Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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The arrival of hops to the brewing scene in England in the 1500’s led to a moral panic. Hops were condemned as a “wicked and pernicious weed”, one which would lead to the erosion of social and moral standards. Thank goodness they were right. Here’s hoping that our homage to the original pernicious weed continues this gradual decline. Organic Rakau and whole cone Nelson Sauvin go head to head in this strong, golden, hoppy brew. Bitter, yes. Intensely hoppy, absolutely. Too much, never.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity grapefruit hoppy piney aroma. Fruity malty grapefruit hoppy bitter piney flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14669) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
27th January 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Can - thanks to Big Dave. Cheers Ears. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and airy. Slightly dry. Nce skunky NZ hops with tropical fruits underneath. Little hop spice. Lightly sour bubblegum ester toward the dry finish.Bitter linger. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Hazy tan, mango, papaya, guava, great fruit aroma...hell even maracuya in there. Very bitter, aggressive, dry, fruity-accented hop. Dang tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (10000) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2013
My 100th NZ beer rating, on the sixth day of my trip, and it comes in the least likely place - Taupo, more or less a beer desert. Fortunately I planned ahead and stocked up in Rotorura and Okere. Bottle. Cloudy to murky variegated golden orange color, big fluffy white head. Beautiful aroma of orange, peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, herbal weeds. Taste is bitter dried tropical fruit. Dry finish. I vote against the church on this one - it doesn’t seem pernicious to me at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8076) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Can split at Craft Clerko, big thanks to Dave Wingman Willis, 27/01/14. Hazed orange amber with a medium off white covering that retains well. Nose is bitter skunky hops, pine, tropical fructis tones, bitter grapefruit. Taste comprises bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, orange pith, straw, pine resin. Solid DIPA, nice skunked up stuff.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Urine is not an exaggeration here. Of the hundreds of hop-driven beers I’ve found something like urine in, this one takes the (urinal) cake. The strongest, foulest aroma of concentrated pee I’ve ever smelled, like walking into a baseball stadium bathroom that is intentionally never cleaned. To be creative I came up with descriptors other than urine: Jujube candy, plant matter, armpit funk, foot fungus, putrefied butter, burnt peaches, olive brine and garlic. Seriously, it even starts smelling like deer beds where they shit and pee and lay around in it, it’s super game-y. Lemon-scented wood polish and alcohol and sugar syrup and bitter plant matter and pee, like a taking a piss after being dehydrated and eating asparagus and drinking coffee, that’s what the flavor profile is about... I couldn’t stand more than a sip and I went to wash my mouth out after. Delivered in a goopy, syrupy, yeasty body. Medium sweetness but the aggressive bitterness gives it a sense of dryness. I think the "art of craft beer" has come full circle here and made something more foul than the laziest, cheapest Malt Liquor producer could make. If you like drinking pee (nothing wrong with that) this is your beer. I should note that the small sample from tap I had seemed decent, and that the other can from Garage Project (a petite saison) was also yeasty and unbalanced, so it’s likely that this is a canning issue more than recipe issue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Can, thanks to Dave. It pours hazy pale orange with a medium white head. The nose is rich, juicy, orange, sherbet, tangerine and marmalade. The taste is crisp, juicy, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, minerals, light spice, pine and some alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very impressive stuff indeed. Crisp, juicy and damn tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6172) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
Big offwhite head. Clear yellow body with carbonation. Resiny grassy pineapple aroma with spicy wooden notes. Dry-sweet peachy wine grape taste with spicy wooden grassy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish mealy citric resiny aftertaste with gooseberry and wood notes. Nice, drinkable, and full of flavour. (0.65l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden with a bigg off-white head. Aroma of peach, grapefruit, pine, some herbal and floral notes. Flavor is sweet pine with some grapefruit, pine and herbs. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5213) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours light hazy deep golden with a 1" creamy white head. Aroma of hoppy marmelade,resins and spruce. Taste is moderate bitter, pine and herbal hops, light sweet marmelade, some citrus as well, well balanced in my book, and a real pleasure to drink.

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