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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: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (542) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
ABV: 7.5% Best before January 14 - 2017.

A clear, copper colored beer with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Wow! A lot of fruity hops! Orange, mango, pineapple, pine, resin and a little hint of chili.
Taste: The chili is more in the taste than in the nose. Mango, citrus, orange, tea, resin, malt and lime.
Mouth: Full body. Medium carbonaton. Dry ending. The heat from the chili stays in the mouth - Not to much though!

Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6530) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Canned from Systembolaget Deep amberwith a medium head. Fruity and resinous in both aroma and flavour. Sweet. Slightly oily palate. Medium bitterness

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewdude123 (16) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Can from systembolaget - sweden,looks more like a barley wine than an ipa small White tan head beutiful carbenation, bit heavy bit frech and a small sting of chilli Works fine for me!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (258) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
440ml can with BB-date: 14/01/2017 (no bottling date). Pours a cloudy dark amber with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. The nose is a bit muted at first. After a while it opens up a fragrant, fruity bouquet with hints of pine cones, citrus, tropical fruits, dank forest floor and incense. Pretty fantastic nose, although many might miss out on it since it took a long time to open up. The palate is medium bodied. The mint makes it’s appearance on a medium sweet malty base. The finish is long with building bitterness. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dahlstrom (195) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2016
475 ml can from Systembolaget. Clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma of hops (citrus and floral) and caramel. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. And medium to high bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1500) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2016
A complex but great aroma of citrus, pineapple and tropical fruits. Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with a lasting head with nice lacing. The taste is well balanced between a fruity sweetness with just a hint of bitterness. Notes of citrus, apricot, caramel and a hint of pepper. Medium body with a lightly bitter finish with a hint of spice.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canadiankiwi (139) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 16, 2016
Poured from can. Hazy golden colour. Smells amazing. Wonderfully hop filled. Slightly carbonated throughout. Nice hop and earthy taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2547) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2016
Sample @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival 20160402. Hoppy, fruity, caramely, citrusy, finish is dry and fruity.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (251) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - APR 6, 2016
A 330ml can with a best before date of 19th August 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It poured a clear copper amber colour with just over a one finger off white head that dissipates slowly but leaves nice lacing. Aromas were tropical fruit strong with mango, pineapples and peach floating about with some light citrus and chili. Tastes very interesting. Not at all what I expected but in a good way. Grapefruit bitterness and caramel start strongly before slowly being lightly muted by a refreshing cooling mint coating, some tropical mango and ever so light chili spice. Mid to light bodied with light to medium carbonation. Overall an excellent brew. Very balanced between the hop bitterness, cooling mint and light spiciness. The carbonation was on the low side to what I prefer, but the cooling mint helps to rectify this. I loved this… must buy again in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adasko (1705) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Hoppy, oily, spicy aroma. Quite nice. In taste it’s too much malty definitely, to sweet, and a bit of butter flavour too. The other side, the spices, the hops, the bitterness is nice and pleasant but the sweetness is to big, spoils the whole taste. Nice medium mouthfeel. In overall it’s a good beer, quite specific, a bit strange but good.


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