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

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 havenít you should. It could be life changing. Itís 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 Ė mango, chili, Vietnamese mint and lime juice arenít exactly conventional ingredients. Donít bother checking, they arenít 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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4.8
jase3812 (55) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2016
such a good DIPA. Citrus mango flavours mixed with a hint of lime, coriander and chilli. A earthy yeasty body and smells of a garden on pour. Complex and delicious. This is glorious!

3.3
tmoreau (4298) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a clear, amber color, with a modest layer of soft white head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was quite dank, with hints of earthiness & vegetable, sweetness, and a melange of fruit notes as orange, grapefruit, stone variety, and tropical mango. Light to medium bodied, with fair carbonation, the flavor was similar, but less expressive than the aroma, with some tartness & tanginess, and any chili influence probably hidden & muddled among the earthy & vegetal hints. Okay IPA, but fell rather short of the anticipatory description, and other high marks, imo.

3.6
djoeye (4605) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2016
Aroma; citrus, grapefruit, wooden malts, resin, herb squares. Look; off white head, misty dark red-orange body. Taste; wooden malts, nice leafy hops, wooden resin, herbal malts, and a warming oily finish. Feel; solid body, soft natural carb. Overall; very tasty. They really have something goin on in NZ. [65cl btl 7.5% BB;07.1.17 #451]

4.1
Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2016
A great IPA. Fruity mango with. A very very slight heat from the chili and the bitterness is compltely canceled by the mint finish. Beautiful on a sunny day.

3.7
Dredd (932) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2016
Interesting aroma, the mango is definitely noticeable in the aroma, deep amber colour. Flavour is a mix of bread and stonefruit with a mild finish, not too resinous.

3.3
ekstedt (6718) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2016
Can (440 ml) from Systembolaget. Clear deep amber, medium off white head. Bready malt, tropical fruit hops, red chili notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness, some chili hotness.

4.5
GoufCustom (1979) - 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, itís simply a masterpiece and I will buy it again for sure. Garage Project, I salute you!

4.2
TEJA (3025) - 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.

3.7
hackobock (4007) - 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.
Good.

3.9
mikeyo1 (816) - LinkŲping, 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.


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