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Slumbrew Snow Angel - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Kelp on 01-20-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 95
Photo of CADMixes
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Distinct nose of spice and unripe mango. Sweet malty component to the taste that clashes with some of the more offbeat hop notes. Thick mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Caught some alcohol on the finish, which is otherwise nicely done. Not a bad DIPA attempt, but not distinguished enough to try again.

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Photo of Boomblaze
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip, beer was bottled on 1/17/14 so just over a month ago.

A - Pours a darker shade of amber with about a 1/2" head that doesn't stick around for to long but does leave a nice lacing especially around the lip of the glass.

S - Not really getting much of a any nose off of this, it might be that my nose is a little stuffed up. The little that I do get in nose is more on the caramel malty side.

T - There is a sweet malty flavor that is very prevalent as well a pretty strong alcohol, the hops are not the main player here, well there is a good amount of bitterness there is more of a dark fruit, plum or figs flavor that come through.

M - It has a medium body with a definite booziness to it, more so then what I expect in a double ipa. Has a long aftertaste that leaves a thick sweetness on the tongue and slight burn on the back of the throat.

O - The beer is not bad, pretty good actually...if it was labeled what like what it really is, an American barley wine. There has been plenty of debate about what is the difference between the two styles and IMHO it's the balance of the hops to malts and the booziness that you get not to be confused with heat. This beer has a heavy malt to it, which is fine just not what I was expecting. I'd actually like to see it put in barrel and see how it's doing come the fall.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright amber with a hazy center, topped by four fingers of level,tight micro-bubbles. Good lacing.

Aroma heavy with pine, licorice, sugary, boozy.

Big sweet slather coats the tongue. Bitterness rises up, balances, then swings the tide. Fruit rides on top of the bitterness. Bitter finish.

Heavy mouthfeel, thick and smooth.

Worth a try, but unless moved by local loyalty, not a beer to return to often.

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Photo of Ego
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

embossed bottle code: n26 ()-! 13

you certainly could make a sticky now angel in the bright white sticky foam that caps this brew, a full solid finger in height and it just looks absolutely pillowy, lightly burnt orange hue with lots of carbonation populating the glass, the lacing is flawless on this, a nice example of what the style should look like

a strong mix of mango and pine, definite kiss of high alpha hops here, the malts are barely detectable.. but this is a DIPA... so I don't think it is too much of a detraction, upon further review you also get a more herbal/grassy element as well.. all hops, all the time

taste etc...
decidedly less hop forward than I would have imagined from the nose, very subdued as the malts are forward here, the bitterness is pretty mild, you get some of the tropical fruit tone and some muted medicinal tasting hops in the back of the mouth, it has nice linger but
not all that much hop bite, the alcohol is well hidden but detectable (no warming though which was sort of strange to me), the carbonation is perky and keeps this easy to drink in terms of overall feel

surely balanced but at the loss of a real hop kick. it is damn close if it just had that something extra it would be world's better, right now this is just a little above average

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light gold. Head is white, creamy, and sticky as can be. Clings to the glass in sheets. Heads drops to a small, yet persistent, cap. Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: A bit leafy. Some grass. Grapefruit skin. Mildly pithy. Some underlying tropical notes. Tangerine and mango. Light herbal spiciness lingers in the back. Malts are light with just a tiny bit of sweetness. Some light breadiness and touches of caramel malt. Some aspirin in the back. Bright and sweet. Hints of pine. A lot of hop complexity, but nothing really potent. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Light bready malt sweetness. Some underlying wheat twang. Candied hops. Some underlying pine needles. Grapefruit and some orange flesh. Touches of underripe mango and tangerine. Lingering resinous bitterness. Some pith. Touches of spearmint. Candy/sugary sweet on the finish. Legit cane syrup. Some backing grassy elements. Light pale malts. Aspirin-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Wet and slick. Body runs a bit heavier than medium. Juicy.

Overall: One-winged angel.

One of the straight up juiciest double IPAs I've ever encountered. A bit too sweet in the long run, but the overall hop profile is unique enough to make this beer worth drinking and seeking out. A nice under the radar NE DIPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a turbid, murky orange/brown color. There are some little chunks floating around. The head is a thin cap of bubbly white froth. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Hops are very zesty. Almost lemony. Some honey and a fruit-puréed hoppiness. Citrus and some herbal hops as well. A full maltiness behind it of soggy bread.

T-The flavor is a bit odd. It's very tangy. Unique hoppiness. Also quite robust in its maltiness. Hops are piney and spicy as well. Definitely a unique take on a jaded style. I don't like the finish all too much, it's overly sweet.

M-Fuller bodied. Medium bitterness. Resiny.a bit sticky. Long aftertaste. Drinks fairly easily. Lighter carbonation.

O/D-A unique DIPA that I didn't love. Slumbrew makes some neat beers and I appreciate the effort but it just doesn't all fall int place with Snow Angel. I still think this is an above average brew in the end.

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Photo of chessiejackson
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good imperial IPA. Haven't had a ton of unfiltered ipa's, but the sediment gave an interesting feel. Poured into a snifter, one finger white head, nice lacing. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Kelp
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw colored hue. Slight head, about a finger tall. Smells of malts and hops, a bit fuesel. Malty sweetness, pine and slight grapefruit at the end, hides the alcohol on the palate. Has a nice coating on the tongue and leaves behind a nice film on the tongue. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy, orange colored, unfiltered, cloudy
S: pine, resin, booze, some sweetness.
T: huge hop presence balanced well with a sweet malt background, very dry finish.
M: carbonation danced on my tounge
O: this was a pretty great beer. It's definitely a big beer. Hopefully they brew this again. It slightly reminded me of Ruination.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a finger of creamy off white head. The smell is sweet with some hops and a slight spice note. The taste is sweet off the bat with a nice hop bitterness. Mild citrus peel bitterness. There is a spice note that reminds me of rye. The finish is sweet from grain and rather hoppy.

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Photo of lancecenter
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Purchased in August at The Bev in Winooski, VT. Poured in to a New Belgium Globe.

This is a surprisingly good beer. The biggest drawback? I bought it at the same time I bought Heady Topper. But the appearance on this beer was immaculate with an excellent oily hop profile. Next time I find this stuff, I'll give it the justice of a full review.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange-amber color with a solid haze. The head pours a finger thick, but it lasts a very long time and leaves plenty of blanketing lace on the glass.

Strong caramel base in the nose. Definite alcohol presence. The hop, though, is quite muted for the style.

The taste is the whole package--solid malt bass mirroring the aroma. The shows up dramatically in the swallow with lots of black pepper. The aftertaste is well-blended with a warming alcohol background. Full bodied with a diminished carbonation level.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of ZackRothman
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Slumbrew Snow Angel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.