Garage Project & Modern Times ‘We Are Family’ NEIPA


36629632_887836941400452_767355843699015680_n“Cannabaceae, what an interesting little family. Hops and hemp. There’s a passing resemblance, but family ties run deeper than looks – both plants are packed with similar resinous oils full of terpenes bursting with flavour and aroma. This brew’s a family reunion in a can. Freshly harvested whole cone hops, partially dried at low temperature and combined with fresh hemp seed extract. It’s a playful celebration of legislative changes which open the way to future hemp innovations. Remember, the family that plays together stays together.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber orange with a fluffy two finger head perched on top. Good retention and healthy lace work down the glass. P.s watch your pour as there are some big chunks of yeast that settle at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Super juicy. Strong wafts of stonefruit, apricot, pineapple and guava lifting out. Pear, apple, grapefruit and a hint of vanilla cream along with a flutter of herbals/botanicals, dried tea leaf and minerals in support. Can’t be sure whether the latter are adjunct scents of the hemp seed extract, if not then that part of it is completely MIA.

Flavour: Bang on for a NEIPA. Tangy, juicy and somewhat herbaceous. Pear, mango, apricot and rockmelon pair up with delicate hints of orange and spicy tea leaf through the mid palate. A mild hop bitterness forms before a smooth and grassy/herbal finish pulls up a bit short on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and well rounded. Mild bitterness with a nicely disguised 7% ABV. Good co2. Very crush-able.

Overall: We love the idea of blending hops with hemp but really the hemp side of it is difficult to detect. Other than that it’s a delicious IPA (although unsurprsing as it is a collab between two world class breweries). Solid offering.