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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Brown Ale
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Golden brown texture like sun
Lays me down with my mind she runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown
- The Stranglers
Love the song, and I’m quite partial to the beer. Not as ‘Golden’ Brown as I had first envisioned (I went a bit ape shit with the chocolate malt, which happens at times) but the end product is not unpleasing. Lots of rich, juicy malt character, some nice citrus hop notes from a good dose of Columbus, Cascade and Ahtanum, 6.2% abv and a robust 55bu’s to top it all off.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 22, 2012
I was told that this was a cock-up this beer. I colossal, beautiful cock-up. It wasn’t golden or brown, being a good amber colour and having an off-white head that lasted longer than the gas-flow pourage would otherwise have permitted. The aroma was American hops all over with redwood and amber malt. I was thinking "Hang on, someone has dropped a bollock. It doesn’t look like brown ale, it doesn’t smell like brown ale." and then I caught a whiff of caramel and chocolaty malt that you usually get in Brown Ale. The flavours were sweetish, without overwhelming carbonation but with plenty of silky mouthfeel. It was a warm, amber ale with a good nod to American hops and flavours of the same chocolate and caramalt. The finish owes a lot to those hops. I’d call this a happy accident, a tasty fuck up. I’d also call it lucky to be got away with (brown ale, my arse).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (953) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2013
It didn’t look like a brown beer to me - and perhaps that’s why I chose it. And it tasted better than most brown beers. It was a pleasant beer that I’d like to try again. Not much good for a proper rating, I know, but I will improve it one day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Draft at the source courtesy of Jos, thanks! Clear amber brown color, small beige head. Aroma is nutty and toasty with a bit of white pepper. Taste is burnt caramel. A bit hoppier than most brown ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2013
A nice brown ale, but not really keeping to the style. It was good but not overwhelming, many better brown ales around in NZ and Oz at the mo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (879) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2015 A very tasty deep brown beer that is deceptively strong. Would make an excellent session beer - except for the strength. Still, a nice beer to sample in a session for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ckelly (4) - - JUN 11, 2013 does not count
Beautiful brown colour and caramely malty flavour without being over the top. Best mistake I’ve ever tried

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arowin (5) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2013 does not count
An overall nice session beer. One of my favourites from the Project. The beer was on tap both at Hashigo Zake and at our work. An easy to drink beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
Pint on tap. Pours hazy dark amber with a thick off white head. Smell is orangey citrus hops. Taste is some spice and coriander, fairly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 18, 2012
Pours hazy light brown, creamy head which doesn’t last. Dusty malts on the nose, along with some caramel, bread and nuts. Light roasty maltiness in the middle, offset by surprisingly big hops. Flat carbonation and quite light bodied. Astringent bitterness in the finish. Doesn’t taste the abv. Not my favorite style but im a fan of this!

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