Flagship Ale
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Cream Ale
Ranked #276
Ranked #48,430
3.37 | pDev: 13.65%
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States
Flagship AleFlagship Ale
Notes: Our golden-colored cream ale, brewed in a similar manner to the crisp lagers of continental Europe, offers great balance between malty sweetness and noble hop bitterness. This gold-medal winning cream ale is the perfect session beer for any occasion.
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kwinston from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a must have in a beach goes cooler.

I did not become much a beer enthusiast until I lived in New England. I came across the Flag Ship on my way to the Rhode island beaches. It is now a must have. Nice Summer flavor, with a nice golden sun glare. The taste is kept, while drinking out of the can as well.

Jun 26, 2020
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: transparent gold with a quarter inch head that remains
S: hay and orange
T: malt, orange, and dry. Somewhat "herbal"
F: good carbonation, smooth

I don't notice much hops flavor. Goes down well. Not very complex but this doesn't seem to be intended as such. Buy with confidence!

Dec 31, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

2.44/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2014-08-01] Draft at Two Little Fish in Westerly, RI. Pours clear gold with a decent white head. Not much aroma. Taste was malty, a bit of earth and straw. Not bad for a hot summer day in RI. I’m not a fan of the cream ale style but this had decent taste, fine with a fried seafood plate. Beats a Gansett.

Oct 26, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly settled down, leaving some lacing on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of corn adjuncts and bits of associated sweetness with hints of bready and pilsener malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth, and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this beer isn't anything special, but it has a nice amount of smoothness in the mouthfeel with some creaminess.

Serving type: can

Sep 24, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a light yellow color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds and not leaving any head whatsoever. The smell had some sweet corn. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, it sat pretty light and sessionable. Overall, cream ale by style, what more was I expecting, not bad, just nothing out of this world.

Jun 09, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy lemon/straw yellow colour, foam and lacing better than average.

S: Big noble hop nose with mild notes of bread.

T: Noble hops bring a tasty grass, grain and biscuit malt join in. Finishes crisp and dry.

M: High end of light bodied.

O: I read some of the reviews and they baffled me. My can is tasty and vibrant and a pleasure to drink.

Feb 12, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grass, grain, a bit of DMS;

T: very mild flavor; grainy; very light bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish; crisp;

O: not especially interesting, but easy drinking;

Dec 22, 2016
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

A rustic Cream Ale. No problem knocking back this flagship. An ideal session ale in a can—what else can you ask for? If this ale was cleaned up a little and was able to keeps its smoothness, it would be a Cream Ale to reckon with. Worth a go regardless.

STYLE: Cream Ale
ABV: 4.9%

LOOK: Hazed golden straw, great retention

SMELL: Fresh grain, faint buttery tone, mild caramel, doughy, floral, light citrus rind

TASTE: Deep smoothness, crisp graininess, bready, peppery hop, wildflowers, modest hop bitterness, earthy, nutty yeast, vegetal, faintly dank and spicy, crackers, drying finish

Jun 19, 2015
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a typical cream ale with a bit of lacing and a light golden color. A faint smell with nothing jumping out at me and a similar taste. Maybe a bit of breadiness from the malt and minimal hop aroma or flavor. there just doesn't seem to be much there. While very smooth and a bit creamy it feels light and thin as well and if I didn't know better would describe it more as a "light beer" than a cream ale. I was disappointed with this and wouldn't call this my flagship beer. The flavor was lacking but I suppose it was balanced if you want to give it something positive. Nothing harsh or off putting.

Jun 04, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes pretty clean. Not a ton of flavor.

Apr 15, 2015
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours clear golden amber. One finger of white head. Plenty of
carbonation. Very good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet. Malty. Grains. Grassy hops. Mostly sweet.

T/M: Chewy malts. Sweet. Light hop presence. Bitterness does not
linger as the beer jumps back to a grainy malty sweetness. Light
bodied and pretty creamy. The finish is malty.

O: Not much here. A thin creamy/crisp ale. Hops need to be stronger
to balance. Easy to drink. Not as easy to like.


Apr 13, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with little head. The smell was a bit basic but there were some notes of sweetness from the malt. The taste was good with a bright beginning and a semi-sweet finish. Not very complex, but makes for a nice simple drinking beer.

Dec 21, 2014
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy light golden color, light amount of floaties, smallish bubbly white head slowly dissipates. Aroma is sweet sugary maltiness mostly with light sweet orange fruitiness and little to no hop. The flavor is sugary sweet maltiness with hints of fruit and little to no hop flavor or bitterness. The only thing cutting through the massive sweetness of this beer is the carbonic acid form the carbonation. This is a one and done beer.

Oct 12, 2014
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass, this beer was a gold color with virtually no head.

One dimensional aroma, just a bit of sweet malt.

There were some hops noted in the taste, but still not much more than sweetness.

Very light, almost like drinking water.

Something to drink when mowing the lawn.

Jul 16, 2014
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TequilaTom from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What can I say? I REALLY liked this one. Smells of sweet bready malt & honey. Tastes the same as it smells, no perceivable bitterness (Maybe cause I drink too many IPA's)
Am I the only one who gets a lot of honey notes from this? Was quite enjoyable quaffing this in my recliner after mowing the lawn. Wouldn't turn this down if offered to me again. Hell, I might try to seek out a 6'er or two if my local store can get it. A nice solid offering from Grey Sail, looking forward to checking out more from them!

May 31, 2014
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can from my third beer-of-the-every-other-month-club. Poured into a large tulip glass.

A -- Pale kind of copper color with decent white head. Good carbonation. Not too hazy or clear. Highlights around the edges.

N -- Metallic. Light malts.

T -- Very subtle. Not a lot going on. Not bad, but not a lot of complexity either. Mostly a light toasted malt flavor.

M -- Light.

O -- Okay, for what it is. Would not seek out again.


May 25, 2014
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Light copper with a little yellow to it. Medium low carb and a low white foam film on top.

S: Steel. Grain and maybe wheat. Spice of caraway.

T: Starts off smooth light and juicy. Grain, wheat and oatmeal. Finishes with a light crisp tanginess. However, weird mineral copper and iron aftertaste ruined a this for me. The taste finishes long oily and mouth coating.

M: Again, long lingering oily aftertaste doesn't work for me. Thin with a small amount of viscosity.

O: After a few drinks, the mineral aftertaste was all I tasted. Not a fan.

May 03, 2014
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden/amber in color, this beer pours out with a foaminess that will not quit. The beer emits a fragrance of caramel and sweet bread with some pear and possibly apple lurking in the background.

This beer has a flavor that reminds me of toasted bread with dough, caramel, and some background fruit and a hint of herbs. There is little hop character and the beer is sweet overall, with some honey notes and flavors of crackers and a little bit of chocolate showing their faces at different moments.

This is an interesting beer and it’s extremely quaffable. With its sweetness level and agreeable taste, a person could knock these back with abandon. That said, it isn’t necessarily an amazing beer and I would probably like it better if it was a little more balanced in taste. But there is still enough positive going on here to recommend it. Just be careful when you pour- my cans all overflowed the moment I popped the top and yours may do the same.

Apr 16, 2014
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mattcrill from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light sweet corn notes up front. Light white bread-like malty sweetness. No hop aroma or fermentation character noted.

Appearance: Amber pour with golden edging. Low white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Nice bready malt base with solid 2-row character. Bready malts are balanced by moderate earthy hop bitterness. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is fleeting and bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and moderately high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency noted.

Overall impression: A refreshing, light cream ale.

Mar 30, 2014
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is golden/amber with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a nice caramel aroma that brings along with it some biscuit aroma. There is also some slight fruit aroma that teases its identity but disappears before it can be identified.

The flavor has a touch of bitterness at first before a bread flavor moves in. There is a hint of apple skin flavor in the background that is present for just a moment before some bitterness comes back toward the end with some hoppy floral flavor.

The feel of this beer was pretty light and makes for a good session beer. There is a good drinkable feel that goes down easy.

Mar 08, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head that settles to rim bubbles. No lace, even initially. The color is a dirty gold with a notable cloudiness.

Mild aroma of pale malt with a touch of crystal. Nearly no hop.

Tastes like a cross between an Amber and a macro-brew. It's a bit watery and seemingly thin in taste but there's a bit of cream in the swallow. The high carbonation makes it seem lighter than it really is. Short aftertaste. All in all, not a bad beer, but nor is it very exciting.

Jan 12, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, darker orange color. Big, creamy, off-white head. A whole bunch of sticky, clumpy lace.

S-Sweet breadiness. Oatmeal. Creamy, sweet whey. A bit of adjunct. The aroma is faint but pleasing. Maybe some graham crackers.

T-Ruitier than the nose also hoppier too. I detected some very soft hops in the nose but the flavor has some hoppiness to it. Hops are grassy and sudsy/soapy. Some more toasty bread. Sweet adjunct.

M-Drinks very easily. I enjoyed the initial can a bunch.

O/D-I genuinely like Cream Ales. This one isn't anything spectacular but I would bring this to a get together, know my friends would enjoy it and so would I. Very sessionable and better than advertised on the site.

Nov 15, 2013
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

New cans in MA, haven't had a Cream Ale in a long time.

A- Poured from the 12oz can into a can shaped glass. Tiniest amount of haze to the light amber body. A fizzy white head forms to a finger tall with lackluster retention, falling quickly to a bubbly ring and pillow. Lacing is very spotty and rarely found on the mostly untouched glass.

S- Faint cracked grains and hints of sweets and even corn. Slight fruity esters with yeast hints of pear, apple and light sweet fruits.

T- As with the aroma, just a faint and even watered down feel to the flavor. Yeast offers up some bread notes as well as the light fruits mentioned above. Notes of cracked grain, corn, pear, sweets, grape and light grassy hops.

MF- Light bodied but a pretty smooth and somewhat creamy texture overall. Foams up on the palate from the medium-high carbonation.

Really not bad for a Cream Ale and fits the style pretty well. No off flavors or anything that turns me off. Just not a thing I would personally buy a lot of but I could see how some would enjoy this.

Oct 04, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay can.... interestingly cracking the top it starting foaming over the top, forcing me to rush the initial pour, and yielding a deep 3 finger foamy bubbly head that forces me to stop pouring into the SA Perfect Pint glass, fades at a med pace with decent foamy lacing, clear honey tan orange color with very little bubbles coming up frmo the etch.

Nose grainy toasty malt little wheat like straw aroma, little wet hay, bready, into fairly creamy malt base, almost yeasty warm fermentation like aroma, a dank wet hay and light grassy slight herbal like hop.

Taste starts crisp, with lots of malt characters, toasty grainy bready malts, light toasted wheat, little wet hay musty flavor, into creamy blond malt characters, bready almost doughy. Then mild grassy slight herbal dank hops, mild bitterness, and a little thin feeling overall. Finish is dry but a little sticky and more dank hay like flavors, hay and straw again lingering, bit more on the grassy herbal hops lingering with a bit more bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bod, very little creamy, little thin feeling too, lighter carb surprisingly.

Overall not bad but not great either, a little thin, malts are nice, hops are so-so, not very creamy, light carbonation somehow, refreshing but just a decent tasting beer.

Sep 13, 2013
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MistahBeah from Massachusetts

3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden straw-color with orange hues. Creamy very white head with moderate retention. Mild carbonation

Smells sweet and malty. Doughy bread. Some sugary caramel and honey. Definite presence of adjuncts as grainy corn shines through. Hop presence is grassy and understated

Taste follows the nose. White bread and honey. Somewhat biscuity. Lager yeast. Some vegetation and grain. Hops are very mild and grassy. No real bitterness to speak of

Feels smooth and creamy. Fairly light-bodied

Overall decent but not noteworthy. I'd get a 'gansett cream ale before this - more bang and less buck for those anyway

Aug 20, 2013
Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 189 ratings