Bug Zapper | Avery Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bug Zapper is a limited release Sour Ale to help scratch your summer itch. A lively mix of mint, ginger, and lime are both cooling and invigorating, and we sour-dose after fermentation to impart the finishing electric zap.

Added by zimm421 on 07-19-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,549
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
68
pDev:
14.7%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear bright dark golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” layer of foam that recedes slowly but visibly to eventually become a thin irregular island of foam and a small ring around the glass while leaving little or no lacing on the sides. Sipping creates scattered patches of lacing on the sides of the glass, most of which recede to the liquid.

The aromas definitely include ginger, some lime and mint against a background of light grainy malt.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with the ginger, lime and mint backed up by the malt. In addition there’s a nice mixture of light sweetness and just a touch of tartness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness and tartness recede into the background while some slightly spicy ginger and lime close out the show.

Overall this is a drinkable beer that suits it’s intended purpose. The aroma/flavor profile are not particularly challenging but do create an enjoyable, light refreshing beer. That said I don’t think I’ll be looking to do a repeat.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; little lacing;

S: predominantly ginger, with mint in the background;

T: ginger and mint are evenly balanced from start to finish, with lime in the distant background; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate-high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: well made, although I personally don't like the combination of ginger and mint;

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_B
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - 1.5 finger fluffy offwhite head atop a translucent orange body.

S - lemon-lime soda, strong ginger, mint.

T - ginger and mint are prominent, with lemon-lime serving a supporting role. No bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with appropriate carb.

O - I appreciate the uniqueness of this sour beer, but the ginger/mint combo just doesn’t work for me. Very much a sipper because of the offputting taste.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden color with a large, white head of foam. It smelled of lime, ginger and peppermint. The ginger and particularly the mint were overpowering.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quite a weird beer not tasty at all really not sure if it's the mint mixing with lime or the sour gose aspect but it didn't really sit well with me. Interesting concept though.

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Photo of Haxley
1.4/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Disgusting. Avery has no idea how to do sour beers. It’s like they took all the worst parts of their “El Gose” to make this beer. Tastes like a urinal puck. Since when did sours and goses try to mimic nasty Mexican lagers. Oh, maybe when San Miguel bought 30%. Buy any other gose or any other sour from any other brewery and you will wonder how Avery can even classify their beer as such.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Claytonham34
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Bright gold color. Lots of bubbles, small white head.
Spice and mint aroma, a little bit of lime.
The lime comes through more in the taste. Sort of a minty lime. Ginger in the background.
Tartly sweet.

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Photo of craigus
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotnewyork
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had at Clubhouse BFD. Did not enjoy at all.

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Photo of chiefz1
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Avery Brewing Co. "Bug Zapper"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON: 06/11/18 13:20:16 2019 STUFF YER SORRIES IN A ZAP, MISTER"
$1.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: " Ale with lime zest, ginger & mint" - that sounds great! It's poured a hazy deep golden / amber body beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam. I'll have to wait for the head to settle which is fairly uncommon with sour beers, so great start so far. The nose is interesting. My initial impression was that it smelled like a cola, which must be coming from the mint. Let me try again... yeah, minty/herbal and lightly spicy, I don't get much more. Maybe once it warms a bit. On to the flavor... wow, that's unusual, I've certainly never had a beer like this before! It's minty, and the ginger comes through clearly, followed by some citrusy tartness and then some malt, and finally a blending of all of those notes going into the finish which remains the same except that some of the lime flavor comes through more clearly. It's not that bitter at all, as might be expected, and I'm glad it's not any more sour, it's just gently tart. Any more tartness would probably throw it off and hold back some of the ginger and mint. The head has dropped at this point, leaving just a standard collar, but it held up pretty well to begin with and left some minor lacing behind. In the mouth it's light bodied and mildly crisp but also a touch sharp from the mild acidity - perfect I think for what it is. I'm not sure how many of these I'd want to drink in a row, probably none, just the first one, but I'd certainly return to it later on. It's quite refreshing, which I guess was the idea, and it's a perfect summer beer... think mojito, ginger ale, and tangy fruit drinks. Quite nice, and well worth trying.
Review# 6,191

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Photo of Bearded_Oyster
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bug Zapper from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 68 ratings