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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)

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BA SCORE
79
okay

175 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available January to mid-March; new for 2011
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010)
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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
1.58/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This brew for me was a total loss; a huge mess of a brew... It exemplified a BAD brew. Needless to say, the brew ended in the drain. There was no way to get through this one. It was extremely bitter and fowl tasting with no style to back it up. The scent was very week and had no "real" style. The flavor was a giant mess and it poured like a Coors. Head was very soapy and left much to be desired... Sorry for the harsh review, but Full Sail needs to STEP THEIR GAME UP!

chugalug06, May 23, 2011
Photo of biglite351
2/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - dark honey with a tall creamy near white head.

S - hops, fruit, honey, citrus and a hint of malt.

T - tastes like an adjunct lager mixed with an IPA. bitter hops, malt, yeast and a Bud.

M - medium coating with a slight tingle on front sides of tongue.

O - I would rather have a cup of coffee.

biglite351, May 05, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of chicano4craft
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cola looking dark brown. Smallish head. I thought this was a black ale?

Nose is weird. I was expecting hops but ended up with a very metal smell. It's somewhat chocolatey. Not good at all. Burnt rubber comes to mind.

Taste is not good. There's a very metallic bitterness mixed with an off caramel. Reminds me of cold coffee that was made too weak.

Mouthfeel is very thin and tea like. Had trouble getting this down. Very disappointing beer.

chicano4craft, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, no date except for the 2011 on the label.

appears brown with amber highlights, 1/4" off-white colored head. aroma is a mix of hops and an odd cooked vegetable smell. off putting.

tasted very grassy and bitter. hardly any malt flavor, not good. thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation level.

overall, not a good beer, very disapointed. the flavors are way off.

jmdrpi, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of imagese
2.1/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- color of pour is a light amber. In the glass, it is clear copper. No head, and very minimal lacing

S- hard to pull out anything. Some faint roasted malt, if anything

T- much like the nose. Not really much of anything until the end, and then it's the slightest somewhat of hop flavor. Tastes like if you took a hop pellet, rubbed it in your hand, then licked it

M- medium body, decent carbonation

O- nothing bad about this beer, but nothing worth trying again. For the style, it's quite a disappointment...

imagese, Mar 18, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

khargro2, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown with a small tan head.

S - Spearmint, rye bread, astringent mildewed pine, caramel malt underneath.

T - Follows the nose, solvent pine, rye seeds, dry spearmint, all above a thinly flavored charred malt.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body.

This one's hard to drink. The hops seemed off and the malt was watered down and wasn't even trying. The only thing that kept me drinking was to find out what the weird off-putting flavors were. I love Full Sail but this is a whiffer.

StaveHooks, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of argock
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22o bomber into a clear, oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvillw, VA) for $4.99.

A: Dark brown hue with 1-finger of frothy off-white head with average retention and some jagged lace formations.

S: The aroma very solvent-like with a combination of stewed grass hops with a thin malt roast.

T: Equally as unpleasant as the aroma as the thin malt bill leaves this beer to die by contributing virtually no roasted or dark malt flavors until the end of the bomber. The hops are all wrong too, way too grassy and haylike to work well with dark malts. Overall this leaves the flavor like chewing on a spruce dominated car air freshener.

M: Thankfully this beer has a smooth feel and even carbonation all the while with an underwhelming body.

D: The first real strikeout for Full Sail. The use of grassy hoppiness kills this beer as the grassiness does not pair well the faint dark malt in this brew. More malt, please!

argock, Feb 08, 2011
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2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is OK. Maybe a bit below average for an IPA. High marks for the after taste which is quite nice, very hoppy and bitter. Low marks for the aroma, not much and palate, watery, very thin. Flavor was nice with a nice dryness. An average IPA at best.

keepersj12, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wow, a total bust by Full Sail. I"m hoping I got a bad bottle, but I won't spend money to find out.

Pours a dark brown. Glossy. Brown head consists of tiny bubbles. If it would have chunked up or provided some lacing I'd score it higher. Alas, it did neither and disappeared to a collar.

Aroma isn't very good. The hops are just drowned out...or perhaps mixed badly with...the malt. And the malt just seems stale and moldy. The cocoa is there, but it's bad, too.

Taste is a bit better. The moldy malt is cleansed a bit by the hops, but they aren't fighting too hard. I really can't put my finger on this one. I drank nearly the entire bottle just to figure out what's wrong with it. But, the last 1/4 was a drain pour. The bitterness helped it on the end, but nothing was prominent in the hops: no pine, resin, citrus, tropical, herbal...just bitter on top of bad malt.

Totally unexpected from Full Sail.

Mebuzzard, Mar 26, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A strong pour fills the glass with a pitch black liquid, opaque and evil-looking, which is briefly topped by a finger of dark beige foam. Spots of lace hold to the chalice, and the head relaxes to a skim of large bubbles.

Not much going on in a very light aroma, a bit of caramel sweet, hints of citrus and floral, a touch of coffee.

It is lighter side of medium flavored. More roast in the taste than in the nose thankfully, and it starts the sip with some caramel sweet, some coffee and light bitter chocolate, and even lighter herbal bitter, with a bit of pine joining. Some chalky ash unfortunately crashes this party, and gives the end of the sip and the finish a strange... I don't know how to say it. Sort of an "ashtray" kind of taste, if that makes sense. I like char bitter, I crave it in a beer like this, but not when it exhibits this sort of unpleasant "muddiness".

Mouthfeel is middle of road for style, with exception of the finish which is sub par due to the muddy ash feel left in the mouth.

Drinkability is not this beer's strongest feature. It has been troublesome drinking all of this 12 oz. pour.

Impression: To paraphrase MP: This is not a good beer for drinking. It's a beer for laying down and avoiding.

cavedave, Mar 04, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a murky looking dark brown to black. Not much head or lacing, tan color I guess, offwhite. Aroma was almost nonexistant.

Taste, horrible off flavor of bitterness and bread going for this one. Had this with a kneedeep and they were both almost equally disappointing. Talk about running the gauntlet of letdowns! No appreciable hop flavor, just bitterness and a wet, rotten wood flavor. Body stays relatively light, but that damn bitterness. Seems like no dry or aroma hopping going on.

Only saving grace was that the beer is less than $4 a bottle. But so many better options out there.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 20, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear mahogony-red color, with a foamy light tan head.

S - Almost woody and slightly spicy.

T - Dry on the front, with a slight bitter finish. Sadly, not much taste.

M - Light mouthfeel, with a very clean, crisp finish. I expected bigger from a 'Brewmaster Reserve'.

D - Average drinkability, but there's not enough there for my preference.

Rizalini, Feb 17, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Bump in the Night is rootbeer brown in color with good clarity. The head is creamy but short and settles quickly. No lacing either.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It's a sweet citrusy hop smell and the malt comes through just as strong. So, not so much an black IPA as I expected.

Flavor is really usual and I don't mean that in a positive way. Yes, it's bitter, but not fresh and vibrant like it should be. This tastes like a "refrigerator clean-out" kind of beer where everything that's left over gets tossed in the boil. It's basically a hopped up porter with nowhere to go.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, too light in fact, but the carbonation is fine.

Overall a total disappointment. I expect better from something labeled "Brewmaster Reserve" and selling for $6.

GilGarp, Feb 27, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with ruby red highlights. Aroma is fairly sweet, with notes of lactose and maple among a mild, roasted malt character. Palate is sweet malt (crystal?) with very little roast character. A mild, barely-detectable flourish of fruity hops comes through briefly before the swallow. A lingering maple character on the finish is odd but not unpleasant. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness - why is this called a CDA?

ElGordo, Dec 22, 2010
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2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours more of Coke/Rootbeer brown into a pint glass with about a finger of creamy bubbled head.

Lightly roasted nose with some hops pineyness.

Taste is thin but prickly with carbonation, lots of hop bitterness that lingers on the back end. There's some very slight roasted malt flavor or burnt caramel.

Overall a bit too bitter for me - I've had much better in the style. If they hadn't said it was a "full bodied" with "notes of cocoa" I wouldn't have been so disappointed.

OldIronLungs, Mar 29, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on Christmas from a bomber.

Aroma: Some tropical fruit, and roasty aromas of chocolate and coffee.
Appearance: Black in the glass, burnt red-orange against the light. Thin white ring of bubbles. No head to speak of.
Flavor: Chocolatey malt. Some pinapple and citrus hops. Quite bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carb. Long, bitter, slightly puckering finish lasts into the next sip.
Overall: Definitely not the best CDA I've had. These hops were tasty- in a pale or an IPA. They don't play well with the roast, and the overall effect is strange. The beer improves as it warms, but it's still not something that I'd buy again.

dwarvenstout, Dec 26, 2010
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2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I always pass this beer up, but for 3 bucks bought it a month ago, figured I would try it tonight.

Appearance-Dark Brown, some shades of maroon coming through when held up to the light. A pretty nice 2 finger tan head. Slowly fading, now at 1/2 head, but no lacing.

Smell-Hops and Malt, nothing really else, and I've let this beer warm up alot.

Taste- Citrus, Pine and an upleasant bitterness. I'm not exactly a black ale expert, but this doesn't taste very good.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, Smooth, but could definitely use alot less carbonation. Doesn't coat the mouth with anything.

Overall-Nothing special. Just an average reasonable beer. Nothing memorable, but I've had worse. I'll finish it.

SWMeyer4141, May 03, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not generally here to share reviews, but here goes, my first for BA.

Pours cola brown into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass, capped with two fingers of foam that quickly fell, leaving behind the tiniest bit of lace. Aroma is odd, like soapy root beer, but with a faint whiff of resiny hoppiness to remind me that this is actually beer. Taste is soapy hops with weak malt presence. Mouthfeel is thin, with a dry, acidic finish. Aftertaste of more soap and old citrus peel.

I'm really trying to like this. It's not awful, but I'm having trouble convincing myself to finish all 22 ounces. Flavors just aren't working together for me. I'd like a stronger malt backbone and a pleasant roastiness--really something, anything to offset this soapy hop characteristic. Keep the Pine Sol out of my beer next time, Full Sail.

GloopyGlooperson, Mar 22, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, deep chestnut color with a very full, foamy head on top. Not black thats for sure. Somewhat grassy aroma-has a soapy tinge to it. Chemical and solvent like bitterness. Sure it is hoppy but has a distinct "bite" to it that I find rather unpleasant. Rather sharp and acrid. Thin body wise. The whole beer is really below average for me. Unbalanced, no mellow roastedness, astringent. Blech.

lackenhauser, Feb 12, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Came across this at my local establishment and tossed in the cart to see what it was all about. Poured dark "cola" brown with a two finger cavernus head similar to root beer. Stale smells of hops, roasty malts.

The Bump has an initial sweet hop taste but it transitions like a rocket in to a bitter, chared maltyness that is not appealing. Hints of hops, raisins and malts are pushed aside by an artificial taste that I marked as rubber. The alcohol was also prevalent making for a general disappointing beer.

This beer had me wondering about the process of brewing a new craft beer. Did this meet Full Sail's expectations? If it didn't, did they push it out the door anyways? I guess this is something to remind me of what average, above average and exceptional is.

kiddwhiz, Feb 26, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight amber glow when held up to the light. A small amount of tan coloured head.

S - Citrus notes from the hops are present up front with some light piney notes present as well. Cocoa and roasted malts are present as well but are definitely the background smell.

T - Bitterness at first, followed by a roasted malt profile. Some citrus notes are present from the hops but don't pack the punch that the nose indicated. There is a strange tartness in the aftertaste that lingers and becomes off-putting. Neither the hops nor the roasted malts really stand out here; nor do they come together well.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

D - A sub par CDA. The off-putting tartness really became noticeable after a few sips and ruined this one for me.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 26, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
79 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.