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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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Omnipollo x Tired Hands Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Brewery: Omnipollo x Tired Hands Brewing Co.
Country: Sweden
ABV: 7.2%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from Omnipollo Instagram) Dreamt up with our sweet angel creative genius life mates at Tired Hands Brewing Co. back in March 2015. Brewed with wheat, oats and lactose sugar. Conditioned atop vanilla and exceedingly aromatic raspberry. Consumingly hopped with Mosaic and Citra.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 28th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very nice looking cloudy ruby red colour with a two and a half finger pinkish head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mixed berries, raspberry flavoured candy and berry jammy.
Taste: Tart, raspberry unset jello liquid, raspberry candy sweetness, jammy with a touch of sourness at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a tinge of alcohol on the back end.
Overall: Nice looking, nice aroma and good flavours. Not really much of an IPA though, and seems closer to a Fruit Beer.

To Øl Hazy Tripel Citra IPA

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from can) New England Style India Pale Ale.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.14
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 14th February 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Orange peel, rind, apricot, mango and hints of grass.
Taste: Grass, pine, apricot, lightly bitter, orange rind and peel, and lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice flavours and enjoyable. I did glance over a lot of reviews saying that it was overly sweet. Made me wonder if we are drinking different beers!

To Øl The Haze Craze IPA

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hazy India Pale Ale. Brewed & canned by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from can) Dry hopped twice with Citra & Mosaic hops and fermented with a New England ale strain, this Haze Craze IPA is both hazy and juicy – just the way we like it!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 500ml can, with a best before date of 14th December 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a big four finger white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: A little light, but there’s pineapple, cantaloupe, grapefruit, orange and a touch of pine.
Taste: Creamy sweetness like milk candy, peach, apricot, pineapple and papaya with a light citrus bitterness, grapefruit zest and pith.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It tastes better than the aroma suggests. That creamy milk candy sweetness with tropical fruits just mixes really well together for my palate.

Epic Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) We’ve combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both world’s – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, with no canned on or best before date “welcome to the party pal”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange copper colour with a two finger off white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart-ish, tropical juiciness, jammy, fruit compote, lychee, apricot and peach with hints of mango and orange.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, apricot, apricot compote, half ripe mango and only hints of citrus fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and drinks easy. Could be even more sour considering it has the name ‘sour’ in it, but the tropicalness is refreshing.