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


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WellyCascadian (6) - - APR 30, 2013 does not count
Dear god, I love this beer. After many years of drinking heavy, syrupy and pungent IPAs from Northern California and Oregon... I move to Wellington to NZ to find this VPA. This beer impresses me in ways Iíve never believed possible. Silky smooth, easy drinking with a gorgeous citrus hoppy hint... yet full of shockingly subtle yet dynamic flavour. Move over Pliny, the VPA is my new favourite pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hop_Hedonist (371) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 I enjoyed this a lot. Low in malt, great hops. Alcohol doesnít come through... dangerous! Not complex but very drinkable. Would have this again... and again! 7 Jun 2014 - this batch more complex - more malty but well balanced - the kaffir lime comes through. Bloody fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2011
Tap at Hashigo Zake - This is like a punch in the mouth, stupidly easy to drink..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (1225) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (661) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2013
Appearance is a very clear well carbonated light sparkly poor. Aroma comes across as ice cream soda but the flavor is wonderfully fresh new and best of all tasty. Subtle flavors of kaffir lime leaf and lemon grass come through but they just keep lingering it really is very awesome. It is like drinking a well made Asian broth but in beer form. Zesty, tasty and interesting. Not as in your face as I was expecting but well balanced and well made. I was trying to save this bottle to share with friends but succumb to the awesome art work and intriguing ingredients. Will just have to head out and pick up another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013
Lovely beer. Good flavours, nice balance, and just that little different. One of the better GP beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
[ Keg ][ 2oz ][ Festival of Dankness ][ ~$2 ][ Plastic Taster ][ 8.22.15 ]
>> My favorite beer from the festival probably because of how intense the flavors were - super herbal and sharp. Four samples. A big standout amongst IPAs that begin to blur together. Clear reddish tinged copper pour. Gigantic lacing. Ultra zesty ruby red grapefruit character in nose and taste. Bracing lemongrass that doesnít go chemical or perfume on me. Refreshing and novel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (553) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 28, 2014
Garage Project have come up a bit trumps with this one then, for me. I was taken from the art work, the surprising colour, the fantastic aroma, and that first shock of real bitterness that wasnít pucking bitter but was a really nice surprise, then the lovely sweetness, than the unfolding of the spice and different florals in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (771) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Bright orange/amber, subtle hints of lemon, lime, grapefruit on top of a solid resiny bitterness. Quite light on the palate, bordering on watery compared to other APA/IPAs, but flavour and aroma more than makes up for it. An interesting and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5987) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2014
650 ml bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7.5%. Ingredients include lemongrass, coriander, kaffir lime, lemon and grapefruit peel. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of lemongrass, coriander and citrus fruits / citrus peel. Spicy and citrussy flavour, with distinct notes of said ingredients. Hoppy and spicy finish. Refreshing and enjoyable. Would buy again.

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