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Terrapin Gamma Ray - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

459 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 44
Gots: 38 | 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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 10.8% ABV, Best by Mo. 2, Wk 4 Notched on the label.

Huge thank-yous to senior Onenote81 for this beer!

A - The Gamma Ray poured out with vigor giving it a low white head. Also low is the retention with a white ring above the totally hazed deep golden-honey color.

S - A crisp wheat aroma and a heavy-handed helping of barley burst out in the nose all complimented by a rich honey sweetness. A spicy and fruity yeasty ester aroma adds to the complexity of this beer. Light mango and strawberry with bubble gum banana and a lemony citrus from a low, crisp hops too. Deeply complex and inviting aroma from this beer.

T - There is the booze. I was wondering where it was hiding. Not too hot or solventy at all, it's a touch warm and a nice addition to the complexities of this brew. A lot of sweet honey. Natural though, not artificial in flavor. Wheat and rich pale malts too. The yeast again creates some esters of spiciness and fruit. Mango and melon with that light banana bubblegum too. A tiny kiss of hops at the finish adds the complementary lemony citrus zest. It's a deep beer with fantastic flavor.

M - Sweet and full-bodied , it's borderline syrupy with a rich and full mouthfeel that turns spicy and war at the end. It foes down smooth despite it's ample carbonation.

D - A great wheatwine and a complex, fun example of the style, this beer has me saying, "I like turtles." Seriously, it's a good wheatwine that'll go down well but knock your socks off. Well done Terrapin! Also, I love the comic book art to the bottle [Not the one shown]. Very cool!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:03:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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qchic

Maryland

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

Pours a bright amber with peach highlights. The head dissipates considerably, but not surprisingly for a wheat wine. Smells big and wheaty, with plenty of earthy tang, herby citrus, and clove. Also in the aroma are sweet apple and pears. The pear and clove are the first flavors that jump out at me. The honey sweetness border on being syrupy, but at 11%, that is to be anticipated. If you're planning on having one beer, this is certainly a way to make it count. Alcohol is hidden well in the flavor, but does give the beer a warming effect. The heft and lower carbonation keep the drinkability in check. Enjoyable and satisfying in moderation. Worth trying to mix things up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 20:59:44 | More by qchic
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a recent shipment from hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Poured into an 8oz. snifter.

Appearance: Looks oily and very cloudy. Body is a mix of honey and apricot in terms of color. A small white head formed initially, but is hardly worth mentioning as it disappeared within seconds. Faint streams of carbonation can be seen around the edges of the glass. No lacing.

Smell: Loads of honey and wheat! Holy crap! Banana and alcohol esters find their places in there as well, but they're much milder. Pretty damn strong; almost like potpourri. Not all too pleasant unfortunately.

Taste: That's better. Honey and wheat combine together pretty nicely in the taste - not too overpowering. Clove and banana add to the mix, and the beer finishes with a spicy alcoholic kick. This is pretty good, but the hops are absent and it's too much like a hefeweizen in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Oily and fairly heavy with velvety carbonation. Nice mouth coating with just the right amount of alcoholic dryness. Some good prickliness to boot. This is definitely my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability: Too wheaty for a wheat wine. I know that sounds funny, but I felt like I was drinking an imperial hefeweizen. I would have loved some more hops and barley wine characteristics. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 03:26:06 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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aubuc1

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet. Pours a hazy orangy brown with a thin head.

Smell is a big sweet grapey and banana.

Taste is a smooth wheaty beer with banana and bubble gum. No alcohol taste.

Thick mouthfeeland very high drinkability considering the booze. Very impressed with this beer. I didn't expect too much but was wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:56:27 | More by aubuc1
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dukedevil0

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with Murchmac, thanks man!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orangy shade of yellow with not much white bubbly head that settles down to just a rim.

S: Lots of honey, wheat, candi sugar, bubblegum, bananas

T: It's acutally a pretty unique blend of flavors, similar to the smell, a lot of honey and wheat with subtleties of candi sugar, bubblegum and banana

M: Nice and full bodied, but a little lower carbonation than I expected, which wasn't bad

D: A little sweet to be amazingly drinkable, but the flavor is good and there's no alcohol in the flavor if you ask me....over time it just gets a little too much for me

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:06:05 | More by dukedevil0
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a very hazy golden-straw color, with a thin but persistent off-white cap on top. Very nice stickage.

Nose is packed with cloves, some banana, vanilla, lots of higher alcohols and some clearly present honey sweetness as well, and just a bit of graham cracker. Like a heavily spiced banana-pudding. From what I've seen there are two takes on wheatwines - one is to make a barleywine with yeast, one is a super-strength weizenbock-like beer with a heavy emphasis on the German yeast flavors. This is certainly in the latter category.

Taste is unexpected. Leading off is the big vanilla presence laced with cloves, lots of spicy alcohol, and a metric ton of honey sweetness, though with a lightness from how fermentable the honey is. Not cloying, but not exactly balanced either. Not as impressive as I had hoped from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is undercarbonated and a bit syrupy. Could use a nice boost in that area. Probably the weakest aspect of the beer for me.

Drinkability, between the big alcohol, the flat-ish mouthfeel, and the sweetness is a bit hindered. This strikes me as an odd choice for a summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 19:10:43 | More by JohnQVegas
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CampusCrew

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 23:15:01 | More by CampusCrew
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Terrapin Gamma Ray
Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Wheatwine
ABV: 11.00 %
reviewed 10/26/09 bottle > snifter glass

Label states "wheatwine ale brewed with honey" 12oz bottle from a "monster beer tour" 4 pack.

I must state a few things related to this review to help the reader. I am a big fan of wheat brews in general and have reviewed more wheat beers than most others styles to date. I am also a homebrewer who brews wheat, honey wheat and wheatwine style ales. I have created some pretty solid honey wheat ales and wheatwines with consistency. This is my first review of a commercially available wheatwine, but I do know what is a good example of the style from homebrew experience and judging (in examples up to 10% abv). This terrapin offering missed the mark a bit IMHO. It's a bit to boozy, could use a bit more wheat backbone and possible some more hops to balance the subtle cloying profile. It's not a bad brew, but it is not the best example of the style in my opinion. I do respect Terrapin for making this style as it seems pretty rare and it's one of my personal favorties styles.

This one surprisingly has a lot in common with OBP2 - "OBP Squared". It seem more Pilsner like than wheat based. I would have expected more wheat character. I later learned that Weyerbacher 14 is a much better example than what I was expecting (14 is my next review).

On to the review....
A 3.0 - Nice and clear golden honey color. 1 finger foamy head that is gone quick, short retention and no lace (perhaps the abv?). I would expect more head retention from a wheat and have seen great retention in wheatwines up to 10% abv, just not in this one...
S 3.0 - Subtle on aromas. Mild boozy-ness along with sweet malt aromas, seems very similiar to malt liquor in aromas (Abita Andygator, OBP2)
T 3.0 - Tastes as it smells. Malty/honey sweetness with some hints of spice and boozy-ness on palate. Possibly a bit to sweet for some, subtle cloying to my palate. There are no standout "bad" tastes, possibly a wee bit over done in sweetness and abv. I would prefer to taste more wheat and citrus/hop spicyness.
MF 3.5 Med-thin body for this "big" beer. Very honey slick mouthfeel on palate with medium carbonation. Slickness works well IMHO for this beer.
Drinkability is a 3.0. This beer is not a bad brew, it's just not a good example of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 13:13:57 | More by unclejimbay
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had a somewhat orangey color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was almost no head or lacing to speak of.

S: A sweet smell of citrus, malt and honey.

T: Tasted of malt, banana and citrus up front, with lots of honey in the finish. Very sweet, almost doesn't taste like a wheatwine. Alcohol is not very noticable.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A nice, drinkable beer that wasn't exactly what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 12:37:04 | More by avalon07
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dpittard

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy golden to cloudy amber depending on the light with a white head that vanishes pretty quickly.

The nose contains spices, fruit (citrus and banana) and sweetness -- probably from the honey!

Banana and citrus rushes the palate immediately followed by bitterness and sweetness. It is quite the tasting contrast to be honest! Gamma Ray finishes with a slight bitterness that asks to be satiated with the next draw.

Overall, the beer is average to slightly above average. If I were in the mood for a bitter/sweet, crisp beer, I would definitely consider this beer again!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:37:23 | More by dpittard
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a cloudy ruby tinted red/orange with a small head and little lace. An intense honey and caramel malt smell, tad bit of roasted, along with yeast/wheat twang and some citric hops. Excellent combo as this beer is light bodied with a very smooth flow - has a yeasty, nutty taste like a wheat beer as well as fruit notes including some citric hopiness and clove spiciness with some honey in it as well such as a farmhouse ale with sweet malts like caramel in there as well. A great sipper to have at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 14:31:43 | More by clayrock81
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a brilliant gold with a thin head that fades almost immediately. No lacing.

Nose - Sweet. Wheat, honey, banana, light fruit.

Taste - The banana is front and center, with hints of wheat, honey and other light fruits. Definite sweetness. Definite aftertaste that I'm not entirely crazy about.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - I found this expceptionally drinkable, especially considering the ABV! Goes down very easily.

All in all, I enjoyed this beer immensely. One of the most drinkable high ABV beers I've ever had. If I ever find this available, I intend to keep a few on hand. I was higly impressed. Reminds me of a sweet white wine.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:23:54 | More by Mavajo
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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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apbarwood

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A luminous orange color with little head and just a wisp of lace. The aroma is the best feature with a powerful blast of sweet Bazooka gum, honey, and a bit of banana creaminess. The aromas follow through on the flavor with a big bubble gum flavor that leads to a sugary honey quality. The finish is a bit sticky and borders on the unpleasant but not so bad as to be undrinkable. I think a decent food pairing would help a lot. This was my first wheat/barley wine style so I'm not totally sure how this fits in the mix but I definitely enjoyed it and would deem it worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 04:48:46 | More by apbarwood
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thryn

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clarity in this reddish-gold honey colored brew. A small white head fades quickly and there is little lacing.

Huge banana, clove and honey aroma.

Oh, this is nice on the palate -- *if* you like swwet. It's spicy right up front, with a ton of banana and honey flavor, some clove, some booze. But for strength, the booze is nicely hidden. Hops provide enough bitterness to keep the powerful sweetness of this brew in check. Very nice.

Somewhat heavy and creamy in the mouth. A bit slick from the ABV. Minimal carbonation.

The sweetness makes one enough; you might even wish you'd split it with someone. But it's very good, nonetheless. This will be an occasional treat to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 06:57:39 | More by thryn
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap, original release vintage (~10/2008) at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with a hint of wheat twang. The aromas from the honey seem sweeter than they do fresh and have lost a bit of earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Husky caramel malt and wheat flavors up front segue into a syrupy sweetness midway through the sip. The ending is fairly clean and leaves a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed the aged version however I think the fresher beer has more pop. Worth a shot either way.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 19:46:56 | More by glid02
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wyattshotmaker

Ohio

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

poured into a snift with a white head that dissipated after a couple minutes,nice orange color. smell has alot of banana,medicinal phenols,and honey.

taste has big fruity esters,bit of medicinal phenols midway through. the flavor and some of the sweetness from honey in the finish.very subtle bitterness in the finish.only moderate alcohol in the finish.

the beer is pretty sweet,however it offers more in terms of flavor than just sweetness. would make a good dessert beer, pretty good drinkability despite it's 11% abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:57:45 | More by wyattshotmaker
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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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joepais

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending this my way in a resent trade. A 22 oz bottle split with some friends at lunch. Pored into tulips it produced a short lasting head that settled to almost nothing but with a little work you could get it back. The body of the brew was an incredible orange/apricot in color.

A big sweet honey note up front in the aroma with a little fruit thrown in. the flavor is Honey throughout as well I'm guessing the bottle had some age but the sweetness of the flavor is almost to much the last warm swig was like licking a spoon of honey. The feel in my mouth was the light side of medium with light carbonation. The 11% alcohol was no where to be found except in the after effect.

This was a good sipper; I would love another to cellar a little longer this time

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 02:29:47 | More by joepais
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by for a quick one at the DR and found this tasty.

Pours a beutiful rusty gold, cloudy, slight carbonation with a thin lacey head.

The nose is exquisite. Bananas, honey, citrus with some grassey malt. On the tongie, nice smooth honey coats the tongue with a nice malt aftertaste.

This beer has nice mouthfeel. Easy to drink with little cloying. Good body for the style, nice balanced. Nice drinking beer, I plan to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 16:42:27 | More by garcia2a
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My experiences with 10% plus beers that aren't DIPA's or Imp Stouts has usually not been particularly pleasant, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise (especially considering that Terrapin has never done anything that i've found overly impressive).

Obvious smell of honey and bananas from the pour carries over to the taste. Feels slightly heavy, but not overly so, and is shockingly smooth going down, and never becomes more difficult to drink as you progress through the beer, which is what I was execting.

Hops are essentially nonexistant, but that's probably for the best. Only the slighest hint of alcohol, which, again, I found shocking based on the nature of the style. Overall a very pleasant surprise and the best thing i've tried from Terrapin.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 18:58:03 | More by mechamifune
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A- Gamma has a hazy orange/light tan look with some body to it, the liquid is not so thin looking. The color sort of resemble the honey that is used. A nice small white cap graced the top, minimal lacing.

S- A whole lot of sweetness going on here that's for sure. The honey is really used alot. That is backed by more sweet malt resembling candi and/or bubblegum. Some wheat tries to break through and does, but barely. some fruits such as banana.

T- This stuff is tasty. I pretty much get a mix of sweet honey and the bubblegum out of the flavor, the wheat not so much but what's there gives off some grassy tastes. The banana is there and it is a bit much. Doesent really remind me of a wine, but it should be sipped like one with the big alcohol which does not show itself at all.

M- The feel on this one is lucious smooth with just a small bite from the minimzl hop presense in this. The sweetness rules in the gamma ray so expect it to sit around for a few. This is above medium bodied with low but impressive carb for the style. The best thing about the feel of this has to do with the 11% not coming into play at all.

D- Split the bottle but a whole bottle may be in the bullpen in the future. I really enjoyed this and took my time with it. Im always looking to try a wheat wine with alot of wheat presense but the honey really rules that out in this version, which is not a bad thing, just something different. A good drink to pair up with some food, I think by itself it could get old after a while. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 20:41:32 | More by BARFLYB
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Orange/Gold cloudy nectar into my Sam Adamns Perfect Pint Glass. It has an inch or so of rich creamy head. The first sniff I'm getting bananas, alcohol, oven baked biscuits. I can't wait to dive into this. The beer is so rich, almost like a banana bread. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. The honey sweetens this nicely and its not too overdone. The carbonation is very soothing and makes your mouth long for another pull. Its a very tasty concoction. This is definitely a winner in my book. Thanks to Jyounger30 for the hook up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 21:11:34 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle (when it was a side project). Drank it a while back when they first released it, but thought I'd let it sit for some time to see how it mellowed. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with just a slight reddish hue, big frothy white head initially but diminishes to a ring around the glass. Aroma is pale malts, honey, bubblegum (after it warms), and yeast. Flavor is fruity like a barleywine, honey, alcohol, yeast, and maybe a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, creamy, and fairly bitter on the finish. The alcohol is still around, didn't mellow as much as I thought. This one is good, definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:35:59 | More by mtstatebeer
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: Pours an opaque honey-tangerine color with a creamy and stiff white head that settles quickly to a thin layer over the top. Spotty lacing, decent head retention across the snifter.

S: Huge fruitiness, a sweet and soft citrus rush coupled with some tangy wheat notes, sweetness from the honey, toasted grain, and a vinous-like smell akin to a crisp white wine.

T&M: Incredibly sweet, with bold notes of clove, sweet banana and orange, bubblegum, some notes of honey, and a mineral-like finish that showcases some alcohol. This is a massively huge wheat beer, huger even than DFH's Red & White. Body is super smooth and big, very enjoyable.

D: One to sip slowly, for sure. High in alcohol and huge on flavor, Gamma Ray ought to be savored, not gulped.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 02:22:51 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.