As has been the case so far with the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 pack, this is another good beer. This time they collaborated with Ballast Point Brewing Company. "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."
"Electric Ray is an IPL—Imperial Pale Lager—combining intense citrusy and floral American hop aroma with the clean, crisp, classic malt body of a robust blonde lager. It is both traditionally dry-hopped AND torpedoed with whole-cone American hops for an intense grapefruit and rose-like nose."
My impressions are: Electric Ray IPL has a pale amber color and a good head when initially poured out of the bottle. The head dissipates fairly quickly and there is moderate carbonation noted while it is resting. I also really enjoyed the color scheme on the bottle, very fitting with the name in my opinion. The aroma is that of floral hoppy-ness. I feel that this beer has a very interesting flavor too, kind of a citrusy grapefruit flavor with some torpedo in there as well. You can definitely taste the citrus but it is not overpowering to the hops however. It has a smooth feel in the mouth and it finishes with a mild bitterness and a hint of sweet. I really like this beer, it is a good mix of flavor and kick. It is a super solid edition to this 12 pack and I definitely would enjoy drinking it again! The cost of the 12 pack was $30, but if you average that out it is $2.50 per beer so it is still cheaper than the local pub. My only question to both Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point is: What does the I stand for in IPL, India or Imperial? Either way thanks again for another good beer guys!
Referenced from Sierra Nevada.
Beer purchased at Lewisburg Spirits and Wine in Lewisburg, WV.