Blowin' Up The Spot
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
123
From:
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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yasky from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange pour, 1 finger of head. Dank aroma and taste: fruit, mango, citrus, fairly strong malt bill as well. Well made, but your palate may need a breather after drinking it.

Jun 28, 2017
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SFC21 from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy and juice like, golden straw color. Nose is interesting. Tons of ripe pineapple. The alcohol is definitely there but it blends very well with the tropical fruits. Its just enough to let you know its a big beer but not too much so as to overpower. Taste is somewhat similar, reminds me a bit of a beachy mixed drink. Frankly the best way I can describe it is hoppy pineapple juice. Again, the alcohol shows up just enough to let you know the strength of this brew but it does a great job remaining in balance.

Mar 15, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that left lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Strong aromas of citrus and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is packed with lots of flavors of citrus and tropical fruit hops. Pineapples and gooseberries seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:This beer has an explosion of aromas and flavors from the hops, but essentially has no bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is awesome. Big fruity aromas, full of tropical, orchard, and citrus impressions... The flavors are similarly plush, with suggestions of everything from orange to grapefruit to pineapple to peach, all with graceful floral accents and a juicy sweetness. The feel is big and full - I'll use the word plush again - with a soft carbonation and a rounded mouthfeel. Bitterness is mild, balanced with the sweetness. Despite the 10.2 abv, this would be very easy to just keep drinking, one-after-another. 12/1/16 canning.

Jan 15, 2017
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BeantownBrews from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is dangerous, can't believe it's 10%.
Pours like a haze bomb, nice fluff head with some retention.
Smells like fruit juice.
Tastes much the same.
Silky feel, just wow!

Jan 05, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange body. Smells reall nice. Orange and that indescribable Nelson aroma. Grape? Floral? Whatever it is, it's nice. Tastes of more straightforward citrus. Orange and a little garlic. Some sweet pale malts. Low bitterness. A little boozy. Remarkably good. I didn't expect anything this big to be good.

Jan 03, 2017
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into IPA glass, canned 12/1/16, enjoying this one a month later on New Year's day. The beer is a very turbid hazy orange, creamy foamy white head that leaves nice lacing and fades to a thin layer.
Aroma is rich with orange juice and orange rind, just loads of citrus, maybe a slight amount of booze later on as I warms, but the month mellowed it out in a great way.
It's got OH classic abrasive hop punch, delicious. Idk much about Monkish but like most collabs OH does, I wouldn't blink if I was told it was a solo job. Not anything wrong with that, the beer is great. It's more drinkable than All Green Everything in my opinion. It's got bitterness that is needed to balance this big beer out. No real sign of it being 10.2% ABV.
Great beer.

Jan 01, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - trippy label. Easy to get lost in this one. Puppy natural OJ out of the glass. You know, the organic shit that's not as bright and radioactive neon as your concentrate crap. Has a beautiful milky color gradient to it, especially when held up to the light. I don't know why, but the color reminds me of graham crackers at the darkest point: the center. Really nice pineapple juice fringes. Pours a slight head that quickly dissipates into a ring of lacing.

S - immediately get candied pineapple peel and orange rind up front. Sweet guava and a hint of cucumber melon. Gentle rind acidity and if you sniff hard enough, the booze makes an appearance and singes the ol' nose hairs.

T - rind is the key word here. Chewing on pithy orange peels and feeling the acidic rind oils spritz on my tongue and the sides of my mouth. Underripe pineapple bitter twang kept in check by lemon and sweet candied mangos. Damp earth covers freshly fallen pine needles. A bit of spice, a bit of dank. You can tell there's booze based on how potent and forward the flavors are, but the warmth is cleverly concealed as acidic rindiness and it's not until after a few sips and the room starts to spin that you read the label, eyes bugging out at the 10.2%! Finishes with a bitterness that doesn't linger, but is the last one to leave the party.

F - lively and upbeat for an Imperial. Medium to low carbonation that sneaks up on you. Soft and creamy at first, but as the sip progresses, teems with flavor and a comforting buoyancy. Like a silky smooth blanket gently coming to rest on my tongue as the air hurriedly gets out from underneath.

O - downright smooth for its ABV. Bright juicy flavors and packs a potent, but gentle, rindy bitterness.

Dec 29, 2016
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Best Coast and Beast Coast collide, providing outstanding liquid along the way. Drank my first can about a week after release and while not "Never (&) Again" hot, the bitterness was overly intense even in IIPA terms. While enjoyable, I decided to save the second can for Christmas and I'm very glad to have sat on it for a few weeks. Pours opaque burnt amber-gold, smell is tropical and floral. Heat is very subdued on the sip, definitely stings the palate a bit but strong arrivals of peach, pineapple, nectarine and mango dominate. Some voodoo magik shit going on with the hop profile, almost feeling a fiji apple skin vibe. Dank notes creep in as it warms. Very full-bodied, juicy and easily one of the best beers I've had this year. Masterful work by these two gems of the craft brewing world.

Dec 26, 2016
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Peterock27 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into a snifter. Can dated 12/1/16.
A- cloudy golden orange juice
S- tropical, pineapple, mango, candy
T- pineapple juice
F- light for above 10%; tastes like a DIPA
O- drinks remarkably well for the abv. much better than a typical OH beer, glad monkish brought it this time.

Dec 26, 2016
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells tropical, taste is hot, fruity, and sweet, some bitterness. Juicy and deceptively easy to drink. Moderate/high carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

Dec 25, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours merky orange with a nice head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Aroma is like old orange juice. Taste is mango, orange peels, tropical fruit and citrus. Light alcohol burn. Great Dipa.

Dec 23, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/2/2016, pours completely cloudy yellow gold with a small white head that faded average time and left good spotty lacing. Literally looks like a glass of pineapple juice.

Smells of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, gummy bear candy, tropical fruit, whiffs of piney hops and nice malty notes with light caramel, graham cracker and it ends with tart green apple.

Tastes dank and juicy with a lot of citrus and tropical fruit up front with the same lineup of fruit in the nose but with the addition of melon, biscuit, Tang breakfast drink, sweet booze and buttery biscuit.

Thick with a heavier feel, the ABV is well contained and adds nice accents to the sweet, juicy hops that dominate the flavor. It's pretty bitter but the complexities help ease the bitterness and make this very enjoyable and easie to drink than it should be at 10.2% ABV.

Dec 23, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Juicy and green. Light bitterness. Lots of tropical notes. Orange. Mango. Papaya.

Medium bodied. A bit green. Ends clean.

Solid dipa. Very enjoyable!

Dec 22, 2016
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

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

Picked up at the brewery on release day, along with Stacks on Stacks. This is very good - reminds me a little of All Green Everything, probably because of the similar ABV (I liked AGE better). I really enjoyed this one, although I actually like Stacks on Stacks more.

Dec 22, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up when it was released, as it had a date of 12/2 on the bottom of the can. Nice touch with "LAX 2 JFK" written above that, as the inverse was a wonderful beer that these two did in collaboration earlier this year! The hype for this was pretty high and after having this, it was easy to see why. For something so strong and potent, the alcohol was well-hidden as the range of flavors and ease of enjoyment really shone through from start to finish. Beers like this prove that American Double / Imperial IPA's don't have to hit anyone over the head!

This had a good pour to it as the beer was dank and a hazy deep orange with plenty of big bubbles in the head. Lots of thick, spotty lacing was left on the side of my Teku glass as I worked my way through this and the aroma was what one would expect from a beer of this sort. A good amount of melon, dank fruit, yeast, and apricot in it with all of those in the taste. Exceptionally well-balanced, there was plenty of dough in the malt and body to this which served as quite a contrast to the juicy mouthfeel and slickness that this beer had. A subtle stone fruit sweetness and dankness could be felt as this warmed up as it complemented everything else quite nicely. Light carbonation and a dry finish made me eager for the next sip, as the initial juice bomb receded once the liquid went down.

This was certainly strong but never felt it until I finished it off not too long after I cracked the can open. Juice bombs don't normally come like this but these two brewers aren't normal by any stretch either. The faint oily resin that was left in my mouth was a reminder of what this beer truly was, in spite of the anomaly that it came across as. Worth the hype and worthy of a follow-up by these bi-coastal purveyors of fine brews!

Dec 14, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super murky bright orange color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

Tons of mangos, oranges, tropical fruits, citrus hops, and fruity malts. Taste has some alcohol to it, feels stroking, and has light bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good DIPA but an amazing nose. Taste is strong and feels the full 10+%, but I like it.

Dec 12, 2016
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up from the brewery. Drank out of a TEKU.

Look: Beer pours out a soupy hazy medium gold color and a half finger of off white head. This thing looks delicious!

Aroma: On first sniff the aroma has that orange-creamsicle quality that reminds me of Treehouse beer. Big overripe tropical fruits. As the beer warms some resinous/herbal qualities do come through on the nose.

Taste: Big tropical flavors on the palate as well. Very little of the honey sweetness normally associated with IPAs in this ABV range. Some pithy bitterness on the back end but nowhere near what you would expect from a triple IPA. Like on the nose, the beer does take on a more resinous flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy. Gives Treehouse a run for there money.

Overall(Style Points): I'm not normally a triple IPA person but this beer drinks and tastes like a double. Some very light booze on the finish keeps this beer from perfection but otherwise I am having a really hard time finding flaws in this beer. What the hell...99.5 Points!

Dec 09, 2016
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avas from New York

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/3/16. Consumed 12/5/16.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold color with about a finger of pillowy white head. One of the prettiest OH DIPAs of late.

S: Aroma is a huge medley of tropical fruit. Mango, peach, and a bubblegum sweetness. Doughy malt definitely shows through, but the ABV is extremely well concealed--I don't even get a hint of it on the nose.

T: Taste follows with pungent tropical fruit notes, but the finish is quite alcoholic and dry, which cuts through the initial juiciness and makes this (somehow) drinkable for 10.2%.

M: Carbonation is silky and and creamy, though the beer feels a bit syrupy as it warms. Medium-plus to heavy weight on the palate. Medium bitterness on the finish with a medium-plus dryness that is complemented by a touch of alcoholic burn on the back of the throat.

O: Overall, this is a well-executed take on a style that I am not too fond of. I don't typically seek out IPAs above 9%, as I find the alcohol and/or malt content can overwhelm what I love most about IPAs (them hops!). This beer does a great job balancing the intense hoppiness, an enormous malt backbone, and an assertive alcoholic character to deliver a drinkable yet also sippable TIPA. This is definitely not a beer that I'm interested in drinking 16oz of, but I'd be happy to split a can with a few friends.

Dec 06, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep gold to light amber, medium plus haze
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The flavor hits of intense juicy mango, papaya, cantaloupe, tons of bubble gummy sweetness, a biscuity malt in the middle onto, a dry finish, but also cleaning off with alcohol flavor and alcohol warmth driving as the beer goes down.

Dec 05, 2016
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Jaybones723 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usually don't post reviews, but felt the need to counter the 2.95 write up. This beer is amazing. The 10.2% alcohol is dangerously hidden. This is refined and smooth and delicious. If you can get your hands on this beer do it. I honestly regret that I set up a bunch of trades prior to tasting this because, in all honesty, this is one of the best 3x IPA I've ever had. I had a BB Swish last night and it paled in comparison to this release.

Dec 05, 2016
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DougAtlantis from New York

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yeah guys, don't bother paying attention to the 2.95 rating from previous reviewer. Upon inspection, he obviously has no palate for IPA's, especially triples. Irregardless, onto the review. This is easy: Best triple IPA made thus far...by anyone not called Other Half or Monkish. Oops. Nose is killer with super ripe melon, mangos, sticky hops. Taste follows with ultra soft bitterness and huge tropical notes. Wow. This is my second can and this brew has settled even more a day later into pillowy bliss. For 10.2% this is crazy. Completely hidden alcohol. Any initial burn is already gone. Amazing. Best OH brew to date.

Dec 04, 2016
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NateTheHappyOne from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ok folks. Although I always consider all points for a review, somehow my first time-intensive review didnt go through

Dec 04, 2016
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kojevergas from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brief initial impressions from a 16 fl oz can purchased today at Other Half Brewing for $20 per 4 pack:

Quite boozy. It's hard to get past. Bitterness isn't fully kept in check by the pale malt sweetness; this is big and bold but lacks an adequate malt backbone. Did I mention it was boozy? Floral hops, some pithy vaguely fruity hop bitterness, burning alcohol...yeah, they went big for no reason (call it the Avery camp of limited releases) and it backfired on them. Lacks balance, or any semblance of subtlety or nuance. Goes for a tropical fruit hop profile, touching on tangerine, vague citrus, and bitter rind, but no individual note is particularly vivid or expressive.

Execution is subpar, but its coating mouthfeel is nice and its hop profile isn't horrible. The alcohol presence just drags this beer down, and that's tough to swallow (perhaps literally) in a beer that costs $5 USD per 16 fl oz on a good day.

Price aside, it's still better than the generic imperial IPAs you'd see in seasonal 12-packs from, say, New Belgium or the like. But its lack of drinkability is its worst attribute, and I'd be able to overlook that if the hop profile were more interesting or if depth of flavour and intricacy of build were where they need to be. This is a shrug of a limited release that pales in comparison to the best expressions of the style. In a world wherein Lagunitas Sucks sits on shelves year round, I struggle to understand how this could succeed in a wider release. But then, it is a limited release, so I suppose they know their market (fuck me, I bought it).

Walking back my criticism a bit, I will compliment the softness of the mouthfeel, and I do think it's an inspired brew that just happened to go wrong. And it isn't as boozy as, say, Mikkeller Black.

High C (2.95) / AVERAGE

Dec 03, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

chugga chugga choo choo...off goes that hype train. I missed the jfk2lax, but heard great things and a 3 BA stout and 2 other solid ipa can offerings I bit into the hype and went to my first other half release in quite a while. went SUPER early to avoid long waits so no complaints here on the release as a whole. had a great time in the wee hours laughing w old friends and new, but what about the beer?

a buddy snagged a preview the other night in the taproom and said it was the best other half brew to date and I must say I agree. this beer is sex. pure sex. juice. the most juicy juice beer I have ever had. this makes trillium seem like water. stuff is legit. sad me that I promised so much of my case to friends and trade partners but hey, this is JUST beer. ya drink it, piss it out and hopefully recycle the can...unless you are a douchebag. don't be a dluchebag.

Dec 03, 2016
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 123 ratings