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Slumbrew Snow Angel - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kelp on 01-20-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dizzy242, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaemeno3, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Boomblaze
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Boomblaze, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JakerLou, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Screper, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Userme59, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

pveilleux, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

22Blue, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

CTJman, Feb 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

harsley, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WanderingFool, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Ego
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

embossed bottle code: n26 ()-! 13

eyes...
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

nose...
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

verdict?
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

Ego, Feb 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

MAN615, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bleeps, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

woooobeer, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

IndyDad, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of ZackRothman
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

ZackRothman, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mjstacker, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Lawl3ss, Oct 12, 2013
Slumbrew Snow Angel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.