Hop Showers - Other Half Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
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).
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 13:30:10 | More by mdfb79
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2014 03:00:18 | More by Pahn
Hop Showers from Other Half Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.