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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA

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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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Photo of ghostwalker
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

ghostwalker, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

tyamhydrogen, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

scottfrie, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

drabmuh, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Florida9, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

SawDog505, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

jmarsh123, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

eclipse54, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

bmwats, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Schlais, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Roguer, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WoodBrew, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

snowmaggedon, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bouncepass, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of OldIronLungs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

OldIronLungs, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Labourgeoisie, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WhitmansNiece, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
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
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

jsanford, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

grittly, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MASSHLE, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kevgod, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

makeshifty, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

eorwar, Jan 23, 2012
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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