Green Diamonds Double IPA - Other Half Brewing Co.

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Green Diamonds Double IPAGreen Diamonds Double IPA

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 104
Gots: 50 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Other Half Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 12-10-2013

A Double IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and lots of Australian Galaxy hops.
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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review. Had this beer on tap many times before. Poured out of a 16 oz can, bottled yesterday, into a Tripel Karmeliet snifter.

A: Hazy orange. Lighter orange and straw come in when held to the light. Decent head. Fades to a very miniscule lacing. Looks unfiltered.

S: Bright tropical hops. Mango, grapefruit and citrus. Wonderful.

T: The taste follows the aroma. Tons of mango and grapefruit on the forefront, followed by a subtle ctirus (orange, tangerine) flavor. Some papaya mixed in. Enough malt and booziness to counteract the bitterness of this hop bomb.

F: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Bitterness and stickiness coats the tongue.

O: Very good DIPA done by a brewery that knows its hops. Glad it is being canned, and this won't be a one time (limited) thing from what I hear. Anyone else who tells you is limited is just trying to up the trade value. Despite that, this is a wonderful beer that hits on all cylinders and I highly recommend it!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can courtesy of magic mike! Enjoyed from a tørst glass (you guessed it, the one with the green diamonds...so cliche).

a - classic IPA look golden orange frothy head lace was a bit more slippery than typical but the head hung out and was easily rebuilt with a swirl.

s - nose is spot on IPA happiness...big dank resinous hop of the fresh ripe fruit style. Dense. Lush. Really inviting...wonderful hop. The galaxy really shines.

t/m/o - in a word...wow. The best of any class of IPA I have seen locally by a mile and a half...this baby sings and can hang with the big boys, finally an IPA offering that NY can be proud of. Really fantastic. Taste matches that magical nose and the body is big and full but great balance in bitterness and flavor. A masterpiece.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Other Half Brewing "Green Diamonds Imperial IPA"
On-tap at the tasting room, 23 August 2014

This is an interesting beer for me in that I didn't really find it "Imperial", it just came across as a hopped-up kind of west coast IPA. I was looking for more malt, I was looking for more strength, I expected more body... I didn't find it. In fact, I didn't even find the nose to be really bright. It was good overall, and I appreciated the pungent and citrusy hops, but it didn't slap me in the face. So is that good, or is that bad? I don't know. I think the "Imperial" designation kind of skews things. What I found was a very well-rounded, and well-balanced, lightly super-charged IPA. I'm sure it's strong, there's no doubt about that, but it didn't come off like that - this could be one dangerous beer!!! So beyond the hidden strength, what I can say is that I liked the different layers of flavor that I found. It was resinous at one point, and then citrusy at the next, and then more common fruitiness followed. The malt would come in, and then go out like the tide. And it was bitter, but it wasn't overly bitter. It didn't build at the back of my throat as some do. There was a touch of underlying (maybe outlying is a better word) fermentation character but it never really stepped in.

Ahhh, I think I just got the name... this is made with Galaxy hops which are hard to come by so maybe those are the "green diamonds".

Photo of Evahflow
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 3/11 into a Tired Hands Teku

A- One of the prettiest looking Ipa's ive seen. A very Golden/Burnt orange Hue to it with a frothy inch of head that seems to stick around the entire time.

S- Sweet Maltiness, Big Resinous hop aroma followed by tropical fruits, peach and pine.

T- Resiny pine up front, citrus/grapefruit,Passionfruit/tropical flavors, all wrapped up with a sweet malt backbone that takes those flavors and holds them back. Very balanced and more on the malty side than hoppy. ends with a herbal bitterness.

M- Medium Bodied and walks the line between dry and juicy. A little more alcohol heat than I would like. Honestly one of the boozier 9% beers I've had. The alcohol comes out even more as it warms and forms a distracting astringency.

O- This beer is not your new wave east coast Hill Farm/Tired Hands/ Treehouse lightly bitter with huge delacate hops driving the vehicle. The malt is holding you at gun point here while the hops reach for your wallet. The malt is the fresh prince, the hops are just Dj jazzy Jeff. This is a nice change of pace. What holds this beer back is the alcohol is way too prevelent, maybe this was on purpose but it comes off solventy and distracting. The cans are the most beatifully designed cans/beer labels out there, if you have a chance to try this beer do it.

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice tropical fruits on the nose and a very balanced and drinkable dipa. Cheers to OH!!!

Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a rich hazy medium amber orange.

The aroma is a bit lacking, though pungent, a bit of plastic, dank qualities, citrus peel.

As I drank this beer more, I got more Heady Topper qualities. A punch of bitterness in the front onto a sweetness of peaches and mango and passionfruit. Then onto this iconic "dank" and "yeast" flavor that I associate strongly with Heady Topper. I would compare it to that beer with a larger malt bill and more sweetness. On the back is a bit of astringency, but onto lots of grapefruit peel.

This is all surrounded by a clean, but with a medium to medium plus and almost chewy, smooth mouthfeel. The beer drinks towards a beer with 1% ABV lower than this.

Compared to All Green (Other Half's larger DIPA with different hops), this wins out as Other Half's best beer.

Photo of IMFletcher
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early sips revealed a lack of finish to this one; subsequent sips replaced the absent finish with a lingering bitterness that I didn't find pleasing.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill from DeCiccos,

A: Strong copper burnish. Mushrooming white head with good ahesion. Lasys for 5 minutes until setting into 3 distinct, session-lasting distinct dollops. I was left with a frosted glass.

S: Warm malt creaminess. Orange, vegetal celery bark. Foundational and subtle cinnamon earthiness, but with peppery spice character of mace.

M: Grainy, sharp, semi-firm, well-attenuated. Slightly starchy.

T/O: Springing tartness and cooling evergreen. Sharp-cutting citrus, grapefruit, lime peel. Alcoholic mid: pleasant green plantain and playful garlic scape, and then early-season peach to finish with a gentle kiwi fruit aftertaste. Overall, flavor profile is much better developed, full spectrum. It compares more favorably in this aspect to the next best Galaxy, single-hopped beer I've had, benefiting from its higher ABV. The greenness can tend toward overaggressive and overmask some of the other flavors.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 02/21/2015
Canned : 02/19/2015 - Super Fresh!
Type: 16oz. Can
Glass: Other Half Green Diamonds Tulip

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates to an outer ring of foam and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas of mango, peach, white wine, and subtle pine and cat piss. The taste opened with a huge blast of pine and citrus, transitioning to a peach/ mango sweetness, and closed the show with mostly herbal bitterness. Medium bodied and lush. This brew is somewhere in the middle between juicy and dry, but remains dry enough to keep you coming back for another sip. Dangerously drinkable at 9.1% ABV as the booze is well hidden which is a monumental accomplishment by the brewers. Usually once a brewer steps outside that 8 - 8.9% DIPA sweet spot the beer falls on it's face a bit as the booze is too prevalent to keep crushing it. However, this beer pushes the ABV envelope slightly and still remains pretty crushable.

Overall, this is hands down the best DIPA coming out of NYC right now! This is the type of beer that not only puts Other Half on the map, but literally staples them to it. Honestly, I have had all the big hitters from Vermont and while this is unique it is in the same vein. I am so glad this new brewery is right by where I work and easily accessible as it feels like Vermont came to Brooklyn. Plus, my 3 year old son's favorite color is green so he was all over this one! I had to give him a can to play around with and he cleaned the can extra good and wrapped it up with paper towels and rubber bands to protect it. Funny stuff! I had to literally put it in the refrigerator with the paper towels and rubber bands encasing it.

Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a small tulip at The Jeffrey (New York, NY).

A: Orangey-amber with stiff 1/2 finger ivory head with good retention and a few streamers of lacing.

S: Big tropical fruit hop nose sprinkled with bits of pine resin and grapefruit citrus layered on a fairly benign, nondescript light malt backing

T: Excellent flavor profile following nicely from the nose with light caramel maltiness supporting a whopper tropical and grapefruit citrus fruity hoppiness dashed with pine resin. No yeast and only light alcohol taste. Moderately bitter.

M: A little thick and not as light as it could be. Light carbonation and medium-full body hurt drinkability somewhat.

O: I enjoyed Green Diamonds -- a little more readily drinkable with a bit lighter, drier feel and this would really be an eye-opener. Still a very nice beer.

Photo of indianbrown
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer on tap at the Blind Tiger Ale house. It went very well with a tangy vinigarette salad. I've never had "Australian galaxy hops", don't let the light color fool you, it's hoppy, like Cascade to the 3rd power, unique and worth trying. Stunning at first, but it sits well and does your palate justice in the end.

Photo of 2ellas
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an above average dipa but nothing to write home about. Mainly because my parents stopped reading my letters...

Photo of W_Des
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really nice nose of tropical fruits. It just smells juicy. Reminds me of a slightly toned down Trillium DIPA like Artaic. Has more of a malt finish than I though as well as a lingering bitterness but I found this very good.

Photo of sludgegnome
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced. Enjoyed this imperial ipa so much I am now craving more

Photo of jm6367
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best brewery in NYC? Quite possible...

Photo of lateralundertow
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from brewery release on 2/20, drank 2/24 poured into Hill Farmstead stem.

A - Pours a straw-to-amber yellow/orange with a quarter inch of dissipating head
S - Smells of sweet malt, very west-coast in its hop profile, very resinous
T - Sweet malt, definitely a malt forward bill here. Pine, sweet alcohol
M - Hits me like something from Alpine, decent mouthfeel, just has me wanting a touch more body. A bit of an oily piney lingering mouth coating.
O - Not a big fan of this one. It is good and has it's strong points, but I feel that I have spoiled myself on VT's soft IPA's that this just came off as heavy handed and a bit astringent. I was told to "drink it from the can" but I do not see that adding to the experience positively.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Diamonds is getting quite a bit of love these days. Nice dipa I must say . . . always like to see big hoppy beers in a can. However, turns rather syrupy towards the bottom of this drink. Still good though. Seek it out. Glad I did.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into OEC stemware.

Pours a foamy, 1.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear, bright orange-copper. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A really great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, pine, grapefruit and mango. Tropical fruit hop presence throughout. Nice and moderately aromatic.

Opens citrus, ruby red, mango and other tropical fruit flavors. A nice, sweet tropical fruit presence in the middle is balanced by a fresh, grassy hop bitterness in the middle. Cane sugar sweetness at the end with a juicy finish and aftertaste. Really good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry on the palate and quenching and rich going down. Dry finish with a lingering, bone dry aftertaste. Fantastic.

Other Half is the premier brewery in the state of NY and their IIPAs are the reason why. Green Diamonds isn't even their best offering (that distinction goes to All Green Everything)... but it does go to show that these guys really know what they're doing when it comes to fresh, hop bombs.

Photo of Tbub18
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cracked my first can (2/19 date on bottom of can) after previously drinking on tap-super fresh! The nose on this beer is fantastic. Definitely getting pungent tropical fruits on nose and taste follows suit. A little boozy/malt sweetness balances out the bitterness of the hops.

This beer is a serious hop bomb and the canning makes it even better--cant get over the nose on this bad boy. Congrats to OH--so happy this beer is available in (limited) cans!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at EBF in Boston, MA. Had to get two pours of this one, so good.

This one pours a hazy yellow, with some orange tints, with a half inch head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells so pungent and wonderful, filled with Galaxy goodness, tons of peach, passionfruit, orange, and apricot, with some grassiness as well.

This is one of the best IPAs featured at Extreme Beer Fest, it blew me away. There's just the slightest hint of pale malt, with a huge Galaxy led hop attack, so much tropical and citrus fruit, and a bit of grassiness. It tasted so fresh and so delicious, I couldn't believe it.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp and juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate level of carbonation and a really easy drinkability.

Other Half is super legit, I'm really happy I got to try this one.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Zekenyce (thanks man!). Canned 3/11/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy orange gold with a finger and a half pale head. Those bubbles shrink to a fairly thick halo that leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Nose reveals a good bit of citrusy hops up front and throughout. That citrus is backed by pine, freshly cut grass and hints of malt sugars.

Flavors are bold and juicy with orange, grapefruit, fairly sharp alcohol, grass, pine, pepper, mild mint and a vaguely bready sweetness. Despite the booze coming through strongly everything is in balance for a delightful hop packed experience.

Oily, medium body with moderate carbonation. Pine, rind, cracker and booze linger in the long finish.

Other Half's Green Diamonds is a top notch double IPA. I'm a sucker for a bold, juicy hop punch so this is right up my alley. This one comes highly recommended.

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just simply wonderful. Very well done and should be inconsideration with one of the best double IPAs out there

Photo of CHickman
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Canned 6/4/2015 (“Dad Bod” also stamped on bottom of can): Pours very cloudy dark gold and almost a brownish color which has a lot of active carbonation and bubbles racing up the brew like champagne, leading to a foamy 2 finger head that was sturdy and dissipated very slowly, leaving great thick foamy lacing. Very dark for a DIPA, it looks strong like a barleywine or strong ale but has the classic IPA long lasting head and impressive lacing. A creamy layer settled on top to finish off this excellent looks.

The hops hit my nose as the glass was 6 inches away, and it hit with a blast of very fresh citrus hops, tangerine, pineapple and fresh piney hops, and then settled in with more pungent/dank hops, apricot, mango, caramel, brown sugar, Sweedish Fish candy, graham cracker and faint spices and/or floral hops. This is a hop bomb but in the most pleasant and fresh way possible that makes it lovely to inhale and just great to smell. One of the best smelling IPA’s I can remember, up there with the all-time greatest.

Taste is similar to the nose with a burst of fresh wet citrus hops that almost seem like hop oil, the brew is a mix of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, light lemon, pineapple, starfruit, fresh piney hops, wet tobacco leaf, mango, caramel, graham cracker, brown sugar, fruity candy like Razzles or Skittles, coriander and faint spices, light grains or biscuit, floral hops and some more dank hops which resemble hop oil. The malt backbone lets the grains and graham cracker sweetness trickle trough for balance, but the hops are the undisputed champs of this beer with a massive fresh, juicy hop presence that is not bitter nor offensive, hitting the mark perfectly for a DIPA. The ABV is completely hidden and this is dangerously easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with mellow carbonation, a medium body that shows a little warming heat but still manages to hide the ABV, and a mildly bitter finish that has a sweet aftertaste which starts out malty and then trails off like citrus hop oil.

This was very fresh and it made the overall experience that much better since the nose was ridiculously fresh and the flavor was near perfection. Thanks to ‘Mikefriedman90’ for hooking me up with this outstanding beer. I had a can on Sunday 6/7 and it was just as tasty, so I highly recommend anyone in the NYC area try to get this beer and drink it fresh, it was outstanding.

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice flavors, fruity juicy with some resiny/floral undertones. Great creamy, mouthfeel. Hop aroma is a little subdued. Overall, very nice canned DIPA.

Photo of alwayscivil
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden and super clear with a bright aroma dry like a west coast iipa and extremely balanced. I'll be going through this case pretty quickly.

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Green Diamonds Double IPA from Other Half Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.