Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)

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BA SCORE
81
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

ABV 6.5% IBUs: 70
Available June to September (2010) in 22oz Bottles and Draught
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 49
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a sun drenched orange, this beer pours out, solid 1.3" head, white in color, Tight neat little bubbles. Aroma was old school Yakima hops, high bitterness, nothing proprietary. Kind of makes you reminisce back to the days when you first started smelling beer, and Full Sail's regular ipa was a blast.

Taste, leans more grapefruit for me, but there's a hint of pine. Nice light caramel malt presence, doesn't get in the way of the hops. Alcohol not hitting the mouth. Not sticky, great drinkability to it. Kind of a blend of the old time ipa's and a little bit of the gusto of some of the new ones. What I really liked was getting this for $3.99 a bomber. Makes it real easy to take a chance on a beer from a good brewery. A very accessible, yet respectable ipa.

Photo of litheum94
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/24/10.

P: Bright golden with a thin, dirty white head that settles to pools of bubbles and a patchy covering.

A: Zesty, crisp, floral hop aromas. Stone fruit esters, biscuit malts. A little bit of spice.

T: A melange of flavors: citrus, spice, earthy wood tones, biscuit malts. A good, quick, bitter hop oil taste that quickly fades and is rounded out by the other flavors. A touch of caramel sweetness is in there too.

My first known experience with Zeus hops, and I like the profile that they produce. The combo of earth, wood and floral tones work well and the high alpha acid content is balanced nicely.

Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handsome orange-amber in the wine glass. Modest head, well laced. Spicy nose, flowery hop aroma. Big rich pine flavor starts out nicely but goes to the back of the throat. Long woody, astringent, bitter aftertaste. Bitter citrus rind like grapefruit pith. Some malt gives it a medium body with just a touch of fruity sweetness that reminds me of watermelon.

Somewhat flat tone, but turns harsher than most IPAs. Interesting hop flavors, but even at 70 IBU I find it tough to drink. Label says Willamette and Zeus.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2.15.11

Appearance - Bright, cloudy orange with a off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Floral and citrus.

Taste - Hoppy and pine.

Drinkability - Bitter and sticky. Lots of carbonation.

Overall - Decent, but I wish I could have tried it fresher.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotless pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a medium sized, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a ring around the surface leaving behind a fair amount of lace spots and lines on the glass.

The aroma is subtle with notes of lemon citrus and caramel malt. Somewhat bready. Very pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate, dry with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with hop notes of lemon citrus and grass. Caramel malt, toast and light fruit notes (peach? pear?) soon move in. It finishes lightly bitter and dry. Once gone the peach fruit notes and hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that goes well with pizza or a burger. It's not a hop monster and interesting compared to other IPA's. Maybe closer to a pale ale with its fruity characteristics.

Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oregon is beer-crazy; it seems like you couldn't stand in that state and swing a dead varmint without hitting a craft brewery that is churning out stellar brew after stellar brew, and Mt. Hood's Full Sail Brewing is no different. Known, at least around Camp, for one of the tastiest pale ales to be found on the west coast, Full Sail has consistently made refreshingly unique takes on every style from the afore-mentioned pale to a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

The Spotless IPA Brewmaster Reserve 2010, part of what they call their "Summer Sun Series," pours the color of said celestial body--big, fat, and orange--and throws off life-giving hints of tangerine, lemon, and the requisite pine from behind a fluffy cloud-like head. Full Sail packs this picnic lunch with plenty of Willamette and Zeus hops that, like a lot of summer relationships, start to reveal their bitter selves after the original hit of sweetness fades.

This would be a great IPA for those put off by the Hop Bomb arms race and long for a simple sunny west coast day in a bottle.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

This clear beer has a pale copper color, and enough sticky lace to get by. Thick herbal hops and tobacco come to mind. It's a tad bit crispy and fluffy, and has a creamy medium body. Exotic fruit and a hefty girth of herbal flavor come from the hops. Its bitterness is dull but drags hard on the palate. Mild caramel and a faint biscuit malt base do the job. Alcohol rounds out the bittersweet finish with the warmth of fruity esters. This is definitely one of the most original IPAs we've come across this year. Hunt it down.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, clean beer from Full Sail. I've like their other 'spot' beers so this was a natural must-try for me.

Pours a diluted-orange, clean body, capped with a moderately fluffy head, some lacing. Pretty good retention.

Slight citrus aroma, but mostly subtle orange and pomelo. This one isn't as strong as some other IPAs.
The flavors aren't as strong either, but think that's ok. This one has tame citrus flavors, but not the sharpness. Undertone of soft malt and caramel. Alcohol comes briefly through to say hi.

Again, not the bite as some IPAs. Clean and fresh, though not balanced like Odells.

nice beer

Photo of Seanibus
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good, though not a mind blower.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head (which falls to non-existent lacing). The aroma is beefy and grainy, like a medium-weight barley soup. This doesn't sound appetizing, I know, but it works on some level. The flavor is strong and musky, with a distinct bitter orange and that same beefy character, with a distinct barley flavor (as opposed to malt - I mean this in the sense of a real pearled barley). The bitterness is sharp and thin, high up in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is slight but prickly.

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle from Roth's Vista Market,Salem OR Nice looking IPA here deep slightly hazy orange body and a nice thick ,bubbly off white head.Aroma is hoppy but not as much as expected, mainlly grassy, fruity in aspect..some breadieness in the back. Very hoppy flavour to it, but like the label states..very bright and fruity..really gives a "zing" to the exierience. OK on the palate, not astonishing but to style..nice fruity bitter after taste Overall a pretty simple beer actually. Not Full Sails best IPA but acceptable.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange color with a red hue. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that slowly dissipated to an even skim. Decanted lazily. Laced in wide rings.

S: Rich crystal malt. Floral hops. Orange rind, grapefruit and pine. Lots of hop character.

T: Very consistent with the nose. Citrus comes ahead of the sweet caramel malt character. Floral character dominates the middle with a little resiny pine texture. Sharp bitter lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth, maybe its filtered and loses some of the resiny feel.

D: The bomber went down fast. Hop character masks malt more than most APA's

Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange pour with 1-finger medium cream head. Very active carbonation. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is pretty bright. Lots of earthy, piney hops. There is some orange zest present as well.

Hits hard right up front with fairly aggressive hops. Deep malts in the finish with even more aggressive hops. Not over the top, though. Even with the earthy malt flavor, the overall feel stays on the thin side. Pine hops match the nose.

Oveall, a decent IPA in the northwest style.

Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white frothy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet malts and minty, grassy hops.

The flavor is a big watery bitterness, kind of charred with a little sweet biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, this was very subdued. I didn't get much in the aroma, and although there was a lot of bitterness, there was not much real flavor.

Photo of obireidkenobi
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having a brew from Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve series.

Appearance - Light orange, light foamy head.

Smell - Malty. With some Northwest citrus hops.

Taste - Impressive. Crisp and clean American IPA, with a nice malt backbone. Citrus & Fruit. For a second almost tropical fruit. I love the fact its not overly aggressive.

Mouthfeel - Inviting and clean. Not heavy, overly bitter.

Drinkabililty - Even though I was sharing this bomber, I'm pretty sure I got 75%. Very drinkable.

Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. This beer appeals to me.

Smell: nice, complex West-coasty hop aroma. Traits are funky, a little piney, and a little citrusy; it's like if a grapefruit was assaulted by an evergreen forest, only milder. Or something like that.

Taste: extremely faithful to the aroma, although more dynamic. As the initial onslaught of funk fades, the citrus comes out more and is eventually joined by a rather light and enjoyable malt base. The backbone is actually almost Belgian in its fruitiness and generally really enjoyable flavor. The more I drink this the more I like it. I'm going out on a limb here, but this may be one of my favorite Northwest IPAs ever. Kudos, Full Sail!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is noticeably creamy in style; this only enhances the aforementioned Belgianness of the brew.

Drinkability: what can I say? Like Cisco, this beer takes me by surprise! I would gladly quaff glass after glass of this.

Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Hazy peach hue with healthy 2-finger white tightly bubbled head with good retention but spare lacing.

S: Aroma is underwhelming with husky pale malts combining with lightly vegetal and citrus hops.

T: Surprisingly juicy IPA with complex, unique, experimental hops combo of pine, citrus, and vegetable which actually work really well to accent the strong pale malt. Finish is mineral dry with some light malt sweetness and dull bitterness settling in at the very end. A very interesting and likeable flavor concoction.

M: The mouthfeel is very sumptuous with more juiciness and lushness in a medium-bodied ale package. A fine carbonation helps with smoothness and the aftertaste is distinctly bitter with some burnt caramel and raw malt flavors.

D: A really liked this IPA --- distinct and unique with a new combination of hops flavors and a long, strong aftertaste. More power in the aroma department would elevate this English-ish IPA to contender status with other earthy, juicy balanced IPAs. I am heading out to buy more if this without a doubt.

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Spotless is a perfectly hazy-free IPA, which seems unusal right off the bat. Maybe that's how it got its name. It has a light yellow-orange color with creamy white head. The retention is decent but with little lace.

Aroma is citrus hoppy and seems fresh. Today was the first I had seen this bottle on the shelves and I'm always on the lookout for fresh IPAs. This one isn't OTT in terms of hopiness but it's pretty solid.

Flavor is definately a PNW take on IPA. It has more woodsy, earthy, piney hops instead of the strictly citrus varieties that you would find in a beer from California. That said, they do a fine job at bringing those flavors together with a light malt body.

Overall a solid IPA and worth a try. I definately feel this is better than it's BA score would suggest.

Photo of biboergosum
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another souvenir from the bomber cache at Worden's Market in Missoula, MT...

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot hue, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves a consistent stratus layer of lace around the glass upon its retreat. It has a vegetal, yeasty, wet cardboard aroma, kind of watery, with neither distinct malt nor hop attributes. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, some sour citrus rind, and herbal, musty hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, smooth, but a bit dusty and clingy as well. It finishes off-dry, the mild caramel malt well offset by the musty hops.

I don't know what the hell they're referring to on the label about 'aggressive' and 'well-hopped'. This is hoppy, but in a totally different sense - old barnyard, versus West Coast zest. So, marketing aside, this is all right, drinkable enough, at least until one's palate tires of the mustiness.

Photo of jpro
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint glass... It looks bright and refreshing: a light, slightly cloudy orange, with a creamy, white head that manages some slight retention (and virtually no lace). Aroma is bready and of sweet citrus - tangerine comes to mind - nothing that's going to blow you away, though. Taste is again of citrus hops, with some light caramel malt and a touch of booze in the finish. Lots of grapefruit rind in the finish, too - almost an unpleasant tonsil puckering bitter, that doesn't really lend itself to being enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a touch creamy with low carbonation. Overall, probably not a beer that I'll get again - I suppose it'd be good on a summer afternoon, but I can't say that I was pleased with this one.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz purchased yesterday @ green's. Duvel stem. Bright clear orange with a lucsious near white head. Smells of orange rind, white toast. Dry bitter navel orange hop flavor. Tastes like super concentrated tart orange pulp, or a taste of sharp Tang with a dose of minerality. Harsh dry cotton mouthfeel with makes this hard to put down.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2oz bottle $4. I usually buy the spot beers every summer but I may have been late on this one. Nice orange color but not much head. It smells a lot like their regular IPA but it does taste more hoppy with a bit of citrus but I'm not impressed by the malt profile. Now I am wishin g I had only bought one bottle instead of two but oh well.

Photo of sinistermadman
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a very active carbonation stream. Nice burly head that retains well. Barnyard, vegetal nose.

Taste is lemon tinged with a muted hop flavor profile. Hop / malt interplay is not in harmony. The result is a flavor that feels imbalanced with little discernible character. Certainly no fruit notes as the label proclaims and not bright, more like muddled.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with marginally adequate carbonation. Slightly sticky finish that leaves a fatty lingering taste. Take a pass on this one.

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the Tasting Room and Pub on 8/9/10. Reviewed from notes.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent head that lasted fairly long. Nose was light pale malts with a hint of citrus hops. Taste was good, very well balanced between the malts and northwest hops with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good, this is a well balanced English style IPA that paired well with my fish and chips at the Pub, nothing overly exciting but a good beer nonetheless!

Photo of PDXHops
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright see-thru orange/gold body with an off-white head that starts off pretty nicely but settles down to a skim in short order. Spotty lacing here and there.

Smells of mild malt sweetness, a gentle orange/mango fruit combo and a few floral notes. Restrained, but pleasant. Doesn't really smell like an IPA.

Oddly, it tastes entirely different than it smells. The hop character is certainly stronger, but the fruit and floral is replaced with a leafy, almost astringent bitterness and a somewhat metallic aftertaste. The malt that smelled sweet before takes on a more toasted character. Things don't really seem to gel here- not digging this beer. Carbonation is on the lowish side, and the feel is rather slick.

Overall impression: I'm a fan in general of Full Sails beers, a solid, if unspectacular lineup. This one misses the mark, though. Not recommended.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, yellow-copper, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some thin patches. Little bit of lacing.
Malty up front, with some piney/peppercorn hops that have a light fruit aspect. Light notes of grapefruit and mango.
Taste is almost immediately bitter hops that quickly take on a mild, piney aspect. Slightly bready malts join in as the hops become piney. Light fruit notes follow, with some orange, grapefruit and mango. Finish is a nice blend of subtle fruity notes, hops, and malts.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a sticky finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good.

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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.