Garage Project Venusian Pale Ale (NZ)

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It’s always exciting and fascinating when The Garage Project releases new stuff, you never really know what their next “brewing arc” will be. But you are assured three things: 1) Impressive and beautiful label art 2) A brilliant and thought out story to the brews and 3) The most delicious, offbeat and interesting beer you may ever have… Their new “arc” is all about slipping the surly bonds of earth and mining Venus. Who saw that coming?? Anyway, let us sample this pale ale: Venusian Pale Ale.

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 7.3%

IBU: N/A

Pour:

Pours a classic pale ale colour of bright orange with shades of yellow and fine white head.

On The Nose:

The nose is a juicy, floral fruit bomb to the nostrils. Getting tonnes of fresh apricot, zesty grapefruit pith, baked lime cheesecake and a tinge of spicy lemon grass. Some fantastic sticky raspberry jelly notes, honeysuckle, black currant and passionfruit reduction. Getting some sweet malt, dry cereal and sweet honey.

Palate:

A fantastic balance of fruit sweetness with juicy, mouth watering apricot, black berries, fresh raspberries, melon, fresh orange, candied lime zest and passionfruit. Cracking citrus rind bitterness and dryness of fresh lime zest and grapefruit finishing in a very tasty malt backbone: biscuit, cereal and light cedar notes. The mouthfeel just hits everywhere on the palate; full and action packed. Hits it out of the park. Getting plenty of sweet spices too: nutmeg, juniper, clove and star anise.

Final Thoughts:

When The Garage Project puts out a pale ale, you better believe it aint gonna be a simple, straight pale ale… This is a pale ale on freakin steroids! I cannot believe this thing is 7.3% either, it is just fantastically accentuated in every way and everything you could ever want in a pale ale. The addition of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit peel is a stroke of genius and magnifies this brew out of this world. Garage Project, can you do no wrong?

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