Other Side IPA - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rodney45 on 09-25-2011

A blend of North American pale, light Munich, light crystal, and carapils malts provide a light malty backbone to balance healthy kettle and dry-hops additions of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus. Hoppy yet balanced, our latest Project Hoppiness offering is our nod to the beers we love from the other coast. “Winner of the Brooklyn Mystery IPA Challenge.”
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Reviews by AdamPenna:
Photo of AdamPenna
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer. Three frothy fingers of foam which dissipates to a single finger that lasts. Lacing is very good. Bright, aggressive hoppy aroma. Pine and citrus and everything delicious. Carbonation is just right. Oily the way I like it, but a good balance of bitterness and dryness, too. Poured into a Greenport pint glass from a newly cracked growler bought today from Greenport Harbor Brewery. Nice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a puffy creamy head. Nice retention.

The aroma is floral. Grapefruit and pepper seem to dominate the profile. Some honey sweetness.

The taste is a little more bitter. The grapefruit is still there but it also brings the rind as well as some pine notes. A substantial hoppy flavor. The malt is bready with honey sweetness and does a nice job supporting the hops.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Definitely bitter on the palate but there is enough sweetness from the malt to offset. Finishes slightly dry.

A well made IPA. The hop profile is not my favorite but it is still good. Good to see Greeport bottling their brews.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled this is available in bottle form for $11.99 a 6er. Attractive packaging.

Super oily, hop bomb, slightly flat sweet malt, hops vicious enough to overcome sweetness. Refreshing, throat clearing resinous. Marmalade with tons of fresh cut pine. Hops linger, slightly sharp, cuts over sweet malt. Better on draft, not quite as boisterous, slightly syrupy in bottle, still, excellent and will buy again. The hops kill on this and are not to be missed.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a Growler from Bullseye beer distributor in Smithtown. Poured into a pint glass.... the look of this beer is beautiful.... copper color but you can see right thru it like water... lots of bubbles which made a beautiful head that stayed for a bit but laced away. Great smell that is the quinquennial iPa smell. gave off a very hoppy smell.. pine smell all the way.... beautiful balance so it's not too dry, too heavy... very much hop taste right up front.... but if your drinking an ipa than that's what you want. Mellows out a little... little bit of an aftertaste but more so that you want more of it... I am not an IPA fan but I am slowly getting there. There are 1 or 2 other IPA's I feel are slightly better but that's not a knock... I was pleasantly surprised by how great this tasted. I will definitely recommend and look to drink again.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Brklyn Beer Garden, JFK Airport Terminal 2, NYC

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left lacy patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrus.
T: The taste is almost a mirror image to the smell and starts out with flavors of grapefruit hops and quickly transitions to flavors of pine resin hops, the latter of which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad IPA as it has an interesting mix of grapefruit and pine resin aromas and flavors.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured full herbal and citric hops.

The taste was likewise hop driven with a confusing medley of hop varietals. Herbal and citrus elements dukes it out for recognition.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a gods hop driven ale looking for an identity.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Poured into standard pint glass.
Slightly orangey golden color, nice thick head, and lots of lacing.
Pine and citrus hops. Smells really fresh and just alive.
Taste is great. Just the right amount of hops, toasty malt, and alcohol.
I had this brew a while back at TAP NY at hunter mountain. I remember this brew standing out amongst many and haven't really seen too much of it since. I really enjoyed it then and still think this is a fantastic IPA. Deff worth a try....in fact I may even say to seek this one out. Not many reviews here on BA for this, but I am not sure why. Go get one.

Photo of Robtobfest
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden copper with bone white head
Huge pine and a bit of dankness and citrus mixed in. A touch of malty sweetness and waft of alcohol
Taste is more of the same, follows the nose perfectly with the pine at the forefront.
This is a really well crafted ipa bordering on double ipa.
Personally would pick this up anytime Im looking for a big, bold in your face ipa.
Picked this up with low expectations and am really digging this beer! Nice job Greenport. Would like to see bottle dates in the future and would love to seek it out on draft to compare to the bottle.

Photo of goodonezach
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep golden color with a white, fluffy, one-finger head that thins into a thin layer of lacing at the surface.

S: faint aromas of pine and citrus

T: bright but dry hoppiness dominates, with citrusy notes at the front. hop flavors fade to a pretty dry finish with only minimal malt balance at the end.

M: light body, lightly carbonated, smooth with a nice bite at the beginning.

O: this beer lacked a strong enough malt backbone to balance out the heavy-handed hops that are characteristic of the IPA style. however, I still found it an enjoyable drink and would recommend it to someone looking for hops.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. Dark golden in color, goodhead and lacing. Nice aroma of American hops, slightly bitter taste , but spot on for an IPA. Very drinkable.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
1.79/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On draft. Frickin' horrendous. This honestly tastes like lemon vodka mixed with watery beer. Burning alcoholic aftertaste. I'm really hoping I just sampled from a bad batch. Not balanced, not tasty. Avoid

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very bitter. Not much of a complex taste.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

re-reviewed from the newer official bottling that hit town fairly recently. opened bottle and poured to a greenport harbor pint glass.

a - brew pours a transparet tangerie orange with a oily but frothy ipa head. lace was chunky.

s - nose is nice sweet grainy citric. soft and slightly bitter smelling. hop is not too aggressive...but a nice crisp freshness to it. very clean.

t/m/o - wow, SUPER refreshing. very crisp and clean, with a sweet hop. soft bitterness on the finish, but has some sort of zing to it...almost a touch of floral rosemary or all spice to separate it and give it something unique. very tasty, great beer that's light and perfect for summers out east.

*** ** * ** ***
3.5 - 3.5 - 3.25 - 3.25 - 3.5

"sample only" bottle poured into a greenport harbor pint glass.

a - brew poured a foggy soft light orange brown with 2 fingers of frothy ipa head that hung out. nice chunky lacing coated the glass.

s - nose has a nice citric hop. fairly fruity.

t - bitter hops over bit caramel malts. kind of gives more of a barleywine vibe because of the huge malt backbone.

m - full bodied, big bitter finish.

o - overall, not bad, but not great either. a bit too caramel malt forward for my tastes. the hop seems to only be here to build on the bitterness.

Photo of rodney45
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of extremely fresh apple cider. Or light maple syrup. White cream colored lingering head that laces the glass with a spiderweb tapastry throughout the duration of the beer

S: Has a distinct cascade hop aroma, and smells vaguely of apricots, peach and pez candy. Very nice and warm IPA aroma. I wish they made candles scented of this beer.

T: Deep hop bitterness, yet balanced by a interwoven medely of malt and ethers. First tasting note are of hop character that speak of apple, blood orange, and pineapple. Its balanced off with medium malt flavor that imparts a sweetness to the beer not ussually found in an IPA. It has a warming ether flavor hidden deceptively behind other flavors, so this beer could sneak up on you since i have no idea of the ABV. Im guessing between 8 and 9%.

M: This beer is astoundingly complex and drinks more like a double IPA. Light to medium body, bitter, and beautiful.

O: This is an excellent example of the style, a bit bitter for the casual beer drinker im sure, but this truely warms my hop crazy heart. Like i said, its more a double IPA than an IPA, but it could hold its own against any hop head's wildest dreams.

NOTE: A buddy of mine brought this beer home from the Maritime festival in Greenport NY, where Greenport Harbor Brewery makes an appearance every year since its opening. I missed the festival due to work obligations, but my dear friend brought me home 64 oz of very very delicious beer. GP Harbor has done some fine work by this beer, and other beers ive tried. They're trying to make a name for themselves, and from what i hear, the tap room is worth the visit. On a previous trip i met some of the brewers, and theyre a bunch of local guys, who wanted to brew some great honest beer. They've done just that.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Rhumbline, Greenport, NY

Cloudy, dirty blonde with ecru film.
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice nose.
Rock candy and with grapefruit slushy hops.
Caramel chew end and Limoncillo linger.

Good IBUs and citrus hops are there, too, but it’s a bit muddy. Could be great if it were cleaned up a bit.

Photo of Justindemino
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so good. Shit happens.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pine tones with a vibrant resin character. Crisp flavor profile. Feel is a bit thicker. I love the pine aftertaste here. Solid beer and easy drinker

Photo of beerloserLI
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with major clarity and the nose smells of subtle hops and sugars.

The initial sip brings bitter and pungent hops right to the palate. Notes of grass, pine and citrus really come on as you continue to drink. Smooth and balanced with a sweet malt backbone finish. The mouth feel is good and decently floral.

Overall, it's an easy drinking and enjoyable ipa. When drinking it, I really want it to be great but in the end this lands in the average category at best.

Photo of Toemas
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly purchased at local Gulf Station, Northern blvd,NY, 10.99/6 .
Look: i'll put on the steampunk seabass... but this a sweet looking package, not to be confused with goose island, it has the same green ipa standard color . Smell: Hop Forward to say the least. Great Aroma, not hop shotted at all, i've drank a few cases of this by now ... not as fruity as i would have liked but piney , some earthy, pithy enough but not enough to leave a super aftershock.
Taste: Real nice, i wouldn't think 7.5% , tastes at least as good as smell. diff tastes from smell.
Feel: Medium bodied, not sure about the abv, had a substantial , but not out of place or style , a little bready, appropriate for a better quality beer.... I like an IPA with a medium to low abv. this is a bunch over, but not necessarily into the DIPA style.

Great beer which should not be a major player in sessions.
2/per night max. share with a friend. this one smells pretty nice too.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of manvsbear

Growler cap explodes into a million little pieces... A bit of extra carbonation here!

Pours a gorgeous orangish yellow. Amber i suppose. Nce white head. Looks pretty solid but i wish it had more head.... Mist have lots some carbonation in transit.

Smells very hoppy. Pine, some light fruits. A bit of sweetness underlying. I can tell this is going to be a very malty ipa.

Drinks a bit rough. The piney hops push too hard initially and give way to sweet malts. Bitter and sweet with not much complexity on the tongue. I want there to be a nice balance but it's just not there.

Good carbonation. A bit syrupy and thick but i suppose it could be high abv. Overall not he worst ipa i have had but certainly nothing stellar. If i got this at my local brewpub I would be impressed by the hop presence at the beginning of my first sio but then probably not order it again

Photo of brew3crew
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- golden body maybe yellow with no head whatsoever

S- esters of ass? This smells really, really bad. Growler had been open for a while but wtf...

T-watery hop mess. Idk what the heck is going on with this beer...

M-medium body and smooth

O-i have no idea what is going on with this beer. Too much oxygen maybe? Either eay just bad.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft. Had a pint from the tap there and enjoyed it enough to get a growler.

Pours a deep copper-orange with a nice head of medium-sized bubbles. Head fades relatively quickly but leaves a nice lace in my DFH signature glass.

Aroma is largely citric with a bit of melon sneaking in around the edges.

Flavor is quite nice; there's a lot of hoppiness that has a pleasant melon and pineapple feel, and the finish has a slight pine bitterness that I really enjoy. I also get a bit of sage in the flavor, which is enjoyable. The malt backbone isn't terribly assertive, but at the same time, the bitterness isn't so over-the-top that you need a lot of maltiness to offset it.

The mouthfeel could stand to be a bit thicker, but it's not a huge deterrent to enjoying the flavor.

Overall: a very nice beer. I see it hasn't been universally beloved among BA reviewers, but I'm a fan. If someone gave me a growler of this as a gift, I would definitely drink it and wouldn't try to trade it up for a more heavily hyped beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/11/13 notes. Had on tap at Distilled in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a medium golden amber color with one to two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light pine hops, fruity malts, bread malta,s and light caramel malts. Some nice hops up front followed by a lot of malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. More citrus up front but more caramel malt too. Light bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitter bite in the mouthfeel but not much at all.

o - Overall a good beer, though more malty than I was expecting. Some citrus hops to it and not a lot of bitterness, worth checking out but don't go looking for a super hoppy beer with it.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of pine hops with some light citrus hops, caramel malts, and a bit of bready malt.

T - Start off with lots of pine and grassy hop flavor with some bitterness. Through the middle some sweet caramel malt comes through with some stronger bitterness. The finish is a mix of caramel and bready malts with some grassy hop and some strong bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big bitterness, almost a touch too much. Could have used a touch more malt to balance the big hop profile.

Other Side IPA from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.