Nelson IPA
Other Half Brewing Company

Nelson IPANelson IPA
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #336
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,215
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
284
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Other Half Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours a very hazy orange. Smell and taste are a solid juice bomb, Nelson-style. Nice tropical fruit and white grape juice. Smooth, creamy feel. So good!

Oct 08, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

i think this has to be the best other half beer i have ever had, and perhaps the best expression of nelson hops i have ever seen, i mean seriously, what a beer!!! very pale beige hazy color from the can, head as high as the liquid is in my tulip. aroma is blasting with white grape, white peach, honeydew melon, and tropical oily goodness, lupulin heavy, all dry hopped, and just tantalizing to all of my senses! the base is simple, sort of starchy and bigger, but dry and without a ton of flavor, it creates a nice rich feel without interfering with the hops at all, nice. hazy likely due to grains like wheat and oats, not some intentional process, although who really knows. the flavor of these hops a re incredible, ripe chardonnay, bruised peach, canned pineapple rings, and golden raisins, its insane how much i am getting from these hops, which also have lime and green grass elements. this is about as alive as nelson gets, and if you still dont know what these special hops taste like in beer, this is it. the essence of freshness, all the glory of nelson in each sip. round feeling and well carbonated, dry, with just the hop residue lingering on the tongue. amazing expression of one of my favorite hops, as good as it gets right here folks!

Sep 29, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - swampy brown with a nice orange hue. Great lacing.

S - wow, one of the stronger-smelling Nelson beers out there. Deeply kalamata olive and robust white wine with monster notes of oak and vanilla. Smells heavenly.

T - so much Nelson. Hammers home the vinous grape flavors and buttery Chardonnay. Not as much as I was expecting based on the nose, but I'm pleasantly surprised with the addition of ripe tropical fruits a la papaya and mango. Still very heavy on the buttered biscuit. Finishes smooth and creamy.

F - low in carbonation and velvet to the tongue. Lines up with the aged maturity this beer lays out.

O - once again, OH proves they are the masters of the single hop. Everything I love about the Nelson hop is on display here. Elegant and artfully crafted.

Sep 25, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque gold color, rather like juice, under a few fingers of ivory foam; lace trails behind as the head and beer subside... Featuring the Nelson hop, the beer brings a juicy fruit bouquet down to earth with a wine-like refinement... Suggestions of unripe mango and hints of black pepper... sharp and crisp, medium-light feel, ample carbonation, and moderate bitterness... Nothing too crazy here, but a well-executed vehicle for the hop... 9/6/17 canning...

Sep 24, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy orange with a one finger head that hangs around for a long time and leaves tons on lacing. Smells of citrus and tropical fruits, pine and a bit of funk. Tastes of grapefruit, orange rind, apricot, pineapple, a hint of lemon, grass and onion. Medium bodied and carbonation, creamy mouth feel, finishes with mild to moderate bitterness and slightly dry. The onion comes put more as the beer warms as well as some funk on the finish.

Sep 17, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Lost Abbey long stim tulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very hazy orange with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves loads of lace behind.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, peach, pinapple, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, peach, pinapple, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is on the large side for 7% ABV, lively enough, a tad dry, and drinks very easy.

Overall this one was a little bit of a let down from all the others from this brewery, that being said this one has a much different flavor profile from all the others. Thx @Rcruz9230 for this one also.

Mar 10, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Other Half when it was released and finally got around to it tonight. I knew that this was one of their first cans way back and knew that this was the first time it was back out in quite some time. It had that early-on feel to it as it featured one hop and a relatively simple and light taste to it.

The pour to this was decent as the beer had a mango hue to it with more than enough head and a good enough amount of lacing that was left behind once I started to work my way through it. Lots of Nelson hops, tropical fruit, and grass in the nose with more fruit in the taste to go along with the somewhat dank and fresh bitterness. Some tangerine juice rounded this out as the beer as there was a balanced mouthfeel without any discernible type of malt. Not a lot of carbonation to this either as the lively honeydew and melon stuck around long after the liquid went down.

This was easygoing when it came to the alcohol as I could have crushed another one after this was finished off. It was a nice touch to have "Ha Ha!" written on the bottom of the can under the date of 1/20 as I love The Simpsons of old as this beer wasn't close to having a cow over. Worth a go once as a flashback to Other Half's single-hop roots!

Feb 17, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fairly simple yet well balanced IPA . nice copper tone. great citrusy, floral aroma . Not too complex. Has a great juiciness that complements the nelson hop really well

Feb 04, 2017
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AnalogErik from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orange body with a white head - head stayed on mine for a while. Smell is fruity and pine - drink it fresh! I had one a couple days after getting the cans, and one 3 months later. The second one had faded, fast.

Sep 08, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

Orange body with a thin, off-white head. Hop forward with an earthy, herbal presence. Mild to medium pine bitterness in the back. Solid.

Aug 29, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: The body is dark orange and hazy, the head is bone white and foamy.
Smell: Fruity aroma with the right amount of bitterness.
Taste: Watered down citrus and fruit punch balanced with some bitterness and pine.
Feel: Medium carbonation. Course mouth feel, this needs to be smoother out.

Overall - For me, this was a little bit of a let down. It doesn't help that I grew up drinking Nelson from Alpine since its release. Not bad, somewhat raw. I would have it again...someday.

Aug 14, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Coming out of the can, this pours a hazy, nearly opaque copper. An airy white head carries the nose right out of the glass. Grapefruit, citrus rind, and cat urine punctuate the palate, with some lemon and onion undertones at the back. An intense IPA, and one that I am thankful to have had.

Aug 14, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

A- Frothy and sudsy oatmeal-colored head. Chills at about a quarter-finger thick for some time, showing some persistence. Copper body, somewhat cloudy, but shows trickling carbonation. 4.5

S- A bit of grapefruit funk and zest, orange juice sweetness, lighter mango and pineapple that is a bit harder to perceive. 4

T- Surprised by the funk in this. Lots of floral funk like a Belgian hits my tongue before giving way to grapefruit zest and tang. Light mango flavors graze my palate with the occasional orange juice notes on the finish. A sweet, but light, biscuity malt flavor adds some color but allows the funk and fruit to shine. 4

M- I said it already but I'll reiterate that there's some funk to this beer. Zest too. Lighter body with enough maltiness and sweetness to have the refreshing quality but not come off as watery. Medium-carbonation and bitterness that is felt but doesn't offend. 4.25

Very good brew that took me for a loop for all its funkiness. Quite tasty.

Aug 07, 2015
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful hazy golden amber with an airy off white, one finger head that leaves a lot of lace.

S: Hints of fresh cut grass, mild green onion, some tart lemon notes. Earthy. Popcorn kernels.

T: Grassy, crackers, hints of lemon pith on the finish.

M: Perfectly carbonated, smooth, moderately dry.

D: This beer is a high quality IPA. The beer is balanced. No off flavors or qualities. Not overly bitter or in your face, but nice flavor. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but a well crafted IPA whose high quality ingredients shine through.

Aug 06, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is DANK. Super juicy with an incredible nose. It isn't quite as balanced as I would like though. It is a little too bitter for my taste buds. I would expect a regular IPA to be a little more palatable. Still good though.

Jul 29, 2015
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Phigg1102 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a finger of white foam not much lacing to speak of. Hazy light orange in color. Honey sweet nose with enough malt to balance nicely. A touch of pear in the aroma as well. Really nice hop chareacter in the taste, more pear and white grapes very clean malt taste as well. Another great IPA by Other Half!

Jul 26, 2015
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MikeM417 from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Nelson hops, and this offering from Other Half did not disappoint. Definitely a beer that I would buy often it if was sold locally.

Jul 25, 2015
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thirsty4beer from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned April 2015. After consuming several cans ranging from 3 days old to 8 weeks old, I definitely recommend having this beer fresh or not at all. Not the same beer after 3 weeks and probably OH's shortest shelf/fridge life of their canned

That being said, fresh OH Nelson is delicious and well worth waiting in line for at the brewery. If there was a bit less dankness to the nose and taste, this would've rated as high as OH's Mosaic, GD, and AGE. Otherwise, the tropical aromas and juicy hops work perfectly with the sweet malty backbone and the dry hoppy ending.

If you manage to find fresh OH Nelson cans and plan to drink them immediately, you're in for a treat.

Jul 22, 2015
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Nate_Fisher from New York

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never had a single nelson hopped beer. It was not bad but not my favorite the green diamonds was awesome but this was only pretty good. The taste is very onion and earthy forward almost like a aged sharp cheddar which i like just not as much as other offerings.

Jul 21, 2015
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PVMT from New York

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 7/15/15. Nose is dank and citrus. The taste follows the nose almost exactly. The Nelson hop is showcased perfectly in its bitter, resinous glory.

Jul 18, 2015
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L - Hazy light orange with a finger of white head

S - Herbal, grassy, resinous. Maybe a tinge of grapefruit

T - No real white grape or tropical fruits from a beer called "Nelson". Spicy and herbal hops and a big malt presence.

F - Chewy and rough and thins out significantly. Bitter resin lingers unpleasantly.

O - Did the use Nelson hops? A glass of grass and spices with a rough mouthfeel.

Jun 20, 2015
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chrisjws from California

4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super cloudy dark orange with half a finger of white head. Head dissipates rather quickly, not a lot of carbonation.
S: Sweetness, spicy herbal qualities, tangerine and grapefruit
T: Sweet malts upfront, followed by orange-tangerine flavors, slight bit of spiciness at the end
M: Medium mouthfeel, definitely drinks like a 7% beer. Not a lot of bite or feel coming from the carbonation. Sweetness lingers in your mouth after every sip.
O: Great IPA. I love anything with Nelson hops. Its good, but not quite up there with some of the cellarmaker beers or the ultimate, Alpine Nelson.

Jun 18, 2015
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SteveB24 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-A super cloudy beer, color is a yellowish pink, kind of like grapefruit peel. Pours two fingers of frothy, white head that settles slowly into chunky lacing.
Smell-Huge citrus presence on the nose, i picked up tons of grapefruit and oranges, as excepted from this particular hop.
Taste- grapefruit peel and grass mostly. ,slightest bit of orange juice. Not nearly as fruity as the smell.
Feel-Very crisp and pretty carbonated, finishes slightly dry.
Overall-Granted expectations were crazy high, i was kind of let down by this one. Hoped for more sweet citrus flavor in the taste given the hop used. Still, a solid IPA.

Jun 09, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Canned 4/21/15.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the hop qualities are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: can.

Jun 01, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 4/21/15
Drank 5/16/15

Pours a hazy deep golden body with a soapy off white head.

Tangerine off top. Not really getting much of that white grape which is what I was expecting from a beer called Nelson but there is some along with melon. Resinous, grassy, and floral. Could use more oomph for me.

Nice smooth drinking medium body. A good pop of bitterness.

May 21, 2015
Nelson IPA from Other Half Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 284 ratings