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Brew Review: Slumbrew Naked Hopularity

Slumbrew Naked HopularityBrewery: Slumbrew
Brew: Naked Hopularity
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 80
Their Take: Hopheads go to great extremes in their lupulin quests. It’s a worthy endeavor, but fraught with falling across the event horizon in a hoppy stupor. With swirling flavors from both dark malts and the crisp body from pilsner grains, our limited release black IPA will take you to the center of a hop explosion and back, without all the crushing gravity.

The Black IPA, or Cascadian Dark Ale, or American Dark Ale, or Hoppy Tar, has quietly become one of my favorite styles of this summer. I find myself giving anything with Black IPA written on the label a shot, the latest of which being Slumbrew’s Naked Hopularity.

The beer pours as black as the universe depicted on the label, absorbing all light thrown at it, not even turning deep brown next to a lamp. It had a fluffy, tan head that hung out with me throughout the entirety of the beer. The usual BIPA aromas were there, more piney and resiny than the plain Jane IPA, lacking most of the citrus that style is known for. Naked Hopularity had an earthy feel too it, a unique scent (possibly coming from some black patent malt?), yet I couldn’t help but notice a bit of a medicinal smell to it as well.

Slumbrew Naked HopularityThe malt dominates the initial taste, again what I think was black patent malt stealing the show, though I could be way off there. It had a taste similar to my own brews that has only come when I’ve used that particular grain, so it leads me to think this way. It tasted deliciously over cooked, not charred, but burnt just enough to enhance the flavors. It was crisp, like roasted coffee, hold the cream and sugar. There was some bitterness at the end and on the after taste, the IPA part of the name coming through, but the hops used complemented the malt bill, blending seamlessly with the roastiness originally tasted. I wish the hops had shone bright from start to finish, but they held up at the end, and finished off what I found to be a rather delicious beer. I know the Black IPA can be a contentious brew, what are your thoughts on the style?

Appearance: 5/5
Aroma: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
Total: 17/20

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8 comments on “Brew Review: Slumbrew Naked Hopularity

  1. bolanrox
    August 29, 2013

    They just started stocking slum brew in NJ, They were acutely just making shelf space for them when I was shopping. I don’t remember seeing this one in particular (Blue Lobster is the only name that is sticking in my head) but I am going to take closer look next time I am there.

    • dasalehaus
      August 29, 2013

      Ah, I didn’t know it was new here. It’s definitely worth checking out, I’d give more of their beers a shot if I saw them.

      • bolanrox
        August 29, 2013

        I think they only started shipping to NJ last week. I saw at least 4 or five so I will be taking a look for sure next time i am there.

  2. mouldsbeerblog
    August 29, 2013

    I have a love/hate relationship with these Black IPAs. Done well, they can be amazing. Stone’s SSA is probably still one of my favorites (because of taste, and of how readily available it is). I haven’t tried Slumbrew’s yet though, I will have to pick it up when I see it!

    • dasalehaus
      September 6, 2013

      Yea, it was definitely good. I still haven’t picked up SSA, mainly because it’s always there when I go to get beer, and I just think to myself, “ah, next time.” I really gotta get on that. Cheers!

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  4. properpour
    August 31, 2013

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.

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