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Terrapin Gamma Ray - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 461
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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1/5  rDev -73.4%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of CLanda
1/5  rDev -73.4%

CLanda, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of zoolzoo
1.35/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer is a mess. Aroma is a massive pure honey base with hefe spiciness tossed on top. The taste is even less inspiring. Boozy, syrupy, medicinal. Sweetness does not seem to derive from honey, nor does it retain any complexities present within fresh honey. Its more like a simple sugar syrup base with some grains thrown in the mix.

The peppery hefe-like spices are a big mystery. Bubble gum, clove, banana - however you would like to describe it - its in too sharp of contrast with the rest of the flavor profile, and it makes absolutely no sense. Everything about the taste is just ghastly, really.

Mouthfeel is well suited for the beer I suppose, but that doesn't make it good. Once again the impression of carbonated sugary syrup with random spices thrown into the mix strikes me. Fusel alcohol everywhere, 11% shows through most notably in a dry finish.

Drinkability: Drain pour.

zoolzoo, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
1.68/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Hazy orange body with a bit of bubbly head that soon becomes a wisp. No lacing. Even at this hefty ABV, a little more is to be expected.

Plenty of wheat in the nose, and plenty of honey as well, but also a very strange, very out of place aroma... catsup? What the hell?

Thankfully the catsup flavor (am I really typing this?) isn't quite as strong, but really, it doesn't take a helluva lot of catsup in a beer to be too much. To be fair, there's plenty going on here that would otherise be pleasant: loads of honey sweetness and tangy wheat, light wood notes and a touch of clove-like spiciness. The catsup notes are incredibly distracting, though, and the thin mouthfeel does little to help.

Overall impression: Surely this must have been a bad bottle. I love the style and will give it another shot (and update this review, of course), but this was pretty awful.

PDXHops, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of jmhart
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Poured a golden-amber that had pinkish hues when held up to the light. Moderately hazy. No head, but a subtle lace across the top of the brew. Moderate carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- smells of sweet wheat extract, oranges, and berries.

T- Juicy Fruit. JUICY FRUIT!!! Took my second sip. There's the slightest hint of some nice wheat malts and...OH MY GOD, THE JUICY FRUIT, IT COMES AGAIN, AGGGHHH. There's a hint of nuts in the fin...AHHH OVERLY SWEET JUICY FRUIT AHHH!!!!

M- the light side of medium bodied. Highly carbonated feel to it.

D- I understand that Terrapin wanted to branch out, but seriously, how could you let this out of the brewery?

Drain pour. I will never drink this again and will advise people against it.

JUICY FRUIT!!!

jmhart, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
2.05/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Courtesy of steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod body in the snifter. It develops a short-lived cream head, retreating essentially into nothingness; even the collar is almost nonexistent. Hmm.

S: Strong honey, there's no mistaking that. A nicely fruity aroma that reminds me of apricots, pears, and other orchard fruits. A general malty sweetness. And... dry-erase marker. I wish I were kidding, but once that comparison was made, it became bright as day.

T: Strong honey up front, and it defines the taste pulls well into the finish and aftertaste. Lots of fruitiness throughout: pears, apricots, apples. It reminds me of a Belgian-style pale, frankly; I kept looking for spice, but I didn't find anything. I had a hard time tasting the wheat, but I did taste that dry-erase marker I smelled in the nose. Kind of off-putting.

M: Fluffy and light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. A fairly lingering finish that, despite the honey, isn't too cloying. Of course, the dry-erase marker / solvent is a deal-breaker.

D: This was not a great beer.

Arbitrator, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bomber from emacgee...

pours an odd color of hazy orange amber on the paler side of copper with a soft white head.

strong aroma of honey followed by estery floral bananas, wheat, malt, earth and finally something sour akin to apple cider when it is left too long and allowed to ferment. maybe sourwood honey IS really sour? that noticeable?

that same rotten apple juice character carries over into the flavor. eventually i can overlook it to notice flavors of earthy honey, orange, bananas,clove, a ton of flowers and dusty wheat. it's got a sour floral (not the good kind) finish that never disappears and by the end starts to make my stomach hurt. even if it tasted good it would be a bit one dimensional?

medium body though not cloying or sticky. seems odd given the prior reviews? it's got a massive amout of honey flavor yet none of the sweetness. very strange... this thing's a rotted mess. perhaps a flawed bottle?

on the positive side the alcohol is never allowed to be tasted... only felt in the limbs as they go numb. 6/4/4/3/8/2.5

hellbilly, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 11/25/08.

Pours a golden orange color with a thin half-finger of whitish head. The head disappeared quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is strong with wheat and malt, and a fair amount of rubbing alcohol.

Taste has a lot of light citrus (orange peel, lemon), wheat, sweet malt, and a touch of fruity sweet honey. Some spice (coriander, clove) and banana as well. A bit too sweet for me. The rubbing alcohol from the aroma makes an appearance again in the taste. (Note: I have not actually tasted rubbing alcohol, but the taste is what I would expect from rubbing alcohol based on the smell.) The taste is too medicinal and boozy.

Feel is medium-full bodied and slightly low on the carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol, and there's a lingering alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is low - between the unpleasant taste and the high ABV (11%) it's just not easy to drink.

Overall, I'm not impressed by this. The taste is overly ridden with alcohol and too medicinal.

bkilpatr, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: nice copper orange, no head lasted at all.

smell: honey and other sweet baked goods

taste: WTF... this weak and honey aspect was horrible. overpowered and had no wheat body whats so ever.

mouthfeel: heavy and thick

drinkability: It's too expensive not to finish but not looking forward to the rest of the glass.

CampusCrew, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of jthor018
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: No head. Pours the color of dark honey.
S: Distinct smells of honey and alcohol. Almost reminds me of moonshine mead.
T: Honey and alcohol. Maybe a banana too.
M & D: Feels okay in the mouth. I probably will try this one more time just to make sure this wasn't a messed up bottle.

jthor018, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Magery, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of deapokid
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Wheatwine!

Pours a copper color with no head and limited carbonation. The liquid is quite still and it seems to be glowing when held to light. The name certainly matches the look.

Aroma is perfumy with honey and alcohol making the biggest impression. Floral notes also peak out a bit (i.e. chamomile), but they're overshadowed by the sweetness.

Flavor profile sways between bubble gum, honey, wheaty notes (banana esters), candy sugar and dark fruit. It reminds me of Double Bubble crossed with a Belgian yeast.

The boozy sting and dryness is very pronounced, as is a nearly cloying sweetness. The only thing keeping it afloat is that the dryness and sweetness interestingly juxtapose each other.

Although this is certainly an original effort, its sweetness is rather off-putting. That coupled with a high ABV make this a hard beer to choke down.

deapokid, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle dated best by Nov. of an unspecified year. Probably the last bottling of this. Poured into a CBS snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden amber body. No head. No bubbles. Lots of legs. Looks sweet.

Smell - Honey and sugars dominate. Lots of light malts. Booze. Some hops. But it's all an afterthought to a sweet malt base.

Taste - Wheat is really an afterthought to this beer. Lots of ridiculously sweet malts. No complexity. Some harsh grainy aspects from the wheat. It's not pleasant to drink. Finishes sweet and just a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - Sugary. Sweet and thick. Boozy still. Ugh. Nothing off about it, but just really sweet and one-dimensional.

Overall - Nothing interesting here. A glass of sugar. Some wheat comes through but it's mostly sugar. I'm glad they discontinued this.

Alieniloquium, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/23/11
*From notes

-- Thanks, Johnny Boy --

A: Unfiltered. It's quite a dark amber, with uninviting white, chunky floaties everywhere. A hefty pour yields a mere .5 finger head and no lacing.

S: It smells like mead. An overwhelming amount of honey fills my nostrils from the get-go.

T: Extremely sweet. And hot too - the alcohol on this thing is brash and unbalanced. It literally burns my windpipe on the way down. The wheat really comes through on the finish, which I don't feel pairs all too well with the honey. The more I drink, the harder it gets to put back, as it's simply too sweet.

M: For a beer this big, it's disappointing. Too sharp - the carbonation is forced a little too hard. The body is thin and flabby, allowing all of the brew's warts to show through.

O: Terrapin's Gamma Ray isn't one of the better wheatwines I've had, as it's way too sweet. The one note honey profile, thin body and icky appearance made it an easy choice to share with the ol' drain.

I don't foresee myself returning to this one, and recommend you look elsewhere as well.

Rhettroactive, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle courtesy of Ding!

I'm pretty fond of Wheatwines so that's my warning to others..

It looks like the best by, judging from the notches, is the second week of June but what year is a mystery. A hearty brew at 11%abv, it *should* be good if bottled in the last few years, I reckon.

A BIG emphasis on honey on the label, it pours a cloudy honey colour, small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine layer, a tiny bit of lacing. All foam and lacing quit shortly after the pour.

The smell is BUBBLEGUM! I'd expect some baseball cards to go with it; some of the old timers would get the reference. Some light notes of wheat come through but it's tough to get by the BG.

Bubblegum in the flavour as well, big time, lots of sweetness as well. I'd guess a bit could be contributed to honey but I don't think it's the major supplier of the sweet. I could be wrong. Anywho, I'm finding it way way overly sweet with no counter balance at all. The alcohol is also sledgehammering me. Some fruitiness here as well. Not a bad thing. Just doesn't solve the problem my palate is having with this brew. Damn.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. It feels ok so no problems there.

Drinkability? The sooner I finish this bottle the better. It's not a joy to drink for me at all and I figure I'll give myself a pat on the back if I *do* finish it. I guess it isn't my favourite sample of the style, eh?

Bitterbill, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of jcompton
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy orange-yellow with absolutely no head. Maybe it was too cold when I poured it.

S-smells of juicy fruit. similar to a wit, but definitely sweeter

T-it tastes like a sweeter and higher alcohol than normal wit beer. the spices are the first thing that hits the palate. a sweetness and once again juicy fruit with a slight alcohol burn. I won't be having more than 1 in a sitting due to the sweetness.

M-this beer has little carbonation and a medium body

D-drinkability is pretty low for this style. This is much closer to an imperial wit/white than a wheatwine. all other wheatwines that I've had were closer in style to a barleywine than a hefe or wit. i wasn't in the mood for a wit. not a bad beer, just in the wrong genre.

jcompton, Oct 08, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

hollywood_15063, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of mondegreen
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Terrapin Shaker Pint.

A: Clear golden orange with little to no head. No lacing at all.

S: Strong esters. Like a strong hefewizen with some heavy Belgian notes. I really want to smell the citrus and honey I've read about in other reviews, but it just isn't there.

T: My first thought is Belgian yeast. It tastes reminds me of a Saison that I brewed with Abbey yeast last spring, but heavier. Not really what I was expecting. The spice and banana flavors overpower everything and the alcohol peeks through. It has gotten better as it has warmed, but I am not a fan.

M: Somewhat thick with low carbonation.

D: I came very close to drainpouring this. I was standing over the sink ready to let it go, but I didn't. Why? It's not necessarily a bad beer; I just don't really like it so much. At least I only bought a single...

mondegreen, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Suds
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a moderately dark, honey-gold color. It has a small head, slight haze, and a very alcoholic smell. There is a strong scent of honey, booze, and a bit of pale malt. Not much wheat is present in the smell. The taste, though, has a slick-sweetness, backed with some wheat twang. The sweet honey and alcohol is really over the top, and the beer becomes cloying. After the first few drinks, this is not an easy beer to drink. It's not overly complex, and it lacks balance. The beer is full in body, and a bit heavy. Interesting, but not for me.

Suds, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of lasting head. The aroma is a potent assault of banana and booze. Off putting at first yet strangely attracting. The taste will tell the story...

...and, the taste is also quite string. Straight banana flavor, like I just peeled a fresh one and took a bite. Some notes of bread and sweet caramel malt. Not as much booze as the nose suggested.

The body is thin. Overall, this is just an odd beer. Wheatwine is a delicate style I think, and this one just doesn't quite cross that threshold to make it worthwhile

alcstradamus, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got a few bottles of this from several different BA's. Thanks to all of you. Poured from a bottle in my CCB snifter.

A: Mostly clear golden orange, No head, tiny lace ring.

S: Hot and spicy banana, oranges, nail polish, some sweet malts. Smells like a barley wine mixed with a heffe.

T: Flavors follow the nose pretty well. Lots of hot boozy bananas. Hints of spices, oranges, sweet toffee malt.

M: Medium to light body with very light carbonation.

D: Overall this is a hot booze bomb. I will sit on the rest of my bottles for a few years. This will be a struggle to get through.

beerwolf77, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of ummswimmin
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this bottle down in Florida, and I wanted to try something different.

I poured this into a pint glass. It was an amber color with almost no head, just a tiny bit of film.

In the bouquet I get honey and wheat. There is some vinous quality. On the side of the glass this beer was pretty sticky.

The taste is a mouthfull of sweetness; almost like a cross between mead and beer. That said, I really don't like this beer. It isn't pleasant. The flavor was really heavy, like a punch to the face.

ummswimmin, Nov 22, 2011
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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.