Garage Project X Trillium ‘Matakitaki Valley’ Hazy IPA


“For our fourth hop harvest collaboration with East Coast brewing legends Trillium we’re exploring all new terroir, with Nelson Lakes Hops in the Mātakitaki Valley from Freestyle Hops. A hop free boil and massive dry hop addition of hand selected Nelson Sauvin and Motueka create a giant juicy hazy homage to one of New Zealand’s most exciting new hop growing regions.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Super turbid pastel/mustard yellow complexion. It constructs a thick and finely beaded two finger head which holds its shape really well. Tonnes of lacing clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: This one was quite a surprise. Ever since their last “Valley” release (Galaxy Valley from memory) back in 2021 they’ve only ever done re-releases so it’s exciting to see these two heavyweights collaborate on something new. It has that hallmark character too – resinous, luscious greenery/rainforest, juicy green grapes and gooseberry, peach skins, green mango and dry chalkiness. Comin’ in hot!

Flavour: Classic GP X Trillium flavour profile. Dead set these two breweries together are a force to be reckoned with. So incredibly smooth, juicy and sessional. We get a gob-full of juicy green grapes, passionfruit, gooseberry, lime, florals and herbal spice. Some orchard fruit and stonefruit also. Doughy malt, oats, flaked wheat. Smooth, creamy, ultra easy finish that lingers. Impressive.

Mouthfeel: Like drinking beery clouds. Light, aerated, creamy, mild-moderate body. The 8% ABV is dangerously well hidden.

Overall: Absolute corker. We’ve come to expect no less from this collaborative series. Big ups to GP and Trillium keep em coming.