Slumbrew Happy Sol - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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3.49/5 rDev -5.9%
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
3.39/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
- Ale brewed with honey, orange peel, corriander and blood orange juice.
A: Dense blood orange coloring with a heavy dose of carbonation. The head was soapy, bubbly, quick to dissipate leaving a clean vessel behind.
S: Blood orange aroma and orange juice, soft dry wheat, honey sweetness, with a hint of trailing grapefruit.
T: Flavor was tart, some wheat backing, blood orange is dominate. Peppery orange peel, citrusy-grapefruit with some honey flower. Finishes dry and yeasty.
M: Fairly crisp mouthful, decent viscosity, with a light honey consistency.
O: Overall, decent, passable, hardly worth seeking out or getting seconds.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 01:41:24 | More by beerthulhu
Slumbrew Happy Sol from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
84 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.