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
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.