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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: 13   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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La Catrina is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but sheís no lightweight. The base beer is a blonde lager with a cheeky, even ironic addition of maize. Maize is an ingredient youíd 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 Ė what more could you want in the Lady of Death? We hope youíll give her a warm welcome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (549) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2014
Subtle and interesting. Art work on the bottle is amazing. Aroma of habenero chilli and maize up front with the watermelon making an appearance with first sip. Was expecting full on flavour and heat. Was a little disappointed when this was not the case but started to appreciate all the subtle flavours and restraint in the glass. Wonderful beer over all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (475) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle from Slowbeer (Nov 2013). Bright golden, minimal head, strong chilli aroma made me hesitant to try it, but heat was well restrained, good habanero flavour without too much heat at all, melon and maize flavours, quite drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (875) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a very light golden with minimal head. Nose shows a bit of the rosewater but Iím mainly getting a garlic tone to it. Taste is all about the chilli. Light bodied easy drinking beer with the biggest chilli heat Iíve ever had in a beer. Kinda works though dries your mouth out and makes you want more!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niksko (305) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2014
650ml bottle.
Pours a light hazy golden with some fine off white head.
Not much to the nose. I get a bit of a dry macro lagery aroma (probably from the maize). Thereís also a slight amount of what smells to me like banana, but thatís probably because Iím used to that aroma in beers. In reality Iím fairly sure itís from the watermelon. Thereís also just the barest hint of rosewater.
The flavour is something completely different though. Thereís an immediate dose of the watermelon sweetness on the mid palate, a delicate perfume from the rosewater, followed by more watermelon sweetness on the finish and some fairly aggressive heat.
Very light bodied and refreshingly fizzy without being over the top.
This beer is pretty miraculous. Itís got a very bland base, but extremely interesting additives that are really perfectly balanced. Iíd drink it again in a heartbeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NBird (332) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
Looks..transparent blonde, sml-med head. Smells..rose hip sweetness, a little floral, some malt sweetness. Tastes.. Rose hip and some watermelon that is quickly overpowered by the habanero chilli,a little too overpowered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2013
Mild chilli on the nose, chilli dominates in the taste without being too overpowering, watermelon and rosewater are there if you look for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (219) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013
Totally brilliant - chilli and hop bliss wrapped in light bodied malt - so this is where they put the chilli meant for Death From Above (guys, please amp up the heat in your next DFA release cos the current one ainít in the same league as the last one)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
inceptioj (44) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
Pretty ingenious. First you get the flowery fruity watermelon rosewater and then you get punched in the throat by firey chilli heat. To be honest the chilli is a bit much for me, but I have a pretty low tolerance. Without the chilli it would be far too flowery and Iíd hate it, and without the flowery flavours it would be just heat with no contrast. It works really well but sadly I can only consume it in small sips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (442) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2013
Light golden. Aroma is lager malt. Taste is chilli burn (yum), mild light fruitiness of watermelon. Palate is heat. Overall, one of my favourite beers of the year. Definitely for the spice heads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (339) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2013
This is a bit of an assault on the palate, for me too much chilli, but more the harsh pepper than the sweet chilli type. Itís like a soft beer that they added as a finish a bucket of something rather than having it as integral to the project. In my opinion. Looks great though, aroma is alright, and that initial split second taste was something Iíd enjoy again, however having had my taste buds flattened might not happen. Canít see what this would "go" with, there is no food match I can think of, and itís not a session beer. Good for a prank perhaps. At least I can say I survived.

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