Slumbrew Snow Angel | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kelp on 01-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
100
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of harsley
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a turbid, murky orange/brown color. There are some little chunks floating around. The head is a thin cap of bubbly white froth. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Hops are very zesty. Almost lemony. Some honey and a fruit-puréed hoppiness. Citrus and some herbal hops as well. A full maltiness behind it of soggy bread.

T-The flavor is a bit odd. It's very tangy. Unique hoppiness. Also quite robust in its maltiness. Hops are piney and spicy as well. Definitely a unique take on a jaded style. I don't like the finish all too much, it's overly sweet.

M-Fuller bodied. Medium bitterness. Resiny.a bit sticky. Long aftertaste. Drinks fairly easily. Lighter carbonation.

O/D-A unique DIPA that I didn't love. Slumbrew makes some neat beers and I appreciate the effort but it just doesn't all fall int place with Snow Angel. I still think this is an above average brew in the end.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Ego
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

embossed bottle code: n26 ()-! 13

eyes...
you certainly could make a sticky now angel in the bright white sticky foam that caps this brew, a full solid finger in height and it just looks absolutely pillowy, lightly burnt orange hue with lots of carbonation populating the glass, the lacing is flawless on this, a nice example of what the style should look like

nose...
a strong mix of mango and pine, definite kiss of high alpha hops here, the malts are barely detectable.. but this is a DIPA... so I don't think it is too much of a detraction, upon further review you also get a more herbal/grassy element as well.. all hops, all the time

taste etc...
decidedly less hop forward than I would have imagined from the nose, very subdued as the malts are forward here, the bitterness is pretty mild, you get some of the tropical fruit tone and some muted medicinal tasting hops in the back of the mouth, it has nice linger but
not all that much hop bite, the alcohol is well hidden but detectable (no warming though which was sort of strange to me), the carbonation is perky and keeps this easy to drink in terms of overall feel

verdict?
surely balanced but at the loss of a real hop kick. it is damn close if it just had that something extra it would be world's better, right now this is just a little above average

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Photo of MAN615
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bleeps
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of woooobeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of IndyDad
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ZackRothman
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hops give this complex brew a pungent aroma full of pine along with a prominent resinous character. The taste is full of citrus yet is balanced by a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is present but is masked by the many other wonderful flavors in this imperial IPA. Let it snow!

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Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22 oz bomber into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Interesting golden-amber hue, almost clear but not quite. Pours with a finger and a half of super dense foam the color of banana flesh. Plenty of suds, but the lace doesn't really develop or stick.

Smell- Pungent, assertively resinous, fruity and slightly astringent in an almost raspberry-like way. Too-sour pineapple, perhaps. Definitely some booze, but not too outlandish for 9%. Bright spruce comes out more as it warms, with mild vanilla biscuit in there somewhere.

Taste- Hmm. Well, that's unexpected. In a good way- this stuff is definitely piney, plenty of tropical fruit, some booze, mild sweetness- all of the stuff you'd expect in a DIPA. The weird thing is that my first thought was "That's a DIPA?... Well, I don't know what else you'd call it." Strong toasted biscuit notes and gobs of hop flavor, savory and a little spicy- definitely unique. Finishes with a spicy, almost peppery flavor (on second though, it's more like ginger), mint, and again that perfect amount of restrained honey-like sweetness. Punchy, assertive, but not the smack in the face you'd usually get from something this hoppy. That's really something.

Mouthfeel- Full, smooth, mellow carbonation. Substantial but not heavy. Treacly feel on the sip, but finishes clean- almost-buried chalkiness comes from somewhere to keep it from sticking to the palette. Noticeable gritty feeling after the ~11 oz is gone. Easier drinking than you'd expect for the ABV.

Overall- American Barleywine or DIPA? I don't really know, but man-it's good. Reminds me of Middle Ages Druid Fluid, with less fruit and more mint, actually. Well, I picked this up along with a four-pack of Heady Topper in VT a month or so ago, and while this one sat in the fridge longer I'm not sure what I regret not being able to buy again more- absolutely worth picking up. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lancecenter
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Purchased in August at The Bev in Winooski, VT. Poured in to a New Belgium Globe.

This is a surprisingly good beer. The biggest drawback? I bought it at the same time I bought Heady Topper. But the appearance on this beer was immaculate with an excellent oily hop profile. Next time I find this stuff, I'll give it the justice of a full review.

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Photo of Mattys21
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rheaume17
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of grittly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ConorGolden
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AnitaBier
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TripelMark
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Slumbrew Snow Angel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.87 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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