Island Day | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Today, we breathe in deeply. Fresh air and the aromatic essence of Calypso, Ella, and Pacific Jade hops fill the air and lighten our hearts while this golden ale lightens our mood. Today is an Island Day.

Added by ZackRothman on 07-14-2014

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by ZackRothman:
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got my hands on this before it hit distribution! One of the owners of Slumbrew advised me to drink it "wicked cold," so I did. Poured into a Slumbrew pint glass.

Look: This brew pours a hazy golden color. It has a cloudy appearance and looks like a sunset in a glass.

Aroma: Extremely aromatic! You can tell they dry hopped they hell out of this one. There are all sorts of tropical fruits in the nose. Smells like fresh squeezed oranges, grapefruits, and mangos.

Taste: The flavor follows the fruitiness of the nose. Bursts of citrus with a nice sweetness upfront followed by a subtle bitterness. No noticeable alcohol presence. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy, and super smooth. Almost like a fruit smoothie.

Overall: This is a bright and flavorful IPA that is perfect for the summer. I can easily see some beermosas being made with this. It would also be great for drinking outside on a nice day. It’s so drinkable!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dailyminefield
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of alexbutler
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice, cream colored head sits atop a bright apricot body. Beautiful lacing after a generous pour into a pint glass.

S - A deep backbone of apricot and mango in the aroma of this one. The smell's got some humidity to it. Very nice

T - Very fruity ale here. Smooth and without an exaggerated carbonation, the ale packs a punch with the various hops. Banana, apricot, and mango. Beautiful balance of Calypso, Ella, and Pacific jade hops.

M - Medium to heavy - the smooth character of this ale is, as previously mentioned in some past reviews, perfect for summer days. It's almost juicy.

O - Best beer I've had from Slumbrew, bar none. I stumbled upon this one, not even hearing of its fairly recent release. Not very forgiving on the wallet, around 9.50, but it's worth it to pop a bottle on a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ericvillhauer
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of trevorpost
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Tastes more like a Belgian pale ale. Mango a little banana. Just absolutely delicious! Perfectly balanced! Serve ice cold and taste the stress away. I would love to find this on draught, but either way I would definitely buy this again. Hopefully this becomes a year-round offering . Slumbrews beers just keep getting better and better

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I did enjoy this beer, I am unsure why it is labeled as a pale ale. It is definitely not an IPA as categorized here on BA. I clearly smell and taste saison yeast which really changes the profile of this beer. I think it would do better as a yeast-neutral pale ale and let these hops shine more.

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Photo of andylipp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

22oz sent by Valdieu into a tulip. Thanks!

A: Pours a hazy, opaque straw gold with a nice white head. Oh yes, this looks good.

S: Aroma brings tons of pineapple and mango and orange juice.

T: Taste is bitterish grapefruit juice, mango smoothie, light grass and Nelson-ish acidic edge.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carb.

O: Whoa, this stuff is great.

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Photo of angelosk
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic aroma and great fruity bouquet. Loved this at the boynton yards taproom. Can't wait til the next release.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/6/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruity citrus and some caramel. Then a mild hops bitterness for the style comes in, but it strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is thin for the style but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are several other IPA’s out there that I would choose first.

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy light orange/yellow with a lively head that retains well.
S: The hops are on display with the nose. Combination of citrus, lemon, apple, and pepper.
T: Upfront, I get the lemon and apple, and some citrus. The finish is an assertive pepper and citrus, with an earthy, spicy balance. The hop bitterness lingers a long while.
M: This has a soft mouthfeel and is very carbonated.
O: This is a great example of the Vermont IPA. Where this beer succeeds is in balancing what the three different hops bring to the table, you can taste the calypso, ella/stella, and pacific jade without one hop dominating over the others.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never had Ella hops, but do love the other two, so I hope this is good.

Pours a decent creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly with nice lines of lacing when it does, super hazy murky tangerine orange colored.

Nose is interesting, loads and loads of citrus, just pure orange juice in there, orange zest, touch of grapefruit pith, even a hint of pineapple in the background, some bitter rind and zest and pith, faint hint of a resin note, and some mild sweet malts barely detectable.

Taste brings the mild sweet malts out front, a little grainy and some sweet caramel like notes, touch of candied orange, and later on the taste a mild toffee like note. Then hops, plenty of them, a mix of fruits, citrus mostly, with a little piney earthy note. The hops first bring some pine actually, a little earthy pine forest floor note, terroir like, and a touch of sap and resin. Then citrus, orange peel and little grapefruit pith, some green unripe tree fruit, some tangy zest and big rind bitterness. Finish attempts to dry a bit and does so, but a touch sticky feeling, long bitter hop finish, long and spicy hop flavors, a little chewy hop like, hints at astringent even, with some pith and bitter orange peel also lingering. The more it warms and the more I drink it, the more a nice citrus tangerine like flavor starts to come through, with that bitter rind and pith, and even a little grapefruit like note of flavor.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, a bit heavy feeling for med bod.

Overall not bad, decent hop profile, better on the nose but still OK on the flavor, wish it had a bit more on the citrus and pineapple notes than the earthy pine terroir. Still a pretty nice IPA with good citrus rind and overall flavor and aroma. Quite enjoyable, and actually reminds me of something Tree House would do but a little bit lower on the totem pole.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out into a tulip, a fluffy, large white bubbled head about 2 fingers, the color is burnt orange and hazy golden sunset. Looks really inviting. The smell is lots of citrus, maybe a bunch of orange zest. This one tastes like they've used Belgian yeast. Nothing on the bottle proclaims this a Belgian ipa. Getting that classic belgian yeast quality, lots of bready, biscuit maltiness, a subtle touch of banana and clove. It kind of takes away from the hops, unless these hops have a flavor profile of belgian yeast. If that's the case, then this is successful. Besides that though, this is a decent enough ipa. Not sure I would revisit it at a little over $10 a bomber, but decent enough.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So cloudy that the beer looks like milk has been added. It looks like caramel candy. Small but lasting head. There's a blanket of opposite the side I'm drinking from.

Fresh cut floral hop aroma.

A bit sweet with touches of wheat and yeast. The finish is all hop--very strong, like black pepper. The aftertaste remains a very long time. High carbonation but the body is big enough to stand up to this. Lightly tart with a bit of a yeast bite.

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Photo of Shawnspl
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cath
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Island Day from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 56 ratings