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Green Diamonds Double IPA | Other Half Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
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101 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
678
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
18.01%
 
 
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Green Diamonds Double IPAGreen Diamonds Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Other Half Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Double IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and lots of Australian Galaxy hops.

Added by metter98 on 12-10-2013

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straight orange hue pour, slightly hazy. Excellent retention with a finger white head that settles to a ring. Some yeast floaties at the bottom, not as much as all citra everything.

Nose is tropical juice foward, plenty oranges, mangos, papaya, hints of pinneapple. Peaches. Subtle pine sap and resinous hop profile.

Immediate citrus upfront. Tastes of orange peel, subtle lemon zest. Candied oranges and mango creep through as well. Subtle pine and sweet bready malt come in the back end, leaves a nice coat of hop resin afterwards.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly velvety and a little oily. No flavor profile makes this hard to swallow down. Not overly bitter and no alcohol bite.

Outstanding

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Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

definitely taste the alcohol.... a rather bland pour with little carbonation. getting the fruitiness on the tongue but definitely has some abv to it. dense hop aroma, smooth flavor for 9+%....

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Photo of Nachojon
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another really good beer from Other Half. This is a boozy mess, in a good way. Love the dry hop aroma with just a hint of fruit. At the end of the day this one is just a hop and booze bomb, and I respect that. Green Diamonds, son.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Whole Foods. An aggressive beast of a DIPA in keeping with the Other Half general vibe; a mix of old and new school, with lots of hop flavor but in touch with the old West Coast approach, dry and assertively bitter. This is NOT turbid fruit juice. Beautifully clear, small cream colored head with a bit of patchy lace. Contrast this with something like HF double galaxy. There is slightly more honeyed sweetness to the taste but it cleans up very quickly so there's little sense of maltiness but enough backbone to prop the hops up. Fruity and somewhat resinous, medium bodied, and bitter. HF has that elegance where even in the big beers a ton of nuanced hop character emerges; this isn't quite in the same class but also feels like a totally different approach and style - unabashed and brash and in-your-face. There is a general fruit character and lingering aspirin notes on the tongue; the more subtle melon/pineapple thing Galaxy can bring at times is somewhat buried. Alcohol is noticed slightly but not in an unappealing way - there's no question about it - this wasn't brewed to be polite.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler.

The pour is a deep, amber orange color with a huge, fluffy white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

The aroma brings lots of sweet, doughy malt, followed by dank, resinous hops. There's some grapefruit and orange notes as well. I'm also picking up a very subtle, minty aroma on the back end.

The flavor is very bitter up front. There's notes of pine and grapefruit as well as orange rind. Sweet caramel malts come through on the finish and make this an extremely well-balanced IPA.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol is present but subtle. Very crisp and very dry.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. I'm not always the biggest fan of higher ABV hoppy beers as they tend to be more malty and sweet than anything. But this beer is nicely balanced and has plenty of hops to knock you on your butt. Galaxy is one of my favorite hops and it really shines in this beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can in a nonic.

Pumpkin orange color with a quick fading 1F head, linen white in color. Dense, thick, and hazy look. Light spot and ring lacing.

Smells of pine, rich malt, touch of citrus. Slightly sweet and a touch of alcohol.

Big malt presence. Slightly sweet malt with pine and orange citrus hops.

Full body with a solid malt core. Tingly carbonation and hope bite. Lingering dry hop finish.

Manageable and balanced big IPA that packs a punch and dodges the sugars.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into tulip. 12/18/15. DJ bottleneck.

L. Dark orang copper. Slight haze with a finger head. Nice lacing.
S. Slight tropical fruit notes with some nice hops.
T. Some nice malts and sweetness, there is a nice bready, nutty taste to it as well.
F. Light carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a 16 oz can in a trade with @DanPing Can dated 12/18/15
Poured a semi-hazy orange that produced about a 1 1/2" white foam that settled into a slight ring. Hardly any lace on glass.
Smell : Wow! Really get a blast of that pungent, piney aroma courtesy of those Galaxy hops. Smells really resiny.
Taste: Bitter pine taste upfront followed by bitter citrus (orange, grapefruit rinds). You also get a hint of some malt sweetnes. Alcohol is apparent but not off-putting.
Feel: Medium-bodied and perfect amount of carbonation. Bitter bite upfront, as stated earlier, and finishes with a bitter dryness.
Overall: This is really good for all you bitter hopheads. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really OUSTANDING. As this beer warms up the nose gets really musky and funky, crotch-like. Sounds terrible but is really quite amazing and that may be because in almost every other way, this is like a Heady Topper. I like the twist. I had it back-to-back with HT and preferred this because its more complex.

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Photo of mickyge
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Galaxy hops and this one is loaded nice piney smell. Bitter start crisp finish. High Abv isn't noticeable and very drinkable. I like this one a lot

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Photo of jhavs
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2 week old can poured into snifter.

A= Orange with amber tint, just a bit of haze, but more clear than lots of the new typical IPA/DIPA's out there. The head pours thick and frothy, a touch off-white, settles and coats the top of the liquid with thin foam. Lots of really sticky lacing.

S= Pine, citrus zest and pith, some resinous dankness. Get a bit of booze and malt sweetness too.

T= Citrus hops is what I taste first, a bit of boozy warmth is noticeable and not unpleasant. Pine and dankness follow. Bit of background caramel sweetness.

M= Moderate carbonation, bit above medium body.

O= Tasty, easy to drink at 9.1% ABV. Balance of big bitter flavors and residual sweetness. Not in my "best ever" category but definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can provided by Deggar... Thanks buddy! Pours slightly hazed light orange with a firm white head that leaves very nice lacing. Pithy citrus reminds of oranges and orange zest with a little passionfruit mixed in... A big too much residual maltiness for my tastes, but no real flaws.. Good bitterness on the finish readies the palate for another sip... Pretty drinkable given the higher ABV.. Well made.

All 4's.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 32 oz growler purchased at Other Half Brewing Co., Brooklyn, NY
Served in a snifter

A frothy, inch tall, light khaki colored crown topped the dark orangey-amber liquid. The head quickly fell to a thick, bubbly, lasting ring. Droplets of lacing trickled down the glass after every sip. The chill haze eventually eased up and revealed a nearly clear body.

The nose was interesting but it seemed a bit muted. Citrusy hops dominated. Juicy. Orange juice came to mind. Some orange zest as well. Hint of tropical fruitiness. But of mango. Somewhat sweet. There was a subtle dankness. Solid overall, but this could have been punchier. The nose became sweeter and fruitier as the beer warmed. Peach notes appeared.

The flavor profile was super citrusy and bitter. Loads of juicy orange and orange peel on the front end. Crisp and dry. Tangerine was noticeable. Bit of peach. The beer turned super pithy and bitter on the back end. Intense grapefruit and grapefruit rind-like notes took over. Touch of pine sap. Fairly sharp and surprisingly boozy. The pithy, bitter notes lingered long after the swallow and were almost a bit astringent. As the beer warmed, some sweetness came forth.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style. Frothy and fluffy. A crisp, lively effervescence made the beer feel somewhat airy.

Other Half Brewing's Green Diamonds was a pretty big disappointment, especially considering that this 32 oz growler cost me $19 (growler deposit included). For a brewery that has a reputation for making some of the better hoppy beers in the Northeast, this double IPA was surprisingly bitter and boozy and lacked the juicy fruitiness and creamy mouthfeel typically found in similar style beers by Tree House, Trillium, etc.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

solid DIPA from OH. was a little too bitter for me and the tropical notes didn't seem as refreshing as other New England DIPAs I enjoy (like Dinner, Swish, King Julius etc) Could have been an age issue. have to give it another try.

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Photo of BeerKarmaNYC
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can, less than a week old that I picked up from the brewery.
As soon as you open the can you can smell the hops, mostly pine up front.
It's extremely drinkable for a DIPA that is more than 9% abv, its bitter in the finish but in an enjoyable way.
Hop Showers is my favorite beer from OH but I prefer this over AGE which I find to be too sticky.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, I'll admit it - I'm hooked on Other Half. People wonder what makes me trek to Brooklyn on the Subway and then haul the 4-packs of cans onto the G and to my garage where I pick my Taxi up. You want to know what the answer is?

It's beers like this.

Beers that look good. Smell good. Feel good. Good enough to go down so easily that you wonder where the 16 oz in the can went and how it ended up empty so quickly. This was one of those beers and the one that I heard about before I started going to the releases every other Saturday. The hype was big but not as big as what this turned out to be...

It started with the pour - a murky orange that was quietly radiant and slightly hazy with a big enough head to perfectly top off the liquid. Even though it didn't stick around long, the lacing was there until the finish and left a few soapy rings as a reminder of what was present up front. Then came the aroma.

Tangerine.

Grapefruit.

Citrus Pith...and oh, those galaxy hops. Gotta have those galaxy hops!

And boy, did this beer have them. Just like the SingleCut brews that I've fallen in love with (anyone smell a Brooklyn-Queens rivalry growing between these two? I'm looking at you 3rd Bass!), the Southern Hemisphere hops make this beer shine; in more than one way. Earthy, subtly bitter, and slightly metallic, they're there from start to finish and they don't quit. Not only are they known, but they complement the citrus pith and rind that make this sing. Lots of frothiness in the mouthfeel, warming alcohol, a mint-like crispiness, and mild hop oils paired well with the bitterness and hint of crystalline sugar to give this a wonderful depth without being too strong, bitter, or overdone. The last bit in the can was dank when poured out too, and who wouldn't enjoy seeing that after everything else that this had to offer?

Strong? Yes, this was strong but you won't even care once you wonder where the rest of it went. The Golden Promise malt couldn't really be felt so much as it rounded out everything else that was going on. A good, hearty bread undercut some of the harsher edges of this but in the end, the result was pure harmony. It may be a pain in the ass to wait in line as the sun makes it's way over the Gowanus but have no fear - the effort to get this will be well worth it in the end. Other Half's nailing it right now and we're all the better for it.

Drink this and find out why for yourself.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Amber giving appearance of unfiltered.
Hops hit you fully; nice bouquet
Not fruity but hops are very pronounced
Not as bitter as expected for a DIPA; well balanced

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Addicted to hops? Yeah, me too. Get your fix right here. Might not be the best offering from OH, but its still a world class dipa. If you have the means, I highly recommended you pick some up. Less tropical and fruity than some, yet more than enough depth and and hop character for it to matter. Had it side by side with heady and my friend barely preferred the heady. This beer is on fleek. Money. Crown heights bro. This beer is like what Sierra Nevada pale ale would be like if it was updated to the times. Not crazy tropical, but with more than enough character to compete world wide.

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Photo of Kraj30
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3rd can- 2 different batches... Other Half is Meh.. Unless Trillium and JC carry the weight.

Pours a Hazy dark amber with a ton of carbination..

Smell is fine.. taste is so average.. mouthfeel is medium to low.. this is one of the worth traded for IPAs i ave ever had.. sad..

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Photo of GregA135
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a trade and Had it last night and I loved it! Other Half fails to disappoint with the IPA's.
Poured a nice burnt orange color with a white head. Hazy appearance, but the aroma of the Austrailian Galaxy hops, citrus and tropical fruit danced its way to my nose. There was definitely bitterness, but it wasn't overbearing. This DIPA was dank, well balanced and truly enjoyable. Love the galaxy hops! I need more than one can to drink!

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Photo of lokizan
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not that impressed with this beer. I was very excited for it but was a bit disappointed as I love Galaxy hops. I didn't get much of the traditional galaxy on the nose. I wasn't getting much of anything on the nose. The taste felt muted, again not the bursting tropical juiciness I'm custom to getting from Galaxy hops. The beer is aggressively bitter but I feel that the hop profile and malt bill aren't strong enough to balance the bitterness. I will review this again because I feel I may have had an off batch or can.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a one finger head. Smells of sweet sticky hops and citrus. Taste is a bitter hoppy bomb. Juicy, silky... seems impossible to suggest it's above 9% ABV. The alcohol is so well-hidden for this beer, and that's a big accomplishment in and of itself. Finishes dry and bitter. Overall, solid DIPA. Not quite up to par with the elite, but pretty exceptional.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from 11/6 poured into teku. Glowing copper color with good bit of lacing. Aroma is delicious... amazingly dank, candied grapefruit, pine and resin. Taste is the same greatness with some floral notes and touch of dank earthy onion. Feel is crisp and above average carbonation. Really really dig the galaxy hops and this is a very well brewed double.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***girlfriend likes this one***

Pours a deep orange with a medium head.
Sting on the tongue, high carbonation on this one. Sweet nose, intense hop finish.
Beautiful example of a double IPA. Loved it.

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Photo of rynegne
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dank citrus and pine. A lot of booze but not boozy in taste or mouthfeel. This is one of the better double ipas out there. Dank, strong but drinkable.

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Green Diamonds Double IPA from Other Half Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.