Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
Originally reviewed 2/12/12.
Pours a cloudy golden-amber with a thin head into my glass. Let's see how it smells, shall we?
A strong whiff of pine resin upfront with only a gasp of biscuity malt. It's safe to say that this is all about the hops.
Wow, pine overload here! That's all I can think about, thanks to the hops. My mouth is enveloped from cheek to cheek with bitterness from these hops.
Mouthfeel is full of the same. Piney hop juice. That's all I can really detect. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt!
But, you do need malt to create balance. This beer could get by on just the hoppiness alone but that wouldn't be fun, would it? Check it out regardless.
02-17-2012 00:43:44 | More by Brad007
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Hazy, light orange-amber color that is luminescent; with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Tropical fruit is over-ripe with esters, while pine foliage is complementary. Malt is detectable, bready in quality, coming close to balance with the cultivated West-coast hops. The smell diminishes somewhat after a few minutes as hop aromas dissipate.
T: Begins off-dry, with surprisingly mellow coniferous hop aromatics and moderate acidity that is a combination of citric and carbonic qualities. Grain emerges in the middle, tasting like slightly rustic crystal. Hop aromatics drop off quickly, replaced by bitterness that is moderate and clean. The finish sees no new action, although the neutral bitterness lingers on the palate.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This IPA features an impressive pedigree of hop cultivars, notably Galaxy, but it is unable to channel them effectively in the flavor. It would be telling to know how much of the hop bill was devoted to dry hopping--while bitterness is one of this beer's defining features, enjoyable aromatic qualities are minimal. It tastes like too-old Ballast Point Sculpin, which I suppose is a compli-sult at worst for a beer that most seekers haven't heard of.
03-25-2012 19:24:51 | More by beagle75
3.33/5 rDev -13.3%
Fresh six packs (or four, can't remember) means time to review the Slumbrew staples.
A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a hazy, dark orange-amber body. Small white head forms with a creamy-foamy texture and the height of about one finger. Foam dies down relatively quickly to a small bubbly ring at the edges. Thick ring of lace at the top with thinner webs drizzling down from there.
S- Aroma brings close to a half and half balance between hops and malts with hops getting just a slight edge. Hop notes of citrus zest, dried stone fruit like apricot, flowers and some pine. Caramel malt and cracked grain hints form a backdrop with some yeast hints.
T- As in the aroma, a balance of hops and the other key beer ingredients is struck. Hops shift slightly to more grapefruit, floral and pine notes with a hint of tropical fruit. Yeast seems to create some spice, raisin, apple and bread notes. The grains bring caramel, biscuit, cracked cereal grain and slight sweetness.
MF- Creamy overall texture with high end carbonation. Maybe the best part of the brew as the creaminess is quite pleasant. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
Malt and yeast flavors seem to counteract what good hop flavors are there. In a way it is more like an amber or Barleywine and the higher ABV here allows more yeast and malt flavors to arise. Still fairly pleasant and nothing totally off but not on par with other good IPAs around today.
12-13-2013 03:12:37 | More by cbutova
3.44/5 rDev -10.4%
bomber courtesy of valdieu2 into a tulip. bottled 7/2012.
a - pours a hazy amber shade with a two finger, sudsy, cream colored head. retention is good, taking quite some time to calm down. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.
s - floral, faint orange citrus, bread.
t - quite bready with sweeter citrus notes. orange, grapefruit, slightly floral. faint spiciness in there as well. has a resinous, bitter twang to it that hangs on the tongue a bit longer than it should. finishes dry.
m - fuller side of medium with plenty of carbonation. co2 profile is on the coarse side which detracts from the feel imo.
o - good beer but probably not gonna blow anybody away. maybe a bit past it's freshness window, but maybe not. either way, i'd drink some again if i came across it.
01-12-2013 20:54:31 | More by divineaudio
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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