BEER FOCUS: Beavertown Gamma Ray
I have been interested in Beavertown for quite sometime now, but I’ve never had the opportunity to buy a can. That was until I stumbled across the brewery in BrewDog Nottingham. I couldn’t resist! 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, 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, Beavertown 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. They 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 the Beavertown Gamma Ray.
In an American Pale Ale or any Pale Ale, you’re likely to see an average ABV of around 4.0% to 7.0%, so you’re in a good playing field here. Beavertown Gamma Ray was a mouthful of sheer delight, you’re welcomed with an aroma of mango, peach, and lychee with a crisp aftertaste, which balances out the fruitiness of the mango and the peach.
The first sip was crisp, with medium bitterness and virtually no sweetness considering that there is a slight hint of caramel in there. 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 a perfect beer. It has a great selection of malts in this one, including Caramalt and Caragold, giving the slight and just enough sweetness this beer needs, along with the malt, Best Pale.
Beavertown Gamma Ray is a great ale, without a doubt and I’ve literally got no bad words to say about this beer at all! I’ll definitely be picking up some more and along with their many other beers which I’ll also feature right here.
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.