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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: 91   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16895) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden pale orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish with hints of spicy chili.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (753) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
DWF; Pours hazy dark golden orange with a creamy, lacing, off-white, lasting head. Nosetrils fills with malt, caramel, heavy citrus, tropic mango floral and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, heavy bitter and chili burning with a lasting bitter, still balanced finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is avarage. Interesting, spicy and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark golden with a big off white medium creamy head. Aroma is tropical hoppy with mango a a whiff of mint, as well as caramel malts with toffee. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavour is hoppy with mango and sweet citrus, as well as bitter hops with pine and a good hot sting of chili. Good malt backbone. Lingering hot chili and resinous hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. It’s a unclear dark orange-golden body under a finger-thick off-white head leaving some curtains. The aroma is quite malty, with a little caramel. Resins, pine cones, green chili and some grass too. After reading the label I realize I should have recognized the scent of mint. It’s lightly warming on the palate, full-bodied, and with a nice carbonation level. Semi-sweet. A nice touch of green chilies, a solid dose of pine cones and resins, with a good bitterness. A nice maltyness too, with some toffee. Lasting finish with bitterness, some chili warmth and a decent malty touch. Love the chili in this one, and it’s sure nice anyway. Will definitely buy more bottles of it. 140730

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (544) - Skui, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Gylden ugjennomsiktig med medium høyde på skummet. Aroma av furu, mango/fersken, malt og humle. Smaken er grapefrukt, furu, mint(!), chilli og malt. Søtlig først, før mintsmaken setter inn og vedvarer helt ut i ettersmaken, sammen med en kledelig bitterhet. Chilin brenner fint i halsen. Medium konsistens.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Andrus86 (42) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2014
BOTTLE/CAN. Either option is amazing, nice orange colour and all the flavours just burst out of the bottle. The Chilli flavour is so subtle, yet it combines with the other flavours & hops so well... its a must try! Can sourced from The Pourhouse Dunsborough Bottle sourced from Cellarbrations Capel

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3540) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique July 2013. Good beer but an even better label. Dark orange with creamy head, citrus and floral aromas and a mouthful of hops, what more could you ask for.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borre_m (294) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2014
It pours an cloudy almost amber. I think my bottle is a little old, and some of the aroma has escsped, it is mostly malty but ther are some floral hops as well. The taste has loads of floral hops, and it is a good ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Mango on nose, light fruity dry mango taste, light chili burn.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soupoftoday (19) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
A well made beer that is overrated and not worth it for its price. The hop profile is pleasant, with peach flavours dominating and slight pine and citrus notes, but is unable to shine due to the odd bitterness that comes on too early and dampens the shine of the hops, leaving a cluttered, dull and messy flavour. The chili that slowly reveals itself is a fun addition. An ambitious beer that turns out to be not that inspiring.


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