Flagship India Pale Ale
Steamworks Brewing Company

Flagship India Pale AleFlagship India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #426
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,217
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
117
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Steamworks Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is good. When I think hazy IPA this flavor comes to mind. Although, I feel like it's not taking any chances, it'll appeal to the masses but lacks that creativity that makes a beer great.

With that said. If you ever have the chance to visit the Steamworks location in Vancouver, do it. Its a fun brewery and the location is amazing.

Jan 07, 2021
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-tan color. Not a lot of head, and it quickly collapsed to a thin skiff across the surface, leaving a rim of lacing around the glass. Strong flux of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass replenishing the thin head.

Slightly sweet and floral hop scent. A bit of barnyard. Swirling the glass kicked up a light barnyard and straw scent.

Medium bitters with a light sweet and sour flavor. Mild floral and vegetable hop flavor. Light citrus flavor. The aftertaste is a fading citrus with the hop floral and bitters dominating.

Strong carbonation caused some tongue tingling as most of the fluid turned into foam. Some oily feel.

The light sour base is interesting for an American IPA - perhaps this should be re-styled as a NEIPA. The barnyard scent is on the edge of detracting. I would prefer that it was dialed back a bit.

Feb 29, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold juice coloring, fully opaque, non-turbid. Soapy bright white head of compact, multi-sized bubbles with solid retention and spotty lacing.

Incredibly dank and juicy on the nose, with citrus, stone fruit, mango, marijuana, green onion, overripe grapes, and grass clippings. Smells wonderful, and the dank hemp note gives it some real depth. Pretty fascinating and doesn't really fit into a specific American IPA sub-category (hazy, West Coast, East Coast, etc). Really an interesting conglomeration of all of them.

Taste profile is similarly nuanced but not as harmonious, though some of that could be because of an aged can (I don't know how old the beer is). The strong dankness remains, but bleeds immediately into overripe peach, grape, berry, and cantaloupe. A little pine and biscuity malt, grapefruit and nectarine towards the back, a little bit of candied fruit residual sweetness at the end, that quickly drops off into a fairly dry and pithy finish. Pretty different and interesting for a "flagship" beer, and highly drinkable. Maybe a little heavy on the stone fruit (and overripe fruit in general) for my tastes.

Soft and silky with a nice prickle on the tongue, but a touch thin. Nicely carbonated. Not sticky at all.

Feb 22, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold with lots of carbonation and 3 fingers of light beige head.

Smells of ruby red grapefruit, pine, pineapple and oranges.

Tastes follows the nose with hints of spice, black pepper, coriander, and dank green weed.

Medium, resinous body with little to moderate carbonation.

I got this in Kamloops, BC where I am enjoying it, Aug 22nd, 2019. Excellent ipa!

Aug 23, 2019
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a misty orange gold with a huge generous fluffy white head and wonderful lacing. Aroma: grassy, piney and grapefruity aroma. Flavour built on rich complex malts - musty honey, papaya. Just, wow. The body bitterness is actually quite modest after the rich complex hop aroma. A really fine, complex but still very drinkable beer.

May 26, 2019
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

2.77/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Had this from a 16 oz can . I was underwhelmed. Pours a cloudy golden orange. For a IPA , very little lacing. Aroma is nondescript citrus. Taste is flat. Will not be looking for this again

Mar 20, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $3.30). Not long after, on tap in Vancouver.
Pours very cloudy, pale golden with a durable white head.
Mild for style, particularly in the aftertaste. Aroma of soft ripe and over-ripe fruits with bread. The flavor follows.
Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Mar 15, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for under $4 CDN. Glad to see this brewery offering cans in Ontario. I had thought this was a hybrid, American IPA and New England IPA due to the sweetness and haze factor.

Appearance - murky and turbid bright orange gold color with some sediment that pours into the glass. An impressive two finger head is poured and that sticks around for a while. Did I mention that this stacks up well with many of the super hazy NEIPAs?

Smell - lots of tropical fruit, orange, passion fruit and pineapple most prominently and a host of other citrus focused fruits. Well rounded and inviting.

Taste - matches the nose, while there is plenty of bitterness, it is accompanied by juicy fruity flavors of orange, tangerine and grapefruit and pineapple, with suggestions of melon too.

Mouthfeel - medium-light carbonation, easy drinking but sticky body.

Overall - just a really well done IPA, that stacks up well with some of the best Canada has to offer. There are better IPAs out there but the list of better IPAs is much shorter than the list of worse IPAs. Will likely pick up another couple while it's fresh and available. Yum!

Mar 09, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice but way overrated IPA. Collective Arts brews circles around this. Still, it is a drinkable offering that you can buy with relative confidence. A repugnant nose gives way to a gentle taste that is as malty as hoppy. Nice, but not much to see here, it's been done before and better.

Mar 04, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; coded M288, which I'm presuming to be Dec 28 2018, and served slightly chilled. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, turbid golden-blonde colour, generating one finger of puffy, foamy white head that lingers for approximately three minutes. A frothy collar lasts on, framing a bubbly film upon the surface; decent lacing. Looks fine, though I could do without the big flakes of sediment. The aroma is fruity, approaching 'juicy' but never quite getting there - I'm sensing white grapefruit, passion fruit, peach, orange and pineapple, as well as some floral, resiny notes. Hints of caramelized malt sweetness also crop up - no real causes for complaint just yet.

As solid a flagship as one could ask for. It does have a subtly grainy, slightly caramelized pale malt note in the background, but it's the hops that immediately steal the show - as they damn well should. Grapefruit and orange citrus figure in prominently, with gentler hints of passion fruit, pineapple and apricot developing by the midpoint of the sip. Finishes with some pithy, floral hops and a touch of resiny bitterness that persists briefly. Medium in body, with spritzy, assertive carbonation that prickles and prods the palate with vigour; smooth texture, good drinkability, and no sign of the 6.7%.

Final Grade: 4.08, an A-. Hopheads the continent across should consider Steamworks' Flagship India Pale Ale to be well worth sampling, if they can find it. The turbid appearance (and use of oats) make me believe they were going for a New England IPA, but I'm not sure it's all the way there - the bitterness is a bit too noticeable, and its juiciness is borderline at best. Still, this one should blend in with the mid-to-upper tier Ontario IPA equivalents quite nicely, and deserves a temporary spot in my rotation (at least, while it's still fresh and/or in stock).

Mar 02, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks Brewing Company "Flagship India Pale Ale"
16 oz can coded "E178"; sampled on 7 February 2019
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Very nice label. The appearance is not so good. There are visible, fairly large, pieces of particulate in suspension, and it's quite cloudy. It looks muddy in fact. The body is a dark amber and the head is a yellowed off-white that's creamy and a finger-width thick. The aroma is malty, seemingly caramelish, and fruity. It doesn't seem hoppy though, and I think the fruitiness that's there might be from the yeast ... no, wait, there are some citrusy hops present but it's still NOT A GOOD START. On to the flavor, it's malty and caramelish as well. That's odd because the malts are listed on the label as "Premium 2-Row, Caramalt, Carapils & Oat Malt". Sure they've listed "caramalt" but without any indication of how dark it was. Regardless, what I'm tasting is actually oxidation. It's not quite to the "paper and cardboard" point but it's at the stage where it enhances the maltiness, particularly the caramel malt. The label also lists the hops as "Mosaic, Galaxy & Citra" but unless they're using only small amounts this beer is past its prime because I'm not finding them. I can make out some of the fruitiness from the Mosaic, knowing what to look for, and some of the citrus from the Citra as well, but they're definitely faded. So I guess that's it, this review is basically over. I don't know why breweries don't use packaging or best-by dates, especially ones who are exporting, but whatever, they'll just have to reap what they've sown. The mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and smooth despite an effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation. I can imagine that this would be a great beer if it wasn't damaged but I'd still have to question how closely it fits the NE IPA style. I'll have to find a fresher version of this.

Review# 6,466

Feb 07, 2019
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bugman15 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like IPAs, you won't go wrong with this one. I don't think this is a classic New England style though - more like a west coast IPA (appropriately enough!)

Dangerously tasty!

Nov 23, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canada's Steamworks has it all right with this beer. Very much a New England style IPA here. Nose is citrus, color is orange and taste is super. Wow, get one or multiples!

Oct 05, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I see by the approved pic that this used to come in bottles & maybe it still does, but I have a CAN for The CANQuest (tm)! The graphics really transferred nicely, even for a shrink-wrapped label.

From the CAN: "At last this steam-powered flagship beer has sailed into port"; "Return for refund where applicable"; "Malts[:] Premium 2-Row, Caramel, Carapils & Oat Malt"; "Hops[:] Mosaic, Galaxy & Citra"; "IBU[s:] 65".

It all looked & sounded good to me, so I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug until it became obvious that it was a Hazebro IPA & then I just let it free-flow. This created just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled strongly of grapefruit citrus and lightly of tropical fruits. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was decent for this offshoot of the AIPA style. They did not allow either the caramel or the tropical fruit flavors to get out of CANtrol, but CANversely, it was not so bitter as to be undrinkable. The beer struck a nice balance between a burgeoning triumvirate of haze, tropical fruit & citrus, allowing each to kind of do its own thing. I still wish that NE AIPAs would become their own style, but until then, this was a decent example of its potential. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. It was not bad, but one was satiating for me. YMMV.

Jul 10, 2018
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MattBeer from California

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A sticky, chewy, hazy, delicious American IPA. All of those adjectives are understatements, except maybe sticky. It's sticky.

It is absurdly chewy. It's almost gum. It's amazing.

It's absurdly hazy. Like the arrows in 300, it could blot out the sun.

And it is indeed delicious.

Jun 23, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I am pretty impressed with this beer. I have had others by this brewer and have walked away disappointed. That being said,this one looks great, smells great and has a good feel. This hazy IPA just needs a little more flavor to make it a top flight beer. Still, I'd keep drinking it, if you gave me more.

Jun 07, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I guess I never had an IPA - or a beer as such - from Canada, and I never had an IPA that smelled like sauerkraut! It's funny because the blend of Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra makes it feel that way, and it's great, I like sauerkraut and also it gives the beer a hint of "sour"ness (by warming up Citra seems to doninate it more though). The taste isn't like that though, it it full on piney and slightly citrusy hops, followed by a spell of low medium bitterness that increases by the aftertaste.
The blend is good I guess, the mixture of these hops takes a great aroma for granted. It is all good, feels very good, so hereby I confirm that Canada can make good and sufficiently unique, real Anerican IPAs.

May 19, 2018
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jonb5 from England

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

.25 of a litre at the Celle Bierfest.

A: Pale amber, very hazy, medium head, left lot's of lacing.

S: Hints of orange.

T: Freshly squeezed orange juice with a sightly delayed boozy kick.

M: Slightly chewy texture, low carbonation.

O: What you expect from a NEIPA.

May 10, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass

L: Cloudy golden pour. Massive foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Tropical fruits and citrus... NEIPA juicey.

T/F: Light grain backbone... hop profile is what was promised in the nose. Tropical fruits and pineapple. Mango and grapefruit... a bit of melon rind. Slightly floral. Bitterness is balanced. Sticky on the tongue. The finish is juice/fruit.

O: An above average NEIPA. Great aroma and expected flavor. An easy-drinker for sure.

Feb 27, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an unclear orange with massive, thick head.

Smell is mineraly with hints of yeast, passionfruit and citrus.

Taste is more citrusy upfront with some minerals, yeast and fruitiness on the back end. Well balanced bitterness and a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good IPA, with a nice mineral quality that sets it apart.

Jan 23, 2018
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unexpected quality beer - pours a cloudy golden orange with decent white head. Pungent fruity hops on nose - grapefruit zest, orange, piney. Taste of white grapefruit, slightly sticky mouth feel with a prominent lasting fruity bitterness - sweet and yet slightly dank. Great IPA of New England style.

Oct 14, 2017
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JVM29 from Canada (BC)

4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this NE IPA from Steamworks. It poured a cloudy orange with a tropical aroma and tasted juicy with a nice balanced hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was nice and full as well. A great execution on the style, I understand why it was awarded best IPA in BC!

Sep 13, 2017
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I have never seen or heard of this brewery before. I always welcome the chance to try brews from America's Hat. Decent brew, nothing special...kind of a strange flavor that I cannot put my finger on. Would drink again, but not seek out.

Sep 09, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Featuring Premium 2-Row, Caramalt, Carapils, and oat malts, and Mosaic, Galaxy, and Citra hops... Medium gold and opaque body, few fingers of white head, lace sheeting trailing behind... Aromas citric and herbal, suggesting both fruits and vines... Flavors bring soft citrus and green tropical fruits and something kind of vinous and green... soft, medium-bodied, and smooth, moderate bitterness and carbonation, mild sweetness...

Aug 25, 2017
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EspressoGuy from Canada (BC)

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: translucent orange honey;
S: fresh pine citrus, med intensity;
T: very nice movement of citrus pine grapefruit rind, good balance, great backbone of bitterness;
F: nice bitter finish;
O: a very good well-made beer. I was skeptical tasting what was awarded BC's Craft Beer of the Year but this is the best beer I've had from Steamworks and a really enjoyable IPA.

Apr 27, 2017
Flagship India Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 117 ratings