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Beer – #377 – Garage Project – Death From Above

I went to the bottle shop today, Liquorland in Forrest Hill, and I walked in the door, and the man behind the counter flourished this at me,  Garage Project – Death From Above, good man! He also told me I was too early for the weekly new beer delivery. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

Brewed by Garage Project this is in the style: India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Wellington, New Zealand.

650ml bottle of a beer of 7.5% ABV which makes it 225 calories a serving, and 3.8 standard drinks in this bottle.

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 Death From Abovechili salad? If you haven’t you should. It could be life changing. It’s 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 aren’t exactly conventional ingredients. Don’t bother checking, they aren’t 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.

Thursday afternoon, late Autumn sun, couple of hedgehogs roaming in the garden – no idea what they’re about at this time of day, they ate some cat biscuits and toddled off somewhere else.

Lovely and inviting hop aroma on opening, grassy and lemony citrus.

Garage Project - Death From AboveFantastic chestnut orange pour with a lovely head of fluffiness. The aroma in the glass is much more intense with a peppery high that catches in the nose.

I just want to smell the beer for a bit.

Intensely bitter bite with a full mouthfeel, and a finish that is tang but not dry. And there are a few things in this too.  There is a subtle and present hint of chilli heat, and a lovely lemon-ness in the citrus and hop grass. If I said I could also pick mango in the taste you’d think I was making it up.

A cracking beer for the palate and an enjoyable challenge to the senses. And I deserve this after a hard day of doing pretty not much except some exercise and a trip to the store.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its roller-coaster rating system. I think that this would be a beer for hop loving IPA drinkers as it again takes you to the top end of the bitterness, bit does so without the dry finish. The additions of the other flavours that are present make it a lovely experience to drink. However I don’t know that you’d be able to have another of these in quick order, it’s a good beer to transition to or from I think.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Bloody oath I am.
  2. Would I have another? Another time I would love another
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, this is a beer that you’d have middle conversation, or just before something else and because it has a fantastic artwork too as a conversation piece.

I’m listening to Coldplay,  This is taken from the album Ghost Stories – The album is a bit triply and moochy, I have it on rotation so it’s at least second time around.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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