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Slumbrew Naked Hopularity - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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88
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hopheads go to great extremes in their lupulin quests. It’s a worthy endeavor, but fraught with falling across the event horizon in a hoppy stupor. With swirling flavors from both dark malts and the crisp body from pilsner grains, our limited release black IPA will take you to the center of a hop explosion and back, without all the crushing gravity.

(Beer added by: Dope on 03-19-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls. No lace develops.

Smell: pine and chocolate notes come through to the nose.

Taste: nice malty profile, as chocolate, prunes, grapefruit, and some pine tones create a nicely balanced beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the chocolate and pine last a while on the tongue.

Overall: a nicely flavorful beer that is easy to consume. Mildly refreshing for the style, defintely worthy of a try if you see it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring with a frothy, dense, light tan head that quickly settles into a surface coating. This is a glass of darkness. Aromas of roast and richly bittersweet chocolate, with a resiny, tropical fruit highlighted hops presence. Very aromatic and dynamic nose. Not hop heavy like some Black Ales go for. Flavors are roasty and bitter, with bitter baker's chocolate and a hint of coffee, with a dry hops profile highlighting. Mid-bodied and dry, with a rich bittersweet aftertaste. This is a tasty, layered brew. Bitter, slightly lingering finish that keeps you on the chain for another drink. Solid beer.

Photo of clayrock81
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a dark brown, almost black body with minor head and lace down glass.
Aroma is a mix of dirty, citric hops and roasted malts.
A mix of creamy, sweet malts (chocolaty) and roasted malts (more bread than coffee) are well-balanced and play with citric hops (not quite into grapefruit mode) for a sweetly hopped beer.
One of the few black IPAs that I have had that manage to let both the hops and malts shine without one being overpowered, and probably the first black IPA that was really able to retain a sweet edge to it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours very dark, nearing black. Slender tan cap of froth. Spotty lacing and mild light penetration.

S-There are some clear underlying notes of pine but all the roast and sweetness steals the show here. Dark chocolate and mocha.Also a strong whiff of booze.

T-The long notes of bittersweet chocolate and medium-roast coffee still shine brighter than the pine hops. The hops lend moderate bitterness but not a ton of expression flavor-wise.

M-Definitely full in body. Could confuse this for a Stout when not paying attention. A bit creamy.

O/D-One of those 'tweener' beers. Kinda dwells in between styles. It was pretty good but one glass didn't lead to two.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dope
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I can find, however this just hit shelves and this is the first review, so I'd say it's quite fresh. Probably 2 weeks old or less.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Big, fluffy chocolate milk colored head. Head fades away very very slowly. Awesome head retention. Quite substantial fluffy swatches of lacing everywhere.

S: Big big pine notes. Some cocoa and char barely manages to sneak by the pine and introduce itself. A little bit of smoke in there too?

T: As expected, piney up front but not super strong or bitter. Roasted malt kicks in with some bitter chocolate and hints of char. Nice big wave of bitterness in the finish along with a quick resurgence of pine. Hints of bitter, drying pine and cocoa in the aftertaste. While not overly bitter, you can really feel the hop oils on your teeth (if that makes any sense). Kinda makes my teeth hurt. Or maybe I drank too much last weekend.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. A bit drying in the aftertaste as mentioned.

O: A nice black IPA from slumbrew. Not super hoppy like some, just a nice balance of roasted malt and pine. It kinda reminds me of Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet if I'm honest. Tasty and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Pennington Circle Super Saver.

Perfectly blak body, no highlights. Four fingers of medium tan foam. Great stretchy lace.

Aroma is deep roasted coffee, with a whiff of chocolate.

Taste opens with a river of chocolate, and eventually yields some deep roasted coffee. Bitter bite at the swallow cuts through the chocolate. Pleasing hop tingle in the finish.

Smooth, slick, maybe even oily. Terrific mouthfeel.

To me, not a Black IPA, the hop bite is not that big, but a damn good stout. Ignore the label and enjoy the glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Naked Hopularity pours black into the glass with a small, creamy tan head on top. The foam leaves behind lines and spots of lace as it fades away.

The aroma is nutty and malty with notes of chocolate and coffee mixed in. Roasted malt and a touch of pine are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slightly watery with moderate carbonation. The flavor has a fair amount of chocolate, roast malt and coffee, plus a nice balance of piney hops at the end. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

A very tasty beer that hides it's 8% abv very well. The flavors really come out as it warms.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Slumbrew Naked Hopularity from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.