Lobstah Killah - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Small head but it leaves an excellent blanket of lace. The color is dark amber with lots of haze.
Upfront I get evergreen smelling hop. There's a bit of toasted malt in the background.
Toasty and very dry malt. Thick dark brown toast just shy of being burnt. Strong bitter hop kick--straight out bitterness without other "notes". Full bodied and lowly carbonated. Nearly astringent.
Serving type: on-tap
06-01-2014 18:36:08 | More by smcolw
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a three-finger cream/beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine/resin nose and flavor is pine hops and caramel, light bitter aftertaste, higher ABV is hidden. $7.20 for a 220z bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 23:12:21 | More by jdhilt
Lobstah Killah from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.