grapefruit and orange peel but bitterness with some malt expression which is more evident at lower ABV. Bitterness is pronounced and overshadows flavor a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Keg @ COTU. The pourís light amber with a small head. The nose is really fruity, bright. Plenty of pear, nectarine, peach fruit salad. Brash tropical undergrowth. The taste is reminiscent of fruit loops - pretty sweet, fruiy. More tropical fruits, pineapple, cantaloupe. Moderate bitterness on the finish. Medium body, average carbonation. Pretty solid stuff.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2013
12 oz. can from RABinVA- thanks again, Ryan! Pours a hazy apricot color with a huge fizzy head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate down to a small cap. Aroma of mellow but nice orange and tangerine citrus, caramel and pale malts, soap, and some spice. The flavor loses a lot of the noseís charm, though- a short burst of citrus and malts washes out with a soapy, bitter, mineral finish. Light-bodied, with a dry mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Disappointing after showing some promise.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Can at RBSG. From notes. Slightly bitter and quite fruity. Peaches and apricots but not citrus. Good but not great. Seems like these guys are still dialing it in but Iím excited to see how they do in the future.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Can from total wine Richmond. Pours golden with a couple of inches of thick white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. not getting much on the nose. A tad bitter on the tongue without any of the hop flavor that makes it all worth it.


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