Slumbrew Snow Angel

Slumbrew Snow Angel

This week was a doozy at work. Lots of activity, some long days, some managerial issues and so on. I’m glad that it’s the weekend, and I’m settling in with 5 hours of episodes of Lost. I’m not even concerned about eating dinner tonight, as last night we went out for Mexican and I stuffed myself until it hurt. Today, my stomach got its revenge. Yes folks, that means I had the shits. TMI for the win.

I’m treating my upset stomach with a bomber of Slumbrew Snow Angel, a 9% ABV imperial IPA. The beer is a really interesting creation from the Sommerville-based brewery. According to the label, it uses a bunch of caramel malts, some wheat, and a handful of different hop varieties, including and experimental one that is only referred to as “HBC-342”.

The mix of wheat and barley makes for an indescribable sweet backbone to the beer – caramel for sure, but a bready/wheaty caramel? I’m also picking up a sweetness that’s fruit – perhaps apricot, no…maybe dark fruit…raisin? I have no fucking clue.

In the hops department, the flavors are massive, but somehow not overpowering; this brew is incredibly well balanced for an imperial. While there is plenty of citrus hops, I can’t seem to wrap my head around this beer. Frankly, it reminds me of a hoppy barleywine more than an imperial IPA. One way or another, I’m really digging it for a slew of reasons: super unique, lots of hops, well balanced, local. Go buy some if you can find it.


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.