Other Half Brewing Co. is one of only a few breweries located within the Brooklyn borough. Founded in 2014 by Matt Monahan and Sam Richardson, Other Half has been garnering a lot of attention from the citizens of the beer geek realm.
Like a lot of smaller breweries, Other Half has turned to mobile canning companies to package their sudsy creations. Iron Heart Canning is that company and they work with a lot of smaller breweries in the Northeast. I am also happy to report that Other Half uses a straight forward born-on date on the bottom of the cans, making it easy to identify just how much they care about the freshness of its product.
The design on the can for today’s beer, Hop Showers, is not only incredibly eye-catching, but also a fun play on visualizing the name of the beer. Bravo to the team at Small Stuff Designs for creating a unique and appealing can design.
Poured in a Spiegelau IPA glass, Hop Showers displays an aggressive level of carbonation leading to a massive three finger head that rose above the top of the glass. The appearance is amber to the core with just the slightest haze to it. Almost immediately, hop aromas blanket the area beckoning one to immerse the olfactory system in its glory. Highly tropical in nature, Hop Showers smells of grapefruit, mangoes, bergamot, and just a bit of fresh cut grass. I do not detect any malt or alcohol at this point.
Lifting the bottom up, the palate first reveals a hit of sticky resin and citrus. Hop Showers does eventually reveal a malt undertone but that 7.5 percent ABV is completely absent. The bitterness has a lingering quality to it, and the mouth feel is a bit on the heavy and slick side. Which is a bit awkward when paired with the dryness of the beer.