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Atomic Pale Ale - Gage Roads Brewing Company

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gage Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ADZA on 10-16-2010)
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Reviews by dansmcd:
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dansmcd

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear, small foamy head and minimal lacing, orange in colour. Illegible date mark on bottle.

S - Weak aroma. Light floral notes, faint malts.

T - Orange and passionfruit up front, quite sweet. Moderate hops but with an unfortunate metallic taint that had me searching for a 5c coin at the bottom.

M - Thin and light, good modertae carbonation.

O - Not a patch on the Little Creatures Pale Ale. Possibly past its best as was half price so may give it another chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:29:44 | More by dansmcd
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baumaxx1

Australia

2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 13:51:08 | More by baumaxx1
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-26-2014 00:48:19 | More by jpd7374
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.4%

04-05-2014 08:19:59 | More by XsoldoutX
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 10:51:27 | More by drpimento
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Breeza

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(Bottle)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 11:11:34 | More by Breeza
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adityashekhar

India

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

06-16-2013 14:39:36 | More by adityashekhar
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soju6

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:22:41 | More by soju6
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magpieken

Australia

3/5  rDev -5.4%

04-11-2013 17:11:43 | More by magpieken
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mungus

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

01-30-2013 02:59:16 | More by mungus
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

11-29-2012 06:33:39 | More by KalanM
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:14:31 | More by tbeckett
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doktorhops

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 06:21:25 | More by doktorhops
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

09-19-2012 12:07:36 | More by pin
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csmartin6

New York

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

09-10-2012 07:17:11 | More by csmartin6
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heygeebee

Australia

2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 08:56:44 | More by heygeebee
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Julian4077

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

05-11-2012 10:17:03 | More by Julian4077
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 09:45:25 | More by CrazyDavros
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aBeeraWeek

Australia

2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber but comes out quite transparent. The head is disappointingly thin and it disappears far too quickly.

Only some very light floral hops on the nose with some maltiness coming through.

The malt is continued up front in the taste followed by slightly citrus Bitter but without any real character – some possible cinnamon spice on the aftertaste. The tastes all seem a little confused, and without any real strength of flavour, are very hard to differentiate.

Fairly light bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation – more noticeable due to lack of flavours.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 08:25:52 | More by aBeeraWeek
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a Golden clear colour with a white head that dies quickly.

S - Mainly malt with a little hop thrown in.

T - Has the bitterness on the finish of a decent PA and just preceeding that it has somehop character, but not enough. The malt up front is a little off putting for my liking.

M - Light to Medium carbonation with medium carbonation.

O - Slghtly above average.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 09:21:02 | More by eric5bellies
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours two fingers of loose white foam head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a body of deep gold to light amber.

Smell - 3.5
Maltier than most of the style with plenty of caramel alongside the expected orange and grapefruit.

Taste - 3.5
A substantial dose of grains, bread and caramel upfront, followed by a little citrus (orange and grapefruit), dried apricot and metallic flavours and a reasonably bitter, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated, quite smooth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very sessionable and easy drinking, though there are more interesting alternatives.

OVERALL - 3.6
Similar to Fat Yak in concept and in execution. Nowhere near the hop character of LCPA, Alpha or SNPA, but I'm sure that wasn't the goal of the brewers. Could easily have scored a little higher had I been more generous, it's a good pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 05:34:30 | More by LittleCreature
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my 2010 NYE celebrations.

Pours a bright and burnished golden colour, with only a filmy fine head of white foam. Only a minimal amount of sudsy lacing is left behind on tilting. Although the carbonation is large bubbled, the body actually supports a little static bubbling when swirled. Eh. I've had better, but it's not a bad looking brew.

Nose is very light on, with some cereal sweetness and a very faint grassy hoppiness, but there's very little else. More grainy than anything else, and the slight yeasty note gives it a bready character. All up, not a great nose for an APA.

Taste is clean enough, with a little toffee malty character and a light nutty bitterness on the back. Very little character comes from the hops, yet again, but at least here it's balanced enough. I was fearing thin malty water. Feel is crisp with carbonation, and actually suits it rather well.

A drinkable beer, but certainly nothing exciting. Would make a reasonable choice in the Australian summer if nothing else is available.

Overall, it's very much like a pale ale with only the very minimal amount of hops possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:41:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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dgilks

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate caramel aroma with mild citrussy hops.

Clear amber colour with a small white head. Poor head retention.

Mild caramel malt flavour with a mild bitterness. Light citrussy hops. Not great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A fairly middle of the road APA with nothing special about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 07:45:46 | More by dgilks
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brendan13

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange with a 2.5cm white head that falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Light tropical fruit & floral hop notes with some biscuity malt character.
T - Also fruity and floral in the taste again with some biscuity maltiness. Ever so slight metalic tinge though.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a noticeable bitterness and moderate carbonation.
D - A decent APA. A lot of hating on Gage Roads (some of which is probably justified) amongst Australian beer nerds but this is a step in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 10:57:48 | More by brendan13
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foles

Australia

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beer from Gage Roads - although taste is very familiar. Not sure what hops are in this beer but is quite similar to the old Gage Roads IPA. Orangy copper colour, soft rounded hop character - more melony/tropical/fruity than citrisy (kiwi hops?). Easy drinking but for me it could be a little sharper in flavour. Well priced at $16 a six pack though. I think people will buy it....

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 10:24:49 | More by foles
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Atomic Pale Ale from Gage Roads Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.