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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Pale Lager
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Hatsukoi, meaning first love, is a Japanese inspired pilsner. Brewed with light malted barley and rice using the traditional first press method. Clean, crisp with a delicate noble hop character.

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GoufCustom (2350) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2017

330 ml can bought at HK Brewcraft, Central.

Looks: Translucent light golden yellow colour a thin cloud of yeast particles; One and a half finger head with crumpety white foam which last for about 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant Lager malt, with strong floral, sugar, light spices, bread, lemon peels and grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet malt, with nice rice, grains, floral, fair sugar, light spices, strong dough, lemon, mid to strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Close to light body. Fairly slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Fairly good Lager maltyness in a slick background. Grainy and ricey but in a nice way, the rice don’t taste raw like most macro Pales, which is good. Strongly flowery, quite sweet but well balanced by strong hop bitterness. Very doughty with lemon to round. Very good!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, light spices, lemon peels and grass in nose and taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent sweet-bitter fair malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Ricey doughty and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has quite a lot of adjunct, but they all tasted nicely. A Pale Lager well hopped and yeasted so there’s a lot of mildty spicy hops with lots of bitterness to show for, topped with nice looks and distinctively sweet aroma, this is a pumped-up Pale Lager well worth trying!

drjoeng (1484) - SINGAPORE - JUL 22, 2017
5%ABV. Lager. Poured out gold. 6 SRM. Nose is beery. Mouthfeel is beery. Palate has pale malt with nice sweet dough flavor. Hop flavors are noble and slightly woody. Finish is brief and bitter. Overall a very nice full-bodied Munich lager with a bit more hop finish than a beer of that style. Cheeky and refreshing. I liked this one...actually.

Dredd (982) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2017
Good interpretation of Japanese style lager. Slight corn aroma with floral hints. Slightly sweet malts, light palate with clean crisp finish. Would go magnificently with Japanese food. Does what it sets out to do very well.

Skarecrow (1136) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2017
330ml can. Pale straw with huge head/lacing. Aroma is hay/grain. Very mild bitterness, clean palate but not much else going on. Adequate - would go well with sushi.

DylansDad (674) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2017
Hint of sulphur upon cracking the can, this disappeared leaving light aromas of straw, grass and lime. Taste is the same with a bit of cider and touch of metal at the back. Light, and clean. Not bad.

Hop_Hedonist (691) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2017
Can - usually I wouldn’t rate lager highly or even bother drinking it BUT... anything GP makes is always worthy of a taste - this is pretty damn fine - more towards pilsner style for my palate which is a good thing - lemony, noble hoppy, medium bodied thirst quencher. Yet another ’WELL DONE!’ shout-out to GP.

beer-yum (2041) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2017
Restrained floral aroma in a straw pour. Interestingly different flavor profile is biscuity with a hint of lime and a laid back finish. Another ’hit’ by the good folks at Garage Project - but not a ’home run’.

Samtzu (666) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2017
330ml can. Pours a light and hazy gold. Aroma of yeast and hints of fruit. Clean and crisp no no dominant flavour. Very easy to drink.

explosivedog (1993) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2017
330ml can. Pours pale straw with good head. Aroma is sweet and not much else. Flavour is again quite sweet, some vinegar, touch of peach and tangerine. It’s nice and crisp, but beyond that I’m not sure what separates this from your typical macro produced pale lager. Not sure I see the point of this.

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