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Terrapin Gamma Ray - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

462 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 44
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally Side Project #3 released in 22oz bottles, now the summer seasonal on Terrapin's Monster beer tour and available in 12 oz bottles by the 4 pack.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 10-09-2008)
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5/5  rDev +33%

dhep16, Mar 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

turtlemead, Jun 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.97/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce fresh bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. First time I've had one fresh, all the others I've had have been the side project version out of the cellar. While the cellared version amazes me each time I break one out with it's graceful aging, I am very, very pleased and suprised with fresh Gamma Ray. This may be the easiest drinking 10+% ABV beer on this planet, or any other.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Emerson1310
4.97/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is only my 2nd wheatwine I ever tasted...And now I want to try them all!!!

Appearance: Rich deep golden color, opaque in the glass and with a golden-white one finger head, decent lacing on glass.

Smell: Definite honey, wheat, bananas, and bubblegum.

Taste (!!) Wow!! Wonderful sweet front, middle, back of tongue without being cloying. Flavors of honey, orange, cloves, wheat, and blended very well together!! The alcohol taste is very well hidden in this 11% ABV wheatwine. The finish is cloves and honey, again without being cloying. The mouth feel is great, thick and creamy.

Overall: Although I am more a rookie with rookie palate, I will buy every bottle of this I can find. It has impressed me more than most craft wheat beers. I highly recommend this...A GREAT summer cooler beer!!!

Emerson1310, Aug 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

dinoedb350, May 06, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
4.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer has been in my basement for about 2 years waiting to be consumed on a night just like tonight.
The beer pours a bright clear copper to almost gold hue with loud fizzy carbonation that froths up about 1 cm of rocky eggshell white head that fades rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and wispy islands.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with peaches and pears and a bit of floral honey mixed in. Ironically I have some Savannah Bee Company at my desk at work and it was used in this beer.
I dont get any hops or booze on the nose.
First sip reveals a sticky textured fairly thick bodied brew with very fine and spacious carbonation.
Flavor is what the nose advertised with sweet fruity malt dominating the profile. I get peaches, pears, caramel, and some white grapes. There is just a little booze on the finish, but the beer is VERY dangerously drinkable and I am finishing this bottle waaay to fast to be good for my sobriety. Good thing Im just going to bed after this review.
Im not sure if this was hot when it was young, but it is excellent right now. If you stashed a bottle, send it to me, or at least enjoy it now!

sulldaddy, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Cloudy
H. Dark yellow
N. Strong sweetness, hints of banana, not as much honey as it claims

HOLLYYYY TURTLE. This was a beer that I have looked forward to since we picked it up. This was amazing. The attack is nothing but a banana smothered in honey. It calms down a bit with just the banana notes, and then finishes up with a sweet but not too sweet after taste. This beer is just like the quiet blond in class that when you take her home she is in your face and knows exactly what to do. THIS IS A SEXY BEER! If you don't get your hands on this then that's just a shame. After this one, look forward to more posts on the newer Terrapin beers.

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy copper/golden with nearly no head to speak of. No head = no retention.

S: Sweet and spicy. Honey definitely comes through with a splash of fruit and bubblegum. Wheat gives it a certain Belgian character, in between a wit and a strong pale ale. Very surprised at the character at the aroma.

T: Again, reminds me a lot of a Belgian ale. Sweet with a decent bitter punch in the back in and again with some of that bubblegum. Bit of funk almost, hop character is very earthy. I just keep getting a Belgian wit/Belgian pale character and even, at times, the ever slightest hint of a saison likeness. It's really a bit hard to describe at times, and I mean this is the best possible way.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, crisp, light to medium carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for me, a sipper for sure though.

Insanely unique beer, in my opinion. Just brings so much to the table. I expected a huge, deep, dark beer to creep out of the bottle, but what I got was just the opposite. At first sight, it doesn't look like much, but the aroma and taste really punch you right in the face with incredible uniqueness. Admittedly, the 11% and "wine" moniker do start to hit you after a few gulps, but the sheer boldness of this beer will have me coming back for more. My only complaint is the appearance, but the rest of the beer is just great.

It saddens me slightly that this is a one off. Brew more!!!

NCSUdo, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes

A; Orange, no real head to speak of, lots of bubbles, a bit cloudy

S: Wow - honey! Very interesting smells like candy and spicy hops

T: Bitter up front, honey comes through as a reward, sugar very present

M: Very wet, low carbonation, easy to drink

D: High - I will need more of these!

beerman207, Feb 05, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

220z. bottle

Beer pours easy, not too much head with a deep orange color. settles nicely, leaving a white ring of lace around the glass.

Lets talk about the smell, great stuff here, big banana smell with sweetness, very faint hops if perceptible at all

Taste is exceptional, sweet and banana up front but smooth an warming on the way down, great transition. This resembles an incredibly well crafted tripel.

Mooouth feel is great, exactly where it should be. Thick form the malt but the abv. is subtle adding to the overall body.

drinkability is OUT OF CONTROL. It feels like a sessionable 11% abv. beer which is waaaay too dangerous. So good.

For god's sake get your hands on this beer via trading or whatever it takes, you will thank yourself and so will you tastebuds. At $5.99 bottle it's a steal.

daryk77, Oct 20, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the age on this bottle but its at least a year and a half. Has notches for best by but without a year on it, and at 11% I can't see this thing really going bad.

Golden amber color with impressive clarity. 2 finger active white head falls away to a lace rather quickly. Miscarriage grapes and honey on the nose with lots of fruit including cherries strawberries and melon.

Almost reminds me of a big Belgian brew. Sweet exotic berry fruits up front. Touch of wheat adds a bit of roundness to the big thick body. Dark fruits and thick honey like taste on the finish coats the throat, alcohol barely noticeable. Caramel rides along the tongue with spicy herbal flavors and.due berries and fruits including apples and pears.

mead-like

Age has really let the complexity of this beer shine with lots of subtle.fruit flavors that all balance each other our without being too sweet. Alcohol is there but barely plays a part. Honey soothed the throat. If you can find a bottle pick it up!

jtierney89, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Dylanjf, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Mosley1212
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter

A--Deep orange color that is vibrant in the light. Had a very light cream-colored head. I tried to do an aggressive pour, but it didn't work very well.

S--Wonderful. I have to start there. It smells of sweet, heavenly honey. There's a nice smell of alcohol on the back of the nose that goes with it to. It lets you know exactly what you are getting into. Honey, malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. Honestly, this is beautiful.

T--Taste follows the smell. The honey hits the tongue first and leaves a nice sweet aftertaste that is soon followed by the alcohol flavor. The alcohol has a nice bitter taste on it which contrasts with the sweetness of the honey and fruit nicely

M--Not overly powerful from the hops. Just leaves the mouth feeling good.

D--This is wonderful. I can see myself drinking this with my girlfriend on the back porch in the nice summer heat. Thanks, Terrapin. It's another hit.

Mosley1212, Dec 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

AdmiralKirk, Sep 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

jtmcgraw, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Elfastball7, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Jamato14, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Dreizhen
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.

Dreizhen, May 18, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin's (Side Project) Gamma Ray pours up lightly with a modest carbonation that creates a wafer thin whitish head that just manages to cover the translucent golden peach-pale orange body. The fragrant, floral nose is almost mead-like with a pleasant herbal spiciness from the addition of Tupelo honey followed by a ripe fruitiness e.g. bruised banana, peach pit, orange blossom that is carried nicely by a soft, sweet wheat graininess. Hint of fusels from the alcohol. The rich flavor starts off slightly cloying with a layered, honey maltiness that's underscored by a light bitterness which creates a complex, fruity, spicy e.g. cinnamon stick, sweet warmed honey finish. The alcohol threatens to overtake this one towards the end, but manages to stay contained within this smooth textured, wheatwine. It's truly an amazing balancing act considering all of the components. Here's to the crew at the Terrapin Beer Co. for creating this mean green, wheat monster!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanks to tjbartjr for this tasty honey elixir!

Beertracker, Apr 08, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Electric hazy yellow, with a hint of orange. Could use a bit more head.

I love a hefewizen with a big bana presence. This has more banana aroma and flavor than any hefe I have ever had. It has a bit of Belgian Tripel fruit as well.

Boozy, fruity, and packed with banana of course. A bit hot. A lot going on here.

Creamy and rich.

I am going back for seconds if there are still some in Nashville. Unique and tasty.

IPAcraig, Nov 15, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally this beer is out! Thanks much to Brickstoredave and pghlee for sharing. This is number 3 in the Terrapin Side Project series. The bottle says Wheatwine Ale Brewed with Honey, and more specifically that it is brewed with obscene amounts of locally grown Tupelo and Sourwood Honeys from Savannah Bee Company. I like these honey's from Savannah Bee a lot. Very interesting honeys with a lot of character from one of the better honey producers in the country. It shows in the beer. This beer is pretty sweet, which means it didn't all ferment out and they must have added some pretty late in the process or so much that it couldn't all be converted. You can really taste the honey. I don't just mean sweetness either, you can taste a delicious fruitiness and earthiness from the honey itself.

The beer pours a beautiful honeyed golden that almost glows, but there is almost no head. Very nice aromas that are slightly waxy and have elements of pear, banana, cardamom, and sweet, fruity and floral honey. The taste is long and complex with a nuttiness, honey, wax, bitter herbs, pine, banana, and cardamom. The haunting woodsy taste of the honey with fruit, earth, and forest is in there as part and parcel of those flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth, perhaps a bit waxy, creamy, and sweet. Just delightful. I warn you though- this is a sweet beer, if complex as well. I happen to love that. Anyone who likes artisinal honeys should really like this beer as well. As a wheatwine it is on the sweeter side but not at all out of whack with others I've had. By far my favorite sideproject yet.

Georgiabeer, Oct 09, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. I bought it at the Cheese Shop (Wine and Cheese?-- cant remember) in Williamsburg after having it on draft at Green Leaf the night before.

Appearance: A clear, dark golden color. The head is thin and spotty, and leaves something to be desired. Rapidly falling curtains of lace and wine-like legs. It looks pretty good overall in my snifter.

Smell: My first sniff said "bubblegum." It smells very sweet and very fruity. Sweet light colored fruits of all kinds including banana, apples, pears, etc. Almost like a belgian with the yeasty breadiness removed. I really like it.

Taste: Again very sweet and fruity. Tastes like it smells. Some bitterness in the middle, and very full malty sweetness all the way through the finish

Mouthfeel: This is a thick, sticky, syrupy beer. I've read to be carefull brewing with honey because it can cause thinning of mouthfeel. I guess thats more than offset by huge amounts of wheat and malt.

Drinkability: This would be a great beer to sit and sip. Its complex and there's lots to appreciate. For some reason though, I can't stop taking big gulps of it. Really good. Why the hell is this a summer seasonal?

rapidsequence, Dec 22, 2009
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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.