4th Anniversary
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

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New England IPA
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4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
New York, United States
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Notes: Our 4th Anniversary Quadruple Dry-Hopped Imperial India Pale Ale was brewed with Pilsner malt, oats and wheat. We hopped it aggressively with Citra, Galaxy, Enigma, El Dorado, Mosaic and Citra Lupulin powder. The final two dry hop additions are just Galaxy and Citra Lupulin and Mosaic. Soft and juicy.
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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow was my reaction to seeing this. It poured very thick. Orange color. 2 finger white head. The head retention is amazing, considering the ABV. Beautiful lacing on the glass.
The nose is well, fairly minimal. Which surprises me. I'm just getting a faint citrus from it. Just a hint of pineapple, and grapefruit. Very minimal.
Taste - Now the taste is another thing all together from the aroma. This is a VERY hoppy beer. There's just a ton of citrus in it. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange - all there. Tons of hops in the flavor.
This beer is thick as heck here, which doesn't surprise me one bit. The hops just cling to my throat, and don't let go at all.
While this beer is light in the aroma department, it more than makes up in every other category. Another damn solid beer from Other Half.

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4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (2/5) into a Teku

L: solid yellow/tan color, small white head that dissipates after a minute, minimal lacing

S: tons of ripe/overripe fruit (passionfruit, mango, papaya, citrus) with a slight sweet/boozy note, almost creamy

T: everything carries through in a very impressive way. Juicy and smooth, nearly creamy, with the slightest bit of bite at the end and a tiny hint of alcohol

F: soft, smooth, solid

O: just as I remembered, a great triple ipa full of those dank fruit notes I enjoyed

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pure perfection. Fruity and juicy. Tasty and simple. Liquid perfection squared. If all OHs beers were this good then the FDA would need to regulate this brewery because it is a highly addictive substance. Thank goodness this beer is not released regularly.

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beer456 from New York, Feb 16, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Hazy pale orange. Smells of tropical fruit and orange. Some booze. Tastes of zesty citrus, tropical fruit, oaty and chewy malt flavor. Boozy back end. Sweeter than the 3rd Anniversary. Possibly even boozier.

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4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant grapefruit with a touch of hops. Taste is also a pleasant grapefruit with a little hops.

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Radcpa from Washington, Mar 15, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at OH for the 5th anniversary re-release

Looks thin with no head or lacing. Kinda murky but not emulsified
Smells unbelievable. The quadruple hop really leaves a mark.
Tastes a little sweet with a balance of hop bitterness. Ripe papaya, pineapple, herbaceous notes.
Feels a little thin. Not the full bodied brews I am used to from OH. Medium carbonation
Overall the smell is worth grabbing this alone but the beer doesn’t bring it home for me. I’d rather drink 3rd anniversary. And I will. Right now.

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Giantsquid from New York, Feb 11, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding citrus, and a particularly attractive pour. Lots of mango and pineapple to the noise and smell. Mouthfeel is particularly chewy (surprisingly, in an IPA). Thick, very rich. Fantastic. My favorite Other Half beer so far.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Apr 23, 2018
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4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky dark apricot and tangerine hues with a healthy white foam and intricate lacing
S: Tons of melon, cantaloupe, and pineapple on the nose
T: Ripe peach, lemon zest, oranges, a hint of smooth vanilla, and ruby grapefruit on the finish
F: Thick and soft mouthfeel - smooth
O: Well rounded and impressive. Man, I was late to the game on this one as it’s almost two months old, but if this has ‘fallen off’ at all, I dream of what it was fresh. As it is now, it’s an absolute monster. Full, rich, tropical, and mellifluous. Well done.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Mar 30, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - as I crack the can, the tab slowly disappears into the murk. Pours an incredibly dense, pale, solid brick of dark yellow haze. Most beers you hold up to the light and they get brighter. Not this one. Almost gets darker like it's swallowing up the light.

S - huge fruity burst on can crack. Loads of ripe pineapple and sticky onions. Definitely some dank here. White grape and vanilla lemon/orange zest.

T - potent and pungent. Wow. Almost makes my eyes water as the flavor settles on my tongue... and settles... and settles... some serious lasting power here. Up front is forceful peach and lemon creamsicle. Sticky pineapple and green mango. Brief honeydew and lime. Pink grapefruit. Every flavor is packed with biting zest, dank onions, and booze. Razor sharp barbed wire palatables (yeah I'm making up words now; fite me). There might even be some brown sugar on the finish. Sweet like fermented fruit. Finishes grainy and ultimately dry.

F - yup, there's booze in here. Mealy sugar crystal feel and generally oozes sweet stickiness everywhere. Surprisingly light in feel with minimal carb and a velvety smoothness. Just super sugary.

O - duality of tranquility and aggression. The peach is the overarching foundation that holds this beer together resulting in a seamlessly smooth brew, but is peppered with onion prickles that really jazz things up. It's an eye opener that'll wake you up.

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agreenman19 from Connecticut, Mar 24, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 02/02/18, not sure what stamp says...

Pours a deep hazy gold, with sticky residual lace and a frothy white head of foam.

Sweet and Dank. Pineapple, citrus, slight hints of booze. Balanced, smooth, awesome.

Again, sweet and tropical hit the forefront. Mango, citrus, pineapple, very slight malty hints. A brief numbing booze. I love this.

Creamy, sticky, juicy and smooth. Story of the week for these OH Anni’s. Awesome mouthfeel on all of these.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Mar 16, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the source.

This one pours a very and milky yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like ripe and pungent mango and pineapple, with ruby red grapefruit, marijuana, and pine.

This really is exceptional- the hype is warranted. It's so bold and very hoppy, with a heavy bitterness and a big juicy hop flavor. Threre's lots of the pineapple mango, sticky and bright, with pine and marijuana bitterness on the finish. There's absolutely no hint of the booze at all, which is pretty astonishing.

This is medium bodied, creamy and smooth, with a normal level of carbonation.

This beer is everything that makes Other Half great. It's ludicrous, but it's delicious.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Feb 27, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - typical OH, 1 or 2 finger head fades to thin layer with lacing, milky straw color, almost opaque

S - one of the most pungent beers I've come across, cracked the can at arm's length and smelled it immediately, leans tropical, more mango/pineapple than orange, smarties (the candy), hint of that 'green grape skin' I get from galaxy sometimes

T - intense fruit, nicely balanced sweetness, lots of grapefruit, medium-bitter finish like under-ripe mango rind, intense but not abrasive

F - perfect medium plus body, slightly more carb than typical OH, surprisingly little burn for 10%

O - a little over the top, but easily one of the best beers I've ever had

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cfalls from New York, Feb 25, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a conical pint glass; produced 2/2/2018 (GANGSTA - whatever that means). Re-reviewed on a can produced on 2/6/19 (DOGS IN A PILE) on 2/22/19 in a snifter and found it substantively the same as previously described.
A: Pours a cloudy, yet very bright golden color with a two finger, white head, solid retention, and rings and rings of lacing all the way down the glass. On retry, lacing was more soapy.
S: Aromas of peach, mango, pineapple and course grains.
T: Semisweet. Flavor of pineapple predominates over others in the nose with solid bitterness not at all overwhelming, rather beautifully complementing the flavor pallet.
M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: Really special and really a winner. I am somewhat staggered than this much flavor could be derived from the application of hops. One more home run from Other Half.

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VoxRationis from New York, Feb 24, 2018
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4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Koelschip Indy during an Other Hlaf takeover. Draft pour into 12oz snifter. Mind blowing brew. Couldn’t tell it was 10 abv. Hop juice with no bitterness.

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dertyed from Indiana, Feb 17, 2018
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4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Canned about a week ago.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of sloppy, bright white head. Generous lacing and excellent retention.

A: Quite aromatic. Peach, mango, a bit of pineapple and pink grapefruit. A bit of grassiness.

T: Mango juice, grapefruit and pith, orange julius, light wheaty graininess, a touch of bitterness which is covered by medium-light sweetness which nicely ties things together.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation which partly cuts the hefty creaminess.

O: Excellent stuff. The best of the 2nd-4th Anniversary IPAs, which I tasted all within a few days of each other.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Feb 16, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This manages to reach the highest level of hop saturation without being harsh or boozy even at the high abv. I liked this one best when it was first poured and still very cold... absolutely no booze and just the softest most lush fruit smoothie with peach, orange, and mango predominating, there is also like a big almost butterscotch sweetness and some herbaceous and slightly sharp green qualities coming out as it warms. Super interesting and well executed brew!!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Feb 15, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tall can - 2/2/18

Great looking NE IPA, over hazed, on the lighter side of yellow squash soup, leaves great looking and plentiful fine bits of lacing.

Fruity juicy sniff, with bananas, ripe pineapple.

Over the top, juicy, flavorful, complex and simply delicious, 10% alcohol masterfully hidden...notes of ripe pineapple, mango, soft banana....world class....go get some....

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Billolick from New York, Feb 12, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best OH I’ve had. A close-to-perfect beer, and, a perfect slight hangover the next morning. The abv is hidden extremely well, jamba juice with a kick but you never forget its an IIPA. Can they make these for monthly anniversaries?

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soulpatrol00 from Massachusetts, Feb 10, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

slight alcohol burn up front(its 10%), but once that subsides, ..a sweet creamy juice bomb hits you like a ton of bricks..melon, citrus...thick mouthfeel..ist time having a 4x hopped IPA, and if they can be as all good as this, the world would be a much better place, easily one of the best OH beers I've had

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Jlabs from New York, Feb 09, 2018
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4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a banger. If someone told me that this was 10% I would have laughed in their face. One of the best DIPA's I've had in a long time, perfectly executed, and worthy of the hype (which is rare with hazebro IPA's) glad I've got another can.

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MarshallBirdhouse from South Carolina, Feb 09, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed with pilsner malt, oats and wheat; quadruple hopped with Citra, Galaxy, Enigma, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops, and Citra Lupulin powder... 2/2/18 canning... Opaque orange julius-looking beer with a few fingers of head on top... This is an over-the-top fruit smoothie beer to die for... A plush plunge into soft and smooth tropical juiciness, with tangy citrus notes and a mellow underbelly... Fairly sweet and only mildly bitter, but exactly what you'd expect from an NEIIPA of this nature...

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Greywulfken from New York, Feb 09, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

4 years? Where has the time gone?!?!??? Much of it was spent drinking big dank, juicy monsters and it was only appropriate that quite possibly the best of the bunch was this winner brewed for Other Half's 4th anniversary. Soft as they come, I could finish this off in one long sip relatively easily. Yes, that's how good this was!

As usual, this had a fabulous pour as the beer was orange juice, minus the pulp and with a perfect head topping it off. That lasted for quite a while as the lacing left behind coated the back of my Teku glass quite extensively. Loads of orange juice, soft hops, melon, blueberry, and an underlying dankness that came out as this warmed up. All of those were in the taste along with caramelized peach, oats, grapefruit, wheat, vegetables, and a soft creaminess that tied everything in together. A light amount of carbonation and slickness to the taste and aftertaste kept the flavors crisp, as complex as they were together!

10%? More like 1% as I could drink this all day and night if I had to. I don't know they jam so many hops into a beer and have it come out as seamless as this but like so many of their other offerings, I just ended up drinking this in amazement. Dated 2/2 on the bottom of the game with GANSTA QUATRE underneath it, this was a lighthearted brew with a wonderful array of notes that paid a slight homage to the cat in front that serves as their unofficial mascot. Cheers to 4 years, all the good times inside (and in front of) their space, and to 4 more years of pushing the boundaries every week!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Feb 07, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/1/18 (), Enjoyed 2/6/18, Acquired in a trade.

Look: Dark orange haze, minimal foam, nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet sweet malt with near perfect bitter to balance.
Taste: Very sweet upfront balanced by a nice savory tang.
Feel: No presence of alcohol which is outstanding. Small resin feel on the tail end.
Overall: An unbelievable feat at 10%, OH keeps cranking out these monsters. Very enjoyable brew that is memorable. Here's to 4 more years!

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curtis6290 from New York, Feb 07, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable thanks goes out to Robbie for camping out overnight and then handing off some goandpickitupformebro cans. You, sir are a scholar and a gentleman!

As for the beer, very good but hot dog if this isn't an ipa on steroids. The abv is present but how could it not be at 10%. That said, my jaw is on the floor w the drinkability here. Flavor is what you would expect from other half...they pulled it off...attractive and delectable hops in quadruple overload. Juicy, but boozy...congrats other half. 4 yrs and leading the pack as you have been since open. Happy to have been around for the ride. What a great time to be a beer drinker and an even better time to be other half. Not thier best offering but good luck to anyone trying to pull off a beer of this magnitude with this quality. Winner

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cosmicevan from New York, Feb 05, 2018
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4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Straw yellow mixed with burnt orange falling somewhere in the realm of pale gold. Does QDH = more haze? This is about as turbid as their DDH offerings, so I'm guessing not. Fortunately doesn't venture into that super murky, bordering on gross muddy water territory that some breweries' liquid seems to express. Thin half finger of head dissipates quickly.

S: Fruit cocktail! Pineapple/nectarine/blueberry juice with a splash of booze. Pungent and sticky, like a peach that's been left on the counter for too long. Hints of green/dank/herb, but the fruitiness is the star. Lite signature OH nuttiness, but I'm getting more scallion and candied pine than the usual nuttiness. Feels like Mosaic is leading the way, but I can tell there's some adjunct malt in there keeping it soft.

T: Now that's outstanding. Wheat and oats come through big time to assist the hops in their delivery of an onslaught of overripe-pushing-toward-candied fruit flavors. Caramelized pineapple leads the way along with variegated waves of citrus. Sweet Meyer lemon and tangerine and grapefruit. Blueberry juice concentrate. Little bit of pine and some peanut skin bitterness close it out, along with the most mild ethanol flavor to help dry out all that sweetness. As with the nose, the hint of booze really gives this a fruit cocktail kinda vibe, and there's even less dank/savory on the taste to remind you that this is, in fact, made from just four ingredients.

M: 10%, you say? OH makes 8.5% DIPAs hotter than this. Drinkability is remarkably showcased here. Sweetness and bitterness are both dialed way up, but they keep each other in check so you barely notice how wonderfully extreme they are. Body is medium, which may be my only gripe with this beer... At 10%, I'd like some more heft to my beers, whether it be carbonation or weight or something to just coat the mouth and do the intensity of flavor justice. Again, it seems they were going for creating the most "drinkable" TIPA, as I have had fuller takes on the style from them (DDH AGE, for one). But I really can't stress how impressively they've concealed the alcohol on this one, especially given how fresh it is. Save for that mild ethanol flavor and a moderate dryness on the finish, I'd have a hard time pinning this one above 8.5-9.0%.

O: It's been a pleasure to see OH evolve over the years, especially in their execution of triple IPAs. All Green Everything was the first beer I had from them, and it awoke my senses (literally) to what beer could be. Since then, they've changed quite a bit, and most recently, seem to have really dialed in their execution of the NE style. This beer feels like an expression of that maturation. Despite its ABV, it's not as extreme as their earlier attempts, avoiding all of the pitfalls of palate fatigue and "imbalance" (ugh) that they struggled with in the past. It's big and bold and hopped out the wazoo, but it feels tighter and more carefully considered in the details. I'll let the use of "QDH" slide this time out of respect for the anniversary, but marketing fluff aside, this beer is truly well done and worthy of representing a great brewery's fourth rotation around the sun!

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avas from New York, Feb 04, 2018
4th Anniversary from Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 228 ratings