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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 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)

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

Poured chilled in 4-oz taster in shifts

A: dark copper orange; cloudy; no carb beads (but bubbles at the bottom of the glass); very nice thick head that holds
S: very fresh-smelling hops; lingers long; they did something right with their hops
T: I would have given this a 4.5 in this category if it didn't sour/go plastic in the aftertaste; before that though, whew, what a wonderful array of hop complexity; very nicely balanced against the malt; Columbus, Crystal, and Galaxy are credited, with the last one as the star (dry hopped)

Kudos to the new brewery in Somerville! (576 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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) (727 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (660 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 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 deepchills
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,933 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of momobono
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of gwalson
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard for me to review this beer, because I'm not particularly a fan of IPAs; I prefer the more malty side of the beer family. But, as a fan of good beer, I can appreciate a well crafted example of a style, and Flagraiser meets that criteria. The Galaxy hops imported from Australia give the beer a bold, piney flavor, while not overwhelming, as some high IPU beers can do. Fans of the IPA style should seek out this beer. (426 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color that is luminescent; with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit is over-ripe with esters, while pine foliage is complementary. Malt is detectable, bready in quality, coming close to balance with the cultivated West-coast hops. The smell diminishes somewhat after a few minutes as hop aromas dissipate.

T: Begins off-dry, with surprisingly mellow coniferous hop aromatics and moderate acidity that is a combination of citric and carbonic qualities. Grain emerges in the middle, tasting like slightly rustic crystal. Hop aromatics drop off quickly, replaced by bitterness that is moderate and clean. The finish sees no new action, although the neutral bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA features an impressive pedigree of hop cultivars, notably Galaxy, but it is unable to channel them effectively in the flavor. It would be telling to know how much of the hop bill was devoted to dry hopping--while bitterness is one of this beer's defining features, enjoyable aromatic qualities are minimal. It tastes like too-old Ballast Point Sculpin, which I suppose is a compli-sult at worst for a beer that most seekers haven't heard of. (1,364 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks! Bottled 10/2011, and consumed via tulip.

Pours a rusted copper color with rich golden hues. There’s little head development, but what does appear is eggshell-white and fluffy; scattered lacing on the glass. The aroma is of piney hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, and ample caramel malt; some floral and earthen notes in there as well. It tastes of pine resin, earthen hops, lemon and orange citrus, some grapefruit, caramel malt, faint toffee, and grass. Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation is spot-on, making it lively on the palate and allowing a crisp, clean finish. Overall, a very good IPA that I'd happily revisit. (668 characters)

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice light to medium amber color with a thin white foam that lasts throughout the glass. The carbonation is really good and seems to rise at a medium pace suggesting a thicker composition which is fine by me.

S - Smell seemed alittle light on the hoppiness with the malt making a presence.

T - What the smell lacks the taste makes up for in a nice hop flavor espeacially after the room temp gets to the beer alittle. the after taste is very nice and clean.

M - Great feel for the composition of the beer which is full with flavor and it does not expand in the taste as overly carbonated might.

O - I was not sure about this beer but I was pleasantly surprised with it. I will look for the Flagraiser IPA again. (718 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Bottled 12/2011.

A thick pour (for the style) lends an impressive tuft of off-white head atop a hazy, orange body. Listless carbonation sends a few bubble trails to the surface. Galaxy dry-hop still has enough legs to lend the aroma a juicy, tropical fruitiness. Malts play off the hops well with sweet caramel and toffee aromas.

The flavor amps up the bitterness with a raw, leafy (near-medicinal) hop bite that hits mid-sip and lingers into the finish. Tropical fruits flash again to add just enough hop flavor to keep things manageable, and the malty, sweet booze exerts a decadent balance. Mouthfeel is chewy, almost sticky on the finish, and the carbonation could stand to be a bit higher. Overall, a tasty IPA that I'm glad to see on the Texas shelves...now if we could only get some fresher bottles, as I picked Flagraiser up the day it was released here only to find it was at least 3 months old... (947 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle dated 01/12. Pours with no clarity, bright orange red, with a one inch sticky white head, very attractive lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste is mild citrus, with big grapefruit finish. Body is medium, perfect amount of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. If you like beers with a bitter hoppy bite, this is excellent. (395 characters)

Photo of CraftVA
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: White head that floats on top of a clear copper body. As the level lowers some pretty fantastic lace is left on my glass. The color is warm amber, almost glowing.

S: A big dose of piney and resinous hops, some citrus. This is one great smelling IPA!! I’m not disappointed!

T: A bit of maltiness, backed up by those piney hops. Rather bitter and slightly grassy on the back end but floral. The aftertaste leaves some of the bitterness behind, with fond memories of the hops that just pervaded my palate. It’s really good!

M: Moderate thickness and carbonation, no complaints here.

O: This is a fantastic IPA! Very well done and balanced, after the first pint it made it into my top 5. Definitely worth a try. (719 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 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 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 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 Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Slumbrew. Bottles in Jan of ’12

Frothy off white head. Good clarity. Straight forward pale amber. Sudsy lace.

Aroma is quite fruity. A touch dank. A moment of alcohol.

Flavor follows the fruity nose with a finish that is both fairly bitter and laced with some light heat from the ABV. Drinks almost like a DPA. I would have guessed more than 7.5%

Medium body a bit soapy.

Decent IPA. Not stellar and again reminds me more of a DPA. (I prefer standard IPA’s) (482 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)

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