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Terrapin Gamma Ray - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

460 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 44
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sizzling brown, with lace sheets. Wheat aromas.Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability, complex, did not need the honey sweetness except for popularity. Citrus orange. Bitter more than sweet. Big booze well hidden. Bread in a bottle.Understated carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:24:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-27-2013 12:58:50 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Label states 10.8% ABV not the 11% listed on BA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a very thin 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. The first smell I am getting on this one is banana bubblegum, wheat, and some honey aromas. Taste is of banana, clove/spice, and some honey notes on the finish. There is a spice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticeable alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and one of the few wheatwines I have tried. This one definitely has a wheat beer on steroids thing going on.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:17:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-12-2011 20:01:39 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a slightly-clouded yellow with a decent white head.

S: some dryness from the wheat comes through but the overall levels of sweetness really come through with a lot of honey.

T: very sweet with a ton of honey and some very mild fruit flavors. A bit cloying.

M: medium body and somewhat syrupy.

D: really affected by the sweetness levels; not something I could really enjoy more than 4oz. or so of.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 11:17:53 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich honey gold with bumblebee borders. An attractive chunk of ivory colored cream sits atop the sunshine bright liquid, melts in fine fashion and graces the glass with tattered sheets of sea foam lace. This is exactly how a honey-added wheatwine should look.

The nose is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel without the Belgian yeast esters. It's ripe golden fruity and pale malty sweet, with a good bit of herbal-earthy hoppiness (courtesy of Perle and Mt. Hood hops). 40 IBUs is more than respectable. Despite the addition of 700 lbs of Tupelo and Sourwood honey, honey isn't appreciated per se. Here's hoping it makes an appearance on the palate.

In addition to esterless tripel, several other comparisons come to mind: high-quality malt liquor, high-quality Euro strong lager and pale-malted barleywine. Each of those is to be expected given the ingredients and the ABV. Honey adds a candi sugar-like sweetness... and still doesn't bowl me over in terms of flavor.

Specifics include pears and apples soaking in their respective fruit brandies, a surprising hint of tangy wheat and a dollop of honey. Even though there isn't a ton of character here, I tend to like this general blueprint better than some others. Check to make sure your Big Beer Lovers membership is paid up before taking the bomber home.

Alcohol is a part of the flavor profile, but it isn't raw or hot in the least. Maybe the time that has passed since the release has had something to do with that. Interestingly, the Terrapin website says that GR is now (or will be) one of their new summer seasonals. It isn't exactly a lawnmower beer, now is it?

The mouthfeel is medium-full with a hint of viscosity and a respectable amount of hang-on. The bubbles do their thing without making a nuisance of themselves. The result is no rough edges and as much smoothness as the ABV will allow.

Regarding the Side Project Series of beers, neither RoggenRauchBier (Volume 2) nor Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter (Volume 4) impressed me. Gamma Ray (Volume 3) is more in line with the rest of the Terrapin lineup in terms of quality. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm getting a fair amount of enjoyment out of the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 21:56:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Rustico Restaurant & Bar, Alexandria, VA

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of wheat and earthy hops.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of bananas and honey along with notes of wheat and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is very well hidden.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2010 00:19:26 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the Side Project #3...

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey (what else!) color with a modest head that quickly fades to a film and fails to lace

Smell: Mead-like and boozy, with a sweet apple aspect

Taste: Starts out sweet and mead-like with a growing sweet apple element that is joined, mid-palate by a lot of alcoholic warmth; after the swallow, the sweetness dominates

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and a lot of heat both during and after the swallow

Drinkability: I would have thought this one would have aged far better than it did; just way too sweet and boozy for me

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:20:50 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

alex's contribution tonight, i ended up having half this one as he could not stand it. i really did not think it was that bad to be honest, a nice and well rounded beer.

Poured a nice light burnt amber with a nice big frothy head. Great head retention and a good bit of lace on the glass. Smell was lightly hopped, but full of grain and fruit notes, apricots maybe? Lots of malt. First taste impression was very smooth, lots of carbonation and a great light feel. Slight hint of alcohol, but hardly noticeable. lots of almost sweet like honey notes in the finish and syrupy feel cap it off.

overall not ba, like i said did not steal the show but i was pleased with it overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:23:28 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy deep copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of honey and deep wheat malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet wheat malt with traces of honey without being excessively sweet in a gross way. Full body with good carbonation and alcohol is very well hidden. Way too easy to drink but still showing some great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:50:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: The nose is incredibly sweet with plenty of fruity esters. The honey is very noticeable and provides a nice sweet and floral quality. There are also some nondescript sweet fruits and possibly some banana.

T: Like the nose, there's plenty of sweetness here. The honey once again comes through as do some notes of apple and banana along with a mixed bag of other fruit flavors.

M: The body is medium with a low carbonation. However, the lack of carbonation gives it an almost syrupy feel at times.

D: A nice beer and a style that I haven't had too many of. I enjoyed the contribution of the honey to this beer and the fruitiness was unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 19:56:16 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-02-2011 15:51:32 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque (though it clears considerably upon hitting room temp), deep honey-hued body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Candyish, honey-soaked nose with a distinct, tangy, toasted wheat component and notes of spice, white wine, and chewing gum.

Taste: Both sweet and tangy, with a honey-glazed crisp wheat flavor and taste of sweetened and clove-spiced banana juice. Hint of gum and beeswax. Splash of sauvignon blanc. Restrained hop bitterness. Very slight chaff huskiness. A touch of warming alcohol on the back end. Finishes sweet and spicy with a lingering white wine taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty! I'll admit to liking it more than I thought I would. Goes down about as easy as an 11% ABV wheatwine brewed with honey possibly can.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 20:40:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-17-2011 03:16:21 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-02-2013 04:17:37 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glas a hazy auburn color with a well formed one finger white head that left patchy lace behind as it settled.A complex mix of phenolic spice and smoke to go along with notes of raisin and sweet alcohol,alomost like a spiced rum.Quite sweet on the palate,the mass quantity of honey shows itself, it gets a bit sticky after awhile, brown sugar and raisin mixed with stinging alcohol hits with a leather-like finish.Silky smooth mouthfeel to this beer but the alcohol can get to ya no doubt,still a good nitecap brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:23:45 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a hazy golden orange with minimal head. The smell is akin to a hefeweizen, with some wheat, lemon, and banana, but with an added sweet honey tone and a dash of nutmeg. The honey comes through greatly in the taste, joined by the banana, cloves, a twinge of bitterness, and an underlying bit of romaine lettuce. The body is decidedly beefy, with a low amount of carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. My first step in the wheatwine direction, and I must say I am excited to seek out others!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 07:50:44 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, orange color with gold highlights. It had a small head of white bubbly foam that left some sudsy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and a spicy heat. There were fruity notes, too (apple and pear).

T - It hits you with wheat and honey. There is a touch of banana and a good deal of spiciness and clove.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale with a potent alcohol heat.

D - This is a really good wheatwine. It is good that it was a 12oz beer, though, cause it is a strong easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 23:20:40 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, golden-orange body. The head settles quickly and leaves relatively little lace.

S - Spicy wheat with a hint of vanilla and a big yeast note of clove with banana in the background.

T - Sweet maltiness with lots of tangy wheat. Some moderate citrus and herbal hop flavors in the middle with minor clove from the yeast. The finish is full of wheat flavor along with some tangy citrus flavors and minor hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An interesting attempt at an unusual style, but not particularly drinkable. The aroma is very nice, and hints at a lot of potential in this beer, but the flavor falls flat. It is too sweet and becomes cloying and difficult to drink rather quickly. The sweetness also covers up a lot of the complexity that the aroma hints at. I would love to see a dryer version of this beer in the future, but I think this is a one-off that they won't be revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 23:45:22 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original Side Project release acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of Little Guy 2 BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, some wheat, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong honey & caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by some breadiness from wheat and a hearty malt character. There is also a strong alcohol bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are others in the style I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:41:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chad for sharing the original Side Project version of Gamma Ray. This is just over three years old now. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and negligible lace. Lightly hazed orange-yellow body.

S - Wheat, honey, some citrus notes, yeast. The alcohol that I remember from this beer seems to have disappeared and I think it's an improvement, however a lot of the spicy yeast character has also faded away.

T - Taste is again quite mellow, although a touch of alcohol shows up in the finish. Otherwise it's similar to the aroma, with cereal grains, oranges, pale malts, and a touch of honey.

M - Lower carbonation, medium-full body, slightly grainy texture. Not much alcohol heat present.

D - Well - three years certainly blunted much of the alcohol. However a lot of the complexities of the fresh beer have also been smoothed over. I still haven't a wheatwine that I've really enjoyed (unless it's been obliterated by adjuncts or bourbon barrels), so I'm guessing this style just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:15:45 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in NC

Pours orange/amber with a sliver of peach colored head. Nice viscosity to this, some lacing, zero head retention

S: Pears, white grape juice, & juicy fruit gum

T: Follows the nose up front. More of the same as this warms along with dryness, green banana & lemony hops,slight woodyness, (maybe the sour wood honey??) butterscotch/honey notes as this warms, along with some booze warmth. Finishes warming, with juicy fruit, dry with much honey notes & green banana (a bit too much IMO)

MF: Medium bodied, warming with semi-assertive carbonation.

rinks pretty easy for the ABV, but the complexity hurts a bit. This would've been better suited for January, but I couldn't resist

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 04:24:35 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Beer is cloudy and yellow with a white head that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation medium to low.

Aroma is strong and full of banana esters. Very overwhelming. Sweetness, some honey, and some wheat.

Beer is full bodied, kind of surprising. The flavor is really really sweet. There is some wheat based bitterness, nothing in the way of hops or anything else. The beer hits all sections of the palate, drinkability not so much. The high alcohol is not warming as you'd expect but the overall sweetness makes it difficult to drink. My first wheatwine, overall an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:56:19 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a goblet. Thanks to Barscream for the split on this.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin covering of foamy brite-white head. A wispy retention remains that stays fairly solid, leaving some decent swathes of lace back. The aroma starts off with some yeasty banana notes, clove, fruity esters, and floral hops before moving into some honeyed sweetness and wheat maltiness. All of that sweetness combines with some boozy accents to give off a somewhat medicinal smell.

The taste is thankfully coming off as a bit smoother to me with sweet and tangy notes of honey, wheat, and citrus, with backing accents of peppery clove, yeast, and some moderate bittering hops that pull up the back and help even out some of the sweetness. Nice. Very complex yet fluid overall on the palette, with all of the flavors being very well integrated into one another. The mouthfeel is full bodied and viscous with a pretty darn overall sleek feel to it. And that 11% ABV is terrifically well hid. Maybe some warmth creeps in towards the back of the feel but for the most part I'm getting none of it. Very nice!

I don't have a ton of experience with Wheat Wines but this was good. The alcohol in the nose was a little off-putting at first but the taste and feel were extremely well balanced and silky smooth. Complex and tasty, this was a solid sipper. Nice entry in the Side Project series.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 17:57:09 | More by Kegatron
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance a bright sun blazed amber orange haziness forms in my imperial pint glass, thick off white head forms thick floating above the body after quite the vigorous pour. Ample even intricate lacing sticks to the sides of my glass as it dwindles.

Aromatics offer up sweet bubblegum colliding with pungent honey accents very floral and nectar like sweetness. Sharp wheat accent does offer up just a touch of citrus quality among the waves of honey, labeled as a Wheat Wine I would suggest some sort of mead, to me it's more in line with something like DFH's Midas Touch. Alcohol is evident but pretty well blended among the bursts of honey with a touch of white grape skins left behind.

Flavor is a bit cloying with biscuit malts drizzled with honey and wheat sharpness, powdered yeast takes an effect as well just adding a level of chalkiness that I don't really care for. Honey and caramelized green apples and white grape tartness are ample here, a bit of over ripened banana all soaked in pretty lively alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pretty much syrup, watered down honey texture. It really clings to your palate along with a soothing alcohol burn, definitely not the smoothest heavy hitter I've ever sipped on. In fact it becomes a job to finish off one of these, full bodied with all kind of residual alcohol.

Drinkability is okay in moderation, not a beer that you will enjoy in number. I liked the flavors but the mouthfeel and alcohol did weigh me down a bit, I guess that's wheat wine. I do think some hop bitterness would have rounded out this experience so much, like Marin's version.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 15:14:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.