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Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
It’s often said there is a better half responsible for making us whole, and so goes the inspiration for this ale. Its whole is born from a single recipe of 2-row pilsner, caramel, honey malts and cereal grains that balance with Cascade, Mt. Hood and Saaz hops. One half of the fermentation is cold lagered and the remaining half is finished as a warm ale fermentation. The result is a smooth and composed imperial cream ale well suited for contemplating your better half.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 02-09-2012)
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Rich amber, touch of haze, big creamy white head

SMELL: Fresh cereal grain, honey, alcohol, light herbal, clean

TASTE: Firm, semi-viscous, smooth, creamy, toasty, sweet grains, honey, orange peel, bitey alcohol, herbal and earthy linger

Cream Ales, an ale/lager hybrid of sorts, are greatly underrepresented and often misunderstood. Slumbrew reminds us how fun the style can be with their dangerously delicious Imperalized interpretation; a cold lager blended with a warm ale. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but the complexity and sheer drinkability quickly forgives and forgets.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 16, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Crystal clear copper color, bubbly head on top. Yeast, ripe pears, spicy hop, orange pith and animal feed grain in the nose. Very smooth, creamy with a medium body. Biscuity throughout, bread crust and crackers. Lots of hop flavor; herbal, leafy, spicy, mild tobacco & orange peel. Hint of caramel and ripe fruit in the middle, finishes near astringent. A battle more than balance here, hops and malt don't seem to fully mesh together for me and while it is not a chore to drink it certainly is not a bomber I'd get on my own. I've had batches that were sweeter and a bit more palatable.

Jason, Feb 19, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden auburn color, off white head with descent retention and lacing but could have been more in a cream ale.

A little lacking on hop aroma for what came in the taste. Just a little weak overall aroma.

Really unique taste and mouthfeel combination here, made it a little hard to judge. I think this attributed to the fact that this is a mix of a lagers and ales same recipe. Big pale sweet maltiness balanced by a distinct hop flavor up front, with sweetness lingering.

Overall a cool concept and really enjoyable beer - I kept wanting more (shared the 22).

uratowel, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottle 2-12
A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a light beige head that last as a thick creamy and a sea of microbubbles support it.

S- The caramel malt is crisp and fresh with a hone malt aroma supporting it

T- The pale malt flavor has some nice caramel malt flavors to it and a touch of sweetness in the finish. There is an alcohol bite with a hop note in the finish while the hops linger a bit after the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and an alcohol heat

O- this beer has a nice full fresh clean malt profile with a big alcohol heat and hop bite punch in the finish.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

ChrisL24481, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

WhitmansNiece, Dec 09, 2012
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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy amber colored body.
S) Subtle sweet aroma - caramel, brown sugar. Some astringent notes.
T) Bitter up front with malty sweetness mixed in. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Creamy. Medium, almost chewy body. Dry, slick tongue feel in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Points for creativity. Not your normal run-of-the-mill brew.

u2carew, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dhamma73, Jul 18, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer brings back memories of fall apple harvesting with my Dad. Then an afternoon spent making caramel apples and trying not to eat all the caramels before they got to the apples.

Wonderful amber hue and frothy, lacy head. Nice bready notes in the armoma with a slight smell of honey. The caramel flavor predominates with a slight alcohol in the finish. This is a rich, creamy beer that has a sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

Great beer for people you know who aren't into bitter, super hoppy beers. This a nice gateway beer!

krystensteiner, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very bready with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and a touch of fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There are also touches of vanilla and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 29, 2014
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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.