Flagship

Rhode Island
United States
Grey Sail Brewing Flagship Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

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. Available on draft and in 12-ounce cans.

Profile

ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
22
Judges Review 
Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Face it — American craft cream ales don’t get much respect. You never see anyone at the bar furiously logging into their favorite beer rating service to proclaim the greatness of a newly discovered American craft cream ale. It just doesn’t happen like that.

This example of the style pours an exceptionally clear dark straw color with a coarse white head supported by medium to high carbonation. A quick whiff releases soft, sweet malt, faint, grassy earthiness and the requisite corn note. Tasting reveals an excellent balance of smooth, medium bitterness and clean corn flavors following through. This easy-drinker finishes with a slight nutty aftertaste, good attenuation, and a medium mouthfeel.  

Overall, this seems like a solid beer in a difficult style to nail. Pick some up and give due respect to cream ales — a historical American indigenous style brought back from the brink of extinction by our wonderful craft brewing community.