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Slumbrew My Better Half - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 02-09-2012)
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-24-2013 22:36:03 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-28-2013 04:25:39 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-28-2013 05:30:23 | More by Texasfan549
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-29-2014 01:31:05 | More by JAHMUR
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5%

04-29-2014 22:41:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:49:30 | More by Jason
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger slightly off-white fluffy head that fades fairly slowly with nice lacing, over pretty clear slightly rosy orange colored beer.

Nose has lots of light malts, but plenty of them, creamy malts, a hint of sweetness that almost presents a slight booze, a hint of a bready toasty malt, and the slightest hint of floral fruity hops.

Taste starts with toasty malts, plenty of caramel and toffee sweet flavors, toasty reddish malts, copper malts, a bit bready, and some creamy malts. A fairly big dose of sweetness brings a nice malty feel and hint of what seems like it would be booze but it doesn't come. A hint of fruity hops rounds it a bit but barely. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet, light creamy toasty malts, hint of floral bitterness and some sticky malts.

Mouth is med bodied, somewhat creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but nothing special. Not creamy as I expected, tastes like it's boozier than it is, although nice malts, and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:44:04 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 05/06/12 notes. Big thanks to jslot38 for this one and BigSexy410 with the assist. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet fruits, cream, vanilla, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not too sweet, and lots of cream.

t - Tastes like cream soda. Tons of cream and vanilla, as well as some fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts. Very nice, even more cream then the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great cream ale. Just a ton of vanill and cream, and super smooth and cream and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:32:47 | More by mdfb79
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 15:03:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere local.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head holds on admirably, with very sticky lace. Aroma is sedate but balanced.

Taste starts sweet, citrus in the middle, with a strong bitterness through the close. Alcohol bite lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is good. Just about what I would expect an imperial cream ale to be like.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:46:25 | More by ppoitras
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by BigSexy410. Thanks Ben.

The beer is bright orange and mostly clear, sporting a small white head that leaves some good lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings floral notes, malt, cream. Wow, the cream character really comes through in the flavor. Vanilla and cream soda notes. Soft and smooth on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 22:38:10 | More by Huhzubendah
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-10-2013 09:54:59 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

02-15-2012 02:16:10 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. I was hoping for something straw-colored but this isn't too bad.

Sweet with grain and perhaps a bit of corn (though most likely not) as well.

Yep, this is a cream ale. Sweet to bitter malt with that bite that reminds you of the big boys.

Lots of lingering sweet malt. More body than Genny Cream. Finishes cleaner too.

Very good! Don't see too many examples of this style around here, especially an imperialized cream ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:45:00 | More by Brad007
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, tiny bubbling inside of a copper, amber, umbre, color. Quick head, not retention.

Well toasted bread crust and cereal grain aroma. Smells a little syrupy and Summer fruity. A little alcoholic warmth.

Bready, fruity flavors. Lots of toasted barley, bread crust, biscuits and cracker. Good malt profile. Maybe a little grassy hops, but hardly noticed. Sweet, yet grainy. Small warming effect from the alcohol content.

This is a syrupy, sweet, yet easy to drink cream ale that I would recommend to any malt head.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:23:38 | More by scruffwhor
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-19-2014 07:26:54 | More by Durge
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge fan of this style, I will point out at first, but please don't think that fact figured into my scoring as I found this to be a pleasing but not too great beer.
The look and smell are pretty good - seethrough orangeish body with two-finger head that dies quick with lace patches on glass and a mix of some bitter, grainy hops and malts along with a sugary, caramel edge. The taste and mouthfeel of the beer just didn't come through as well for me though(who knows - bad tap line? old keg?) . There is a creaminess and smoothness to the beer, goes down easy but not watery, mind you, and there is some sweet caramel malt but it's either not enough or there are just too much hops because overall I found this beer to be grainy, sharp and a little bitter with a very dry finish. Maybe the ABV bled in a little or my beer had a touch of metallic taste but overall I'd say the sweetness was overpowered for a good but not great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 12:27:58 | More by clayrock81
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours somewhat hazy. Body is a pale orange hue that is quite close to yellow. A thicker, smooth head leaves sheets of lace.

S-Sharp, sweet grains. Some honey and an amorphous fruity aroma.

T-Sweet, grainy bread and honeyed biscuits or dough. Has a 'sharpness' to the flavor. I guess I will add the descriptor 'cream' here.

M-Medium bodied. Softer carbonation. 'Creamy'. A bit of alcohol heat surprisingly dry.

O- A cool idea but I'm not sure how much I enjoyed it. One full pint of those as enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 01:12:14 | More by VelvetExtract
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date that I can see, but this was just released a week ago or so.

A: Pours a beautiful clear ruby red. Good sized and frothy light tan head. Head fades away at a moderate pace with decent retention. Small splotches of lacing left behind. I really liked the color of this one for some reason, especially when held up to the light.

S: Mild and malty aroma. Sweet grains and lots of em. Kinda reminds me of sweet corn in a way if I'm honest. Maybe a little honey? Pretty simple but pleasant.

T: More creamy sweet grains with a big toasted bread component towards the middle. Surprisingly hoppy on the back end with some grass and maybe floral hops mixing in? Resinous too - quite drying to boot. It starts off like a cream ale but finishes more like a pilsner in my opinion. Actually now that I think of it, it's almost like a hoppy marzen in a way.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard.

O: It's not bad, quite simple and definitely seems to defy the style. Being an "imperial" cream ale it makes sense, doesn't taste like any other cream ale I've ever had. It's definitely got much stronger malt and hops than any cream ale I've tried, which is good and bad I suppose. Stronger, sharper flavors but loses the lightness, smoothness and the plain drinkable simplicity of a cream ale. I had a hard time scoring this one and waffled quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:14:34 | More by Dope
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birchstick

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden color with a creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. A lot of vanilla and Some grain malts taste is sweet vanilla upfront that faded to a bit of grain and then back to vanilla. Nice creamy body goes down well. Pretty solid cream ale - full of vanill flavors that work really well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 03:47:34 | More by birchstick
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:30:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-25-2013 20:44:49 | More by LoveStout
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2013 21:45:04 | More by Chugs13
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a chill hazed golden orange color. It poured with a thick, sticky, creamy head.

s: Grassy, spicy hops; grainy cereal; some cream as well.

t: Lightly sweet grains then some stronger honey sweetness. Faint grassy bitterness at the end.

m: Big creamy body with very active carbonation.

o: Very different; not bad but not something I'd want often.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:37:18 | More by DIM
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

02-24-2012 19:50:53 | More by kaelingirl
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Slumbrew My Better Half from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.