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Herevana – Garage Project – Double Pernicious Weed

Here we have: Garage Project Double Pernicious Weed. Super special beer. Pernicious Weed is an outstanding and iconic beer for many (and I confess to enjoying it many times)

Garage Project : Garage Project Double Pernicious Weed is made in Wellington, , New Zealand and is of course an IIPA DIPA – Imperial / Double IPA, this one with an ABV of 10% which makes this 3.5 standard drinks in NZ.

I have some seriously high expectation on this. For no reason that I have so much enjoyed the normal and excellent version that this can only be better, right? (Which clearly isn’t always true as there have been a number of brewers who have upped the Ante to ruin a wonderful beer.)

Dark can, dark label art. GP know how to art.

That is quite a dense aroma when you crack the can.

It’s a lot more pale than I expected, and the aroma is really deep and dank, what head there was seems to have wandered off on it’s own thing.

That’s heavy dense beer, short really deep bitterness, and there’s no supporting act to carry this. It’s all up front, it’s brash big noisy and uncompromising.

I’m really not sure I’m up for it. For me I know of wanted it to be more of an exhibition beer, but this is just loaded and noisy. It’s a bit like having boy racer car, you quite like the acceleration and might get a kick from the noise from the exhaust and the stick shift, but it’s uncomfortable really and a bit of a pain to do anything in.

I might have gone at this from the wrong perspective of course, it was always going to be loud, the notes on the can said so. Which then leads me to think that there is a hop combination that I don’t think works for me in this. That melody of tropical is really highly and tightly squeezed in this.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 on the arbitrary number scale. It’s not a beer for me, and that’s just me.

Music . Duke Ellington and John Coltrane from 1963.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

A very special edition of a Garage favourite, celebrating ten years of our own wicked and Pernicious Weed. Brewed to be bigger, with double the synergistic dry hop hit of Freestyle grown Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops. More malt, more hops and even more mouth watering bitterness, juicy grapefruit and citrus flavour and ripe passion fruit aroma. Intense? Definitely. Too much? Never. 

Brewers Notes

IIPA DIPA – Imperial / Double IPA

The “Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)”, or “Double IPA (DIPA)”, is an intensely hoppy, fairly strong pale ale without the big, rich, complex maltiness and residual sweetness and body of an American Barley Wine. The term “Double / Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an IPA, generally based around the standard American IPA with 8.0 to 9.5% ABV. Bigger than either an English or American IPA in both alcohol strength and overall hop level (bittering and finish). Less malty, lower body, less rich and a greater overall hop intensity than an American Barleywine. Color ranges from golden to light orange-copper although many substyles exist, each having their own color tone. These other Imperial IPA substyles generally are closer-related to their base IPA substyle and should be listed with them, if the substyle is listed. The style also includes the “Triple IPA (IIIPA / TIPA)” and “Quad IPA”, a massively hoppy beer of at least 9.5% ABV with outrageous amounts of hop flavor, malt flavor, alcohol and bitterness, without the big maltiness balance of an American barleywine. The Triple IPA may be similar to a Double IPA in hop character, but is differentiated from the style by a thick, syrupy body accented by intense hop resins that make it a heavy sipping beer.


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