Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point “Electric Ray” India Pale Lager (IPL): I really enjoy Ballast Point. They make some amazing beer, my favorite being Victory at Sea. I’m not a huge fan of lagers, but some of these new IPLs have been pretty impressive. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, piney notes in the nose with undertones of breadiness. Slight spiciness on the palate with a caramel-malt base. Medium bodied with a carbonated, bitter finish. Just a hint of stickiness. Very palatable and another surprise out of the box. I wasn’t expecting to like this one as much, which seems to be the running trend. All the beers I had high hopes for have been alright, and all the beers I wanted to try but wasn’t pumped for have been pretty stellar. Hopefully this doesn’t ring true for the Ninkasi collab, Double Latte. I’m looking forward to that one the most and saving it for the end.
Of course Ballast Point would continue their aquatic naming scheme with this beer, Electric Ray. Funny enough, the scientific name of the Electric Ray is Torpedo Californica, paying homage to both the home state of Ballast Point and the hop varietal primarily used in this beer; Torpedo.