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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: New Glarus Brewing Scream IIPA

New Glarus Scream Imperial IPA

When I think of New Glarus Brewing, I think of incredibly fruity flavors. Brewing out of New Glarus, Wisconsin, New Glarus Brewing has been making great beers since 1993. Founded by Daniel Carey and his wife Deborah Carey, they are best known for their Spotted Cow beer which is a cask-conditioned farmhouse ale sweetened with a little bit of corn. I know them best for their Raspberry Tart Framboise, an explosion of raspberries supported by light tartness. Extremely effervescent like a glass of champagne, the brewery even suggests that this beer be served in a champagne glass. Throughout their nearly 22 years of brewing, they have made a myriad of styles from pilsners to stouts to barley wines and everything in between. Unfortunately for me, New Glarus is not distributed to New York, so getting a chance to taste any of their offerings is a treat. So when my friend came back from his Christmas trip to the Mid-West, he surprised me with a bottle of Scream IIPA.

Scream!

This limited brewed Imperial India Pale Ale is a hop lover’s dream. Apparently over 10 different hops are used in this brew including Cascade, Chinook, Vic Secret, Brewer’s Gold, New Port, and Columbus. Also in the brew broth is Wisconsin barley and English malts. A delicious example of an IIPA.

Appearance: Golden amber with a slight orange tint.

Aroma: Hops galore. Very fruity hop aroma with hints of pine.

Taste: Slight astringency on the front, but that quickly gives way to the flavor of Cascade and Chinook hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Overall: A delicious Imperial IPA that hides its 9% ABV well.

Rating: 4/5

Mmmm

So here’s to hoping more New Glarus beers make it to NYC.

Cheers!