One can easily call Other Half Brewing, of New York City, and Trillium Brewing, of Boston, two of the best breweries on the East Coast. Both of these breweries produce a number of styles of beers, but the general consensus is that they both brew amazing hoppy IPAs. This past August, the brewers of Other Half paid a visit to Trillium up in Boston and they produced a very hoppy and “obvious” pale ale called “Green Street.” This very limited edition collaboration beer was only available in bombers for sale at the Trillium brewery. Unfortunately I never was able to procure a bottle of this beer and I only got a few small pours from a couple bottles that made it down to New York City. The flavor was nothing less than a hop bomb. The question remained of when would Trillium head down to Brooklyn and brew a batch of beer there. Well the answer came fairly quickly when, in late October, Trillium paid a visit to Other Half to brew some beer and the hype for another collaboration began to build. Well this past Saturday, the hype reached its peak and the collaboration between the two breweries was released in cans called “Street Green.”
The hype was so over the top, that the line to get into Other Half wrapped nearly around the entire block. Someone managed to film the line before the doors opened and from what I heard, the line eventually was nearly double this long:
I just want to remind people that it’s just beer. There are over 4000 breweries in the USA alone, so there are tons and tons of amazing beers out there. Instead of waiting forever for one beer, take that time and look around for beers you never heard of and you might be surprise what you might find. I am posting this in response to people who blamed Other Half for the line length and people cutting. Don’t blame Other Half for the actions of a few self-entitled people. But I digress. Now back to the beer.
This India Pale Ale clocks in at an ABV of 7%.
Appearance: A very hazy orange tinted yellow.
Aroma: A fruity, citrusy, and resinous hop bomb with a very soft malt aroma to round out any sharpness.
Taste: The best of both breweries. The fruit forward and softness of a Trillium beer with the resinous bitter fruity hop bite of an Other Half.
Mouthfeel: Typical IPA with medium mouthfeel.
Overall: An amazing collaboration beer between two amazing brewers. Sadly this beer probably will never be brewed again since I’m assuming if they got together to brew a third collaboration batch it would be something new and different.
So to here’s more delicious collaborations and to two of my favorite East Coast breweries, Other Half and Trillium!