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Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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BA SCORE
79
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33 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 29.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style | ABV
Cream Ale | 4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bruachan on 01-02-2012

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 158
Photo of emptyglassagain
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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. Maybe a bit of breadiness from the malt and minimal hop aroma or flavor. there just doesn't seem to be much there. While very smooth and a bit creamy it feels light and thin 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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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!

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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.

Cheers.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.07/5  rDev -10%
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

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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 constantine_272
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
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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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of icepik
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of youngs11
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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%
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

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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.

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