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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Kelp on 11-03-2011

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.
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Ratings: 378 | Reviews: 101
Reviews by ghostwalker:
Photo of ghostwalker
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my CBS snifter, it displays a cloudy orange body with a frothy yellow-white head.

Nose is pineapple-mango citrus with a candied quality. Very nice.

Flavor is tropical sweetness with a huge pine bite on the finish. Malt is there in a medium amount, but it's definitely a hop forward brew. Pineapple is something I am getting on the first portion of each sip, but then huge bitter bomb on the finish is a bit jarring. Still, a really good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is tangy, stripping, a little astringent.

Overall, a really good brew. I love Galaxy hops, so I had to try this one out, especially with it being a local brewery. Glad I did, seek it out if you can, or beermail me for a trade if you need a beer connection!

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fruity passiony citrus hops. Mellow smooth malt. Not a great yeasty finish.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh IPA. Serviceable. More like a pale. Light coloured body, middling mouthfeel. Some hop aromas. Decent drinkability. Resiny,some tropical fruit, apricot and grapefruit,a tad astringent but good malting in the secondary.Not bad but not worth seeking in a trade.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange body with a whispy head that resolves in a matter of seconds, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very hop forward, with citrus and some light floral notes.

The hops dominate the taste with citus, resinous, and grassy hops. The caramel malt shows up briefly but is almost an afterthought. It's moderately bitter.

The mouthfeel was a little undercarbonated, in my opinion, and was slick.

Overall, I really liked the flavor and aroma in this beer, but the looks of it and mouthfeel left something to be desired. After reading through some of the other reviews I'm wondering if theres a batch variation or something inconsistent with the bottle I got. For the pricepoint I'll defintely try this agian in the not-too-distant future because I enjoyed the smells and taste of it.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a lightly hazy golden honey with a few fingers of smooth white head.

Nose is distinctly Galaxy -- notes of passion fruit and orange, some caramel. Like a fruit punch.

Taste follows nose pretty closely - dominate citrus tones on top of a subtle caramel body. A little thin in the body for my taste, and a bit low in carbonation. Clean front with a lingering pithy bitterness.

Overall a pretty damn solid IPA. Would like a little more body and a little cleaner back end bitterness, but the ABV is hardly present and it makes for a fine pint.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazed orange glow with an off white head. piney and resiny nose touch of alcohol some herbal hop and sweet malts. A very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Up front are these rich toasted grain flavors, earthy, nutty and whole grain breads, touch of sugared sweetness. This all rolls into an herbal a resinous hoppy backend with a nice bitterness that overrides the tasty malt component. Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and lingering bitterness. I like, definitely different and sets itself apart from other ipa's.

Bitterness really lasts and sneaks up on you due to the rich malt body.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11-2011. New arrival to Chicago market. Served in a pint glass.

Bright orange, good clarity, lasting white foam leaves a permanent skim on the surface. Ever present rising carbonation. Classic look to it.

Sweet candied citrus peel, bready shortbread sweetness, light spice. Caramel specialty malt, sticky sweet as it warms, almost cheesy.

Resiny dank hop bitterness, leafy green, lightly spicy. Caramel and bread heaviness, medium to full bodied with a low to medium carb level. Dry bitter aftertaste of pine and citrus peel. A slightly sweet and resiny IPA, fairly big at 7.8%. Would drink again, though its a little sweet and full bodied.

Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 11-2011

pours hazy orange with a 2 finger pillowy head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of tropical fruit apricots bubble gum cotton candy

taste of tropical fruity hops a little pine semi sweet bready caramel malts

mouthfeel - medium body decent carbonation very smooth

overall an extremely drinkable ipa and it makes me want to seek out more beers that use galaxy hops

Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a thin lacing with big bubbles. Slightly hazy body that is bronze in color.
S) Pink grapefruit. Orange peel. Pleasant floral notes.
T) A well balanced taste. even malts, even hops until the end. POW! A bold hop bite and lingering bitterness. Grapefruit. Caramel and toffee notes.
M) Medium body. Mellow carbonation - almost cask conditions. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A good brew overall. I will be more than glad to finish this whole bottle.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper color, with an off-white, yellowish head. Fluffy, with a lot of lace.

Aroma is citrusy, with some sweet caramel and a touch of pine resins.

Taste has a nice bitterness up from, citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a solid malt backing.

Creamy, slightly crisp with the carbonation, upper light bodied.

Not hard to drink, and if kept in stock fresh, I'd definitely hit this up often.

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that settles to a dense cap and leaves spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp and pungent, with big tropical hop aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and grapefruit with a moderately sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - More resinous tropical hop flavors dominate, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and peach and a fairly sturdy caramel malt profile. Pretty balanced overall, but the bitterness if intense and long-lasting. Definitely feeling the Galaxy hops.
M - A touch over medium-bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A very nice first brew from Slumbrew, the Galaxy hop usage was lovely and resulted in a solid IPA!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with a red tinge and a two finger creamy head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma consists of a lot of smooth tropical fruits and some sweet caramel, but hops definitely dominate.

Starts off with the same tropical fruit flavor although it's a bit subdued compared to the aroma. A little bit of sweetness peaks in, but again hop dominant. Finishes very dry with a strong piney resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both good. A touch of creaminess prevents it from being too thin.

Pretty solid hop forward beer from a brewery I've never heard of before. One of favorite random extras I've received.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA has a very thick, off-white head, an opaque, bubbly, orange appearance, with many noticeable tan particles roiling about, and a very heavy lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is of white bread, sweetness, and citrus, and the flavor is of those elements, with grapefruit and increasing bitterness as the sip settles out. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA finishes mostly dry, rather drinkable, and not the least bit alcohilic.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that faded away, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has strong flavors of gooseberries along with slight bits of citrus. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a nice job of showcasing the aromas and flavors of the Galaxy hops. It's not a bad selection if you like gooseberries.

Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 04-2012.

a: bright copper color with a nice fluffy white head that never wants to quit. nice levels of carbonation too.

s: nice combination of floral and pine hops with bready malt aroma. well rounded. reminds me alot of Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'.

t: floral and citrus hop flavor followed by a nice pine bitterness. slightly sweet biscuit-like malt flavor throughout. perfectly balanced. hop bitterness is not at all overwhelming and finishes clean.

m: pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

as others have said, it kind of reminds me of a classic (90s era) East Coast IPA with an intriguing hop profile. will buy again next time i see it on-tap. bottle was a tad expensive ($7)

Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap. an outstanding beer across the board. wonderful aroma smooth beer with a great feel. Impressive beer for the somerville brewery.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a former resident of Somerville I'm not offended by the nickname Slum-a-ville nor Slumbrew. I am greatly offended, however, by a beer named after Somerville brewed in Ipswich. What's next, a Boston lager brewed in OH?

Pretty bottle art. Flagraiser is a bright honey color and sports and impressive, chunky white head. A solid layer of retention paints my glass foamy white.

Smells like pine! This is my 2nd beer with Galaxy hops and I'm beginning to believe that Galaxy = pine. Sweet and sugary grapefruit compliments the dominant pine.

Though Flagraiser features some piney/peach ring hop flavor the hops appear as more bitter than flavor. While I'm not at all opposed to bitterness in my IPA, I'd like a commensurate amount of flavor to accompany said bitter. Raw. Malt doesn't contribute much more than a base - and that's fine. Bitter, mildly medicinal lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate for 7.5% and carries beloved prickly hop resin.

At 7.5% and 80 IBU this has the stats of a DIPA but fails to deliver hop aroma and flavor in sufficient quantity. I wouldn't mind finding it at Somerville locals Atwoods or Indie when I'm in the mood for a raw, bitter IPA.

Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh six packs (or four, can't remember) means time to review the Slumbrew staples.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a hazy, dark orange-amber body. Small white head forms with a creamy-foamy texture and the height of about one finger. Foam dies down relatively quickly to a small bubbly ring at the edges. Thick ring of lace at the top with thinner webs drizzling down from there.

S- Aroma brings close to a half and half balance between hops and malts with hops getting just a slight edge. Hop notes of citrus zest, dried stone fruit like apricot, flowers and some pine. Caramel malt and cracked grain hints form a backdrop with some yeast hints.

T- As in the aroma, a balance of hops and the other key beer ingredients is struck. Hops shift slightly to more grapefruit, floral and pine notes with a hint of tropical fruit. Yeast seems to create some spice, raisin, apple and bread notes. The grains bring caramel, biscuit, cracked cereal grain and slight sweetness.

MF- Creamy overall texture with high end carbonation. Maybe the best part of the brew as the creaminess is quite pleasant. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Malt and yeast flavors seem to counteract what good hop flavors are there. In a way it is more like an amber or Barleywine and the higher ABV here allows more yeast and malt flavors to arise. Still fairly pleasant and nothing totally off but not on par with other good IPAs around today.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed golden with a thick head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of citric/tropical fruits and resin. This has a great hoppy smell with some pale malt backing.

The taste is bitter, fruity and bready. It is hop-forward with enough pale malt sweetness to give a balancing backbone. There is just a hint of alcohol. It has a long finish.

It is creamy, full-bodied and smooth.

This a great IPA!

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Fluffy head recedes gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is citrus and pine.

Taste is sweet to start, citrus in the middle, pine to the close, with ample bitterness lingering long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Seems maybe a bit over the top on the hops for me, but that's what IPA is nowadays.

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.