Gamma Ray
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #53
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,100
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 13.65%
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
500
From:
Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  47
Gots
  49
SCORE
86
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
Reviews: 363 | Ratings: 500 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My experiences with 10% plus beers that aren't DIPA's or Imp Stouts has usually not been particularly pleasant, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise (especially considering that Terrapin has never done anything that i've found overly impressive).

Obvious smell of honey and bananas from the pour carries over to the taste. Feels slightly heavy, but not overly so, and is shockingly smooth going down, and never becomes more difficult to drink as you progress through the beer, which is what I was execting.

Hops are essentially nonexistant, but that's probably for the best. Only the slighest hint of alcohol, which, again, I found shocking based on the nature of the style. Overall a very pleasant surprise and the best thing i've tried from Terrapin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to have another date with the Terrapin Brewing Company, one of my new friends in the DC area! Wahoo!!

A: My bubble glass now looks exactly like a very well carbonated orange. Actually, more carbonation than I expected from an 11% ABV brew.

S: Banana first, then a tinge of citrus, and then dark fruit (dates and plums specifically). This is surprising, considering the citrus-like color. If I were to close my eyes and someone were to put this up to my nose without me knowing what it was or where it came from, I would have guess it was a Unibroue product.

T: Very sweet! Sweet, sweet, sweet! However, that is appropriate for this style. I'm definitely getting upfront honey, and actually more dark fruit now than citrus.

M: The sweetness coats a bit, but I still like the carbonation level a lot.

D: This brew hides its ABV better than anything I've tasted in the last month. Dangerous!

This style may not be everyone's bag, but I'm thoroughly enjoying this one!

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful orange/brown color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Head quickly disappears into bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very cloudy looking, w/ minimal carbonation and lacing. Smell is interesting, w/ honey, pear, apple, alcohol, malt, brandy. Really sweet smelling brew. Taste is not as good for me. It's like drinking pear juice w/ a tiny bit of malt in it. Honey comes out as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, sweet and goes down easily. Overall, I was a little disappointed in this one. The idea and description sound great, but this beer doesn't quite pull it off. I enjoy the style, but this isn't the best I've had by a long stretch. Still, it's worth checking out if you like pear juice w/ honey.

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Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loving the wheatwines, just not enough of em' around. Looking forward to this one, and thanks again to JohnQVegas for the hookup.

Pours reddish-orange with a smooth and bubbly two-finger dirty white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small sheet of lace around the glass. A few clumps of bubbles linger here and there.

Some big bananas float to the nose before I even take a sniff. Upon closer inspection some vanilla and citrus reveal themselves. Smells like dessert.

Ultra-creamy going down with some spice, more banana, orange and lemon lingering on the palate. Some sweet malts and yeast show up after a second, and a very distant hop bitterness is noticed. Alcohol is well hidden, but peaks it's head out for a split second toward the very end. Tastes like dessert, with a little alcohol in it.

After it warms a bit, the fruity essence calms down, and the alchol and hops work themselves into the equation, balancing everything out to an extent. I will go as far as to say it gets slightly boozy over time, but not to the point of annoyance.

Really liking this one. Viva' la Wheatwine!

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Photo of eclipse54
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from jyounger30. Date notching on the label suggests it is best consumed before the first week of November, and I'll gladly oblige. Into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with very little bubbly, eggshell-colored head. The body glows with some vibrant amber hues when the light strikes it just right. The smell is of honey, wheat, some sugar, a bit of lemon, some yeasty funk, and the faintest inclination of caramel. The honey really makes the nose on this one, as it comes across as very deep and enticing. The taste is of smooth, organic honey, lemon, some caramel, wheat, and some other light citrus esters. There is a warming alcohol character on the finish. Again, the honey in this is phenomenal. Mouth is incredibly smooth, with a rich, almost velvety feel. Overall, this was a great wheatwine. Were it locally available, it would earn a permanent spot in my fridge over the summer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Did not get to try this when it was in the Side Project series - one of the few I missed actually - so I was glad to find it in 4 packs now that it is in PA.

Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of white head. Settles to a thin, bubbly lace, and does not leave much stick.

Smell is extraordinarily sweet and reminds me of cough syrup. Very medicinal. There are some grassy and floral aromas which do give it some redeeming value, and I can also find the honey that's here, but overall this is not a nose I am enjoying much.

Taste is also sweet but not quite as medicinal as the nose suggested. Lots of honey, plus some flowers, grass, hay. Some tree fruit, like pears and apples as well. There are some good flavors here but at the end of the day it's just too damn sweet for my liking. Some additional bitterness in the finish would probably go a long way toward providing some balance.

For as sweet as this beer is I wouldn't call it cloying. It's rich, chewy and full bodied, but that's to be expected. This is the high point of the beer.

I'm a big fan of Terrapin in general, and I enjoy barley and the less ubiquitous wheat wines on occasion even if they are not my favorite styles. This is a miss for me, however. The overwhelming sweetness is just too much, without enough contrast in flavor to balance it out. This is not something I will be likely to come back to.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden with a half a finger of whitish head. Recedes quickly to the beer leaving a film on the out edges of the glass only. Some lacing on the side of the glass that I'm drinking from.

S: Honey, clove, apple, banana, some breadiness. Very sweet smelling. Has a very Belgian feel to it. Alcohol present.

T: Not picking up the honey as much in the taste, but the cloves are present for sure at the end. Breadiness, apple, wheat, citrus and banana round out the tastes I'm able to spot. Again the alcohol is present, but not distracting.

M: Syrupy, thick and warming from the booze. Slightly sticky.

O: Gamma Ray is a sipper because the alcohol is present in pretty much every aspect of the beer...and my stomach is full from a big steak dinner. Anyway, I don't have a lot of experience with wheatwines so it's hard to compare this to anything, but I can say that I will buy this again.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky golden color with not much of a head. Smell is very sweet with alot of cloves. Taste is sweeter than the taste. The honey is very pronounced in the taste with wheat, cloves, and a bready taste. Moderate, fluffy carbonation in the mouth. ABV is very well-masked in this one. Good brew from Terrapin.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Lazerlobe for the brew! Poured into a snifter. No head on this one, rather just a big hazy honey straw colored body. Wheat, orange marmalade, honey sweetness and a mild hop aroma fill the aroma finishing it out by being a little boozy. Big malt flavors and honey wheat mostly on this. Slight bitter finish and warming alcohol. The body is thick and full with low carbonation. Not bad. Easy enough to drink but certainly a boozy sipper.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a sample from Terrapin. Pours a yellow/golden that's fairly cloudy. Ample white head drops very quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is of tons of honey, a hint of spice (pepperish) faint hop character, banana, clove, and almost belgian yeast.

Flavor is very sweet. Honey is quite evident, and the clove and yeast notes overpower almost everything except the sweetness. As with many wheatwines, it's too sweet for my taste. Tons of banana flavor in the finish, and a lingering sweetness that reeks of alcohol.

Medium carbonation with so much alcohol it's thin and warming, and a long, alcoholic finish with the honey-sweetness lingering in the back of the throat.

Not super drinkable, honestly. The sweetness, alcohol, and almost overpowering banana flavoring notes in the finish... It's a bit too much. It's a well made beer, but as with hop shortage, it's not super balanced.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of johnd513
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to goodbyeohio for this one.
This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Smells of sweet honey, oranges, banana and alcohol at the end. The tastes follows the smell and is very sweet with that same intense honey flavor. The mouthfeel is different on this one because of the beers sweetness. This beer coats the mouth and lingers for a long time. Drinkability is decent but obviously hindered by this beers 11% abv. Overall a great offering from Terrapin! I loved wake and bake and now I think I am going to have to seek out more of their beers.

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Photo of jmhart
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Poured a golden-amber that had pinkish hues when held up to the light. Moderately hazy. No head, but a subtle lace across the top of the brew. Moderate carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- smells of sweet wheat extract, oranges, and berries.

T- Juicy Fruit. JUICY FRUIT!!! Took my second sip. There's the slightest hint of some nice wheat malts and...OH MY GOD, THE JUICY FRUIT, IT COMES AGAIN, AGGGHHH. There's a hint of nuts in the fin...AHHH OVERLY SWEET JUICY FRUIT AHHH!!!!

M- the light side of medium bodied. Highly carbonated feel to it.

D- I understand that Terrapin wanted to branch out, but seriously, how could you let this out of the brewery?

Drain pour. I will never drink this again and will advise people against it.

JUICY FRUIT!!!

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like overripe orange and banana and wild honey, with some copper and wheat.
T: It tasted like lots of banana and bready wheat, with some orange and wild honey and a bit of spice. It had a smooth and bitter aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation.
D: This was very true to the wheat wine style, while most of them are too similar to barleywines. This had tons of wheat and banana flavors, that was fairly clean with good body too. It was a bit hot, but it was still fairly easy to drink. A nice beer, but it didn't really blow my mind fresh. Not sure if age would improve it.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally this beer is out! Thanks much to Brickstoredave and pghlee for sharing. This is number 3 in the Terrapin Side Project series. The bottle says Wheatwine Ale Brewed with Honey, and more specifically that it is brewed with obscene amounts of locally grown Tupelo and Sourwood Honeys from Savannah Bee Company. I like these honey's from Savannah Bee a lot. Very interesting honeys with a lot of character from one of the better honey producers in the country. It shows in the beer. This beer is pretty sweet, which means it didn't all ferment out and they must have added some pretty late in the process or so much that it couldn't all be converted. You can really taste the honey. I don't just mean sweetness either, you can taste a delicious fruitiness and earthiness from the honey itself.

The beer pours a beautiful honeyed golden that almost glows, but there is almost no head. Very nice aromas that are slightly waxy and have elements of pear, banana, cardamom, and sweet, fruity and floral honey. The taste is long and complex with a nuttiness, honey, wax, bitter herbs, pine, banana, and cardamom. The haunting woodsy taste of the honey with fruit, earth, and forest is in there as part and parcel of those flavors. The mouthfeel is super smooth, perhaps a bit waxy, creamy, and sweet. Just delightful. I warn you though- this is a sweet beer, if complex as well. I happen to love that. Anyone who likes artisinal honeys should really like this beer as well. As a wheatwine it is on the sweeter side but not at all out of whack with others I've had. By far my favorite sideproject yet.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

A : Very murky wit ha light orange quickly dissipating head. Very pretty in color, but the lack of head retention was disappointing.

S : Sweet honey, spice, hint of alcohol and a big banana note.

T : Spice is up front, peppery, before a big breath of honey flavors and banana come in. A bit of biscuity malt gives a backbone. Alcohol is insanely well hidden.

M : Medium to heavy bodied, and very slick & silky feeling.

D : First and foremost, this beer is very sweet. So if you don't like an extreme level of sweetness, your not likely to return to this one. The heavy ABV will also limit the amount of drinkability to this brew.

My scores for this beer don't accurate reflect how I feel about it. This is a fantastic and extremely well done beer that is quite unique. But, by design, it's not something to have frequently or one could be easily burned out on its honey emphasis.

I'm curious what age would do with the honey in this.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber/orange in color. Head was very little, about one finger then disappears quickly. No lacing.

S - Not very complex but very aromatic and pleasant. Lots of sweet pineapple upfront, peach and honey as well. There is a slight bitter hop presence in the background to balance the sweetness just a bit so its not overly sweet. Also picking up just a hint or alcohol.

T - The taste is where the honey shines through. Very sweet. I pick up subtle fruit flavor like ripe apple and banana. The alcohol is also more present in the taste. Mainly through the finish.

M - Full bodied. Smooth. Creamy. Mild carbonation.

O - Glad I got to try this one. My first wheat wine. I wasn't disappointed. Id like to thank hmph for the opportunity.

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Photo of aepb1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold body with a foamy white head

S- Honey, malty dark fruits, a bit boozy

T- That honey starts it off again with some banana and spices finishing

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, a little alcohol warming at the end

D- So smooth and the nose is so inviting, high ABV is well-hidden. A big beer.

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Photo of markallmon
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of levifunk
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - orange color. little head that died instantly...expected at 11%

s - big booze smell. sweet fruity notes.

t - same as nose. fruit flavor is apricot? sweet.

m - syrupy feel due to lack of carbonation. medium body.

overall - actually quite drinkable. Could drink a couple of these in a sitting, although at 11% I don't know if I should...

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice hazy pale orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, bubblegum and a hint of Earthy hops. Taste is a nice blend of wheat malt and lingering hops, sweet bubblegum is predominant with hops coming through in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with low carbonation and a dry smooth honey texture. This is the first beer of this style I have tried, and I must say, I am impressed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Centennial for sending me this one!

Label states 10.8% ABV not the 11% listed on BA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a very thin 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. The first smell I am getting on this one is banana bubblegum, wheat, and some honey aromas. Taste is of banana, clove/spice, and some honey notes on the finish. There is a spice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness and a sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticeable alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and one of the few wheatwines I have tried. This one definitely has a wheat beer on steroids thing going on.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Rustico Restaurant & Bar, Alexandria, VA

A: The beer poured golden yellow in color with lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of wheat and earthy hops.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of bananas and honey along with notes of wheat and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is very well hidden.

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Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 500 ratings