Gamma Ray
Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Ranked #20
Ranked #22,339
3.77 | pDev: 13.79%
Dec 13, 2021
Oct 09, 2008
Very Good
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Notes: Gamma Ray is a wheat beer brewed with a massive amount of honey from Savannah Bee Company. This super powered blast from the past will make you believe time travel is possible.

IBU: 40
OG: 22.6
HOPS: Pearle, Mt. Hood
MALTS: 2 Row Pale Malt, Munich Wheat, Carapils, Acidulated Malt.
AVAILABILITY: July / Side Project
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16oz can into a goblet. Vintage 2018. A stray 4 pack found at Sabatinis in Exeter Pa.

Looks very nice indeed. A glowing honey/amber body. Small off white head shrinks to a ring, a few dots of lacing.

Sweet boiled candy aroma, significant honey presence. Very light spice and boozy notes.

On tasting, the honey pretty much dominates, but doesn't quite reach cloying. There is a spice bitterness to this one which balances out the sweet. The base wheatwine seems a bit lost. The overall effect is a bit much for this palate.

Mouth is medium, thinner than expected. Finish warm boozy sweetness with a bitter tail.

Overall, the can proclaims "massive amount of honey". This palate would have been happier if less were used.
Dec 13, 2021
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Having CANpleted CANother brewery horizontal, now it is on to the next victim, er, brewery. Terrapin may have been sold to a corporation, but they have always been rather good to me. For insCANce, I received an erroneous E-mail from them & when I received an apology, I requested an embroidered cloth patch to salve the wound. They sent it forthwith! Onward. At last, this one marks the last of the backlog!

From the CAN: "'cause Sometimes You Feel Like a Superhero."; "Gamma Ray WheatWine Ale Brewed with Honey"; "Gamma Ray is a wheat beer brewed with a massive amount of honey from Savannah Bee Company. This super powered blast from the past will make you believe time travel is possible."

A mention has recently been made as to updating this site's "Style Guide" section & Wheatwine needs some help. I initially toyed with treating it like any other wheat-driven beer with a hard, ungentle Glug, but that would have been a HUGE mistake. In this one, it is meant to attenuate beautifully & my CANgitation would have been ruinous!

I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by/with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug so as not to rouse any flocculate. This resulted in a finger of fizzy, foamy, rolling tawny head that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with honey! 8=O Mouthfeel was medium, a tad light for the style. The taste was a bit odd to describe - CANied dried bananas baked into bread & drizzled with honey! 8=O I CAN actually envision doing this. I used to love organic, dried bananas as a kid & I CAN bake like a mutha. Some locally-sourced honey & I'm in like Flynn. This sounds gad-awful sweet though, right? Not at all! It was bone-dry! Fudge. I do not want a hangover like last week! This was leeching the water out of my body (& brain) as quickly as I drank it. As a younger man, I used to eschew water & power through, come what may. Now, I reach for H2O at the first sign of a potential hangover. This beer was giving off those vibrations. Finish was so dry as to allow me to hear the zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. 8=O There may be no CANming back from this one! YMMV.
Jun 17, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer, Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, bananas stand out, some honey. Taste is alcohol first and foremost, spices, some banana and a bit of sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by dconnelly from New Jersey

3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Strong aftertaste. Loved the color... strong hazy yellow. Not much foam. One and done... meaning one is a ok, but you will not want to drink several of these beers.
Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
poured from a 16oz can

Terrapin Gamma Ray Wheat Wine filled my snifter with an amber colored body. Atop sat an off-white 1 1/2-finger head that dissipated very quickly with no lacing to speak of. The nose first picks up a light sweet aroma from the honey, followed by wheat. The taste of sweet honey seems to dominate with wheat and yeast in the background. The mouth feel is high-medium to full bodied and has a very light carbonation. There is some alcohol warming at the finish.

I enjoyed Gamma Ray, however, it is not my first choice if I am looking for an American Wheatwine Ale.
Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by Marklaker from Florida

Dec 24, 2019
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16 oz can, date on bottom is smudged

Pours a clear dark copper color, white head. Smells a bit sweet, boozy, grainy wheat. Taste is similar, long finish of honey like sweetness. Medium bodied.
Oct 12, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Sep 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.06/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A cloying undrinkable boozy sticky honey malty mess. It'd be a chore to drink in 12 oz bottles - why condemn the consumer with 16 fl oz cans?

Scratch that - why brew this at all?

No thankyou, Terrapin.

D (2.06) / AVOID
Sep 03, 2019
Rated: 3.35 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by markallmon from Tennessee

Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a can, pours as a deep hazy gold with a one-finger off-white quickly dissipating head. Lots of carbonated bubbles. Aroma of over-ripe banana, honey, and plum. Taste is very malt forward; sweetness like caramel. on the back-end, there are hops, spices, and a yeasty breadiness. Overall, it's an uncommon and complex beer, but it's too sweet for my taste.
Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Not really my style of beer but I can appreciate the complexity and depth. Pours a slightly hazy lighter amber color with some nice head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of banana, spice and a little yeast with some very faint hops in the background. Taste follows the nose, but boy is that banana - along with clove, yeast and sweeter malt - in the forefront. Smooth thin mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. I wanted to try and enjoy this beer but the Belgian-style yeast just isn’t for me.
Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Chasecrandell from New York

Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jmc65267 from Georgia

Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16 ounce can into snifter, 2018 vintage. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, ripe banana, honey, wheat, and biscuit dough; with lighter notes of caramel, peppercorn, bubblegum, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, ripe banana, honey, wheat, and biscuit dough; with lighter notes of caramel, peppercorn, bubblegum, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; clove/peppery yeast spiciness; and slight wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, white grape, ripe banana, honey, wheat, biscuit dough, caramel, peppercorn, bubblegum, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and yeast spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.8%. Overall this is an awesome wheatwine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced fruity/spicy yeast, rich honey, and pale/wheat malts; with solid earthy hops against sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Have not had too many with actual weizen yeast, but this definitely has it. Big on banana.
Dec 10, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 3.64 by richj1970 from Alabama

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Amber orange color . Around a medium body wither medium light carbonation that dissipates somewhat quickly .
Aroma is sweet ripe bananas, honey, spices, floral. Very strong aroma that showcased every ingredient.
Taste followed aroma was the most part with honey and ripe banana hitting the taste buds first. Floral and spice with some cereal backing up the honey and honey .
This was a very flavorful beer with every flavor being strong and easy to identify. It was sweet but far from cloying.
Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a chill hazed, deep orange-amber producing a huge fluffy, off-white, somewhat lasting head which recedes to a dense, thick surface cap island leaving behind splotches and wisps of sticky lace. Aroma is a complex mix of bready/doughy, honey, slightly soured banana & other fruit, clove, pepper & phenolic notes in a boozy background. Taste is a very sweet approximation of the nose with more intense honey joined by brown sugar, raisin & other malty notes mixed in with high octane alcohol. Soured fruit and alcohol make up most of the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, peppery but silky/slick & mouth filling. Would be more pleasant & drinkable if the alcohol was a little more hidden and not so overwhelming.
Oct 28, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
16 oz 2018 can into a Delirum snifter. 10.8% ABV.
Pours with a clear, copper body topped by a good white head.
This has a strong, very sweet and boozy aroma, suggesting honey, ripe bananas and flowers.
The flavor also conveys honey and bananas, along with bread.
Medium body with light heat and medium-light carbonation.
Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by psmith161 from Indiana

Oct 14, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Oct 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by godawgs from Louisiana

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by jcc31964 from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Got some of this at the Terrapin brewery, some of their first batch of the summer. I am sad to say that I did not like this too much.

This beer is a beautiful cloudy golden one smelling sweet and fruity. The honey flavor is very strong and very sweet, and I don't personally prefer sweet beer. At 11%, Gamma Ray did not taste as alcoholic as I was expecting. I did not enjoy this beer much despite liking barleywines, so I think that with a year or two in the cellar could really turn this into something special.
Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by animal69 from Louisiana

Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Oct 19, 2016
Rated: 4 by _ascags from North Carolina

Jun 16, 2016
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Rated by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
If only they would bring this one back.
Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by DrMindbender from South Carolina

Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by GDawgs34 from Georgia

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 5 by Jon-Bon-Jovi from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2014
Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 504 ratings