Flagship IPA | Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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3.77 w/ 62 ratings

Brewed by:
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Nebraska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Flagship India Pale Ale is bigger and bolder than ever. This full-bodied, copper-colored ale is exceptionally refreshing with huge hop character and a malt base that gives it great complexity. A great beer for hopheads.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of HopHog87
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Old Market Brewery.

Appearance- Copper. Extremely hazy and cloudy. I mean big-time hazy. By far, the most cloudy IPA, or commercially available brew for that matter, I have ever enjoyed. But this is not a bad thing for me. If it is unfiltered, I'm totally fine with that. It reminds me I'm drinking a craft beer and not a crappy macro. I actually prefer unfiltered beers when it comes to this style so I was pretty thrilled to try it.

Very thin head in the pint glass.

Nose- Pleasant grapefruit and tangerines. Not the real heavy citrus and zero pine. Definitely an IPA for those who enjoy the lighter shades this style has to offer. Probably not dry hopped which is fine for a basic IPA in my book.

Taste- bitter orange and light citrus. Good, hefty malt backbone but no malty overtones or aftertaste. Slight zest lingers around. Good but not fantastic. Mouthfeel is normal, just slightly thicker than your average pale ale.

Overall- A good IPA overall, but a bit lackluster when it comes to the "wow" factor. It's a drink I would grab if I was out at a restaurant but not something I'd go out of my way to stock in my fridge. I particularly enjoyed the haziest of this brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit generic, but a well made ipa. pours a bright honey color with a lazy white head an inch tall. smells like a good mix of hop varieties, nothing too high alpha, but not the english bittering hops either. its right in the middle of the citrus/floral spectrum, and seems about right for a hit afternoon. the flavor is comperable to the aroma, with some pale malt backing. feel is fine, medium bodied and well carbonated. its a pretty standard ipa, fresh and tasty, but not too creative or daring. a good session beer but nothing memorable.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight from the growler (after a one-day drive back home to Colorado) into a Ska pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a pretty and opaque burnt orange with an off-white, half-inch head. The head is locked in place, still sitting there as I type this, losing just 1/4 of itself in three minutes since I poured it. The lacing is outstanding as well, covering about 75% of the back side of the glass.

SMELL: Big, pretty flowers with a very pleasant piney aroma behind the flowers. This smells exactly how an IPA should. The smell is exceptional.

TASTE: This tastes like the smell, floral and piney with an outstanding hop flavor that is neither too bitter nor too sweet - Although it leans towards the sweet side. A slight bitterness lurks in the background and swells up towards the end of the sip providing a very nice set up for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: A little creamier than most IPA's, but given the flavor profile this is a nice fit. It should not be too sparkly. Despite the sweetness, the finish is dryer and wipes away any chance for this to get too cloying.

OVERALL: This is a really great IPA. A couple years ago I stopped in Omaha and had a sampler. The IPA was my favorite in the lineup, but I would have rated it a strong B+. This time, I was more impressed with th improvements made by Upstream and this is easily a A beer at this point. This is tough to say as a huge fan of Empyrean, but I think this is the best beer I've tried out of Nebraska.

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Photo of pigc
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother Jeff for bringing over this fresh growler.

A - Pours a dark copper color with massive three finger head.

S - Heavy pine, slight citrus, little bit on ganja going on here.

T - Starts out with a slight maltiness then the heavy pine bitterness sets in. Finish is dry.

M - Medium with average carbonation.

O - Very bitter, yet malty IPA. This one could use a bit more complexity and more citrus but a solid IPA from Upstream.

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Photo of prmurphy63026
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is entitled 'Flagship IPA' as in it's their flagship brew. It has a great head that delivers the citrusy hop aroma. It's well balanced with a great malt backbone.

When you get this beer make sure you take a nice long sniff of the foam. Ahh... Citrus aroma. Seems to primarily be cascade and simcoe.

This is a great beer!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Juicy and citric aroma, notes of orange peel, lemon and tangerine along with some lightly floral, honeyish sweetness, some very faint malty doughiness and cedary touches. Medium hue of orange-copper with a slight, uneven, mostly lasting head. Initial impression is rather fruity and malty, some toasty sugariness throughout with hints of gentle pear and apple mingling with the citric, flowery hop presence, this becoming moderately bitter and very lightly astringent towards the finish, which is also lightly spicy and piney with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Palate is somewhat sticky and resinous, medium-full body and lively carbonation.

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Flagship IPA from Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Beer rating: 54.8% out of 100 with 62 ratings
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