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Herevana – Garage Project – Infinite Spirit

Garage Project Infinite Spirit. Finishing a short side trip of the sour side of beers, wherein I’ve had a bit of everything and I’ve chosen very well I think to come away with lots of nice beers drunk and lots of smiles.

Garage Project make the Garage Project Infinite Spirit in  Wellington, 🇳🇿, New Zealand and this one is an unusual IPA – Sour / Wild  with an ABV of  7.0%. the 440ml can of beer is 2.4 standard drinks in NZ

I then realised that this might just be a Brett IPA, and there’s a high bar in this field with Urbanaut, in my opinion, as top dog.

That has a lovely soft hoppy aroma on opening the can, that’s an aroma I can get with, I’m keen to see what pours.

A glorious bright orange beer wit ha equally glorious head of bright whiteness. In the glass it loses that hoppy forward note and moves towards something it more towards a sourness, like a cider/vinegar note.

It’s hard to pin down what follows. It is neither hoppy bitter or sour. It has a very brief profile and there is little lingering in the mouthfeel on this.

The brief profile though is packed with a indication of a sourness on something quite soft and full.

To say it is a little odd would be understating it a bit. It is very odd and hard to define. So where am I with this? I like it more than I might be letting on, it is a nice beer to drink, and it is easy to drink, that 7% could be a problem if you thought this was a night out on the lash. I like that intense shortness of the taste, although as it warms the sourness begins to assert itself more and that softness falls away. I can see this becoming ‘difficult’ to drink a lot of, or drink over an extended time. I think sipping this would be a problem and you’d have taste fatigue.

I think though that this is contender in what might a really difficult and ambitious offshoot.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 8 on the arbitrary number scale. The remarkable things are those that you cant define. I have absolutely no reason not to be enjoying this beer, and it gives you no reason not to enjoy it. It looks lovely has a nice aroma and although the taste curve is quite short there is nothing in the taste that would be hard or difficult, edgy or harsh.

Music: Happy Mondays – Bummed. Spotify thought I needed to know.

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.

Reawaken your senses with this esoteric twist on the East Coast haze craze. Infinite Spirit fuses hazy double IPA with foudre aged Wild Workshop sour beer in a beautiful lucid dreamscape of sweet and sour, where the elevated aromatics of Ekuanot, Galaxy and Mosaic entwine with cleansing juicy fruit tart flavours. Welcome all to the new age of IPA.

Brewers Notes

IPA – Sour / Wild

The “Wild India Pale Ale (IPA)”, also named “Brett IPA”, is a hop-forward, bitter, dryish beer where some fruity acidic or funky character, introduced by wild yeast or bacteria (generally Brettanomyces, but also others such as Lactobacillus or Pediococcus), is evident but in balance with other components of the IPA. It is a generally a decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through with the funky or acidic character always present. The “Sour IPA” is generally meant for an IPA recipe where the flavor primarily comes from Lactobacillus used in a kettle souring process and are often compared to NEIPAs with added tartness. Colour and taste may vary since many substyles exist. The style also includes beers described as “Gose IPA”.

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