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Beer Review: Other Half All Green Everything and Mosaic IPA

I just realized it has already been a month since my past post! This year is flying by and with this year comes the addition of canned beers at one of my favorite breweries, Other Half Brewing. This past February they rolled out their first offering in cans with the help of Iron Heart Canning, a mobile canning operation, which was their Superfun! session IPA. Only a few weeks later, Other Half released one of their flagship Imperial IPAs, their delicious Green Diamonds. Following up in April, they released two single hopped IPAs, Citra and Nelson. The Citra is one of my favorite Other Half beers and the Nelson is a tasty new one they first brewed up earlier this year. But the one beer everyone was really excited about being canned is their All Green Everything. An extremely smooth drinking triple IPA. In addition to this release, Other Half surprised everyone by canning a brand new beer, their single hopped Mosaic IPA. Both of which I will review today.

Other Half All Green Everything

First up is Other Half’s All Green Everything triple IPA. Along with Green Diamonds, the All Green Everything is another one of Other Half’s flagship beers and one of my top 5 beers that they brew. It is so popular that the entire stock of cans sold out in less than 2 hours! Also it does not hurt that All Green Everything was in almost everyone’s top 5 beers from the Extreme Beer Festival held in Boston earlier this year. This beer is one of the best balanced triple IPAs being brewed today. It doesn’t suffer from the sweetness of other triple IPAs. Also the astringency one finds with high ABV beers is so well hidden with this beer. This does make it a little bit dangerous since it drinks so smooth and clean. I find myself finished with one before I know it.

It’s all green

This 10.5% ABV Triple IPA is loaded with Motueka, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.

Appearance: Golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of fruit and citrus. Pine and resin as well.

Taste: Fruity, Dank, Pine, with a nice balance from the malt. The hops hide the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel: So smooth. Medium body.

Overall: One of Other Half’s best beers.

Rating: 4.5/5

If you can manage to grab cans, then definitely pick up a 4 pack. I know in a few weeks they plan on canning some more. It is also available on draft in their taproom.

Cheers!

Up next is Other Half’s surprise can release, the Mosaic IPA. This is their first beer that has been canned before it was offered on draft in the tasting room.

Other Half Mosaic IPA

Being that Mosaic is one of my favorite hops, I was very excited to taste this one. Needless to say, it did not disappoint and I now consider it one of my top 5 Other Half beers. This single hopped IPA weighs in 7% ABV.

Mmmosaic

Appearance: Gold with light orange

Aroma: The fruity and floral aroma of Mosaic hops.

Taste: A mosaic hop lovers dream. Tropical, fruity, a little piney,

Mouthfeel: Medium Light, though lingers in the mouth a little bit.

Overall: One of the best Mosaic hoped beers I have ever had.

I hope they can this one again, but thankfully they do offer it on draft at their taproom.

So the Other Half canning train is on a roll. All of these releases have been extremely limited, so if you really want some you’ll definitely have to wait in line on release day and hope they don’t sell out!

I’m looking forward to what’s next! Cheers!

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Beer Review: Indeed Brewing Co. Mexican Honey Imperial Lager

Indeed Brewing Co. Mexican Honey Imperial Lager

Back again with another quick beer review and this time it’s a beer from the state of Minnesota, Indeed Brewing Company’s Mexican Honey Imperial Lager. Brewing out of Minneapolis, Indeed Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by Thomas Whisenand, Rachel Anderson, and Nathan Berndt. These three recruited brewer Josh Bischoff, formerly of Town Hall Brewery also located in Minneapolis, and officially started selling their beer in 2012. Known for their wide range of pale ales, they also brew up stouts, pilsners, and lagers. Unfortunately, like many great beers, they do not distribute to New York. Lucky for me, I have a friend who visits Minnesota regularly and gave me this pint can of Mexican Lager for my birthday.

Nice can.

This 8% ABV Imperial lager is brewed with Mexican orange blossom honey. The flavor is rounded out with Amarillo hops.

Appearance: Very light orange gold

Aroma: Sweet. Fruity esters. Cider like. A little vinous.

Taste: Crisp and malty. Very slight honey sweetness which brings about a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium light body.

Overall:  A very nice lager, though I wish the honey flavor was much more dominant.

Rating: 4/5

This is a very nice lager that hides its higher ABV very well. I have had only one other Indeed Brewing Co. beer besides this one and I hope to get to taste more of their beers in the future.

Cheers!!

Beer Review: Westbrook Brewing 4th Anniversary

Westbrook 4th Anniversary

I didn’t know much about Westbrook until last year when people online were eagerly waiting for the release of their Gose in the Spring. My local beer shop had a bunch so I picked up a six pack of cans to discover that it was delicious. Refreshing and tart, it is a great example of a Gose. Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, husband and wife team of Morgan and Edward Westbrook opened their brewery in December 2010. Now that they were on my radar, I was on the look out for anything else they make. That’s when I heard about their Mexican Cake Imperial Stout. Aged on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers, this stout is full of serious flavor. I look forward to it being released again this year.

Celebrating their 4th anniversary, Westbrook released their 4th Anniversary Chocolate Coconut Almond Imperial Stout this past December. So I was sure to pick up a bottle as soon as my local shop got them in.

Appearance: Very dark brown to black. Brownish head.

Aroma: The aroma of Swiss Miss with a little bit of coconut.

Taste: Lots of chocolate with a nice nuttiness from the almonds, but not getting much of the coconut on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium Heavy. Lingers in the mouth a little bit.

Overall: A great chocolate stout, but needs a little more impact like their Mexican Cake.

Rating: 4/5

Happy 4th Anniversary Westbrook!

Now bring on that Mexican Cake!

Cheers!

Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens

This beer was the beer that got me into craft beer. I remember back around 2000, when I first visited a Belgian beer bar over on West 4th street and I saw a lighted sign on the wall with 2 dancing pink elephants on it. Delirium Tremens was its name and I ordered one at the price of $9 for a 10 oz pour. Expensive stuff for someone right out of college, until I discovered that Mug’s Ale House in Williamsburg was selling the same beer for $4.50 a 12 oz glass. I’ll fully admit that at that price I ended up drinking way too much of it. This¬†Belgian Golden Strong Ale is brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe and is at 8.5% ABV. Fruity and spicy with Belgian yeast flavors, this beer hides the alcohol well. I haven’t ordered one in years, but I saw it at a local bar (The Graham) and had to have one for old time’s sake since recently I have been studying Belgian beers. Cheers!

http://www.delirium.be/

http://thegrahambrooklyn.com/

http://mugsalehouse.com/