Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPASlumbrew Flagraiser IPA
BA SCORE
3.85/5
430 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
Ranking:
#10,385
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
430
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
72
Trade:
1
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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy orange body and yielded a small, lumpy and foamy white
head, there wasn't much carbonation rising or much lacing. However, the lacing that was there definitely clung to the glass.

S: centered around piney hops with a slight toasted breadiness and some peppery tones coming out.

T: combination of the piney hops and citrus. Malts were there, but take a back seat.

M: medium leaving a dry and bitter feel in my mouth. There wasn't anything harsh, just an all around decent smooth feel.

O: this was a very good IPA and fits the style very well. The ABV was hidden very well. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of nas5755
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An east coast resin bomb with dank citrus notes. Poured into a Duvel Parra tulip.

A: dark golden hue almost copper colored, clear, with a nice head, good retention.

S: Citrus, mostly grapefruit and tangerine some caramel malt

T: Lots of citrus up front, navel oranges and tangerines, citrus plith, lots of resin, lots of pine. Very, bitter. Smooth malt base. Slightly astringent/hot on the hop finish. A very nice beer.

M: lots of resin makes this awesome. nice carbonation, smooth.

O: I love resin and I love hops. This beer delivers. It has a few flaws. I feel the beer could be cleaner but it has everything I want in a beer. A very awesome beer and I am glad to see these guys around.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fruity passiony citrus hops. Mellow smooth malt. Not a great yeasty finish.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nelson88
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy IPA that hits you right up front, pulls dry on the tongue, but has floral/caramel notes.

A: cloudy amber; good retention and mild lacing
S: sweet, caramel, lift floral notes
T: malty and hoppy up front, surprisingly together. When they finally come together at the end of a swig, raisin notes are detected.
M: lingering, allowing one to savor their drink (or hate it) longer
O: the lingering mouthfeel fades to a little metallic taste. Maybe just a little sweet. Neither for me is strong enough to override the good mouthfeel and floral notes of this IPA

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Photo of TripelMark
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SweetChicken
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Fluffy head recedes gradually, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is citrus and pine.

Taste is sweet to start, citrus in the middle, pine to the close, with ample bitterness lingering long after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Seems maybe a bit over the top on the hops for me, but that's what IPA is nowadays.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Kelp
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Copper hue that has a 1.5 finger of head. A nice clearness to the brew and lacing down my glass.

Smell- This is the first thing I noticed, the second I poured the beer out I could smell the hops and I was a good arms length away. It smells of mainly hops with a hint of pine at the end. Almost a perfect nose for me, except it seems like something is missing, I just can't put my finger on it.

Taste- I had this when it was too cold and was wondering if this was just an overly bitter IPA. It turned out that it needed some time and warmth and turned into a complete different beast. The bitterness fades and the hops and malt work well together. Right away you get the different hops working together and then a malt sweetness followed by a slight bitterness, towards a pineyness flavor. The bitter pineyness quickly leaves the tongue and leaves a dryness on the tongue.

mouthfeel- A clean flavor that washes across the tongue leaving a slight dryness behind. A good amount of carbonation.

overall- The alcohol sneaks up on you as you drink, it is well hidden. A nice simple IPA that doesn't try to make too much of itself. I will definitely be picking this up again.

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Photo of bfitzge2
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flagraiser IPA opens with a musky, earthy hoppy aroma, dominated by vinous stems, grapefruit rind, rose hips, and grassy blades, with touches of pepper, mint, lemon, and anise. There is comparatively little citrusy grapefruit aroma in here, the brightness replaced by more bitter and plant-like notes that makes the aroma immediately intriguing. The hops are set off by a good selection of cherry, orange, and nectarine fruit esters, as well as sticky brown sugars and baking wheat breads. As a whole, the nose is good and well balanced, the hops obviously the showcase ingredient, but not overpoweringly so, and the malts adding just the right amount of sugars and breads.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a bitter hop blast that nicely reflects what the nose promised: stems, grasses, and grapefruit rind spritzed up with pepper, mint, lemon, and anise. There’s also a eucalyptus and orange extract burn in here, almost tangible in a heady vapor when breathing in with a mouthful. The fruit esters are harder to find here than they were in the nose, but some oranges and nectarines still come through, and a toast crust/biscuit combo provides a bit of grounding. The hops steal the show, however, providing an intriguing selection of some of the more bitter, darker notes, burning slightly on the tongue and soft palate. The aftertaste is surprisingly full of toasted grains and brown bread, but most of the hop notes transition, fading slowly. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good IPA, and the 80 IBUs burn nicely in the mouth. The darker, more bitter notes from the hops provide a nice contrast to many of the “grapefruit spritzer” IPAs on the market. I did wish, however, for just a touch more sugar on the tongue, such as a continuation of the cherry notes that made the aroma wonderful, but didn’t make it into the mouthful. Still, this is great fare, and is solidly made.

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Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 11-2011

pours hazy orange with a 2 finger pillowy head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of tropical fruit apricots bubble gum cotton candy

taste of tropical fruity hops a little pine semi sweet bready caramel malts

mouthfeel - medium body decent carbonation very smooth

overall an extremely drinkable ipa and it makes me want to seek out more beers that use galaxy hops

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 ms11781
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear rust/copper color with a finger of airy white foam that rises and sticks around for a while. The lacing is excellent as you can clearly see where the head started and came to a rest with each successive sip.

Great nose on this one. Nice citrus notes, orange and grapefruit stand out. There is a bit of caramel malt but it's really all about the hops here. This one is really fresh with nice, juicy hop aromas.

The taste follows closely with the nose. Great citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit again, along with some more tropical-like fruits. The caramel malt is a bit more present here, providing a slight sweetness for the hop to play off of. There is a touch of pine that brings a bitterness to the drying finish.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with ample carbonation. The combination gives the beer a thinner mouthfeel than expected for a beer this big but it doesn't really detract from it.

Overall this is a really good beer. Excellent hop aromas and flavors with just enough malt to keep it from being over the top. Sneaky 7.5% ABV. There is no detection of any alcohol at any point during drinking the beer but I took notice towards the end. The bottle I had was clearly very fresh, which is a benefit of being local. Hopefully fresh bottles show up regularly.

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Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite IPA brewed in Massachusetts.

Aggressive hop nose evidences the dryhopping with Galaxy.

Deep copper orange color, nearly opaque and unfiltered, with a healthy medium-fine laced head foaming up from the pour.

At 80 IBUs, it's a strong, resiny, citrusy hop wallop from the get-go, with barely a malt flavor profile detectable under there.

This is a brash beer, with hoppier character than many double IPAs. I'm a sucker for lesser-filtered beer (incredible mouthfeel in this beer!), so this is right up my alley. Truly an American "Flagraiser" that proudly represents our beer culture's deliciously hoppy perversion of the original British style.

Favorite IPA in the Commonwealth! though I'll bestow an honorable mention to Haverhill's Leatherlips and Wormtown's various IPA offerings!

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Photo of deepchills
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of Flagraiser IPA at Halls for $7.

Pours gold/amber with a chewy 1 inch head. A small head remained throught the tasting though the beer laced very little.

Resiny nose along with a big grass aroma which smells great. The grass smell is overwellming, but if you give your glass a few good, extra swirls, you will get some breads and malts with hints of fruit.

A lot more resin upon first taste along with a nice bit of hop bitterness. Quickly this turns into delicious tropical fruits and fresh grass. There's a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Easy to drink and taste great, with a wonderful, complicated nose. It will be back in my fridge again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Head dissipates to thin cap for the duration of the beer. Carbonation pulls with vigor.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, grapefruit and tropical aromas. Some mango, but I'm getting something that can only be described as gummi bears. Edge of crust and pine round out the back. Juicy and bright on the fruit. Nice compliment of aromas from both the hops and malts. Works well together.

Taste: Grapefruit for days. Flesh and rind in equal measure. Oily hops coast over a powdery malt base. Biscuits and touch of earth as well. Dank and piney after a few more sips, but grapefruit comes up constantly. Nice malt presence to help tamp down on the aggressively bitter hops. Faintly tropical on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Carbonation is moderate and adds a nice level. Dry on the back.

Overall: Very solid. Glad to know this is out and about. Flavor profile is unique enough to get noticed. The gummi bear thing is confusing, but also a nice touch, whether intentional or not. I'll be passing this along as an extra from time to time just to show that NE can do the IPA.

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I should have reviewed this last week... ah well...
eyes...
2 fingers of super white head, super sticky lacing and just a nicely constructed head on all counts, clear orange hue with an organized filing of bubbles making their way (in an orderly fashion) to the top, a very nice looking IPA

nose...
nice mix of orange and herbal notes, caramel notes in the back, the dry hopping is definitely coming through, although this is not some dali of fantastic fascination it smells great to this schnozola

taste etc...
sort of oily (hop) with medium mouth feel, the carbonation is flawless, there is a nice bite of prickly bubbles and they carry through the sip, the balance here in flavor is key, you get everything you want in an IPA
-good hop flavor
-balanced sweetness without being too sweet
-bitter finish that lingers
-satisfying feel
---and you want another sip
the hops have a great role here, they play off the malt nearly perfectly, you get immediate citrus and then later the nice bittering that never quite overpowers the malt, the ABV is also just right

verdict?
excellent. I will keep my eye out for this in the future, hopefully on tap!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 ghostwalker
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my CBS snifter, it displays a cloudy orange body with a frothy yellow-white head.

Nose is pineapple-mango citrus with a candied quality. Very nice.

Flavor is tropical sweetness with a huge pine bite on the finish. Malt is there in a medium amount, but it's definitely a hop forward brew. Pineapple is something I am getting on the first portion of each sip, but then huge bitter bomb on the finish is a bit jarring. Still, a really good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is tangy, stripping, a little astringent.

Overall, a really good brew. I love Galaxy hops, so I had to try this one out, especially with it being a local brewery. Glad I did, seek it out if you can, or beermail me for a trade if you need a beer connection!

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2 inch head that gives way to a thin retained head. A very small amount of thin lacing. Copper in color and not very cloudy.

S: Fruity. Grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus. Showcasing the galaxy hops.

T: The taste takes a lot from the nose and is full of fruity, galaxy-dominated hop flavors. Sweet malts and a little bitter dryness at the end.

M: Feels a bit slippery for an IPA. Has a little pleasant residual hop resin.

O: Worth the try if you're in MA. Grabbed it on the recommendation of the local beer guy and I enjoyed it. If you're a fan of galaxy hops it's a fair choice.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Bottled Oct-2011. Thanks for sending me this one shawnm213!

A: Pours a dark golden-amber with a thick off-white head that slowly faded into thick film leaving sticky patches of lacing down the glass.
S: The nose is bursting with super fragrant and fresh notes of citrus, mango and tropical fruits.
T: Follows the nose with huge dominating notes of fresh citrus hops. I get a bit of sweet malt and crackery yeast on the back end, and the aftertaste is full of pine and has a bit of a rough bitterness.
M: Full bodied, viscous and sticky mouthfeel, low smooth carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges though.
O: Overall this one took me by surprise. I loved the nose. The bitterness and mouthfeel could use some work though. Thanks again Shawn!

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange. Forms a decent sized, creamy white head. Decent retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, orange and passionfruit. Really get a lot of the galaxy hops out of this one.

T: Nice balance. Starts with some cracker and biscuit malt before turning to a candy sweetness. Then the copious amounts of hops kick in: citrus, orange and tropical fruits dominate, but aren't overpowering. Finishes with a combination of spicy bitterness and a light sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Slightly syrupy cloyingness.

O: A good beer. This one really showcases the Galaxy hop quite well. If you're a fan of citrus and tropical fruits, then you'll definitely find this to be an enjoyable brew.

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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 430 ratings
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