Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
415
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
67
For Trade:
1
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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 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 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 donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a former resident of Somerville I'm not offended by the nickname Slum-a-ville nor Slumbrew. I am greatly offended, however, by a beer named after Somerville brewed in Ipswich. What's next, a Boston lager brewed in OH?

Pretty bottle art. Flagraiser is a bright honey color and sports and impressive, chunky white head. A solid layer of retention paints my glass foamy white.

Smells like pine! This is my 2nd beer with Galaxy hops and I'm beginning to believe that Galaxy = pine. Sweet and sugary grapefruit compliments the dominant pine.

Though Flagraiser features some piney/peach ring hop flavor the hops appear as more bitter than flavor. While I'm not at all opposed to bitterness in my IPA, I'd like a commensurate amount of flavor to accompany said bitter. Raw. Malt doesn't contribute much more than a base - and that's fine. Bitter, mildly medicinal lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate for 7.5% and carries beloved prickly hop resin.

At 7.5% and 80 IBU this has the stats of a DIPA but fails to deliver hop aroma and flavor in sufficient quantity. I wouldn't mind finding it at Somerville locals Atwoods or Indie when I'm in the mood for a raw, bitter IPA.

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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 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 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 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 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 willseph
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, ~45 degrees. It pours a light caramel color with a half finger of eggshell head, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Just a little of lazy lacing on the side I drank from. The nose is grapefruit and sour apples up front with a slight toasted wood aroma. Not a particularly fragrant beer to me.

The first sips were quite bitter but after a few, but the Galaxy hops came right through and I got a lot of grapefruit with some malty sweetness on the back end. Light bodied and smooth, but it definitely left a slight resin in the mouth. Overall, a solid IPA that I'm happy to have as part of my cellar.

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

Flagraiser pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a medium sized, frothy head on top. The foam coats the glass in lace as it dissolves.

The aroma has notes of orange citrus, grapefruit, a hint of pine and some tropical fruit (mango).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor tends to be on the sweet side with a bitter finish. It begins with caramel malt and some bread, along with some light fruit. In the middle orange citrus, grass, and pine appear. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering grass and citrus when gone.

This beer is more on the sweet than hoppy side. Still, it's tasty and easy to drink.

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

Bottle sent by cedromar, poured into a tulip. Brewed with COlumbus, Crystal and Galaxy hops, then dry-hopped with galaxy. Bottled November 2011.

Softly hazed penny-copper, capped with two fingers of frothy, dense, yellow-white foam that drops in height very slowly, leaving behind thick strands of horizontal lace.

Nice, bright nose. Orange peel and a bit of grass are balanced by spun sugar and a little honey. Slight vegetal notes in the background.

The hops become more bitter grapefruit in the flavor, and resinous, dank notes step up in the finish. Some grass is in there as well. A nearly equal amount of caramel malt provides sugary, slightly biscuity notes to balance.

Body is a shade under medium and excited by mild, peppery carbonation. The bitterness grows with each sip, and the alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Flagraiser IPA is better than average, but not by much. Dry-hopping with Galaxy adds a nice grassy note, and it’s nicely balanced — but it’s not very memorable. An easy drinker for a random Tuesday night, however.

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

Bottled 11/2011. Nice to see a bottling date.
A: cloudy amber w/orange highlights. Nice dense off-white head and good lacing.
S: was excited to try galaxy hops, but since other hops are used as well I don't know what's what. Toffee/caramel, tropical fruit dominate. Some resiny, grassy, and spicy notes as well.
T: sugary toffee mixes it up with a sharp spicy hop bitterness, with a lingering bitter finish.
M: decent carbonation. Medium body.
O/d: would have liked to try a paler malt base and just galaxy hops to get a better sense of this strain.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer from Slumbrew. Bottles in Jan of ’12

Frothy off white head. Good clarity. Straight forward pale amber. Sudsy lace.

Aroma is quite fruity. A touch dank. A moment of alcohol.

Flavor follows the fruity nose with a finish that is both fairly bitter and laced with some light heat from the ABV. Drinks almost like a DPA. I would have guessed more than 7.5%

Medium body a bit soapy.

Decent IPA. Not stellar and again reminds me more of a DPA. (I prefer standard IPA’s)

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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 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 beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color that is luminescent; with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Tropical fruit is over-ripe with esters, while pine foliage is complementary. Malt is detectable, bready in quality, coming close to balance with the cultivated West-coast hops. The smell diminishes somewhat after a few minutes as hop aromas dissipate.

T: Begins off-dry, with surprisingly mellow coniferous hop aromatics and moderate acidity that is a combination of citric and carbonic qualities. Grain emerges in the middle, tasting like slightly rustic crystal. Hop aromatics drop off quickly, replaced by bitterness that is moderate and clean. The finish sees no new action, although the neutral bitterness lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA features an impressive pedigree of hop cultivars, notably Galaxy, but it is unable to channel them effectively in the flavor. It would be telling to know how much of the hop bill was devoted to dry hopping--while bitterness is one of this beer's defining features, enjoyable aromatic qualities are minimal. It tastes like too-old Ballast Point Sculpin, which I suppose is a compli-sult at worst for a beer that most seekers haven't heard of.

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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 Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed 2/12/12.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber with a thin head into my glass. Let's see how it smells, shall we?

A strong whiff of pine resin upfront with only a gasp of biscuity malt. It's safe to say that this is all about the hops.

Wow, pine overload here! That's all I can think about, thanks to the hops. My mouth is enveloped from cheek to cheek with bitterness from these hops.

Mouthfeel is full of the same. Piney hop juice. That's all I can really detect. Malt? We don't need no stinkin' malt!

But, you do need malt to create balance. This beer could get by on just the hoppiness alone but that wouldn't be fun, would it? Check it out regardless.

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Photo of harrymel
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/2011

A: rustic copper with a central cap and confluent ring of light peanut. Hazy. Fleeting spot lace. Dark and murky for the style.
S: grapefruit and resin. Some earthy and spicy hops as well. Malt is sweet, caramel and stronger than I anticipated.
T: Bitter, moreso than I had expected after the nose. Nice herbal hops. There is a slight fruitiness somewhere in here - faintly like fruity pebbles. Interesting. Hints of wood.
M: Medium on full bodied for the style with moderate/reserved carbonation with a wet finish.
O: this beer is eccentric, pulling from different angles. Sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, somewhat plain, somewhat intriguing.

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Photo of Khazadum
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Easy to develop head, tiny tiny bubbles, some sticky lacing, not a full screen, and not enjoyable to view. Not a blood ruby, but a lighter tone body. Amber if you will.

S- Light citrus fragrance, mostly a grassy hop characteristic. Light, floral by a tad. Little bit of sharpness to it begs some questions. Simple brew.

T- The grassy hops translate well here. However, there isn't too much sweetness to balance it. Its a lot of hop character, not too much else. Small burst of sweet caramel mingles with the orange character, then it rotates into a grassy nature, floats into spicyness... interesting... and finishes off pure bitterness. Just a piny biting center. Nothing oppressive, just lets you know HEY... you are drinking an IPA, son.

M- Very thin. Watery, lackluster. Good sticky flavors, good carbonation, but this body is atrocious. Really lacking here.

It is alright. I'd never order it again, so its definitely below average in that respect.

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