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Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Not Rated.
Flagship AleFlagship Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

33 Reviews

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 28.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: bruachan on 01-02-2012

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 149
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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%

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

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Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of j_hollings13
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tkelley
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
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.


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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WhitmansNiece
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of JDelder
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of nebula1999
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
79 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.