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Garage Project Venusian Pale Ale

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

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Venusian Pale Ale, a precocious little number using some of the more unusual local flora and fauna you find hanging around here in the less civilized parts of the solar system. Lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit peel that we pinched from rations, meld seamlessly with Venusian Spear Fungus and that funny green stuff the local chappies seem to like licking off the rocks. Zesty is the word that springs to mind and at 7.3% abv itís bloody good for morale. Incidentally, it works just like napalm on the natives, which is handy.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
henryhops (15) - - MAR 9, 2015
Not noticeable by aroma but first sense in the palate is a bouquet of floral notes! I mean lots of flowers. Not really big on this at all. Light bodied no real pale ale fullness I enjoy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11963) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
Fonefan 300814. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is lemongrass, malt, hop. Flavour is lemongrass, malt, hop, spices, grass. Medium body. OK beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4950) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
650 ml bottle @ ōltorget, Vulkan May 2014. Light foggy, almost clear orange golden body with a nice, foamy, long lasting off-white head. A bit mild, but delicious aroma of fruit including grapefruit and lime with malt and spices. Flavor is refreshing and amazingly balanced with medium sweet malt, citric fruit, lemon, citric zest, spices and pleasant bitterness. Medium body and pleasant fruity bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (4522) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Nose is red berries, peaches, apricot and hints of pine, grass and melon. Taste is red berries, peaches, sweet wine gum-like esters. Medium to light body, medium to high carbonation. Not very impressive, but this one has obviously seen better times.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (1109) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2015
From a 650ml bottle on 26/1/2015. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a small head. Has a gorgeous floral, fruity nose with some definite west coast IPA elements to it. Take a sip and itís clear youíre dealing with something special. Thereís oodles of lovely tropical, stone and citrus fruit sweetness (mango, peach, apricot and mandarin), along with the promised kaffir lime leaves, and a big, firm grapefruity hop bitterness. Tha palate is exquisite - silky and syrupy, with the modest carbonation spot on in the circumstances. This is seriously one on the best pale ales youíll ever try. Super complex and moreish, it actually manages to leave many IPAs in the shade in terms of flavour, balance and character. A truly sensational brew.

3.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ymyhill (8) - Enmore, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2015 does not count
Fresh and bright. Grapefruit peel and rose water. Lots of citrus. Crisp, lingering finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmeup (560) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2015
@Archive 650 bottle. Strange and unusual this one, almost white wine like as most of the descriptions that come to mind are similar..........another round? probably not.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (235) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a crystal clear gold color with a bright white head. I get lots of alcohol in the nose. Not much else, honestly. Just a vague hop note. The flavor is much more complex. At first just alcohol, but quickly moving on to mint, star anise, and lemongrass. There is also something I canít put my finger on. I assume itís the kaffir lime leaves. No detectable character malts (as the color suggests). Quite bitter with some astringency. The body is on the light side and the bold flavors quickly fade into the Venusian mist.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1028) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2014
(Bottle) Clear golden amber with good white head. Nice crisp citrusy aroma - grapefruit with pine notes and some sweeter floral or stone fruit hints. Medium body with good carbonation. Taste has lovely fresh citrus start and quickly develops hoppy bitterness that grows into a a sustained decently bitter finish. There are some biscuity malty undertones from the mid palate. A very decent pale ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37873) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2014

Bottle 650ml. @ The Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2014, TSODRBSG14.

[ As Garage Project VPA Venusian Pale Ale ].
Light unclear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate hoppy, grass, fruity hops, peppery, wood - cedar, citrus - lemon grass. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, cedar wood - pepper - blackpepper, spicy hops, fruity, tropical fruit, lemon grass - citrus, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140830]


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