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Flagship Red Alt Ale - Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Flagship Red Alt AleFlagship Red Alt Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Litterbean:
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish orange. Head is minimal and leaves some foam on top once it dissipates.

Smells pleasant, a light fragrance of floral hops with a fruity bouquet. Juicy.

Taste is more complex than I expected. Starts out a bit spicy and bitter, which then gives way to a mild buttery flavor on the back of the tongue. Apples and pears at the finish and a burnt, roasted quality that lingers for a bit in the throat.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:20:06 | More by Litterbean
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2014 05:06:53 | More by bunbury
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-06-2014 07:15:06 | More by bernat1971
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3/5  rDev -13%

07-05-2014 23:25:17 | More by sukwonee
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3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy red body.
The aroma is lemon, orange and grain.
The taste has moderate lemon bitterness, earthy fruit and mild honey sweet ending.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
A fine beer, nothing special but tasty with an alt style to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:18:24 | More by Fatehunter
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-14-2013 05:19:24 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

10-31-2013 19:22:48 | More by Zach122
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3/5  rDev -13%

08-08-2013 16:05:19 | More by Smurf2055
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

07-04-2013 23:31:21 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another from the "I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before" file. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy copper-amber with just under an inch of off-white head that moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was nicely malty, although a bit on the sweet side, and had a gentle hop presence. The flavors were pretty much the same, malty, sweet, and a bit of hop tang at the back of the tongue.

The body was just a bit lighter than medium, and was very smooth and even. Drinkability was good, you could have multiples of these without much effort. Overall, a solid, smooth, nice brew. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 00:11:24 | More by beertunes
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-15-2013 15:46:54 | More by RichH55
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4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro-tap at the brewery's tasting room in Seattle. It's a nice little spot that's definitely worth checking out.

Pours a deep golden amber hue, perhaps not as dark as some, but with character. Firm body supports a smooth, creamy white head that sits solid and compact, not streaming and leaving lace. Carbonation is tiny and firmly created on tilting. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is smooth and creamy, with solid sweetness. Apple pie and custard comes through, with a touch of savoury grain and sweeter roasted toffee characters. Mmm.

Light grain on the front, before a bit of pepper lightens and pricks the palate. Despite this, there's plenty more smoothness to go around, with apple and custard again on the menu. Finish has some classic German phenolic notes which allow the beer to feel fresh and bright despite the ridiculously smooth feel.

Overall, this is a really nice altbier. It has some interesting characters above a very solid base. The nitro-pour is a nice addition too, accentuating all the languid smoothness of the brew.

I don't know if "flagship" is just a name, or if this is their flagship brew, but it should be the latter: this is a beer I'd be happy to fly my brewery's colours from.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-27-2012 05:03:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-17-2012 05:02:38 | More by jnoelani
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-22-2012 10:13:38 | More by DrNo
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a crystal clear deep amber/red color, a vigerous pour yields about one fingers worth of off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving behind spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty, with a sharp fruity quality. Slightly pungent, with a hint of alcohol. A spicy hop character mingles well with the fruity sweetness.

The taste follows suit with the aroma, fairly sweet and malty, with a sharp fruity bite. The hops are nearly imperceptible, lending just the slightest bit of spicy bitterness to the mix. Carbonation seems just a bit high. The beer is medium bodied and finishes dry with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, I think this is a decent beer, for an American style Alt. The beer is just a little too sweet, and is lacking the bready/biscuity malt presence that most German versions of the style have.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:03:53 | More by CBlack85
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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery color with a modest, off-white head. A tip of the glass and the lace sticks tenaciously to the sides. Smells a bit musty, with some slight grain. I'm not very impressed with the aroma, but it looks good in the glass. First sip is crisp and has a decent bit of bitterness. It's not a hop-forward beer, but has a good hop character that slightly edges out the malt flavors. The finish leans toward sweet malt. Drinking it reveals that the lacing is indeed quite tenacious, impressively so. Highly drinkable, with a medium body and carbonation. A very good sessionable beer. I'm not a big fan of red ales, but I'd certainly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:32:13 | More by compass40204
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pouted into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a nice 1 finger dusty tan head. Decent retention but very good lacing. Visually appealing beer.

S- Complex aroma of doughy sweet malt and earthy hops. A fun one to sniff out the different essences.

T- Dissapoints a little here. Its complex but I struggled to appreciate the balance of malt and hops. They seemed to fight one another. Slightly bitter, wet finish.

M- Good carbonation, a little watery.

D- Looked promising at first but couldn't pull it off as far as I'm concerned. Was OK, and I'll probably try it again to make sure my opinions are founded, but it was not an ace for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:54:14 | More by HugePlume
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3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle passed on by beer buddy poured into shaker pint glass 10.16.2010.

One finger off white head, pretty quick dissipation with above average lacing. Clear orangish amber body, on light end of scale for the style, multiple trails of small carbonation bubbles rising lazily to surface. Aroma is bready, a small bit of fruitiness, with some floral hops on the back end which increased as the beer warmed, very faint bitterness. Taste is more sweet than the nose would indicate, stone fruit re light cherry esters, floral hops on back end, not a lot going on tastewise. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with above average effervescence, not sticky despite sweetness. OK on drinkability, but not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:29:46 | More by jdense
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3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Kinda reddish amber.

S- A little spicey and citrusy. I really like the smell of it.

T- Pretty much straight foward but has a bit of bite to it. Slightly metallic in a good way.

D- Pretty smooth but not all that smooth.

Over all I like this one and would defniately drink more of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:02:05 | More by SodoSyco
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle at the local discount food store.
This beer has a murky, amber color. I had to stop the pour to keep it from foaming over the glass. I'm met with a malty aroma with floral hops present.
Taste is nice. I'd be mighty proud to brew a batch this good. The taste is straight forward "beer", there is nothing fancy or memorable about it..it's just good.
For somebody who does not like a lot of hoppyness, this beer might get a better review than what I've done here. IPAs have spoiled my ability to appreciate lower strength ales to some degree.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:15:50 | More by industrialswill
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3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber, thin head and little lacing. Aroma is malt forward. Tastes of caramel, apple, white grapes. Mouthfeel is fairly light, almost watery, refreshing. Drinkability is above average for the style. This beer is fine, nothing remarkable but neither is there anything particularly flawed with it. It's just an everyday decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 06:08:43 | More by appenzeller
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: murky red amber hue with one finger of creamy ivory head. Looks appetizing.

Smell: sweet malt with bright citrusy hops. A little one-dimensional, but quite good within that dimension.

Taste: malt is complex with some dry character and some sweet. Hops are citrusy and floral but this beer is not particularly bitter. I still rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation leading to a nicely creamy texture.

Drinkability: tasty and drinkable. Maritime Pacific rarely dissapoints me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 15:06:45 | More by flagmantho
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber with orange red tint. Good looking head and lace.

The aroma of malts,dates and fruit. Hint of grains with hops.

The taste begins with a caramel tone followed by malts,citrus/fruit,toasty notes and figs.

The feel is medium body,dry finish and medium carbonation.

Notes: I am not inclined to usually buy this style and I while I can not say it is my preference I will say it was a decent beer.Very malty and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:41:51 | More by Lexluthor33
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3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with Cannabanaceae. Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark red with a one finger white head. It quickly recedes and there is a very small amount of lacing.

The aroma is your typical Alt. Toasted, bready malt with some sweet sugar. The flavor is bready, sugary malt, with a hint of citrus and spices. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, which is slightly bitter.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 07:04:27 | More by HopHead84
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3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maritime's first ever beer, and mine too during my first visit to the Jolly Roger. Somehow it seemed to compliment the essence of the taproom: clean, uncluttered, and with a relaxed demeanor devoid of pretense. The Red Alt is a smooth drinking ale to be certain, though it's hardly red. The body is more of a polished ruddy bronze with modest suds. A faint doughy aroma made a brief appearance.

This ale includes a bit of wheat in the bill and performs an admirable balancing act with crisp bittering followed by a gentle brush of cherrywood sweetness. The flavor is not dramatic, but the overall design is smart and shows good session sense.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 02:42:12 | More by RedDiamond
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Flagship Red Alt Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
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