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Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Flagship AleFlagship Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

BryanCarey, Apr 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -10.4%

MikeC144, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jul 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

williamjbauer, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

MattBeer, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Roguer, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of tkelley
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

tkelley, May 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Saxboy10, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

JamLand, May 29, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

tone77, Feb 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.3%

WhitmansNiece, Sep 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

JDelder, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

nebula1999, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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...

angrybabboon, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Rhf9120, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

BColton1, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

cdoan4, Jul 04, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +46.9%

Diacetylkid, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

LCannon4, Jul 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

RoninTK3, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

cbutova, Oct 04, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Karibourgeois, Mar 21, 2014
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Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
78 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.