Stacks On Stacks
Other Half Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #148
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,243
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
221
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Other Half Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Imperial IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops.
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 221 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy orange with nice white foam and lacing.
Smell: Tangerine and apricot, sweet and a little alcohol.
Taste: Apricot and a nice bitterness. Some citrus and pine.
Feel: Nice creamy feel, good carbonation.
Overall: A good full bodied IPA.

Dec 11, 2020
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Arjen from Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, fresh from the source, canned 4 Sept. '19. Pours a murky/cloudy dark yellow colour and a dense white head with good lacing. Aroma's of dank hops, juicy fruit, coitrus. Retronasal it's dank, sweetish, tropical fruit, light resin, onion and melon. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied. Light hopburn. Long finish moderate bitter. Classic OH.

Oct 11, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stacks on Stacks pours a dark and murky, golden yellow with a half finger, soapy and loose head that dissipates quickly. The smell is candied tropical fruits as as orange, grapefruit, stone fruits and a bready malt. The taste is smooth on the palette with grapefruit and a heavy dose of stone fruit and a late pine bitterness.

Jul 04, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - massive yellowish head atop a translucent orange body.

S - cotton candy, herb, orange slices.

T - stale candy, orange, dirt, melon. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - not a fan of this hop combo.

Apr 20, 2019
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange, graipfruit, mango, apricot, and bready malts.

A: straw yellow and somewhat hazy, light to medium carbonation. Falls to a light ring around the glass.

F: apricot, orange, grapefruit, and bready malts mixed with moderate to high bitterness. Well balanced IPA

M: medium full body with lingering bitterness and some citrus fruits.

O: great IPA. Good balance of seeetness to bitterness and we’ll rounded aroma to flavor.

Nov 05, 2018
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright goldenrod haze. Uneven bars of lace. Enticing hard candy aroma of Anjou pears, pineapple, raspberries, and orange. The smell is a bit less forward than the DDH version. Mouthfeel raspy, dry and crisp; a floral and soothing softness then arises. What this parlays into is a heightened sense of juicy, tropical hoppy flavors. My first impression is overripened peach, and I'm wanting for sour peach rings now. Maybe this is what they gelatinize to make them? Anyhow, it's definitely sour-tart to a point that a musky spring onion comes through at times. Once again this is offset by a mango-pineapple creamsicle character.

Nov 01, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 7/20/17. Poured a hazy orangish/yellow with some white head that faded, leaving spotted lacing behind. Smell is rich candied tropical fruits and some light dank. The taste is candied oranges and some tropical fruits. A little dank and pine in the back! No malt present. Feel is full but dry,
But it slicks the mouth! Overall a very good DIPA!

Aug 05, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: Full cloudy body with a yellow to orange body with medium bubbles. White head rising just a notch or so below a finger's length. Semi sticky lacing but the brew as far as looks is pretty much perfect.

Smell: Citrus scent which consists of floral and grapefruit.

Taste: Smooth pink grapefruit, floral bitterness and sweet malts. Has a light ligth lemon zest feel to the brew which makes you think a bit of gatorade but better.

Mouth: Very sticky like glue to your hands, the sweet citrus comes off almost like an overload.

Overall: Easily one of the top DIPAs I have had from New York, I honestly feeled spoiled because it isn't the hardest thing to get but since I ddn't feel like driving into brooklyn the beer store pretty much scalped me. Enjoy and always in a glass. Salud! PS, if you see it just buy it and you will be thankful.

May 02, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a small, off-white head. Great aroma. Dank and citrusy. Lots of pine/resin bite up front with some sweet citrusy kick. Subtle caramel maltiness.

Apr 27, 2017
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to tulip, canned 12/2/16, drinking 1/23/17. Pale slightly hazy orange, nice head and lacing. This is tasting great after 6 weeks. It's well balanced, citrus loaded, great DIPA. I like it more than when I first got the cans.

Jan 24, 2017
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Danstaats from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just realized this was a double/imperial IPA and i am shocked. Not overly aromatic, floral or bitter. Usually a DIPA hits you with the strong hop aroma or a big bitter bite. This did not. I thought it drank more like a session IPA. That being said it hides the 8.5% well and has great drinkability.

Dec 29, 2016
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12-2-2016. poured from 16 oz can into Veil hybrid Teku.

A: nice dense tight head abt half a pinkie's worth and it's lasting. color is a dark golden amber slight haze but can see some through it. Head is amazing on second pour. nice and pillowy.

S: DANK. def pine and some citrus notes. There is a little hidden blueberry notes but not like sweet blueberries. more of the tannin notes blueberries might have. Nose is not particularly big.

T: piney bitterness alot of stone fruit with some citrus but not tropical. also something herbal going on maybe a little green onion. there's something a little caramely going on. alcohol of 8.5 % is hidden wouldn't describe as boozy.

M: light medium feel. not much of a malt backbone. very dry as it's going down. no alcohol burn at all.

O: Solid IPA. It's not in my opinion a NE Style. Mouthfeel and flavor profile don't fit the style. However this is an above average to great beer. I'm not mad about it being added in as an extra.

Dec 20, 2016
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours a semi hazy burnt orange color with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Super fruity aroma of berries and tropical fruits. Juicy. The taste is lots of Mosaic hops with citrus and tropical fruits. Piney notes towards the end with a berry/stone fruit finish. Very bitter and pretty boozey. Dry mouthfeel. Overall, awesome.

Dec 14, 2016
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Canned 12/2/2016. Drank out of a TEKU Glass.

Look: Medium plus to full haze, dark gold to copper color and a finger creamy eggshell head.

Aroma: Big fleshy, ripe tropical fruits as soon as I cracked the can. Plenty of orange as well along with that characteristic OH clean/refreshing herbal note.

Taste: Much more citrus on the palate. Clementine is most pronounced followed by a light pithy bitterness. Very impressive how the beer can be this soft considering how much hops must have gone into it.

Mouthfeel: Solid Medium mouthfeel but with very good carbonation which makes this beer super crushable for 8.5%.

Overall(Style Points): Style wise this beer is right up my alley. Overall very representative of the kind of beers OH produces. Big NE hop flavors with a clean and refreshing herbal component to balance the beer. Awesome stuff. 96.5 Points!

Dec 14, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Stacks On Stacks"

CAN: 16 fl oz. Purchased today at Other Half for $18.00 USD per 4 pack. Green label art. 2016 vintage. Standard pull-tab.

"Imperial India Pale ale." 8.50% ABV. (From Other Half's release notes: "hopped with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado.")


HEAD: ~2-3 inches in height in my nonical pint glass. Fluffy soft consistency. Good (~10+ minute) retention. Leaves a nice even coating of lacing as it recedes. Billowing.

BODY: Pours a somewhat vibrant yet hazy orange. Translucent yet nontransparent. No visible yeast particulate or hop sediment within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a pretty lively looking (ostensibly imperial) IPA, I have to say. Definitely an above par appearance for the style, lacking the dullness often observed in unfiltered imperial IPAs.

AROMA: Subtle blueberry hints at well-integrated Mosaic. Bright floral notes. Vague citrus is present, but isn't tropical, leaning more towards a classic Citra orange character than the new world New Zealand tangerine hop vibe. Vague candied fruit-y hops. There's a blip of Simcoe-like oniony character. Some mild hop oil aromatics.

The interesting hop profile is well-balanced by a pale malt presence, but luckily there's no cloying caramalt presence.

Promises a somewhat oily IPA with a nice balanced hop profile that has one foot in a classic IPA hop profile and another in the new world camp - which I guess is exactly what you'd want in a beer hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado.

Aromatic intensity is mild. Very fresh, with no off-notes or booziness to it at all.

I can't wait for the first sip.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The onion was slightly present aromatically, but presents far more strongly than I anticipated - not that that's a bad thing per se. The hop profile features everything from the aroma - subtle blueberry, vague citrus (though it's a bit reticent for my tastes, failing to vividly show off Citra), vague fruit, some hop oils, and floral notes. Not a piney, resinous, or vibrantly citrus-forward brew, but also luckily not too tropical (like many newer imperial IPAs from new breweries seem to be).

Hop profile - while pungent - isn't on the order of, say, a Pliny the Elder or Lagunitas Sucks.

Pale malts keep any hop bitterness well-contained. Moreover, while it's a cohesive flavour profile and I find it well built and balanced, each constituent note in the whole could present more vividly and expressively. While this has decent depth of flavour, there's ample room for improvement.

Mouthfeel is coating, medium to full-bodied, overcarbonated, somewhat refreshing, smooth, wet, and approachable, with a subtle oiliness to it that helps accentuate the reticent oily hop flavours. Could be softer and a bit lighter-bodied if we're nitpicking, but overall I think it's a good complement to the taste, even if this texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to be in ideal harmony with the taste. Well-executed at any rate.

OVERALL: The cynic in me was really skeptical going into this review; I'm always extra-cautious approaching these limited release beers that seem to get "emperors new clothes" acclaim from those locals who waited in line to buy them and then promptly dip in ratings as soon as they go wide. But this is a well put together balanced imperial IPA with well thought out hop choices. I'd like to see the carbonation taken down a couple notches and the depth of flavour cranked to 10, but I'm happy there's another unfiltered imperial IPA on the market that isn't a boozy tropical fruit bomb or an overly bitter grapefruity mess.

Good but not dazzling work from Other Half, and they deserve a hat tip for a job well done. I do have to point out that the $4.50 per can pricing is abysmal (even compared to Ballast Point's slightly superior but oft-derided-for-its-price Sculpin), and with more widely available go-tos from the likes of Lagunitas and Deschutes on the market, I'd be hard pressed to seek this out repeatedly. But hot damn am I glad I tried it once, and I'd have to hesitate if I saw it on-shelves at the local store. If only it were more reasonably priced, it'd be a regular in my fridge.

B (3.63) / GOOD

***
12.05.16 2nd impressions from another can:

More tropical than I remembered it, with the Mosaic blueberry taking a backseat to an almost mango/papaya creamsicle-redolent flavour. Balanced but with a pungent hop bitterness that hits home on the finish.

B / GOOD

***
12.06.16 3rd impressions:

Well balanced with nice but not amazing hop choices. Soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking. I'd sooner take many a more widely offered imperial IPA over this one (Lagunitas' more favorably priced offerings immediately come to mind), but it's good stuff and well worth trying.

High B- / WORTHY

Dec 03, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden copper with a three finger white head.

S- Mangos, pineapple, stone fruits, some sweet citrus, pine/resin bitterness

T- Pineapple, papaya, circus, oranges, mangos, hints of stone fruits, touch of caramel malts, finish is a mix of citrus rinds and pine.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A well brewed DIPA that I'm very happy to have tried. Worth seeking out if you like what OH is doing.

Oct 03, 2016
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DankScuba from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Hazy and yellowish. Very fine bubbles and head.

S: Subtle hop scent. Lots of citrus, lemon.

T: crisp, clean tate. Pineapple/tropical fruit, with bitter orange.

F: very smooth, creamy.

O: Great beer, quite drinkable.

Sep 17, 2016
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow. Good head and lacing. Smells of pine apple and citrus. Taste is pine apple, bitter rinds sweet malt. Mouthfeel is clean. Some alcohol as it warms.
Overall quite good. I would like a little more complexity.

Aug 26, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: lower amount head for the amount of carb the beer has. Left an extremely thin amount of head behind after settling out. Pale in color and some light sediment left in suspension.

N: tropical fruits, lemon, and oranges. Sweet amount of malt but very little hop.

T: sweet malt, sweet pineapple and grapefruit with touch of orange peel. Sweet malt and a light hoppy lingering finish.

F: medium to low amount of carbonation, slightly creamy, medium low amount of mouthfeel.

Apr 23, 2016
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howielchen8 from California

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been meaning to review this for a while, but haven't had a chance to sit down with a whole can to myself for a bit. 16oz tallboy can poured into a snifter glass.

L - Pours a consistent bright copper, which shines gold with direct light through the glass. There is a large amount of 'floaters' suspended throughout the glass - definitely not a bad thing in my opinion, and especially in a beer canned this fresh (less than two weeks old). A thin film of head forms on the initial pour, dissipating rather quickly. A more consistent head would definitely look nice, but I can't complain at all.

S - Oh boy. There are tons of tropical fruit notes on the nose, mostly passion fruit and mango at first, with a tad of pineapple. The usual floral and citrusy-lemon/grapefruit scents are noticeably more subdued than I would expect, but they're still very much present. There's just a touch of pine and dankness in the background, but it definitely takes the backseat to the fruit smells. Super refreshing on the nose.

T - This is an extremely well-rounded tasting DIPA in my opinion. All of the fruit comes forward very clearly in the first part of the sip, but the juiciness isn't overwhelming. It backs off a bit to let a tiny bit of bite through from the hop resin mid-sip. The finish is on the dry side, but is enhanced nicely by the lingering floral notes.

F - As with a lot of the DIPAs I've been drinking lately, a moderate amount of fine carbonation complements the crisp smell and taste of the beer.

O - Like I mentioned before, I think the best part of this beer is how well-rounded and balanced everything is. All of the components of a great IPA come together in just the right proportions, and interact with each other in just the right way. Probably my favorite beer.

Apr 19, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow color with a generously thick white lacing, soft but steady carbonation. As the beer warms a little, what little haze present totally dissipates.

S - Juicy bright citrus aroma, pineapple, papaya, mango.

T - Pineapple, sweet juicy grapefruit, mango, nectarine, all with a very small amount of spicy rind (not much, but it's there). The alcohol also starts to poke through as the beer warms up. Ends with nice fruit bitterness.

M - Medium body gives way to a creamy finish, lingering tropical fruit bitterness. Coats the mouth with juicy tropical fruit. Around half way through the can the walls of the mouth start to feel cotton-like from all the hop goodness.

O - A very good beer that's fruity without getting too sweet, definitely a bombardment of hoppy goodness. I know I'm scoring lower than most reviews here but I think as the beer warms the alcohol presence starts to interfere and detract from the beer.

Apr 18, 2016
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brazen golden hues with a slight hazy nature and ample fluffy white head
S: Mango, pineapple, and tangerine
T: Tropical fruits up front that recede into a slight piney/sweet biscuit malt that leaves a decidedly dry finish
F: Deliciously chewy mouthfeel with slight carbonation
O: Wow another fantastic offering from OH. Honestly this was one of the juicier offerings I've had from OH, but it still ended with that crisp, dry finish requisite of an OH IPA. I really hope they make this one again!

Apr 16, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer hits of sweet mango, grapefruit and orange peel, a medium biscuity malt, onto more heavy dankness and resin with a bitter pine finish. Next to "!," this offered a touch more malt, but still great drinkability for its ABV.

Apr 16, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Saturday, which was the last time that Other Half had a release. I think that the label for this should have been the one for the Make it Rain collaboration, but aside from that, they nailed everything when it came to this beer. The hop selection worked well here and with the alcohol being so recessed, the flavor profile, texture, and warmth all shone through while staying perfectly balanced, as well!

Good pour to this, as the beer had a golden hue with a fair amount of haze and sediment to it. The head was smaller than expected and there wasn't a lot of lacing left behind on the side of my pint glass, to boot. Lots of citrus, stone fruit, earthy hops, and yeast in the nose with more of those in the taste, as the tropical fruits and hop oils really shone through in the taste. Juicy orange hits up front, followed by the mango and papaya stone fruit as the piney oils and soothing resin soon kick in. Not terribly carbonated, this was still thick enough to savor as the flavors stuck endured for the duration. Bright nectar and a soothing sweetness lingered in the aftertaste as a faint grassy undertone could be discerned from start to finish.

This was strong enough without being overpowering as the alcohol could be felt once I finally finished this off. I'm so impressed with Other Half and how they've contributed to the beer scene int he Big Apple and this *might* be the best offering that I"ve had from them. IPA's are a dime a dozen but anyone enamored with them or Other Half's other offerings needs to give this a go - even without a freshness date on the bottom of the can, this tasted like at tap beer while standing head and shoulders above most of the stylistic peers that this could be compared to. Fabulous stuff!

Apr 13, 2016
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Lembeh from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have been a fan of Other Half Brewing for a bit but always thought they were eight nine tenths of the way to an average Trillium or Treehouse ale. But this beer I would say is on par with them. The look is hazy very similar to the Julius from Treehouse. Big tropical tart nose, you can smell this beer from a foot away! The taste follows the nose. This is a 8.5% pct beer but drinks like a bigger beer. Big grapefruit, orange peel on the taste. Nice bit of malt sweetness in the end.

Apr 11, 2016
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