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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
89
very good

99 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 391
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The malt character is light and bready in the nose, covered up by a nice tropical-fruit hop character.

The flavor has a touch of bready malt as the backdrop for some tropical fruit and citrus notes coming from the hops. Light-medium body with average carbonation and a moderate bitterness through the finish. Nothing too noteworthy, but a well-made brew with a nice hop profile. (548 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber colored liquid capped with a decent head that provides some good lacing action

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel flavor builds the base, up front, and then the piney elements take over, bringing along some stone fruit and berry flavors by mid-palate; piney bitterness and fruity flavors linger in the rather malty finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A bit too malty for me, but a decent East Coast style IPA (500 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with their porter, and I have to get the macro swill taste out of my mouth from a bad beer review I just did.

Pours a nice fizzy head of almost a finger, that fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, over a crystal clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose is pretty nice, lots of fresh hops, light citrus, some nice tropical fruit with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and a hint of musty fresh hop resins. None of those come on strong like Heady Topper, but still present and nice. As it warms a touch of candy hop aroma comes out with slight waft of pine. Under that comes some nice light sweet malts.

Taste brings more hops right out, fresh hops, very slightly resinous and musty, as well as hint of piney hops. Then tropical fruits again, very light pineapple, citrus, tangerine, mango, etc. and a decent bitterness. Again light candy hop flavor starts to shine through, bringing the sweet malts as a base that help to balance out the nice hop bitterness. A light abrasive grainy hop kick and oily flavor round off the overall experience. As it finishes it gets quite bitter and borderline astringent, with only the sweetness from the malts saving it from over bitter astringency. A nice long bitter almost spicy hop character reminds me for scores of minutes after the sip the tasty IPA I'm still drinking.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, slightly oily from the hops.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, decetnt semi sweet malty balance, strong bitterness, good citrus and tropical fruits and fresh hop flavors/aromas, tasty beer and well done. (1,572 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large four-finger off-white head. Lots of stringy lace on the glass. The head lasts a long time with a rocky settling. The liquid is hazy with an orange-amber color.

Very pleasant blend of paler malts with a good dollop of grapefruit zest-like hops. Fragrant but not floral.

Starts with a very brief malt flavor, but the hop practically explodes as the liquid hits the back of my tongue. The bitterness completely overwhelms this beer. On subsequent sips, the malt never really comes back. Borderline extreme. This would be an excellent counterpoint to spicy food. The body is what I would expect. Flavor wise, this is close to a DIPA. (637 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Binny's - fairly reasonably priced too. Bottled November, 2011. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that has great retention and leaves a bit of splotchy lacing behind. Lightly hazed dark golden body. More lace and this would be perfect, but it's pretty nice as is.

S - The label says Galaxy hops, but I don't think I would have guessed that from my initial inspection. More pine and grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, and a light herbal note - I'd have guessed Columbus and Simcoe. Lightly crackery malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol. Pretty nice in any case.

T - The taste is a little less impressive. More malt-forward - bready, with a touch of caramel - with some nebulous tropical fruits, cheesy Columbus hops, and a fairly intense herbal bitterness that lingers but thankfully doesn't build too much. All 80 IBUs are present and accounted for in this beer and it seems a tad excessive considering the fairly balanced malt-to-hop ratio. More of a 3.75 in the flavor category.

M - Chewy texture, medium-full body, and zesty carbonation. Plenty hefty for the listed 7.5%. Some light warming alcohol, and a surprisingly sticky and oily finish. Could use a bit more dryness.

D - For all my (minor) complaints this is really easy to drink. My first glass went down plenty fast, and I happily refilled my glass with the remnants of the bomber. I'm not sure how the last 6 weeks have affected the dry hop aroma, so this could potentially be a bit better than I've suggest - if I see a fresher batch (or a keg) I'll probably revisit this. (1,592 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, tangerines, citrus hops, and fruity malts. Ton of orange which I really love.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, light citrus hops, earthy notes. More caramel in the taste; nice, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness.

o - Overall a very nice IPA. I loved the nose as I love oranges, but they didn't come through as much in the taste. Would like to try it again. (630 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (423 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike for the random IPA. Beer is orange and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, and some lacing, served in a snifter.

Aroma is citrusy and fruity throughout a very nice aroma indeed, no malt.

Beer is medium to light in body, relatively hoppy with only a mild bitterness on the finish. I really like this beer, a decent IPA for sure, I'd even have it again. (405 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and copper colored with a small head and sparse lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, more than is customary. Unusual, but not off putting. The flavor brings more of a balance between hops and malt, with additional notes of bread and coconut. Medium bodied with alcohol pretty well disguised. Overall, a different take on the style and one I would try again. That said, this falls short of the upper tier IPAs. (470 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light pine and grapefruit comes through to the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavor with pine, grapefruit, pear, and a hint of mango. Bitterness is sharp but not overly so. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: an easy to drink beer. Nicely flavorful and worthy of a try. (454 characters)

Photo of Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Copper hue that has a 1.5 finger of head. A nice clearness to the brew and lacing down my glass.

Smell- This is the first thing I noticed, the second I poured the beer out I could smell the hops and I was a good arms length away. It smells of mainly hops with a hint of pine at the end. Almost a perfect nose for me, except it seems like something is missing, I just can't put my finger on it.

Taste- I had this when it was too cold and was wondering if this was just an overly bitter IPA. It turned out that it needed some time and warmth and turned into a complete different beast. The bitterness fades and the hops and malt work well together. Right away you get the different hops working together and then a malt sweetness followed by a slight bitterness, towards a pineyness flavor. The bitter pineyness quickly leaves the tongue and leaves a dryness on the tongue.

mouthfeel- A clean flavor that washes across the tongue leaving a slight dryness behind. A good amount of carbonation.

overall- The alcohol sneaks up on you as you drink, it is well hidden. A nice simple IPA that doesn't try to make too much of itself. I will definitely be picking this up again. (1,192 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New local brewery beer found the other day, check. IPA with a bottled on date, check. Bottled 11/2011
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Oh yeah, there's some hops in here. Lots of grapefruit some pine and a hint of lemon in the aroma. Traces of bready malt deep underneath. Taste is pretty much what the aroma told me it would be. Lots of hop flavor with a hint of bread to keep the enamel on your teeth. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Huge hop aromas and a nice flavorful beer. Kind of simple but damn I enjoyed this. (644 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very hazy and very dark golden orange with a frothy two finger white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little dark for the style but otherwise looks pretty good.

Slightly earthy, tropical fruit hops aroma with a grainy, sweet caramel malt backbone. Grassy with resinous oils and pine needle character along with hints of grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple. Smells decent but the malt character is strong than I prefer with lots of caramel, toffee, leather and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a huge sweet malt presence that almost completely overpowers all of the hop flavor. Dry and bitter up front with some earthy pine needle and sticky hop oils but this is nearly cancelled out by the strong malt flavors. Slightly leathery with a lot of caramel sweetness along with hints of toffee, rye, biscuit, hazelnut and dark fruit. There's some subtle boozy heat/sweetness in the finish but overall the ABV is well masked. Overall, this beer is way too malty for the style and doesn't even taste like an IPA in my opinion. Feels more like a weak barleywine than anything else. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 04/2012

Pours a very nice cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a slight malt note, citrus, and some nice pine notes. The taste is very nice and hoppy, some malts thrown in, very nice touch of citrus and pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice IPA, really enjoying it. Thanks Bill! (502 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed 2/12/12.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber with a thin head into my glass. Let's see how it smells, shall we?

A strong whiff of pine resin upfront with only a gasp of biscuity malt. It's safe to say that this is all about the hops.

Wow, pine overload here! That's all I can think about, thanks to the hops. My mouth is enveloped from cheek to cheek with bitterness from these hops.

Mouthfeel is full of the same. Piney hop juice. That's all I can really detect. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt!

But, you do need malt to create balance. This beer could get by on just the hoppiness alone but that wouldn't be fun, would it? Check it out regardless. (672 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty dark orange color. Transparent. Has an excellent off-white cap that is about a finger high. Head is uneven and bubbly and leaves good lacing.

S-Nice nose. Sweet and hoppy. Hops are big on citrus and flowers. Not very bitter smelling. Malt is sweet caramel and nice bread. Perfumey aroma.

T-Super citrusy and grassy. Grapefruit and florals. Malt takes a back seat here. More bitterness than anticipated. Really, really tasty and hoppy. An excellent tasting IPA from Massachusetts. I absolutely love the hop profile here.

M-Medium body with soft, tickling carbonation. Dry and bitter, like an IPA should be. Resinous. Juicy feel from the hops.

O/D-This is an exceptional IPA. One of the best IPAs I have had from this area without question. Super hoppy. At under $6 a bomber, this is a deal! Very pleased with this liquid hop bouquet. This brewery is an up-and-comer and I am happy to see its from my home-state. (932 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy iced tea color with a decent white froth on top and decent lacing. The aroma is a malty caramel with pleasant pine hop evident. Very solid. The flavor brings a crisp pine-leaf hop that mingles with minty malt. Pretty simple but very well balanced while maintaining an aggressive, chewy hop bite. It has a nice musty bread quality as well. It’s a medium-plus body brew yet delivers an almost light, somewhat spritely feel. Carbonation is tingly polite and more than adequate. Very solid stuff! (503 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (366 characters)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
89 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.