Full Sail Sunspot Pale Ale | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by beerguy101 on 08-16-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by maybrick:
Photo of maybrick
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At our usual Moday night tasting fest, this bottle was presented and shared amongst the 12 of us. It was a "bomber" bottle - 1 Pint 6 Ounces in size.

Poured well with a verystrong head indicating a nice carbonation. The nose was nice and hoppy and I beleive the predominant hop is amarillo. But I could be wrong. Color was a beautiful copper to amber. After a few minutes of warming, the nose came to be much more malty. The Citrusy hop was still detectable.

The taste was quite good. Nice balance bbetween malt and hop and a clean finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Boy, is this dark for a Pale Ale. I’d call it brown with orange influences but it is really dark. The head was modest.

Smell – The hops aren’t very big at the nose, but they are that classic PacNW pine resin that really floats my boat. There is some light citrus to balance and a whopping caramel malt base.

Taste – This has the bitter, toasted malt of an East Coast APA without the nuts and the resiny hop balance of The West. They don’t play together as well as you would think, but overall this is a very pleasing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with some persistent carbonation and a surprising amount of bitterness.

Drinkability – This was a nice drinker that seemed a little clumsy but that went down well.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version from McCormick & Schmick's Harborside Pilsner Room, Portland (Full Sail's Riverplace brewery is right next door). A lighter pale ale than most, both in color and flavor. Not much to this beer, although the velvety cask quality might be sucking out some of the subtleties. Malts are light and sweet, with hops scarcely noticeable but used to fine effect, the beer finishes crisply and is not cloyingly yucky like another FS beer I am thinking of (hint: it begins with an "a" and rhymes with schlamber). The drinkability is very high; I knocked a pint of this back in a matter of minutes without realizing it. I bet the regular draft version has a bit more kick than the cask but it's still a half-step down from their regular pale.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunspot - Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is malty and floral. A dry hopped pale ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are floral, grapefruity and bitter. Nicely balanced. Dry hopping brings out the floral and bitter quality of the hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Son of Spot - 2002 version
Medium gold color. A medium bodied ale. Malty and fairly aggressively hopped. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice refreshing hoppy ale.

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Photo of freed
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was somewhat surprised to see this on tap, as I'd never heard of it before. Thank you bar!

Imperial pint of rich copper goodness. Slight head with not much staying power, but still showing where in the beer you are. Aroma is slightly malty, a hint of husk, really nice fruity hop scent that is reminiscent of much hoppier beers. The taste is subtle considering the rich color and aroma. Its certainly nice, and I'd recommend it as a summer beer, or for those I want to suggest move on to a beer with more body. I would like to taste a little more malt body. I know its a pale, but something more substantial would really finish the beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like any other PNW IPA but the rounded balance is what sets this apart from others. It is so easy to quaff a pint of this but a lot of craft has gone into this beer. The big hops are there but a certain refinement in balnce and finish make this a good offering.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's Pub in Portland OR for $4.50 a pint.

Pours a deep coppery shimmer with thick 1/2 inch head cap that settles to a coating, leaving a ring of frothy goodness.

Light aromatic aroma of clean pears and freshcut apples with some biscuit malt peeking out.

First swigs: Tight focused citrous sizzle of lemony twinges, mostly. Some notes of tonic water manage to pop out, evened up well with an Earthy black grape malt balance element. Finishes with bubblegum detection, an the aftertaste and leaving a palate evaporating dryness. Finally, once warmed a bit more peaches and gin with a smidge of bananas are pronounced.

Mouthfeel is dense and crisp.

Drinkability meets with a sticky and scratchy feel.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Stone. Hops are interesting and atypical. Cheers. Well built. A pale that thinks its an IPA.

Beer is good, especially fresh in the NW USA. Happy beering.

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Photo of revdrjbob
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another brew thanks to David Logdson of WYeast. You rock! Sampled from the bomber bottle with Scottdog, Jane and Teaser.

Poured a dark orange amber, with a dense white head that clung to the glass. The carbonation was good, little bubbles working well. Dead bright and clear, no haze.

Rich malt in the aroma, the sort likened to specialty malts. Caramelly. Only a slight hop compared to our other beer of the night, a hint of NW hops and possibly Fuggles? Nice and clean.

The taste of this brew was awesome, sweet, rich malt flavours and a perfect balance of bitterness. Hints of caramel and chocolate in the malt, slight citrus and earthyness from the hops. Finishes dry, and gets more complex as the brew warms in the glass.

Wow, a great beer. Sadly I'll have to wait from a visit from DL again for more...

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Full Sail Sunspot Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 8 ratings