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Flagship Ale | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Flagship AleFlagship Ale

Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bruachan on 01-02-2012

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd do a quick review as this one doesn't have many.

Can dates 6/11/12, from a beer run while visiting RI.

Pours golden with a bit of haze and an off white head. Decent lacing but the foam doesn't stick around long.

Smell is sweet and grassy, nothing overpowering but good and fresh.

Taste is nice and easy, a mild sweet, almost vanilla flavor washed away with a mellow hop bitterness. Exactly what I'm looking for in a cream ale.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, very drinkable.

Overall this is a style often ignored by brewers, so its nice to see another one around. One of my favorite summer beer types and this one fits the bill just fine.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

marked February 28, 2012--presumably the date it was canned

A: Nice clumpy head with modest retention and nice lacing.

S: Faint grain and vegetal hops.

T: Pronounced grain with a marked sweetness that becomes bready. Modest herbal hops on the finish lend balance.

M: Creamy with nice carbonation.

O: Not a remarkable beer, but it is quaffable. The sub-5 abv is nice.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a translucent straw color with an inch of frothy head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet grains, grass and some bread. Taste is sweet breadiness, grains, and a bit floral at the end. Pretty crisp and easy to drink. Somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. Seems like it'd be perfect for summer. Overall, its nothing special but worth having some of in the fridge.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with just about the 'happiest' label design ever: radiating sunbeams, blue skies and a small sailing vessel on open waters. Poured to a pint glass. A nice 'local' extra from jedwards.

A: Appropriately blonde/golden, almost perfectly clear (a faint haze barely distorts my fingers through the glass). White foam topping can't quite reach a finger high; it ebbs but holds as a thicker skim with a thin, creamy ring. Lace in dabs and drips. I've seen some boring, lifeless Cream Ale and this isn't one of them.

S: Pleasantly sweet aroma of honey and baked bread and an odd earthy note that I can only liken to peppers - not a 'hot' aroma, by any means, but an odd but strangely alluring 'vegetable' quality. I've had/enjoyed a Chili Pepper Ale from Calapooia (Oregon) that this is reminiscent of.

T: Hay-like 'crusty bread' graininess, an earthy/doughy flavor that's balanced well and is as sweet as most cream ales I've had. Hops add a dusting of spice and a little 'leafy greenness'. I'm questioning my taste buds, because I get a hint of that 'pepper' that I found in the aroma; not a bad thing, just different... and memorable.

M: Light-medium body, after an initial roil of carbonation it's as 'creamy' as a cream ale should aspire to be. Smooth, clean finishing, mild carbonation. A slight starchy/sticky malt lingering on the lips.

O: Satisfying, refreshing, easy to drink. Nothing to complain about, a solid cream ale. Maybe I was thirsty or it was just plain good (probably both), but this was gone in about 5 sips/5 minutes. A good effort by Grey Sail (my first chance to try anything of theirs)

Thanks, Jonah, for sending this and allowing me to be the first non-Rhode Islander to review it!

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Photo of icepik
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: blond color, good head and lacing.

S: Light grassy hop aroma with a stronger malt/bread background.

T: Nice biscuit/bread malt flavor with some grassy hops, not bitter at all.

M: Very nice, smooth mouth feel, very soft carbonation, prototypical cream ale.

O: This is a great session beer, comes in cans as well. The draft version had more hop character, but even so, this is solid cream ale. I’ll be drinking this on the beach in the summer and loving it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/24/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with breadiness from a light malt character which transitions into a mild malt sweetness. Then a decent hops bitterness for the style comes in creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a new brewery who is part of the CAN revolution!

A: Crystal clear yellow, with a slight touch of amber. Thin, bright white head. Blotchy remains cling to the glass all the way down.

S: Very faint malts, cooked corn, and slightly herbal.

T: Starts off with a crisp, malt flavor, transitioning to grassy hops, with a slight peppery touch. Surprisingly more bitter than sweet and malty.

M: Light, good carbonation, maybe a touch too much for some; very clean.

O/D: The canned version is worth trying. Fairly hoppy for the style. Good beer to go along with bar food. Probably won't get any of your beer-nerd friends excited. Price is steep at almost $9 for a six pack of 12 oz, compared to all the other quality choices by other breweries. Looking forward to seeing what else these guys have to offer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale amber-gold hue with a very nice sudsy head

aromas of blackcurrant and something woody coming from the hops. a gentle golden sweetness as well

as far as drinking the brew itself: very dry. more woody hop. fruity in a delicate and general way. bitterness is good: present but hardly assertive

a very quaffable beer, which i imagine is a must for a new Rhode Island brewery. it's crisp and too light for my liking--i might be temped to drink this in the gym

overall, however, i'm pleased that this will be the flagship brew for a new Rhode Island brewery. if people start drinking this regularly, they may soon realize how nasty Narragansett is

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Flagship Ale from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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