Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #169
Ranked #5,091
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
New York, United States
Notes: Session pale ale w / el dorado, galaxy + simcoe
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 212 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of colts9016
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AlexSergio gave me this beer through a trade, many thanks. The beer is a session pale ale, clocking in at 4.2 percent. The beer is 44 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour on the beer produced a two finger creamily and airy white head. The retention on the head was satisfying. The head dissipated somewhat slowly leaving chunks of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 2 a pale straw with a touch of gold hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy.

The aromas in the beer are lemons, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, crackers, floral esters, a touch of herbal ( not one herb I can pinpoint), and subtle honey note.

The flavors of the beer are lemons, oranges, pineapple, mangos, crackers, floral, grassy, herbal, and a touch of sweetness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is thin and creamy.

The body of the beer is light, medium-plus carbonation, and a light finish.

This is a perfect summer beer to drink. I think the hop profile leans more toward New England.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - 1.5 finger fizzy bright white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - pine, orange candy, grapefruit, herb.

T - loads of pine and citrus, followed by some major dankness and earthy hops. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - damn good for 4%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Firestone Walker Invitational 2017, if I recall correctly, these guys were in one of the shack fort logs in front of the main stage area entrances. Lotta buzz about these guys, figured this was a good chance to check it out.

Pours a standard yellow and golden pour, 1/3" white head. A blend of fruits in the nose, but mild in terms of intensity. Lemon, grapefruit seem to lead the pack.

Simcoe bitterness in a session strength beer. Seemed undercarbonated. I know its session strength, but there was a slight dishwater element to it. I think El Dorado and Simcoe might be a little much in the way of bittering hops for a beer of this mild demeanor. Or at least up the carbonation, I realize they are across the country pouring out of 5 gallon kegs and whatnot, but it is what it is, and most other brewers didn't have this problem at the festival.

Its decent stuff, I'm guessing people have been stuck drinking a lot of below average hoppy session strength beers out this way. Sure Vermont is around the corner, but most people don't cross state lines for beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thin white head. Head leaves a nice film over the beer as well as some decent cobweb lacing.

The aroma brings notes of light lemon, grapefruit, and wet grass. Also get a bit of subtly sweet malt.

The taste is lightly bready, with some lemon and grapefruit. Some pine on the back end. Good balance.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is extremely dry, yet smooth and somehow crisp. No lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable pale ale. There's not much going on but everything is very well done.

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Photo of emount91
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

found for growler fills at NY liquor store over CT line. clean clean beer. smell is light citrus, taste is citrusy, piney, and clean. feel is good for a pale ale. haven't had other half in a while and never had this beer, glad they are still on their game.

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Pony Bar HK. This beer has that pungent, juicy floral unfiltered hops taste, but without the massive, dry bitterness of Other Half's bigger IPAs. It's a sessionable hop bomb that even has a hint of toasty malt mixed it. I'd have several

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pounder can courtesy of @paddyfrankie :

Appearance: hazy, golden yellow, with a large, puffy white head on top. Lingers for a long time, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: smells fresh, with some light citrus notes, mild bitterness, and a little bit of bready malt. Not nearly as pungent as most other OH beers I've had.

Taste: slightly subdued hop flavors are dominant here. Some orange peel, some mango, if I had to guess the hop bill, I'd say maybe Columbus and Galaxy? The flavors do seem like they need a little more punch here, but it is a "session" IPA at 4.2%, so that's to be expected I suppose.

feel: light bodied, and doesn't leave all that much stickiness or flavor on the palate.

Overall: It's not the greatest beer I've had from Other Half, but it's still a damned good session IPA. I'd drink this any time, and if I had to compare it to another beer, maybe Founders All Day.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, golden, thin white head
nothing special in the smell, clean
flavor is nice, bitters come in mid and late swallow, initially mild but build up.
maybe a little wheat, malt are just a touch sweet and very well balanced to hops
carbonated enough for a little prickliness that complements the flavor
overall a solid easy drinking beer
There are more interesting session beers, but this one is nice

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Photo of Dopen993
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/18/15 poured into tulip. DJ street Grund.

L. Nice straw yellow with a lot of haze. 2 inch head with nice lacing.
S. Something off putting. Metallic maybe? Hints of hops and citrus behind. Full disclousre I just had a TH so that might have something to do with it.
T. Taste follows suite.
F. Nice crib nation lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I picked up recently from Other Half. All of the other that I've had from them have been amazing and this one was probably the most textbook or typical example of what they brew - from start to finish. Even though this was a session beer, it never came across the way in terms of the appearance, taste, or aroma, as this served as further proof of how good they are at the moment!

Nice pour to this as the soft, billowing head, hazy golden color, and rings of lacing all combined for a pleasing appearance. Lots of grapefruit, sticky sweetness, bubble gum, and clove in the nose with even more in the taste, as the lemon zest and funky hops turned this up a notch further. Slick mouthfeel with a mild, burning bitterness and a hint of honey make this feel much stronger than it was in actuality as there was a bit of nectar and pine that stuck around in the aftertaste for quite a while.

Booze? I suppose it's in here somewhere but you'd have to look hard to find it. Session beers aren't supposed to be like this but Other Half's beers aren't like most others that I've had as well. This was appropriately named as I enjoyed this immensely and could have easily downed a 4-pack at once had I not traded most of these out. Nice mix of the crystalline and bitter here without being hit over the head at the same time!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-poured into a glass from a growler; color is a cloudy yellow, with a green tinge, pours a finger of white, creamy head.
Smell-bright floral hops, some citrus and spice in there as well.
Taste-Begins with light but present notes of lemon peel, grapefruit and pine, with a subtle peppery kick, the overall effect is mild, but not watery.
Feel-Very light, as a session IPA, but not quite thin, finishes on the dryer side.
Overall-Still not my favorite style, but this is definitely my favorite of the ones that i've tried. very nice beer.

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Photo of frankrizzo
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

This has "emperors new clothes" all over it - absolutely no aroma, maybe a touch of sweet malt which is an OH trademark. Otherwise nothing going on here other than hipster hype. 2 cents y'all.

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Photo of pinyin
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Forest Hills Station House.

39F in a 16 ounce pint glass

Perfect session IPA. One of the best. Reminded a lot of Oskar Blues Pinner, but more dank and balanced.

Color is a slightly cloudy but still filtered gold light orange.

Smell is really fresh, floral and citrusy. Cascade, Citra and maybe some Simcoe here.

Tastes just like eating some dank buds. I mean it leaves this aftertaste in your mouth like you were just munching on freshly harvested cannabis. Fruity, floral and resinous, but still sessionable.

This is my first experience with Other Half, and I have to say, they are one my new favorite breweries. Amazing product. Would absolutely purchase anything from them again just based on my experience with Superfun.

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Photo of SFC21
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 02/05/15, so perhaps not at peak freshness. With that said, Superfun is super refreshing. Lemony hops don't overpower, but instead are perfectly balanced by the light, crackery malts. I could easily drink a few of these. Really nice pale ale

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Photo of Srkolodn
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is pretty great, so pumped that NY is producing beers of this quality now. Thanks to Other Half.

This Beer pours a really hazy orange. The nose parallels those beers from Vermont less the piney quality. Heavy citrus, grapefruit, orange. The taste follows perfectly, perfectly bitter on the back end.. A citrus forward beer, the mouthfeel is no different than a IIPA though which I love. Very Drinkable.

Way to go other half

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Photo of humuloner22
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this one on trade from an amazing trader, awesome guy! I casually mentioned this beer to him and he said he had some and then added Green Diamonds as well to the trade. I saw this beer on a youtube rating site and it intrigued me. So I am happy to have the chance to try it!

Appearance: Nice golden straw yellow. Pretty hazy but you can see shadows of shapes on the other side of the glass. Head is pretty mild and pretty faint once it settles into the glass.

Aroma: Tropical fruit notes, not really resinous at all very fruit forward almost reminds me of Tang or some orange style powdered drink but in a good way.

Taste: Very smooth, some mild citrus notes and hardly any bitterness, extremely drinkable.

Overall: This is by far the best session IPA I have ever had! I wish I could get this one all the time, this is a perfect warm weather beach beer, I could see myself sucking these back all day long on a hot summer day. It also does not have that onion/body odor aroma that a lot of the "session" IPA's have. Quality made beer, if you can get it do. Hopefully since its made in our largest city it will be something that will be more widely distributed in the future now that its being canned. Amazing! I wish I had more!

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable and extremely smooth. I usually go for a stronger beer but this came highly recommended at proletariat nyc.. Rightfully so. Tastes like a double ipa. Great beer would definitely have it again

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Photo of CHickman
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold with bubbles racing up the brew to a 1 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left great foamy lacing coating the sides. Solid looking pour from a can.

Smells like a DIPA or a fresh hopped IPA; tons of citrus hops and piney hops with lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, fruity candy like gummy bears, brown sugar, caramel, coriander, herbs, graham cracker and toasted grains. No fucking way can a 4.2% ABV pale ale smell this good, it's outstanding.

Taste: see above - wow, this could be one of the best session beers that I've ever had. Very fresh tasting, very light, really quaffable. More orange and tangerine in the flavor and the malt backbone brings wheat bread, crackers and toasted grains to the party for prefect balance. Light spices and floral notes linger and leave a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and slick, with a light to medium body, average carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste with zero trace of the ABV. It's like the tastiest damn Coors Light feeling beer EVER. An excellent beer overall.

12/22/2015: Had another can and it was just as good. Very fresh and hoppy (literally too as it was canned on 12/18/15), this is damn super tasty for a session beer with a nice biscuity malt backbone and a crisp, zesty feel. They should mass produce this as any beer lover deserves a chance to enjoy this brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/19/15 notes. Picked up a 16 oz. can for $5.99 at Bierkraft in Brooklyn 4 days ago. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow-honey color with one finger of off white head and moderate to high carbonation the evident. Nose is great with lots of citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, pine, and tropical notes. Tastes is good but less hoppy and more grains, bready malts, dough, and biscuit malts. Medium body and high carbonation with no bitterness.

Overall not their best but very good. Not the hopiest APA but the nose is great. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. 2-05-15 stamped on the bottom

Hazed tangerine quality looking forth on top,leaves a nice tiny bubble film and sloppy lacing.

Citric and tropical fruit nose

More fruits, mango,grapefruit,pineapple on the palate. Yummy yummy stuff.
Easy drinking and infused with flavor and intrigue.

Cost me $4 a can at the source

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Photo of markgugs
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a teku

OTHER HALF IS CANNING, REJOICE! What an amazing color, a golden hybrid of ripe tangerines and apricots. Big fuzzy near-white head builds right up, then goes almost entirely away. Leaves minimal lacing. The nose features subtle hints of stone fruit, and nectar. Not quite at the level of Carton's Boat Beer, but very nice. And much like Boat Beer, Other Half manages to pack a ton of flavor into a 4.2% ABV sessionable ale, just not quite as much (sorry the comparisons should be obvious). Mango, bits of pineapple, fruit juice, toasted malts, it's all there, just in a slightly subdued way. Really tasty though, and absolutely crushable. Great feel to the beer as well, but I actually detract a bit from the score for the 4-pack being $14. Boat Beer is $10, pretty much all that need be said.

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Photo of crispinol
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally, I feel OH is a very solid brewery that pretty much makes IPAs. So anything hoppy should be pretty solid from them and generally is. Some beers I feel are a bit overhyped by beer nerds looking to substantiate themselves by being ahead of the curve (this is a new brewery) but I will say of all the OH beers I've tried this one genuinely impressed me. Great flavor, aroma and all in a sessionable package. My favorite from them.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an opaque, super hazy bright golden color.

The aroma offers lemon candy, grapefruit.

The flavor follows with grapefruit up front, orange peel, citrus seed and zest. There's some grass and floral in the middle. A hint of sweetness comes along, but is very faint. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a perfect breadiness that reminds me of a New England style hoppy beer. The bitterness is medium plus with some grassiness and citrus peel.

The beer drinks towards HF Edward. Great hop profile, perfect mouthfeel, one of the best session hoppy brews I've had.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour at tørst in a tørst wine glass. Deep orange color with a generous head and sticky lace left some spotty lace as I.sipped. Nose is out of this world. Huge fresh travertine. Sweet. Dank. And a nice slap of earth in the background. Taste is solid but not the start that the nose is, but wait, thus is a pale ale! Superfun indeed, great solid earthy back bone with fruity hopping over the top. Super easy drinking and phenomenal that the abv is so manageable. Great session beer that has a strong malt back, the way a pale should be. Really nice chewy body

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Photo of jrnyc
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Other Half beers go, this one is OK. It is tasty for what it is. Older version of Small Green Everything is superior to this one. But lots of flavor for the ABV.

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Superfun! from Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 212 ratings