Bug Zapper | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Zazzi82
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Claytonham34
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotnewyork
2/5  rDev -48.2%
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
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.
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Photo of Bearded_Oyster
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TH28
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. 6/11/18 canned date. Appearance: Dark golden, cloudy, with a low lying white head that dissipates immediately.
Aroma: Ginger dominates the nose, with a strong mint as well. Lime is there but in the background
Taste: Combo of lime and mint smack you upfront, giving way to soft ginger and a light perceived tartness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for a sour, with a brisk carbonation.
Finish: Lime and ginger linger on the finish, with a hint of cracker maltiness
Overall: Wow, a very unique beer. The combo of lime and mint is almost reminiscent of toothpaste, over a layer of ginger. Very low acidity for a sour, allowing the ingredients here to shine. To Avery’s credit, this beer is true to the description. Personally, I would be interested to see a revised version of this sans ginger. Curious how the lime and mint alone would taste along with a slightly higher acidity.

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Photo of Tony210
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours medium yellow, minimal head. Smells like mint and ginger. Tastes like mint and ginger, nice sour finish. Not a fan of the ginger and mint.

Draft at Jack's Goal Line
2.5 rating

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at Wyoming Ale Works.

Pours a hazy orange with an inch of foam.

Smells sour in a very good way, and spicy. Mint and ginger present and accounted for.

Taste follows through. Love that mint and ginger combination. I get lemon for some added tartness which, I reckon is on the light side.

Good mouthfeel, super refreshing. This is pretty fab.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

L: Nearly clear golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Falls fast with a thick ring of lacing.

S: Strong ginger/spice presence. Mild lime and citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose. Strong ginger but fortunately not overpowering. Nicely mixed with lime juice. Honey sweetness. Mild funk without even really qualifying as tart. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Spicy on the tongue.

O: I'm not big on ginger beers but this one was delicious and the lime really makes it work. Would probably be divine aged in a tequila or mezcal barrel. As is a refreshing and interesting brew.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of depechemode1983
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy copper color. The head is white and disappears rather quickly. No Lacing.
The nose is phenomenal. Ginger and mint hit you upfront with a nice bite a lime at the tail end.
Sour lime and white grapes. Ginger though the middle with a minty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light, slick. and well carbonated. Nice for these sort of flavors.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lot of muscular flavors in this beer, but it does a good job harmonizing all the different ingredients. Ginger is prominent, but the lime & mint do a good job framing that boldness & smoothing the edges. Not aggressively tart, but has a nice little punch on the backend. I like ginger in general so was on-board with this one, one of the best ginger-forward beers I have had

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Photo of Tsn5012
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am astounded by the number of breweries that are CANning their beers & even more amazed by the variety of styles that they are willing to put into sealed aluminum cylinders! Wild/Tart/Sour Ales were thought to be the final frontier when I beCAN The CANQuest (tm) nearly fifteen years ago & here we are. Amazing.

From the CAN: "Limited Release"; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, lime zest, ginger, mint, hops & yeast"; "Electric/Lively/Bite"; "Beer first. The rest will follow."

That is an interesting lineup of ingredients & adjuncts, but it was the mention of wheat that really caught my eye! Wheat = haze/cloudy & so I did some in-CAN agitation to ensure that everything was in suspension. The Crack! did not unleash anything untoward so I followed it up with a heavy-handed Glug. It quickly came up with just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly fell away to mere wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was filled with lime, mint & ginger & I was put in mind of an Oriental meal. It smelled great! Mouthfeel was medium, but very fizzy with its inherent carbonation. The taste was very pleasant, very much of ginger and lime with a hint of mint, but it was neither tart nor sour. The approved pic led me to expect something mind-blowing, but this was not it. I would have liked it a LOT more as a Spiced/Herbed Beer. I didn't feel zapped in any way, shape or form, but I was suddenly very hungry for some Oriental cuisine. This would be fantastic with spicy Szechuan! Finish was dry, probably more attributable to the ginger than anything else, but I was running through it like it was going out of style. Its ABV is my only CANcern about throwing some into the beach-bound cooler, but man, this was equal to any other refreshing Pilsner. YMMV.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Bug Zapper from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 53 ratings