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Beer – #428 – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills

This is a more mainstream beer from Garage Project, and usually that means a bit ‘meh’ , but hey ho – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills it is, for my sins, of which that are but two, everything I say, everything I do.

Brewed by possibly the brewer with the most beers I’ve drunk so far  Garage Project and they’re having a crack at the style that is  Pilsener and no surprises they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Garage Project - Pils 'n' ThrillsA standard for them 650 ml bottle (22 fl oz) of a beer that should be 5.5% aBV and 3.1 Standard Drink Units in NZ,  and that would be 165 calories a serve in this beer. Important to know these things.

An American hopped pilsener, with a bright golden colour and a crisp, clean, bitter citrus character. Like all Garage beers it is also vegan and unfiltered.

Pils’N’Thrills is the Garage’s irreverent take on a classic European Pilsner, given extra kick with high-citrus American hops.

Like all Garage beers it is also vegan and unfiltered – I never knew!

Bottle ArtAs to the bottle label art – The fantastic vintage tattoo art work is by local tattoo artist Simon Morse Almost enough for me to want to get a tattoo.

There comes a time in any brewery’s life when they need to make the serious  decision about what sports team they’ll get behind. For Garage Project this decision was simple – roller derby. If you haven’t made it to a roller derby match yet, you really don’t know what you are missing out on. Inspired by Wellington’s own Richter City Roller Derbyteam Pils ‘n’ Thrills is an American hopped pilsener, with a bright golden colour and a crisp, clean, bitter citrus character.

Aroma on opening is more towards a fruit thing.

Garage Project - Pils 'n' ThrillsImpeccable pour of a lovely yellow orange golden pour and lovely head of beer. Looks just the shizz in the glass. Fruity aroma appears from somewhere.

And then it drinks like it taste of an old sock. I was kidding, there is a real knock of hop bitter in this, and it’s  real and immediate and full and front.

The aroma calms down, and the hops notes dominates but that fruit burst had gone somewhere else. This still looks great in the glass though.

It is, still, very hoppy and that still is a bit of a surprise. It’s not that hop bite way that other pilsner type beers have, that rough taste, this is something slightly different.

The hops in this are more through the beer as part of the beer, and not as a result of being the beer that it is.

Over hopped pilsner describes this really well.

I quite like it though, but then not so much,  I like it much more than some of the other ‘normal’ beers that Garage Project have tried. But at the end of the day, and even during the day that is drinking this, it  is a bit lacking, and dissolves into a bit of hard work.  It’s a full palate taste but that taste is over-ridingly the hops bitter.

And possibly my muddled writing speaks to the muddled delivery that this is. I like writing as I drink, and sometimes it makes sense, then it doesn’t. I don’t think this makes the sense that it should, the beer, not my writing. I need more sense and less beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. I think. Tried it, didn’t so much like it.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am surprised by it, and I think yes.
  2. Would I have another? I am not that enamoured of it to be fair.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I might, but because they have fantastic label art.

Listening to “The Brian Jonestown Massacre“, this is “What you isn’t”  form their album “Revelation”

An Album that has musical highs and lows in many senses, and it makes a nice background and foreground to the early evening,


While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.


One comment on “Beer – #428 – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills

  1. kingmidget
    August 1, 2014

    An over-hopped pilsener? Blech.


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