Category Archives: Garage Project

Garage Project Oh What a Lovely Day Let’s Go Out and Pick Some… Elder

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.6%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Foraged flowers, spontaneous ferment no.3

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The latest release in our Wild Workshop Wildflower series. The concept is simple. Freshly foraged wild flowers are plunged into a light golden base wort of pilsner, raw wheat and rye creating a spontaneous fermentation using only the wild yeast present on flowers. The beer is then allowed to age and develop in oak barrels. Fermented with wild foraged Elderflowers and conditioned in the barrel with Elderberry, the result of this brewery outing is a delightfully tart sparkling beer with a distinctly pink berry hue.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottled on 18th October 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, light funk, apricot, peach, oak, and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, funk, apricot, peach, oak, with touches of lemon and vinegar.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: A nice easy drinking Wild Ale. Elderflower and elderberry were added but it was largely stone fruit forward, so I assume this comes from elderberry. On the other hand, the floral aspect from elderflower was just not there, or simply overpowered when compared to other elderflower beers.

Garage Project Chocolate Beer

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.7%
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
Other Notes: Whittaker’s. Now on nitro

Brewer Description: (from can) One whole block of chocolate worth of Whittaker’s cacao nibs infused into every can. Unbelievably rich, dark and creamy. Brewed with chocolate malts, lactose, and infused with vanilla and freshly batch roasted cocoa beans. Tiny bubbles of nitrogen make it smoother and even more delicious. If it was any more chocolatey we’d have to put it in a wrapper.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 3rd May 2019. Poured into a Mikkeller pint glass as per the instructions for a ‘perfect nitro pour’.
Appearance: A clear dark brown colour with a slight amber hue, and an almost two finger light tanned head that had excellent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Strong, rich, chocolate, cocoa beans with a touch of vanilla and nuttiness.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, just a lot of chocolate with hints of cream and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A good and wonderful chocolate drink. It may not be complex, but the rich chocolate in the aroma and taste made it easy to drink. If the vanilla was even stronger, I think this would have been even better.

Garage Project West Coast Ultra Dry IPA

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) A new level of refreshment. This is West Coast Ultra – Dry IPA. Big on hops, low on carbs – not that you need it, you’re looking bloody good! It’s an ultra dry west coast hop bomb packed with Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado – all the hop flavours of an IPA brewed longer for a crisper, cleaner, more refreshing finish. The perfect beer to enjoy with other bloody good looking people who don’t need to worry about carbs.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 26th April 2019. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a slight orange hue, and a two finger white head that had good retention while leaving behind some decent lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy mandarin flesh, rind and peel, tropical mango, melon, mixed berries and pine.
Taste: Piney, citrusy grapefruit, mandarin rind and peel, with a hint of mango.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite nice with great aromas and balanced flavours.

Garage Project Beyond The Pale – Strange Ways

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.4%
Style: International Sour Ale

Brewer Description: (from can) Beyond The Pale, our yearly celebration of New Zealand’s fabulous fringe festival and the perfect excuse to brew something a little ‘out there’… even a little bizzare. This year, for the organoleptic delight of the avant garde drinker, we present Strange Ways – a kettle soured beer infused with raspberry, tomato and basil. Odd bedfellows indeed, but the result is a distinctly refreshing sour beer with a truly unique fruity twist. Strange Ways here we come.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.04
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 27th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy pale orange pinkish colour with a two finger very slightly off white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart raspberries with maybe a hint of tomato.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry and lemon juice with a touch of tomato juice at the end.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and very easy to drink with nice fruity flavours. Carbonation might be a bit too high, but not a big problem. I’m only getting hints of the tomato but none of the basil, which was unfortunate since raspberry and basil is a good combo.

Garage Project White Mischief

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 2.9%
Style: German Gose
Other Notes: Salted White Peach Sour

Brewer Description: (from can) Kettle soured wheat, lightly salted and infused with white peaches – a delicate three way salty, sweet and sour balancing act. A little bit of white mischief in a beer where anything gose. Brewed for Burger Wellington 2015.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 5th July 2018. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Strong aroma of peaches and sour peach gummy candy with a hint of lemon.
Taste: Tart sour peach, a hint of salt and some wheat of the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Light, refreshing and thirst quenching with its low ABV.