Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Electric Ray collaboration with Ballast Point. India Pale Lager (IPL). 8.5% ABV.
Served chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper-amber color with a one and a half finger white foam head. Smells are citrusy and hoppy with hints of grapefruit, mango and orange. Carbonation is high with a medium body. Taste is of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a hoppy, bitter aftertaste.
I've been on a roll the last several beers of beer camp. I must say my overall impression of the collaboration originally was that you took Sierra Nevada, a phenomenal brewery, and matched them with 12 other phenomenal breweries, and you come out with mediocre beers. However, Bell's and Ballast Point have changed my mind. (We shall see about the Allagash one tomorrow)
I am a huge fan of Ballast Point beers. I think that Sculpin is one of the most consistent IPAs out there, and their Victory at Sea Porter is one of the top porters/imperial stouts in my book. Another San Diego brewery doing world class work.
One more day of "camp" to go! Look forward to a few more posts about it though. I have the Sierra Nevada West Coast DIPA used as the kickoff for Beer Camp (didn't get it until halfway through). Additionally, I will write a reflection article on the experience, my favorites, least favorites and my overall rankings.