Bug Zapper
Avery Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,579
Ranked #26,682
3.8 | pDev: 15.26%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of MikeWard
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/6/19, so closing in on 6 months old.

Cloudy, dull, dark orange marmalade colored body. Head quickly fizzes out to a ring, hence no lacing.

Tart salty lime juice aroma.

Upon tasting, this beer is brewed with lime zest, ginger, and mint. All three flavors come through strongly right away. Unfortunately, it's not a good blend, and the overall taste is a bit unpleasant.

Mouth medium, finish a tad tart with the aforementioned lime/ginger/mint mix.

Overall, I like the three flavors individually, but, it seems, not together.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 31, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Munique glass.

Appearance: The two finger, bone white head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a lot of thick, patchy lacing. It's a hazy, dull gold color.

Smell: The dominant notes are of mint and citrus fruit. There's a slight earthy funk in the background as well.

Taste: There's a lot of different flavors on the palate but they're well balanced and play well with each other. It starts with some tart fruit with hints of lemon and orange. That's followed by a strong herbal taste from the mint and it finishes with a mildly sweet grain note and some yogurt.

Mouthfeel: It's light, refreshing and not cloying at all with medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a very interesting beer with a lot of different and unusual aromas and flavors. Even though it's well made, it's bound to be divisive. Some will love it, some... not so much.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Jun 05, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is golden orange. Nose is tart yet slightly sweet. Taste is very puckering then the sweet takes over and lightens the tartness. Interesting aftertaste.

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Korbynlehr from Kentucky, May 10, 2019
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2.14/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Really tried to like this but nothing here is working for me. Smooth and refreshing mouth feel but bug zapper kind of tastes like bug spray. I would skip this one

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Mark-Leggett from Missouri, May 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bug Zapper | Avery Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew has a three finger thick head, spotty lacing, and a deep gold body.

Smells like herbs mentioned on the labeling. This oughtta be interesting.

I taste that mint, ginger, and lime. Very clean and refreshing; almost like herbal tea.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Bug Zapper | Avery Brewing Company with an overall 4.

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Photo of Myros
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a tulip. Canned on 5/21/2018.
Pours a clear, orange gold with a white, full head with decent retention.

Aroma is just as the can says: lime, ginger, and mint. Ginger is dominant. It’s an interesting smell combo.

Taste is just like the aroma. Dominant ginger with strong mint and less strong lime. A mild sourness is present. A light malt background is overpowered by the other flavors. Low hop bitterness. Alcohol not detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with moderate carbonation, refreshing.

Overall, I don’t think this should be classified as a wild ale. It’s not a Gose either. Maybe a fruit and field beer would be more appropriate.
You really have to like ginger to like this beer. And mint too. It’s just really heavy with those powerful flavors. But my real grief with this beer is that it lacks complexity. It tastes and smells exactly and only like lime, ginger, and mint. And it’s not sour enough to make it interesting.

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Myros from Washington, Feb 02, 2019
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2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz can, canned on 5/18/18. Pours clear dark gold with a thin fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin dusting that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is lots of ginger with some tart fruit and mint. Interesting but kind of medicinal / soapy.

The flavor is tart and slightly sour limes with a lot of floral ginger. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, an unusual beer with a ton of ginger.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Nov 28, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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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drtth from Pennsylvania, Oct 14, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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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CTHomer from Connecticut, Sep 29, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Sep 10, 2018
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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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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zeff80 from Missouri, Sep 09, 2018
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Aug 26, 2018
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1.4/5  rDev -63.2%
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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Haxley from Arizona, Aug 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Aug 17, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Aug 09, 2018
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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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TH28 from Florida, Jul 29, 2018
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2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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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Tony210 from New Jersey, Jul 27, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Jul 26, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jul 24, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +16.6%
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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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jul 23, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jul 15, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden, with clarity

S - Ginger and lime dominate

T - Ginger dominates. Lots of lime

F - Thin body

O - A decent sour but I'm not big on ginger so not really the one for me

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Jul 15, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of ginger and lime are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having moderate flavors of ginger and lime with a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the ginger and lime in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jul 15, 2018
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/11/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lime, lemon, ginger, mint, citrus zest, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, ginger, mint, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lime, lemon, ginger, mint, citrus zest, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light zesty bitterness, peppery ginger spice, and cooling mint on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lime, lemon, ginger, mint, citrus zest, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape, peppercorn, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, ginger, mint, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%, with minimal lingering ginger spice heat after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruit/spiced sour ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, ginger, mint, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/spicy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Really great vibrancy of lime/ginger/mint spices; balanced Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Nothing overwhelming.

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superspak from Michigan, Jul 07, 2018
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