When I saw images of this pop up on social media around the holidays I made a mental note to pick some up. It had been awhile since my last Slumbrew beer and this seasonally appropriate option looked like a good way to change that. When I happened upon a four-pack while doing some other shopping it seemed like this was meant to be.
Beer Name: Snow Angel
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Description: A limited seasonal release, this unfiltered DIPA makes use of both pilsner and caramel malts in combination with a healthy dose of Nugget, Columbus, Zythos, Simcoe, and experimental hops. You can learn a bit more about the details at the bottom of this page. If memory serves me correctly I picked up a four-pack of tallboys for roughly $13 downtown.
Appearance: Dark copper and amber body topped off by a thin layer of just slightly off-white foam.
Smell: Huge burst of tropical fruit sweetness when I initially opened the can. After this passed, the beer took on more of a malty sweetness backed by a muted bitterness.
Taste: A lot of tropical and caramel sweetness upfront, but that abruptly fell off into a finish dominated by notes of herbal spices, toasted malt, and some resinous hops. As the beer sat for a few minutes, the sweet malts began to stand out a bit more which I found preferable to the spices. Considering all the hops that went into this I was a bit surprised they didn’t have more of a presences in this beer, either in flavor or bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feeling underneath a moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype: No hype, I was just looking forward to getting re-acquainted with this brewery’s wares. I am always tempted to more regularly try out more from them and used this release as an opportunity to do so.
Overall: I was a bit disappointed by this one. It had a lot of promise coming out the gate, not to mention my beloved caramel malts, but ultimately it unraveled and ended up tasting a bit messy. I feel like this would have been better labeled as a spiced strong ale as opposed to a DIPA (assuming the spice was intentional). Considering all the great hop-forward options in my area, this was definitely a bit behind the pack.