Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by slaintemhor:
4/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was a lovely golden-orange with little head. The aroma was thick with citrus (grapefruit especially) and hops. On the palate, there was a quick hop bite up front followed by some slightly sweet malt and a very lengthy bitter finish. Certainly one of the better offerings I had that day at Full Sail!
11-18-2009 03:12:17 | More by slaintemhor
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3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
I had this beer on cask at the County Cork Public House, and then again from a standard tap, and I thought that the cask version was much nicer. The warmer temperature let the flavors come out, and the smooter carbonation gave it less bite, and seemingly less bitterness.
It was a deep amber with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of white that quickly settled to a half lid of lace. It left short, mountainous rises of lace and lots of spots about the glass.
The nose displayed a caramelish and lightly toasty malt with grassy and leafy hops.
The flavor was fuller than the aroma suggested, but it followed the same basic formula but with more hop character: caramelish and bready malts infused with grassy/piney and gently floral and citrusy hops. A very solid bitterness anchored it, and to be honest, kind of blunted it. It finished with a quick dollop of sweetness followed by rising bitterness and a note of raspy pine.
In the mouth it was creamy with a delicate zest of fine-bubbled carbonation. Medium bodied and smooth.
I found the cask-version to be enjoyable and easy drinking, but the colder, more effervescent version was a bit harsh and overly bitter given the malts and hops present.
10-11-2009 15:19:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a citrus and pine hop aroma. Not much from the malt. The Cascade hops dominate the flavor as well. Some sweetness and earthiness from the malt. Bitterness is moderate to high. Has a bit of a minerally or aspirin quality in the finish. Medium body with just enough carbonation to keep things lively. Could use some more aroma hops and a slightly enhanced malt bill but otherwise a quality American West Coast IPA.
10-16-2009 20:05:24 | More by morimech
2.65/5 rDev -28.4%
Pours a cloudy orange, decent bubbly head with great lacing. Smells of melon fruitiness, passionfruits, floral like perfume, mango. Tastes of bitter, dry citrus like malt. Finishes with a very dry almost puckering taste. Decent mouthfeel.
Not sure what to make of this, hard to believe a successful brewery such as this would make a 6% IPA with supposedly 100 IBUs. I just don't see how that makes sense, and it shows in this beer. This is probably the driest IPA i've ever had, way over attenuated and very bitter, there needs to be some malt presence. How is this supposed to be good? Too bad too, because it smells fairly nice.
12-26-2009 07:31:17 | More by bum732
3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged amber color with a frothy two-finger head that retains a nice cap throughout drinking. Leaves quite solid lacing.
S - Not a whole lot going on in the smell department. Picking up on some slight sweet malt aromas with a bit of yeast as well. Subdued hop presence that I can barely pick out, maybe a slight floral and citrus quality in the hops.
T - Fruity, citrus, and floral flavors up front with a sweet malt backbone. Has a sort of yeasty biscuit quality to the flavor as well. The bitterness doesn't really hit until the finish, but it finishes with a nice, crisp level of bitterness, although I don't think this one hits the 100 IBUs that they claim.
M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, and a good, crisp, clean finish.
D - A pretty tasty, interesting take on the IPA, although not quite up there with the best. Definitely an enjoyable brew, and quite drinkable overall.
07-09-2009 04:20:13 | More by GarrisWH
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Deep reddened copper, small tanned head. Some large webby lacing.
Hop pungent: floral, citrus, pine. Candy caramel, lightly toasted, spicy, bready yeast, sour cherries.
Herbal, floral, pine, grapefruit, spicy, earthy hop flavors. Toasty bread and caramel, a touch of rye. Intense grapefruit, pine, and herbal hop bitterness.
Super dry, very sticky, full mouthfeel. good carbonation.
Brutally bitter! Good drinkable bitter hoppy IPA. Some may find the hops off-putting, not for wussies.
02-10-2010 00:36:20 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Snagged a bottle at By the Bottle... been looking forward to this... pretty sure I won't like it as much as i did the Slipknot... but here it goes..
- Rather dark and clear golden brown color, amber, some red... fluffy off-white head... down to massive lacing...
- Rich roasty malt presence in the smell... something very characteristic of Full Sails beers.. but this one is even amplified more so... sweet, woody, and bitter hop.
- Quite clean and crisp, some caramel, dark malt, bit roasty.. citrus and pine presence for hops... and a nice bitterness to it... 100+ IBU's? Nahh... Zingy zest... some bread.. but there is some underlying bitterness that waits and then sneaks up on you.
- Dry, bit chewy.. overall decent.. bitter.
- Really quite easy to drink, smooth, and full of robust malt flavors... certainly different for an IPA. Good carbonation.
07-24-2009 00:25:32 | More by Docer
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
22 picked up on Saturday at the Coop.. I think I paid $4.. but it was probably a tad less... poured into my shaped SA glass.
2 finger head has a slight yellow haze to it.. the brew is pretty much expected lite amber..
Hoppy nose.. but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it.. maybe a little floral.. but the aroma is really pretty subdued... some pale malts with whaffs of caramel.. but the caramel could be in my imagination.
Flavor has a VERY surprising screaming bitterness for any IPA .. initial quality is of the hops went in at 60 minutes.. seriously.. not much for hoppiness until the finish.. and even then it is a sorta inviting bitterness.... the only hoppiness I'm getting mid-palate again could easily be imagined as slightly floral... all the maltiness is eaten by the yeast.. very dry and only hints of the background malts that went into this brew.
The body is fairly lite and the carbonation has a nice hitch to it.. but seriously.. I'm having a real problem understanding this one.. bitter for sure... very lite hoppiness in the middle.. and a (for the style) a punishing dry bitter finish... It's been a long time since I've had this hard a time with a review.. I'm having a great time drinking it and trying to analyze what is in the glass... I can pretty much say, that I like it overall .. but I can see how many people would just write it off.
07-08-2009 07:58:48 | More by JohnGalt1
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glass. No best by date.
A: Beautiful copper amber color on this one, very clear no haze whatsoever. Head is a gorgeous pillowy two fingers worth and looks very creamy. Holding extremely well with excellent lacing. Head falls in craters, very beautiful.
S: Not much for nose, very faint floral pine and grapefruit. And thats about it....
T: Pretty much one note here, grapefruit citrus hops from start to finish. Not in the category of imperial, but thats pretty much all you get. Very little malt on the back end, almost nonexistent. Dry finish. Was hoping for something more complex to be honest.
M: Medium body, carbonation is good. I expected a bigger mouthfeel, but its ok.
D: Average, not terribly drinkable, but for those that love hops this one is very simply hops and hops alone so could be drinkable for them. I was hoping for more from this one personally so I am not too impressed overall.
07-27-2009 03:15:08 | More by RedBrewer83
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Very fizzy clear amber pour with a huge head and nice lacing. Lots of pine in a very unique nose with just a touch of citrus and caramel. The taste is very bitter and kind of boring with little balance. A bit bready with hints of tea, grass and lots of pine. No sign of malty sweetness here at all. Kept waiting for it but it never came. I typically like a dry finish but this was overkill. Also kills the drinkability. I've never seen a beer foam so much when poured so maybe I got a bad bottle. I'm a fan of Full Sail but this was very disappointing.
06-19-2010 20:08:55 | More by beerdrifter
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Chill hazed dark orange colored ale with a good sized light beige colored head.
Balanced malt and hop scent. Sharp citrus and wood and somewhat spicy to the nose.
Starts out neutral in sweetness and moderately bitter. Stays dry and the bitterness levels build. Strong and spicy this isn't real complex though. Bitterness nears harsh.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is just so so. Could be more complex. This one also skirts the edge of harshness.
12-08-2009 04:45:38 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev +8.1%
22 oz bomber. Amber ale with a lovelly,attractive ,thick,creamy off white head. Very substantial hoppy aroma to this one, not subdued,piney,grapefruit pepper. As for taste, like the aroma this does not spare the taste buds from the hop attack..grapefruit and pine forest. nice full palate, semi-dry finish with a great long lasting after taste. Good beer
09-10-2009 01:21:27 | More by Reidrover
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Split a 22 two ways. Reviewed 8-19-2009.
Ar: Citrus hops, fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, strong us hops (cascade like), sweet honey/caramel, light tropical fruit, strong honey sweetness, alc hints
Ap: Smooth fluffy, light tan head, low/med head, good retention, clear orange amber/dark copper
F: resin, grapefruit peel, caramel candy sweetness, fades to fruity esters, sweet citrus, tropical fruit, ends smooth, fruity and sweet, fresh hop resin and medium astringency after sip, light alcohol, honey, good fruitiness in mid taste, sweet throughout, *funky interaction with resin, resin burn like chewing on a hop
M: Medium fine carbonation, lots if fresh resin in aftertaste, light/med astringency, medium mouthfeel, slightly sweet, light alcohol burn, *viscous
O: good, slipknot better, Too Much resin at end, sweet, rough for 6%, funky resin, unique, strong ipa for 6%
*Notes of fellow tasters
01-31-2010 03:14:18 | More by DaveJanssen
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Received in a very generous trade with JohnGalt1...
A- Pours a dark amber color with plenty of creamy off-white head. Good lacing and head retention. A good looking IPA.
S- Plenty of earthy hops and... that's about it. This beer reminds me more of an Imperial IPA.
T- Lots of piney hops, almost like biting into a pine tree. This beer is super bitter, although it is rounded out a bit with some sugary sweetness. Still finishes off incredibly dry.
M- Well-carbonated and prickly mouthfeel.
D- Easily consumed this bomber over the course of a couple hours and it just kept me buzzed. An easy drinking beer.
This beer really borders on being a DIPA in my opinion.
Thanks again Toby!
12-13-2009 21:50:24 | More by kbeals
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
22-ouncer received in trade with Wasatch: Thanks John!
Briskly poured from the bomber bottle, Grandsun of Spot is a touch hazy and glows reddish copper in color with a crimson-tinted heart and a twinkle of gold at the periphery. A sturdy lid of creamy bright white foam stands at two fingers' thickness above the liquid surface, slowly settling into a thick bubbly sheet that spatters ragged webs of lacing onto the sidewalls of my Duvel tulip glass. The secondary pour really pumps the head factor up; the addition builds the cap into an ivory tower of foam that almost leaves the glass before settling into a wallopy cloudlike structure.
The smell is a tad floral, mildly sweet, and is lightly-laden with notes of unidentified citrus. A fruity malty splash reminiscent of red apples coupled with a grassy, resiny aroma sharpens the profile and adds a little diversity and depth.
The taste is quite malty with a solid bitter backing. Notes of dilute sourwood honey, medium caramel, and a sprinkle of crushed toffee dominate the flavor profile, but a stiff, mildly floral bitterness slams the door on the mellow sweetness. Bitter orange and silky citrus oil augment the hop notes and linger deep into the aftertaste.
The drink is silky-smooth and on the fuller side of medium-bodied with sedate carbonation. My first brew from Full Sail, G.O.S. is a very easy drinker, too.
08-16-2009 02:45:20 | More by cvstrickland
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
On tap at the Horse Brass.
The beer pours the expected orange peachy color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this comes across as a pretty dry IPA, with pepper, light citrus and a hint of tobacco. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with minimal malt sweetness and a dry, bitter finish. This is a VERY dry and bitter tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is OK, but it's just a bit too bitter to be very sessionable and drinkable.
An OK beer, but it really could use a bit more sweet malt to balance out the hoppy bitterness.
07-27-2009 03:48:28 | More by John_M
3.18/5 rDev -14.1%
A nice cold bomber out of my fridge.
Gradually letting it get warmer since someone felt it tasted better closer to room temp.
Came out a dirty orange color, appearance of an IPA. Small loop of foam. Very faint aroma, there isn't much anticipation of being blown away with the brutal bitterness of a beer lovers' herb of choice. Plenty of dried pine cone scent.
Tasted light. Blinding spike of the oh so familiar tongue spiking beer bling. I'd say non existent malt, but that pretty color had to come from somewhere.
I can see why they put "radiant" on the label; the flavor lasts. Very crisp, clean. Has a nice fresh
It is a nice standalone. Almost a session beer for someone with tolerance and a fat wallet.
Overall a nice purchase.
11-02-2009 02:20:16 | More by Dotcubed
3.7/5 rDev 0%
pours a clear red-orange with a large off-white head, and some lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, dry leaves, and some citrus.
taste has lots of hops, pine, earth, caramel, and some sweetness in the back, end is very bitter.
overall a very nice IPA.
08-06-2009 01:30:37 | More by froghop
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
Found this at Falling Rock in Denver. To note, I drank this after a roggenbeer, my first so the hops stood out a bit. Keeping that in mind;
poured a kind of cloudy, creamy orange/ruby color. Head developed nicely and sank to a slight film. Good swirl brings it back up.
Grapefruit and slight pineapple aroma. Hints of pine and biscuit. Seems well balanced.
biscuit backbone in the taste. A short but strong citrus burst dissipated nicely to a solid bite. A bit creamy or smooth. A lingering aftertaste works well with a blackened chicken club sandwich as it doesn't linger too long and interfere with the bird.
Overall, i like this version...as well with the previous.
01-30-2010 09:22:33 | More by Mebuzzard
3.23/5 rDev -12.7%
Translucent light burnt orange color, wisping head of fairly large bubble size.
Smells of wet steel, lavender soap, dewy grasslands and daffodil.
There is an initial acridness, almost pilly, that I keep stubbing my toe on relentlessly, searching for other things in the darkness. There is bitter grass and dandelion sap backed by a solid maltiness spine.
The mouthfeel and carbonation is on par for what would be great if the taste were great. The carbonation and feel of it are so conducive to conducting flavors. Unfortunatlely much of the flavor is somewhat abusive.
I really was excited for this beer, and I still do like the brewery. I may have leaned high on scores as such. There are some potentially good things happening here but the bad is magnified by them.
12-20-2009 07:06:28 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, slight pine note. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, bitter, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another pretty tasty brew from Full Sail.
09-06-2009 19:00:15 | More by Wasatch
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Orange, nice tan head that sticks around. Lacing confined to the last bit drunk. Nose is strong and peppery, with some herbs and citrus. The flavor is similar: fairly hoppy up front with citrics, malts round out the flavor, with a strong peppery finish.
Medium size for style, could be a bit more hefty, but it probably wouldn't come out this dry. Pretty damn good.
08-23-2009 04:31:48 | More by BretSikkink
Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.