Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

BA SCORE
87
very good
421 Ratings
Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
421
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh IPA. Serviceable. More like a pale. Light coloured body, middling mouthfeel. Some hop aromas. Decent drinkability. Resiny,some tropical fruit, apricot and grapefruit,a tad astringent but good malting in the secondary.Not bad but not worth seeking in a trade.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber colored liquid capped with a decent head that provides some good lacing action

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel flavor builds the base, up front, and then the piney elements take over, bringing along some stone fruit and berry flavors by mid-palate; piney bitterness and fruity flavors linger in the rather malty finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A bit too malty for me, but a decent East Coast style IPA

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11-2011. New arrival to Chicago market. Served in a pint glass.

Bright orange, good clarity, lasting white foam leaves a permanent skim on the surface. Ever present rising carbonation. Classic look to it.

Sweet candied citrus peel, bready shortbread sweetness, light spice. Caramel specialty malt, sticky sweet as it warms, almost cheesy.

Resiny dank hop bitterness, leafy green, lightly spicy. Caramel and bread heaviness, medium to full bodied with a low to medium carb level. Dry bitter aftertaste of pine and citrus peel. A slightly sweet and resiny IPA, fairly big at 7.8%. Would drink again, though its a little sweet and full bodied.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear peach color with a small white head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The malt character is light and bready in the nose, covered up by a nice tropical-fruit hop character.

The flavor has a touch of bready malt as the backdrop for some tropical fruit and citrus notes coming from the hops. Light-medium body with average carbonation and a moderate bitterness through the finish. Nothing too noteworthy, but a well-made brew with a nice hop profile.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with their porter, and I have to get the macro swill taste out of my mouth from a bad beer review I just did.

Pours a nice fizzy head of almost a finger, that fades semi slowly with a nice lacing, over a crystal clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose is pretty nice, lots of fresh hops, light citrus, some nice tropical fruit with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and a hint of musty fresh hop resins. None of those come on strong like Heady Topper, but still present and nice. As it warms a touch of candy hop aroma comes out with slight waft of pine. Under that comes some nice light sweet malts.

Taste brings more hops right out, fresh hops, very slightly resinous and musty, as well as hint of piney hops. Then tropical fruits again, very light pineapple, citrus, tangerine, mango, etc. and a decent bitterness. Again light candy hop flavor starts to shine through, bringing the sweet malts as a base that help to balance out the nice hop bitterness. A light abrasive grainy hop kick and oily flavor round off the overall experience. As it finishes it gets quite bitter and borderline astringent, with only the sweetness from the malts saving it from over bitter astringency. A nice long bitter almost spicy hop character reminds me for scores of minutes after the sip the tasty IPA I'm still drinking.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, slightly oily from the hops.

Overall pretty good, nice hops, decetnt semi sweet malty balance, strong bitterness, good citrus and tropical fruits and fresh hop flavors/aromas, tasty beer and well done.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/ruby color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention, reducing to some foam on top. Nice thick lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, some grapefruit, grapefruit rind, some pineapple, and a little bit of orange/tangerine. A little bit of light graham cracker malt and a hint of alcohol, but very very faint.

T: Quite bitter! A good bit of grapefruit and grapefruit rind as well as some pine with some more caramel and cracker malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very bitter for an IPA, especially in the midpalate, as opposed to the finish.

O: Despite the bitterness, very easy to drink. Liked the aroma a bit more than the flavor, but if the two matched up this would be better. As it is, still very good.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large four-finger off-white head. Lots of stringy lace on the glass. The head lasts a long time with a rocky settling. The liquid is hazy with an orange-amber color.

Very pleasant blend of paler malts with a good dollop of grapefruit zest-like hops. Fragrant but not floral.

Starts with a very brief malt flavor, but the hop practically explodes as the liquid hits the back of my tongue. The bitterness completely overwhelms this beer. On subsequent sips, the malt never really comes back. Borderline extreme. This would be an excellent counterpoint to spicy food. The body is what I would expect. Flavor wise, this is close to a DIPA.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Bright orange amber with some chill haze, leaves rings of lace on the glass.

SMELL: Pomelo, blonde tobacco, evergreen, toasted bread, guava, alcohol, peppery

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, spruce, resin, bitter, citrus rind, spicy, rose water, dried grass, nutty, toasted grain, faint caramel, earth, semi-dry bitter finish

While it is undoubtably a hop forward brew it does not shy too far away from being balanced. East Coast IPAs rock on!

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/11/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, tangerines, citrus hops, and fruity malts. Ton of orange which I really love.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, light citrus hops, earthy notes. More caramel in the taste; nice, but not as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness.

o - Overall a very nice IPA. I loved the nose as I love oranges, but they didn't come through as much in the taste. Would like to try it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and copper colored with a small head and sparse lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, more than is customary. Unusual, but not off putting. The flavor brings more of a balance between hops and malt, with additional notes of bread and coconut. Medium bodied with alcohol pretty well disguised. Overall, a different take on the style and one I would try again. That said, this falls short of the upper tier IPAs.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New local brewery beer found the other day, check. IPA with a bottled on date, check. Bottled 11/2011
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Oh yeah, there's some hops in here. Lots of grapefruit some pine and a hint of lemon in the aroma. Traces of bready malt deep underneath. Taste is pretty much what the aroma told me it would be. Lots of hop flavor with a hint of bread to keep the enamel on your teeth. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Huge hop aromas and a nice flavorful beer. Kind of simple but damn I enjoyed this.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.9 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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