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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by doktorhops:
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2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -9.5%
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 csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spicey with fruity notes biscuit

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Photo of Simesta
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BrazilianAussie
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Flyingvee
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice quaffable Pale with a decent aroma. I would buy again.

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Photo of foles
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 eric5bellies
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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 NeoClassicist
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of JKCooper
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Bearded_beer_guy_
4.01/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Julian4077
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BeerBelly69
5/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite American pale and it's made in Australia. Light a little fruity. Good on a hot day.

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Photo of Breeza
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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 magpieken
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
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 bylerteck
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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 jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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