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


on tap

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpeacey (15) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2016
330ml can from Liquorland. Lovely deep amber colour in the glass, with a soft cream coloured head that retains well. Lots of citrus and floral hops on the nose, some lychee and pineapple in there. Slightly metallic. Taste is perfect, not too bitter. After-burn from the chilli is noticeable but subtle, and doesn’t seem out of place. Love it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nosajhongkong (48) - North Point, HONG KONG - JUL 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 0,33L can bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong. Appearance: Pours a hazy amber - copper colour with medium frothy white head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Aroma: Massive fruity aroma of mango, passionfruit, citrus from Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops. Some resin, spice, lime and light toffee-like malt notes. Taste: A very complex and balanced flavour. Medium citrus bitterness, with resin and some pine. Later joins the light toffee-like malt sweetness which slowly turns into some subtle chilliness and spiciness at the end. The chilliness and spiciness is not overwhelmed, but can taste its existence as the glass becomes warmer. Palate: Medium body, with hoppy, bitter and citrus, mango and lime fruit finish. The texture is very smooth. Mild mint leaves and some sweet and very subtle chili aftertaste when swallow. Overall: Absolutely spot on. I am amazed by the perfect balance of this IPA. Although some really unique and exotic ingredients such as mango, Vietnamese mint and lime and chili are added, they do not clash with the usual beer ingredients of hops and malts. Such a stunning beer brewed by Garage Project, definitely goes on my favourite list. Also give credits to the design and drawing of the can, really eye-catching and worth collecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - JUL 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 Colore dorato, un po? velata con bel perlage, schiuma bianca frizzantina e sottile. Splendido aroma floreale ed erbaceo, con intenso sentore di agrumi. Molto piacevole al palato, con una luppolatura leggera, una carbonazione perfetta e una buona base di malto. Una birra fresca, con belle note di frutta tropicale, ben equilibrata a cui aggiungerei un pelo di amaro in più.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (170) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2016
650 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours a fantastic deep orange colour with medium tan head. Complex aroma of hops, citrus, and sweet fruit. Taste is hop forward balanced by citrus fruits and subtle sweetness. The balance between hops and sweetness is outstanding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2367) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2016
Can. 7.5%. Best before 14.01.17. Pours a clear, deep copper/golden with a light tan/beige head. Good lacing. Hoppy aroma; citrus, pine. Hints of mint, chili. Fresh, almost sea-like overtone. Spicy note as it warms. Fruity and citrusy hop flavour, a bit fat and with a spicy note. Bitter finish, liquorice. Hint of mint. Lingering mild chili burn. Soft palate. Overall good, well-balanced; neither the mint nor the chili is too much; both have a pleasant level. 24.06.16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (362) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 330ml can (now had on tap too). To the nose there’s floral hops, but the taste is something else. There’s big juicy mango flavours and big hoppy bitterness, but the finish is perfectly cooled by the tart lime and fragrant mint. A really special beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (7055) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2016
Hop juice for hop lovers <3.
Unclear orange golden color with a thick fine off white head. Solid aroma. Medium to full body and a smooth carbonation. A bit sweet, but a fine bitterness balanced it well up. Grapefruit hoppy, toffee, tropical, some resin and pine in the flavor. Solid work.
[Bottle from Vinmnopolet Ullevål Stadion in Oslo, Norway]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
[8199-20160508] Can. Fruity orange and tropical aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Bitter fruity sweet orange flavour. Medium body has a pleasant bitterness. Good. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skarecrow (268) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2016
330ml can BB 8/7/2016 Upfront hoppy aroma Hazy red gold color Good bitterness with hoppy finish Love the artwork on the can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samuel214 (606) - SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2016
Burk från SB. Guldig klar vätska med gräddigt krämbeiget skum. Stor knäckig doft med övergräddad kola och kåda. I bakgrunden lite mango. Mellanstor kropp. En mix smakmässigt. Först på en lite fruktig hetta från grön chili och feferoni. Ligger kvar rakt igenom utan att ta över. Knäckig kola som i doften. Mint och mynta i bakgrunden någonstans. Lite fruktigt. Svårbalanserad... mja, vet inte riktigt!

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