Death From Above
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,691
Ranked #13,054
4.01 | pDev: 8.98%
Garage Project
New Zealand
Very Good
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of this beer is a darker gold/very light amber. Sort of toward a traditional IPA.

Aroma is fun but previews what I think happens to the taste. This says with chillies, mint, and mango and I do get those but the aroma is very mashed up. No one dominates the other. So it smells good for sure.

Taste I just don't get the mint and mango much and any heat you might expect isn't there. It tastes solid otherwise but if you put three ingredients on the bottle they would be expected to be dominant in the final roll down the tongue.

Feels light and bubbly on the tongue. Doesn't linger much and finishes well.

Overall very tasty but again, want more of the three specified ingredients than what I got with it.

Jan 15, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. BB 31/01/18.

Pours a fairly clear, moderately dark amber color with a fairly large fluffy head and moderate carbonation. Smell is juice -- very ripe mango or papaya.

Taste clearly has chilies in it, but not dominant -- clearly has mango in it, but not dominant,questionably has mint in it, but not dominant. I think hops would have taken a bigger part if it was fresher (I don't know how long they claim the shelf life of this beer is, so I don't know how old it actually is). The result right now is...not bad. But kind of a mish mash with nothing taking the lead and not much bright about it.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick. Overall, not too bad. I'd try it again if I had more confidence it was fresh.

Jan 10, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a copper hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and mango. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jun 28, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale amber with film. 3.75
Syrup and peppermint gum. 3.75
Slight sweetness, heat and minty ring, lime zest, and bitter citrus rind end. 3.75
Long chalky linger.
Medium, slight cling, dry. 4

Centennial, Amarillo, Citra; mango, mint, lime, chili.

BBD in 5 months - is this dead already? Aromatics are gone, sez Mike W., who knows it from back home. Either way, the hops get lost for no good reason. A bridge too far. 3.75

Feb 23, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can (with no discernible date stamp) purchased in Queenstown into a shaker. This is the most interesting and unique beer I had in NZ, showing off some nice sophistication and a really innovative (to me, anyway) combination of flavors. I'm not sure why it is listed as retired or listed as an IPA (though it is 7.5) calls itself an "Indochine Pale Ale," but it could belong with chili beers, I'd think....anyhow, to more important things.

Pours a glowing amber with bright red edges, good off-white head and good retention. Nose brings a good bit of citrusy melony citra, and a little bit of spiciness too...a decent malt base beckons. On the tongue, good grief, there's some serious chili in there. And some other heat-delivering spices too, but it is balanced out with the cool citrus, as well as some mint and some Nashi (or just Asian) pear. This is good, and the tastes unfold nicely , starting with primarily hops, then you get the chili and the rest of the heat, and then it brings you through into a more cool and refreshing finish. Not quite as nice or as clean a finish as I might wish for with something so just kind of ends, but still...this was a nice find.

Feb 06, 2017
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pkalix from California

3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

retired? who knows? no F'ing date on the bottle. no confusing bar code.... you'd think they'd get with the times at some point, eh, mate? shouldn't have purchased it for this reason alone. but i did. without thinking. probably not terribly old (or retired) due to the aromatic essences given off on the pour.... but then again, no carbonation whatsoever... flavor falls flat. one drink and i'm considering pouring it in the drain. they spelled "chiles" with two "ll's" for god's sake.... disappointing. maybe it's not even worth the rating i gave it. still drinking it, though.... we'll see.....

Aug 08, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV: 7.5% Best before January 14 - 2017.

A clear, copper colored beer with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Wow! A lot of fruity hops! Orange, mango, pineapple, pine, resin and a little hint of chili.
Taste: The chili is more in the taste than in the nose. Mango, citrus, orange, tea, resin, malt and lime.
Mouth: Full body. Medium carbonaton. Dry ending. The heat from the chili stays in the mouth - Not to much though!

Great beer!

May 10, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml can with a best before date of 19th August 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper amber colour with just over a one finger off white head that dissipates slowly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruit strong with mango, pineapples and peach floating about with some light citrus and chili.

Taste: Very interesting. Not at all what I expected but in a good way. Grapefruit bitterness and caramel start strongly before slowly being lightly muted by a refreshing cooling mint coating, some tropical mango and ever so light chili spice.

Mouthfeel: Mid to light bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: An excellent brew. Very balanced between the hop bitterness, cooling mint and light spiciness. The carbonation was on the low side to what I prefer, but the cooling mint helps to rectify this. I loved this… must buy again in my book.

Apr 06, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice grapefruit notes in the aroma, small soapy head on orange amber body. Sharper citric hops in the taste, with some soft caramel malts. Gentle, savory brew.

Dec 18, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale Amber (9) pour with off white head. Smells like a beer mojito with lime and mint aromas. Tropical fruit and citrus with a minty chilies; citrus middle and minty/bitter/chilies finish. Moderate carbonation with tingle of alcohol and chilies on the tip of my tongue. Overall, another delicious hot mess from this brewer...lots of different flavors assaulting my senses in a most creative IPA. Well done.

Oct 27, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can has changed from picture shown, Pours amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, caramel, some citrus. Taste is caramel, pine, resin, pineapple, fairly dry and bitter.Its my shit.

Jul 16, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This self-professed “Indochine Pale Ale” comes packed with Vietnamese mint, lime, mango, chilli and hops such as Centennial, Citra and Amarillo - I’m not gonna lie to you: my tongue is excited by the mere prospect of these flavours coming together and once again those boys (and quite possibly girls) from Wellington, NZ’s little known capital city, have hooked me (line and sinker) with a brew that sounds as awesome as it does crazy. Let’s hope I haven’t pinned my expectations too high like I did with their smooth and balanced Cereal Milk Stout.

Poured from a 440ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a deep cloudy amber (almost caramel) body with a billowy 2cm off-white head that slowly drops back leaving spider web lacing on the side of the glass. In the words of Darth Vader: “Impressive... most impressive *PAH-PHUR*”. 9/10.

S: I’m not sure if it’s a massive hop hit upfront but the aroma comes through with a spicy tropical character that stamps its authority all over the olfactory senses. Bring it on! Hints of mint and mango pop in for a visit as well. For a self-styled Indochine Pale Ale it fits the aroma bill perfectly - I could imagine this with a big bowl of Vietnamese shredded pork vermicelli salad with fresh coriander, chilli and bean shoots. 9/10.

T: The flavour instead plants this brew firmly in West Coast IPA territory with those Centennial, Citra and Amarillo hops shining through with textbook grapefruit, pine and lemon characters. There is a hint of chilli spice in there but apart from this you get the impression that the mint, lime and mango only serve to amplify the hop flavours, which is a bit of a shame because it loses the possibility of bringing something different to the already full IPA table. Finish is a medium citric bitterness with a hint of chilli. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with bags of hop oiliness throughout and a sharp carbonation (although the spice heat could be toying with my perception there). 7/10.

D: I really wanted to love this beer, and don’t get me wrong my final verdict is fairly generous considering my disappointed tone of writing, however this brew is a missed opportunity as far as I see it - it could have gone much further with the Vietnamese adjuncts and brought us a real slice of Vietnam in a bottle (or in this case a can). As it is the only adjunct that really shone through over the hops was the chilli spice... I was looking forward to that mint, lime and mango. 8/10.

Food match: I am still sticking with what I mentioned above.

Jun 27, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: purchased from Leura Cellars for AU$11 for a single. A 330mL can with a brilliant, fantastically designed label. A great-looking package.

Appearance: poured into my Innis & Gunn tulip glass - a vibrant copper-orange with barely any fine carbonation visible. A very thin white head hovers for a moment and settles to a thin ring after a few seconds. It'd be good to see a pour straight from the tap.

Aroma: an amazingly refreshing aroma of citrus hops up front, a tangy tropical fruit behind also. Lovely.

Taste: tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, grapefruits - some spritzy hops over the top also. A fantastic beer - well worth the having.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through well but drop off sufficiently enough to allow a strong drinkability.

Mouth feel: the only area I figure this one could pick up is in the feel - it is a touch lacking. Still enough carbonation to bring the flavours through well - nice and complex.

Overall: a fantastic AIPA well worth the having. Nicely combined flavours of tropical fruits and citrus hops. For an AIPA, this one seems brilliant for a warm climate. Suits me find in Queensland, once I can get a loan to afford a case.

Mar 09, 2014
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from Mane Liquor Tulip, and poured from a can

A - Pours a clear copper colour with almost no head.

S - Plenty of floral hop and citrus grapefruit.

T - Citrus grapefruit hop up front and some malt on the bitter finish

M - Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Very drinkable IPA,

Nov 30, 2013
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour, slight haze. Head is cream-coloured, decently dense and foamy and sticking around OK. Looks alright.

Smell is lovely. Malty sweet with a touch of pearl barley and a big luscious fruit character from the hops. Apple/pear, lemon/lime and passionfruit combine with juicy pineapple. NZ hops just tickle me when used this well.

Taste is also very tangy. Touch of malty sweetness upfront before hosp take over. Grapefruit, lemon, passion and pineapple throughout palate before the cheekiest hint of piquant chilli on the back. No chilli flavour, just an unexpected heat that could really take you by surprise if you weren't told it was there. So tangy otherwise; tangy and good.

Decent body, slight tingle from the carbonation is a little too much. OK.

Such a tangy beer, could go down an absolute treat on a hot day.

Nov 29, 2013
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danieelol from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered butterscotch with very rich, frothy head.

Smell is nice, juicy grapefruit. Little bit of rich malt. Nice, strong, floral hops.

Taste is more grapefruit, grape and malt.

Nice bitterness in the finish, a bit ashy and a bit chilli.

Overall a good beer and an interesting experiment.

Jul 21, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne, and then again somewhere else afterwards. This is a self-styled "Indochine Pale Ale", infused with Vietnamese mint, mango and chilli.

Pours a slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a relatively light body and a head of futzy, bubbly foam turning just pale yellow. Lace forms in decent sheets and the carbonation is bubbly and effervescent—it looks nice when tilted.

Nose is bright with capsaicin chilli aromas balanced with pleasant citric hops giving fresh rubbed orange aromas. There's a slightly herbal tone to it as well, although I'd not go so far as to level this directly at the mint. It's very pleasant all up, though.

Light fruity entry on the palate, tropical tones with an undertone of pepper. This expresses itself a little more as the beer goes on giving a hint of chilli mingling with the sweet stewed fruit character. Some heat does form on the back, but mostly the bite is from the hops, providing a clean bitterness to clear the palate. Aftertaste provides reminiscences of jalapeño.

Feel is very light, but nice-it matches with the characters on the palate well.

This is a case of very disparate elements coming together to make a really lovely package. This was a standout at GABS for me—it's a beautiful example of how experimentation can achieve something great beyond pure novelty.

Jul 03, 2013
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