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Lobstah Killah - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerman999999 on 05-02-2013)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lobstah Killah opens to a strongly hoppy nose, with nice clouds of pink grapefruit and lemon oil up front, followed by slightly lighter bits of pine and grapefruit rind. This strongly citrus-based hop aroma mixes nicely with large amounts of sugar, including brown sugar, touches of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and a wide assortment of fruit esters, including orange, berry, cherry, peach, apricot, and even a dash of kiwi and honeydew melon. All of these rest atop a bed of light toast crust, biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal, as well as complementary sprinkles of vanilla and caramel. As a whole, the nose is very nice, geared mainly towards the sweet end, but with a good balance of bitterness and bready notes to keep things from swinging too wildly towards the sugar event horizon. The citrus notes from the hops play especially nicely off of the sugary fruit esters, bringing to mind syrupy fruit cocktails.

On the tongue, the beer is hoppier than expected, with grapefruit rind, pine resin, dandelion stem, and mint coming in strongly, with citrusy lemon oil and pink grapefruit following in a distant second – almost exactly opposite what the nose let on. The sugars are still heavy, with brown sugar and an assortment of orange, berry, cherry, and apricot fruit esters, but are largely subsumed beneath the strong hops, and are not allowed to shine through as strongly as they did on the nose. Toast crust, biscuit, rising whole wheat dough, and Grape Nuts cereal form a light bready base, but are also difficult to locate against the hops. The aftertaste is more hops, focusing still on the bitter notes, and lingering for a long time in a grassy dandelion stem and pine resin smack. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a nice beer in many ways, but the hops tend to overwhelm everything else. Had this been marketed as a double IPA, this would not have been an issue, but the “Imperial Red Ale” note speaks to a higher sugar presence that is simply not there, causing the beer to seem out of balance. This is not to say that the beer is not delicious – in fact, I would easily buy another bottle – but it’s not what I expected, and the result, especially because of the drastic difference between the aroma and the taste, was too jarring.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 16:19:19 | More by jondeelee
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Lobstah Killah from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.