Gamma Ray APA - Beavertown Brewery

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Gamma Ray APAGamma Ray APA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beavertown Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 01-24-2013

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by wl0307:
Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 06/14, served lightly-chilled.

A: murky dark amber colour, coming with low level of carbonation & a thin fluffy head.
S: aromatic Cascade-like hops abound, with citrus & flowery scent as well as ripe guava & “stinky” yeasts &/or pale malts.
T: leather-ish stinky esters come in abundance, on top of pale malts & a rather restrained fruity hop backbone. Not quite bitter in the end, but a touch of acidity is not to be missed.
M&O: softly carbonated, med-bodied, not very hoppy and a somewhat yeasty take on the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Cloudy gold in colour, smells of citrus and floral hops with a hint of malt. Earthy and fresh hops dominate the flavour palate on this APA. Hoppy with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (unprinted). Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Cool label; described as an American pale ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with plenty of floating sediment and low carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of mandarine, lime, citrus, white grape, melon, guava, grass/hay, light caramel malt and earthy yeast. Fruity and delicious.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, white grape, guava, grass/hay, earthy yeast, subtle grainy malt, stewed hops and a twinge of funk. Well-attenuated, followed by a hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Hop oils tease the palate, though the CO2 could be livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, spicy bitterness and earthy yeast.

Pretty good - a nice little APA. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by bright, fruity hops and dry yeast notes. Body is OK; shame about the carbonation. Some extra spritz would be good. Goes down easily - worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. Much different labelling than the graphic here. Good frothy head. Aroma very hoppy. Taste excellent. Now available in off licences in Midlands Ireland. Would I buy again, yes definitely

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and citrus-like hops by the truckload with soft clean malt underneath.
Flavours are just as hoppy. More citrus, spicy notes and some pine. More clean malt underneath in a supporting role.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Nonic glass. Bright gold, clear appearance. White & close crown. Intense citra aroma as well as hay, grass, pale malts & bread hues. Sweet malty upfront yields to increasing citric & floral biterness. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture & pine neddles on to the palate. Citric astringency & bitter finish. Slight resinous aftertaste.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange colour. Good head and lacing. This smells very hoppy with orangey citrus notes. This beer has a nice malt backbone and a very bitter finish. It could easily be considered an American syle IPA in my opinion. It is, perhaps, more bitter than Punk IPA for instance. Absolutely delicious. very well hopped with an excellent level of malt. Abv is very low for a beer of such high taste levels. A great English take on an American Pale Ale and definitely overlapping with some self described IPAs. Comparable in excellence to Kernel Brewery Pale Ales. My favourite so far from this brewery.

My mark out of one hundred would be 90.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewing + Distilling Convention, Dublin.

Creamy solid off white head that laces over red-kissed gold.
Orange creamsickle nose with a bit of resin.
Cookie dough and loads of round sweet (Amarillo?) orange hops.
Oddly musty end and mildy bitter peel linger.
Soft, slight chew, light to medium.

Magnum, Columbus, Bravo, Amarillo.

Creamy, easy orange loveliness. Good hop presence for the strength. The fusty tang is the only thing keeping it from perfect (perhaps from Bravo?) Seriously, though, tastes mostly like a Creamsicle.

Update: Website currently lists Citra and Calypso, too - wonder if this recipe has changed.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Expires August 2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, peach, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and peach flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruit forward hop characteristics.

Photo of josanguapo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From XXXII. Playing KB Dark Side. In Duvel glass. Great aroma. The feel is very dry, not bad but not my perfect kind of feel

Photo of oldglory78
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Decent APA. Hoppy and decent head and lacing.

Photo of flyingpig
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Uto Beer at Borough Market, London (330ml, £3.50):
Hazy golden amber with a thin, half centimetre, bubbly white head that holds for a few minutes.

Hoppy citrus aroma and some good bitter notes along with a floral base and some fresh tropical fruits, mainly apricot and mango with some lighter grapefruit.

I thought the bitterness was going to overpower everything initially but in actual fact this faded away as the beer was swallowed. All the usual suspects from the aroma were present, notably the pine hops, a mix of tropical fruits and some lighter floral notes.

Medium & smooth with minor citrus tang, a lot of bitterness yet still not as much as the nose suggested and a dry, fruity finish with a good balance.

Has the usual bitterness and tropical fruits I am accustomed too but with less grapefruit that usual. The bitterness, didn't carry through to the taste as well as I'd have liked but this one is still a nice beer and made for easy drinking.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a hazy dark golden colour with a decent white head. Nice lacing.

Smells hop forward: a sinus clearing piney freshness.

Taste reflecting the smell, hops: pine, citrusy fruits; with a decent level of light, sweet malts balancing it out.

Overall a pretty decent beer.

Photo of Goldfax
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Loads and loads of Hops but not overpowering. In my top 5

Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Gravity halfpint at the London Drinker festival.

A: Clear amber body, one-finger white head. Good retention, light lace. Ok.

S: Purely hoppy, with a good mix of herbal, vegetal notes and brighter, fruitier citrus aromas. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose at first, but with the emphasis squarely on the earthy, vegetal hop notes. A bit spicy on the long, bitter finish. What fruit their is shows up as it warms, and is overripe and heavy. It's all right, but definitely overly heavy in the end.

M: Smooth, soft, creamy medium body. Decadent.

O: I had high hopes for this one, and at first it appeared to be satisfying them, but the more I drank it the less I enjoyed it. Still a good beer, just not a great one.

Cheers!

Photo of TheMissingDrink
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review posted on themissingdrink.com

Visual: Hazy pale amber. Creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose: Citrus hops, floral undertones, with hints of resin. Lots of pine.

Taste: Bitter, piney hops. Earthy herbal notes. Slightly sour citrus flavours. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy quality. Finish is odd – simultaneously dry and sticky.

Gamma Ray APA from Beavertown Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.