Other Half Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #456
Ranked #2,862
4.2 | pDev: 6.9%
Other Half Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: Amarillo Double IPA
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 152 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stoneyard American Craft Beer Hall and Grill in Webster, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy orangeish/amber color, with a small head, and plenty of lacing.

Smells quite bitter and resinous, earthy, grassy, very marijuana forward, with a grainy malt aroma as well, as well as lots of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and the flesh of both of those fruits.

This is a very intensely bitter beer here, especially compared to the Simcoe/Wai-iti juice blast I just tried from these guys. It's slightly boozy on the finish, with a very resinous piney bitterness. It's also quite dank, certainly the "hop weapon" that lots of Other Half beers are. Up front, there's lots of grapefruit, and some orange marmalade. Without the booziness on the finish, this would be much better for me.

This has juicy mouthfeel, with a long, lingering bitterness on the finish.

Another very well done IPA from Other Half, but not without a few issues.

Aug 12, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a perfect pint glass.

Surprisingly clean for an OH beer. Hazy initially, but also showing some excellent clarity and robust carbonation. Head is plentiful, as is the lace. 4.75

It’s got a healthy tropical fruit aroma complemented by earthy and grassy notes. 4.25

I like the tropical fruitiness of this and the way it’s complemented by what appears to be pilsner malt. Something sweet and bready that reminds me of a fruity cereal. There’s a clear boozy flavor to this that does undermine the overall flavor. 4

3/4 of each sip are highly enjoyable. Then the booze hits in an interesting way, noticeable but not entirely hot. There’s bitterness and earthiness working their way around the palate, but both on their best behavior. 4

Jul 08, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer smacks of juicy tangerine, orange peel, a hint of caramel and medium bready sweetness. Slight dankness as the beer dries out quite well with a medium bitterness.

Shout out to Ian at The Well for sharing this gem.

Jun 22, 2016
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troupos40 from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3 weeks after release, this one has smoothed out. I wasnt crazy about it fresh, but I had one tonight after jjjuliusss nonetheless, and it was quite good, still lots of melon, but not as abrasive. (Updated on 6/24 from 6/8)

Jun 08, 2016
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange core with goldenrod corona. Head is penumbral at best.

S: Ruby grapefruit, orange, sweet tropical melon and overripe papaya.

M: Medium body. Alcohol amplifies with the bitterness. Has a biting feel, a little soapy.

T: This beer will make you a fan of grapefruit juice, or a grapefruit juice love a fan of beer. The ripe, florally sweet nose parlays itself into a dank blend of mouth puckering tangerine peel and bright grapefruit. Dash of dandelion bitters. And the intense citrus bitterness creates a pine sensation. Other Half makes their IPAS bitter and big and I appreciate that, and Amarillo is unabashed in this regard even if it lacks depth.

Mar 15, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 29 January 2016.
Hazy brown-yellow.
Light floral nose.
I wouldn't have guessed this is a single hopped with Amarillo. The body is light, fizzy, and resinously bitter. Hint of grapefruit peel.
It's a solid IPA, decent DIPA. Would skip in the future.

Mar 12, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one seems like it would really be good for a hop head. Sadly, that is not me. I appreciate a good IPA, but I need balance. This one was just really bitter and aggressive. Amarillo hops are just a little too dank for me. Good, but not great.

Mar 01, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sample at EBF 2016 Hazy yellow color. Dank resinous fruity aroma and flavor with faint bready maltiness underneath. Good ipa if not a bit one dimensional.

Feb 09, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange, big white head, opaque, cloudy with some decent sticking lace. Aroma is inviting, hints of tropical flavored hops. Notes of hop resin, dank, bittered tropical fruit and light orange. Velvet smooth, very drinkable, clean and smooth on the finish. This brewery never dissapoints and this DIPA delivers the goods.

Feb 05, 2016
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very light, golden color with a faint almost imperceptible haze or cloudiness. Aroma is slightly sweet malt and clean hops with notes of resin, pine & dank. Taste is very much like the nose, clean floral pine and slight dank. Onion/grassy flavor is rather minimal, if you look for it you'll find it.

Some people complain about juice bombs, I suppose this is a clean hop that doesn't show much of a citrus or stone fruit character.

Feb 02, 2016
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SDRedDevil from California

4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/30/15 Canning run. Pours that classic OH turbid straw color. Piney and dank with good body. Not an exotic combo of hops, the thing that separates this offering from other DIPA's is the muted abv making it scary crushable...

Jan 25, 2016
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip glass. 12/30/15. Y2K

L. Hazy copper orange with small finger head. With nice lacing.
S. Lots of pine and hops with a touch of tropical fruit notes. Mango and passion.
T. A touch more tropical fruit notes, but still mostly pine and citrus.
F. Medium mouth feel with average carbonation.

Jan 22, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike! 12/30/15 canning date. Into a Grrrz teku.

This is a lot like all of the other OH single hop series. Amarillo hop is displayed beautifully. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and peach in the nose with just the slightest hint of soapiness. Same fruit presence on the palate with an addition of lemon zest, starfruit and a touch of spiciness in the back. Resiny and a bit sappy on the finish and aftertaste. Really dry and refreshing on the palate and the ABV is nicely hidden.

I'm not a huge fan of the amarillo hop profile on its own but this is a well-made beer. However, I do think that this is one of those times when Imperial doesn't equate to better. The increased alcohol and body doesn't add much to a beer that I'd much rather be able to session.

Jan 13, 2016
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BltByKrmn from New York

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/30/15 can into OH Snifter. As usual OH IPAs need some time to settle after canning and this one is now right on the money 2 weeks later.

Delicate but still has a nice bite like IPA should. A very welcome beer after drinking TH fruit smoothies for the last few days, an almost perfect balance of new style fruit haze with a bitter but not overwhelming bite.

Jan 13, 2016
KEEPonPOURING from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - from a 16oz canned 12/30/15 pours a murky orange with minimal to no head
S - slightly spicy, orange zest, topical, heavy
T - follows the nose with bunches of fruit and a light piney note
F - seems a bit under carbonated but it's still very enjoyable
O - I have yet to have a bad offering from these yanks. This is another hit from the boys from Brooklyn. I just wish the carb was up. Maybe the next can will be different. Enjoy!

Jan 08, 2016
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PVMT from New York

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 12/30/15 Y2K. Typical OH hazy orange pour with a decent white head that leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Bright citrus aroma and flavor. Creamy mouthfeel, with a with a slightly bitter, clean and grassy finish. Another hit from Other Half.

Jan 05, 2016
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can date 12/30/15, reviewing on 1/4/16. Pours a pretty deep orange hazy color, with a white head that fades eventually but lasted a while. Lacing is decent in the wine glass. The aroma is brighter and juicier than the Amarillo IPA. The imperial version still has fresh orange juice, orange rind, little grapefruit. Taste matches, and although there is some vegetal taste present, it's less so than the Amarillo IPA, and this is more juicy. Some subtle pine notes as well. Mouthfeel is alright, this can tastes slightly boozy, although I had others that that didn't really have that.
Overall I enjoy this more than the single IPA. This is a great beer I hope they make again soon.

Jan 05, 2016
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Blind Tiger on New Year's Eve. What a treat to have this on draft the same day as the can release. This is tremendous - I love OH Amarillo, but this DIPA version tops it.

Jan 03, 2016
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