Slumbrew Rising Sun Ale | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Rising Sun AleSlumbrew Rising Sun Ale

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by smcolw on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of KarlosT
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An all barley malt brew fermented w/ wheat beer yeast. Deep red color with malty flavors from raosted barlye, Munich, and piseln and caramel malts.

To be honest, not a fan of the Perle and Hallertauer hops. Adds a spice flavor that turns me off. Tastes to me that additional spice was added. Need to investigate the effect of these specific hops more.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 5/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish orange brew. Head recedes gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is malts and a light tartness.

Taste starts nutty sweet, kicks it up pretty hard on the tartness in the middle, balanced close with the lemony undercurrent. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but drinkability is limited by omnipresent sour character. Hoped for better.

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Photo of dookiebrown
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pour this into my stange and a nice copper body appears along with a half inch white foamy head that lasts for a good minute. The body is too cloudy for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some spotty foamy lacing speckles the glass here and there. The smell has banana up front with some light spice and malts in the background. The taste is pretty much the same. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. Its mostly smooth and drinkable. Overall, good but unsure if I would come back to this.

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Photo of OnTheBusWithGus
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into stemless wine glass. Bottled 5/13, about 3 months old.

A- Pours a yellowish red copper color with a slight off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, carbonation dies off after awhile.

S- Espresso beans, some dark fruits, cola, a bit of licorice, caramel. A lot going on and decently aromatic, would be fairly pleasant smelling if the cola presence wasn't there.

T- Caramel malts, slight dark fruits, barley, a fairly distinct flat cola taste that sort of ruins the beer a bit, finishes with espresso beans, some wheat, and light caramel malts.

M- Initially fairly spritzer then fading to be a little bit on he flat side, medium bodied, easy drinking.

O- I haven't had to many altbiers, but I wasn't a huge fan of this one and I know I've had much better of the style. This was drinkable but it didn't quite fit together with a slight off putting cola presence.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Boto
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Noho Brewfest: This one pours a clear, dark amber color. There was very little heads on it. It has a milder nose. Malty, toasty, hint of roast and biscuit. The taste is good. Malts, roastiness, hint of dryness in finish. Maybe some nuttiness. Nice.

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Photo of ConorGolden
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bigd84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fattsmagee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle's label:
Inspired by a less known German brewing style called dampfbier--an all barley malt bill fermented with wheat beer yeast--we found a delicious new expression for our Happy Sol yeast. This beer pours a deep red color with unique malty flavors from roasted barley, Munich, pilsen and caramel malts. A subtle hop spice is derived from German Perle and Hallertauer hops.

Pours with a decent head that leaves some chunky lace. Dark brown color where light shines through well.

Relatively light aroma of darker, toasty malts.

Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. The brew comes across as a wheat beer with a mild degree of sourness. I don't detect the hops.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one lost in the back of the fridge, hopefully hasn't faded too much.

Pours a big fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing over semi clear but dark cranberry mahogany ruby brown colored beer.

Aroma hits my nose from a few feet away on the pour, big malts, very interesting, with lots of caramel, toffee, light roast, roasted reddish malts, candy, nutty, etc. Then the bock comes in with nice toffee, light raisin, reminiscent of a dark wheat beer, hint candied banana, and just a touch of herbal grassy hops.

Taste starts with lots more malts, toffee and caramel right out, slight hint of roast, nutty malt flavors, etc, before more yeast additions, big toffee and light bananas foster, candied raisin and fig, again a dark wheat flavor for that bock yeast. Caramel really saturates before hops come in lightly, hint herbal grassy earthy like hops, light bitterness, earthy dirty raisin flavor, abs just a light yeasty flavor. Finish is slightly drier, little sticky, lingering dark fruits, fig raisin, toffee, caramel, fruity flavors, and light earthy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, sticky syrupy mostly, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting blend of malt flavors and bock yeast flavors, little too syrupy but mostly a good beer.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bomber into my Pretty Things goblet. Served refrigerator temperature after a three mile run.
A - dull copper color, looks a little like dirty water. Head fades quickly but some lacings persist. Iced tea color.
S -slightly sour malt/yeast smell. Bread dough.
T - sweet & sour. Strong lemon flavor mixed with the yeasty sour. Tasty. Hints of fish oil? or am I trying too hard.
M - crisp and thirst quenching. Goes down like a dry cider perhaps.
O - it's given me the hiccups but I forgive it. Different than what I usually have, nice flavor, not sure I want more than one however.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch beige head with decent lifespan. The body in masstone is a burnt umber brown, quite dark, which surprised me considering the Rising Sun name, and when you held it to the light you can make out a pretty dark burgundy color, so I get it, but it's more of a last moment of sunset than a rising sun. Smell is great with a complex mix of caramel, malt, molasses, fig, and hops. The taste, although good, is far simpler and understated compared to the smell. And there's not much to the finish.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of twinpeekaboo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bubseymour
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Tradtimbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Slumbrew Rising Sun Ale from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 35 ratings