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 taez555
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horseshoe pub in Hudson.

This beer poured an extremely clear dark tan orange body with a white head.

Nose is not overpowering but classic citric resin smell.

Taste is very sharp and bright citric resin hop monster. Medium bodied but very light actually. Resin, resin, resin. Malt is almost an afterthought. Grapefruit, a touch of pepper, citrus. Malt is fresh, but really takes a back seat. Ends with a mild lingering hop.

A brewery from my old hometown of Slummavile. Love it. Very nice beer. Right up there with Great Divide and others.

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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 silentjay
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date of 1/2012, which means this could be 8 days old and uber-fresh or over 5 weeks old and semi-fresh. Not that 5 weeks is too old for an IPA, but it would be nice to know when in the month this was bottled for a new beer to me.

pours an amberish copper with a huge off-white head that sticks around for a while and laces well.

very grassy hops with a huge bitter citrus background and plenty of over-ripe tropical fruitiness. some caramel and biscuity malts behind that to sweeten things up a bit.

tropical fruit begins on the flavor, a bit of bitterness in the middle, some juicy citrus, more tropical fruit, a good amount of sweet malts.

medium bodied with decent carbonation and some decent resin left behind and some lingering fruity flavors.

pretty tasty. The heavy dose of Galaxy hops make this stand out from the pack, but everything remains pretty well balanced. Not my favorite IPA, but one that I could see myself drink again.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a thin lacing with big bubbles. Slightly hazy body that is bronze in color.
S) Pink grapefruit. Orange peel. Pleasant floral notes.
T) A well balanced taste. even malts, even hops until the end. POW! A bold hop bite and lingering bitterness. Grapefruit. Caramel and toffee notes.
M) Medium body. Mellow carbonation - almost cask conditions. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A good brew overall. I will be more than glad to finish this whole bottle.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy iced tea color with a decent white froth on top and decent lacing. The aroma is a malty caramel with pleasant pine hop evident. Very solid. The flavor brings a crisp pine-leaf hop that mingles with minty malt. Pretty simple but very well balanced while maintaining an aggressive, chewy hop bite. It has a nice musty bread quality as well. It’s a medium-plus body brew yet delivers an almost light, somewhat spritely feel. Carbonation is tingly polite and more than adequate. Very solid stuff!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was the color of an old copper penny. Slightly hazy. There was a small tan head that still left a bit of lace.

Mostly a piney hops aroma. Some citrus. There was a nice caramel malt aroma.

Taste followed form. Lots of piney hops, some citrus. Caramel malt that was sweeter than I thought it would be.

This was a nice hoppy beer, very nice.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Bottled 12/2011.

A thick pour (for the style) lends an impressive tuft of off-white head atop a hazy, orange body. Listless carbonation sends a few bubble trails to the surface. Galaxy dry-hop still has enough legs to lend the aroma a juicy, tropical fruitiness. Malts play off the hops well with sweet caramel and toffee aromas.

The flavor amps up the bitterness with a raw, leafy (near-medicinal) hop bite that hits mid-sip and lingers into the finish. Tropical fruits flash again to add just enough hop flavor to keep things manageable, and the malty, sweet booze exerts a decadent balance. Mouthfeel is chewy, almost sticky on the finish, and the carbonation could stand to be a bit higher. Overall, a tasty IPA that I'm glad to see on the Texas if we could only get some fresher bottles, as I picked Flagraiser up the day it was released here only to find it was at least 3 months old...

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - copper brown body slightly opaque with no real carbonation visible. big frothy white head with good retention and great lacing.

S - flora hops, grass, earthy malts. grapefruit.

T - sharp floral hops, grass, bread, crackers hint of grapefruit at the end.

M - medium bodied (maybe a little on the lighter side of that marker) medium carbonation. decent amount of astringency some alcohol felt on the throat.

O - a very good beer very solid throughout.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Binny's - fairly reasonably priced too. Bottled November, 2011. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that has great retention and leaves a bit of splotchy lacing behind. Lightly hazed dark golden body. More lace and this would be perfect, but it's pretty nice as is.

S - The label says Galaxy hops, but I don't think I would have guessed that from my initial inspection. More pine and grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, and a light herbal note - I'd have guessed Columbus and Simcoe. Lightly crackery malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol. Pretty nice in any case.

T - The taste is a little less impressive. More malt-forward - bready, with a touch of caramel - with some nebulous tropical fruits, cheesy Columbus hops, and a fairly intense herbal bitterness that lingers but thankfully doesn't build too much. All 80 IBUs are present and accounted for in this beer and it seems a tad excessive considering the fairly balanced malt-to-hop ratio. More of a 3.75 in the flavor category.

M - Chewy texture, medium-full body, and zesty carbonation. Plenty hefty for the listed 7.5%. Some light warming alcohol, and a surprisingly sticky and oily finish. Could use a bit more dryness.

D - For all my (minor) complaints this is really easy to drink. My first glass went down plenty fast, and I happily refilled my glass with the remnants of the bomber. I'm not sure how the last 6 weeks have affected the dry hop aroma, so this could potentially be a bit better than I've suggest - if I see a fresher batch (or a keg) I'll probably revisit this.

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Photo of ahq514
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

Pours a golden orange with a fluffy one finger or so head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Nice rings of lacing.

Very citrusy aroma with a solid malt backbone. While the hops dominate, the sweet malt is noticeable in the background.

Bitter throughout, although not overly so. Getting a tad bit of tartness that is grapefruit like. Apparently galaxy hops give off a passion fruit flavor. I've never had passion fruit by I assume thats what this is. Its like an intense citrus flavor that has some floral qualities. Sweet malt in the background, nicely balanced.

Medium body, fairly low carbonation.

Good ipa overall. Its different, presumably because of the galaxy hops. I like it, I want to try more beers with galaxy hops and I want to try more brews from Slumbrew.

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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 Vonerichs
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden-orange body with a whispy head that resolves in a matter of seconds, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very hop forward, with citrus and some light floral notes.

The hops dominate the taste with citus, resinous, and grassy hops. The caramel malt shows up briefly but is almost an afterthought. It's moderately bitter.

The mouthfeel was a little undercarbonated, in my opinion, and was slick.

Overall, I really liked the flavor and aroma in this beer, but the looks of it and mouthfeel left something to be desired. After reading through some of the other reviews I'm wondering if theres a batch variation or something inconsistent with the bottle I got. For the pricepoint I'll defintely try this agian in the not-too-distant future because I enjoyed the smells and taste of it.

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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 beerenjoyer1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice light to medium amber color with a thin white foam that lasts throughout the glass. The carbonation is really good and seems to rise at a medium pace suggesting a thicker composition which is fine by me.

S - Smell seemed alittle light on the hoppiness with the malt making a presence.

T - What the smell lacks the taste makes up for in a nice hop flavor espeacially after the room temp gets to the beer alittle. the after taste is very nice and clean.

M - Great feel for the composition of the beer which is full with flavor and it does not expand in the taste as overly carbonated might.

O - I was not sure about this beer but I was pleasantly surprised with it. I will look for the Flagraiser IPA again.

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Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange color with a finger of eggshell colored head. Not much in terms of head retention but does create some nice lacing.

Smell: Huge tropical fruit notes...passion fruit and grapefruit. Not picking up much malt. Comes across a little sweet and sticky.

Taste: The taste is much more balanced than the nose indicated. Biscuity malt is offset by tropical fruit hop notes and a little bitterness. The hops also provided some funky herbal notes with some tea-like flavors. Very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Resinous and slightly chewy. Really fills the mouth. Carbonation is a little lighter than I'd prefer in an IPA. However, the drinkability is pretty good.

Overall: A moderately better than average IPA. The Galaxy hops provide a nice touch. I'm not sure if I've had a beer with Galaxy yet so that was enjoyable.

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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 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 portia99
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 11-2011) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear medium orange amber color with two thick fingers of dense, creamy pale tan colored foam with excellent staying power. After a minute or two fades to the surface leaving behind foamy lacing.

S - Citrusy grapefruit and piney hops up front, some sugary sweetness and a touch of caramel.

T - Piney aspects are maintained from the aroma into the flavor. Still get some citrus and tropical fruits too, but they move back in the profile just a bit. Nice, clean and fairly intense hop bitterness throughout. Just a hint of malt sweetness that is just noticeable behind all of the hop activity in this one.

M - Medium body with a mid-level prickly carbonation. Resiny bitterness that seems to grow in intensity as the bottle progresses. This leads to a quite dry feel and leaves big hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

O - Solid IPA, good hop flavor and firm bitterness. I think a bit more residual sweetness would smooth this out a bit. Bitterness ends up being a bit harsh on the palate as the bottle progresses.

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

Nose: sweet, big hopping with sweet citrus, pine, "sour apple" candy, fresh and clean. Like it. Not too aggressive.

Mouth and taste: Big dank mouth with a long-lingering soapy bitterness -it'll stick around. The hops are big business, Galaxy is clear. Some pear and peach, and a citrus and pine dash. Less common hop profile for an IPA, I like a change. This is big feeling for an IPA.

Big kudos to Slumbrew and welcome!

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

Poured chilled in 4-oz taster in shifts

A: dark copper orange; cloudy; no carb beads (but bubbles at the bottom of the glass); very nice thick head that holds
S: very fresh-smelling hops; lingers long; they did something right with their hops
T: I would have given this a 4.5 in this category if it didn't sour/go plastic in the aftertaste; before that though, whew, what a wonderful array of hop complexity; very nicely balanced against the malt; Columbus, Crystal, and Galaxy are credited, with the last one as the star (dry hopped)

Kudos to the new brewery in Somerville!

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

Hazy orange color with moderate head and good lacing.

Orange peel and grapefruit dominate the nose. The flavor is also very citrus-oriented. Juicy with a touch of sweetness. But not too sweet as a huge peppery bitterness soon sets in. The bitterness seems somewhat harsh and a tad excessive, calming down a bit as the taste buds get numbed.

Good body and carbonation. Tiring on its own, but better with spicy burritos which mask the bitterness and allow the citric juiciness to shine.

Bottled 10/2011 at Mercury Brewing Co.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks appealing. Noone's head is holding up on their beers. But it's nice and clear pale-light amber hew. Smells fantastic. Very piney and citrusy. I had assumed Simcoe for a hop choice but after reading the bottle I can see I was wrong. Bitterness is strong and ranges dramatically. Definitely Columbus as a bittering hop. Doesn't scorch or linger around too long but notable abrasive bitterness. Flavor hops are more mild by comparison. It's on the verge of being grassy and green in flavored from the volume of hops used. Just a touch of darker flavor sweetness to balanced beer out. Very fun to drink beer pretty good beer.

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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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