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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

345 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

sbricker, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/2011

A: rustic copper with a central cap and confluent ring of light peanut. Hazy. Fleeting spot lace. Dark and murky for the style.
S: grapefruit and resin. Some earthy and spicy hops as well. Malt is sweet, caramel and stronger than I anticipated.
T: Bitter, moreso than I had expected after the nose. Nice herbal hops. There is a slight fruitiness somewhere in here - faintly like fruity pebbles. Interesting. Hints of wood.
M: Medium on full bodied for the style with moderate/reserved carbonation with a wet finish.
O: this beer is eccentric, pulling from different angles. Sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, somewhat plain, somewhat intriguing.

harrymel, Dec 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Kegatron, Nov 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

nebula1999, May 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

kingslotty, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

onewitchymom, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ONN8, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

timoteo833, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

s1ckboy, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

t0rin0, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Dfrittsy, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

3Hops, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brad007, Feb 17, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

beagle75, Mar 25, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

cbutova, Dec 13, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

divineaudio, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

megamass, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

alamode, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

avisong, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Bjlps, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mikeburd1128, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mlefebvre7, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dhamma73, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

injuredreserve, Feb 14, 2012
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.