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Flagship Ale - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: bruachan on 01-02-2012)
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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

nmann08, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -10.2%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

jlindros, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

smcolw, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

woodychandler, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

ejimhof, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

xnicknj, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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
Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Durge, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Jwale73, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

woosterbill, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev +9%
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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +19.8%

jfcaa193, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jaxon53, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

msubulldog25, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

cbutova, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

williamjbauer, Jun 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

JamLand, May 29, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

kaelingirl, May 06, 2013
Photo of Burt
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Burt, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of CTJman
3/5  rDev -10.2%

CTJman, Jul 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

morebeergood, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Chucker17, Apr 24, 2014
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Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
77 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.