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Slumbrew Snow Angel - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kelp on 01-20-2013)
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The hops give this complex brew a pungent aroma full of pine along with a prominent resinous character. The taste is full of citrus yet is balanced by a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is present but is masked by the many other wonderful flavors in this imperial IPA. Let it snow!

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Pours a cloudy orange-amber-blonde into my glass with a nice one-finger head. Interesting presentation. I think the cloudiness is from hop residue?

Grapefruit and to a lesser extent, mango on the nose. Assertive. It's safe to assume that this one is going to rock the taste buds to their core.

Word. A wave of grapefruit, mango and pine greets the taste buds. Freshly-squeezed hop juice is the best way to describe it. The label mentions a new experimental hop, HBC-342. I don't know much about it but it certainly compliments the Nugget, Columbus, Zythos and Simcoe.

Lingering hop juice (grapefruit, mango pine flavors) with a bit of alcohol heat toward the back. Very pleasurable.

I'd say this is one of the better DIPAs I've had. It immediately reminded me of Heady Topper due to the freshness and hop punch. Worth checking out if you're a fellow hophead!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22 oz bomber into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Interesting golden-amber hue, almost clear but not quite. Pours with a finger and a half of super dense foam the color of banana flesh. Plenty of suds, but the lace doesn't really develop or stick.

Smell- Pungent, assertively resinous, fruity and slightly astringent in an almost raspberry-like way. Too-sour pineapple, perhaps. Definitely some booze, but not too outlandish for 9%. Bright spruce comes out more as it warms, with mild vanilla biscuit in there somewhere.

Taste- Hmm. Well, that's unexpected. In a good way- this stuff is definitely piney, plenty of tropical fruit, some booze, mild sweetness- all of the stuff you'd expect in a DIPA. The weird thing is that my first thought was "That's a DIPA?... Well, I don't know what else you'd call it." Strong toasted biscuit notes and gobs of hop flavor, savory and a little spicy- definitely unique. Finishes with a spicy, almost peppery flavor (on second though, it's more like ginger), mint, and again that perfect amount of restrained honey-like sweetness. Punchy, assertive, but not the smack in the face you'd usually get from something this hoppy. That's really something.

Mouthfeel- Full, smooth, mellow carbonation. Substantial but not heavy. Treacly feel on the sip, but finishes clean- almost-buried chalkiness comes from somewhere to keep it from sticking to the palette. Noticeable gritty feeling after the ~11 oz is gone. Easier drinking than you'd expect for the ABV.

Overall- American Barleywine or DIPA? I don't really know, but man-it's good. Reminds me of Middle Ages Druid Fluid, with less fruit and more mint, actually. Well, I picked this up along with a four-pack of Heady Topper in VT a month or so ago, and while this one sat in the fridge longer I'm not sure what I regret not being able to buy again more- absolutely worth picking up. Highly recommended.

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Slumbrew Snow Angel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.