Category Archives: New Zealand

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.

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8 Wired Superdank IPA

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Dank hop IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) American style IPA, brewed with the Dankest super hops we can find. Very aromatic – pungent, sweaty, grassy, and sticky. Massive grapefruit and zesty orange peel bitterness flavours cut through the hysteria to save the day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.56
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 6th March 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It was a lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big four finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of lacing.
Aroma: Guava, honeydew melon, pine, grapefruit zest, pith and flesh plus some grassiness.
Taste: Guava, pine, melon, grapefruit and orange with hints of pine, grass, herbal, floral and funky notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Carbonation was a bit too low for my liking, and the herbal, floral and funky flavours weren’t my favourite, but still a drinkable IPA.

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.

Garage Project Mutiny on the Bounty

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 11.2%
Style: Foreign / Export Stout
Other Notes: South Pacific Export Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Come on a journey below the 45th parallel. Inspired by the ill fated expedition of the HMS Bounty, Mutiny is a very South Pacific take on an export stout, brewed with breadfruit, roasted plantain, coconut sugar, toasted coconut and Tahitian vanilla. Spirituous heat elegantly balanced with deep, rich coconut vanilla sweetness in an ebony black brew of intense complexity. A voyage to the true heart of darkness.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 650ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a just over one finger tanned head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, coconut, roasted malts, chocolate, biscuit, bread and banana.
Taste: Roasted malts, sweet and creamy milk chocolate and vanilla, a touch of bitter dark chocolate and toasted coconut with hints of dark fruit and nuttiness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, light booze and low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice self described Export Stout. Breadfruit was used in the description, but I have no idea what this is meant to taste like. Nevertheless, this is a great sipper for a cold night.

8 Wired A Fistful Of Cherries

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Sour Ale with Marlborough Cherries aged in wine barrels. 2016 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A sour ale brewed in the Belgian tradition. Barrel aged for two years on fresh Marlborough Cherries. Vibrant flavours of funk and fruit. Contains a fistful of cherries per bottle. No more, no less. Depending on the size of ones fist of course…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date other than 2016 vintage. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy ruby red colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing. Near the end, the pour becomes a cloudy purple-reddish colour.
Aroma: Tangy, cherry and lemon with light citrus zest, oak, leathery brett and funk.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, cherry, oak, barnyard, funk and brett.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: A solid sour that is enjoyable and very drinkable.