Garage Project La Calavera Catrina

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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
La Calavera Catrina, The Elegant Skull. The little sister to our original dead head is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but dont be fooled, shes no lightweight. Brewed with maize, an ingredient youd normally associate with much blander lager offerings, Catrina is fired up with an assertive chili heat from a generous addition of Habaneros, and spiked with rose water and yes - watermelon. The result is cheeky, complex and fiery - what more could you want in the Lady of Death? The elegant skull helps us remember that "Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. This was the driving force behind brewing this beer, come celebrate and rejoice in cycle of life and death with us.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarageBrewer80 (484) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2017
Burk ifrn SB. Klar, gyllengul med stor, fluffig skumkrona. Doft av citrus, ananas, ljud knck och mjlkchoklad. Ltt st och chilistark kropp. Smak av chili, mjlkchoklad, ananas och ljus karamellmalt. Stark eftersmak av chili.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1914) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2017

330 ml can bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Straw golden yellow colour with very faint trace of yeast haze; Half finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing with active slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant malt, with strong rose water, perfume, corn, sugar and light bread.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet Pils malt, with water melon, cooked chili pepper flesh, strong floral, molasses, spices, bread, lime, quite strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Medium body. Crisp and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Solid Pils maltyness in smooth background. Strong undertone of water melon with spicy bitter hoppiness. Fleshy chili pepper with testable residual heat to the tongue. Strong floral with tasty strong sweetness. Strong lime zest to round. Nice!

Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Strong floral, spices, lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet-bitter malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Spicy sweet and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: I was fearing this one would be the straight chilli beer with dead heat, turns out the Habanero heat comes as a note, while cooked sweet chili flesh is the focus. Theres lots of cosmetics in aroma and taste, in truth its a nicely sweet, malty, perfumely and spicy beer cocktail. It may be weird, but I find it interesting and pleasant to drink. Well worth a try!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danjs5 (182) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2017
UPDATED: APR 22, 2017 Pours a pale yellow with yeasty aromas. Full of sweet and savory flavours including grass and fructose. A growing savory chili taste lasts long after finish. Corn beer provides some interest. Starchy and earthy. Subtle yet strong. Innovative and a bit quirky. Great can artwork but expensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2845) - NORWAY - MAR 15, 2017
Bottle enjoyed at home
Copper hazy, big white frothy head. Smell of light yeast esters, hints of spices, hay and light malts. Moderate sweet, a real buttkick of chili and habanero, hints of smoke, the rest fades away behind the chili. Very cool stuff, and the artwork on the can is real art

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombutlin (300) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 27, 2017
Fans of quirky beer will rejoice. Watermelon is dominant in this otherwise lightweight lager. The habaneros were well hidden until the glass was nearly empty, when my lips started tingling. The rosewater came out right at the end too. Quite refreshing and original

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (896) - HONG KONG - FEB 1, 2017
Clear golden, soapy head and sticky lacing. Aroma of lager hops and malts. Although its basically a corn beer (ingredient that makes me hate all macro lagers), the maize here plays a good role, associated with the Habanero chilies. Its good if you are hungry, as it gets savoury, the chilies add flavour rather than heat (but they can be felt, without being too aggressive). Crisp and easy to drink. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bozoNZ (777) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2017
650ml bottle. Great colour. Moderately hot aroma. I think theres a good base beer there but the heat kills any pleasure. Novelty yes; drinkablilty unfortunately not

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (633) - 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 (840) - 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.

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