Flagship India Pale Ale
Steamworks Brewing Company

Flagship India Pale AleFlagship India Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #358
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,616
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 9.47%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
115
From:
Steamworks Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  30
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Flagship India Pale AleFlagship India Pale Ale
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - made with Mosaic, Galaxy, and Citra hops - nice choice.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some random streaky and splotchy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of prominent tropical fruit notes - pineapple, blood orange, and passionfruit - grainy caramel malt, a lesser toffee sweetness, some mild cattiness, a minor hard water flintiness, and more leafy, herbal, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, more mixed exotic fruitiness, still extant cat pee esters, wet stone paths after a rainstorm, wayward citrus rind, and some edgy leafy, piney, and moderately perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly even in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, none of the pervasive hoppiness here of the lug-headed, palate-invasive type. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out a bit, and the hops keeping the fruity party well fortified.

Overall, this is a rather decent version of the style, with a few of the sexier 'new' world hops shaking their moneymakers for us here. That mentioned, it is more or less balanced, as said hops don't quite run away with it all. Tasty, and worthy of having a few or more at a time, I would imagine.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 27/1/17

A murky liquid with heaps of sediment suspended throughout in light orange liquid, two fingers of dense foam has great retention leaving partial rings deep down the glass,, off to a good start

S pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, some canned peaches, some dank catty and floral notes, smells juicy as can be

T some pine comes out, still lots of tropical fruit but a little more citrus rind and some vitamin C chewables, tastes great but the nose has an edge

M lighter then expected and just stays on the creamy side of foam, bitter and gritty

O no major complaints and I loved the juicy nose, I'll be drinking this one again soon

I wasn't expecting this stuff to be so good, flying under the radar I suppose. Perhaps the best beer I've had from these guys and maybe I should be paying more attention to them?

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Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of altstadt
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BC Beer Award best of show in 2016.

Hazy, dirty straw with a white head, thin ring of retention shows a little lace.

Great hop aroma: tangerine, papaya, mango, weed and pineapple.

Good hop flavour, mango, nectarine, papaya, pepper, restrained but solid bitterness.

Smooth, moderate body has a light acidity.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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).

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Photo of GratefulNole
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of searsclone
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smekermann
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enki
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Oddly cloudy for an IPA. Reminds me a bit of a hefe, but not as pronounced
S: Grapefruity, with maybe a touch of belgian tang that doesn't come forward in the taste.
T: POW: Fruity grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Thimblefull of 'lil somethin' wild style belgian, barely noticeable, and pretty mild malt.
M: Not thick, but not too thin. Pretty bang-on for a 6% beer.
O: Fantastic IPA if you're looking for something a little different from the standard malt and hopsplosion flavour. Fruity, refreshing and more complex than the average hop bomb.

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Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jwalters
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fx20736
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flagship India Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 115 ratings