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Center of the Universe Ray Rayís Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (185) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (3862) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (5875) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3165) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Can shared by jcwattsruger, cheers John! Pour is a cloudy orange with white head. Lots of fruity hops. Grainy and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Tap @ brewery shared with HopTsing. Was wanting the PocaHOPtas but they were kicked. Was pleasantly surprised with this. Hoppier than I expected with all the good things I like. Just a touch grainy. Gets extra points for me liking it more than I thought I would.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7114) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Can thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours cloudy peach with white head. Nose of peach, apricot and malt. Taste is mostly dry grain and stale fruit.. Lighter bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Great nose of grass, fennel, and lemon thyme. Pours amber with a nice ligyt head. Taste is very yeasty with hop notes of grass and lemon. Decent but not my favorite hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2013
on tap-thin offwhite-yellow. A-pine, sweet lt malt. T-pine hops, sweet lt malt. Lt/med body, semidry finish.

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