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Hop Showers - Other Half Brewing Co.

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Other Half Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SkiBum22 on 02-22-2014

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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of drewtys
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz draft, served up in a pint glass. Reviewed the next day.

A - pale gold, just enough haze to make it look interesting. Didn't quite know what to expect just by looking at it

S - crisp, almost grassy hops with some citrus and malt behind

T - super bitter, dry hops on the front end. Really caught me off guard (in a great way). As I got further into the pint and it warmed slightly, a lot more complexity came out, with a grapefruity piney quality that works well with the style.

M- great, just enough carbonation to bring across all the flavors in this beer, and a really nice tail end bite.

O- really impressive offering from Other Half, incredibly fresh tasting and not too much alcohol. I'm definitely getting this again, a growler's worth if possible.

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy ruby grapefruit color.

The aroma is fantastic with grapefruit, pine, deep floral.

The flavor follows with those notes with pink grapefruit and lots of grapefruit peel throughout with a medium light bready malt in the middle. The back and finish is of pine, spicy and herbacious quality. A very Heady Topper quality with that yeast flavor.

As I drank this beer more, I realized that the back end certainly had this Heady Topper quality with the dankness, but still with a big hop presence in the front. The finish is highlighted with lavender and almost like biting into potpourri.

This is one of the few beers that replicates that beer very well.

Photo of Phunk97
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 64oz growler from the brewery. Filled 3/29 consumed on 3/30.

Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/18/14 notes. Had on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC, 14 oz pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very murky, dull brownish-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks kind of gross to be honest.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, lemon zest, floral hops, earthy notes, grapefruit, and light fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of citrus up front.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, dank pine hops, very bitter hops, resin, light floral hops, and light fruity malts. Taste is very bitter; if you like that in a DIPA the you won't mind it, tiny bit too much for me. Very dank.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a bitter bite.

o - Overall I thought this was good but VERY bitter, and I was left a little disappointed after hearing rave reviews of this, much like I was with All Green Everything. I much prefer their Citra IPA's drinkability and nose/taste to either of those beers, and think that is their best and most drinkable beer I've had so far. Still a good beer and I'm looking forward to trying more of their stuff, but I don't see this on the level some people do (with stuff like HF, Lawsons, Heady).

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

On tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen. Brewed with Amarillo, Citra, and Ahtanium hops.

Appearance: Hazy orange yellow. Bartender leaves a half inch head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Dank weed and citrus. Sort of flower-tinged lime aromas. Pungent and good.

Taste: Lots of tropical fruit and melon, lime-like citrus; all the virtues of these hops preening in their full glory. It's a little earthy, but more bright.

From my limited experience (3 other beers) with Other Half, I expect 1) Emphasis on the bright, floral/fruity hop flavors as opposed to dank weed flavors, 2) lots of crystal malt, 3) well defined, sweet malt backbone. This beer definitely has (1) (with just a liiitle dank), but (2) and (3) are completely wrong here; do not apply at all. This is solid West Coast and Vermont style "hop assault plus beautiful cereal grain malt backbone."

The aforementioned cereal malt backbone is never at the forefront; it's always the bedrock on which the bright hop flavors build and shine (mixed metaphor). I love pretty much every element of the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high side of moderate carbonation, dry finish. Very good.

Overall: Well, Other Half is back on my radar. This is fresh NEBCO Gandhi Bot, Trillium, Hill Farmstead caliber hoppy beer, giving Peekskill a run for their money re: best hoppy beer in NY. It's better than Kelso's Industrial IPA, a beer that I'm pretty much in love with.

If this beer consistently tastes like this, hands down I'll order it every time I see it on tap. Really, as I said above, just excellent stuff. Expect big things if this is what this brewery is about.

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Hop Showers from Other Half Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.