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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: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (469) - 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).

5
   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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rickoles (4) - - FEB 21, 2016 does not count
If you love ipaís and havenít tried this you should! Death from above has been my treat / go-to beer for the past year. Aroma is amazing. American hops Come at me! Appearance is cloudy when fresh and clear after some brief aging. 20ebc tops. Taste is incredible. The deScription is spot on. Chilli, veitnamese mint, American hops... O.M.G!!! Carbonation and mouth feel is spot on. Drink this beer fresh!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (661) - HONG KONG - FEB 29, 2016
Hazy orange with a nice white head. Strong aroma of citrus, mango, hops. Taste get more complex with mango, spices, chilli, loads of hops for a very balanced and tasty ale. Medium body, bitter finish. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nosajhongkong (41) - North Point, HONG KONG - JUL 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 0,33L can bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong. Appearance: Pours a hazy amber - copper colour with medium frothy white head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Aroma: Massive fruity aroma of mango, passionfruit, citrus from Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops. Some resin, spice, lime and light toffee-like malt notes. Taste: A very complex and balanced flavour. Medium citrus bitterness, with resin and some pine. Later joins the light toffee-like malt sweetness which slowly turns into some subtle chilliness and spiciness at the end. The chilliness and spiciness is not overwhelmed, but can taste its existence as the glass becomes warmer. Palate: Medium body, with hoppy, bitter and citrus, mango and lime fruit finish. The texture is very smooth. Mild mint leaves and some sweet and very subtle chili aftertaste when swallow. Overall: Absolutely spot on. I am amazed by the perfect balance of this IPA. Although some really unique and exotic ingredients such as mango, Vietnamese mint and lime and chili are added, they do not clash with the usual beer ingredients of hops and malts. Such a stunning beer brewed by Garage Project, definitely goes on my favourite list. Also give credits to the design and drawing of the can, really eye-catching and worth collecting.

4.7
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3483) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Andrus86 (414) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pointclick (35) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2015
the aroma of this beer blows my mind. A deep golden in the glass lasting head on its been a few minutes. so citrus, so sweet. yummy beer. bitterness helps the flavor last in the mouth. goes down very well. one of the best ipaís from the southern hemisphere. a must try

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1614) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2016


330 ml can bought at ICBeer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Clear amber orange colour; Three-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Vary fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with strong passion fruits, fair mango, lime, strong red chili, light mint, floral, sugar, strong pine, resins and strong fresh grass.

Taste: Medium sweet rich Ale malt, with strong mint, strong lime, coconut cream, shades of chili, strong grapefruit, strong citrus, floral, strong molasses, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs, dry biscuits, yeast, strong bitter hops and fresh grass. Lovely!

Body: Mid to full body. Thick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very rich Ale maltyness in a solid and very smooth background, Very Bock-ish amber taste. This complements so well with the strong lime, mint and light chili it gives you instantly the creamy Thai green curry impression - rich coconut cream with fresh lime and mint - I knew it when I taste it because I love green curry and its taste is very distinct. Fair sweetness, strong grapefruits, pine, resins with fresh herbal grass to round. Wholesome and impressive!

Hoppiness: Strong passion fruits, lime, floral, strong pine, resins and strong fresh grass in nose. Strong lime, strong grapefruit, strong citrus, floral, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs and fresh grass in taste; Bitterness is strong and dynamic for a lasting, high astringent herbal limey finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Minty limey and strong nice bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is certainly exotic, with strong malt, lime and pretty subdued red chili for a nice start, and if you are familiar with Thai green curry, that unmistakable fresh coconut cream and minty flavors are right here, so creamy and refreshing. This IPA is more than a stroke of genius, itís simply a masterpiece and I will buy it again for sure. Garage Project, I salute you!


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