Pan Pacific
Garage Project

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
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3.62 | pDev: 4.14%
Garage Project
New Zealand
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows bready, nutty and chocolate malt along with a little coconut.
Rich malty flavours too, a little of the coconut transfers through. Some sweet bready malt followed by an assertive but balanced bitterness.
Great moderately high carbonation.

Sep 21, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 650ml brown bomber purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. This is an amber ale "inspired by the humble ANZAC biscuit".

Pours, indeed, a solid amber hue, quite deep but with some good clarity to it. Head forms a coars crest of off-white initially, but fizzes out to a finer ring soon after. Body has a little bit of weight to it and it holds some static carbonation when tilted.Lacing forms in weak streaks. Looks pretty good all up though.

Nose is a tad disappointing, to be honest. There's a weak sweetness, but no big hop character like I was hoping. Instead the ANZAC biscuit character seems to be at the expense of the classic malt or hops, leaving a slightly insipid dryness that could be coconut and rolled oats, but more rightly seems like nothing. I was looking for a note on its date of production on the bottle, but couldn't see anything—possibly this has just dried out with age. It's not bad, but it's not really much of anything.

Taste is certainly a lot better. Here, at least, there's a solid structure of malt, and a tantalising suggestion of golden syrup towards the back that does rightfully evoke the "humble" biscuit. This takes its toll a little though, as the back is rather dry, and slightly more boozy than you'd expect. Some suggestion of coconut comes through in the finish—as a rather ephemeral and slightly frothy afternote, it must be said. It doesn't ever really feel unbalanced, but it certainly doesn't wow with flavour the way many other Garage Project beers have done.

But still, it's fairly drinkable, and it certainly has that skein of innovation which makes Garage Project's beers attractive as a group. Happy to have tried it, but I'll probably stick to some of their other beers by preference.

Aug 06, 2014
Pan Pacific from Garage Project
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 3 ratings