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Garage Project Death From Above

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


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 havenít you should. It could be life changing. Itís 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 Ė mango, chili, Vietnamese mint and lime juice arenít exactly conventional ingredients. Donít bother checking, they arenít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Grassy resiny tropical fruit aroma with pineapple notes. Dryish resiny pineapple taste with grassy notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish, hot mouthfeel. Dryish resiny peppery aftertaste with pineapple notes. Spicy wooden finish. Itís a bit too sharp and pineappley for me. (0.65l bottle, from wine monopoly Oslo City.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (695) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange with a nice slightly offwhite head. Aroma of peaches, mango and some herbal notes as well. Fresh and clean.Taste is bitter with loads of tropical fruits, and some chilli burn as well. Very nice and drinkable ipa. Medium bodied with medium+ co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1098) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2014
Cloudy orange body with a long-lived off-white head that laces the glass well. Very strong aroma thatís heavy hoppy and fairly aroma, with lots of slightly overripe tropical fruits like sweet peach and mango, also some red berries, sweet caramel and spicy notes in the back. Strong flavour of tropical fruits with a nice malty caramel backbone mixed with herbal notes. A moderate and pleasant chilli burn comes forth in the finish. Itís the perfect amount of chilli for me, itís hot enough to be interesting but far from palate-wrecking hot. The taste is moderate to light sweet and the long-lasting finish is quite heavy bitter. The tiny bit of extra sweetness that this one has compared to your average IPA fits the chilli burn well. Mid-bodied, dry and with a moderate carbonation. For an IPA itís quite complex and demanding due to the chilli, but itís still highly drinkable, crisp and refreshing.
[65 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16537) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden pale orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish with hints of spicy chili.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
DWF; Pours hazy dark golden orange with a creamy, lacing, off-white, lasting head. Nosetrils fills with malt, caramel, heavy citrus, tropic mango floral and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, heavy bitter and chili burning with a lasting bitter, still balanced finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is avarage. Interesting, spicy and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (902) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark golden with a big off white medium creamy head. Aroma is tropical hoppy with mango a a whiff of mint, as well as caramel malts with toffee. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavour is hoppy with mango and sweet citrus, as well as bitter hops with pine and a good hot sting of chili. Good malt backbone. Lingering hot chili and resinous hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Itís a unclear dark orange-golden body under a finger-thick off-white head leaving some curtains. The aroma is quite malty, with a little caramel. Resins, pine cones, green chili and some grass too. After reading the label I realize I should have recognized the scent of mint. Itís lightly warming on the palate, full-bodied, and with a nice carbonation level. Semi-sweet. A nice touch of green chilies, a solid dose of pine cones and resins, with a good bitterness. A nice maltyness too, with some toffee. Lasting finish with bitterness, some chili warmth and a decent malty touch. Love the chili in this one, and itís sure nice anyway. Will definitely buy more bottles of it. 140730

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (499) - Skui, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Gylden ugjennomsiktig med medium hÝyde pŚ skummet. Aroma av furu, mango/fersken, malt og humle. Smaken er grapefrukt, furu, mint(!), chilli og malt. SÝtlig fÝrst, fÝr mintsmaken setter inn og vedvarer helt ut i ettersmaken, sammen med en kledelig bitterhet. Chilin brenner fint i halsen. Medium konsistens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Andrus86 (19) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2014
BOTTLE/CAN. Either option is amazing, nice orange colour and all the flavours just burst out of the bottle. The Chilli flavour is so subtle, yet it combines with the other flavours & hops so well... its a must try! Can sourced from The Pourhouse Dunsborough Bottle sourced from Cellarbrations Capel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3297) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique July 2013. Good beer but an even better label. Dark orange with creamy head, citrus and floral aromas and a mouthful of hops, what more could you ask for.

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