Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.49/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Picked this up this week in Totowa, having never had this or any beer from Slumbrew before. I thought that this would be a bit more crisp and bright but as other reviewers have mentioned, this seemed like orange juice with some spices thrown in for good measure. It went down easy, was relatively thin, and could have been a bit more full in taste, which was surprising given how cloudy the beer was and the level of carbonation that was apparent when I poured this out.
The pour to this was the best aspect of this beer, as it had a cloudy, swirly deep apricot hue and a head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass. Once that settled, this seemed like a lesser version of Hoegaarden, a Sam Adams Witbier, or the Bert Grant's Mandarin Hefeweizen that I had years ago. Lots of blood orange here, a lesser amount of coriander and a very wet citrus taste tot his. Not a lot of bitterness, hops, or the kind of orange taste that would make you want to pucker up. Just a bit of banana and pepper here, which made this feel more like a Witbier than a Hefeweizen.
This was easy to drink and had I had another bottle, I could have downed it in the same sitting. The alcohol wasn't noticeable and there was just a touch of carbonation in the aftertaste to scrub the range of muted flavors away. While nothing spectacular, there's enough here to enjoy and on a warmer (read: any other) day, I'd give this a go as a preferred "lawnmower" beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 00:39:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.58/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger white head. Lacing is a little less than expected.
Aroma: This beer brings a big citrus aroma to the drinker, along with generous amounts of wheat and spices, and some lemon.
Taste: Reading the ad copy, I expected something a little more bombastic than this - I mean, the label references using 1,000 blood oranges or something. It's a nice wheat beer, but it doesn't explode on the palate or anything. Flavors do become a bit more pronounced as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Pretty standard, summery depth.
Overall: Decent wheat beer from this Mass. brewer, which, in my experience, trades in decent beers, but maybe not astounding ones. A nice addition to a mixed summer six, but not a mind-blower.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 00:47:41 | More by illpass78
Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.