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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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86
very good

376 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of HeadyRebekah
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of nas5755
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fruity passiony citrus hops. Mellow smooth malt. Not a great yeasty finish.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy IPA that hits you right up front, pulls dry on the tongue, but has floral/caramel notes.

A: cloudy amber; good retention and mild lacing
S: sweet, caramel, lift floral notes
T: malty and hoppy up front, surprisingly together. When they finally come together at the end of a swig, raisin notes are detected.
M: lingering, allowing one to savor their drink (or hate it) longer
O: the lingering mouthfeel fades to a little metallic taste. Maybe just a little sweet. Neither for me is strong enough to override the good mouthfeel and floral notes of this IPA

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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of bfitzge2
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of ms11781
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.