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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1479) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2016
August 1st, 2014 - The final entry in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp box is the Electric Ray, an auburn beer with some serious foam, lifted and bright white, lifted on columns of suds. The smell is bright and tangy, and even a little sour, featuring lime juice and the citrus bite of ponzu, with some weedy, dank hops to accent it with bitterness. The flavor focuses more on lie and tortilla chips, delivered on a medium to medium-light body, and concluding with a powerful aftertaste of rough and tough rust. The foretaste is, by extreme contrast, light and grainy, like a saison. The emphasis is clearly on the aftertaste, as it repeatedly masks the the subtler foretaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
12 oz bottle from the Beer Camp series pack. Pours a dark orange color and topped by a small head of of white foam that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of fresh citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and orange to go with some pale grains, and a toasted caramel and toffee malt base. The flavor follows with the pale malts, caramel, and toffee up front to go with the grapefruit and orange from the citrus hops. The lager yeast adds a bit of dryness and some alcohol peaks its way through as well. Medium bodied with ample carbonation that leads to a crisp, bitter finish. This is a nice IPL, but just a little too big on the body and alcohol for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Pours golden/orange with about a finger of head. Aroma of caramel, light citrus, melon. Taste is somewhat sweet and biscuity with some resiny bitterness coming in towards the finish. Medium/light bodied. Masks the alcohol a little too well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (5736) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle 0.355l at home, Vantaa. Enjoyed straight from the bottle. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel, grain, some hops and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2015
There are enough excellent IPAs that the IPL really need not exist. But pretty good brew nonetheless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Camping with beer Camp once again, bottle. IPL with great hops, clean finish and some grapefruit in between. Another success for Sierra Nevada ’ s hop torpedo, possibly the best hop head invention since beer itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (1122) - Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 22, 2015
On draft. Hazy gold color with white head. Grapefruit, floral, grassy aroma. Another enjoyable beer from the beer camp series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Poured from bottle into lager glass. Pours a rich gold color, light yellow head. Aroma - biscuit, floral hops. Taste - light caramel malt, resiny hops. Finish is short, resiny. Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich, and a touch oily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Poured a clear golden color with aromas of grassy hops, light melon, some malt, and a touch of fruit. Flavors are clean grassy hops, with some malt, subtle melon light and refreshing on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bold imperial pils with aroma and flavor that is both strong in bitterness and well balanced. Nice colors with a weighty palate and strong carbonation. Still retained that Pilsner character though.

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