Posts Tagged ‘ Other Half Brewing ’

Visiting beer geek friend? I have a bad feeling about this.

Yep, basically as the title states. One of our friends had a buddy visit from Virginia over the weekend. He’s a big beer geek and loves beer from around here. You can see the natural progression of things already…

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Trillium Mettle: I really like this beer, perhaps New England Breweries should start putting more malt into their beer.

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Other Half 2nd Anniversary: Thanks to my bromance bro Jason for the can! Super tasty, and exactly what I expect out of Other Half! Big New England style IPA with all the hops!

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Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning: All of the adjuncts in this beer! ALL OF THEM. Makes me miss normal barrel-aged imperial stouts, but that being said, this is pretty damn delicious.

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de Garde Fleur Desay: Yeah, this is an old beer, from the same release as the Side Project/de Garde collaborations. Seeing my friend’s blog (who is going through all the de Garde releases chronologically), has reminded me that some beer really doesn’t age well. This beer is no exception. While it used to be my favorite beer from that release, it currently tastes like unripe plums. Not terrible, not great though.

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Side Project/de Garde Saison Desay – Pinot Barrel: This beer has aged really gracefully. Extremely soft with low acidity, it is a great way to highlight red-wine barrel finishing. Great surprise.

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Side Project/de Garde Saison Desay – Chardonnay Barrel: This is the clear winner. Incredible chardonnay presence here, even more than some beers from our friends over at SARA, which probably have the strongest wine finished beers that I know of. Definitely one of the best from the night, and was the best beer for a few of us.

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Jester King: Okay, so this beer is wonderful, but it had the unfortunate circumstance of being opened the same day we drank The Lily.

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Sante Adairius Appreciation vs de Garde Boysen Premiere: This is the second time Appreciation has been put up against a boysenberry de Garde beer on this blog. In this match up Appreciation is ultimately the more complex beer, but just can’t out punch Boysen Premiere with the sheer amount of fruit and jam while actually tasting like boysenberries. Appreciation fails here because the fruit flavors in it don’t say “boysenberry”. You could have told me blackberries and I would have believed you.

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Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway: I’m extraordinarily lucky to have had this beer so many times. I is probably my 2nd favorite Alesmith beer to date.

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Other Half/Burial CDA: This is a great beer, and awesome to see someone call the style by its true name instead of “black IPA”. Also, this beer gets points for making a label that reminds me of Rohan from Lord of the Rings.

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Treehouse Triple Shot: This beer is simply incredible. Right up there with the best years of Bourbon County Coffee. I’m curious to see how it stacks up against ghetto homemade BCBCS though, that’ll be another night.

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Just a few beers they said, take it easy they said.

What a bunch of god. damn. liars.

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Other Half Brewing All Green Everything: Because starting a night with a huge triple IPA can only lead to good things. As a side note, this was really damn good.

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Other Half Brewing Citra: After AGE, this kind of tasted like hoppy water. Delicious, hoppy water.

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Jester King something with sweet potatoes, coconut, and chili peppers: Thank god you couldn’t taste those added ingredients, because then the beer would have been terrible. Thank you universe for rejecting their experiments, thank you.

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Alpine Kiwi Herman: TASTES LIKE ALCOHOLIC SMARTIES. Childhood comes rushing back.

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s: This is probably the smoothest year so far. Might not be as spicy as Mexican Cake or Abraxxas, but has the best balance of spice, cinnamon, and chocolate.

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Cigar City California Brandy Hunahpu’s: This beer has faded a bunch, to the point where it wasn’t actually an improvement over the fresher Hunahpu’s we had.

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Tired Hands Parasomething something: It has a flavor, it was pretty good.

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de Garde Apricot Bu: Yep, still a metric fuckload of fruit. Also, quite sour, but that’s okay, since I’m far beyond the point of palate fatigue.

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Upright shelf turds can be pretty good I guess.

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GOTTA BUST OUT THAT SPECIAL HERBS! So good it blew my camera out of focus with its pure awesomeness. Believe it.

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Green Man Bootsy: Beer was really sour, but that label art.

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de Garde Currant Gin Bu: Probably still my favorite regular Bu from de Garde. So good and balanced, and there’s nothing else like it.

Too tired to keep going, it was 4AM and my body told me to go fuck off.

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Tigard Boulder Rally

Had some climbing friends over to watch the Tigard Boulder Rally. It was easier to see the actual climbing by watching the livestream of the event instead of going there to watch it in person. Also, beer is waaaaaaaay better at my place.

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But first, gotta build a drinking substrate. Cellarman is doing well, definitely got drier and more bitter since I had a fresh bottle.

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Other Half Brewing Amarillo: Still just as tasty as ever, and it was my last can 😦

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Block 15 Sticky Hands: Cans come out this week! That meant I could kill the crowler with no remorse, only happy thoughts.

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de Garde Belle Ensemble: Really, really tasty. It’s only improving with age, with a nice funk backing up the bright tartness that was present way back in the day.

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Russian River Beatification b5: Best batch of Beatification is no slouch, and while it’s cleaner and brighter than Belle Ensemble, I prefer the heavier malt backbone of Belle Ensemble more. We were split 50/50 on the issue.

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It is impossible to have too much Brother Soigne, impossible.

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DIABEETUS IN A BOTTLE!

Hits just left of the spot.

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Other Half Brewing Hop Showers: Definitely on the more bitter side for IPAs in my opinion. Unfortunately, this beer doesn’t have the malt background to stand up to the extra bitterness of the hops. Stick with Amarillo if you get the choice, that being said, this beer is still tasty.

Oh that hits the spot

I guess it’s Hoptober. This beer is fantastic, and goes down just soooo easy.

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Other Half Brewing Amarillo: Nice and light malt background gives way to a bright and citrusy, if simplistic, citrus and light mango finish. A-

Green Diamonds

I guess that’s a new name for hops?

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Anyways, it’s pretty good! Never had anything from Other Half, but after having Green Diamonds, I’ll have to seek out some of their other stuff. I also like that more breweries are canning IPAs. That’s how it should be.