With the unofficial end of summer approaching I wanted to make sure I got in at least one more session beer before the season changed and fall seasonals take over the shelves. This next one was a very timely gift from friends that just so happened to have a very relevant name.
Beer Name: Baby Diamonds
Brewer: Other Half Brewing Company
Style: Session IPA
Description: Listed as a smaller, session version the brewery’s Green Diamonds double IPA, this offering features Galaxy and Amarillo hops. I gave it the usual snifter glass treatment, with a few leftover sips coming right out of the can.
Appearance: It poured a hazy (but of course) golden-yellow body with some tinges of amber underneath a thin layer of white foam.
Smell: Bursts of sticky sweet tropical fruit the instant the can was popped open. The aromas were more subdued in the glass, but pretty intense upon first opening the can.
Taste: The taste continued where the smell left off, starting out with tropical fruits that quickly blended into a strong mixture of earthy and piney bitterness. Going into the finish the beer picked up more of a bready malt and grapefruit character that subtly changed the nature of the underlying sweetness. The hops lingered throughout, so much so that they left a lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium sticky body with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype Factor: I always hear a lot of great things about Other Half, but I so rarely get to try any of their beers. It sounds like their releases can be in pretty high demand as well, so additional thanks to the friends who hooked me up with this.
Overall: An aggressively hopped beer that had all the taste and mouthfeel of a much larger DIPA. As such, I’m not sure how sessionable I would consider this on my palate, but it definitely was tasty. All I can say is that it’s bigger brother, Green Diamonds, must be one hell of a beer. I recommend this for sure if you can get it, though I wouldn’t plan on making a day out of drinking these unless you need to fulfill a serious hop fix with your session brews.