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


on tap

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 I could drink this all day. Wow. A hop dream and full bodied. Fantastic balance. The chilli just leaves a peppery-ness at the end which is a great change from sweetness. New batch tasted 22/11/13 - less chilli which is a pity cos I enjoyed the bite in the previous release - but a superlative IPA all the same and highly enjoyed (can).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pjw (6) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
Lovely floral aroma, deep golden colour. Explosions of lime and hops, followed by a subtle hint of chilli in the aftertaste. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2015
A great idea bringing the violence of the vietnam war and putting it in a bottle. This is a massive beer, soooo much flavour and a hop bomb. Just superb. Really a hop heads dream. An American DIPA hop flavour with the light additions of the other listed ingredients. Hard to pick out from the hops but I see a little Marzipan and lime citrus. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 Wowee. Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours hazy orange with a small white head with some nice lacing. Nose shows big, juicy hops - citrus, mango, pine, mont and chilli. Very enticing stuff. Taste is big hop driven citrus notes, heavy tropical fruits, and chilli. The chilli is damn hot. Probably one of the hottest beers Iíve had to date. Very bitter sweet. Really well made stuff. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Andrus86 (227) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DylansDad (481) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2013
Absolute stunner. Surprisingly and thankfully, and amazingly, despite all the wacky and exotic ingredients and witchcraft that went into this... despite the mango, chili, Vietnamese mint and lime juice, despite all that, it is still a beer. For me the aroma is classic American IPA. The taste is a lovely caramelly toffee sweet malt base at the front, the orangey citric and resiny hops waylay you in the middle and the end is birds-eye chili. DO NOT BE AFRAID. The heat is very subtle at the beginning, and gradually warms as you make your way through the bottle. I wish I had another bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattress63 (73) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 330ml can from Beer Cartel. It?s been a long time since I first wanted to try this beer and I wasn?t disappointed. So many interesting flavours to this beer, the Garage Project lads have a good one. Everything from pine to grapefruit to mint is evident, and each one seems to taste just that little bit different which I like. Great IPA, you won?t be disappointed. One of NZ best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gazagaz (8) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
Super drop. resin herby nose with medium to heavy bitterness full body with a long finish. Top class beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
morri (258) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013
This really was fantastic. A lovely looking beer that smells beautiful. Taste is good, lots of hops, cant really appreciate the mango, but the lime mint and chilli come through at the end. The chilli is far from overpowering, rather it balances out nicely the bitterness of the hops.

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