Garage Project’s Talk to the Hand is an annual series of beers supporting Sign Language Week and Deaf Aotearoa. This year they’ve gone big and different with a full strength Cold IPA. This latest style of fringe IPA to come out of America is brewed with light malts (pilsner and maize in this case) and top fermented with lager yeast. Kind of like a super-strong hoppy Kölsch, which is just fine by me. Delicate floral aromas of Turkish delight and daphne, with sweet citrus and cooling spearmint adorn the nose, while the palate is more white grape and stemmy green astringency. A late bitterness takes hold into a long finish that refocuses back onto the floral elements from the nose. It’s a distinctly different IPA that’s better tried than described, but in the spirit of Sign Language Week this one gets a thumbs up from me.
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Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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