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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flagraiser IPA is a big, hoppy tribute to the unfurling of the Grand Union flag atop Prospect Hill in Somerville, MA on January 1, 1776. This ale celebrates our passion for hop aroma and flavor balanced with just the right amount of malt.

Huge aroma and resin-y flavors from the elusive Galaxy hops are the signature of this beer. Built on a solid base of pale malts, this double IPA makes generous use of hops from Columbus, Crystal and Galaxy with the Galaxy hops taking the lead during ten days of aggressive dry-hopping.

(Beer added by: Kelp on 11-03-2011)
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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I should have reviewed this last week... ah well...
eyes...
2 fingers of super white head, super sticky lacing and just a nicely constructed head on all counts, clear orange hue with an organized filing of bubbles making their way (in an orderly fashion) to the top, a very nice looking IPA

nose...
nice mix of orange and herbal notes, caramel notes in the back, the dry hopping is definitely coming through, although this is not some dali of fantastic fascination it smells great to this schnozola

taste etc...
sort of oily (hop) with medium mouth feel, the carbonation is flawless, there is a nice bite of prickly bubbles and they carry through the sip, the balance here in flavor is key, you get everything you want in an IPA
-good hop flavor
-balanced sweetness without being too sweet
-bitter finish that lingers
-satisfying feel
---and you want another sip
the hops have a great role here, they play off the malt nearly perfectly, you get immediate citrus and then later the nice bittering that never quite overpowers the malt, the ABV is also just right

verdict?
excellent. I will keep my eye out for this in the future, hopefully on tap!

Ego, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Schlais, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Tiernan, Sep 18, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was the color of an old copper penny. Slightly hazy. There was a small tan head that still left a bit of lace.

Mostly a piney hops aroma. Some citrus. There was a nice caramel malt aroma.

Taste followed form. Lots of piney hops, some citrus. Caramel malt that was sweeter than I thought it would be.

This was a nice hoppy beer, very nice.

lordofthewiens, Aug 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

SunDevilBeer, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

megamass, Mar 22, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Bright orange amber with some chill haze, leaves rings of lace on the glass.

SMELL: Pomelo, blonde tobacco, evergreen, toasted bread, guava, alcohol, peppery

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, spruce, resin, bitter, citrus rind, spicy, rose water, dried grass, nutty, toasted grain, faint caramel, earth, semi-dry bitter finish

While it is undoubtably a hop forward brew it does not shy too far away from being balanced. East Coast IPAs rock on!

Jason, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flagraiser IPA opens with a musky, earthy hoppy aroma, dominated by vinous stems, grapefruit rind, rose hips, and grassy blades, with touches of pepper, mint, lemon, and anise. There is comparatively little citrusy grapefruit aroma in here, the brightness replaced by more bitter and plant-like notes that makes the aroma immediately intriguing. The hops are set off by a good selection of cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters, as well as sticky brown sugars and baking wheat breads. As a whole, the nose is good and well balanced, the hops obviously the showcase ingredient, but not overpoweringly so, and the malts adding just the right amount of sugars and breads.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a bitter hop blast that nicely reflects what the nose promised: stems, grasses, and grapefruit rind spritzed up with pepper, mint, lemon, and anise. There’s also a eucalyptus and orange extract burn in here, almost tangible in a heady vapor when breathing in with a mouthful. The fruit esters are harder to find here than they were in the nose, but some oranges and nectarines still come through, and a toast crust/biscuit combo provides a bit of grounding. The hops steal the show, however, providing an intriguing selection of some of the more bitter, darker notes, burning slightly on the tongue and soft palate. The aftertaste is surprisingly full of toasted grains and brown bread, but most of the hop notes transition, fading slowly. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, and the 80 IBUs burn nicely in the mouth. The darker, more bitter notes from the hops provide a nice contrast to many of the “grapefruit spritzer” IPAs on the market. I did wish, however, for just a touch more sugar on the tongue, such as a continuation of the cherry notes that made the aroma wonderful, but didn’t make it into the mouthful. Still, this is great fare, and is solidly made.

jondeelee, May 30, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/ruby color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to some foam on top. Nice thick lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, some grapefruit, grapefruit rind, some pineapple, and a little bit of orange/tangerine. A little bit of light graham cracker malt and a hint of alcohol, but very very faint.

T: Quite bitter! A good bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind as well as some pine with some more caramel and cracker malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very bitter for an IPA, especially in the midpalate, as opposed to the finish.

O: Despite the bitterness, very easy to drink. Liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor, but if the two matched up this would be better. As it is, still very good.

mdaschaf, Jan 05, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.