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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA

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100 Reviews
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Reviews: 100
Hads: 400
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite IPA brewed in Massachusetts.

Aggressive hop nose evidences the dryhopping with Galaxy.

Deep copper orange color, nearly opaque and unfiltered, with a healthy medium-fine laced head foaming up from the pour.

At 80 IBUs, it's a strong, resiny, citrusy hop wallop from the get-go, with barely a malt flavor profile detectable under there.

This is a brash beer, with hoppier character than many double IPAs. I'm a sucker for lesser-filtered beer (incredible mouthfeel in this beer!), so this is right up my alley. Truly an American "Flagraiser" that proudly represents our beer culture's deliciously hoppy perversion of the original British style.

Favorite IPA in the Commonwealth! though I'll bestow an honorable mention to Haverhill's Leatherlips and Wormtown's various IPA offerings!

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Photo of deepchills
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I should have reviewed this last week... ah well...
2 fingers of super white head, super sticky lacing and just a nicely constructed head on all counts, clear orange hue with an organized filing of bubbles making their way (in an orderly fashion) to the top, a very nice looking IPA

nice mix of orange and herbal notes, caramel notes in the back, the dry hopping is definitely coming through, although this is not some dali of fantastic fascination it smells great to this schnozola

taste etc...
sort of oily (hop) with medium mouth feel, the carbonation is flawless, there is a nice bite of prickly bubbles and they carry through the sip, the balance here in flavor is key, you get everything you want in an IPA
-good hop flavor
-balanced sweetness without being too sweet
-bitter finish that lingers
-satisfying feel
---and you want another sip
the hops have a great role here, they play off the malt nearly perfectly, you get immediate citrus and then later the nice bittering that never quite overpowers the malt, the ABV is also just right

excellent. I will keep my eye out for this in the future, hopefully on tap!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 inch head that gives way to a thin retained head. A very small amount of thin lacing. Copper in color and not very cloudy.

S: Fruity. Grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus. Showcasing the galaxy hops.

T: The taste takes a lot from the nose and is full of fruity, galaxy-dominated hop flavors. Sweet malts and a little bitter dryness at the end.

M: Feels a bit slippery for an IPA. Has a little pleasant residual hop resin.

O: Worth the try if you're in MA. Grabbed it on the recommendation of the local beer guy and I enjoyed it. If you're a fan of galaxy hops it's a fair choice.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange. Forms a decent sized, creamy white head. Decent retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, orange and passionfruit. Really get a lot of the galaxy hops out of this one.

T: Nice balance. Starts with some cracker and biscuit malt before turning to a candy sweetness. Then the copious amounts of hops kick in: citrus, orange and tropical fruits dominate, but aren't overpowering. Finishes with a combination of spicy bitterness and a light sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly syrupy cloyingness.

O: A good beer. This one really showcases the Galaxy hop quite well. If you're a fan of citrus and tropical fruits, then you'll definitely find this to be an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle, into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Dry, cratering head, deteriorates slowly, and unevenly. Leaves a thick blanket of foam on the surface. Very nice spider web lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Papery, with a little pine. A little fresh grass and some floral components.

T: Very piny, with a slightly sweet floral component. That papery (from lack of better term) that comes out in the nose, comes thru in the flavor as well; adding a kind of earthy nature.

M: Bitter and piny in the front, sticks to the palette and lingers throughout; dry in the finish. Thick syrupy feeling body.

D: Better to sip and savor, but can disappear quickly.

Atmosphere is really strong. Nice dark hue, thick frothy head, and some very solid lacing. Nose is earthy and piny with some fresh grassy and floral components. Thick and syrupy with a slight sweet and earthy flavor to balance out the dry piny hop. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.


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Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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