Atomic Pale Ale | Gage Roads Brewing Company

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Atomic Pale AleAtomic Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADZA on 10-16-2010

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 42
Photo of Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Deep gold with orange tinge. off white head. aromas of citrus, slight pine needles and malt. Very dry mouthfeel. Very enjoyable and worth a try.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured in Pint glass.
Nice retro/minimalist look label.

Look: Pours a cloudy mid-amber with half a finger of head which dissipates quickly.
plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: a not over powering citrus. Smells good.

Taste: smooth. citrus straight up. a hint of rock mellon and biscuit but not a lot of after taste.
not cloying which is good.
refreshing. an easy all night drinker.

Feel: very crisp with a smooth, silky finish as it makes its way over your tongue. Enjoyable.

Overall: great citrus smell with a great citrus flavor to follow.
Very refreshing so a great summer ale although I'm drinking it in winter and its still just as nice. Definitely buy again.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a tall 330mL solid brown bottle with a pretty cool retro label. I like the name too.

Appearance: pours a mid-amber in colour with plenty of visible carbonation. A one-finger white head fizzes away to a thin cap.

Aroma: a pleasant citrus aroma with light biscuit malt and cereals. Decent.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, cereals, biscuit malts with a touch of caramel. Not mind-blowing, but a really nice all-round and refreshing beer.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time before dropping away - lucky this one is so sessional.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in feel with a moderate- to-high fine carbonation. Nice.

Overall: a great all-round pale ale. Not massively complex, but good quality citrus, cereal and biscuit malts. Great for a price of AU$45 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2014). Fantastic value.

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Photo of baumaxx1
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Copper colour and clear. No visible carbonation with a moderate head when poured, which dissipates quickly to leave a thin residue.

Smell -
Hints of pine and floral characteristics. A weak aroma.

Taste -
Clean, dry and straightforward. It initially has a biscuit-malty characteristic with a hint of yeast . Finishes slightly bitter with grapefruit notes, and the hops are the most noticeable flavour. It has a slightly metallic aftertaste which doesn't stick around for long. This beer doesn't have a lot of complexity and its flavours are quite subdued overall.

Mouthfeel -
On the lifeless side. It has a slight tingle and a little bit of bite when swallowed, but on the flat side compared to other beers. Swishing it around doesn't result in any extra zing, but it will froth slightly. Watery texture.

Overall -
The old man bought a carton of this to try as an everyday beer, to see if we could do any better than Coopers Pale Ale at the lower end of the price scale. I can see this being visitor friendly beer; it has a clean but mild taste, is on the easy to drink side of beers and a cold one is quite refreshing on a warm day. It also doesn't sit in the stomach as heavily as some other beers. However, I'll take the Coopers over this still any day since it has more personality. The Atomic APA is quite a subdued and safe beer; nothing about it really stood out at me and I found myself struggling to pick out its characteristics as its aroma and taste is on the weak side. It tastes fine and fresh, but lacks personality.

Note: Have this one out of a glass. I found it too doughy straight out of the bottle.

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Photo of drpimento
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not too bad, for me, if they could fine tune the flavor some, that would vastly improve the beer. Poured at a good temperature with a thick, stable, off-white head and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is fresh beer with malt and mild hop and toffee. Flavor's like nose, but some harsh mineral qualities and medicinal show up. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and unfortunately the bad flavors tend to linger.

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Photo of Breeza
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A: Pours a clear golden colour, creamy off white/beige head which is thick and lasts a while. Small amount of carbonation.

S: Yeasty and hoppy, slight metallic undertone. Smells slightly like Vegemite.

T: Hops and not much else.

M: Thin and watery.

O: This beer would be ok icy cold for sessions, and I would have it again but it not much of a stand out.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness and a bit of citrus and spice.

T: Taste of Caramel sweetness with a touch of spice and bit of fruit in the background. Mild bitteriness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and easy.

O: Decent drinker but could use a bit more character.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 Bomber from a BWS in Surfers Paradise. I'm guessing this isn't overly popular for the frat boy market.

A - Poured what seemed golden in a poorly lit hostel common room with what I'm assuming is a filthy glass. Bright. One finger loose white head gone fast. Good carbonation. No lace and a tiny island of film for retention.

S - Citrus, mango. Kinda mild.

T - A nice blend of really juicy tropical fruits and a touch of sweetness to start, but there's definitely a sugary sweetness in the flavour.

M - No real bitterness, good carbonation, light body.

O/D - Really easy to drink but nothing too out of the box for the Australian market. Good, but unimaginative. Not complex.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last of the Gage Roads left to try with the biggest potential to disappoint as it is a style I am quite fond of (American Pale Ale), and I WILL be comparing it to the best APA's I've had so be warned Gage Roads.

Poured from a 640ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear tangerine body with a big foamy white head that fizzles down to a thin lacing. Big bubbles, a good or bad sign? For the style it's not typical but maybe it works with this brew.

S: Muted citrus/pine hops with a hint of caramel grain base. No where near as strong as an actual American (i.e. made in America) Pale Ale, another half-hearted Australian brewer attempt at the style thus far.

T: Picks up a bit here. Yet it does still remain far too restrained to compare with a good APA. Flavours are citrus/pine hops upfront, caramel grain mid-palate and finishes with a hint of hop bitterness. Easy to drink and not in the least bit as complex as it's American cousins.

M: Creamier than expected carbonation and a mid to light body.

D: This is one beer that I find myself straining to taste, and for the style that's never a good thing. Appears to be "An Introduction to American Pale Ales" sort of beer and if you're new to craft beer that could be a good thing; unobtrusive beers are what got me started in my love for craft beer, however the market is flooded already with these brews and my personal feeling is that this beer has the base of a decent APA without the bombast that makes APA's such a great style. Missed opportunity.

Food match: Would work well the Aussie summer BBQ fare: minute steaks, coleslaw, potato salad, snags (sausages), you name it.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No BB. Bomber from Danno's.

Pours a pale gold. One finger head in one shared glass, two finger head in other. Odd looking soft-drink like bubbles cling to side of glass.

Aromas are muted. Hint of citrus.

Taste is also a little reserved and dull. Citrus is in the mix, and hops on back palate but its struggling to liven up.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Some unwanted zing.

Not sure what is going on here - not really displaying any true APA characteristics.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small, fading head.
Nose shows faint nutty malt, soft fruity hops, and a little bit of caramel too.
Some caramel shows as a flavour too, along with some faint spicy hops followed by a mild bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
2.89/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber but comes out quite transparent. The head is disappointingly thin and it disappears far too quickly.

Only some very light floral hops on the nose with some maltiness coming through.

The malt is continued up front in the taste followed by slightly citrus Bitter but without any real character – some possible cinnamon spice on the aftertaste. The tastes all seem a little confused, and without any real strength of flavour, are very hard to differentiate.

Fairly light bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation – more noticeable due to lack of flavours.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear, small foamy head and minimal lacing, orange in colour. Illegible date mark on bottle.

S - Weak aroma. Light floral notes, faint malts.

T - Orange and passionfruit up front, quite sweet. Moderate hops but with an unfortunate metallic taint that had me searching for a 5c coin at the bottom.

M - Thin and light, good modertae carbonation.

O - Not a patch on the Little Creatures Pale Ale. Possibly past its best as was half price so may give it another chance in the future.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a Golden clear colour with a white head that dies quickly.

S - Mainly malt with a little hop thrown in.

T - Has the bitterness on the finish of a decent PA and just preceeding that it has somehop character, but not enough. The malt up front is a little off putting for my liking.

M - Light to Medium carbonation with medium carbonation.

O - Slghtly above average.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours two fingers of loose white foam head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a body of deep gold to light amber.

Smell - 3.5
Maltier than most of the style with plenty of caramel alongside the expected orange and grapefruit.

Taste - 3.5
A substantial dose of grains, bread and caramel upfront, followed by a little citrus (orange and grapefruit), dried apricot and metallic flavours and a reasonably bitter, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated, quite smooth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very sessionable and easy drinking, though there are more interesting alternatives.

Similar to Fat Yak in concept and in execution. Nowhere near the hop character of LCPA, Alpha or SNPA, but I'm sure that wasn't the goal of the brewers. Could easily have scored a little higher had I been more generous, it's a good pale ale.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my 2010 NYE celebrations.

Pours a bright and burnished golden colour, with only a filmy fine head of white foam. Only a minimal amount of sudsy lacing is left behind on tilting. Although the carbonation is large bubbled, the body actually supports a little static bubbling when swirled. Eh. I've had better, but it's not a bad looking brew.

Nose is very light on, with some cereal sweetness and a very faint grassy hoppiness, but there's very little else. More grainy than anything else, and the slight yeasty note gives it a bready character. All up, not a great nose for an APA.

Taste is clean enough, with a little toffee malty character and a light nutty bitterness on the back. Very little character comes from the hops, yet again, but at least here it's balanced enough. I was fearing thin malty water. Feel is crisp with carbonation, and actually suits it rather well.

A drinkable beer, but certainly nothing exciting. Would make a reasonable choice in the Australian summer if nothing else is available.

Overall, it's very much like a pale ale with only the very minimal amount of hops possible.

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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate caramel aroma with mild citrussy hops.

Clear amber colour with a small white head. Poor head retention.

Mild caramel malt flavour with a mild bitterness. Light citrussy hops. Not great.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A fairly middle of the road APA with nothing special about it.

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Photo of brendan13
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange with a 2.5cm white head that falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Light tropical fruit & floral hop notes with some biscuity malt character.
T - Also fruity and floral in the taste again with some biscuity maltiness. Ever so slight metalic tinge though.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a noticeable bitterness and moderate carbonation.
D - A decent APA. A lot of hating on Gage Roads (some of which is probably justified) amongst Australian beer nerds but this is a step in the right direction.

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Photo of foles
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New beer from Gage Roads - although taste is very familiar. Not sure what hops are in this beer but is quite similar to the old Gage Roads IPA. Orangy copper colour, soft rounded hop character - more melony/tropical/fruity than citrisy (kiwi hops?). Easy drinking but for me it could be a little sharper in flavour. Well priced at $16 a six pack though. I think people will buy it....

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Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Strong white head with a dark golden/amber beer underneath. Reasonable head retention and lacing.

S - Very aromatic. Floral hops and sweet biscuit malts.

T - Really tasty floral hops, big resin hop body with hints of stewed apple and a well balance malt body.

M- A very slight off mouthfeel almost too drying on the tongue and there is a very subtle underlying soda water type flavour which doesn't sit well but its minor.

D - Make no mistake, this is a very tasty APA. I would say close to if not as good as little creatures PA. Gage Roads best by far! Well done.

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Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of Gage Roads new offerings it pours a light see through orange hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger layer of cloudy froth just across the top and some little sporadic lacing but not much,the smell is zesty orange rind,lime and grains,it has a pretty spritzy mouthfeel to it which is well carbonated,light and sessionable and exudes tastes of citrus,light grapefruit which is nicely complimented by a background flavour of toffee malts to round out the bitterness on finish and gives your palette a dry finish which makes you want another sip,overall although this brew is no standout its probably Gage Roads best brew for ages and i was pleasantly suprised by its drinkability its definately a session beer which would be nice in summer and would not knock one back if offered.

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