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Garage Project Death From Above

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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This has been one of the most challenging Garage brews to date. At its heart was the idea of combining aggressive, high citrus character of American hops with the heat and sweetness of Indochine flavours. Have you ever tried a Vietnamese mango and chili salad? If you haven’t you should. It could be life changing. It’s an idea that has been rattling around the Garage consciousness for a while and the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular seemed like a fitting opportunity to give it an outing. It was always going to be a challenging brew to pull off – mango, chili, Vietnamese mint and lime juice aren’t exactly conventional ingredients. Don’t bother checking, they aren’t listed in the Reinheitsgebot. Add a lavish addition of Chinook, Centennial, Citra and Amarillo hops, a deadline launch for an international beer festival and take it straight to a 2000 litre batch without any chance for small scale testing and you get what could have been a recipe for spectacular, monumental disaster. The idea of trying to bring all these flavours together in a coherent way given the pressure of time and prospect of public humiliation was, frankly, shit scary.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColaKid (67) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2014
An interesting beer as the mango, mint and chilli add a more complex aftertaste, not sure if I’d choose it over another hoppy IPA or IIPA though, great stuff nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4619) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2014
650 ml bottle. Slightly hazy orange body with a medium sized off-white head. Nice, strong hoppy aroma, mostly pine and grass with citric fruit in the background. Flavor is medium sweet malt, some caramel, green pepper, some fruit and strong grassy hop bitterness. Well balanced body for the hoppy style and long bitter aftertaste. Not super complex, but very refreshing, quaffable and rather moorish. Like it a lot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8501) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2014
650ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Vika. Shared with Finn and his neighbours next door. Apricot coloured body, pearl white head. Aroma of orange, apricot and a spicy bite. Dried fruity flavours, hints of pine, basement, and forest. Mild yeasty fruitiness to a chili finish. Fine bodied. Has got some moments of interests (Tromsø 04.11.2014).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinhol (310) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2014
640 mil bottle big hoppy resin aroma deep amber with white taste is resin hops with chilli punch at the end

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (101) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2014
Hazy golden beer with a nice heavy off-white head. Smells like a tropical salad in a Thai restaurant. Big melon and passionfruit mixed with coriander and sweet red chili. Fresh and bitter, really fruity, watermelon, passionfruit and massive pine resins. In the mix is a really thai inspired flavour, slightly spicy chili and coriander pepper, all on top of a bready malt backing. The finish is mildly bitter and fresh, very think malt and a slight chili heat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorm (1464) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2014
Dunkel lys brun farve med lyst skum. Lukt av tropisk frukt. Smak av tropisk frukt, malt og krydder. Noe tørr og bitter avslutning. Vinmonopolet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (1729) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2014
Nydelig duft av friske citrus frukter. Dunkel gulbrun farge. tynn hinne skum, noe heng langs kant. Nydelig smak av citrusfrutter, grapefukt, appelsin m.m.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014

Bottle 650ml. @ The Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2014, TSODRBSG14.

[ As Garage Project Death From Above ].
Light unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, mandarin, passion fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, orange - mandarin, fruity hops, passion fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140830]

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wellywilly (6) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2014 does not count
Can. Aroma a strong point - taste is decent but perhaps a little too much bitterness to complement the exotic ingredients? It’s a good beer but it seems that others have seen more in it than I did. Maybe I’ll give it a second chance in the future

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3286) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Storo. Bb date 11/11/14. Deep golden hazy color, good foam. Immediately hoppy, pine, some fruitiness , malt and light citrus- also good yeast influence. Medium/ full body & medium complexity. Solid bitterness, ok balance. Very enjoyable, powerfull with a good backbone


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