Manta Ray is an American Double IPA brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.
The DIPA pours a mostly clear gold with fine bubbles rising in the glass. A thick white head offers excellent retention but little lacing.
The aroma has a pleasant scent of citrus and pine.
The palate opens with a punch of grapefruit mixed with pine. Cracker malt follows before finishing dryly with pepper and herbal hops. Fruity sweetness of pineapple and mango asserts itself as the beer warms. High ABV is hidden well.
Its feel is crisp and effervescent with a medium body and ample carbonation. And yet it feels light and smooth as well. A contradiction, but this is beer easily consumed.
A hefty malt backbone keeps the hops in check, which might be a disappointment to some. Feels lighter than it is and this DIPA could serve as a wonderful refresher on a hot, summer day. But regardless of when you choose to drink this beer, Manta Ray is one of those brews you’ll tip back and immediately hear yourself say “oh, that’s good.”
Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with their Manta Ray Double IPA: Chinese salt and pepper wings, bay blue cheese, and Dungeness crab cakes.