Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

very good
427 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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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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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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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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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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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.89 out of 5 based on 427 ratings.
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