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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: 86   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11132) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 7.5%. Hazy dark amber with big tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, caramel, citrus, little grapefruit and a little earthy. Flavour is malt, fruit, hop, citrus, little grapefruit, caramel, little earthy, little sweet and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, pine, citrus, malt and has a light earthy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11217) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - peach and grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. ry and rather bitter finish. 300814

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sveinrhansen (2) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
excellent beer, bought at vinmonopolet sørlandsenteret, an explosion of tastes: chili, mango, citrus herbs, floral. deffinetly a beer i will buy again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (465) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Sørlandssenteret. Pours unclear orange to copper. Above average amount of white head. Very bitter. Warming. Oily and medium to thick body. Apricot, alcohol, caramel, malt flavour. Too much alcohol warmth actually makes it hard to pick out flavours. A good beer nonetheless. Ok, I read the bottle label now. It’s of course the chili I feel burning. Mango flavours are also recognisable. Can’t find any mint though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (1980) - NORWAY - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Manglerud enjoyed at home
Copper, very hazed, big beige frothy head. Smell of grapefruit, mint, citrus zests, anise, othere herbs and spices. Moderate sweet, spicy, more mint and pine, some juicy tendensies.Ends of with a medium bitter tail with a solid chili sting. Quite unusual hop bill, and it works quite well with the additatives in this one. Why haven’t anyone else thought of an ipa with chili, mango, mint and lime? I think it’s a great idea!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at Øltorget, june 7th 2014. Almost clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma is intense fruity, lime, mango, garepfruit, taste in the same direction, with a mild chili added, the mango and chili combo here is just awesome, light bitterness, slightly piney, dry and refreshing mango/chili finish. This is one of the creative additions to an IPA that really works well.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garza (568) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - AUG 24, 2014
Tan orange look with nice beige head. Pine, herbal notes and spices on the aroma. Light sweetness and high bitterness on the taste with all the spiced mouthfeel. Refreshing, dry-light sweet finish with low carbonation. Nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4028) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Light amber-orange body with a medium creamy white head. Nose is pine, brown sugar, mango, alcohol and hints of resin, grass and grapefruit. Taste is pine, lime, citrus, grass and hints of caramel, peppers and resin. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice IPA with a decent spice-herbal tones.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5297) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours hazy orange with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity malts, with resiny and flowery notes, inviting and complex.Taste is laden with chili and mint, a wonderful mix with goes well towards the sweet malty background


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