Flagship Red Ale | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Flagship Red AleFlagship Red Ale

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2002

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.25. Judging from the freshness notches, this was either bottled on or was to be consumed by July, 2002.

Poured a copper/amber color, with a very slight off-white head. Modest amount of lace. What foam there was stuck around for a while, though.

Smell was a little weak. Basically it was a sweet, caramel-molasses maltiness. No hop odor was detected.

Taste was a little bit more substantial than the smell. It begins with a mildly sweet maltiness, then a very modest hoppy dryness comes into play and quietly takes over for the finish. I can't help but think that the age of this bottle is helping to restrain the taste and smell of this beer. I wouldn't mind a fresh one to compare!

This is a medium bodied beer, as it should be. No surprises here.

This is tolerably drinkable from this aged bottle. I suspect a fresher example would be better, though. Should I encounter one, I'll revise this if the taste calls for it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of appenzeller
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber, thin head and little lacing. Aroma is malt forward. Tastes of caramel, apple, white grapes. Mouthfeel is fairly light, almost watery, refreshing. Drinkability is above average for the style. This beer is fine, nothing remarkable but neither is there anything particularly flawed with it. It's just an everyday decent beer.

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Photo of HugePlume
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pouted into a pint glass.

A- Pours with a nice 1 finger dusty tan head. Decent retention but very good lacing. Visually appealing beer.

S- Complex aroma of doughy sweet malt and earthy hops. A fun one to sniff out the different essences.

T- Dissapoints a little here. Its complex but I struggled to appreciate the balance of malt and hops. They seemed to fight one another. Slightly bitter, wet finish.

M- Good carbonation, a little watery.

D- Looked promising at first but couldn't pull it off as far as I'm concerned. Was OK, and I'll probably try it again to make sure my opinions are founded, but it was not an ace for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy red body.
The aroma is lemon, orange and grain.
The taste has moderate lemon bitterness, earthy fruit and mild honey sweet ending.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
A fine beer, nothing special but tasty with an alt style to it.

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Photo of Gobblegon
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of compass40204
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery color with a modest, off-white head. A tip of the glass and the lace sticks tenaciously to the sides. Smells a bit musty, with some slight grain. I'm not very impressed with the aroma, but it looks good in the glass. First sip is crisp and has a decent bit of bitterness. It's not a hop-forward beer, but has a good hop character that slightly edges out the malt flavors. The finish leans toward sweet malt. Drinking it reveals that the lacing is indeed quite tenacious, impressively so. Highly drinkable, with a medium body and carbonation. A very good sessionable beer. I'm not a big fan of red ales, but I'd certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertunes for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a crystal clear deep amber/red color, a vigerous pour yields about one fingers worth of off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving behind spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty, with a sharp fruity quality. Slightly pungent, with a hint of alcohol. A spicy hop character mingles well with the fruity sweetness.

The taste follows suit with the aroma, fairly sweet and malty, with a sharp fruity bite. The hops are nearly imperceptible, lending just the slightest bit of spicy bitterness to the mix. Carbonation seems just a bit high. The beer is medium bodied and finishes dry with a slight alcohol burn.

Overall, I think this is a decent beer, for an American style Alt. The beer is just a little too sweet, and is lacking the bready/biscuity malt presence that most German versions of the style have.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystalline red to brown color, persuasive head, and the lace in nice sized sheets that cling to the glass. Nose is mostly malt, clean and fresh, lightly fruit sweet, with a start that is sweet malt, top skimpy, perky hop spicy bite, middling on the carbonation, the aftertaste dry, a drinkable, clean and a decent beer.

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Photo of Rivarol
1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of jnoelani
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of marc77
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly red in color-- the lager - like clarity is indicative of ample cold conditioning. The head is a bit too thin for an alt, but it does manage to leave a Belgian lace. Smooth roasted malt notes are dominate the aroma, but the Hallertauer hop nose adds an additional dimension. Flagship is very clean overall in flavor profile. As expected in an alt there is no fruitiness whatsoever contributed by the yeast. The hop bitterness is crisp, clean and fairly assertive considering this isn't a particularly big beer. A bready, slight toasted Munich malt flavor can be discerned and is quite pleasant. The finish is dry and clean. Flagship Red Alt is a tasty and drinkable beer. There's lots of malt flavors and a firm but clean hop bitterness. It's definitely a good and true to style Dusseldorf Alt.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber with orange red tint. Good looking head and lace.

The aroma of malts,dates and fruit. Hint of grains with hops.

The taste begins with a caramel tone followed by malts,citrus/fruit,toasty notes and figs.

The feel is medium body,dry finish and medium carbonation.

Notes: I am not inclined to usually buy this style and I while I can not say it is my preference I will say it was a decent beer.Very malty and well balanced.

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Photo of sukwonee
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of SodoSyco
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Kinda reddish amber.

S- A little spicey and citrusy. I really like the smell of it.

T- Pretty much straight foward but has a bit of bite to it. Slightly metallic in a good way.

D- Pretty smooth but not all that smooth.

Over all I like this one and would defniately drink more of it.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moderate carbonation & head, caramel color. Okay mix of hops and malt. Finish is a spicy hop. The abv is 5.2%.

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Photo of M477
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice red/amber color with good carbonation. White/tan tangy head that rides the glass all the way to the bottom. Hints of fruit and berries in the nose. Nice malt character with faint fruit undertones. Slight burnt character. Nice crisp finish. The more I drank, the more I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: murky red amber hue with one finger of creamy ivory head. Looks appetizing.

Smell: sweet malt with bright citrusy hops. A little one-dimensional, but quite good within that dimension.

Taste: malt is complex with some dry character and some sweet. Hops are citrusy and floral but this beer is not particularly bitter. I still rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation leading to a nicely creamy texture.

Drinkability: tasty and drinkable. Maritime Pacific rarely dissapoints me.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with Cannabanaceae. Poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark red with a one finger white head. It quickly recedes and there is a very small amount of lacing.

The aroma is your typical Alt. Toasted, bready malt with some sweet sugar. The flavor is bready, sugary malt, with a hint of citrus and spices. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, which is slightly bitter.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp.

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Flagship Red Ale from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 46 ratings