Blowin' Up The Spot
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

Blowin' Up The SpotBlowin' Up The Spot
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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
  7
Gots
  17
SCORE
95
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Notes: Collaboration with Monkish Brewing Co.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
Photo of AzIpaGuy
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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Photo of avas
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.

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Photo of aasher
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CreightonSM
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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

Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of mothman
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!

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

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Photo of yasky
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raycoll
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ncelauro
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of petermethot
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JordonHoltzman
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.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blowin' Up The Spot from Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 123 ratings