Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

very good
430 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.89 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
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