Garage Project La Calavera Catrina

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
La Catrina is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but shes no lightweight. The base beer is a blonde lager with a cheeky, even ironic addition of maize. Maize is an ingredient youd normally associate with much blander lager offerings, but here it is fired up with a generous addition of organic Habanero chillis, giving Calevera a far more assertive chilli heat than the smoky chipotle of her brother. To this blonde chilli base went an addition of rose water and watermelon. The result is a complex and surprising beer we think can stand proudly beside the Day of the Dead. Cheeky, ironic, complex and firey what more could you want in the Lady of Death? We hope youll give her a warm welcome.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (606) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 7, 2016
Good, fun beer. Loses points in the aroma: it begins with a delicious waft of watermelon but then very quickly reverts to generic slosh aromas. Taste is similar in that, at first, there is a fair bit of watermelon and rosewater front middle and back, but by the 2nd half of the beer, the front end takes on a much more grainy macro-lager taste and feel, and all the deliciousness is pushed towards the back. The chilli is constant, it doesnt over-power, and is probably the only thing that keeps this beer real.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ngejo (976) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 16, 2016
Tap. Hazy, golden, rocky head, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, average carbonation, & abrupt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (569) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2016
330ml can. Pours pale with a good head and noticeable carbonation. Aroma is candy, flowers, a little citrus and some hay. Flavour is wood, hay, floral, sweet. Then, suddenly, a huge refreshing wave of watermelon, a little prickly heat and then more sweet watermelon to finish. What fun! The label says "cheeky" and thats about right. This is a silly beer, but it knows it, and its really quite delightful. Only issue, the fizz I noticed in the pour seemed to disappear very quickly, leaving it a little more full bodied than I would have liked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (844) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2016
Full points for uniqueness. Clear pour, faint aroma initial flavor of watermelon, long hot finish from the habanero.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoponmate (296) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2016
Golden easy drinkable base. Rose water and watermelon comes through subtlety and delights the pallet and then the heat comes from the back of your throat and lingers. Well balenced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (5039) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2016
30.07.2016, 0,33l can @ local tasting:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild floral, weeds, flowers, yeast, grass, hay, almonds, paper, hints of warming chili. Taste is slightly sweet grassy, weeds, flowers, grain, minerals, paper, yeast, grass, mild chilies. Medium bitterness, floral mouthfeel, nice warming chili touch. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (7082) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
How: Can.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Habanero, rose water, melon.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Mostly habanero, some rose watery tones shines through, some fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Can from Systembolaget. Fruity smell with a herbal aroma, apples and also some chili in the background. The taste is completely dominated by chili heat. A heat that lasts a long time. More like drinking chili-water then beer with chili.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mzaar (2993) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2016
Burk frn SB. Dimmigt orange med ett medelstort vitt skum. Dofter av malt, apelsin och rter. Tv ingredienser i smaken sticker ut och r nstintill helt dominerande: Chilli och rosvatten. Det r ingen hjdarkombination. Frst domnar tungan, sen kommer blomvattnet och om man tar sig tid att hmta andan s knner man att sjlva grundlet r en trkig och och fattig historia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
knasputte78 (661) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2016
Ljus med ett vitt skum. Grunden vanlig lager och så börjar det också. Sedan tar chilin över helt och bedövar alla smaklökar, inte min typ av öl ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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