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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 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 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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 ghostwalker
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 BigCheese
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber, bottled in 12/11

A: Pours a very hazy pumpkin orange, a shade more orange than a hefenweizen. 2 inch white pillow head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Ok lacing, could be better.

S: I get this jelly donut smell right off the bat, grape jelly. Juicy Juicy grapefruit/pineapple hop aroma. A butter flavor in there too. Pungent.

T: Very sweet hop flavor up front. Then hit with a grassy, herbal, lime hop flavor up front, moves towards a bitter citrus pine flavor. Red grapefruit, lemon, sour oranges all linger on palate. Decent malt backbone throughout, has a grape/rasberry jelly sweetness to its profile. Grapefruit citrus bitterness really doesnt meet palate till it lingers at the end as an afterthought. Very Juicy throughout. Lotta layers here.

M: Very soft, thick, creamy, standard carbonation level. "Wet". ABV makes sense. its one of those 1.5 IPA's. No session beer, but a bomber is certainly enjoyable. Love the mouthfeel.

O: I love this beer, def top 5 IPA. East Coast IPA malt backbone, West Coast Juicy hop extraction. As a "Slumerville" resident I'm quite proud. Can't wait to try their other brews.

Edit 3/9/13 Had on Tap for free at Dubliner Pub's grad opening. Very good, well balanced, great aroma,

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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 00trayn
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark golden/copper color. Very clear and crisp looking, a good head that lingers.

S - A delightful citrus scent with notes of something tropical lingering. It blends very well with the hoppy aroma.

T - A delicious citrus-forward flavor with a slight sweetness. It's almost tropical, like I noted in the smell. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that makes me want to take another sip.

M - Incredibly clean and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

O - A fabulous IPA that really delivers on flavor. Smooth and satisfying. It's a fantastic start and will really serve Slumbrew well as a core beer.

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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 Masenten
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger head that lingers for some time.

S: Lots of citrus fruit and some pine. You can really smell the Galaxy hops

T: Very smooth and well blended hop flavors. Tastes of mango and grapefruit. Does not finish very bitter like many dipas.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation creates a creamy but not overdone sensation.

D: Very drinkable. I had no problem finishing the bomber in short order, and the 7.5% abv goes unnoticed.

Serving type: bottle

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that settles to a dense cap and leaves spotty lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp and pungent, with big tropical hop aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and grapefruit with a moderately sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - More resinous tropical hop flavors dominate, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and peach and a fairly sturdy caramel malt profile. Pretty balanced overall, but the bitterness if intense and long-lasting. Definitely feeling the Galaxy hops.
M - A touch over medium-bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A very nice first brew from Slumbrew, the Galaxy hop usage was lovely and resulted in a solid IPA!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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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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 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 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 tyamhydrogen
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jsh420
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 match1112
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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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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Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.9 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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