Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

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New England IPA
Ranked #385
Ranked #1,803
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
New York, United States
Notes: IPA featuring hops from the southern hemisphere...Topaz, Wakatu, and Nelson Sauvin.
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Photo of osheamatth
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can and bought at the brewery (which is outstanding btw, best brewery in NYC by far) in Brooklyn. I'm going to caveat this review by saying that I think brews from this place excel on tap like you can't believe and suffer a little in the can but that could just be a product of not having the same beers on draft and in can. I sought a DDH Mosaic and settled on the closest match the Southernhopalistic. Pours very flat in the glass with lots of chunky grapefruit juice hued haze. Really powerful bouquet of overripe pineapple and resiny pine, The taste if damn decent and carries through the aroma notes with some added stone fruits, doesn't match how nice this ale looks and smells. Pleasant enough aftertaste.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 10/20/16, drinking on 11/11/16, not my first one. Pours a nice hazy orange color, foamy white head that thins a bit but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is of pineapple, bread, grapefruit rind. Taste matches. The first can I had very fresh needed time to mellow out, 2nd can was excellent, and only 3 weeks later I think it has past its prime. Most OH beers have a better staying power than this one. Still good, with a nice mouthfeel, but wish it tasted excellent for longer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fine, I'll admit it - as much as I love beer, I've given special status to Other Half. Every two weeks, I stand in line for hours in front of it in the hops, er...hopes, of scoring as much beer as I can buy and lug home for all of my friends here in the Garden State. Yeah, the share is great but the stuff that put in cans with the funky labels is what beer snobs like me rearrange our weeks for. This brew was one of those that was worth all of the fuss and hassle in the wee hours, as I finally got around to this tonight and realized what all of the effort was for, ultimately!

This beer had a solid pour to it, as the hue was dank, cloudy, and melon with enough head to measure up to the beers that I've previously enjoyed from Other Half. Nice, full melon aroma to this go along with the easygoing, floral nature of the hops from the Southern Hemisphere. Lots of juice to the taste to go along with melon and honeydew, stone fruit, passion fruit juiciness, and an aftertaste reminiscent of rind. A grassy and floral mouthfeel and dank aftertaste combined with Other Half's trademark yeast kept this light without feeling dull as there was a subtle slickness that lingered on my palate long after each sip quietly slid down.

There was enough booze here but it there was only a mild warming effect as a result of the alcohol present in this beer. The peach and apricot flavors from the stone fruit were all that lingered, which was more than enough to make me want to take another sip. A solid brew from Other Half on par with the excellent offerings that SingleCut's putting out now. It's hard to picture this offending anyone - even those of us who wait forever and lug home bags of this stuff. This was easily worth the effort to obtain!

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold. Off white head.

Tropical and juicy. Mango and papaya. Some dank and resin notes in the finish, but mainly juice. A touch of bitterness.

Solid IPA! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A typical expression of an OH beer. If you haven't had OH in the past, this is a good beer to start with.

Look: Nice medium plus haze. light yellow where the light gets through but transitions to a deeper golden towards the bottom of the glass(drank out of a tulip).

Smell: Fresh green aroma on the nose. Also has a kind of chlorine/freshly cracked can of tennis balls smell as well. Definitely more subtle than explosive on the nose.

Flavor: I get more citrus in the mouth than on the nose. Very pithy/grapefruit bitterness to this beer. Maybe a little orange.

Feel: Very crushable. Hides it's 7.4% quite well. Not creamy but not thin either.

Overall(style points): Everything I expect when I have an OH beer. Lovely clean/fresh herbaceous flavor and aroma but it is a bit too bitter to be truly awesome. 93.5 points.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky orange color with a small amount of bubbly head. The smell punches you in the face with tropical fruit and dank pine. The taste is grapefruit upfront providing a sweet bitterness before you get a juicier fruit flavor and finishing with a piney bitterness. Crisp finish on a creamy IPA. Delicious flavor and smell!

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Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty unique aroma/flavor. The combo of southern hemisphere hopes creates a beer which is very tropical (tangerine comes through the most to me) but provides some earthy/piney-ness as well. As the beer warms, booze shows itself somewhat, but overall, it's really interesting beer from them. Above average for them and pretty outstanding for anyone.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deleted first review, I'm convinced I was served the wrong beer.

Can dated 10/20/16 into snifter. This one needs a few days to come together as I find most OH beers do, but first reaction is this is very close to TH Juice Machine without the green onion taste.

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Photo of PVMT
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Other Half 7/16/16. Yellow pour with a thick white head. Taste is typical NZ hop; super dank, a little sweet and slightly bitter. Terrific mouthfeel and has a thick, sweet finish.

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Photo of pinyin
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the winner.

I never really thought that Other Half was really that special until I tried this ale.

Easily one of the best single india pale ales available right now. A few sips of this and you will see what all the hype is about.

I had always avoided Other Half because of their limited availability, and their meager, warehouse style taproom and poor central Brooklyn location.

And even till this day, I will seek their kegs out on beermenus, rather than schlep to Red Hook to a crowded run down taproom to taste their awesomeness.

But their ales are so fuckin world class that nobody is even really close. Not Grimm, not Carton, not Kane, not even Tired Hands. Singlecut is close but much different with their New Zealand and Australian hop blends, which I tend to prefer overall. But Other Half's algebra and geometry skills in terms of balancing ales is unparalleled.

The balance is insane. The thickness, consistency, malt, hops and carb sugar balance. You will not find another brewer that pays such close attention to these physical attributes, and how they play out in the final product as it graces the consumers palette.

Southernhopalistic is a prime example of the mathematic brewing standard of Other Half.
Inspired by Outkast's SOUTHERNPLAYALISTICADILLACMUZIK rookie album, this IPA is just as good as the LP. A hip hop classic, an NYC IPA classic.

color is a perfect ipa golden bronze, with a very slight british ale cloudiness. texture is somewhat gelatinous. some high end fining agents at work here. almost has the thickness of a saison, but definitely an ale yeast.

The heavier jello texture that feels really great on the palette melds to perfection with the hop and malt blend. it's straight biochemistry here. thank god for beer scientists who love cats and hip hop.

OK Other Half, this is liquid crack, just take my money already, and please have Union distribute more product to Queens.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy straw with a nice white head and minimal lacing.
S: pine, grapefruit peel and lemon juice.
T: grapefruit, pine and nuanced caramel.
F: crisp and prickly; little bit boozy for the abv.
O: very nice beer, not a favorite for a lot of OH fans but it connects well with my pallet preferences.

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Photo of JackoKershaw
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy! A bit tar-ish on the palate at first, but the citrus taste kicks in shortly after. Nice golden color. Not as clean as a lot of other OH brews, but still very good. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Trubie
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice color but very little body leaves it tasting a bit thin. Head dissolves quickly leaving a little on the edge. Very hoppy taste of citrus grassy hops. Punchy at the end but lacks the complex flavor found in other IPAs.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers a tropical melange of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, and tropical citrus. A touch of "burnt plastic." The mouthfeel is medium with a crisp finish. Light on the bitterness as the beer has bright hop characteristics and malt qualities, and even reminded me towards a Hill Farmstead IPA

The best IPA I've had from OH.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has some very unique hop varietals: Topaz, Wakatu, Nelson Sauvin. Obviously, an ode to the southern hop harvest. The first two I do not think I have ever tasted in a beer.

The first thing you notice with the beer after a mushrooming, two finger foam head upon a hazy gold base is the intense fruit punch smell. Extremely fresh and assumed wet hopping takes the aroma to an unparalleled level. Fleshy apricot, dank lime, passionfruit, lychee and heavy florals. Refreshingly crisp with a firm, dry, medium body and light-mod carbonation. Taste of pine needle, sulphur, and lime. Spicy and woody 'twig' character. At times, some excess perfume. Approachable bitterness level with just enough sweetness to tame any astringency. Overall, predominantly earthy, citrusy flavor with tropical aromas-one of the 'cleanest' tasting IPAs. Good flavor to accompany spicy dishes. Some tropical sweetness builds as it warms.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the more seldom seen Other Half beers. Not one of the best OH makes, but a very good beer. Nice aroma, signature OH taste and very drinkable.

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Southernhopalistic from Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 137 ratings