Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bruachan on 01-02-2012

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 140
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

A rustic Cream Ale. No problem knocking back this flagship. An ideal session ale in a can—what else can you ask for? If this ale was cleaned up a little and was able to keeps its smoothness, it would be a Cream Ale to reckon with. Worth a go regardless.

STYLE: Cream Ale
ABV: 4.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed golden straw, great retention

SMELL: Fresh grain, faint buttery tone, mild caramel, doughy, floral, light citrus rind

TASTE: Deep smoothness, crisp graininess, bready, peppery hop, wildflowers, modest hop bitterness, earthy, nutty yeast, vegetal, faintly dank and spicy, crackers, drying finish (664 characters)

Photo of emptyglassagain
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a typical cream ale with a bit of lacing and a light golden color. A faint smell with nothing jumping out at me and a similar taste. there just doesn't seem to be much there. It feels a bit light as well and if I didn't know better would describe it more as a "light beer" than a cream ale. I was disappointed with this and wouldn't call this my flagship beer. The flavor was lacking but I suppose it was balanced if you want to give it something positive. Nothing harsh or off putting. (503 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Not a ton of flavor. (153 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours clear golden amber. One finger of white head. Plenty of
carbonation. Very good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet. Malty. Grains. Grassy hops. Mostly sweet.

T/M: Chewy malts. Sweet. Light hop presence. Bitterness does not
linger as the beer jumps back to a grainy malty sweetness. Light
bodied and pretty creamy. The finish is malty.

O: Not much here. A thin creamy/crisp ale. Hops need to be stronger
to balance. Easy to drink. Not as easy to like.

Cheers! (477 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with little head. The smell was a bit basic but there were some notes of sweetness from the malt. The taste was good with a bright beginning and a semi-sweet finish. Not very complex, but makes for a nice simple drinking beer. (245 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy light golden color, light amount of floaties, smallish bubbly white head slowly dissipates. Aroma is sweet sugary maltiness mostly with light sweet orange fruitiness and little to no hop. The flavor is sugary sweet maltiness with hints of fruit and little to no hop flavor or bitterness. The only thing cutting through the massive sweetness of this beer is the carbonic acid form the carbonation. This is a one and done beer. (490 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass, this beer was a gold color with virtually no head.

One dimensional aroma, just a bit of sweet malt.

There were some hops noted in the taste, but still not much more than sweetness.

Very light, almost like drinking water.

Something to drink when mowing the lawn. (283 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What can I say? I REALLY liked this one. Smells of sweet bready malt & honey. Tastes the same as it smells, no perceivable bitterness (Maybe cause I drink too many IPA's)
Am I the only one who gets a lot of honey notes from this? Was quite enjoyable quaffing this in my recliner after mowing the lawn. Wouldn't turn this down if offered to me again. Hell, I might try to seek out a 6'er or two if my local store can get it. A nice solid offering from Grey Sail, looking forward to checking out more from them! (509 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can from my third beer-of-the-every-other-month-club. Poured into a large tulip glass.

A -- Pale kind of copper color with decent white head. Good carbonation. Not too hazy or clear. Highlights around the edges.

N -- Metallic. Light malts.

T -- Very subtle. Not a lot going on. Not bad, but not a lot of complexity either. Mostly a light toasted malt flavor.

M -- Light.

O -- Okay, for what it is. Would not seek out again.

Cheers. (443 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Light copper with a little yellow to it. Medium low carb and a low white foam film on top.

S: Steel. Grain and maybe wheat. Spice of caraway.

T: Starts off smooth light and juicy. Grain, wheat and oatmeal. Finishes with a light crisp tanginess. However, weird mineral copper and iron aftertaste ruined a this for me. The taste finishes long oily and mouth coating.

M: Again, long lingering oily aftertaste doesn't work for me. Thin with a small amount of viscosity.

O: After a few drinks, the mineral aftertaste was all I tasted. Not a fan. (547 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/amber in color, this beer pours out with a foaminess that will not quit. The beer emits a fragrance of caramel and sweet bread with some pear and possibly apple lurking in the background.

This beer has a flavor that reminds me of toasted bread with dough, caramel, and some background fruit and a hint of herbs. There is little hop character and the beer is sweet overall, with some honey notes and flavors of crackers and a little bit of chocolate showing their faces at different moments.

This is an interesting beer and it’s extremely quaffable. With its sweetness level and agreeable taste, a person could knock these back with abandon. That said, it isn’t necessarily an amazing beer and I would probably like it better if it was a little more balanced in taste. But there is still enough positive going on here to recommend it. Just be careful when you pour- my cans all overflowed the moment I popped the top and yours may do the same. (955 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light sweet corn notes up front. Light white bread-like malty sweetness. No hop aroma or fermentation character noted.

Appearance: Amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Nice bready malt base with solid 2-row character. Bready malts are balanced by moderate earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is fleeting and bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and moderately high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A refreshing, light cream ale. (604 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is golden/amber with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a nice caramel aroma that brings along with it some biscuit aroma. There is also some slight fruit aroma that teases its identity but disappears before it can be identified.

The flavor has a touch of bitterness at first before a bread flavor moves in. There is a hint of apple skin flavor in the background that is present for just a moment before some bitterness comes back toward the end with some hoppy floral flavor.

The feel of this beer was pretty light and makes for a good session beer. There is a good drinkable feel that goes down easy. (706 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace, even initially. The color is a dirty gold with a notable cloudiness.

Mild aroma of pale malt with a touch of crystal. Nearly no hop.

Tastes like a cross between an Amber and a macro-brew. It's a bit watery and seemingly thin in taste but there's a bit of cream in the swallow. The high carbonation makes it seem lighter than it really is. Short aftertaste. All in all, not a bad beer, but nor is it very exciting. (466 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, darker orange color. Big, creamy, off-white head. A whole bunch of sticky, clumpy lace.

S-Sweet breadiness. Oatmeal. Creamy, sweet whey. A bit of adjunct. The aroma is faint but pleasing. Maybe some graham crackers.

T-Ruitier than the nose also hoppier too. I detected some very soft hops in the nose but the flavor has some hoppiness to it. Hops are grassy and sudsy/soapy. Some more toasty bread. Sweet adjunct.

M-Drinks very easily. I enjoyed the initial can a bunch.

O/D-I genuinely like Cream Ales. This one isn't anything spectacular but I would bring this to a get together, know my friends would enjoy it and so would I. Very sessionable and better than advertised on the site. (706 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New cans in MA, haven't had a Cream Ale in a long time.

A- Poured from the 12oz can into a can shaped glass. Tiniest amount of haze to the light amber body. A fizzy white head forms to a finger tall with lackluster retention, falling quickly to a bubbly ring and pillow. Lacing is very spotty and rarely found on the mostly untouched glass.

S- Faint cracked grains and hints of sweets and even corn. Slight fruity esters with yeast hints of pear, apple and light sweet fruits.

T- As with the aroma, just a faint and even watered down feel to the flavor. Yeast offers up some bread notes as well as the light fruits mentioned above. Notes of cracked grain, corn, pear, sweets, grape and light grassy hops.

MF- Light bodied but a pretty smooth and somewhat creamy texture overall. Foams up on the palate from the medium-high carbonation.

Really not bad for a Cream Ale and fits the style pretty well. No off flavors or anything that turns me off. Just not a thing I would personally buy a lot of but I could see how some would enjoy this. (1,041 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay can.... interestingly cracking the top it starting foaming over the top, forcing me to rush the initial pour, and yielding a deep 3 finger foamy bubbly head that forces me to stop pouring into the SA Perfect Pint glass, fades at a med pace with decent foamy lacing, clear honey tan orange color with very little bubbles coming up frmo the etch.

Nose grainy toasty malt little wheat like straw aroma, little wet hay, bready, into fairly creamy malt base, almost yeasty warm fermentation like aroma, a dank wet hay and light grassy slight herbal like hop.

Taste starts crisp, with lots of malt characters, toasty grainy bready malts, light toasted wheat, little wet hay musty flavor, into creamy blond malt characters, bready almost doughy. Then mild grassy slight herbal dank hops, mild bitterness, and a little thin feeling overall. Finish is dry but a little sticky and more dank hay like flavors, hay and straw again lingering, bit more on the grassy herbal hops lingering with a bit more bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, very little creamy, little thin feeling too, lighter carb surprisingly.

Overall not bad but not great either, a little thin, malts are nice, hops are so-so, not very creamy, light carbonation somehow, refreshing but just a decent tasting beer. (1,276 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden straw-color with orange hues. Creamy very white head with moderate retention. Mild carbonation

Smells sweet and malty. Doughy bread. Some sugary caramel and honey. Definite presence of adjuncts as grainy corn shines through. Hop presence is grassy and understated

Taste follows the nose. White bread and honey. Somewhat biscuity. Lager yeast. Some vegetation and grain. Hops are very mild and grassy. No real bitterness to speak of

Feels smooth and creamy. Fairly light-bodied

Overall decent but not noteworthy. I'd get a 'gansett cream ale before this - more bang and less buck for those anyway (620 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark gold, pours a nice head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer. Subtle lacing on sides of the glass, but does not linger for long.

Not a lot going on in the nose. smells malty with a hint of peach.

Taste is rather sweet with malty notes. Bready after taste that does not last very long.

Very smooth mouth feel. Light, silky texture with good fizz but not overwhelmingly carbonated.

Overall this beer is easy to drink and enjoyable. Nothing stands out as particularly excellent, but there is nothing glaringly wrong either. I think its neutral flavor and light body would make it a suitable beer to pair with any meal where you want the taste buds focused on dinner. (692 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malty, creamy, a touch of hops, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (283 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues its salute to New England in the aftermath of Winter Storm Nemo! I scored a sixer of this last weekend while in West Warwick to visit my buddy.

From the CAN: "Thank you for hoisting our Flagship Ale!"; "This first offering from Grey Sail has been craft brewed in the cream ale style to be bright, refreshing, and flavorful."; "We hope you enjoy it. We also hope you'll visit us at the brewery or on Facebook to let us know how we're doing and what more we [CAN] brew for you."; '[undersigned Jen and Alan]".

I went with my soon-to-be-patented Crack & inverted Glug which produced two short-lived fingers of foamy, bone-white head. I will say that it did leave some beautiful lacing in its wake, however. Color was a golden-yellow with a very slight haze, but just enough to be noticeable. This had a pleasant malty sweetness to the nose, suggesting an all-malt cream ale, which is a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel was medium and there was a grassiness to the hops that worked well with the malt to create an eminently drinkable beer. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. Once more, thanks to it relatively low ABV, I CAN easily envision myself drinking this on a hot summer's day or better, with a fresh soft pretzel. (1,252 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/30/12

Appearance: Light amber, dark gold in the light - mostly clear, slight chill haze- pours with a small, off-white head, keeps a little cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Interesting, mostly good - pale and lightly toasted grains - hearty white bread with a touch of honey - dough and some flowers - slight vegetal edge, like sweet corn - clean, lightly sweet, with some grassy hops

Taste: Doughy, yet lightly toasted, bread - kind of like a grainy bread with corn and honey - a light grainy sweetness balanced by a mild bitterness - lightly earthy, with some grass and fibrous vegetables - some hints of light citrus in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth as a cream ale should be, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good enough to be a flagship

Choosing a Cream Ale as a flagship beer for a new brewery seems a bit odd. But Grey Sail pulled it off. This is an all-around solid beer, more interesting than the "average" Cream Ale. If only these came in tallboys... (1,007 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with dinner at Trio's restaurant in Narragansett, RI, this brew presents a pale gold color with a giant white pile of foam and plenty of lacing. The aroma brings a subtle floral lemon blend that is pleasant but a bit too polite perhaps. The flavor offers a biscuit wheat and somewhat watery cabbage sort of deal. Kind of musty skunky, a papery wheat. It’s light bodied but offers a nice, evenly carbonated feel that refreshes and finishes with a dry tongue. The flavor is somewhat unique, a bit perfumey, not really my thing but definitely not a bad brew. Worth trying. (579 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing this new arrival to CT. It's good to see another RI brewery on the scene.

A: Slightly hazy pale amber body under a frothy white head. Ok retention, good lace. Nice.

S: Slightly salty, slightly vomitous, and primarily corny. Really not good.

T: Better here, with sweet corn being the dominant flavor. Very boring and one-note, with a mildly bitter finish. No better than average for a generally underwhelming style.

M: Light-to-medium body with light, creamy carbonation. Pretty good.

O: Apart from the awful smell this wasn't too terrible. I'm sure it's intended to be consumed directly from an ice-cold can - savoring it in a tulip may have put undue emphasis on the aroma. Obviously you'd expect a well-made beer to stand up to the strictest scrutiny, but I'm sure this would be fine as a thirst-quencher under the right circumstances.

Cheers! (917 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in an nonic. Pours a translucent straw gold with a one inch, bright white head. Nose expresses sweet cereal grains and perhaps a slight buttery quality. Taste consistent with nose - there's almost a buttermilk character that comes out towards the middle and gradually drops off leaving some residual grainy notes. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation that asserts itself just enough to tickle the tongue and palate. I don't have a lot of experience or depth with this style, but this is a very simple and drinkable brew without much complexity. An easy session beer for the summer that would go great with grilling. (656 characters)

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Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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