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

Got this bottle as an extra from a great trader in Athens, Ga.

A-Light copper/amber color, almost looks like a very light pinkish. No head on the pour and no lacing to speak of.

S-Bananas and candy. Alcohol is very present.

T-Tart bananas, candy sugars, good alcohol bite. Warm and soothing.

M-Slightly sticky and the warmth stays around after swallowing.

D-Maybe 2. Bombers of this may get you bombed.

TasteTester, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of shivtim
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this at Twain's ($12 a bottle).
Pours out a very hazy orange with a tiny head that instantly fades. Nose is dense honey and wheat, with Belgian qualities. Taste is deep intense honey, with tangy grapefruit, a wonderful sweet/sour balance with spicy white pepper and fresh bread mixed in. Alcohol taste is completely absent. Mouthfeel is quality. Drinkability depends on how you handle that ABV. Best side project yet.

shivtim, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of daryk77
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
Photo of chaz410
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All I have to say is thank you, specifically Dustin for letting me try this phenominal beer!

I loved this beer. My second favorite beer from Terrapin next to the monster.

The nose on this beer is basically the combination of a wheat based beer, a belgian dubble, and fruity notes.

The taste is really an amplified version of the smell, it's basically like drinking a combination of a high quality banana based wheat beer with a dubble belgian with zings of fruit such as dark grapes.

I loved it, get it, you'll thank me, and terrapin

chaz410, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky golden color with not much of a head. Smell is very sweet with alot of cloves. Taste is sweeter than the taste. The honey is very pronounced in the taste with wheat, cloves, and a bready taste. Moderate, fluffy carbonation in the mouth. ABV is very well-masked in this one. Good brew from Terrapin.

jdubjacket, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted from the bomber in my 22oz Terrapin snifter.

The beer pours a hazy deep orange with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. The aroma is intensely sweet with aromas of honey, banana and clove. The flavor is also intensely sweet with from the honey. Additionally there is the flavor of bananas, cloves, spices, and caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, a decent beer. Very sweet, might have been better to share with someone else. But overall I like that they are trying something new.

MSchae1017, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woo #3. Out of my Duvel tulip, as I let a friend use my Terrapin snifter last night and haven't washed it

A - pours an incredibly hazy golden amber body with a thin film of white head. The initial head was quite small before subsiding to that

S - tons of honey fills the nostrils while aromas of wheat, banana, clove, and peppery spices show up along with some bready malt. This beer has a powerful aroma, you can totally smell it while it sits on the table next to you

T - again, the honey really jumps out. As I roll around the palate the banana starts to come out as well. Swallowing reveals the rest of the nose as listed above, and it's actually pretty awesome. This is really complex; I quite like it

M - medium bodied and incredibly creamy. Goes down very smoothly

D - well, this may have just topped Hop Shortage as my favorite Side Project so far. Terrapin has done something pretty awesome here, and I'm glad I bought multiples while at Green's. 11% ABV? Really!? You really can't tell from the nose or the taste, and this beer drinks quite well. I will definitely enjoy the rest of my stash of this, and I might pick up some more if I can. Highly recommended, and I can't wait to see what Terrapin comes up with next

ruckzuck, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle - Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange. Not the prettiest beer to look at. No carbonation, no lacing . Smells of wheat, honey, and light malt. First sip is creamy with spices and honey complimenting the wheat. Tons of complexity here. There is a lot going on, but the honey really dominates. The 11% ABV is super well hidden.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this one for a while. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright, cloudy golden amber with a small bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly to a ring leaving little lacing.

S: Wow, there is no doubt about the honey in this one. Super sweet aroma with the banana and hint of spices I expected but it was eclipsed by the huge fruity sweetness of the honey. Smells like a dessert.

T: The taste doesn't venture far away from the honey sweetness either. The bananas are present up front with a little bit of clove kick. Then the earthy honey presence starts to dominate and leaves a sweet aftertaste that lingers forever.

M: The carbonation is minimal with a sugary sweet mouthfeel that coats the mouth completely with the honey. The alcohol definitely makes it's presence felt with a slight burn on the back of the tongue.

D: This is the best of the Side Project series for me so far. It's really, really sweet but the abundance of honey really makes it distinctive. Recommended.

gford217, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a sample from Terrapin. Pours a yellow/golden that's fairly cloudy. Ample white head drops very quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is of tons of honey, a hint of spice (pepperish) faint hop character, banana, clove, and almost belgian yeast.

Flavor is very sweet. Honey is quite evident, and the clove and yeast notes overpower almost everything except the sweetness. As with many wheatwines, it's too sweet for my taste. Tons of banana flavor in the finish, and a lingering sweetness that reeks of alcohol.

Medium carbonation with so much alcohol it's thin and warming, and a long, alcoholic finish with the honey-sweetness lingering in the back of the throat.

Not super drinkable, honestly. The sweetness, alcohol, and almost overpowering banana flavoring notes in the finish... It's a bit too much. It's a well made beer, but as with hop shortage, it's not super balanced.

khiasmus, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
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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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
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