Garage Project Death From Above

Brewed by Garage Project
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This has been one of the most challenging Garage brews to date. At its heart was the idea of combining aggressive, high citrus character of American hops with the heat and sweetness of Indochine flavours. Have you ever tried a Vietnamese mango and chili salad? If you haven’t you should. It could be life changing. It’s an idea that has been rattling around the Garage consciousness for a while and the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular seemed like a fitting opportunity to give it an outing. It was always going to be a challenging brew to pull off – mango, chili, Vietnamese mint and lime juice aren’t exactly conventional ingredients. Don’t bother checking, they aren’t listed in the Reinheitsgebot. Add a lavish addition of Chinook, Centennial, Citra and Amarillo hops, a deadline launch for an international beer festival and take it straight to a 2000 litre batch without any chance for small scale testing and you get what could have been a recipe for spectacular, monumental disaster. The idea of trying to bring all these flavours together in a coherent way given the pressure of time and prospect of public humiliation was, frankly, shit scary.

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PabloZab (1717) - Wroclaw, POLAND - OCT 31, 2017
Bottle 650ml. Clear amber colour. Thin white-yellowish head. There are a lot of sweet notes of tropical fruits not intense but very nice. Hoppy, resin and citrus notes are hidden behind. Aroma is fresh and fruity. Bitterness is medium to high, intense, long and astringent but in nice way. There is a lot of tropical juice, bitter from lime and sweet from mango with subtle spicy note which is noticeable on the lips. Beer is full body with delicate booze in aftertaste but smooth, refreshing and drinkable especially if we look at 7.5 ABV, also good balanced between malty body and bitterness.

LesArgen (382) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2017
Loads of resin, caramel, pine, lychee, a hint of coriander (now that I read the label I see that i's Vietnamese mint. Ah well), and a little vanilla. The aroma's got it all. That coriander is quite prominent when tasted, along with a heap of pine, a little spearmint and some caramel fudge. It burns a little down the back of the throat, which I thought was the alcohol but turns out to be the chilli but it's a ripper.

jmgreenuk (10091) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 25, 2017
Tap at the Boilermaker House, Melbourne. Poured a slightly hazy orange amber with a short-lived white head. The aroma is malt, resin, light toffee apple, citrus fruit hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a crisp, woody, light metallic hop, light smooth fruit palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nicely balanced and the alcohol is well hidden allowing the fruity characteristics to shine.

Beerhunter111 (22958) - P´Castle, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2017
Bottle shared at borefts 2017. A almost clear orange golden beer with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrusy bitter hops, orange fruits, pine. Taste of orange fruits, peach, citrus, bitter grassy hops. Nice.

drjoeng (1418) - SINGAPORE - SEP 15, 2017
7.5%ABV. IPA.

Poured out amber. 14 SRM.

Nose has fresh pine and pine sap aroma. Hint of citrus peel. Hint of sweet malt funk with the tang of dried urine.

Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate has wheat toast and toasted graham crackers and pie crusts. On first approach, there is the herbaceous, spicy tang of a chili pepper or a Serrano chili, bright and biting. Spicy bit goes on for quite a long bit with a hint to mint before sliding into pine sap, pine needles and then a long resinous finish.

Finish is long and resin.

Overall, a spicy, aggressively bitter ride.

marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 27, 2017
Bottle from Final Gravity. Pours copper with a nice beige head and a pleasant aroma that is citric and woody. There is a hearty pale malt flavor with a complex flavor that includes citrus, tropical fruit chili pepper and maybe a few other things. Nice bitter finish.

bellendbrewing (24) - - JUL 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 didn't know how I felt about disobeying purity law but this beer may have converted me

JPDIPSO (6293) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Quite orange in color with a diminished beige head. Sweet malts, piney hops scents followed closely by a whiff of pepper (somewhere between a chipotle and serrano). Light tight carbonation, makes for a very nice feel. Light sweet start. You can sense the peppers/chilies from the start. More in the nose/flavor way. The heat is very subtle and is more a flash on the tongue than a ember about to burst into flames. Light fruit in the finish with ground cherries and mango. I like the unique characteristics. The chilies could bring a little more to the table, as I actually would like a little more “burn”. Still a fun brew. Just read the ingredients from my empty bottle and I missed the mint thing. Really can’t say I detected it, but now am wondering if some of the green pepper things I caught might be attributed to the mint. Guess I’ll need to try another bottle.

Nisse666 (8100) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Draught at Brewdog bar cons 2017-05-06 Göteborg
AR: tropical fruity, grape fruit
AP: bronze, wee semi white head
F: tropical fruity, pine, marmalade

erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2017
Copper and beautiful. Loads of sweet peachy hops, good amber malt backup, quite come complexity in the fermentation despite the cleanliness. Very rich taste, bitter and fatty. Very nice, very nice. (33cl can at Brew Dog Malmö)

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