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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

336 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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 MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/2011. Nice to see a bottling date.
A: cloudy amber w/orange highlights. Nice dense off-white head and good lacing.
S: was excited to try galaxy hops, but since other hops are used as well I don't know what's what. Toffee/caramel, tropical fruit dominate. Some resiny, grassy, and spicy notes as well.
T: sugary toffee mixes it up with a sharp spicy hop bitterness, with a lingering bitter finish.
M: decent carbonation. Medium body.
O/d: would have liked to try a paler malt base and just galaxy hops to get a better sense of this strain.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Slumbrew. Bottles in Jan of ’12

Frothy off white head. Good clarity. Straight forward pale amber. Sudsy lace.

Aroma is quite fruity. A touch dank. A moment of alcohol.

Flavor follows the fruity nose with a finish that is both fairly bitter and laced with some light heat from the ABV. Drinks almost like a DPA. I would have guessed more than 7.5%

Medium body a bit soapy.

Decent IPA. Not stellar and again reminds me more of a DPA. (I prefer standard IPA’s)

Reagan1984, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ktblue22
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this beer, and I probably wouldn't order it again, but it was a well done average IPA for me. I gave it high scores on the appearance and smell, which were both really nice, but for me the hop profile was very very light and fell short of really coming forward as a flagship beer for this brewery. Caramel finish with a bretty-ness that I didn't find very appealing.

ktblue22, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flagraiser pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a medium sized, frothy head on top. The foam coats the glass in lace as it dissolves.

The aroma has notes of orange citrus, grapefruit, a hint of pine and some tropical fruit (mango).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor tends to be on the sweet side with a bitter finish. It begins with caramel malt and some bread, along with some light fruit. In the middle orange citrus, grass, and pine appear. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering grass and citrus when gone.

This beer is more on the sweet than hoppy side. Still, it's tasty and easy to drink.

WanderingFool, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent by cedromar, poured into a tulip. Brewed with COlumbus, Crystal and Galaxy hops, then dry-hopped with galaxy. Bottled November 2011.

Softly hazed penny-copper, capped with two fingers of frothy, dense, yellow-white foam that drops in height very slowly, leaving behind thick strands of horizontal lace.

Nice, bright nose. Orange peel and a bit of grass are balanced by spun sugar and a little honey. Slight vegetal notes in the background.

The hops become more bitter grapefruit in the flavor, and resinous, dank notes step up in the finish. Some grass is in there as well. A nearly equal amount of caramel malt provides sugary, slightly biscuity notes to balance.

Body is a shade under medium and excited by mild, peppery carbonation. The bitterness grows with each sip, and the alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Flagraiser IPA is better than average, but not by much. Dry-hopping with Galaxy adds a nice grassy note, and it’s nicely balanced — but it’s not very memorable. An easy drinker for a random Tuesday night, however.

Phelps, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and copper colored with a small head and sparse lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, more than is customary. Unusual, but not off putting. The flavor brings more of a balance between hops and malt, with additional notes of bread and coconut. Medium bodied with alcohol pretty well disguised. Overall, a different take on the style and one I would try again. That said, this falls short of the upper tier IPAs.

Huhzubendah, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of TonyHopstate
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

TonyHopstate, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh IPA. Serviceable. More like a pale. Light coloured body, middling mouthfeel. Some hop aromas. Decent drinkability. Resiny,some tropical fruit, apricot and grapefruit,a tad astringent but good malting in the secondary.Not bad but not worth seeking in a trade.

Sammy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazed orange glow with an off white head. piney and resiny nose touch of alcohol some herbal hop and sweet malts. A very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Up front are these rich toasted grain flavors, earthy, nutty and whole grain breads, touch of sugared sweetness. This all rolls into an herbal a resinous hoppy backend with a nice bitterness that overrides the tasty malt component. Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and lingering bitterness. I like, definitely different and sets itself apart from other ipa's.

Bitterness really lasts and sneaks up on you due to the rich malt body.

jtierney89, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The malt character is light and bready in the nose, covered up by a nice tropical-fruit hop character.

The flavor has a touch of bready malt as the backdrop for some tropical fruit and citrus notes coming from the hops. Light-medium body with average carbonation and a moderate bitterness through the finish. Nothing too noteworthy, but a well-made brew with a nice hop profile.

Thorpe429, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber colored liquid capped with a decent head that provides some good lacing action

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel flavor builds the base, up front, and then the piney elements take over, bringing along some stone fruit and berry flavors by mid-palate; piney bitterness and fruity flavors linger in the rather malty finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A bit too malty for me, but a decent East Coast style IPA

brentk56, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of willseph
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, ~45 degrees. It pours a light caramel color with a half finger of eggshell head, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Just a little of lazy lacing on the side I drank from. The nose is grapefruit and sour apples up front with a slight toasted wood aroma. Not a particularly fragrant beer to me.

The first sips were quite bitter but after a few, but the Galaxy hops came right through and I got a lot of grapefruit with some malty sweetness on the back end. Light bodied and smooth, but it definitely left a slight resin in the mouth. Overall, a solid IPA that I'm happy to have as part of my cellar.

willseph, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a former resident of Somerville I'm not offended by the nickname Slum-a-ville nor Slumbrew. I am greatly offended, however, by a beer named after Somerville brewed in Ipswich. What's next, a Boston lager brewed in OH?

Pretty bottle art. Flagraiser is a bright honey color and sports and impressive, chunky white head. A solid layer of retention paints my glass foamy white.

Smells like pine! This is my 2nd beer with Galaxy hops and I'm beginning to believe that Galaxy = pine. Sweet and sugary grapefruit compliments the dominant pine.

Though Flagraiser features some piney/peach ring hop flavor the hops appear as more bitter than flavor. While I'm not at all opposed to bitterness in my IPA, I'd like a commensurate amount of flavor to accompany said bitter. Raw. Malt doesn't contribute much more than a base - and that's fine. Bitter, mildly medicinal lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate for 7.5% and carries beloved prickly hop resin.

At 7.5% and 80 IBU this has the stats of a DIPA but fails to deliver hop aroma and flavor in sufficient quantity. I wouldn't mind finding it at Somerville locals Atwoods or Indie when I'm in the mood for a raw, bitter IPA.

donkeyrunner, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks appealing. Noone's head is holding up on their beers. But it's nice and clear pale-light amber hew. Smells fantastic. Very piney and citrusy. I had assumed Simcoe for a hop choice but after reading the bottle I can see I was wrong. Bitterness is strong and ranges dramatically. Definitely Columbus as a bittering hop. Doesn't scorch or linger around too long but notable abrasive bitterness. Flavor hops are more mild by comparison. It's on the verge of being grassy and green in flavored from the volume of hops used. Just a touch of darker flavor sweetness to balanced beer out. Very fun to drink beer pretty good beer.

mlazzaro, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy caramel kind of amber, 2 finger of white fizzy head, mild lacing.
S - Nice grape and orange aroma, big sweet malt though, and definitely some alcohol.
T - The bottle says this is "balanced with just the right amount of malt" and I tend to feel there's too much malt goin on, you get more of those galaxy hops on the end where its very grape like and some nice orange candy, a little grassy and earthy dark tones too.
M - Sticky sweet and chewy.
O - For an IPA that's supposed to "salute your hops" it doesnt really do that, there's too much sweet caramely malt flavor that detracts from some of the hop traits, fortunately there's a good enough bunch of galaxy in here to pick up for it.

Omnium, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
86 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.