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Side Project 3 - Gamma Ray by Terrapin Beer Company
Wheat Wine
11.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber from the great package store Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a Terrapin snifter. Had this beer many'a times and never got around to reviewing it. Mostly because I have spent all my time previously just enjoying this fine beer. Lets review it now, shall we?

A: This beer pours a very, vibrant, glowing orange/brown color. This beer seems to absorb all the light in the room, making it just radiate. Held to the light, it just glows all around in a nice bright orange. A really vigourous pour only yields about a quarter finger of white head. That head doesn't have much lasting power, but that which stays tries its damnedest to put some sticky ass lacing on the glass. This beer also has a slight haze to it.

S: Smell starts off with a wierd smell that I can only liken to a Reisling. Then comes the wheat goodness. Lots of nice wheaty smells with a wonderful banana smell coming out. Then comes that smooth sweet ass honey. That honey has a very nice, sweet, almost candied aroma. Just smells great.

T: This is where this sucker shines. The first thing that comes out is that wonderful honey sweetness. That sweetness has a great balance and really doesn't get out of control. Then comes the wheat. This tastes like a beefed up hefe at times with a really nice banana and bubblegum presence. Just big time, beautiful hefe taste. There is a slight pine presence coming out thanks to the hops, but it isn't overpowering what is going on in here. Slight white wine alcohol flavor rounds it out Everything is damned near perfect.

M: Mouthfeel is on the really heavy side of medium in body. I might actually put this into the full bodied category. This beer has a really nice oiley, sticky quality thanks to the viscosity of this brew. ABV is high, but its not out of control with the heat. Just a nice warming quality in the throat and tum tum. There is also slight white wine tingle of carbonation in the back of the throat. Aftertaste is of just some really nice wheat and honey flavors.

D: For being such a big ass beer sitting at 11%, I can drink this shit all day. It just has a great taste and aroma, and it just goes down so easily. This beer sits really nicely and just is great. Stupid good beer. I just love the hell out of this and I am glad I bought a case. Another hit from the great Terrapin brewery. I certainly hope the rumors I have heard about this becoming the new Summer Monster beer are true. This should be in rotation at that brewery because it is that good.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-13-2009 06:28:38

Served In: Snifter

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
Props go out to cvstrickland and cheegan 04, both whom were so kind as to send me a bottle of this.

Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy, syrupy almost copper color. A thin off-white "head" makes it's appearance, and quickly slips away. upon closer inspection, slow streamers of bubbles scattered about the goblet slowly make their rise, leaving no trace on the surface. Lacing is non-existent.
Almost perfect for a wheatwine.

Aroma has a heavy handed wheat action going for it, with equal amounts of fruity Belgian yeasts. Cantaloupe and juicy tangerine come to mind, along with a backhanding of over-ripe bannana. A strong sweetness here also - has to be the "obscene amounts of Tupelo and Sourwood honeys" used in the brewing process - a very nice touch, and again balances well. Caramel malts for backbone, and a strong alcoholic sensation hits the nostrils like a freight train.
This is my kind of beer.

First on the tongue is that wheat twang, almost intrusively - most definitely taking the lead right out of the gates. next is the sweetness from the honeys - very mead-like in taste. The yeasts used throw their flavors next... pitches of soft, brown banana along with overipened pear coat the tongue with their syrupy sweetness. A small amount of bitterness towards the middle that slips away into more malty sweetness towards and through the finish - which within it's self a boozy monster... as it should be. A couple metric tons of sweetness and booze happening here, but nicely balanced and working together quite well.

Medium and listing towards full in body. Smooth, syrupy/sticky and plush mouthfeel - some dryness in the finish. Carbonation is subtle, and damn near perfect for the style. Very boozy feel overall - again, mostly in the finish.

I love this - well, I love all Wheatwines, but this is a true treat. I love the twist Tearrapin put into this offering with the use of local honeys and Belgian yeasts... and they did a spectacular job pulling it all together!
Be forewarned - this style is not for everyone... but if you like big, flavorful boozy barleywines - you may just like this. Not exactly true to style with the creative twists and all, but the basics are there, and in a masterful way.
Kudos to Terrapin for this one!
Highly Recommended.

Served In: Snifter

Review by bakes on 12/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
22 oz bomber poured into a tulip, because (me being me) it allows the wheat notes to blossom. Strange, but I believe it true. Pours a brilliant orange-amber with a white head that simmers down into a fine bead and ring of foam that hangs on forever. Aroma of alcohol, wheaty tartness, citrus and tropical fruit... very appetizing.

Starts with a weizenbock-like wheat malt and ester flavor, and then it kicks into gear in three separate directions that all work together - an underlying slightly grainy bitterness, a tropical fruit maltiness with whiffs of citrusy hop, and a solid spiciness (clove, a little cinnamon and pepper) and warming surge to take care of the tastebuds that have not yet been served. What I love about this brew is how halfway through these flavors all collide. Juicy, spicy, warm, bitter - it's all there, and in fine balance. Finishes with a lingering clove-and-mango spiciness and tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and warming surge. It's a VERY big beer, but also VERY well balanced. Tingly but silky mouthfeel.

A huge brew, but a very balanced, deep, enjoyable one as well. I need to have my buds in North Carolina clear the shelves of this for me. I want more!!!!

Served In: Tulip

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