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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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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.

Photo of Buebie
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bomber into a pint glass. Picked her up for roughly $4.
Head billows and almost runs over, at 2'' of white seafoam froth. Receding to leave gentle and generous retention. A good cap of foam that wiggles when the table the glass rests on is agitated.
Sticky white lace also, cakes the glass.
Color is a darker golden, hints of amber and red, but completely see through, as if the color itself is spotless.

Aroma contains a strong grain odor, mildly roasted. Bittering pine and hops with some leafy earth spice to it.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and slick, a good amount of cara malts used here, the feel was not what I expected, but pleasant indeed. Carbonation still coming through, good balance on the feel.

I thought I tasted and smelled a faint amount of banana at first sniff and sip. Now that is lost, I think the blasting of hops as eliminated that flavor for me at this point. Its bitter alright, plenty of pine tar, hemp, earthy spice and a little aspirin twang.
Long lasting hop bitters after every sip.

Great representation of the style and still as strong as the hops are, this is drinkable. Yet the aspirin twang that amps up into the finish is a bit annoying. Glad I tried it and good following of the style, but not somthing I'd seek out again.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of Pecorasc
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"22 FLUID OUNCES OF BRILLIANTLY BRIGHT IPA"

No bottled on or freshness date on this IPA. Brewed with Willamette and Zeus (Columbus, Tomahawk) hops. Poured into a wine glass and took my time consuming from 40F on up to room temperature.

A- Pours with a large, clean, white head that has the consistency of steamed milk. Falls down into a ring of thin white foam that holds for the duration. The label did not lie: this beer has perfect clarity. Straw to very light copper in color, with minimal carbonation. Nice looking IPA; exactly what they were trying to do.

S- Severely lacking. Blind, I could not peg this for an IPA. Some very subtle orange hop character (subtle not being a positive attribute). A slight metallic undertone, with a malt character of bread and pine nuts. Nothing here to be impressed with, and what is here is not all appropriate.

T- Very metallic to start (copper), with a grainy and bread-malt middle, and a bitter and soothing ethanol finish. The hops are in there somewhere, but I pick them up in different spots and with varying intensity with each sip. When hops are present, they are fruity (orange, tangerine, marmalade) and balanced, if not overpowered, by the malt flavors. The beer does have a nice finish and aftertaste. Definitely some off flavors exposed by a lack of intensity.

M- A little under-carbonated, but I did pour pretty vigorously. Subsequent careful pouring didn't yield much more carbonation. The body is nice and dry, which leaves the palate clean and refreshed. Very little residual sugar, but there is a sweetness that gives back. Just needs more carbonation.

D- The dryness and moderate to high alcohol (6.5%) make this quite drinkable. Highly appropriate for a summer series. The finish is pleasant, but the taste leaves me wanting better. Put a bottled on or freshness date on the bottle please!

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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this were a wine, I'd tell you to buy it by the truckload. Part of the Brewmaster's Reserve series, this was only $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber. It pours a crisp pale amber, with a great head that pillows up creamy smooth like meringue and leaves lots o' lace. Some pine on the nose, along with the copious hops, but not much else. Flavor is incredible. It's a wonderful, sharp bite of hops and balanced really well with the malt given how robust and forward the flavor is. Finish is long and carries the hop bitterness, but is never "bad" bitter. Little bit of sweetness runs throughout the flavor. Some currant-like flavors also rolling around in there it seems. Excellent beer and so well pricede you should buy cases of this and refrigerate it. Absolutely worth tracking down.

Photo of dedrinker
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy golden color, whatever white head.

Aromas of not much - some lightest dusty yeast and citrus hops.

Flavor was quite astoundingly innocuous - just a little citrus peel presence over a lightly bready malt. And then nothing.

Medium body, and with so little flavor here, it's much easier to gauge the body.

Bitter hops in the finish, but still half asleep.

This must be a socialist beer - employee-owned with just enough of a home base market where you can live off of uninspired mediocrity while the outside world competes for true flavor. AB would pay good money for this toothless recipe.

Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty golden-orange color, topped by a small, bright white head. Aroma of mildly sweet, bready malt, along with a mellow, fruity hop profile. Notes of honey and just a hint of thyme are also detectable.
Palate is well-balanced between fruity, citrusy hops and bready malt, with a good dose of honey. A healthy bitterness emerges on the swallow and lingers on the finish.
The medium body is nice and lively, a good conveyor of the milder flavors in this beer. While not a hop bomb, it's good to get a less-assertive IPA every now and then. A good job by Full Sail to switch things up a bit.

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

Pint consumed at the 2-7 in Spokane for $4.

Amber-light orange in color, with a big, off-white head that left lots of lace.

Very hoppy in the nose. Not as citrusy as I expected, though citrus elements were there. I have a feeling this is going to be a scorcher.

My suspicions were confirmed. This seemed to me like a bitter take on the style. While there are bits of grapefruit in the flavor, a little more fruitiness wouold have made this seem a lot more balanced. Malts provide a skeletal backbone, but not much else.

Oily, slightly slick mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

Drinkable, but not balanced enough to make me want to come back to it. Someone looking for a sharply bitter IPA would dig it, though.

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.

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber color, nice thick head, nice sticky lacing

Smell- wonderful citrus and piney hop aroma

Taste- hops, citrus, very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a pretty good IPA. They usually do have good stuff at Pete's but I liked it and would love to have it again.

Photo of Spikester
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking IPA with one finger of quickly receeding head. Moderate lacings. Smell is citrus hops. Taste is quick bitterness followed by the grapefruit pith and just right malt support. Flavors of oranges and pink grapefruit slowly came forth as the liquid warmed. Some leather or what I call "a dirty" character underneath the other flavors. Not sure what the dirt perception is but I find it in almost all of FS's beer. I guess you either like it or don't. I am O.K. with it but wish I knew more about what causes that sensation. Anyway I find this to be closer to an average NW IPA and a bit lower than past "Spot" series from Full Sail. I will try some on tap next time I drive by the brewery to see if it is the same as the bottled version. Body and mouthfeel are fine. Dry bitter finish.

Photo of JBogan
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a rather standard looking medium gold with a small white head which recedes quickly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

There's a mild but pleasant hop presence in the nose, along with a hint of spruce. Not strong scented but inviting nonetheless.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Some citric hops along with a bit of lemon. I like the fact that this isn't just another trendy hop bomb. It's on the more subdued side, yet remains very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. It has a good thickness and just the right amount of carbonation to make it crisp on the finish.

Overall this might not be a beer which will appeal to the "more hops are better" crowd. However I found it enjoyable and worth returning to again.

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