Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA

Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flagraiser IPA is a big, hoppy tribute to the unfurling of the Grand Union flag atop Prospect Hill in Somerville, MA on January 1, 1776. This ale celebrates our passion for hop aroma and flavor balanced with just the right amount of malt.

Huge aroma and resin-y flavors from the elusive Galaxy hops are the signature of this beer. Built on a solid base of pale malts, this double IPA makes generous use of hops from Columbus, Crystal and Galaxy with the Galaxy hops taking the lead during ten days of aggressive dry-hopping.

Added by Kelp on 11-03-2011

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit and pine hops, flavor is caramel and grapefruit hops, light bitter aftertaste. $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of wedge
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLED ON 06/15/2015

Pours a lightly hazed orange under a tall, thick off-white head. Smell has some of that tropical Galaxy quality, though mellow, and blends with more of an earthy pine and grass hop presence and a fair amount of bready caramel. Pine resin, passionfruit, and orange peel hop flavors meet a toffee malty sweetness. Lingering dry hopped grassiness and a solidly bitter in the finish. A little sugary and I wish there was more pop from the Galaxy, but still a decent olde school East-Coast IPA.

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Photo of Boston71
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourites.

Golden hazy colour- nice big white foamy head
Taste very hoppy but not bitter. Reminds me of standing outside in a field of hops. Very earthy

Lightly carbonated smooth easy beer to drink
Finishes out floral with citrus notes

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Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap. an outstanding beer across the board. wonderful aroma smooth beer with a great feel. Impressive beer for the somerville brewery.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a very thin cap; thick rings of lace;

S: pineapple, grapefruit, a little peach, and something similar to what canned fruit cocktail smell like;

T: pineapple and peach that gets sweeter through mid-palate; stays sweet to the end, but not cloying; a touch of bitterness in the background;

M: seems a little syrupy, but that may be my imagination considering the fruit cocktail reference; light carbonation; dry finish;

O: very interesting; would have liked some bitterness to offset the sweetness;

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a pint glass.

A- Hazy copper-orange color with a 1-plus F head, off-white. Rings of lacing coat the glass.

S- Lots of sweet malt and some citrus hop in the background.

T- Pale and caramel malt flavors dominate, Faint hop flavors, mostly citrus.

M- Big full body, sweet and malty. But little, if any, hop tang.

O- More American pale ale to me.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that faded away, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has strong flavors of gooseberries along with slight bits of citrus. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a nice job of showcasing the aromas and flavors of the Galaxy hops. It's not a bad selection if you like gooseberries.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA has a very thick, off-white head, an opaque, bubbly, orange appearance, with many noticeable tan particles roiling about, and a very heavy lace curtain left on the glass. The aroma is of white bread, sweetness, and citrus, and the flavor is of those elements, with grapefruit and increasing bitterness as the sip settles out. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA finishes mostly dry, rather drinkable, and not the least bit alcohilic.


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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden body with orange highlights, topped by three fingers of rocky white foam. Drippy lace coats the top of the glass.

Big pine aroma upfront. Citrus lurking in the background.

Huge malt base doesn't just hit in the beginning, but rides along the whoe way on through the afterglow. Plenty of pine. Some juicy fruits. Good bitter background.

Medium mouthfeel with some prickliness.

A maltier than most IPA, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark gold with a finger and a half of frothy foam.

Citrus, lightly tropical, slighting resinous.

Grainy, tasted malt, citrus, tropic fruit, juicy hop resins.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, grainy.

Overall, very nice but needs some touch ups.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 02/27/14 on bottleneck. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.99.

A: Hazy gold amber with 1-2 fingers of oatmeal colored frothy head with good retention and a nice collar of lacing.

S: Nice Columbus aroma with some pine resin and lemon-orange citrus. Medium strong caramel aroma.

T: Flavor is solid to excellent with a big blast of pine resin and orange-tangerine citrus layered on a medium crystal malt backbone. Has big Columbus character like in the aroma and avoids tasting "weedy" like many Columbus-heavy IPA's. Pretty standard American IPA, but well-executed. No yeast or alcohol character noted.

M: Slick with medium carbonation and body, drinkable with a dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this IPA, did not have a comparable high-quality IPA to compare to side by side. It compares very favorably to DC Brau The Corruption which unfortunately crosses over into that weedy Columbus category. Nice job on this one by Slumbrew. I wonder how this would taste with a lighter crystal maltbill.

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Photo of Boto
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Noho Brewfest: This one pours a fairly clear, darker golden color. There was a good, dense off white head on it. There was a BIG pine hop nose. The taste was good. It wasn’t as bitter as the nose would make you think, but still has a good bite to it. Some malts in the background. Nice.

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Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Fresh six packs (or four, can't remember) means time to review the Slumbrew staples.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a snifter with a hazy, dark orange-amber body. Small white head forms with a creamy-foamy texture and the height of about one finger. Foam dies down relatively quickly to a small bubbly ring at the edges. Thick ring of lace at the top with thinner webs drizzling down from there.

S- Aroma brings close to a half and half balance between hops and malts with hops getting just a slight edge. Hop notes of citrus zest, dried stone fruit like apricot, flowers and some pine. Caramel malt and cracked grain hints form a backdrop with some yeast hints.

T- As in the aroma, a balance of hops and the other key beer ingredients is struck. Hops shift slightly to more grapefruit, floral and pine notes with a hint of tropical fruit. Yeast seems to create some spice, raisin, apple and bread notes. The grains bring caramel, biscuit, cracked cereal grain and slight sweetness.

MF- Creamy overall texture with high end carbonation. Maybe the best part of the brew as the creaminess is quite pleasant. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

Malt and yeast flavors seem to counteract what good hop flavors are there. In a way it is more like an amber or Barleywine and the higher ABV here allows more yeast and malt flavors to arise. Still fairly pleasant and nothing totally off but not on par with other good IPAs around today.

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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a freshness date poured into a pint.

A: Bright apricot amber, super hazed, white thick, head forms islands and leaves ample lacing. Beauty.

S: A bit too subtle, grass, pine, Indian spice, bread, pepper. Gonna let it warm to open.

T: Now it opens up smooth and rich with spruce, pine resin, spice, cumin, citrus, grass, nutty, grains, and a bit of caramel, earth, garden in the mostly-dry bitter finish

Reminds me of Ipswich & Harpoon, a ne style? Hops give way to a malty finish. Feels English and authentic, and it's great with food with a stunning fresh finish. Must try.

Great with food, tonight with sausage, garden peppers and onions with garlic & cumin & pretzels - Robusto cheese for dessert. Perfect pairing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy caramel kind of amber, 2 finger of white fizzy head, mild lacing.
S - Nice grape and orange aroma, big sweet malt though, and definitely some alcohol.
T - The bottle says this is "balanced with just the right amount of malt" and I tend to feel there's too much malt goin on, you get more of those galaxy hops on the end where its very grape like and some nice orange candy, a little grassy and earthy dark tones too.
M - Sticky sweet and chewy.
O - For an IPA that's supposed to "salute your hops" it doesnt really do that, there's too much sweet caramely malt flavor that detracts from some of the hop traits, fortunately there's a good enough bunch of galaxy in here to pick up for it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed golden with a thick head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of citric/tropical fruits and resin. This has a great hoppy smell with some pale malt backing.

The taste is bitter, fruity and bready. It is hop-forward with enough pale malt sweetness to give a balancing backbone. There is just a hint of alcohol. It has a long finish.

It is creamy, full-bodied and smooth.

This a great IPA!

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Photo of corby112
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very hazy and very dark golden orange with a frothy two finger white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little dark for the style but otherwise looks pretty good.

Slightly earthy, tropical fruit hops aroma with a grainy, sweet caramel malt backbone. Grassy with resinous oils and pine needle character along with hints of grapefruit, blood orange and pineapple. Smells decent but the malt character is strong than I prefer with lots of caramel, toffee, leather and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a huge sweet malt presence that almost completely overpowers all of the hop flavor. Dry and bitter up front with some earthy pine needle and sticky hop oils but this is nearly cancelled out by the strong malt flavors. Slightly leathery with a lot of caramel sweetness along with hints of toffee, rye, biscuit, hazelnut and dark fruit. There's some subtle boozy heat/sweetness in the finish but overall the ABV is well masked. Overall, this beer is way too malty for the style and doesn't even taste like an IPA in my opinion. Feels more like a weak barleywine than anything else.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy IPA that hits you right up front, pulls dry on the tongue, but has floral/caramel notes.

A: cloudy amber; good retention and mild lacing
S: sweet, caramel, lift floral notes
T: malty and hoppy up front, surprisingly together. When they finally come together at the end of a swig, raisin notes are detected.
M: lingering, allowing one to savor their drink (or hate it) longer
O: the lingering mouthfeel fades to a little metallic taste. Maybe just a little sweet. Neither for me is strong enough to override the good mouthfeel and floral notes of this IPA

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I should have reviewed this last week... ah well...
2 fingers of super white head, super sticky lacing and just a nicely constructed head on all counts, clear orange hue with an organized filing of bubbles making their way (in an orderly fashion) to the top, a very nice looking IPA

nice mix of orange and herbal notes, caramel notes in the back, the dry hopping is definitely coming through, although this is not some dali of fantastic fascination it smells great to this schnozola

taste etc...
sort of oily (hop) with medium mouth feel, the carbonation is flawless, there is a nice bite of prickly bubbles and they carry through the sip, the balance here in flavor is key, you get everything you want in an IPA
-good hop flavor
-balanced sweetness without being too sweet
-bitter finish that lingers
-satisfying feel
---and you want another sip
the hops have a great role here, they play off the malt nearly perfectly, you get immediate citrus and then later the nice bittering that never quite overpowers the malt, the ABV is also just right

excellent. I will keep my eye out for this in the future, hopefully on tap!

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Photo of Gavage
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light pine and grapefruit comes through to the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavor with pine, grapefruit, pear, and a hint of mango. Bitterness is sharp but not overly so. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: an easy to drink beer. Nicely flavorful and worthy of a try.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazed orange glow with an off white head. piney and resiny nose touch of alcohol some herbal hop and sweet malts. A very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Up front are these rich toasted grain flavors, earthy, nutty and whole grain breads, touch of sugared sweetness. This all rolls into an herbal a resinous hoppy backend with a nice bitterness that overrides the tasty malt component. Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and lingering bitterness. I like, definitely different and sets itself apart from other ipa's.

Bitterness really lasts and sneaks up on you due to the rich malt body.

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Photo of ktblue22
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I wasn't really impressed with this beer, and I probably wouldn't order it again, but it was a well done average IPA for me. I gave it high scores on the appearance and smell, which were both really nice, but for me the hop profile was very very light and fell short of really coming forward as a flagship beer for this brewery. Caramel finish with a bretty-ness that I didn't find very appealing.

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Photo of bmwats
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle, into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Dry, cratering head, deteriorates slowly, and unevenly. Leaves a thick blanket of foam on the surface. Very nice spider web lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Papery, with a little pine. A little fresh grass and some floral components.

T: Very piny, with a slightly sweet floral component. That papery (from lack of better term) that comes out in the nose, comes thru in the flavor as well; adding a kind of earthy nature.

M: Bitter and piny in the front, sticks to the palette and lingers throughout; dry in the finish. Thick syrupy feeling body.

D: Better to sip and savor, but can disappear quickly.

Atmosphere is really strong. Nice dark hue, thick frothy head, and some very solid lacing. Nose is earthy and piny with some fresh grassy and floral components. Thick and syrupy with a slight sweet and earthy flavor to balance out the dry piny hop. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber courtesy of valdieu2 into a tulip. bottled 7/2012.

a - pours a hazy amber shade with a two finger, sudsy, cream colored head. retention is good, taking quite some time to calm down. leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - floral, faint orange citrus, bread.

t - quite bready with sweeter citrus notes. orange, grapefruit, slightly floral. faint spiciness in there as well. has a resinous, bitter twang to it that hangs on the tongue a bit longer than it should. finishes dry.

m - fuller side of medium with plenty of carbonation. co2 profile is on the coarse side which detracts from the feel imo.

o - good beer but probably not gonna blow anybody away. maybe a bit past it's freshness window, but maybe not. either way, i'd drink some again if i came across it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 04/2012

Pours a very nice cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, a slight malt note, citrus, and some nice pine notes. The taste is very nice and hoppy, some malts thrown in, very nice touch of citrus and pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very nice IPA, really enjoying it. Thanks Bill!

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