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Atomic Pale Ale - Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Gage Roads Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ADZA on 10-16-2010

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 20
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3.14/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spicey with fruity notes biscuit

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3.96/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a tall 330mL solid brown bottle with a pretty cool retro label. I like the name too.

Appearance: pours a mid-amber in colour with plenty of visible carbonation. A one-finger white head fizzes away to a thin cap.

Aroma: a pleasant citrus aroma with light biscuit malt and cereals. Decent.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, cereals, biscuit malts with a touch of caramel. Not mind-blowing, but a really nice all-round and refreshing beer.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time before dropping away - lucky this one is so sessional.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in feel with a moderate- to-high fine carbonation. Nice.

Overall: a great all-round pale ale. Not massively complex, but good quality citrus, cereal and biscuit malts. Great for a price of AU$45 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2014). Fantastic value.

Photo of NeoClassicist
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Dirtywaltzer80
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of baumaxx1
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Copper colour and clear. No visible carbonation with a moderate head when poured, which dissipates quickly to leave a thin residue.

Smell -
Hints of pine and floral characteristics. A weak aroma.

Taste -
Clean, dry and straightforward. It initially has a biscuit-malty characteristic with a hint of yeast . Finishes slightly bitter with grapefruit notes, and the hops are the most noticeable flavour. It has a slightly metallic aftertaste which doesn't stick around for long. This beer doesn't have a lot of complexity and its flavours are quite subdued overall.

Mouthfeel -
On the lifeless side. It has a slight tingle and a little bit of bite when swallowed, but on the flat side compared to other beers. Swishing it around doesn't result in any extra zing, but it will froth slightly. Watery texture.

Overall -
The old man bought a carton of this to try as an everyday beer, to see if we could do any better than Coopers Pale Ale at the lower end of the price scale. I can see this being visitor friendly beer; it has a clean but mild taste, is on the easy to drink side of beers and a cold one is quite refreshing on a warm day. It also doesn't sit in the stomach as heavily as some other beers. However, I'll take the Coopers over this still any day since it has more personality. The Atomic APA is quite a subdued and safe beer; nothing about it really stood out at me and I found myself struggling to pick out its characteristics as its aroma and taste is on the weak side. It tastes fine and fresh, but lacks personality.

Note: Have this one out of a glass. I found it too doughy straight out of the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad, for me, if they could fine tune the flavor some, that would vastly improve the beer. Poured at a good temperature with a thick, stable, off-white head and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer with malt and mild hop and toffee. Flavor's like nose, but some harsh mineral qualities and medicinal show up. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and unfortunately the bad flavors tend to linger.

Photo of Breeza
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A: Pours a clear golden colour, creamy off white/beige head which is thick and lasts a while. Small amount of carbonation.

S: Yeasty and hoppy, slight metallic undertone. Smells slightly like Vegemite.

T: Hops and not much else.

M: Thin and watery.

O: This beer would be ok icy cold for sessions, and I would have it again but it not much of a stand out.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness and a bit of citrus and spice.

T: Taste of Caramel sweetness with a touch of spice and bit of fruit in the background. Mild bitteriness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and easy.

O: Decent drinker but could use a bit more character.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of tbeckett
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 Bomber from a BWS in Surfers Paradise. I'm guessing this isn't overly popular for the frat boy market.

A - Poured what seemed golden in a poorly lit hostel common room with what I'm assuming is a filthy glass. Bright. One finger loose white head gone fast. Good carbonation. No lace and a tiny island of film for retention.

S - Citrus, mango. Kinda mild.

T - A nice blend of really juicy tropical fruits and a touch of sweetness to start, but there's definitely a sugary sweetness in the flavour.

M - No real bitterness, good carbonation, light body.

O/D - Really easy to drink but nothing too out of the box for the Australian market. Good, but unimaginative. Not complex.

Photo of doktorhops
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last of the Gage Roads left to try with the biggest potential to disappoint as it is a style I am quite fond of (American Pale Ale), and I WILL be comparing it to the best APA's I've had so be warned Gage Roads.

Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear tangerine body with a big foamy white head that fizzles down to a thin lacing. Big bubbles, a good or bad sign? For the style it's not typical but maybe it works with this brew.

S: Muted citrus/pine hops with a hint of caramel grain base. No where near as strong as an actual American (i.e. made in America) Pale Ale, another half-hearted Australian brewer attempt at the style thus far.

T: Picks up a bit here. Yet it does still remain far too restrained to compare with a good APA. Flavours are citrus/pine hops upfront, caramel grain mid-palate and finishes with a hint of hop bitterness. Easy to drink and not in the least bit as complex as it's American cousins.

M: Creamier than expected carbonation and a mid to light body.

D: This is one beer that I find myself straining to taste, and for the style that's never a good thing. Appears to be "An Introduction to American Pale Ales" sort of beer and if you're new to craft beer that could be a good thing; unobtrusive beers are what got me started in my love for craft beer, however the market is flooded already with these brews and my personal feeling is that this beer has the base of a decent APA without the bombast that makes APA's such a great style. Missed opportunity.

Food match: Would work well the Aussie summer BBQ fare: minute steaks, coleslaw, potato salad, snags (sausages), you name it.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No BB. Bomber from Danno's.

Pours a pale gold. One finger head in one shared glass, two finger head in other. Odd looking soft-drink like bubbles cling to side of glass.

Aromas are muted. Hint of citrus.

Taste is also a little reserved and dull. Citrus is in the mix, and hops on back palate but its struggling to liven up.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Some unwanted zing.

Not sure what is going on here - not really displaying any true APA characteristics.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small, fading head.
Nose shows faint nutty malt, soft fruity hops, and a little bit of caramel too.
Some caramel shows as a flavour too, along with some faint spicy hops followed by a mild bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.

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Atomic Pale Ale from Gage Roads Brewing Company
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