American Pale Ale • 5.4 % ABV • Tottenham, England
My next beer comes from a London based brewery who brewed up their 1000th beer back at the end of September. The occasion was marked by a live Facebook feed which included a tour of the brewery as well as a Q&A session which you can find at this link.
They also recently hosted a tap takeover at Brewdog, here in Cardiff where they brought along plenty of mainstays and unique beers for the masses to try.
Today, I give you Gamma Ray by Beavertown.
What the heck is Gamma Ray then huh?
Gamma Ray is made up of a mixture of Pale malts, caramalt & caragold for body, colour and flavour. Then heaps of Columbus, Bravo, Amarillo, Citra & Calypso are added in larger quantities as the boil progresses to build a tropical grapefruit and mango flavour.
Finally, there is some dry hop action to build up some powerful aromas ready for when you pop that seal for the first time.
Let’s crack it and unleash those hopped up contents shall we?
Gamma Ray pours with a golden colour and once settled is perfectly clear. It forms a lively white head which settles quickly but leaves a little foam on the surface.
As expected, there are big American hop aromas of grapefruit and citrus with a touch of biscuity malt which supports the hoppy profile really well.
The flavour is jump started by biscuit and toffee malt flavours which kick things up a notch with heaps of juicy citrus and resinous hops.
This leads into a lasting and dry, bitter finish.
A smooth drinker with a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation.
Gamma Ray is a great American Pale ale with plenty of hoppy action and enough malt to balance things out nicely.
Crisp and refreshing.
I have to comment on the artwork too, with the boldness of the colours against the natural silver sheen of the can. All dreamt up by Beavertown’s creative Director, Nick Dwyer, who has taken plenty of influence from Mars Attacks and Warren Ellis graphic novels.
Another example where the artwork is instantly recognisable to the brand.
Wait till you say the colour of Beavertown’s Lupuloid!
If you have had an opportunity to try a can, then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of Gamma Ray.