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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kelp on 11-03-2011)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:32:55 | More by smcolw
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taez555

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horseshoe pub in Hudson.

This beer poured an extremely clear dark tan orange body with a white head.

Nose is not overpowering but classic citric resin smell.

Taste is very sharp and bright citric resin hop monster. Medium bodied but very light actually. Resin, resin, resin. Malt is almost an afterthought. Grapefruit, a touch of pepper, citrus. Malt is fresh, but really takes a back seat. Ends with a mild lingering hop.

A brewery from my old hometown of Slummavile. Love it. Very nice beer. Right up there with Great Divide and others.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 18:56:32 | More by taez555
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - copper brown body slightly opaque with no real carbonation visible. big frothy white head with good retention and great lacing.

S - flora hops, grass, earthy malts. grapefruit.

T - sharp floral hops, grass, bread, crackers hint of grapefruit at the end.

M - medium bodied (maybe a little on the lighter side of that marker) medium carbonation. decent amount of astringency some alcohol felt on the throat.

O - a very good beer very solid throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:07:43 | More by celticfutblclub
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with moderate head and good lacing.

Orange peel and grapefruit dominate the nose. The flavor is also very citrus-oriented. Juicy with a touch of sweetness. But not too sweet as a huge peppery bitterness soon sets in. The bitterness seems somewhat harsh and a tad excessive, calming down a bit as the taste buds get numbed.

Good body and carbonation. Tiring on its own, but better with spicy burritos which mask the bitterness and allow the citric juiciness to shine.

Bottled 10/2011 at Mercury Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:13:28 | More by CliffBrake
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:05:14 | More by johnnnniee
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Head dissipates to thin cap for the duration of the beer. Carbonation pulls with vigor.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, grapefruit and tropical aromas. Some mango, but I'm getting something that can only be described as gummi bears. Edge of crust and pine round out the back. Juicy and bright on the fruit. Nice compliment of aromas from both the hops and malts. Works well together.

Taste: Grapefruit for days. Flesh and rind in equal measure. Oily hops coast over a powdery malt base. Biscuits and touch of earth as well. Dank and piney after a few more sips, but grapefruit comes up constantly. Nice malt presence to help tamp down on the aggressively bitter hops. Faintly tropical on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Carbonation is moderate and adds a nice level. Dry on the back.

Overall: Very solid. Glad to know this is out and about. Flavor profile is unique enough to get noticed. The gummi bear thing is confusing, but also a nice touch, whether intentional or not. I'll be passing this along as an extra from time to time just to show that NE can do the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:20:58 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: sweet, big hopping with sweet citrus, pine, "sour apple" candy, fresh and clean. Like it. Not too aggressive.

Mouth and taste: Big dank mouth with a long-lingering soapy bitterness -it'll stick around. The hops are big business, Galaxy is clear. Some pear and peach, and a citrus and pine dash. Less common hop profile for an IPA, I like a change. This is big feeling for an IPA.

Big kudos to Slumbrew and welcome!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:35:52 | More by CheezyBlaster
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RailHopper

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

top notch brew, without assuming to be so. I really enjoy this beer, very happy to see it released. I primarily drink IPAs, with a west coast style bias, and this beer is right up there with my favorites (pliny, sculpin, green flash, flower power...and now flagraiser).

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:49:22 | More by RailHopper
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear rust/copper color with a finger of airy white foam that rises and sticks around for a while. The lacing is excellent as you can clearly see where the head started and came to a rest with each successive sip.

Great nose on this one. Nice citrus notes, orange and grapefruit stand out. There is a bit of caramel malt but it's really all about the hops here. This one is really fresh with nice, juicy hop aromas.

The taste follows closely with the nose. Great citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit again, along with some more tropical-like fruits. The caramel malt is a bit more present here, providing a slight sweetness for the hop to play off of. There is a touch of pine that brings a bitterness to the drying finish.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with ample carbonation. The combination gives the beer a thinner mouthfeel than expected for a beer this big but it doesn't really detract from it.

Overall this is a really good beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with just enough malt to keep it from being over the top. Sneaky 7.5% ABV. There is no detection of any alcohol at any point during drinking the beer but I took notice towards the end. The bottle I had was clearly very fresh, which is a benefit of being local. Hopefully fresh bottles show up regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:18:58 | More by ms11781
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An east coast resin bomb with dank citrus notes. Poured into a Duvel Parra tulip.

A: dark golden hue almost copper colored, clear, with a nice head, good retention.

S: Citrus, mostly grapefruit and tangerine some caramel malt

T: Lots of citrus up front, navel oranges and tangerines, citrus plith, lots of resin, lots of pine. Very, bitter. Smooth malt base. Slightly astringent/hot on the hop finish. A very nice beer.

M: lots of resin makes this awesome. nice carbonation, smooth.

O: I love resin and I love hops. This beer delivers. It has a few flaws. I feel the beer could be cleaner but it has everything I want in a beer. A very awesome beer and I am glad to see these guys around.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:27:16 | More by nas5755
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scottfrie

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Bottled Oct-2011. Thanks for sending me this one shawnm213!

A: Pours a dark golden-amber with a thick off-white head that slowly faded into thick film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: The nose is bursting with super fragrant and fresh notes of citrus, mango and tropical fruits.
T: Follows the nose with huge dominating notes of fresh citrus hops. I get a bit of sweet malt and crackery yeast on the back end, and the aftertaste is full of pine and has a bit of a rough bitterness.
M: Full bodied, viscous and sticky mouthfeel, low smooth carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges though.
O: Overall this one took me by surprise. I loved the nose. The bitterness and mouthfeel could use some work though. Thanks again Shawn!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:36:54 | More by scottfrie
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:10:33 | More by OldIronLungs
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger of foamy, sudsy, khaki color head. Head retains nicely, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is citrusy, fruity with an undertone of caramel malt.

T: Taste is fruity in the forefront - mango, light pineapple and tangerine hoppiness. Middle has a nice malt backbone that carries nicely through the beer and balances it out. Finish is a strong grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced nicely with the malt presence. Light touch of alcohol is detectable but far from boozy.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice slick and oily feel.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. This is a damn fine beer from a brewery I just heard of.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:05:50 | More by Jayli
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bobbybou

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot pretend to have a sophisticated palate or the writing skills to describe the beers I drink but I know when i really,really like one and tonight I found one.
Somerville brewing had a launch party tonight and had their Flagraiser IPA on tap. It was absolutely delicious. the aroma is fruity and enticing. If Belgian lace is indicative of a quality beer, then it had lace. I think it had the perfect combination of malt and hops. I loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 04:23:29 | More by bobbybou
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, in my Opa-Opa pint glass, shared with my wife.

A - deep orange color, good head retention
S - hops out front, citrus notes
T - hops hops and more hops, bitter, dry, nice IPA Flavor, nothing tricky just the stuff you want
M - carbonation stays with the beer, not thick, hop oil aftertaste (which I like)
O - I like it, a nice IPA, local, fresh and tasty. Thirst quenching - I'd like to drink this in warmer weather. Hop heads will be satisfied with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 21:16:04 | More by greenengineer
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:01:48 | More by Kelp
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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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