BEER FOCUS: Beavertown – Gamma Ray

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I have been interested in Beavertown for quite sometime now, never had the opportunity to buy a can but when I first stumbled across the brewery in BrewDog Nottingham, I was intrigued. Mainly for the fact that their can artwork caught my eye immensely, it’s different, eye catching and very much adds a unique approach to their beers.

If you’ve never heard of Beavertown or have done but want to find out more, here is a little bit of background about the brewery. Beavertown is a British born & bred craft beer brewery based in North London at their new hideout in Tottenham Hale. Logan Plant came about Beavertown in his kitchen at Duke’s Brew & Que. in Hackney. They currently have 7 core brews and also their “Alpha Series” which are available to the public at any bottle shop, tap house or online merchants (some of which I’m eager to get my hands on!) –

Bloody Ell: Blood Orange IPA (7.2% ABV)
Skull King: Double IPA (8.7% ABV)
8 Ball: Rye IPA (6.2% ABV)
Black Betty: Black IPA (7.4% ABV)
Neck Oil: Session IPA (4.3% ABV)
SMOG Rocket: Smoked Porter (5.4% ABV)
and of course, Gamma Ray: American PA (5.4% ABV)

As you can see from their core range of brews, Beavertown love to play around with malts, hops and use a variety of ingredients and aren’t scared to turn up the ABV just a notch for ultimate pleasure and enjoyment. Don’t be worried though, even though the ABV is slightly high this doesn’t take away the fact that their beers are outstanding, especially with their Gamma Ray.

In a American Pale Ale or any Pale Ale, your likely to see an average ABV of around 4.0% to 7.0%, so your in a good playing field here. Gamma Ray was a mouthful of shear delight, I was lucky enough to enjoy a can in a backseat of a friends car driving down a dual-carriageway on a hot sunny day (classy, I know!) but opening the can your delightfully welcomed with an aroma of mango, peach, lychee with a crisp after or citrus which balances out the fruitiness of the mango and the peach.

The first sip was crisp, medium bitterness and virtually no sweetness considering that there is a slight hint of caramel in there along with citrus and pines giving a strong nod to the American forefathers. Brewed with a real tropical selection of hops using Columbus, Bravo, Amarillo, Citra and Calypso all brewed for a few days enhancing the juiciness aroma and intensifying the flavour of the beer so you can get the full power of the hops. With an IBU of 55 this is perfect, great selection of malts in this one as well featuring Caramalt and Caragold giving the slight and just enough sweetness this beer needs along with Best Pale.

Gamma Ray is a great ale, without a doubt and I’ve literally got no bad words to say about this beer at all as it’s all thumbs up and I’ll definitely be picking up some more and along with their many other beers which I’ll also feature right here.

Pairing this pale ale, I’d probably get a few cans and enjoy this with friends in Camden Lock, or park/beach for that matter as this is a perfect ale to have a session on. Food wise, a good meaty burger or hotdog and if you want to go a bit fancy, a thin base pizza with a cheesy/meaty topping.

Let me know your thoughts on Beavertown’s recent brews and what you would like to see them do this year.

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