Slumbrew Happy Sol
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
3.7 | pDev: 12.7%
Aug 01, 2022
Nov 01, 2011
A refreshingly tart and crisp hefeweizen brewed with local MA wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. It’s a cloudy, yet effervescent beer, with lingering banana and citrus notes balanced against a healthy wheat backbone and hoppy finish from Mt. Hood and Crystal hops.
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Ratings by amphion1065:
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Reviewed by amphion1065 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really beautiful, hazy ochre. Dark red at the core but lighter around the edges - this really does look like a blood orange, or perhaps a sunset. A one-finger white head fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet, with a very strong wheat presence. This is, to be sure, untraditional. In addition to some classic ester fruits, there is a very strong undercurrent of bright citrus. Indiscernible combination of spices.

The taste is a little less enchanting than the smell. Again, there is a very strong wheat character, with a slight spice mix. What really sticks out is the pure, unadulterated flavor of blood orange. Tart, sour and very natural, it imparts a lingering bitterness to this beer. Not unlike eating a real orange, I suppose.

The carbonation is on the low side, and the mouthfeel suffers as a result. More life would make this easier to drink, though it's certainly not difficult to put down now.

A really solid effort from this new local brewery. I'm very excited to see what's in store for Slumbrew.
Nov 16, 2011
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by Tiffpanman from Massachusetts

Aug 03, 2019
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Conley's, Clayton got one too. Murky, orangey. Solid hefe but not amazing head - probably on the bar.
May 26, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ChrisG523 from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by GravityKills from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by flek from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by LIODIYA from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Looks: Medium golden amber color with a nice haze going on.

Smell: Light on the nose. Citrus, banana and yeast.

Taste: Very well rounded hefe with a slight sour on the aftertaste. Banana and citrus on the main body. A bit of funk going on.

Feel: Great feel. Satisfying but not overwhelming by any means.

Overall: A great Hefe. Would recommend.
Jul 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
The appearance is a hazy golden orange body with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dies. Carbonation is still seen rising. The smell has the esters/"banana" yeastiness up front, light coriander all balanced pretty well, light citrus as it continues to warm. The taste is sweet yet light spiciness through all previously mentioned flavors. Light wheat bite at the end leading into the aftertaste, dry finish. The palate is light, sessionable, and has a moderate carbonation seems to be right now for the style. Overall, it maintains some of the qualities of a hefeweizen but seems like they're not presenting enough strength for the style such as a Weihenstephaner.
Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 3.8 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by jmphillips88 from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Aisha from Massachusetts

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Stephenmheadley from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Favorite beer from Slumbrew! Very flavorful fruit beer and an amazing dark orange with a malty mix to it. Tart to the finish with a nice sour finish to combat the sweet orange.
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 25, 2016
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Rated by Severymusic from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I tried this after a long day of tasting at other breweries in and around Boston, so my rating might not be entirely accurate.
Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by DoreenAndDave from Maine

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Beer poured from a can into a goblet. It's murky amber with a hint of orange. Nice thin ivory head. Nose is estery with perhaps a bit of crackery malt. Taste is tart and estery---a bit more sour than I was anticipating. Perhaps this is from the blood orange. There's a bit of a coriander kick in the finish, which seems a bit off to me. Mouthfeel is ok; it's well carbonated, but a bit heavy. Overall, I'm not in love with this beer. This might be because I'm not a huge fan of wits, and I also don't like beers with too much coriander. I was hoping for something more citrusey and less tart/coriander-ey. But maybe I went into this with unrealistic expectations.
Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by NickyB617 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've certainly sampled many Slumbrew beers and haven't found one that I dislike yet, but Happy Sol continues to be my all-time favorite! It's a great refreshing taste with the blood orange and is perfect for spring and summer although I pick it up all year round.
May 26, 2016
Rated: 2.85 by Shellynix from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2016
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