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Green Diamonds Double IPA - Other Half Brewing Co.

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Green Diamonds Double IPAGreen Diamonds Double IPA

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96
world-class

311 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 71
Gots: 47 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +9.5%
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 -1.8%

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 -9.5%
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 dar482
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +0.5%
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 lateralundertow
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -6.7%
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 Tbub18
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +9.5%
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 -0.9%
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 +12.9%
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 HeadyTheElder
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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 +8.1%
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.

Photo of 57md
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy light copper color. Good citrus and hop nose. Decent malt backbone but it certainly takes a backseat to the hop bitterness. The finish got a touch astringent and the alcohol essence burned a wee bit more than I'd like as I moved toward the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can.

A- Very nice color. A golden/orange color with a nice frothy head with good lacing. A little cloudy, and very appealing.

S- Sweet smell and hop aroma.

T- Alcohol is not hidden but it is a very appealing and delicious taste. Malty but still has citrus/pine and other typical hop flavors. Really great.

M- As mentioned, alcohol can be tasted and isn't hidden but not bad. Not too dry, very refreshing.

O- As an NYCer this is definitely one of my favorite beers and I love Other Half. Looking forward to finishing the case and to getting more cans (All Green Everything/ Hop Showers too!) soon!

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

One of a large number of samples I had at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston 3/21/32014. Nice IPa.

Photo of humuloner22
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently got this one extra in a trade. Very fresh! Apparently they just started canning this beast! Thanks man for the extras!

Appearance: Hazy straw gold decent amount of head that sticks to the side.

Aroma: Nice and hoppy floral and fruity like tropical fruits, mango, papaya, etc.

Taste: More malty but a good amount of hops too.

Overall: Solid beer, glad I had the chance to try it!

Photo of PVMT
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 4/17/15. Fuckin tasty.

Photo of sdotpooh
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA in NYC. Very drinkable. Glad to have this gem so close to home.

Photo of Abbbp
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess this was old, but it just wasn't good

Photo of spencerg
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic ale. Beautiful nose, beautiful copper color, great mouthfeel. In a league with Heady Topper and Gandhi Bot.

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Green Diamonds Double IPA from Other Half Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.