Beer Review: OTHER HALF / LIC BEER PROJECT STILL SHININ’

Beer Review: OTHER HALF / LIC BEER PROJECT STILL SHININ’

Upon pouring the Other Half / LIC Beer Project Still Shinin’ into a specialty glass, its hazy straw golden hue catches the eye. The healthy foam, though initially robust, gradually recedes, setting the stage for what promises to be a visually appealing experience. However, the allure comes at a cost, with a 4-pack of 16oz cans commanding a hefty $18 price tag.

Aroma

The olfactory journey of Still Shinin’ begins with a fragrance reminiscent of Dole Whip, the delectable pineapple soft serve. However, beneath the inviting pineapple notes lies a somewhat sweaty and yeasty undertone. The aroma is a complex interplay of soft pineapple juice at the forefront, followed by a mid-palate infusion of richness from vanilla and herbal hop leaves. As the scent lingers, the suspended yeast imparts a chalky essence, culminating in a sharp bite from green, spicy hop matter.

Taste

The flavor profile of this wheat and oat-based IPA is a rollercoaster of sensations. The initial sip unfolds with the sweetness of soft pineapple juice, but this is swiftly met with a sweaty and yeasty character. Progressing through the mid-palate, the beer takes on a more substantial demeanor, with the introduction of vanilla and herbal hop leaves. As the journey concludes, the chalky yeast and a pronounced green, spicy hop bitterness leave an enduring impression.

Mouthfeel

The palate experience of Still Shinin’ is a study in contrasts. Soft, silky, and buoyant, it belies its 6.5% ABV, which, surprisingly, remains inconspicuous throughout the tasting. The mouthfeel reflects the familiar traits of a “Northeast IPA,” offering a refreshing sensation that complements the overall flavor complexity.

Overall

Other Half Brewing has adeptly hopped onto the hazy IPA bandwagon with Still Shinin’. While the beer showcases remarkable craftsmanship, the hefty price tag places it in the upper echelons of the market. In the crowded landscape of hazy IPAs, Still Shinin’ asserts itself as a contender, standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in San Diego. The beer’s intricate aroma, diverse flavor profile, and pleasing mouthfeel make it a commendable addition to the “haze craze” phenomenon.