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

386 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 52 | 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 smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 BeerKangaroo
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger of foamy, sudsy, khaki color head. Head retains nicely, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is citrusy, fruity with an undertone of caramel malt.

T: Taste is fruity in the forefront - mango, light pineapple and tangerine hoppiness. Middle has a nice malt backbone that carries nicely through the beer and balances it out. Finish is a strong grapefruit rind bitterness that is balanced nicely with the malt presence. Light touch of alcohol is detectable but far from boozy.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice slick and oily feel.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, nice representation of style. This is a damn fine beer from a brewery I just heard of.

Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 04-2012.

a: bright copper color with a nice fluffy white head that never wants to quit. nice levels of carbonation too.

s: nice combination of floral and pine hops with bready malt aroma. well rounded. reminds me alot of Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'.

t: floral and citrus hop flavor followed by a nice pine bitterness. slightly sweet biscuit-like malt flavor throughout. perfectly balanced. hop bitterness is not at all overwhelming and finishes clean.

m: pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

as others have said, it kind of reminds me of a classic (90s era) East Coast IPA with an intriguing hop profile. will buy again next time i see it on-tap. bottle was a tad expensive ($7)

Photo of jlmorgan4
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My First Review...

Enjoyed with a friend on a chilly Shabbat afternoon.

This IPA was a beautiful orange with a nice cap of foam--good lacing as it disappeared. Good aromas, heavy on the piney hops, not much malt back there. Flavor was similar, focused on bitterness but without the malt grounding--at first it was slightly off-putting, but as it warmed up a bit the balance seemed to work better. I was savoring it by the end. The only flaw for me was a slightly lighter mouthfeel than what I'd prefer, but overall very tasty--excited to try their other beers.

Photo of match1112
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear copper body with a quarter inch of head that faded to a ring.

s: tropical and citrus fruits, malt and a touch of pine.

t: wave of tropical fruits, hints of malt with a pine flavored finish.

m: medium body with good carbonation and a long dry finish.

o: i like this beer alot, also has clear freshness dates on the label. has a clean crisp taste to it and it finishes easy, not overly bitter.

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden-copper in color with a fluffy, white head. Not sure if it was the pour but it was tough to build a head. Settled quickly into no head retention and no lacing.

S - Sugary, malty, bready nose. Caramelized sugar. Dark, boozy fruits. Unique for an IPA. More like a IIPA.

T - Balanced! Perfect rush of floral hops to the front of the palate finished with chewy, roasted malt in the finish. Again, like a Double IPA. Seems to make sense with the ABV. But it also tastes like a great Pale Ale. It doesn't know what to be.

M - Smooth, malty, and delicious. Alcohol is very faint and enjoyable. This is what I expect from an East Coast IPA...balance. They should be noticeably different from West Coast versions.

Highly recommended! Looking forward to more from Slumbrew.

Photo of greenengineer
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, in my Opa-Opa pint glass, shared with my wife.

A - deep orange color, good head retention
S - hops out front, citrus notes
T - hops hops and more hops, bitter, dry, nice IPA Flavor, nothing tricky just the stuff you want
M - carbonation stays with the beer, not thick, hop oil aftertaste (which I like)
O - I like it, a nice IPA, local, fresh and tasty. Thirst quenching - I'd like to drink this in warmer weather. Hop heads will be satisfied with this.

Photo of momobono
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an East-Coast IPA, this beer certainly packs a punch in both hop aromatics and hop flavors. But to back it up with a malt backbone to balance the resinous pine flavors from the Galaxy hops? That's something rare to come by. I've had this both in bottle and tap, but the nose is much more prominent on tap. Satisfies on all ends, I could drink this beer for days.

Photo of Boston71
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourites.

Golden hazy colour- nice big white foamy head
Taste very hoppy but not bitter. Reminds me of standing outside in a field of hops. Very earthy

Lightly carbonated smooth easy beer to drink
Finishes out floral with citrus notes

Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pint off tap.

Appearance: Deep orange, pumpkin, pillow/fluffy head falls off fast. Hardly transparent.

Nose: Jelly doughnut, yeasty, bready, citrus.

Taste: Jelly doughnut confirmed, canned pineapple, butter off the butter tray, lime, lemon, pine, lemon grass, wild chive, herbs.

Mouth Feel: Dry, hoppy as hell.

Overall: I love this beer and I am in love with Galaxy hops. This brewery has only been around 13 weeks and they're kicking ass with this gem. This beer has so many layers to it and I love the slight malt backbone typical of East Coast IPA's.

Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed golden with a thick head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of citric/tropical fruits and resin. This has a great hoppy smell with some pale malt backing.

The taste is bitter, fruity and bready. It is hop-forward with enough pale malt sweetness to give a balancing backbone. There is just a hint of alcohol. It has a long finish.

It is creamy, full-bodied and smooth.

This a great IPA!

Photo of BigCheese
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber, bottled in 12/11

A: Pours a very hazy pumpkin orange, a shade more orange than a hefenweizen. 2 inch white pillow head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Ok lacing, could be better.

S: I get this jelly donut smell right off the bat, grape jelly. Juicy Juicy grapefruit/pineapple hop aroma. A butter flavor in there too. Pungent.

T: Very sweet hop flavor up front. Then hit with a grassy, herbal, lime hop flavor up front, moves towards a bitter citrus pine flavor. Red grapefruit, lemon, sour oranges all linger on palate. Decent malt backbone throughout, has a grape/rasberry jelly sweetness to its profile. Grapefruit citrus bitterness really doesnt meet palate till it lingers at the end as an afterthought. Very Juicy throughout. Lotta layers here.

M: Very soft, thick, creamy, standard carbonation level. "Wet". ABV makes sense. its one of those 1.5 IPA's. No session beer, but a bomber is certainly enjoyable. Love the mouthfeel.

O: I love this beer, def top 5 IPA. East Coast IPA malt backbone, West Coast Juicy hop extraction. As a "Slumerville" resident I'm quite proud. Can't wait to try their other brews.

Edit 3/9/13 Had on Tap for free at Dubliner Pub's grad opening. Very good, well balanced, great aroma,

Photo of gwalson
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard for me to review this beer, because I'm not particularly a fan of IPAs; I prefer the more malty side of the beer family. But, as a fan of good beer, I can appreciate a well crafted example of a style, and Flagraiser meets that criteria. The Galaxy hops imported from Australia give the beer a bold, piney flavor, while not overwhelming, as some high IPU beers can do. Fans of the IPA style should seek out this beer.

Photo of BlazingMoose
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love at first sniff! And this beer tastes great too! This is a big hoppy IPA with a great aroma that goes down easy.

Photo of RailHopper
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

top notch brew, without assuming to be so. I really enjoy this beer, very happy to see it released. I primarily drink IPAs, with a west coast style bias, and this beer is right up there with my favorites (pliny, sculpin, green flash, flower power...and now flagraiser).

Photo of bobbybou
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot pretend to have a sophisticated palate or the writing skills to describe the beers I drink but I know when i really,really like one and tonight I found one.
Somerville brewing had a launch party tonight and had their Flagraiser IPA on tap. It was absolutely delicious. the aroma is fruity and enticing. If Belgian lace is indicative of a quality beer, then it had lace. I think it had the perfect combination of malt and hops. I loved it.

Photo of Masenten
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head that lingers for some time.

S: Lots of citrus fruit and some pine. You can really smell the Galaxy hops

T: Very smooth and well blended hop flavors. Tastes of mango and grapefruit. Does not finish very bitter like many dipas.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation creates a creamy but not overdone sensation.

D: Very drinkable. I had no problem finishing the bomber in short order, and the 7.5% abv goes unnoticed.

Serving type: bottle

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.