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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: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2016
Burk från SB. Dimmigt orange med ett medelstort vitt skum. Dofter av malt, apelsin och örter. Två ingredienser i smaken sticker ut och är nästintill helt dominerande: Chilli och rosvatten. Det är ingen höjdarkombination. Först domnar tungan, sen kommer blomvattnet och om man tar sig tid att hämta andan så känner man att själva grundölet är en tråkig och och fattig historia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
knasputte78 (391) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
Ljus med ett vitt skum. Grunden vanlig lager och så börjar det också. Sedan tar chilin över helt och bedövar alla smaklökar, inte min typ av öl ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftbeersweden (527) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2016
In a white can with a nice graphic art on it - Garage Project La Calavera Catrina from Garage Project.
ABV: 6.9 % - Best before September 18, 2016.

Slight hazy, yellow liquid with a almost three finger high, off-white head.
Strings of small bubbles raising to the top - It looks tasty!

Nose: Citrus is dominant, pepper, chilli, malt, a bit of a metallic tone, grain and honey.
Taste: Oups! Definitely habernero chili here! A burning feeling in the mouth and especially in the throat after swallowing the beer. I get malt, watermelon, rose water an lemon before the chili kicks in and dominate. After that I can’t feel anything...
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Heat from the chili.

Sorry - I keep talking about the chili BUT it totally takes over the beer.

I kind of love/hates this! I love the freshness from the watermelon and rose water AND I LOVE habanero chili but... I hate the fact that I’m burning up from drinking beer...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
TEJA (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2016
Can from systembolaget Sweden. Lasting off white head. Cloudy golden color. Mild malty aroma. Very intense chilly taste /burn. The chilly totally dominate all other taste. Not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cool_Bond (2209) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Fruity aroma. The taste is fruity but also much chilli. Good bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Insane strong beer.. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alkolas510 (1114) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2016
Pilsnerfärgad med stort vit skum. Lite oklar med doft av lite malt och humle. Smakar massor med chili! Läpparna domnar bort. Lite för mycket chili som bränner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1679) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2016
Can. Golden body with a medium white head. Aromas of maize, watermelon and floral notes. Tastes like a lager with added watermelon but with a growing chili flavor. Nice heat without getting out of hand imo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
davidezdonz (226) - , HONG KONG - APR 14, 2016
A 330ml can with a best before date of 21st July 2016 and poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass. It poured a clear golden blonde colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves some sparse lacing. Aromas of pale malts and corn along with some orange and lemon citrus plus a hint of rose water. Taste was spicy! Chili heat at the beginning and chili heat on the finish. In the middle of it all there’s some sweet honey and apple maybe. But really, it seems all about the chili which is a bit overpowering. Medium bodied with light carbonation and tingly chili spice. Overall, I enjoy chili and eat a lot of spicy food, but I’m not sure this really worked. In this case, I thought that the chili really overpowered everything else, such that the other flavours you get in the middle, were pretty much negated. I feel that if putting chili in beer, then perhaps it would go better with the normally bolder flavours of an imperial stout or imperial porter, which would provide more balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Hopmaestro (1141) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2016
Aroma: Yeah, it smells delish. A fruity, sweet malty scent with a nice cloak of flowers. This should be good. Taste: Ahhh, two seconds of crisp lager style, refreshing beer and you actually have time to think -"Oh, there’s actually water melon in here"... then it hits you. The habanero kicks in and totally molest your taste buds in all kinds of inappropriate ways. I’m a fan of extreme beers, but this was actually too much for me. I left it to rest for a while, to see if the habanero calmed down a bit, and it did - a little bit. Or maybe my taste buds had left and was in the back, taking rape showers and debriefeing todays experiences?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Florya (1449) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 11, 2016
How: can Appearance: almost clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma: grass, spice, tropical fruits and orange peel. Palate: medium body, average carbonation. Got a strong chili flavour and gives quite a kick.

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