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Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Flagship AleFlagship Ale

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bruachan on 01-02-2012)
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 05:00:01 | More by BryanCarey
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 20:52:46 | More by mattcrill
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 01:23:38 | More by smcolw
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 00:09:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.49/5  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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 02:07:45 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 01:33:32 | More by jlindros
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 02:30:27 | More by MistahBeah
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youngs11

Rhode Island

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

Appears dark gold, pours into 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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 21:17:25 | More by youngs11
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-14-2013 00:38:37 | More by tone77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 19:08:00 | More by woodychandler
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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...

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 06:24:25 | More by angrybabboon
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 16:39:25 | More by Durge
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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!

Serving type: can

09-06-2012 03:16:37 | More by woosterbill
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-07-2012 01:13:43 | More by Jwale73
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd do a quick review as this one doesn't have many.

Can dates 6/11/12, from a beer run while visiting RI.

Pours golden with a bit of haze and an off white head. Decent lacing but the foam doesn't stick around long.

Smell is sweet and grassy, nothing overpowering but good and fresh.

Taste is nice and easy, a mild sweet, almost vanilla flavor washed away with a mellow hop bitterness. Exactly what I'm looking for in a cream ale.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, very drinkable.

Overall this is a style often ignored by brewers, so its nice to see another one around. One of my favorite summer beer types and this one fits the bill just fine.

Serving type: can

07-15-2012 21:19:12 | More by foureyedgeek
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

marked February 28, 2012--presumably the date it was canned

A: Nice clumpy head with modest retention and nice lacing.

S: Faint grain and vegetal hops.

T: Pronounced grain with a marked sweetness that becomes bready. Modest herbal hops on the finish lend balance.

M: Creamy with nice carbonation.

O: Not a remarkable beer, but it is quaffable. The sub-5 abv is nice.

Serving type: can

03-31-2012 22:20:55 | More by greybeardloon
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a translucent straw color with an inch of frothy head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet grains, grass and some bread. Taste is sweet breadiness, grains, and a bit floral at the end. Pretty crisp and easy to drink. Somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. Seems like it'd be perfect for summer. Overall, its nothing special but worth having some of in the fridge.

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 04:28:19 | More by PicoPapa
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with just about the 'happiest' label design ever: radiating sunbeams, blue skies and a small sailing vessel on open waters. Poured to a pint glass. A nice 'local' extra from jedwards.

A: Appropriately blonde/golden, almost perfectly clear (a faint haze barely distorts my fingers through the glass). White foam topping can't quite reach a finger high; it ebbs but holds as a thicker skim with a thin, creamy ring. Lace in dabs and drips. I've seen some boring, lifeless Cream Ale and this isn't one of them.

S: Pleasantly sweet aroma of honey and baked bread and an odd earthy note that I can only liken to peppers - not a 'hot' aroma, by any means, but an odd but strangely alluring 'vegetable' quality. I've had/enjoyed a Chili Pepper Ale from Calapooia (Oregon) that this is reminiscent of.

T: Hay-like 'crusty bread' graininess, an earthy/doughy flavor that's balanced well and is as sweet as most cream ales I've had. Hops add a dusting of spice and a little 'leafy greenness'. I'm questioning my taste buds, because I get a hint of that 'pepper' that I found in the aroma; not a bad thing, just different... and memorable.

M: Light-medium body, after an initial roil of carbonation it's as 'creamy' as a cream ale should aspire to be. Smooth, clean finishing, mild carbonation. A slight starchy/sticky malt lingering on the lips.

O: Satisfying, refreshing, easy to drink. Nothing to complain about, a solid cream ale. Maybe I was thirsty or it was just plain good (probably both), but this was gone in about 5 sips/5 minutes. A good effort by Grey Sail (my first chance to try anything of theirs)

Thanks, Jonah, for sending this and allowing me to be the first non-Rhode Islander to review it!

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 23:53:12 | More by msubulldog25
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icepik

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: blond color, good head and lacing.

S: Light grassy hop aroma with a stronger malt/bread background.

T: Nice biscuit/bread malt flavor with some grassy hops, not bitter at all.

M: Very nice, smooth mouth feel, very soft carbonation, prototypical cream ale.

O: This is a great session beer, comes in cans as well. The draft version had more hop character, but even so, this is solid cream ale. I’ll be drinking this on the beach in the summer and loving it.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 23:49:28 | More by icepik
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/24/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with breadiness from a light malt character which transitions into a mild malt sweetness. Then a decent hops bitterness for the style comes in creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 20:38:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a new brewery who is part of the CAN revolution!

A: Crystal clear yellow, with a slight touch of amber. Thin, bright white head. Blotchy remains cling to the glass all the way down.

S: Very faint malts, cooked corn, and slightly herbal.

T: Starts off with a crisp, malt flavor, transitioning to grassy hops, with a slight peppery touch. Surprisingly more bitter than sweet and malty.

M: Light, good carbonation, maybe a touch too much for some; very clean.

O/D: The canned version is worth trying. Fairly hoppy for the style. Good beer to go along with bar food. Probably won't get any of your beer-nerd friends excited. Price is steep at almost $9 for a six pack of 12 oz, compared to all the other quality choices by other breweries. Looking forward to seeing what else these guys have to offer.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 22:53:00 | More by mostpoetsdo
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale amber-gold hue with a very nice sudsy head

aromas of blackcurrant and something woody coming from the hops. a gentle golden sweetness as well

as far as drinking the brew itself: very dry. more woody hop. fruity in a delicate and general way. bitterness is good: present but hardly assertive

a very quaffable beer, which i imagine is a must for a new Rhode Island brewery. it's crisp and too light for my liking--i might be temped to drink this in the gym

overall, however, i'm pleased that this will be the flagship brew for a new Rhode Island brewery. if people start drinking this regularly, they may soon realize how nasty Narragansett is

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 12:41:31 | More by bruachan
Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
79 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.