Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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89
very good

99 Reviews
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 389
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 389
Photo of Vonerichs
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange body with a whispy head that resolves in a matter of seconds, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very hop forward, with citrus and some light floral notes.

The hops dominate the taste with citus, resinous, and grassy hops. The caramel malt shows up briefly but is almost an afterthought. It's moderately bitter.

The mouthfeel was a little undercarbonated, in my opinion, and was slick.

Overall, I really liked the flavor and aroma in this beer, but the looks of it and mouthfeel left something to be desired. After reading through some of the other reviews I'm wondering if theres a batch variation or something inconsistent with the bottle I got. For the pricepoint I'll defintely try this agian in the not-too-distant future because I enjoyed the smells and taste of it. (801 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Easy to develop head, tiny tiny bubbles, some sticky lacing, not a full screen, and not enjoyable to view. Not a blood ruby, but a lighter tone body. Amber if you will.

S- Light citrus fragrance, mostly a grassy hop characteristic. Light, floral by a tad. Little bit of sharpness to it begs some questions. Simple brew.

T- The grassy hops translate well here. However, there isn't too much sweetness to balance it. Its a lot of hop character, not too much else. Small burst of sweet caramel mingles with the orange character, then it rotates into a grassy nature, floats into spicyness... interesting... and finishes off pure bitterness. Just a piny biting center. Nothing oppressive, just lets you know HEY... you are drinking an IPA, son.

M- Very thin. Watery, lackluster. Good sticky flavors, good carbonation, but this body is atrocious. Really lacking here.

It is alright. I'd never order it again, so its definitely below average in that respect. (960 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a thin lacing with big bubbles. Slightly hazy body that is bronze in color.
S) Pink grapefruit. Orange peel. Pleasant floral notes.
T) A well balanced taste. even malts, even hops until the end. POW! A bold hop bite and lingering bitterness. Grapefruit. Caramel and toffee notes.
M) Medium body. Mellow carbonation - almost cask conditions. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A good brew overall. I will be more than glad to finish this whole bottle. (511 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of jlmorgan4
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horseshoe pub in Hudson.

This beer poured an extremely clear dark tan orange body with a white head.

Nose is not overpowering but classic citric resin smell.

Taste is very sharp and bright citric resin hop monster. Medium bodied but very light actually. Resin, resin, resin. Malt is almost an afterthought. Grapefruit, a touch of pepper, citrus. Malt is fresh, but really takes a back seat. Ends with a mild lingering hop.

A brewery from my old hometown of Slummavile. Love it. Very nice beer. Right up there with Great Divide and others. (556 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - copper brown body slightly opaque with no real carbonation visible. big frothy white head with good retention and great lacing.

S - flora hops, grass, earthy malts. grapefruit.

T - sharp floral hops, grass, bread, crackers hint of grapefruit at the end.

M - medium bodied (maybe a little on the lighter side of that marker) medium carbonation. decent amount of astringency some alcohol felt on the throat.

O - a very good beer very solid throughout. (495 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with moderate head and good lacing.

Orange peel and grapefruit dominate the nose. The flavor is also very citrus-oriented. Juicy with a touch of sweetness. But not too sweet as a huge peppery bitterness soon sets in. The bitterness seems somewhat harsh and a tad excessive, calming down a bit as the taste buds get numbed.

Good body and carbonation. Tiring on its own, but better with spicy burritos which mask the bitterness and allow the citric juiciness to shine.

Bottled 10/2011 at Mercury Brewing Co. (527 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New local brewery beer found the other day, check. IPA with a bottled on date, check. Bottled 11/2011
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Oh yeah, there's some hops in here. Lots of grapefruit some pine and a hint of lemon in the aroma. Traces of bready malt deep underneath. Taste is pretty much what the aroma told me it would be. Lots of hop flavor with a hint of bread to keep the enamel on your teeth. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Huge hop aromas and a nice flavorful beer. Kind of simple but damn I enjoyed this. (644 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Head dissipates to thin cap for the duration of the beer. Carbonation pulls with vigor.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, grapefruit and tropical aromas. Some mango, but I'm getting something that can only be described as gummi bears. Edge of crust and pine round out the back. Juicy and bright on the fruit. Nice compliment of aromas from both the hops and malts. Works well together.

Taste: Grapefruit for days. Flesh and rind in equal measure. Oily hops coast over a powdery malt base. Biscuits and touch of earth as well. Dank and piney after a few more sips, but grapefruit comes up constantly. Nice malt presence to help tamp down on the aggressively bitter hops. Faintly tropical on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Carbonation is moderate and adds a nice level. Dry on the back.

Overall: Very solid. Glad to know this is out and about. Flavor profile is unique enough to get noticed. The gummi bear thing is confusing, but also a nice touch, whether intentional or not. I'll be passing this along as an extra from time to time just to show that NE can do the IPA. (1,161 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: sweet, big hopping with sweet citrus, pine, "sour apple" candy, fresh and clean. Like it. Not too aggressive.

Mouth and taste: Big dank mouth with a long-lingering soapy bitterness -it'll stick around. The hops are big business, Galaxy is clear. Some pear and peach, and a citrus and pine dash. Less common hop profile for an IPA, I like a change. This is big feeling for an IPA.

Big kudos to Slumbrew and welcome! (422 characters)

Photo of RailHopper
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
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). (269 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear rust/copper color with a finger of airy white foam that rises and sticks around for a while. The lacing is excellent as you can clearly see where the head started and came to a rest with each successive sip.

Great nose on this one. Nice citrus notes, orange and grapefruit stand out. There is a bit of caramel malt but it's really all about the hops here. This one is really fresh with nice, juicy hop aromas.

The taste follows closely with the nose. Great citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit again, along with some more tropical-like fruits. The caramel malt is a bit more present here, providing a slight sweetness for the hop to play off of. There is a touch of pine that brings a bitterness to the drying finish.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with ample carbonation. The combination gives the beer a thinner mouthfeel than expected for a beer this big but it doesn't really detract from it.

Overall this is a really good beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with just enough malt to keep it from being over the top. Sneaky 7.5% ABV. There is no detection of any alcohol at any point during drinking the beer but I took notice towards the end. The bottle I had was clearly very fresh, which is a benefit of being local. Hopefully fresh bottles show up regularly. (1,348 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (802 characters)

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of bobbybou
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,192 characters)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
89 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.