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

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 it’s bloody good for morale. Incidentally, it works just like napalm on the natives, which is handy.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Tap, amber pour, white head, nose and taste are lemongrass, citrus, interesting

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (938) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2015
Big bomber bottle. Pours amber, quite decent foam head, even a bit too foamy actually. Aroma is resinous, definitely full of hops and something pine-like. Taste is also dominated by citric bitterness, really resinous, feels like eating spruce branches - delicious ones. Interesting and well made.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2015
On draught at the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. The base pale ale is flavorful with a tropical citrus hoppiness. The herbal notes complement well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4530) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 19, 2015
Golden amber color. The nose is super alive with lemongrass and kafir in the nose. The mouth is light slightly bitter and tart, with lots of kafir. The spices meld well with the hops. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swannycellars (43) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2015
Pours orange with a small white head. Big floral nose on this exhibiting orange blossom, lemon, lime, grass and coriander. Waxy/light resin mouthfeel with grapefruit, orange and lime the heroes. Great floral pale ale. Could live on this.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
henryhops (17) - - 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 (13583) - 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
Beer5000 (5467) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2015
650 ml bottle @ Øltorget, 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 (4998) - 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 (1265) - 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 it’s clear you’re dealing with something special. There’s 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 you’ll 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.


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