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


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (595) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet SÝrlandssenteret. 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. Itís of course the chili I feel burning. Mango flavours are also recognisable. Canít find any mint though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2164) - 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 havenít anyone else thought of an ipa with chili, mango, mint and lime? I think itís a great idea!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at ōltorget, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garza (570) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4281) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5761) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2014
0.65l bottle. This is a cloudy looking deep orange/amber-grey colored one with a nice big lasting and heavy lacing off-white head. It has a really sweet intense aroma loaded with peaches, sweet ripe fruits, red currants, freshly cut lawn and a sweet sticky malty backbone. Yeah, I like what I smell. Lots of flavors also. It has a nice thick oily feeling in the mouth and itís almost creamy on the small bubbles. A nice fruitiness with lots of ripe fruits, but still really balanced cause this one is well hopped! Grassy pine cones with birch juices, peaches and a really pleasant little pepper burn in the aftertaste. Has this perhaps been added some sort of chili? Dunno, but I really enjoyed the beer. 20.04.2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
morri (224) - NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2014 650ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Large tan head with a lot of big bubbles. Amber cloudy body. Aroma is caramel, toffee, tropical fruits and spicy hops. Bittersweet on the tongue. Perfectly balanced! Long dry bitter, slightly chili-dominated aftertaste. One of the best beers I?ve ever had!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6356) - 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 (821) - 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.

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