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Other Side IPA | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Other Side IPAOther Side IPA

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Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of North American pale, light Munich, light crystal, and carapils malts provide a light malty backbone to balance healthy kettle and dry-hops additions of Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus. Hoppy yet balanced, our latest Project Hoppiness offering is our nod to the beers we love from the other coast. “Winner of the Brooklyn Mystery IPA Challenge.”

Added by rodney45 on 09-25-2011

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 159
Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Brklyn Beer Garden, JFK Airport Terminal 2, NYC

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left lacy patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrus.
T: The taste is almost a mirror image to the smell and starts out with flavors of grapefruit hops and quickly transitions to flavors of pine resin hops, the latter of which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad IPA as it has an interesting mix of grapefruit and pine resin aromas and flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice standard C hopped IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/11/13 notes. Had on tap at Distilled in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a medium golden amber color with one to two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, light pine hops, fruity malts, bread malta,s and light caramel malts. Some nice hops up front followed by a lot of malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. More citrus up front but more caramel malt too. Light bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitter bite in the mouthfeel but not much at all.

o - Overall a good beer, though more malty than I was expecting. Some citrus hops to it and not a lot of bitterness, worth checking out but don't go looking for a super hoppy beer with it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice pine tones with a vibrant resin character. Crisp flavor profile. Feel is a bit thicker. I love the pine aftertaste here. Solid beer and easy drinker

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness info to be had..Created "out east"... west coast style IPA

Pours clouded light, near golden amber...great looking tiny bubble head, froth, low sheeting, fine lacing splattered high up on the glass

Citric/pine nose on the pungent side

More of the nose on the palate, fresh and again pungent grapefruit, tropical fruits and pine resins..

Nicely done - bright and tasty. West coast IPA all the way. Well worth a try

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured full herbal and citric hops.

The taste was likewise hop driven with a confusing medley of hop varietals. Herbal and citrus elements dukes it out for recognition.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a gods hop driven ale looking for an identity.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, shaker pint glass. Dark golden in color, good head and lacing. Nice aroma of American hops, slightly bitter taste , but spot on for an IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at The Rhumbline, Greenport, NY

Cloudy, dirty blonde with ecru film.
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice nose.
Rock candy and with grapefruit slushy hops.
Caramel chew end and Limoncillo linger.

Good IBUs and citrus hops are there, too, but it’s a bit muddy. Could be great if it were cleaned up a bit.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

re-reviewed from the newer official bottling that hit town fairly recently. opened bottle and poured to a greenport harbor pint glass.

a - brew pours a transparet tangerie orange with a oily but frothy ipa head. lace was chunky.

s - nose is nice sweet grainy citric. soft and slightly bitter smelling. hop is not too aggressive...but a nice crisp freshness to it. very clean.

t/m/o - wow, SUPER refreshing. very crisp and clean, with a sweet hop. soft bitterness on the finish, but has some sort of zing to it...almost a touch of floral rosemary or all spice to separate it and give it something unique. very tasty, great beer that's light and perfect for summers out east.

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3.5 - 3.5 - 3.25 - 3.25 - 3.5

"sample only" bottle poured into a greenport harbor pint glass.

a - brew poured a foggy soft light orange brown with 2 fingers of frothy ipa head that hung out. nice chunky lacing coated the glass.

s - nose has a nice citric hop. fairly fruity.

t - bitter hops over bit caramel malts. kind of gives more of a barleywine vibe because of the huge malt backbone.

m - full bodied, big bitter finish.

o - overall, not bad, but not great either. a bit too caramel malt forward for my tastes. the hop seems to only be here to build on the bitterness.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a puffy creamy head. Nice retention.

The aroma is floral. Grapefruit and pepper seem to dominate the profile. Some honey sweetness.

The taste is a little more bitter. The grapefruit is still there but it also brings the rind as well as some pine notes. A substantial hoppy flavor. The malt is bready with honey sweetness and does a nice job supporting the hops.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Definitely bitter on the palate but there is enough sweetness from the malt to offset. Finishes slightly dry.

A well made IPA. The hop profile is not my favorite but it is still good. Good to see Greeport bottling their brews.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Poured into standard pint glass.
Slightly orangey golden color, nice thick head, and lots of lacing.
Pine and citrus hops. Smells really fresh and just alive.
Taste is great. Just the right amount of hops, toasty malt, and alcohol.
I had this brew a while back at TAP NY at hunter mountain. I remember this brew standing out amongst many and haven't really seen too much of it since. I really enjoyed it then and still think this is a fantastic IPA. Deff worth a try....in fact I may even say to seek this one out. Not many reviews here on BA for this, but I am not sure why. Go get one.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft. Had a pint from the tap there and enjoyed it enough to get a growler.

Pours a deep copper-orange with a nice head of medium-sized bubbles. Head fades relatively quickly but leaves a nice lace in my DFH signature glass.

Aroma is largely citric with a bit of melon sneaking in around the edges.

Flavor is quite nice; there's a lot of hoppiness that has a pleasant melon and pineapple feel, and the finish has a slight pine bitterness that I really enjoy. I also get a bit of sage in the flavor, which is enjoyable. The malt backbone isn't terribly assertive, but at the same time, the bitterness isn't so over-the-top that you need a lot of maltiness to offset it.

The mouthfeel could stand to be a bit thicker, but it's not a huge deterrent to enjoying the flavor.

Overall: a very nice beer. I see it hasn't been universally beloved among BA reviewers, but I'm a fan. If someone gave me a growler of this as a gift, I would definitely drink it and wouldn't try to trade it up for a more heavily hyped beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, herbal, and grassy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, cracker, and caramel malts.

Taste: Nice citrus, herbal, and grassy flavor with balancing malt backbone and chewy notes in the rear. Some bitterness and light alcohol too. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bitterness, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Have to admit that every time I head to Long Island, I bring clean growlers to get filled up with local LI beers like these guys. Look forward to more Greenport in the future.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of pine hops with some light citrus hops, caramel malts, and a bit of bready malt.

T - Start off with lots of pine and grassy hop flavor with some bitterness. Through the middle some sweet caramel malt comes through with some stronger bitterness. The finish is a mix of caramel and bready malts with some grassy hop and some strong bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big bitterness, almost a touch too much. Could have used a touch more malt to balance the big hop profile.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - moderately hazy glowing orange. Fluffy head with good retention.

S - sweet malts and citrus. Stale pine.

T - thin hops pole through in addition to the nose. Pretty typical malt-forward IPA. Taste seems a little thin. Lacking that punch.

F - surprisingly light for 7.5%. Has some of that syrupy texture, but not much.

O - an OK IPA. Drinkable, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker than expected and much maltier than expected too. But there's just enough of a hop bight to offset that sweetness. Minimal bitterness. I agree with the "stale pine" comment. Well balanced, though. More of an English Style IPA, and a fine one too. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of manvsbear

Growler cap explodes into a million little pieces... A bit of extra carbonation here!

Pours a gorgeous orangish yellow. Amber i suppose. Nce white head. Looks pretty solid but i wish it had more head.... Mist have lots some carbonation in transit.

Smells very hoppy. Pine, some light fruits. A bit of sweetness underlying. I can tell this is going to be a very malty ipa.

Drinks a bit rough. The piney hops push too hard initially and give way to sweet malts. Bitter and sweet with not much complexity on the tongue. I want there to be a nice balance but it's just not there.

Good carbonation. A bit syrupy and thick but i suppose it could be high abv. Overall not he worst ipa i have had but certainly nothing stellar. If i got this at my local brewpub I would be impressed by the hop presence at the beginning of my first sio but then probably not order it again

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Photo of Skellbop
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not much from the nose, but pleasant amount of bitterness on the palate. Medium copper tone and nice lacing on the glass. Nice carbonation leads to relatively thick mouthfeel for an IPA

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got a Growler from Bullseye beer distributor in Smithtown. Poured into a pint glass.... the look of this beer is beautiful.... copper color but you can see right thru it like water... lots of bubbles which made a beautiful head that stayed for a bit but laced away. Great smell that is the quinquennial iPa smell. gave off a very hoppy smell.. pine smell all the way.... beautiful balance so it's not too dry, too heavy... very much hop taste right up front.... but if your drinking an ipa than that's what you want. Mellows out a little... little bit of an aftertaste but more so that you want more of it... I am not an IPA fan but I am slowly getting there. There are 1 or 2 other IPA's I feel are slightly better but that's not a knock... I was pleasantly surprised by how great this tasted. I will definitely recommend and look to drink again.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
1.79/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On draft. Frickin' horrendous. This honestly tastes like lemon vodka mixed with watery beer. Burning alcoholic aftertaste. I'm really hoping I just sampled from a bad batch. Not balanced, not tasty. Avoid

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, decent head and lace. Mostly fruity and citric aroma. The taste also was on the sweet and citric side, very tasty and with a moderate hops profile. Medium to light mouthfeel, pretty smooth and easy drinking.
A nice solid IPA, non complex and unspectacular, but enjoyable nonetheless. Hapy to support a local brewery.

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Photo of brew3crew
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- golden body maybe yellow with no head whatsoever

S- esters of ass? This smells really, really bad. Growler had been open for a while but wtf...

T-watery hop mess. Idk what the heck is going on with this beer...

M-medium body and smooth

O-i have no idea what is going on with this beer. Too much oxygen maybe? Either eay just bad.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

- enjoyed a few tap pours of this over two weeks. Pale cloudy pour with prominent citrus hop nose. Sufficient malt support for a fruity hop profile makes for a refreshing, enjoyable draught. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth.
Perhaps the bottle experience is distinctly different (based on other reviews).

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Photo of rodney45
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of extremely fresh apple cider. Or light maple syrup. White cream colored lingering head that laces the glass with a spiderweb tapastry throughout the duration of the beer

S: Has a distinct cascade hop aroma, and smells vaguely of apricots, peach and pez candy. Very nice and warm IPA aroma. I wish they made candles scented of this beer.

T: Deep hop bitterness, yet balanced by a interwoven medely of malt and ethers. First tasting note are of hop character that speak of apple, blood orange, and pineapple. Its balanced off with medium malt flavor that imparts a sweetness to the beer not ussually found in an IPA. It has a warming ether flavor hidden deceptively behind other flavors, so this beer could sneak up on you since i have no idea of the ABV. Im guessing between 8 and 9%.

M: This beer is astoundingly complex and drinks more like a double IPA. Light to medium body, bitter, and beautiful.

O: This is an excellent example of the style, a bit bitter for the casual beer drinker im sure, but this truely warms my hop crazy heart. Like i said, its more a double IPA than an IPA, but it could hold its own against any hop head's wildest dreams.

NOTE: A buddy of mine brought this beer home from the Maritime festival in Greenport NY, where Greenport Harbor Brewery makes an appearance every year since its opening. I missed the festival due to work obligations, but my dear friend brought me home 64 oz of very very delicious beer. GP Harbor has done some fine work by this beer, and other beers ive tried. They're trying to make a name for themselves, and from what i hear, the tap room is worth the visit. On a previous trip i met some of the brewers, and theyre a bunch of local guys, who wanted to brew some great honest beer. They've done just that.

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant golden copper with bone white head
Huge pine and a bit of dankness and citrus mixed in. A touch of malty sweetness and waft of alcohol
Taste is more of the same, follows the nose perfectly with the pine at the forefront.
This is a really well crafted ipa bordering on double ipa.
Personally would pick this up anytime Im looking for a big, bold in your face ipa.
Picked this up with low expectations and am really digging this beer! Nice job Greenport. Would like to see bottle dates in the future and would love to seek it out on draft to compare to the bottle.

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Other Side IPA from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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