Pernicious Weed
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,428
Ranked #15,898
3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
Garage Project
New Zealand
Very Good
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Notes: The arrival of hops to the brewing scene in England in the 1500s led to a moral panic, hops were described as "a Wicked, & Pernicious Weed", feared to bring the downfall of civilized society. Thankfully, they were right.

Pernicious Weed is a celebration of the NZ-developed hop varieties Nelson Sauvin and Rakau. Huge grapefruit flavour in a worryingly-drinkable strong IPA.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a golden copper color with a huge over carbonated white head.

Smell - The beer smelled weedy just as the name suggested.

Taste - after the head finally went down, my initial Impression was weedy pineapple with peppery hints. The bitterness comes towards the back.

Mouthfeel - After the enormous head went down, the beer was essentially flat.

Overall - there are some good aspects to this beer. I would be willing to give them another chance.

Apr 29, 2018
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Tommo from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better garage project IPAs we had. Great west coast style IPA, super dry hopped for a juicier taste. To be honest, this is the only garage project i would buy again

Mar 08, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip. BB17/02/18. I presume that means best by February 17 2018, so I guess I'm putting their best by dates to the test a little bit. But hey -- it should still be "best"

Pours slightly hazy light amber-gold with a smallish head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is muted, but I get some orange blossom and some hay.

Taste is overall surprisingly mild. Bitterness builds, comes out more as it warms up. Slight "old hops" flavor, but not too bad. Moderate tropical juice flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a pretty decent beer.

Feb 07, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange body; fine carbonation; thick, frothy head. Citrus-forward aroma; orange; cereal malt grain notes. Bitter, citrus rind flavor; light cereal grain malt qualities in the background; tangy, fruity overall. Medium-heavy body; juicy; dry overall at the finish.

Powerful, pungent and bitter IPA; nice juicy quality overall.

Jan 19, 2018
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JzBeerlover913 from Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great New Zealand inspired Imperial IPA coming out of Garage Project in New Zealand. Extremely hoppy with great citrus notes, bit does not hide the malty notes from the grain bill. Pours a hazy amber gold color. Must try! Brewed with NZ's own Nelson Sauvin and Rakau hops.

Dec 30, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper. Foamy, short, off white head that fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells citrus, light grassy, grapefruit, orange, bready malt and light pine.

Tastes citrus peel, light orange, light pine, caramel malt and light grassiness. Finish is dry with a citrus peel and malty linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation

Sep 17, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a ruddy copper hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Bitter, uninviting flavor. Not recommended.

Jun 28, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dirty blonde with white film. 4
Grass, dank and mango. 4
Thread of caramel, then grapefruit, spicy, kronik, papaya and white pine. 4
Long herbal linger.
Halfway to medium, chewy, round. 4

Rakau and Nelson Sauvin

Hot and chewy. Not the bounciest NS ever; lots of herb + resin, low on tropical. But still a heavy hitter. 4

Feb 23, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can into a shaker in my hotel room in Rotorua, this pours a good-looking clear amber with a 2 finger off-white head that has good retention than subsides slowly, leaving some good lacing. This is pretty simple and straightforward, with a good dose of citrusy and piney hops, and a nice resiny bitterness, balanced out with a good bready malty backbone. Nothing too fancy or super-special, but I'm enjoying this one a whole lot. Maybe after 10 days of hiking, traveling, etc., I'm just ready for something straight-up, simple and good. Whatever it is, this one fits the bill very very well, and I'm extremely happy to enjoy it. From my limited exposure to this one and a few of their other offerings, Garage Project seems to know what they're doing!

Feb 06, 2017
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bark from Sweden

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is orange-amber; the liquid is hazy. The two finger off-white airy head sinks down to a thick lid leaving some lacing.

The smell got distinct notes of new world hops: Citric peels, resin, rubber, lemon juice and orange marmalade.

The taste is aggressively bitter with lots of tart-bitter citric notes. Thick marmalade sweetness and slowly growing warm alcohol. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is hoppy with distinct alcohol, lemon/lime, sour fruit candy and a touch of oil paint. The finish is bitter with some alcohol.

The carbonation is mid-strong: the few mid-sized bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is thick and somewhat sticky.

A very bitter IPA, almost a DIPA, with not enough aroma hops in the finish.

Aug 06, 2016
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vitALEity from California

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark orange, wonderful aroma of tropical
fruits (mango mostly) and citrus. Taste is the same with more bitter orange peel and zesty grapefruit. I really like this beer.

May 11, 2016
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cfalls from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - hazy gold, head fades to a thin layer

S - mostly grapefruit, some tropical (I'm recovering from a cold, so some subtleties may be missed.)

T - loads of grapefruit, some grass and herbs, long bitter finish emphasizes pine and apricot

F - typical of the style

O - excellent overall, just a little one-dimensional in the bitter/piney direction compared to the very best, needs a little more dry-hopped tropical goodness for me

Mar 01, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 8th March 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong tropical fruity mango and pineapple with pine, grapefruit and grassy notes.

Taste: Bitter citrus grapefruit, pine and grass with some light malt sweetness. However, at times, the alcohol booze seemed to creep out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a pretty good DIPA, but as a DIPA, I’d prefer if it was able to completely hide the alcohol taste, but other than that, it was nice and bitter.

Feb 11, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another killer IPA from Garage Project. This stuff really needs to make it over to the US. Perfect aroma and taste, big but tempered hop aroma and flavor, cloudy orange gold body with creamy head. Essence of pine resin lingers with a hint of grapefruit. Top notch.

Dec 18, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beatiful, a little bit hazy, orange-golden colored beer with a huge, three finger high head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass when the fluffy head finally sinks down to a 5 mm thick "whipped cream" style head.

I just love the nose! Tropical fruit, mango, orange marmelade, hops, grass, grapefruit, caramel malt, herbs and pine.

Taste: Orange, tropical fruit, earthy, grapefruit, a soft, creamy taste. A very balanced bitterness. The ABV of 8% is well hidden. You get a little alcohol taste but not to much.
Body: Medium body and medium carbonation. A soft, creamy body with great texture. Malty backbone.

Maybe you have guessed it by now: I LOVE this DIPA! Nothing overwhelming - Just right! So good, creamy, hoppy and... just lovely!

Apr 15, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: a 100mL taster from the cellar door at Garage Project during Auckland Beer Week. n.b. the label on the bottles / cans are funky per the Garage Project norm.

Appearance: poured out a hazy orange-amber with fine carbonation. A one-finger foamy off-white head slowly drops to a thick half-finger. Looks good.

Aroma: plenty of citrus, herbal and floral aromas - what a whirlwind! A bit too herbal for me.

Taste: plenty more citrus and herbal, with a touch of earth and floral. Nicely made, but a bit too sharp and bitter for my liking.

Aftertaste: plenty of herbal hop bitterness, with a slight amount of biscuit malts.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel and carbonation, quite dry on the finish.

Overall: another well put together beer from Garage Project, though I must admit that the strong herbal note is not my favoured style. Typically expensive at around AU$18 a bottle.

Nov 26, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Jun 05, 2014
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danieelol from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/golden syrup. Nice head and lacing.

Nose has the malt a little forward. But fairly close to it is a nice fruit salad of hops- pineapple, passionfruit, rockmelon. Nice hop flavours but not as forward as I'd prefer- a little subtle.

Taste is a nice, light combination of oranges and the aforementioned tropical fruits. Not too bitter really. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel has little sweetness detectable and a nice but not huge bitterness and little resin.

Drinks easier than 8% ABV. Nice hop flavours but they're not as forward as I like. Very balanced and drinkable but lacks punch. Like Racer 5 ("balanced") but better.

Jul 21, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows rich sweet syrupy malt along with resionous and fruity hops. Marmalade, peach and plum. Nice
Very aggressive flavours. Piny and resinous hops dominate along with a massive bitterness. Lots of malt too, but the bitterness wins out for sure.
Carbonation could be a bit higher.

Jul 12, 2013
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dansmcd from Australia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Norfolk in Fremantle.

A - pours a mango colour, murky with a dense creamy white head, great retention and big sloppy shoelaces of lacing.

S - nice soft fruity hop bouquet, peach, pineapple and citrus.

T - hop forward yet not a big bitter bomb by any means. White peach is prominent, very tropical and extremely sessionable.

M - medium bodied, carbonation level is right on, juicy.

O - good stuff, definately worth a try if you get the chance.

Jan 07, 2013
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ADZA from Australia

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on growler from Cellarbrations Carlisle and ABV is 7.5% and pours a bright hazy orange hue with a two finger head and some lacing,smell is pineapple,orange,mandarins and mangoes basically fruit punch nice,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of fruit salad and tropical punch with big hints of pineapple and citrus mixed with sherbet and boiled candy and finished with a citrus bitterness and overall its very nice and would buy again cheers.

Dec 01, 2012
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dgilks from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearish golden colour with a creamy, white head. Good head retention.

Orange and chilli aroma. Really intriguing. Some malt. Nice.

Sweet malt and plenty of bitterness. Nice orange hop notes. Lacking a deep hop flavour.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A good IPA. A little unbalanced but it works reasonably well.

Nov 12, 2012
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