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Flagship IPA - Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

Flagship IPA
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85
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%


Brewed by:
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Flagship India Pale Ale is bigger and bolder than ever. This full-bodied, copper-colored ale is exceptionally refreshing with huge hop character and a malt base that gives it great complexity. A great beer for hopheads.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003)
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on location at their downtown facility. The IPA poured a light amber color with a clear base. A good amount of head and some lacing but decreases over time. Did last for some time, but not throughout the whole drink. A good hop smell with some earthy tones mixed with some citrus influences. A good overall aroma that doesn’t punch you out but still is noticeable.

The taste is a good citrus hop bite to it. More grassy then grapefruit. More of an American feel to it as well. A slightly stronger floral taste then say bitter, although it is very light and the hops are blended well. A good malt backing too. I didn’t really noted it as much, put other people in my party thought it was a little bit oily on the backend of the taste.

Overall it was a good tasting IPA. Some grass and oily but not really phenol. Worth another taste if you ask me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2005 22:06:23 | More by Oxymoron
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-11-2014 21:09:39 | More by MinorThreat
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HopHog87

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Old Market Brewery.

Appearance- Copper. Extremely hazy and cloudy. I mean big-time hazy. By far, the most cloudy IPA, or commercially available brew for that matter, I have ever enjoyed. But this is not a bad thing for me. If it is unfiltered, I'm totally fine with that. It reminds me I'm drinking a craft beer and not a crappy macro. I actually prefer unfiltered beers when it comes to this style so I was pretty thrilled to try it.

Very thin head in the pint glass.

Nose- Pleasant grapefruit and tangerines. Not the real heavy citrus and zero pine. Definitely an IPA for those who enjoy the lighter shades this style has to offer. Probably not dry hopped which is fine for a basic IPA in my book.

Taste- bitter orange and light citrus. Good, hefty malt backbone but no malty overtones or aftertaste. Slight zest lingers around. Good but not fantastic. Mouthfeel is normal, just slightly thicker than your average pale ale.

Overall- A good IPA overall, but a bit lackluster when it comes to the "wow" factor. It's a drink I would grab if I was out at a restaurant but not something I'd go out of my way to stock in my fridge. I particularly enjoyed the haziest of this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 01:00:07 | More by HopHog87
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a bit generic, but a well made ipa. pours a bright honey color with a lazy white head an inch tall. smells like a good mix of hop varieties, nothing too high alpha, but not the english bittering hops either. its right in the middle of the citrus/floral spectrum, and seems about right for a hit afternoon. the flavor is comperable to the aroma, with some pale malt backing. feel is fine, medium bodied and well carbonated. its a pretty standard ipa, fresh and tasty, but not too creative or daring. a good session beer but nothing memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight from the growler (after a one-day drive back home to Colorado) into a Ska pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a pretty and opaque burnt orange with an off-white, half-inch head. The head is locked in place, still sitting there as I type this, losing just 1/4 of itself in three minutes since I poured it. The lacing is outstanding as well, covering about 75% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Big, pretty flowers with a very pleasant piney aroma behind the flowers. This smells exactly how an IPA should. The smell is exceptional.

TASTE: This tastes like the smell, floral and piney with an outstanding hop flavor that is neither too bitter nor too sweet - Although it leans towards the sweet side. A slight bitterness lurks in the background and swells up towards the end of the sip providing a very nice set up for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: A little creamier than most IPA's, but given the flavor profile this is a nice fit. It should not be too sparkly. Despite the sweetness, the finish is dryer and wipes away any chance for this to get too cloying.

OVERALL: This is a really great IPA. A couple years ago I stopped in Omaha and had a sampler. The IPA was my favorite in the lineup, but I would have rated it a strong B+. This time, I was more impressed with th improvements made by Upstream and this is easily a A beer at this point. This is tough to say as a huge fan of Empyrean, but I think this is the best beer I've tried out of Nebraska.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2012 02:16:17 | More by StoneTSR
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pigc

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother Jeff for bringing over this fresh growler.

A - Pours a dark copper color with massive three finger head.

S - Heavy pine, slight citrus, little bit on ganja going on here.

T - Starts out with a slight maltiness then the heavy pine bitterness sets in. Finish is dry.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - Very bitter, yet malty IPA. This one could use a bit more complexity and more citrus but a solid IPA from Upstream.

Serving type: growler

12-11-2011 04:00:27 | More by pigc
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Flagship IPA from Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
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