Death From Above | Garage Project

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Death From AboveDeath From Above

Brewed by:
Garage Project
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-03-2013

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boozecamel
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dhamma73
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dbb618
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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,

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Tavo2311
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
3.96/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of pstam87
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RevCraig
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spoda1983
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of spycow
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laituegonflable
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of personpitch
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Stoutmeister
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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