Terrapin Gamma Ray - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks go out to...the traders who sent me bottles. (My Apologies for not remembering, im a bit flustered.
22oz side project release.
Pours a slightly cloudy peachy brown/yellow with a stark white head that it takes a vigorous pour to produce and who's retention is less than impressive, as are the hints of lacing left behind.
Nose is full of sweetness. Malt candy and honey with some almost belgian like yeast notes and a slight indication of maybe some spice presence. A bit of alcohol in the nose as well.
Hmmm. This does taste almost belgian in character. The wheat presence is alot more noticeable than i was expecting. Starts of with mellow honey and malt rising as it goes on. A good wheat profile makes this one have a real belgian flare to it. Most wheatwines are more comparable to barleywines, but this one really does seem more like a giant ass wheat beer, which is what it is. The finish is mildly dry with honey, wheat and yeast, and some candy like malt lingering on with some alcohol heat into the finish.
Mouthfeel is right where it should be as far as viscosity, but the carbonation is a tiny touch high for the style. That being said, the slightly, and i mean slightly, higher carbonation makes for a better beer in this particular case, due to the prominent wheat presence.
Drinkability is pretty solid for 11%, but its obviously not something your gonna session the shit out of. And if you do...well...there are many clinics and hospitals that are out there for you whenever you are ready to get your life back on track.
Overall a very nice beer. Really the most wheat-like wheatwine ive had yet. Most are more barleywine-like in nature but this one is clearly a wheat beer first and a big beer second. I'd be interested to see how it ages, and im glad i have another bottle to find out. Definitely a must try for any fan of the new school style of wheatwine. Interesting, educational, and enjoyable stuff. Keep em comin terrapin.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2009 00:51:45 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.48/5 rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Split a bottle that was cellared for three years. Poured into a Terrapin snifter.
Appearance: Dark gold with a tint of orange. Much prettier than any of those college football oranges (but hey, this is an Athens brew, what do you expect). Hazy. Little carbonation.
Smell: This shit is bananas, B A N A N A S. Seriously, bananas foster and some malt on the nose and then a lot more bananas.
Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Bananas and brown sugar (maybe demrara sugar...?) = bananas foster. Very rich. Slightly boozy, but the age and the richness mask it well. Maybe some slight caramel. In a weird way, tt seems to me like a blonde version of a Belgian Quad, even more than a Belgian Tripel. Swap the banana for the stone fruits and the demerara for the chocolate. This makes for a fantastic desert beer (at least the aged version).
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, somewhat coats the mouth. A little velvety.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 09:42:45 | More by Dreizhen
2.49/5 rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
Appearance: Slight haze on a burnt orange color. No head, no carbonation, nothing.
Smell: Sweet caramelized malt and enough honey to kill a bear. A touch of biscuit malt. Deeply cooked malt sugar. Very faint touch of citrus from the hops. Crazy sweet with toffee, brown sugar, and raw sugar. Crazy amounts of honey. Some orange flesh. Slight hint of wheat with some solid alcohol. A hint of alcohol spice as well.
Taste: Honey and a ton of cooked and caramelized malts. Runs caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and raw sugar. It's sweet and then some and the honey layers over it. Aggressively sweet, but not too overbearing. Warming changes all of that. Concentrated raw sugar with a tiny hint of roasted malt. Honey jelly. Faint vestiges of wheat and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth and slick. Negligible carbonation. Clean, surprisingly.
Overall: The Hulk is now a diabetic.
Fresh, this came with a does of insulin. Aged, it's early onset.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 21:55:45 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.