Southernhopalistic
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

SouthernhopalisticSouthernhopalistic
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #421
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,825
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
137
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Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
 
New York, United States
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94
Outstanding
SouthernhopalisticSouthernhopalistic
Notes: IPA featuring hops from the southern hemisphere...Topaz, Wakatu, and Nelson Sauvin.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 137 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Bikesnbeers
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Waggman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silva11ha
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Nubza
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkowch27
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewjoel
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrimeDog
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LinksusMaximus
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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