Gamma Ray APA | Beavertown Brewery

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Gamma Ray APAGamma Ray APA

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Beavertown Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Yelofin
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank out of a can in Manchester England. Solid APA. Some fruit, some pine. Easy drinking APA. If you see it, grab it. Worth a try on a hit day or at a bbq

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color: orange, hazy. White foam, not too high, unstable, only slightly painted glass.
Aroma: fruity, citrus, light resin.
Taste: sweetish tropical fruits, resin and as heating cup citrus flavor, juicy and slightly acidic.
Gentian: dry, fruity, pleasant. Saturation average.

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Photo of MrDell
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Beavertown - Gammaray
American Pale Ale – 5.4% - 330ml can - Best before 03.05.16

After visiting the UK at Christmas and being very impressed with canned beers from craft breweries such as Beavertown, Wild Beer Co., Magic Rock Brewing and Fourpure, I was looking forward to reviewing some modern craft beers from cans (and this one in particular). Now that I have reviewed a few, I have found is that, firstly, the beers themselves tend to vary wildly in quality (true of the craft scene in general) and secondly, being stored in a can does ensure that beers are kept free from light strike and oxidisation, especially important in these hop forward new age craft beers.

Appearance: Looks very nice. Perfectly clear, golden. Solid three finger, brilliant white head. Not as heavily carbonated as I thought. Probably 10 bubbles at a time moving slowly up middle of glass. Lots of lacing. Second half of can, when poured turned it very cloudy with swirls - still looks fantastic.

Aroma: As you'd expect from the hop bill (columbus, bravo, amarillo, citra, calypso, mosaic), loads of punchy fruits including pineapple, mango, orange and lemon. Also a slightly kind of funky smell at the back holding it all up.

Taste: Huge hit from the hops, sweet then a long bitter after taste. Not much else here at all, it's simple yet effective.

Mouthfeel: Resiny and surprisingly still in the mouth. Medium body.

Overall: I'm not a hop head and I have, or at least thought I had, grown tired of the pale malt, clean yeast and a ton of new world citrusy hops combination, which is exactly what this is, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and could imagine this as being a perfect session beer on a hot summers afternoon with a BBQ. As for the can itself, it’s possibly the best looking container for an alcoholic beverage that I’ve ever seen, with its rock/surf style artwork. 8.9 /10

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Photo of Hanglow
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer from Beavertown, I guess their flagship? Or at least most popular.

Fresh can, pours light amber gold, decent head.

Nose of standard tropical fruits, flavour follows on with a bit of malt. Fairly thin body for strength, slight mineral taste (good) well balanced bitterness.

A well made beer if a touch too thin for me

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Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had in London, poured from 330-ml. (11.2-oz.) can, purchased with several other selections to take away from pub, into hotel water glass. Great can (current, not the one pictured above:

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Photo of GammaMike12
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a beautiful golden colour. Large head so be very careful when pouring!! Head is nice and fluffy at first then reduces to a thin layer as I consume it. Carbonation appears low. Lacing is medium. 4.5

S: Wow this smells beautiful. This is how an APA should smell. Lots of citrus tropical and pine aroma. 5

T: Taste is sadly a bit of a let down compared to the aroma of the dry hops. But still holds up as being very enjoyable and is nice and bitter. 1/2 way through and I am already wishing I bought more then just the single can. 4

F: This feels a bit lighter than I thought it would. Carbonation is really there and keeps to the last sip! 3

O: Overall this is a brilliant APA. Aroma and bitterness being the key advantage, you will want another every time. 4.5

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was probably the best beer I had during my most recent 10 days in the UK. It tasted of juicy hop, especially on tap. I also purchased a can and it was pretty good too, though not as biting as the tap version.

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Photo of baumaxx1
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -
Pours a thick, fluffy, 2 finger head, which dissipates to a thin film. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing. Bronze in colour and appears cloudy with some particulate. Moderate effervescence.

Smell -
Lots of hop resin, pineapple, passionfruit, peach, mandarin, nectarine. Sweet & tart.

Taste -
Big citrus zest and peel, and leafy hops. Grapefruit dominated. Soda water undertones. Earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel -
Moderate, creamy body. Produces a good, cappuccino foam when chewed. Lively effervescence.

Overall -
The taste didn't quite live up to the amazing aromas displayed here. Overall drinkable and refreshing, but not the most balanced flavour on offer and on the bitter side. Refreshing, but left me wanting more of the flavours present in the smell.

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Photo of Jorose
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious! Pours well, great mouthfeel, entirely drinkable with big resinous and spicy hop character and body to match. Makes you want more...and more...and more!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 10/07/15 notes. 12 oz. can poured into a tulip. Picked up that day from Bottledog in London.

Pours a deep brownish orange with two fingers of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, floral notes, resin, and light tropical fruits. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good APA; one of the better ones I had in the UK.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit on the cloudy side, medium head, medium-to-low retention. Nose is certainly C-hops...better fresh aroma than expected. Flavor is pine and resin much more than it is fruity. Solid...maybe a bit too much...bitterness, but reasonably balanced. Overall, a solid effort that I would gladly throw back more often if not for the price tag (2.40 GBP for a 330ml can).

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler purchased at Appalachian Vintner Asheville.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Nice dry hop aroma that, at start, is citrusy but, as more sniffs are taken, there's an earthy, musty quality about it that eventually dominates.

T- More of that earthy, grassy hop flavor with a decent malt backing. Mild bitterness. Very easy to drink but a bit limp in overall flavor.

M- A tad oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A decent take on an American Pale although, without surprise, the hops weren't fully utilized in the way I would have hoped for it to be truly impactful.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the bottle before but this is the first time I've tried it on draft. Pours a amber colour with a thick creamy white head. Aromas has lot of fruits, citrus notes & hops. Tastes of grapefruit, some resins, caramel notes and hints of fruits. Aftertaste has medium carbonation with grainy notes of fresh fruity hop and clean malt coming through. A American Pale Ale I very much enjoyed.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Craft 260 in Fairfield on Friday 8/28, poured into a pint. They tapped it about a minute before I ordered it, so I guess it was fresh. Decent aroma to this, fairly hoppy. Was not expected this due to it coming from the UK. Flavor wise it has a kick of sweet malts but very, very hoppy. A touch of pine and citrus, but overall quite juicy. Light in the body and easy to drink, glad I went out on a limb and tried it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and citrus-like hops by the truckload with soft clean malt underneath.
Flavours are just as hoppy. More citrus, spicy notes and some pine. More clean malt underneath in a supporting role.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. Much different labelling than the graphic here. Good frothy head. Aroma very hoppy. Taste excellent. Now available in off licences in Midlands Ireland. Would I buy again, yes definitely

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Cloudy gold in colour, smells of citrus and floral hops with a hint of malt. Earthy and fresh hops dominate the flavour palate on this APA. Hoppy with a dry, moderately bitter finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange colour. Good head and lacing. This smells very hoppy with orangey citrus notes. This beer has a nice malt backbone and a very bitter finish. It could easily be considered an American syle IPA in my opinion. It is, perhaps, more bitter than Punk IPA for instance. Absolutely delicious. very well hopped with an excellent level of malt. Abv is very low for a beer of such high taste levels. A great English take on an American Pale Ale and definitely overlapping with some self described IPAs. Comparable in excellence to Kernel Brewery Pale Ales. My favourite so far from this brewery.

My mark out of one hundred would be 90.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with no visible BB date (unprinted). Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Cool label; described as an American pale ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with plenty of floating sediment and low carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of juicy hops with hints of mandarine, lime, citrus, white grape, melon, guava, grass/hay, light caramel malt and earthy yeast. Fruity and delicious.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, white grape, guava, grass/hay, earthy yeast, subtle grainy malt, stewed hops and a twinge of funk. Well-attenuated, followed by a hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and lightly tingly, with soft carbonation and good body. Hop oils tease the palate, though the CO2 could be livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, spicy bitterness and earthy yeast.

Pretty good - a nice little APA. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by bright, fruity hops and dry yeast notes. Body is OK; shame about the carbonation. Some extra spritz would be good. Goes down easily - worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Expires August 2014.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, peach, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and peach flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruit forward hop characteristics.

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Photo of TheMissingDrink
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Visual: Hazy pale amber. Creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose: Citrus hops, floral undertones, with hints of resin. Lots of pine.

Taste: Bitter, piney hops. Earthy herbal notes. Slightly sour citrus flavours. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy quality. Finish is odd – simultaneously dry and sticky.

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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Nonic glass. Bright gold, clear appearance. White & close crown. Intense citra aroma as well as hay, grass, pale malts & bread hues. Sweet malty upfront yields to increasing citric & floral biterness. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily texture & pine neddles on to the palate. Citric astringency & bitter finish. Slight resinous aftertaste.

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Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 330ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 06/14, served lightly-chilled.

A: murky dark amber colour, coming with low level of carbonation & a thin fluffy head.
S: aromatic Cascade-like hops abound, with citrus & flowery scent as well as ripe guava & “stinky” yeasts &/or pale malts.
T: leather-ish stinky esters come in abundance, on top of pale malts & a rather restrained fruity hop backbone. Not quite bitter in the end, but a touch of acidity is not to be missed.
M&O: softly carbonated, med-bodied, not very hoppy and a somewhat yeasty take on the style.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a thin head.
Rich citrus hop aroma.
Taste follows the smell. Bitter bight at the finish. Tangy.
Light to moderate feel. Good carbonation.
Nothing special.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewing + Distilling Convention, Dublin.

Creamy solid off white head that laces over red-kissed gold.
Orange creamsickle nose with a bit of resin.
Cookie dough and loads of round sweet (Amarillo?) orange hops.
Oddly musty end and mildy bitter peel linger.
Soft, slight chew, light to medium.

Magnum, Columbus, Bravo, Amarillo.

Creamy, easy orange loveliness. Good hop presence for the strength. The fusty tang is the only thing keeping it from perfect (perhaps from Bravo?) Seriously, though, tastes mostly like a Creamsicle.

Update: Website currently lists Citra and Calypso, too - wonder if this recipe has changed.

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