Terrapin Gamma Ray | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Gamma RayTerrapin Gamma Ray

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally Side Project #3 released in 22oz bottles, now the summer seasonal on Terrapin's Monster beer tour and available in 12 oz bottles by the 4 pack.

Added by Georgiabeer on 10-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle dated best by Nov. of an unspecified year. Probably the last bottling of this. Poured into a CBS snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden amber body. No head. No bubbles. Lots of legs. Looks sweet.

Smell - Honey and sugars dominate. Lots of light malts. Booze. Some hops. But it's all an afterthought to a sweet malt base.

Taste - Wheat is really an afterthought to this beer. Lots of ridiculously sweet malts. No complexity. Some harsh grainy aspects from the wheat. It's not pleasant to drink. Finishes sweet and just a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - Sugary. Sweet and thick. Boozy still. Ugh. Nothing off about it, but just really sweet and one-dimensional.

Overall - Nothing interesting here. A glass of sugar. Some wheat comes through but it's mostly sugar. I'm glad they discontinued this.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure of the age on this bottle but its at least a year and a half. Has notches for best by but without a year on it, and at 11% I can't see this thing really going bad.

Golden amber color with impressive clarity. 2 finger active white head falls away to a lace rather quickly. Miscarriage grapes and honey on the nose with lots of fruit including cherries strawberries and melon.

Almost reminds me of a big Belgian brew. Sweet exotic berry fruits up front. Touch of wheat adds a bit of roundness to the big thick body. Dark fruits and thick honey like taste on the finish coats the throat, alcohol barely noticeable. Caramel rides along the tongue with spicy herbal flavors and.due berries and fruits including apples and pears.


Age has really let the complexity of this beer shine with lots of subtle.fruit flavors that all balance each other our without being too sweet. Alcohol is there but barely plays a part. Honey soothed the throat. If you can find a bottle pick it up!

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look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Cumming Beverage and Growler Shop
Cumming, GA

A: Golden orange but cloudy

S: Strong banana smell, overpowering

T: Banana and spice, strong alcohol flavor

M: Medium body, near flat with low carbonation

O: Beer was average, strong alcohol flavor (11% ABV),

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a very cloudy orange color with a finger and a half of crisp white head. Head quickly dies down to a half finger, but it lasts for the duration. Pretty solid lacing. Very good, loving the color and the contrast with the super white head.

S. Super sweet, with loads of honey, cherry, prune, grape, maybe some banana, and brown sugar. Notes of apple and pineapple. Basically a saccharine bomb with lots of juicy fruit.

T. Follows the nose pretty closely with honey, bread crust, brown sugar, apple, and banana. Pretty good flavor profile here. Sweetness is very aggressive, but I'm pretty sure that is too style. Booze is well-hidden for 11.0% and the fruit flavors are distinct if not strong. Quite nice.

M: This is undercarbed and a little one note. Needs a bit more complexity and some roast or grain balance to counter what is a borderline overwhelming fruit presence. The flavors are good, would just like to see them spread out more. Thick and cloying.

O: For style, this is one of the better wheatwines I have had. That being said, I wouldn't reach for this again and again. It doesn't look like many other people did either, which is why this is currently retired. Drinks a lot like carbonated fruit juice with a little booze kick, but the cloying sweetness seems appropriate for the wheatwine style. I enjoyed this one.

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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gamma Ray doesn't look all that electromagnetic or radiant. All its carbonation has since long decayed and, if not for all its cosmic particles (aka the chunks of muddy sediment) being cautiously left at the bottom of the bottle, it would look completely like sludge. As it stands, however, this golden-amber beer looks like cognac.

I've come to expect when seeing honey listed as an ingredient cloying sweetness and, more often than not, spicy alcohol vapors. This bouquet is abundant in both and features little else. Aside from a vaguely earthy and floral honey quality, the beer's aroma has a commanding presence without showcasing any redeeming flavor.

I still see liquid in my glass - and I sure as hell smell alcohol coming from it - but the flavour all seems to have disappeared. Granted, I might have over-estimated the preservative powers of Gamma Ray's honey and 11% alcohol but it's hard to imagine this ever having featured any other characteristics. This is a startlingly thin, plain and potent beer.

Gamma Ray is less a monster than it is a skeleton. There's no meat on these bones. A little less alcohol and we might have a simple quaffing golden ale. A little more alcohol and the faintness of golden raisins and orchard fruit might come to life. This is too digestif-like to be beer but too beer-like to be digestif. Complete oxidization helps nothing.

Terrapin is an excellent brewery that I'm sure had high expectations for Gamma Ray. Unfortunately, something with the recipe just didn't quite pan out. While the Savannah Bee honey has a lovely flavor that I'd hate to take away from, I think future batches will need more hops and much more malt if they are to really be enjoyable.

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4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer has been in my basement for about 2 years waiting to be consumed on a night just like tonight.
The beer pours a bright clear copper to almost gold hue with loud fizzy carbonation that froths up about 1 cm of rocky eggshell white head that fades rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and wispy islands.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with peaches and pears and a bit of floral honey mixed in. Ironically I have some Savannah Bee Company at my desk at work and it was used in this beer.
I dont get any hops or booze on the nose.
First sip reveals a sticky textured fairly thick bodied brew with very fine and spacious carbonation.
Flavor is what the nose advertised with sweet fruity malt dominating the profile. I get peaches, pears, caramel, and some white grapes. There is just a little booze on the finish, but the beer is VERY dangerously drinkable and I am finishing this bottle waaay to fast to be good for my sobriety. Good thing Im just going to bed after this review.
Im not sure if this was hot when it was young, but it is excellent right now. If you stashed a bottle, send it to me, or at least enjoy it now!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a DC Brau tulip.

A- Poured a clear amber with minimal white head that leaves no lacing.

S- Banana bread, honey, caramel

T- Liquid banana bread with a generous amount of honey. A slight astringency lingers at the finish.

M- Thin to medium with very little carbonation.

O- A delicious offering. A little sweeter than I would normally pursue, but I would gladly make an exception to enjoy this again!

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Terrapin Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 471 ratings