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Flagship IPA - Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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Flagship IPA
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

TMoore, Aug 12, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -23.4%

allenm8, Oct 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
Photo of Boto
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly dark golden color. Just a bit hazy. There was a good amount of an off-white head. The aroma is mostly of hops, mainly being of pine. Decent malty body and fairly well balanced taste with the hops. A strong dose of piney hops in the aftertaste. The pine is a bit too strong and detracts from the beer.

Boto, Sep 16, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

RDW, Aug 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

LukeGude, Aug 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

tuckerlikesbeer, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of elmocoso
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better beers at the brewpub, IMO.

It was a light copper, verging on deep gold with a nice, but slight, head on it. What was there left a decent lacing along the glass.

This one was very high on hops and low on malt, i thought. It is an IPA, but the maltyness just wasnt porportionate for me.

But hey, like the saying goes: An average IPA is better than a great can of bud. The citrus in the nose and tongue, and the altogether high acohol and hops made for a pretty decent beer.

elmocoso, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never given scores like this, but it is how I viewed this beer - above average in all respects, but not extraordinary. Gold honey colored with no head at all (I think the barmaid poured it that way). Nose is pretty light, floral hops and pine. The menu said it was 55 IBU's, so I was expecting at least some hop presence, but it was very very light. Crisp and fresh flavor, with lots of pine and citrus, and then more pine. A little too much pine. Moderate carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Needs a little more character.

far333, Aug 25, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

user785335, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Juicy and citric aroma, notes of orange peel, lemon and tangerine along with some lightly floral, honeyish sweetness, some very faint malty doughiness and cedary touches. Medium hue of orange-copper with a slight, uneven, mostly lasting head. Initial impression is rather fruity and malty, some toasty sugariness throughout with hints of gentle pear and apple mingling with the citric, flowery hop presence, this becoming moderately bitter and very lightly astringent towards the finish, which is also lightly spicy and piney with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Palate is somewhat sticky and resinous, medium-full body and lively carbonation.

CuriousMonk, Feb 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jakecattleco, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

AllHailBeercules, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Azeotrope, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

target88, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MarshallMan, May 01, 2012
Photo of HopHog87
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

HopHog87, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled during a visit to the Upstream Brewing Company, Omaha on 23rd September 2003. Served on draft, in a pint Glass.

Appearance: A glowing golden-orange color with coppery-red tints. Off-white head, collar like head. Business like impression when placed on the table. I expected to it to be lighter for some reason, maybe the darker surroundings aided its dark than expected looks.

Nose: Hoppy bitterness leads the entrance of the beer into an acidic middle with a pine needle & floral ending. Crisp bitterness at all times. Had a very dry-bitter odor.

Taste: A crisp hoppy bitterness, builds in strength and increases in bitterness as it reaches the middle, whence it alters to a more citric acidic hop flavor – with hints of lemon. Towards the end these fade and make way for some pine oils. Floral aspects with whole hop leaf bitterness, which fades quickly. A bitter but tasty IPA that drinks well.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy feel in the beginning, the carbonation was partially responsible for this I believe. The hop oils, whilst not overwhelming, add a slick oil feel on the tongue in the astringent finish. Short lived but above average.

Drinkability: The third of the night that arrived with my Jambalaya – it mixed well with the spicy food, as IPA’s so often do. Pleasant drinker, although I could only drink say two or three before the harshness of the beer would slow down my appetite for another.

Overall: Another beer that I really enjoyed from the Upstream portfolio. Not exactly outstanding, but above average. The 55 IBU’s don’t come through as much as I wish they would, and if it had a smoother mouthfeel, this would be a very good beer. Enjoyable nevertheless.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of hylton44
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If the score is slightly low, it's because of the exceedingly high standard I set for one of my favorite styles of beer; especially on tap and especially after having gotten out of a truck after driving 400 miles.

Color was a little more coppery/orangey than I expect with an IPA. Rather think head-rapidly disappearing. I definitely noted the pine that is mentioned in a few other reviews here. Tasted lemony & citrusy with requisite hoppy-bite, though not among the most bitter of IPAs. Also, while refreshing, it seemed slightly oily in the mouth.

Overall, a fine beer. But I was expecting a little more definite character.

hylton44, Aug 29, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Translucent coppery-gold hue, bubbly white head, good retention, rings of lace. Pleasantly hoppy nose, mainly citrus with a hint of pine… simple yet inviting, it does weaken greatly, rapidly. Mouthwatering hoppy palate, bitter enough… citrus, raw floral hops, pine. Dry, somewhat leafy. The aftertaste is mainly floral. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, it could use more malt in the foundation… this would also add complexity to the palate. Low carbonation. This IPA is yet another solid offering from Upstream. Try one.

55 IBUs

bditty187, May 25, 2003
Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Oxymoron, Sep 22, 2005
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

stephenjmoore, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

sgoro, Apr 23, 2012
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Flagship IPA from Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.