Debbie Downer
Other Half Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
78
From:
Other Half Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  17
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with Omnipollo and Tired Hands Brewing Company

IPA brewed with white chocolate and mango in collaboration with Tired Hands and Omnipollo.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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howielchen8 from California

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint can poured into an Other Half teku glass.

L - pours a warm, hazy mango color - fitting for a beer made with mango. This is probably one of the most opaque, 'milky' looking IPAs I've ever had - instantly reminds me of Tired Hands / Omnipollo Milkshake IPAs - also fitting, considering this is a three-way power collab between Other Half, Tired Hands, and Omnipollo. There's a thin layer of off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S - wow. I didn't think the white chocolate would come across so prominently, but it absolutely does with this. Huge, warm, and sweet on the nose, with slight mango and even some nutty undertones coming across. Again, definitely has that milky character from the Milkshake IPAs. As unique as it is enjoyable.

T - the white chocolate comes across here again more than I expected. There's a mellow sweetness that hits the tongue first, which is washed away gently by a very slight tartness followed by a more typical IPA character - the juicy, citrusy nature of most Other Half IPAs is toned down by the lactic character, but it still comes across well. Almost no piney, resinous aftertaste to be found here, and similarly very minimal bitterness. The white chocolate comes back again to finish off with a very smooth, milky finish with some lingering vanilla flavors.

F - this is definitely pretty thick for an IPA that isn't imperial or double, but not in a bad way. The more viscous mouthfeel is cut nicely by a fine, fizzy carbonation that complements the white chocolate well. There could be a bit more carbonation, but I'm not complaining.

O - Definitely one of the best and most interesting IPAs I've ever had. I usually don't experience this complex of a palate out of a single IPA. Really, the only bad thing about drinking this beer is knowing that it (probably...) won't ever be made again.

Aug 22, 2016
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quindog from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cosmicevan to thank for the east coast love. Didn't know what to expect from this one, white chocolate?!! Great beer, mango def present but the white chocolate not so much. Another great IPA from other half, still going strong at about 6 weeks old.

Aug 13, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft.

Look is cloudy with little to no head. Very hazy yellow orange.

Aroma is lots or tropical citrus, mostly orange. Taste is lots of tropical mango.

Closer to mango juice than beer. Absolutely delicious.

Jul 30, 2016
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2Xmd from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz at the source. Cloudy, looks like mango juice. Mango on the nose. Sweet on the palate with a tingling mango taste that lingers on the tongue. Slight aftertaste of bitterness. Silky white chocolate mouthfeel. Pick up the mosaic on the nose. Great mouthfeel on this. Amazing collab.

Jul 22, 2016
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dgmirelli from New York

4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow I am first! had this at Tap and Barrel in Smithton, NY on tap in a glass, very special look was opaque grapefruit color hazy, smell was magnificent w prominent mango and grapefruit, taste followed and it wasn't until half way through first glass that I could sense white chocolate, this taste profile required you to keep sipping and as a result you drink it quick, taste and feel are awesome and there is the right carbonation, overall very interesting and they should consider more, just one slight piece of advice, the white chocolate showed more and more throughout and to me eventually put a "too sweet" spin on this, perhaps back off this part just a tad.

Jul 16, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A month or two ago, Other Half was going to release a White Chocolate Mango IPA. They told me that if it didn't turn out right, it wouldn't be sold. Period. Sure enough, that first back was a no-go and I was indeed, a debbie downer for feeling like I missed out on something unique. Lo and behold, this came out a few weeks back and thankfully, they got it right this time! While not a typical American IPA, the edginess of this outweighed any setbacks that this may have had as this beer was one of the more unique brews that I've gotten my hands on recently!

Loved the pour to this (down to the " :( " and date of 7/1 on the bottom of the can) as the beer was on par with anything that Tree House and Trillium have become famous for. Dank, golden, and radiant for being muted, the hue to this was an indicator of the what the liquid would taste like. Lots and lots of mango and tropical fruits in the nose, with a hint of OH's trademark yeast cutting through all of it. More of the yeast was in the taste along with sweet malt, grapefruit pith, and a sharp, acrid bitterness. What about the white chocolate? Many on here didn't seem to taste it but it's there...in the mouthfeel. The creamy, smooth, mouthfeel and slight powdery aftertaste were direct attributes of this rarely-used flavor in beer and that's where this really shined. Chocolate of any type works well with most fruits and fruit flavors and though this was white and not dark, it complemented the fruity notes wonderfully, while not overpowering them at the same time. With only a fair amount of carbonation, the chocolate and mango were allowed to be felt while playing off each other at the same time.

With a relatively low amount of alcohol for something that felt so strong, this went down easily and the presence of the yeast kept this lively when this could have been bogged down easily, given how much was going on. This might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's great to see a beer push the edge of what's possible and still remain stylistically true to form. If you're a hophead, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this, if not for no other reason than to see what the (current) limit of an IPA could be. I'm not sure I'd want anyone else than the brewers involved in this collaboration to be the ones to be pushing these limits. All of them are nailing it right now while showing everyone what's possible in the world of beer, and a result like this reminds us how much for the better we are because of this mindset. Easily worth the effort to obtain it!

Jul 10, 2016
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ELS from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked all aspects of this beer. The look is a hazy, turbid, refreshing looking IPA with some orange hues. Smells mango and other tropical aromas. Taste is definitely mango with some bitter pineapple hitting you as well as other hops bitterness towards the end. I taste absolutely no white chocolate. I have two more cans left so I'll be looking for it. The best part of this beer is when you let it warm. The flavors really come together into harmony of bitter, sweet and tropical and the mouthfeel gets smooth. An excellent IPA.

Jul 10, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Perfect Pint from the 16 ounce can.

This beer leans much more on the turbid, hazy side as far as OH’s beers. It looks like Jumex pineapple nectar with some head on it. 4

Smells essentially of what is standard these days from Other Half: a burst of the tropics on the nose. Pineapple, mango, passionfruit. Pungent. 4.25

I may be the first, but I do get some chocolatey notes lingering on my first few sips. It’s like a kiss of chocolate malts or cacao nibs are present amidst the pineapple and mango. It seems to be all about where the beer spends the most time on your palate, as successive drinks are much more fruit dominated. 4.25

This beer’s got a spicy, prickly bite to it. Pretty wild and unexpected. Really bitter finish, which isn’t surprising given they needed to offset a bunch of sugar. It makes the finish really dry. 4


I finish the last few ounces straight from the can and find a much smoother and mellower beer. More of the pulpy mouthfeel I wanted. Maybe I should have swirled the can. The chocolatey notes seems to all but have disappeared.

Jul 08, 2016
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SenatorSpaceman from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks great...like an orange smoothie. The nose is all ripe mango. Very creamy with soft mango and peach notes. Just a hint of chocolate right on the finish. This beer works much better than I expected it to. Nice job.

Jul 03, 2016
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dercky from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: orange juice. I know that's an over used term to describe the haze, but I've never seen a beer that deserved this description more.
S: lots of citrus and mango. Lemon peel is there.
T: mango up front. Bitter in the back. Not a hint of the white chocolate they were talking about, however.
F: creamy and buttery, almost like you'd find with a Grimm IIPA.
O: great collab from some great breweries. I was skeptical at first, but this is a winner. One of my favorites from OH, maybe.

Jul 03, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

can from the release earlier. super murky pour deep dense core, juice looking. nose is mellow tropical hop. taste is a nice soft candied hop. mango comes through and some sweetener on top that presumably is the white chocolate. all in all, it works and is a tasty collab. so.many of these collab are to many cooks in the kitchen with too many whacky ideas but this one finally is a departure from the weird for weird and is an ipa which other half knows how to make. the weird ingredients in this one come out as a tasty ipa. nt their greatest achievement, but I rather enjoyed it.

Jul 03, 2016
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Bmoylan1618 from New York

3.22/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Great nose. Yet again too much carbonation from Other Half. Light body. Nose will play tricks on you. Overall glad I waited in line. Light cloud on the pour looks half filtered. Mango grapefruitish-ish on the immediate tongue. Very light smooth swallow is where I get the vanilla but the typical OH spice finish is there. Almost kills the taste for me but I keep going back for that intermediate smooth finish. Overall does not stand in my top 20 but very good.

Jul 03, 2016
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Simont from New York

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw color mostly opaque - on the murkier end of the cloudy east coast IPA thing. Aroma jumps out of the can and pour with huge nectarine/ passionfruit hops, sweet bready malt in the background with a subtle and unusual spice dimension. Flavor is same - massive hops that are tropical, dank and slightly spicy. Sweet malt character made extremely complex and interesting by this added spice component (white chocolate?). The mango doesn't jump out and blends seamlessly with the tropical/ fruity hops. This beer looked like kind of a gamble on paper, I am not usually a fan of fruited IPAs, and wtf is white chocolate? But this tastes incredible. Wow. Well done.

Jul 02, 2016
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PVMT from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 7/01/16 :( Super turbid orangey pour with a thin head. Tropical aroma, similar flavor with mango being the most prominent flavor. Great mouthfeel, almost a bit fizzy. Citrus fades to a vanillaish slightly bitter finish.

Jul 02, 2016
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