Bal­last Point Manta Ray Bear Re­pub­lic Café Racer 15

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Imperial Ipa -

ABV: 8.5% | IBUS: 70 | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“Aro­mas of fresh, cit­rusy tan­ger­ine, melon, and light pine leap from the beer and linger over a smooth fin­ish. Like its name­sake, this brew can sneak up on you—a big beer with­out a bite.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Bright fruity notes of pineap­ple, or­ange, and grape­fruit. Light peach, bread with medium hops bit­ter­ness, sub­dued at first. As it warms, a touch of bread and salt, like sit­ting too close to the fish tank at an Ital­ian restau­rant that serves com­ple­men­tary bread.” Fla­vor: “In­tense fruity and piney hops fla­vors. A touch of malt sweet­ness, but it hardly holds up to the in­tense hops bit­ter­ness that runs through­out, giv­ing an in­tense grape­fruit pithy char­ac­ter. A touch more car­bon­a­tion could open things up a bit more. A light al­co­hol warm­ing to­ward the end, but this is al­most ses­sion­able in its light­ness.” Over­all: “An as­sertive and po­tent IIPA that doesn’t shy away from bit­ter but pro­vides some nice peach and wa­ter­melon hops fla­vors as a re­ward.”

ABV: 9.75% | IBUS: 100+ | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“Café Racer 15 fea­tures aro­mas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the gen­er­ous use of Ci­tra, Amar­illo, Cas­cade, and Chi­nook hops that are com­ple­mented by a dry malt fin­ish. The re­sult is a high-revving dou­ble IPA that is loud and as­sertive.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Le­mon, or­ange, tan­ger­ine, touch of bis­cuit, and light vanilla with some pine dank­ness that hits up front. As it warms, the citrus notes re­ally pop and come through as a dom­i­nat­ing fac­tor. Low light malt back­ground.” Fla­vor: “In­tense citrus char­ac­ter with plenty of lin­ger­ing bit­ter­ness. This is the first beer tonight that I would say pushes the ‘big’ end of the style. The malt is slightly bready and medium sweet, and the juicy hops fla­vor is huge; they play off each other well. Some­what of a pine char­ac­ter is there in the back that coats the back of the throat.” Over­all: “This beer is huge! Big fla­vor and aroma all the way though. It show­cases a great hops pro­file with a sub­dued but balanced malt bill. It fin­ishes a touch sweet, but I think that is what they were go­ing for. Yum!”

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