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Terrapin Side Project Gamma Ray

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Wheat Ale
Athens, Georgia USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Volume 3: The Terrapin Gamma Ray is a massive wheat beer brewed with a obscene amount of locally grown Tupelo and Sourwood Honeys from Savannah Bee Company.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Thanks to Deuane for opening this one for us. The original Side Project 3 release in a foil-wrapped bottle.

A - Pours golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong wheat grain, honey, dulled orange rind, and some bready malt. This one screams honey wheat beer from the rafters.

T - Starts off with the typical wheat beer chewiness quickly giving way to a mix of honey sweetness, orange peel, and some light spice. It is pretty sweet and chewy throughout. The finish is more of the same, chewy sweetness lingering through the finish.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, sweet, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad but not really my cup of tea either. The sweetness helped to cut down on the chewiness but it was still a bit much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to homer321 for the reintroduction to a fine Georgia brewery. This is not the best beer I have tried from them but I am not a huge wheat wine fan to begin with. Even so it was easy to finish without too many complaints. I look forward to the rest of Terrapin in the fridge.

Flavor / Palate - The carbonated caramel base retains a minimal head after a minute or two. Malt, caramel, and molasses smell like very ripe fruit dripped in melted chocolate. Boozy mulled apple cider adds a little bit more depth to a heady presence.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonated apple cider bubbles across the tongue. A dash of honey and spices provides a smooth transition before the ABV kicks in. Melted Twix completes a nice feeling wheat wine. The biggest flaw is that it has too much carbonation. Even so it might be a good one if you like the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a hazy rusty gold, with almost no head. Big chunks of sediment. A few bubbles cling to the side and big alcohol kegs present. Smell is strong honey and grape with notes of banana and Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet throughout. Grapes and banana come through, honey and booze, spices and citrus. Itís different, reminds me a bit if DFH Midas touch but a bit sweeter. Seems like a good dessert beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Best by: week 1, November 2011 10.8% ABV (deviant from BA description as of post). A: Rolls out a rusty golden ale with no head production and a mirror surface. With agitation, a few light toasted bubbles hover momentarily. The beer is hazy with increased opacity near the center. No lace. Needs bubbles, needs lace. S: Bananas, sugar, grass and maybe a hint of gardeniaís; like a really high quality hefeweizen on roids. Actually quite pleasant. the honey doesnít really come through much for me, just barely perceptible. T: Banana, clove, slight hint of coriander, the wheat is obvious and adds a slight spiciness I did not anticipate. Otherwise, again, this is like a hefe on roids. Not bad, but not particularly unique. M: Thick and creamy with a resonating and appropriate finish which is velvety like a well aged Paso Robles Cab, well done. O: This is admittedly my introduction to the style, and I kinda new what to expect. This is nice, and a decent night cap as I see it, but I wonder what would happen to this beer with time on it. I will have to try more of these to see what the trend is. Serving type: bottle 08-27-2011

2.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ttroha (342) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Golden in color with white head. Flora aroma. Strong taste of apples and pears. Super sweet aftertaste. Not very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JHeath99 (1116) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
2010 vintage at The Porter. Pours hazy amber with almost no head. Aroma of sweetness and floral. Taste of dark fruits with an undercurrent of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Reviewed 9-2-10. Iím glad to have another date with the Terrapin Brewing Company, one of my new friends in the DC area! Wahoo!! Ap: My bubble glass now looks exactly like a very well carbonated orange. Actually, more carbonation than I expected from an 11% ABV brew. Ar: Banana first, then a tinge of citrus, and then dark fruit (dates and plums specifically). This is surprising, considering the citrus-like color. If I were to close my eyes and someone were to put this up to my nose without me knowing what it was or where it came from, I would have guess it was a Unibroue product. T: Very sweet! Sweet, sweet, sweet! However, that is appropriate for this style. Iím definitely getting upfront honey, and actually more dark fruit now than citrus. P: The sweetness coats a bit, but I still like the carbonation level a lot. O: This brew hides its ABV better than anything Iíve tasted in the last month. Dangerous! This style may not be everyoneís bag, but Iím thoroughly enjoying this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Golden orange in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, candy corn and salt water taffy. Taste is of alcohol, very sweet, and malt.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
cheap (4202) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2013
This is not a wheat ale, it is a wheat wine, think rude nasty american wannah bee barley wine, wew. Too much fer this old fart, quite uncivilized. This looks like a newer bottle to even tho it says retaired. Some of the rudest most boozy beer Iíve had since those couple of merry monkís Iíve. Me not like the american barley wine style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
12 oz bottle labelled "Monster Beer Tour". This one has to be a few years old. Pours golden, very little head. Sweet aroma, wheat and citrus. The honey in this seems a little thin, with the smoothness of the wheat really overpowering. Quite good for a strong Wheat Ale.


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