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


on tap

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 havent you should. It could be life changing. Its 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 arent exactly conventional ingredients. Dont bother checking, they arent 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1875) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2016

330 ml can bought at ICBeer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Clear amber orange colour; Three-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Vary fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with strong passion fruits, fair mango, lime, strong red chili, light mint, floral, sugar, strong pine, resins and strong fresh grass.

Taste: Medium sweet rich Ale malt, with strong mint, strong lime, coconut cream, shades of chili, strong grapefruit, strong citrus, floral, strong molasses, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs, dry biscuits, yeast, strong bitter hops and fresh grass. Lovely!

Body: Mid to full body. Thick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very rich Ale maltyness in a solid and very smooth background, Very Bock-ish amber taste. This complements so well with the strong lime, mint and light chili it gives you instantly the creamy Thai green curry impression - rich coconut cream with fresh lime and mint - I knew it when I taste it because I love green curry and its taste is very distinct. Fair sweetness, strong grapefruits, pine, resins with fresh herbal grass to round. Wholesome and impressive!

Hoppiness: Strong passion fruits, lime, floral, strong pine, resins and strong fresh grass in nose. Strong lime, strong grapefruit, strong citrus, floral, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs and fresh grass in taste; Bitterness is strong and dynamic for a lasting, high astringent herbal limey finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Minty limey and strong nice bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is certainly exotic, with strong malt, lime and pretty subdued red chili for a nice start, and if you are familiar with Thai green curry, that unmistakable fresh coconut cream and minty flavors are right here, so creamy and refreshing. This IPA is more than a stroke of genius, its simply a masterpiece and I will buy it again for sure. Garage Project, I salute you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TEJA (2834) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
Sampled at the Garage project masterclass at SBWF 2015. Lasting beige head. Clear amber color. Huge piny hop aroma. Piny hop taste. Balanced bitterness and robust caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3851) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2016
September 23, 2015. On tap at Brewdog Kungsholmen.
Clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet fruity with mango, pineapple, hints of red berries, resin, toffee, pine and citrus. Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitter. Finish is dry piney and grassy bitterness with sweet notes of toffee, resin and mango. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (777) - Linkping, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2016
Can @ home. Amber liquid with tan head and good retention. Sweet caramel and intense citrus hop aroma. Notes of oranges, pine Apple, apricots. Theres also a background heat from the chilli. Taste is medium to full bodied. Resinous hops in the taste , caramel, toffee, orange, apricots, pine Apple, chilli. Finish has chilli heat, grapefruit and pepper. Assertive lasting bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (1729) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2016
BB 17/03/17. Poured a clouded orange-amber with a one-finger off-white dense foamy head that retained well but laced poorly. Carbonation moderate and fine. Aroma lovely with lots of tropical fruity hops (pineapple, orange) and pine; alcohol well hidden. Taste of citrus (orange, lime) and a slight caramel malt sweetness plus a nice moderately strong grapefruit bitterness; nice moderate strength chilli heat and spiciness comes out as it warms; alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Crisp, clean and slightly dry with a lingering chilli spiciness. A nicely hopped IPA with a lingering chilli after-taste - unusual and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4521) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JUL 26, 2016
Draft at 16 Tun. Amber color with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma is lots of citrus, grapefruit and lime, with tropical notes and slight chile pepper. Flavor has a nice malt/hop balance, with caramel, citrus, mango. Chile pepper is a little weak. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (466) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 Burk frn SB. Klar, brnstensfrgad med fluffig vit skumkrona. Doft av knck, rostad malt, ananas och torkade aprikoser. St kropp med medumbesk avslutning. Smak av ananas, knck aprikos, citrus, lite chili och rostad malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpeacey (17) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2016
330ml can from Liquorland. Lovely deep amber colour in the glass, with a soft cream coloured head that retains well. Lots of citrus and floral hops on the nose, some lychee and pineapple in there. Slightly metallic. Taste is perfect, not too bitter. After-burn from the chilli is noticeable but subtle, and doesnt seem out of place. Love it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nosajhongkong (70) - North Point, HONG KONG - JUL 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 0,33L can bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong. Appearance: Pours a hazy amber - copper colour with medium frothy white head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Aroma: Massive fruity aroma of mango, passionfruit, citrus from Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops. Some resin, spice, lime and light toffee-like malt notes. Taste: A very complex and balanced flavour. Medium citrus bitterness, with resin and some pine. Later joins the light toffee-like malt sweetness which slowly turns into some subtle chilliness and spiciness at the end. The chilliness and spiciness is not overwhelmed, but can taste its existence as the glass becomes warmer. Palate: Medium body, with hoppy, bitter and citrus, mango and lime fruit finish. The texture is very smooth. Mild mint leaves and some sweet and very subtle chili aftertaste when swallow. Overall: Absolutely spot on. I am amazed by the perfect balance of this IPA. Although some really unique and exotic ingredients such as mango, Vietnamese mint and lime and chili are added, they do not clash with the usual beer ingredients of hops and malts. Such a stunning beer brewed by Garage Project, definitely goes on my favourite list. Also give credits to the design and drawing of the can, really eye-catching and worth collecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lello4ever (885) - ITALY - JUL 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 Colore dorato, un po? velata con bel perlage, schiuma bianca frizzantina e sottile. Splendido aroma floreale ed erbaceo, con intenso sentore di agrumi. Molto piacevole al palato, con una luppolatura leggera, una carbonazione perfetta e una buona base di malto. Una birra fresca, con belle note di frutta tropicale, ben equilibrata a cui aggiungerei un pelo di amaro in pi.

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