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Garage Project La Calavera Catrina

Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
La Catrina is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but she’s no lightweight. The base beer is a blonde lager with a cheeky, even ironic addition of maize. Maize is an ingredient you’d normally associate with much blander lager offerings, but here it is fired up with a generous addition of organic Habanero chillis, giving Calevera a far more assertive chilli heat than the smoky chipotle of her brother. To this blonde chilli base went an addition of rose water and watermelon. The result is a complex and surprising beer we think can stand proudly beside the Day of the Dead. Cheeky, ironic, complex and firey – what more could you want in the Lady of Death? We hope you’ll give her a warm welcome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KeefOz (1220) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2015
BB 08/09/2016. Poured a clear golden amber with a two- to three-finger white frothy head that diminished slowly to a collar that laced poorly. Carbonation low with medium sized bubbles. Aroma with a little malt but overall quite bland. Taste is intensely chilli and the aroma gives no warning of the taste to follow. Taste is hot and spicy, like drinking jalapeno peppers, and the chilli over-rides all other flavours. Light body. Finishes with a good chilli tingle on the lips and tongue. A good beer with a nice chilli flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2015
Fresh batch. BB 21/07/2016. Pours a crystal clear gold with lasting, dense white head. Aromas of watermelon, and juicy fruit bubble gum hit the air as the can is poured into the glass. Faint aromas orange blossom and corn provide subtle interest. A sweet grain flavour is quickly replaced by a fast building, sharp heat. Watermelon tries to balance back, but the heat steamrolls over it before calming down to a sweet and spicy profile not unlike those spicy tamarind candies found in Mexican shops. The light body offers no relief from the heat. None of this heat is a bad thing, btw, it’s just intense.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henryhops (17) - - APR 19, 2015
A blonde lager with a KICK! Reminds me of garage projects day of the dead but in a blonde form. Lighter but not too light. Big chilli hit after the initial usual lager taste to the palate. Good one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alberti92 (159) - - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours golden with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle to begin with. Slight watermelon and spice characters. Body is light and same with carbonation. Taste is watermelon which becomes more prominent as it gets warmer with a massive chilli bite to finish. The heat from the chilli is more in this than the day of the dead but I enjoyed day of the dead more. Still a great beer tho

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrus86 (227) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
BOTTLE. See through straw in colour, very thin white head. Weirdly I couldn’t get anything of the nose?? However; HUGE chilli kick with a generic lager crisp taste... Chilli hangs around in the aftertaste, with a solid bite... not my usual choice in beer Sourced Cape Cellars

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hank37 (193) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2014
On the nose there’s typical marco-lager notes and nothing much else, a bit of spice. It’s really light in the mouth for all of about 5 seconds, and then the chilli hits, but in a good way, not a big fuck-off hit of it. There’s a tinge of bubblegum and a sneaky testicle-tickle of the promised watermelon and rose water. It’s pleasant, it’s something different and it underpins what these lads are all about, namely, beautness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (959) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2014
Although I’m not into chilied beers, I was seduced by the super cute presentation. But in spite of my dislike for fiery hot beers, this is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of watermellon and rose water, especially on the flavour. Yes, it is ultra hot, but the spiciness does not overwhelm the other flavours. Nice and resinous, I adored the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theswiftsa (33) - - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle expiry July 15. Not much aroma to speak of, tastes like a traditional lager with a massive chilli hit in the back of the mouth. After the first few sips the flavours of watermelon and rose water come through but are overpowered a little by the chilli. An interesting drop if you are looking for something different

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (992) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 31, 2014
An interesting brew that compliments their ’Day of the Dead’ (but is overshadowed by it in the end).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4522) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from The Wine Emporium December 2013. Another great artsy label and the beer wasn’t bad either. A bit earthy but okay.

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