In this special set of beer blogs, we are going to get into the first of twelve beers from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp sampler pack. You will notice a theme throughout these beers. The name of the beers and beer styles is taken from the partner craft breweries. The first one that I picked is partner Ballast Point Brewery. It is Electric Ray IPL. Ballast Point Brewery was founded in 1996 by Jack and Yuseff. It came from a home brewing supply shop that they opened in 1992. The themes of this brewery is coming from the sea, water, or ocean. They brew several different beer styles but they are known for their IPA’s like most West Coast craft breweries. Let us get into this IPL.
It has a clear light copper color with a constant white head. The aroma has floral to grapefruit notes. The taste has a light carbonation grapefruit notes with a dry grapefruit finish for the aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
This nautically named India Pale Lager combines intense cirtusy, floral American hops with the clean, classic malt body of a blonde lager.
As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked the sea for inspiration. A play on the fish’s scientific name – Torpedo California – Electric Ray pays homage to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of this beer’s big flavor. Its massive grapefruit and floral notes deliver a high-voltage hit of hop flavor.
Here is a description from their website (www.beercamp.sierranevada.com):
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.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: @bpbrewing and @sierranevada
Closing, it is kind of fitting the fact that there would be IPL in this pack. IPL is a growing beer style in the world of IPA’s. I love the fact they named it after Electric Ray because of Ballast Point (BP). BP using fishes and everything in the water to name their beers. I really love the packaging and how it explains the back story of the partner brewery. I love how it explains their thoughts on why they picked this beer style. Of course, being a Hophead, I had to pick one of the India Pale Ale or Lager. I love the aroma and the taste profile that this beer offer. This is one of the best beers in this pack. I realize this is the first one I had in this pack that I am doing a write up but when I am finish this review up. I will already had about half of this pack. I recommend you getting a pack if you can find one. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser