Other Half

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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Other Half and Threes Brewing Crawl

Looking for Other Half? Look for the door a few feet to the right of this.

With the official opening of Threes Brewing this past Thursday, a few of us members of the Beer Advocate Forum decided to check out the new space. Since Other Half Brewing is within walking distance, we decided to meet up there first. A bunch of us made the trek out to Gowanus to start the day enjoying some of New York City’s finest beers.

Other Half Tap Room

Other Half Tap Room

Other Half’s popularity is soaring in New York City right now. This is evident over on the Beer Advocate forums where a thread about Other Half has nearly 800 replies and 42,500 views. It also helps that Other Half releases a new beer almost every week which keeps them fresh and innovative. On this day I enjoyed their First Gold Pale Ale, Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale, All I See Is Green IPA, and their standard Other Half IPA. A nice surprise came out when the Other Half staff opened a bottle of 2013 Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad and shared it with our group.

Beer Advocate members enjoying some great beer

After enjoying many great beers from Other Half, we headed out for the 1.4 miles walk over to Threes Brewing. Thankfully the sun was out and the windchill was low, so the walk over was a nice one.

Strolling through Gowanus

Welcome!

After a 20 minute walk, we arrived at Threes Brewing. There was a small fire there right before the grand opening, but thankfully there were no injuries and minimal damage. We headed to the bar and I started off with their Arboretum Pale Ale, a fruity pale with notes of apricots (my review of it here). Being that I have tried most of Threes’ beers already, I wanted to try something off the 24 draft beer list that I have not tasted before. I ordered a Kiuchi Hitochino Nest Anbai Ale, a tart and fruity gose brewed with plums that was absolutely delicious. After drinking that beer and eating a Delaney’s brisket taco, it was time to call it a day.

Threes back tasting room

It was a great day of drinking beers and getting to meet some fellow craft beer fans.

Cheers!