Half Cut by Magic Rock and Other Half

Monday, 29 May 2017

Beer Name: Half Cut

Brewer: Magic Rock Brewing, Hudersfield, England with Other Half Brewing, New York, USA

Date Sampled: 20th May 2017

ABV: 8%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Half Cut is the second collaboration that Magic Rock released this month. The first, Grower Owned, was a great beer and you can read my review here.

The second is Half Cut, a NE style double IPA brewed with Other Half, a hugely popular craft brewery from New York.

It certainly looks great, pouring a hazy dark burnt orange with a white head that laces well.

It has a very punchy aroma, with tropical mango and candied citrus peel dominating.

Half Cut is relatively well carbonated but has only a medium body that wasn't as creamy as I'd expected.

Like the aroma, the flavour is not delicate. The mango and sweet citrus stand tall at first, then there's a hearty smack of sticky pine before a moderately bitter finish. Running beneath all of this is a fairly prominent alcohol hit.

I'm a little bit on the fence over this beer; I'm not adverse to a boozy pop of alcohol, especially in a beer of 8% ABV.... but..... I've drunk some cracking DIPA's in the last six months that have been chock full of flavour yet provide not even a hint of alcohol in the taste profile.

I can see a lot of people really enjoying this DIPA and it simply come down to personal preference and what you're looking for in a beer of this style.

It's good but it hasn't blown me away and, if given a choice of Magic Rock Beers, I'd rather have a can of their recent DIPA Human Cannonball.

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