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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 102
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pint off tap.

Appearance: Deep orange, pumpkin, pillow/fluffy head falls off fast. Hardly transparent.

Nose: Jelly doughnut, yeasty, bready, citrus.

Taste: Jelly doughnut confirmed, canned pineapple, butter off the butter tray, lime, lemon, pine, lemon grass, wild chive, herbs.

Mouth Feel: Dry, hoppy as hell.

Overall: I love this beer and I am in love with Galaxy hops. This brewery has only been around 13 weeks and they're kicking ass with this gem. This beer has so many layers to it and I love the slight malt backbone typical of East Coast IPA's.

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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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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of momobono
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an East-Coast IPA, this beer certainly packs a punch in both hop aromatics and hop flavors. But to back it up with a malt backbone to balance the resinous pine flavors from the Galaxy hops? That's something rare to come by. I've had this both in bottle and tap, but the nose is much more prominent on tap. Satisfies on all ends, I could drink this beer for days.

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Photo of greenengineer
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, in my Opa-Opa pint glass, shared with my wife.

A - deep orange color, good head retention
S - hops out front, citrus notes
T - hops hops and more hops, bitter, dry, nice IPA Flavor, nothing tricky just the stuff you want
M - carbonation stays with the beer, not thick, hop oil aftertaste (which I like)
O - I like it, a nice IPA, local, fresh and tasty. Thirst quenching - I'd like to drink this in warmer weather. Hop heads will be satisfied with this.

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Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden-copper in color with a fluffy, white head. Not sure if it was the pour but it was tough to build a head. Settled quickly into no head retention and no lacing.

S - Sugary, malty, bready nose. Caramelized sugar. Dark, boozy fruits. Unique for an IPA. More like a IIPA.

T - Balanced! Perfect rush of floral hops to the front of the palate finished with chewy, roasted malt in the finish. Again, like a Double IPA. Seems to make sense with the ABV. But it also tastes like a great Pale Ale. It doesn't know what to be.

M - Smooth, malty, and delicious. Alcohol is very faint and enjoyable. This is what I expect from an East Coast IPA...balance. They should be noticeably different from West Coast versions.

Highly recommended! Looking forward to more from Slumbrew.

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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear copper body with a quarter inch of head that faded to a ring.

s: tropical and citrus fruits, malt and a touch of pine.

t: wave of tropical fruits, hints of malt with a pine flavored finish.

m: medium body with good carbonation and a long dry finish.

o: i like this beer alot, also has clear freshness dates on the label. has a clean crisp taste to it and it finishes easy, not overly bitter.

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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 04-2012.

a: bright copper color with a nice fluffy white head that never wants to quit. nice levels of carbonation too.

s: nice combination of floral and pine hops with bready malt aroma. well rounded. reminds me alot of Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'.

t: floral and citrus hop flavor followed by a nice pine bitterness. slightly sweet biscuit-like malt flavor throughout. perfectly balanced. hop bitterness is not at all overwhelming and finishes clean.

m: pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

as others have said, it kind of reminds me of a classic (90s era) East Coast IPA with an intriguing hop profile. will buy again next time i see it on-tap. bottle was a tad expensive ($7)

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Photo of jlmorgan4
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My First Review...

Enjoyed with a friend on a chilly Shabbat afternoon.

This IPA was a beautiful orange with a nice cap of foam--good lacing as it disappeared. Good aromas, heavy on the piney hops, not much malt back there. Flavor was similar, focused on bitterness but without the malt grounding--at first it was slightly off-putting, but as it warmed up a bit the balance seemed to work better. I was savoring it by the end. The only flaw for me was a slightly lighter mouthfeel than what I'd prefer, but overall very tasty--excited to try their other beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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