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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
86
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-20-2013 22:50:23 | More by Kegatron
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-03-2014 00:03:23 | More by nebula1999
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kingslotty

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-23-2012 00:47:58 | More by kingslotty
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onewitchymom

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

07-02-2014 20:50:39 | More by onewitchymom
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ONN8

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-08-2014 23:41:24 | More by ONN8
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timoteo833

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

07-28-2014 23:39:45 | More by timoteo833
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-10-2013 15:37:08 | More by s1ckboy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-29-2013 04:12:00 | More by t0rin0
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Dfrittsy

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-24-2014 04:38:53 | More by Dfrittsy
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-22-2012 23:23:27 | More by 3Hops
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Brad007

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

02-17-2012 00:43:44 | More by Brad007
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beagle75

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

03-25-2012 19:24:51 | More by beagle75
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

Fresh six packs (or four, can't remember) means time to review the Slumbrew staples.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a hazy, dark orange-amber body. Small white head forms with a creamy-foamy texture and the height of about one finger. Foam dies down relatively quickly to a small bubbly ring at the edges. Thick ring of lace at the top with thinner webs drizzling down from there.

S- Aroma brings close to a half and half balance between hops and malts with hops getting just a slight edge. Hop notes of citrus zest, dried stone fruit like apricot, flowers and some pine. Caramel malt and cracked grain hints form a backdrop with some yeast hints.

T- As in the aroma, a balance of hops and the other key beer ingredients is struck. Hops shift slightly to more grapefruit, floral and pine notes with a hint of tropical fruit. Yeast seems to create some spice, raisin, apple and bread notes. The grains bring caramel, biscuit, cracked cereal grain and slight sweetness.

MF- Creamy overall texture with high end carbonation. Maybe the best part of the brew as the creaminess is quite pleasant. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Malt and yeast flavors seem to counteract what good hop flavors are there. In a way it is more like an amber or Barleywine and the higher ABV here allows more yeast and malt flavors to arise. Still fairly pleasant and nothing totally off but not on par with other good IPAs around today.

12-13-2013 03:12:37 | More by cbutova
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%

bomber courtesy of valdieu2 into a tulip. bottled 7/2012.

a - pours a hazy amber shade with a two finger, sudsy, cream colored head. retention is good, taking quite some time to calm down. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - floral, faint orange citrus, bread.

t - quite bready with sweeter citrus notes. orange, grapefruit, slightly floral. faint spiciness in there as well. has a resinous, bitter twang to it that hangs on the tongue a bit longer than it should. finishes dry.

m - fuller side of medium with plenty of carbonation. co2 profile is on the coarse side which detracts from the feel imo.

o - good beer but probably not gonna blow anybody away. maybe a bit past it's freshness window, but maybe not. either way, i'd drink some again if i came across it.

01-12-2013 20:54:31 | More by divineaudio
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-22-2014 04:45:10 | More by megamass
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-23-2013 00:48:41 | More by acurtis
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-27-2013 15:46:29 | More by alamode
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-17-2013 02:09:08 | More by avisong
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-01-2014 00:20:16 | More by Bjlps
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-08-2013 21:44:50 | More by mikeburd1128
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

10-19-2013 03:41:06 | More by mlefebvre7
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Dhamma73

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-02-2014 20:01:52 | More by Dhamma73
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-14-2012 00:22:47 | More by injuredreserve
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dsanty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-03-2014 02:11:11 | More by dsanty
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-17-2013 01:31:37 | More by Syracuse12
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.