Reviewed: Other Half DDH All Galaxy Everything
Official description: Nothing better than Galaxy except more Galaxy. This DDH version is hopped aggressively with choice Victorian Galaxy.
Other Half Brewing Co. – Other Half DDH All Galaxy Everything – 16oz can sampled in Rastal Harmony glass – 8.5% ABV
There are two versions of All Galaxy Everything, a regular version that debuted in June of last year and the Double Dry Hopped version reviewed here. The easiest way to tell them apart is the regular has a flat purple label while the DDH version has a metallic, iridescent purple label with the words “Double Dry Hopped” in the bottom left corner. There’s also a Small Galaxy Everything with a more reasonable ABV of 6.5%.
I’m reviewing DDH All Galaxy Everything from a 16oz can ($20 a 4-pack) with an easy-to-read packaging date from mid-December 2020, placing this beer a little less than 2 months old at the time of review. On the can, there’s no mention of hazy IPA or New England-style IPA, but upon pouring, that’s exactly what this is. It should be no surprise, though, as Other Half’s portfolio is dominated by hazies at this point.
Into the glass, All Galaxy Everything is a turbid, fully opaque, pineapple smoothie color with yellow-tinged, rocky foam that sticks around indefinitely. An oily sheen and glossy coat to the foam is quite eye-catching.
Aroma-wise, DDH All Galaxy Everything brings out soft vanilla and peaches n’ cream followed by sweet jackfruit and stinky tropical melon. Further in, pulverized hop matter gives the nose a minty, freshly-cut grass character. With an initial sip, you’re hit first with spicy hop particulate, sweet jackfruit, white peach, and powerful mineral flavors of chalk and river pebble. There’s an impressive interplay between sweet and spicy with very little white alcohol flavor to distract. The mouthfeel leans towards the soupy oatmeal end of the spectrum compared to the dreaded concrete mix flavor of many other hazy IPAs. Most of the faults that plague this style are absent, so you can really enjoy the beer and its unusual flavor profile.
Perceived Specs for Other Half DDH All Galaxy Everything
Though I’m not a big fan of hazy IPAs in general, I think Other Half has mastered the formula. DDH All Galaxy Everything is soft-bodied with a dense, oatmeal-driven mouthfeel where bright peach and jackfruit flavors abound. Despite its ABV, there’s hardly any alcohol bite. The balance between sweet and bitter leans bitter (unusual I think for the style) while the mineral flavor isn’t abrasive or overpowering. Though sampling this Brooklyn beer in San Diego has no doubt taken its toll on some of the volatile hop aromas, the beer is still impressive and I’m sure would be even more if drank fresh from the source.
VERDICT: 88 pts (VERY GOOD)
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