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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


craiggyNZ's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Great hop bitterness and aroma. I tasted more of the riwaka than the NS hops. Sweet citrus and pineapple flavours that linger pleasantly. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
[ Keg ][ 2oz ][ Festival of Dankness ][ ~$2 ][ Plastic Taster ][ 8.22.15 ]
>> Wasn’t tasting super fresh so went with Venusian Pale Ale every time essentially. Stickier, denser, not really popping or refreshing. Possibly damaged in transit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are citrus, lots of oranges in this one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7955) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Tap @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Herbal and grassy aroma, some hops and lemon. Grassy flavor with floral hops and malts some orange and herbs. Weird and grassy.
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5115) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Draught @ Modern Times Festival of Dankness, San Diego, CA

Pours orange with a smooth head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, resin, vinous notes and pine. Taste is smooth, sweetish and hoppy with some vinous notes, pine and resin. Finish is crisp, sweetish and hoppy with loads of tropical fruits. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7641) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Draught @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego. Aroma has sweet pineapple tones and tropical fruits. Flavour has pineapples, minerals and some fruits. Finishes with harsh herbal bitterness. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Draught @ Festival of Dankness, San Diego, CA. Pours a hazy golden colour with a small thick head. Aroma of strong pungent NZ hoppiness, white grapes and citrus. Flavour is very strong and rich with NZ hops, herbs, grapefruit, weed, mild sweetness and orange pith. Medium bodied. Very juicy and heavy. Nice showcase of pure NZ hops.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1187) - FNQ, Australia, - AUG 18, 2015
650ml bottle. A translucent orange beer with a firm collar of white head gat laces well. I get pungent white pepper, fresh juniper berries, orangey and grapefruit citrus on the nose. Taste is peppery and resinous dry with a substantial and lingering dry bitter aftertaste. Malt bill is quite subdued in this very hop forward beer which may be off-putting for some. Palate is medium-full and quite lively. Certainly shows off those NZ hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (802) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2015
Pours nice orange, white foam. Aroma is fruity-hoppy, loads of mangos. Nelson is in action. Taste is also resinous, loads of tropical fruits, mangoes and piney bitterness. A lot of it. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (946) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya shared at a tasting. Hazy copper with a nice soapy head. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit, peach and mango with some grassy and herbal notes as well. Taste is very similar to the nose with a hint of sweetness and nice lingering bitterness. Not overly sweet like some IIPAs. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredd_an (210) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
Stort bemvitt huve! Grumlig, bärnstensfärg. Doft av kåda, Grapefruit & tallbarr. Mumsig smak av sötma från alkohol å malt blandad med en rejäl beska som balanseras in bra, toner av grapefrukt & kåda, besk fint eftersmak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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