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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: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2328) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
explosivedog (188) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 330ml can. To the nose there’s floral hops, but the taste is something else. The mint and lime are perfectly subtle, though I’m not sure I pick up any chilli. It’s a little fizzy and quite thin.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cunningham (6906) - 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]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skarecrow (165) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Samuel214 (495) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
2016-06-08. Crisp orange body, modest beige head.3+ Aroma is vaguely spicy, resinous hops. Flavour is fairly bitter throughout, resinous hops, occasional fruit notes, lightly earthy finish. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ 7/3-4/7/3/14-15 Can from Glengarry Wines, Auckland, NZ.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4747) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2016
Fra flaske på Mi2 Cardinal (Asko Rogaland ølmesse): kobbegylden med flott skum selv omdet var slutten på flaska. Søte tropiske frukter (mango, pasjonsfrukt), lime mm i aroma og enda mer av dette i smaken. Lekker på alle måter, balansert, myk og mer enn lettdrikkelig.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2775) - NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
Shared bottle at Mi2 Extended at Cardinal 06.06.16. Slighty hazy orange. Superb aroma and taste of dried citrus, marmalade and tropical fruits. Medium bitterness. Utterly enjoyabl!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (2667) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2016
Burk från SB. Smak och doft av mango, persika, aprikos, smörkola, apelsinskal, citrus, svart te, humle, malt med toner av grapefrukt, tall, gräs och passionsfrukt. Fruktig, frisk, krämig, rund och len, fin maltsötma, bra beska. Gott!


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