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Beer – #1044 – Garage Project – Golden Spiral

Garage Project Golden Spiral. An Imperial IPA from the Cabinet of Curiosities: An ale hopped with fibonacci numbers.

a complexity rivalled only in the wonders of nature itself

A 650 ml bottle of beer that is 8% ABV, making that around 240 calories a serve size. This is 4.1 standard drinks in New Zealand.

Garage Project Golden Spiral is brewed in the style that is Style: IIPA – Imperial / Double IPA
and is brewed by: Garage Project who are in Wellington, New Zealand
It's me waving a beer!

and it’s 2-4-6-8 oh wait it’s 2-4-8-16….

The golden spiral, the mathematics of nature, the very code of life’s geometry itself, revealed in the sequence of Fibonacci numbers.

Golden Spiral, a unique experiment using Fibonacci numbers to determine the volume and timing of hop additions.
Undoubtedly the most complex and audaciously hopped recipe we’ve ever attempted, with thirteen different hop varieties utilised in 21 different hop additions creating a complexity rivalled only in the wonders of nature itself.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Well I’ve gone and got the sleeve/shaker/Pint glass out, which means a glass and a bit of beer for me. It’ll also do me for later when I enjoy something else. Easy round numbers pints.

Well, thats a really full hoppy beery rich aroma on opening, my eyes light up.

It’s a lot paler than I thought it was going to be, hilariously I’d say golden. It’s a very bright golden beer, that pours with a lovely crisp white light head atop. It isn’t quite as hoppy in the glass as on that opening, but it’s still grand.

Shut the door! That’s a really sweet rich mouthful of beer that breaks into a lovely sharp bitterness lingering with a hoppy bite at the back. There’s good beer and great beer, this is great.

This is quite an intense beer, it has multiple layers that sit quite close to each other, and they are all going in the same direction, you don’t get a weird off beat note anywhere that I could discern.

I really like this beer, I’ve had a wide range of style recently, and I enjoyed the most of them, but this is beer that thuds me back to earth, a brilliant baseline in beering, a rather good, dare I say, stock standard, Imperial IPA that is full of the hops, bitterness, aroma, taste , and when I say stock standard I mean something like, absolutely true to style.

It’s nice to come back to a familiar point, and this showcases why Garage Project can do the weird and funky things, because they’re rather good at the basics.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. Bitter, hoppy, aromatic, bloody tasty beer that does what it says it will do. So nice to have a beer label and description that is what is in the glass. Which isn’t easy and in some ways this undersells itself. Top beer from top brewers.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland has them, they’re in all good placed though.
  • Am I enjoying it? I know I say it a lot but this really is outstanding
  • Would I have another?  oh yes, many times if I was allowed, imagine being out and this being on tap!
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes because it’s a back to earth, back to the basics of really good beer. Really really good beer.

Music for this:  Luna Low by Art of Fighting  a new release on Spotify

Art of Fighting return with their first album in twelve years – it’s worth a listen, low key melodies that is well produced and makes you want to listen, but is happy if you’re not because you’ll catch it next time, I think an album that will improve with listening.



Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.


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