Rockstar Farmer
Other Half Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
118
From:
Other Half Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  17
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration With Stillwater Artisanal
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 118 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2015. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, orange, grapefruit, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, orange, grapefruit, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness, pine/herbal/grassy bitterness, and light tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, orange, grapefruit, red apple, white grape, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a white. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rind/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent wild Belgian session IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, citrus/pine/earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the moderately bitter/spicy/drying finish. Brett totally took this over at this point, but I can still taste hops. Feels like classic C hops. Well rounded fruity/funky/spicy Brett/saison yeast complexity, nice citrus/piney/earthy hop balance, and a solid pale malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, it held up really well.

Dec 23, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bretty and decent hoppiness. very good for the funky hoppy style. big head and thick lace. a sipper. Bottle from summer trips to the USA. OK drinkability.

Feb 20, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy straw yellow with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells a bit tropical and funky with some notes of pineapple, grape, lemon, grapefruit, orange citrus, mild spice, banana, pale malt, with funky floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes real earthy and funky with some notes of pineapple, grape, lemon, grapefruit, orange citrus, mild spice, banana, pale malts, and funky floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice farmhouse IPA.

Jan 21, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Other Half-Stillwater Artisinal Ales collaboration is pitched as a farmhouse session IPA. It indeed matches all noted characteristics. The pour is hazy to cloudy with a 3 cm fluffy head. The sticky foam persists throughout the draught. The aromas are lemony hops and Brett funk. The brew packs a lot of flavor into a low a.b.v. offering. The citrus and stone fruit hop notes are well-backed by a very crisp malt bill and the Brett flavor adds added interest. The finish is a bit dry. This is a unique and truly superb mix of elements.

Oct 16, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, yeast, floral notes, slight hops, pale malt, grass, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is too sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, grass, floral notes, hint of hop, yeast, hint of pale malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, great appearance, good aroma and body, too sharp of feel, and too grassy for my taste.

Oct 07, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into tulip

A- A clear golden yellow with a three finger white head.

S- Funk, band-aids, citrus, tropical fruits, mild tartness.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, touch of lime, hints of tropical fruits, barnyard funk, peppercorns.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A nice easy drinking farmhouse IPA. Tasty, flavors are fairly well balanced. Fits the description of a session farmhouse IPA.

Second pour was slightly cloudy.

Jun 05, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not really an IPA; maybe best described as a Belgian Session IPA.

Pours a light straw color with a half finger of head. Both the nose and flavor are a combo of funk and citrus, particularly lemon.

The finish is overdone with brett funkiness. I've never used the term "horse blanket" before but it may be appropriate for describing this offering.

May 30, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow body with a soapy, white head. Lacing cascades down the tulip. Aromas of brett funk, citrus, wheat, cracked pepper. Thirst quenching, refreshing, light. Lemon rind, tangy finish. Nicely done.

May 24, 2016
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babaracas from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, rocky white head that trails a spray of chunky lace down the glass. Smell: first pour let out a blast of barnyard but after a few minutes...hay, lemon, sugar cookie, notes of dried pineapple and green melon also emerge. Taste: grapefruit, lime zest, cereal grains, dried pineapple note, bitter melon...finishing citrusy and grassy with grainy back. Light bodied, foamy carb, slick finish. Refreshing brett heavy, well hopped pale.

May 21, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Funky label.

Very pale lemon yellow body color, fairly clear as well with nice rising and plentiful tiny carbonation. Head manages a matching bright white bleach color, making easily two fingers probably a touch more, but with very soapy yet fine retention. Pill like lacing and the odd big bubble manage to make a presence and a nice island puck that dissolves a bit. Neat looker.

Spritzy notes of melon and green herbs, and tropical rushing fruits on the nose. Gets into a bit of strong bitterness that almost brings out a sour twinge on the nostrils. Very noticeable funk and with a complimenting tropical blast. Clean aroma, a bit wet hinting also.

Palate hits the right notes of hop and dry yeast punch. Mild sensing and even a bit of malt depth for a light abv session bordering brew. Full rich and tolerable tropical bitterness with much of the fruit character just pleasantly touched on. Lingering brett and nice white pepper finish, with a nice controlled heat. Washes very clean but not quickly off the palate, with excellent soft brett punch that lingers with heated sage and chewy pepper heat.

A real nice hybrid of a brew, and quite an excellent marriage of hopped up saison qualities.

May 13, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale, see thru golden body with one finger head and lace ring down glass. Aroma is grassy, hoppy, yeast comes through, a bit of funk as well. The funky, again grassy comes to mind, aspects of this beer's taste profile are strong in this light-bodied beer. Along with the funky brett is a smoothness thanks to yeast twang, a bit of bitter, dry, earthy hops and touches of fruit sweetness. Good balance in beer as all notes hit their mark and it is quite tasty.

Apr 30, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance
Straw with 1+ fingers of tight white head. Extra hazy with light carbonation.

Nose
Passion fruit, peach, Sweet Tarts, barnyard, and hay.

Taste
Peach, passion fruit, and light grapefruit. Barnyard funk and horse blanket. Light Pilsner malt and honey backbone.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry.

Overall
Great amount of flavor for the low abv. Tons of Brett in the flavor and aroma.

Apr 27, 2016
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MadScientist from New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: A moderate hops aroma of citrus with some of that onion-like hops aroma and some herbaceousness. A moderate Belgian yeast spice of black pepper with a slight barnyard funk.

A: A lightly hazy golden ale with a rocky white head that leave some lacing on the glass.

T: A soft malt sweetness with a medium amount of bitterness making for a moderately bitter balance. There is a medium amount of citrus and herbal hops flavors. The finish is off-dry with a lingering citrus hops bitterness.

F: A meedium-light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation and a low creaminess.

O: Overall this beer is dominated by a balance between a solid Saison base with a focus on American citrus hops.

Apr 24, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally had a chance to pick this up recently at Milk and Hops in the Village, having never had this before. I love going to Other Half's releases and most of the beers that I've had from Stillwater were quite enjoyable as well, so when I finally had this earlier this week, I had high hopes for this. For a beer with a low amount of alcohol and categorized as an IPA, this had so much to offer in terms of taste, body, and variance from the other IPA's that I've had from Other Half. I'm glad that I picked up more than one bottle of this!

This had a nice, golden hue to the pour without any sediment visible in the liquid or in the bottle way down at the bottom. The head was more than sufficient and there was some lacing to be seen but nothing too impressive. Light smell to this with the sour notes and grass coming through, with much more in the taste. The trademark Other Half yeast came through along with English-style hops, a moderate amount of funk, and a very light amount of alcohol. Bread and cheese came through in the back, which almost served as a hybrid of the funky farmhouse style and biscuit malt that this had, really leading to a nice aftertaste that stuck around for the duration.

This was so easy to put away as I let it warm up. A nice, slick coating on my mouth reminded me that this was indeed an American IPA, even if if wasn't like the others that I was accustomed to. Wonderful stuff that called for a cheese plate to accompany it, along with a nice sunny day and a light breeze. So impressed with both of these breweries and how wonderful this was, without any potent strength. Keep up the collaborations, guys!

Apr 24, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy medium gold color with a thick, creamy white lacing ring.

S - Earthy citrus lemon funk.

T - Funk, dry citrus, dry red grapefruit.

M - Dry finish, some citrus tang coating in the mouth.

O - This is a really nice beer worth seeking out.

Apr 23, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head that dissipates slowly to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, wheat, citrus hops, lemon citrus, a hint of saison yeast. Flavor is dry grainy malt, wheat, brett, citrus hops, finishes woody with brett and light citrus and a lingering mild wild yeast and hop bitterness. Light bodied with active carbonation. Interesting and different. The farmhouse style base is light and not quite as grainy as I like, but to style for the drier, lighter ales of the style. The lemony hops are a nice complement to the farmhouse base, and redeem this for me, as the rustic flavors are light. The brett is forward, but well balanced for the ABV. Although this isn't my favorite style, I enjoyed this IPA / farmhouse hybrid. I'm not familiar with Other Half, but this was very much in line with some of the lighter, drier offerings from Stillwater. Glad I tried it.

Apr 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a style i cant get enough of right now. sour or wild hoppy beers are killing it for me, and this is a good one. appreciate its session nature, low alcohol and light and dry and well carbonated, being released at the perfect time of year for what it is. a little haze, but looks pale and yellow like a kellerpils, holding almost an inch of white head. smells sharp, acidity and funk here, lighter more mild, more fruity brett playing well with southern hemisphere style hops, while a little lactic acidity as there too, not puckery but mouthwatering for sure. it tastes and feels like a real light wheat malt and pils grain base, simple and clean, very minimal. the hops are great, not sure whats here, maybe citra and galaxy and/or amarillo. i like the way it comes together, way more funk than sour but both are there. minimal bitterness but hop flavor through the whole thing. hints of bandaid and white grape at the end, which sounds gross in words but isnt in flavor. not the most impressive offering from stillwater, but i like how fast and furious these collaboration beers are coming out, and i really dug this with a grilled t-bone steak, nice contrast there. fairly priced too which is nice for a bomber of wild beer. hard to believe its all brett in here, more sour than that...

edit: i need to raise a few scores here. i had a bottle that has been in the cellar a few months last night and was thoroughly blown away. its dried out like crazy, super super funky, and perfectly bubbly and alive. seemingly much more refined than when it was fresh, and the hops havent faded at all! really impressed with how this has aged, even in just a few months. definitely drink one now if you have it! super delicious!

Apr 13, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a slight head, and just a little bit of lacing.

Smells like funky grassiness, white pepper, grapefruit rind, and some heavy floral aromas.

This is pretty light tasting, but super drinkable, a banger for sure. It's got a heavy grassy and floral character to it, with a light and dusty Brett character, it's definitely a mild strain here, none of the dirtiness or citrus I usually associate with Brett. There's a very light grapefruit character, but it's definitely not very citrusy at all.

This is very light bodied, and super crisp and drinkable, with a normal level of carbonation.

Not the best from either brewery, but I still enjoyed it.

Apr 07, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a medium hazy deep straw.

The aroma hits of earthiness, lemon peel, crackery malt, grassiness.

The flavor follows with a wonderful dry hopped lemon peel and hints of lime, more crackery malt, with that familiar farmhouse earthiness, loads of grass on the finish as the beer dries out quite hard.

Apr 01, 2016
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BiaSongThan from New York

4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (no date) straw colored with a beautiful white head floating on top. Smell is Brett funk up front then some tropical hops in the mix and even some yeasty farmhouse notes. Taste is a wonderful interplay of Brett funk and tropical hops even a touch dank. Something definitely gives it that other half signature flavor (not sure what). Previous reviewer mentioned smarties, that's spot on. I even get a touch of grass and grain. A hint of lemony citrus as well. For feel, it was a nice effervescent saison, but somehow a touch thin. This thinness is the only evidence that it's a session beer (4.5%). Overall this was so complex for the abv. Perfect execution of Brett funk saison mixed with session ipa. Other half and Stillwater collab done right.

Mar 31, 2016
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mr-jj from Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man -in NYC.

Color is a hazy yellow with a thick, creamy head. Aroma is light fruit and some sour funk. Lots of flavors - lemon grass, grapefruit and hay. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly sour. Very refreshing - not something I'd drink every day, but quite nice.

Sep 28, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/24/15 notes. On tap at Gingerman in NYC.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident. Lots of brett, citrus hops, oranges, tropics fruits, fruity malts, bready malts, and grain. Taste is much lighter than the nose, touch of rye and spice. Light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall very good, love brett IPA's. Worth checking out.

Sep 25, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had a pour at the taproom while gett8ng cans for the mosaic/hop showers release. wow awesome brew great smarties like flavor over a hoppy saison. Def get the stillwater and the other half in this brew. VERY impressive beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 118 ratings