Beer Review: OTHER HALF DDH ALL GALAXY EVERYTHING

Beer Review: OTHER HALF DDH ALL GALAXY EVERYTHING

The DDH All Galaxy Everything presents itself in a 16oz can with a packaging date from mid-December 2020, making it just under 2 months old at the time of this critique. Despite the absence of a direct indication on the can, the pour reveals a classic hazy IPA, adhering to Other Half’s haziness-dominated portfolio. Distinguished by a metallic, iridescent purple label, the beer pours into the glass with a turbid, fully opaque appearance akin to a pineapple smoothie. The yellow-tinged, rocky foam persists indefinitely, boasting an eye-catching oily sheen and glossy coat.

Aroma

DDH All Galaxy Everything doesn’t hold back in the olfactory department. Soft vanilla and peaches ‘n cream make a dynamic entrance, accompanied by the sweet fragrance of jackfruit and the pungent essence of tropical melon. Delving deeper into the aroma, the nose encounters a minty, freshly-cut grass character, courtesy of the pulverized hop matter.

Taste

Upon the initial sip, the palate is greeted by a medley of flavors. Spicy hop particulate takes the lead, accompanied by the sweetness of jackfruit, white peach, and robust mineral undertones reminiscent of chalk and river pebble. The interplay between sweet and spicy is notable, with minimal distraction from any white alcohol undertones. Notably, the beer manages to avoid the common pitfalls of the hazy IPA style, steering clear of the concrete mix flavor and allowing the drinker to appreciate its distinctive flavor profile.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of DDH All Galaxy Everything leans towards the soupy oatmeal end of the spectrum, eschewing the undesirable concrete mix flavor associated with many hazy IPAs. The soft-bodied, dense texture complements the overall experience, creating a smooth and enjoyable journey for the palate.

Overall

While I’m generally not an avid fan of hazy IPAs, Other Half’s mastery of the style is evident in DDH All Galaxy Everything. The beer impresses with its soft body and dense, oatmeal-driven mouthfeel, showcasing vibrant peach and jackfruit flavors. Despite its 8.5% ABV, the alcohol bite is remarkably subdued. The balance between sweet and bitter takes an unusual leaning towards bitterness for the style, while the mineral flavors remain assertive without becoming overwhelming. Sampling this Brooklyn creation in San Diego may have impacted some of the volatile hop aromas, but the beer still stands as an impressive brew. Drinking it fresh from the source would likely elevate the experience even further.

VERDICT: 88 pts (VERY GOOD)

In the realm of hazy IPAs, Other Half DDH All Galaxy Everything proves to be a commendable contender, offering a well-crafted and unique drinking experience.