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Gamma Ray APA

    Brewery: Beavertown Brewing
    Country: England
    Size: 33cl
    ABV: 5.4%
    Price: 31kr
    Systembolaget: 82627

    When the levee breaks and I ramble on over the hills and far away to the stairway to heaven, I will do so with a whole lotta love. However before that happens though I thought I would review this beer. Fans of Led Zeppelin might have noticed the titles of a few of their songs in my opening statement. If you’re not a fan, you probably just thought I was going slightly crazy. There is a very strong connection though between the band and this beer. The brewery was started in 2011 in London by Logan Plant, who is none other than the son of Zeppelins iconic vocalist Robert Plant. So does this APA make its way to number one in the charts or does it fade into obscurity?

    First of all, some praise must be given to the really nice can artwork. The bold colours and unique cartoon sci-fi theme is rather eye catching. The beer itself though had a dull golden hue and with a fair amount of cloud to it. A fluffy white head that held and some good carbonation finished the look and appeared to have medium lacing around the glass. The aroma is best described as juicy. Big grassy note coupled with orange peel, lemon and grapefruit were evident. It was like walking through a meadow in the summer rain. I found it rather sweet with some fruity caramel that faded fast into the  bitterness I expected from the aroma. It clung to the palate and coated the mouth with a good body. Pine resin and grapefruit were in the mix but the bitterness was more subdued that I thought it would be. The finish was dry and the aftertaste continued for a fair while.

    I find some APAs are just too bitter for my liking. It is almost like sucking on a grapefruit peel. Beavertown though have succeeded in creating a refreshing APA that has those tones without going overboard. This is the kind of APA you could drink a few of in a session and not feel like your tongue is turning inside out. This was a good product and I can see why it is one of their flagship beers. I look forward to seeing what other hits will come out of this brewery soon.