Garage Project Golden Spiral Fibonacci Hopped IPA
September 15, 2017
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The Garage Project get sciencey. This beer pays homage to the mathematical marvel that is the Fibonacci sequence – a series of numbers where every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones e.g. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34.

Named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci AKA Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, or Leonardo Fibonacci who published this phenomenon in his little book Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation) in 1202. Fibonacci numbers frequently arrear in nature such the number of branches on a tree and leaves on a stem to the structure of hurricanes and galaxies. Fibonacci numbers also appear in the arts such as Leonardo da Vinci’s works and Mozart’s music.

Fans of the band Tool may also recall Maynard James Keenan’s vocals during the first few minutes of the song ‘Lateralus’ form a Fibonacci sequence.

 So what the hell what does the Fibonacci sequence have to do with this beer? Golden Spiral was brewed using Fibonacci numbers to determine the volume and timing of hop additions. Garage Project describe it as “undoubtedly the most complex and audaciously hopped recipe we’ve ever attempted”. Thirteen hop varieties were used for twenty one different hop additions to create this 8% ABV IPA hop monster.

Golden yellow, quite hazy possibly because some yeast sediment splashed into the glass with a thin white head rich with hop oils. Low carbonation and medium body. Citrus, loads of dank pine, mango and sweet caramel malt aroma. Starts with a juicy citrus, leading into a wave of dank resins pine goodness followed by mango, some orange peel and a slightly earthy aftertaste. The booze is well hidden with the hop flavours lingering with a long smooth bitter finish. Beautifully balanced and dangerously drinkable.

I rate this beer higher than rating of the last two beers combined.



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