When we found out that Half Full had a brand new brewer, Tom Price, back in January, we were pretty psyched. As some of you might remember, we have been following Half Full before they oven opened up shop at 43 Homestead Avenue right in Stamford. So, we were excited and hoptimistic to see the evolution after their first brewer, Jen Muckerman left.
Our first taste from the new brewer back on February 27 (gotta love Untappd) was Liquid Hoptimism, a new DIPA. While it did seem like an improvement, the beer didn’t live up to our expectations, so we didn’t bother trying to find it again. Honestly, we didn’t feel the hoptimism.
But, fast forward to yesterday. Jordan from Half Full shared 4 freshly canned bottles of Liquid Hoptimism with us. . . and we were excited and hoptimistic again to see how the newest formulation fared. Well, after the first glass, Dan decided that one wasn’t enough, so he promptly drank a second one.
It starts off by pouring a golden copper, not hazy or OJ colored like many of the other New England DIPAs you might see. The aroma gives off a bit pine and bread, a little citrus. Going down, it has a fuzzy, piney, sweet, Citra punch . . . like putting on a warm green sweater. There’s a nice juiciness going on from the play of the Citra and Centennial with a tiny bit of malty finish that gets mellowed by a warm and slightly boozy finishing punch. All in, this is a delicious DIPA that you definitely need to get your hands on.
So, want some cans? Stop by Half Full from 12-6 this Saturday. They’ll have 40 cases for sale, with a limit of 3 four packs per person at $12.99 plus tax and deposit. While you’re there, get a tour at 2 or 4, or get tastings that range from $5-$15. Plus, yes, they’ll have other 6 packs for sale and you can get growler fills. We’d suggest you pick up their Rise & Shine if they have any available.
UPDATE: And, even if you can’t make it, look forward to more cans at twenty or so local spots. The plans is to allocate 2 cases per account. So, keep your eyes out if you see it on the shelves.
We aren’t sure yet if the cans will see production and distribution outside of the brewery, but when we get that info, we’ll be sure to share. You can also check out this brew at some local restaurants, just check your Untappd to see what’s up.