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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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turtlemead


5/5  rDev +33%

06-02-2012 04:46:30 | More by turtlemead
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -73.4%

05-22-2012 01:35:22 | More by SickNukes
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SteveTheBeave


3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Cumming Beverage and Growler Shop
Cumming, GA

A: Golden orange but cloudy

S: Strong banana smell, overpowering

T: Banana and spice, strong alcohol flavor

M: Medium body, near flat with low carbonation

O: Beer was average, strong alcohol flavor (11% ABV),

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 00:28:18 | More by SteveTheBeave
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-16-2012 01:27:37 | More by DrFunkenstein
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dinoedb350

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

05-06-2012 00:13:28 | More by dinoedb350
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aminobutyricacid

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-01-2012 22:33:26 | More by aminobutyricacid
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-29-2012 03:41:35 | More by Hophead101
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a very cloudy orange color with a finger and a half of crisp white head. Head quickly dies down to a half finger, but it lasts for the duration. Pretty solid lacing. Very good, loving the color and the contrast with the super white head.

S. Super sweet, with loads of honey, cherry, prune, grape, maybe some banana, and brown sugar. Notes of apple and pineapple. Basically a saccharine bomb with lots of juicy fruit.

T. Follows the nose pretty closely with honey, bread crust, brown sugar, apple, and banana. Pretty good flavor profile here. Sweetness is very aggressive, but I'm pretty sure that is too style. Booze is well-hidden for 11.0% and the fruit flavors are distinct if not strong. Quite nice.

M: This is undercarbed and a little one note. Needs a bit more complexity and some roast or grain balance to counter what is a borderline overwhelming fruit presence. The flavors are good, would just like to see them spread out more. Thick and cloying.

O: For style, this is one of the better wheatwines I have had. That being said, I wouldn't reach for this again and again. It doesn't look like many other people did either, which is why this is currently retired. Drinks a lot like carbonated fruit juice with a little booze kick, but the cloying sweetness seems appropriate for the wheatwine style. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:32:11 | More by siege06nd
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gamma Ray doesn't look all that electromagnetic or radiant. All its carbonation has since long decayed and, if not for all its cosmic particles (aka the chunks of muddy sediment) being cautiously left at the bottom of the bottle, it would look completely like sludge. As it stands, however, this golden-amber beer looks like cognac.

I've come to expect when seeing honey listed as an ingredient cloying sweetness and, more often than not, spicy alcohol vapors. This bouquet is abundant in both and features little else. Aside from a vaguely earthy and floral honey quality, the beer's aroma has a commanding presence without showcasing any redeeming flavor.

I still see liquid in my glass - and I sure as hell smell alcohol coming from it - but the flavour all seems to have disappeared. Granted, I might have over-estimated the preservative powers of Gamma Ray's honey and 11% alcohol but it's hard to imagine this ever having featured any other characteristics. This is a startlingly thin, plain and potent beer.

Gamma Ray is less a monster than it is a skeleton. There's no meat on these bones. A little less alcohol and we might have a simple quaffing golden ale. A little more alcohol and the faintness of golden raisins and orchard fruit might come to life. This is too digestif-like to be beer but too beer-like to be digestif. Complete oxidization helps nothing.

Terrapin is an excellent brewery that I'm sure had high expectations for Gamma Ray. Unfortunately, something with the recipe just didn't quite pan out. While the Savannah Bee honey has a lovely flavor that I'd hate to take away from, I think future batches will need more hops and much more malt if they are to really be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:29:19 | More by biegaman
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 03:55:45 | More by sulldaddy
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rmank

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-26-2012 17:29:13 | More by rmank
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2378GCGTG

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-26-2012 03:51:44 | More by 2378GCGTG
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-16-2012 01:56:14 | More by robieobie1
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a DC Brau tulip.

A- Poured a clear amber with minimal white head that leaves no lacing.

S- Banana bread, honey, caramel

T- Liquid banana bread with a generous amount of honey. A slight astringency lingers at the finish.

M- Thin to medium with very little carbonation.

O- A delicious offering. A little sweeter than I would normally pursue, but I would gladly make an exception to enjoy this again!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:48:25 | More by Ungertaker
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-12-2012 20:43:27 | More by UltimateLivewire
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roadhouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-12-2012 08:07:57 | More by roadhouse
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-09-2012 18:45:17 | More by OldTime
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dhep16

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33%

03-08-2012 05:55:04 | More by dhep16
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-06-2012 20:59:06 | More by carrollmel7
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ltdantheman

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-20-2012 23:12:43 | More by ltdantheman
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oldsmuggler

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-18-2012 12:32:41 | More by oldsmuggler
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-09-2012 03:49:45 | More by hippityhophead24
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danoeltico

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2012 22:15:30 | More by danoeltico
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2012 18:54:58 | More by muskiesman
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PatDreadful

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the cellar. Vintage 2/2009. Drank it on the 3 year anniversary. Poured into a DFH Chalice while listening to 'Where is my mind?' by The Pixies.

Appearance: Heavy wheat haze muddles up the the honeycomb color of the beer which is expected from the style. Very minimal head retreats rather quickly, I attribute this to the cellaring and the ABV.

Smell: Think sweet- honey, caramel, and unfermented wort (almost syrup-like) completely dominate the nose. It really lets you know what is in store.

Taste: Wow, the honey really dominates the initial taste. This slowly gives way to a very pleasant caramel malt flavor. Not heavily toasted but cooked enough to get that nice cloying sweetness out of the malt. The ABV is very well hidden as the sweetness really overpowers it, leaving it to linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation to speak of due to the extended cellaring. I think the lack of carbonation excentuates the heavy body which is slightly unpleasant. Of course, I can't blame the brewer for this.

A nice beer to drink on a winter evening while looking forward to spring. High ABV warms while the wheat gets you thinking of the spring.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:28:47 | More by PatDreadful
Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.