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Lobstah Killah - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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:
It wasn’t always his temperament, but they were the ones ... the ones that went looking for him after all. Today is a new day. Lobstah Killah Imperial Red Ale is a special blend of Maris Otter and other malts balance a resiny mix of Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops. Our hoppy imperial red ale is the beer of choice for imperial decisions.

(Beer added by: beerman999999 on 05-02-2013)
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4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber in color with an off white head. Good lace and retention. Great balance of sweet tasty malt and bright piney hops. Super creamy and thick with great feel and finish. Although a bit cloying after a while. Great hop profile and definitely an Imperial Red as opposed to an Imperial Red IPA. Solid, delicious beer for malt fans and hop heads alike.

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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence for the style 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 very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of beerman999999
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer (imperial red ale) from slumbrew. First beer I've actually tried from slumbrew. Excellent taste, kind of caramel-y and malty. Dark red in appearance. Poured from a 22-oz bomber into a large beer stein. Decent head. Nice lacing around the glass.

Photo of jwc215
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed lobstah red.

The smell is hoppy with citric/tropical fruits and pine. Plenty of "red" caramel-ish malt backs it up.

The taste is of sweet toffee/caramel with mild toasted bread. Musty/citric/piney hops weave in and out. It has a strong malty backbone with balancing hops in the finish. Alcohol is nicely incorporated with just a hint of pepper. Some residual sweetness lingers on the lips.

It hits full-bodied, without being thick. It has medium carbonation.

This is a wicked good beeah! Hoppy, malty, tasty - great smell! Too bad it doesn't come in a six pack. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable!

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jondeelee
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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Semi hazed dull orange color with about 2 fingers of off white head with an orange tinge. Nice hoppy nose of citrus fruits, tangerines covered in sticky caramel drizzle.

Thick body with initial sweetness but the beer avoids being sticky. Carbonation is brisk but doesn't break the body up too much. Sweet candied tropical fruits up front. Malty sweetness hits the mid palate. Faint bitterness to balance everything, lingering cereal grain flavors along win a touch of tobacco make de a unique, tasty and refreshing beer that brings you to thoughts of a Hawaiian luau at sunset. Different in a good way with some other hidden complexities, burnt sugars, tangerines, faintly flowery. A complex beer with lots of different flavors that all work together, it's also just nice to sip and enjoy it.

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Lobstah Killah from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.