Slumbrew Happy Sol

I love when I get to try beer that I can’t get in New Jersey. Slumbrew happens to be one of those breweries. And yes, this is from the stash that my parents brought home. I was exceptionally excited to try this beer because it has one of my favorite things in it: blood oranges. I absolutely love blood oranges. I was actually contemplating brewing an IPA with blood oranges. So, I find this beer is a hefe with blood oranges? Yes, please…

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: Why do the Eagles just have to throw the game away? It’s really annoying. Vick needs to stop throwing the ball to the other team and stop fumbling. Argh.

When I opened this bomber, the pop on it was really loud. I guess we have a lot of active carbonation on this one. When I poured it the first time, it was all head and about five fingers high. This was probably the biggest head that I’ve seen. It was meringue like and just a touch off white. It took an eternity to dissipate. I could have read the entire dictionary while I was waiting for this one. Once it did and I could finally pour some more, the body was a cloudy yellow color with low carbonation visible. Hmm…thought that I would get more carbonation on this one. Anyways, the nose was really fragrant with honey, orange peel and coriander. I didn’t get anything that screamed “blood orange” yet. The taste started with sweet honey, then I got orange zest and a hint of blood oranges. But, I really wanted more blood orange. It was a little subtle. The coriander was present as well, but not as intense as the nose. The body was lighter than expected for the style as was the carbonation. The finish was quick. Even though I wanted more blood orange flavor, this was a really enjoyable beer that would have been great this summer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0