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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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very good

336 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

twinpeekaboo, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

durkle, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Dizzy242, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy orange body and yielded a small, lumpy and foamy white
head, there wasn't much carbonation rising or much lacing. However, the lacing that was there definitely clung to the glass.

S: centered around piney hops with a slight toasted breadiness and some peppery tones coming out.

T: combination of the piney hops and citrus. Malts were there, but take a back seat.

M: medium leaving a dry and bitter feel in my mouth. There wasn't anything harsh, just an all around decent smooth feel.

O: this was a very good IPA and fits the style very well. The ABV was hidden very well. I would definitely have this again.

BeerKangaroo, Jun 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Horbar, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WhitmansNiece, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of calmstock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

calmstock, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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

brentk56, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Jason
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

trisweb, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of deepchills
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of Flagraiser IPA at Halls for $7.

Pours gold/amber with a chewy 1 inch head. A small head remained throught the tasting though the beer laced very little.

Resiny nose along with a big grass aroma which smells great. The grass smell is overwellming, but if you give your glass a few good, extra swirls, you will get some breads and malts with hints of fruit.

A lot more resin upon first taste along with a nice bit of hop bitterness. Quickly this turns into delicious tropical fruits and fresh grass. There's a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Easy to drink and taste great, with a wonderful, complicated nose. It will be back in my fridge again.

deepchills, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

erlenmeyer, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

barbellsNbeers, May 30, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange color with a finger of eggshell colored head. Not much in terms of head retention but does create some nice lacing.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes...passion fruit and grapefruit. Not picking up much malt. Comes across a little sweet and sticky.

Taste: The taste is much more balanced than the nose indicated. Biscuity malt is offset by tropical fruit hop notes and a little bitterness. The hops also provided some funky herbal notes with some tea-like flavors. Very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Resinous and slightly chewy. Really fills the mouth. Carbonation is a little lighter than I'd prefer in an IPA. However, the drinkability is pretty good.

Overall: A moderately better than average IPA. The Galaxy hops provide a nice touch. I'm not sure if I've had a beer with Galaxy yet so that was enjoyable.

pburland23, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

AJD1201, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ForrestChess, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Fattsmagee, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

codon2004, May 14, 2012
Photo of momobono
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an East-Coast IPA, this beer certainly packs a punch in both hop aromatics and hop flavors. But to back it up with a malt backbone to balance the resinous pine flavors from the Galaxy hops? That's something rare to come by. I've had this both in bottle and tap, but the nose is much more prominent on tap. Satisfies on all ends, I could drink this beer for days.

momobono, May 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SHCC, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

lionoa7x, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

EgadBananas, Apr 24, 2012
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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