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

49 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 58
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. (910 characters)

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. (514 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one finger fo white head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, orange and other light fruits. Not overpowering but some nice hops.

t - Tastes very bitter up front. After the bitterness subsided, got some citrus hops, and smooth caramel malts in the end.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth after the bitterness leaves.

d - A decent IPA. I thought it had a very nice smell but would have liked a little less bitterness in the taste. Would give another shot. (648 characters)

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 (612 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head and ok carbonation. After a few sipos the foam is gone

S: Smells of grains, hop bitterness, fruit

T: Starts sweet, fruits with grains, perhaps some toasted grain and corn, bitter finish

M: Cirsp but a little flat on the palate. Just not to appealing

D: Ok, but not one to seek out (340 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass today.

The beer pours the expected orange amber color, with good lacing and decent head retention. The nose is attractive, showing a hint of citrus, some pepper and light malt. On the palate, once again from FS, we have an impeccably well balanced IPA. The malt imparts some light fruit flavors of fuji apple, bread and melon, with the hoppy bitterness coming on stong on the finish, leading to a fairly dry beer (which is typical with FS IPA's). I would almost call this an English style PA or IPA, but with a NW twist (by that, I mean there is considerably more fresh, bitter hops in this beer than what you are likely to find in any IPA or PA from England). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a somewhat crisp and refreshing bitter punch on the the finish. Drinkability is very good... this is the sort of well made attactive IPA I could absolutely see providing at a party. It's the sort of beer that would be appreciated by beer geeks and non-beer geeks alike.

Nothing extraordinairy here, just another very solid, easy to appreciate IPA from FS. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice almost one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, some malts, some citrus notes. The taste is bitter, slightly dry, hoppy, nice little malt note, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice IPA. (334 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up tonight at the 16th St Albertson... 13 hour day and I have to be up early "for me" .. Mehhh... Spotless or Eric's Ale.... Spotless won out.

1" foamy off white head.. the brew is crystal clear dark golden..

Nose is lite pithy citrus and a garlic or oniony hoppiness that I sorta associate with Gubna...

Flavor is very onion centric.. a bit of lemony hoppiness.. lingering flintstone vitamin on the finish.. good pale malts help pull everything together, but it is a pretty big mess across the board..

body and carbonation are the expected great, but overall, I am not digging it... this is my 3-4th bottle over the last month or so and I'm done with it.

4/3.5/3/4/3 (685 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark yellow/light gold color with a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued, almost bland, with mostly grain and a bit of bitter hops. The flavor was also subdued, bitter hops mostly, with a slight metallic taste at the back of the throat.

The body and drinkability was also typical for the style. Overall, a very average brew that got a higher numerical score than it deserves. Give it a shot if you see it, just don't expect much. (541 characters)

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. (1,060 characters)

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. (767 characters)

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. (266 characters)

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 (628 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a totally clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops, and perhaps a little malt.

T: Tasted of lemon and malt and hops in the finish. Too thin in character and too bitter in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While not the worst IPA I've ever had, this one certainly doesn't measure up to the best. (505 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear dark gold color with a thin bright white head.

The nose is comprised mostly of sweet malt with a pretty big apricot scent as well. Hops appear to be non-existent though.

Very strong and astringent. Alcohol up front and becomes even more prevalent in the end. Not much malt sweetness after all. Notes of apricot and honey with biting bitter hops that are earthy and piney. A bit of a mess on the palate especially with the rubbing alcohol like booze.

Not too bad a feel on the mouth. Could use a bit more body and carbonation.

Doesn't drink real well for me. The alcohol is not desireable and it messes with the whole beer. Not sure I like the hop combo in this either. I wouldn't have this again. (714 characters)

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. (584 characters)

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. (523 characters)

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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A $2.50 pint at Capt. Ankeny's.

A: Quite clear, but very few rising bubbles within a butterscotch-orange pour. About a finger of creamy white atop, drops in a couple minutes to a rim-hugging ring. Decent lace, a draped netting.

S: Modest/forgettable aroma of candied orange, mild pine and doughy malt. Served at a fair temperature and nothing interfering with my nose...hmmm, just not much to smell here. A disappointment compared to past 'Sun' series IPAs.

T: Nicely balanced caramel and vibrantly fruity hops. Retains sweetness throughout, ends with a zesty tang and an earthy spice. Orange pith and mild pine. Kinda throws a variety of hop flavors at ya; though it's tougher to wade through, the end result still works out fine.

M: Generally smooth, with a gently rounded hop/bittered finish. Lasting spice and a little sugary malt lingering on the lips. Medium body, might even call this 'refreshing'.

D: Despite a hum-drum aroma, this gets good overall marks for drinkability. An 'average' ABV (6.5%) means I could have a couple; flavor and feel are both firmly on the 'plus' side. Nothing terribly innovative, but a solid IPA nonetheless. (1,149 characters)

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. (855 characters)

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! (534 characters)

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. (471 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden, that is just short of bronze. A nice one finger head fades somewhat quickly but leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing.
S- The smell is not overpowering, but is of a nice quality pale and caramel malt, followed by faint citrus/orange hops.
T- The taste is of just slightly bitter hops, citric natured, followed by a rather nice malt flavor. Hop and alcohol flavors fulfill the finish.
M- light bodied, dry with fairly crisp carbonation.
D- Goes well with food, though not necessarily great as a standalone drink. I found it to be a decent beer but nothing that blew me away. At 6.5abv it's a beer where having two isn't unreasonable. (654 characters)

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. (829 characters)

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