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Here we are with another offering from Brooklyn, NY’s Other Half Brewing Company.  This was a leftover gift beer from a few weeks ago; the demands of raising an infant and severe seasonal allergies prolonged the can’s life for a little bit longer than I had originally anticipated.


Beer Name: !

Brewer: Other Half Brewing Company

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.3%

Description: I had to do a bit of work on this one.  In addition to naming the beer something nearly unsearchable, the brewery apparently doesn’t do descriptions on their website.  I was, however, finally able to track down an Instagram post in which they shed some light on the situation.  Featuring Nelson Sauvin, Wai-iti and Topaz hops, they called it a New Zealand juice bomb.  Canned on date was 7/28/2016.

Appearance: Poured out a hazy golden-yellow, ever so slightly amber body that was in real life a bit lighter than the picture above suggests.  A bubbly white foam gradually settled in across the top.

Smell: Lots of juicy tropical fruits, from both the can and the glass.

Taste: There was a mellow melon taste up front that got quickly overcome by an aggressively bitter boozy quality.  The finish was rather dry, allowing tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, and earthy/floral hop resin to take over.  Without a significant malt or fruit presence to stand up to it, the bitterness easily dominated the beer and its aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium, juicy body with a slightly more than moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype Factor: I always appreciate a gift beer, especially one from a well-regarded brewery that I wouldn’t be able to try otherwise.

Overall: This might not have been the beer for me.  The bitter finish was a bit astringent for my taste and I’m not sure it mixed well with the booziness.  Hardcore hop heads might really go for it, but I thought this one ended up being a bit much.  Definitely see where they got the name from though.