Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve)Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve)
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Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve)Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 04-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by jtfest:
Photo of jtfest
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Think orange soda -- well, orange soda with a slightly foamier off-white head that leaves lots of nice lacing. It has a big hop aroma that is significant without bitterness. The mouth feel is a little watery for my liking, but it has a really nice, rich hop flavor that isn't as dry in the aftertaste as many other high-hop brews. Very drinkable, this stuff is great on a hot day. Overall a very nice offering from Full Sail

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a bright orange in color and was very clear. It had a terrific, pitting head.

Smell – The hops here are very good. They are easy-going and typical PacNW. The malts are lightly-toasted and just do balance things out.

Taste – This one starts off with some good, light pine then jumps into the floral hop center. Things are going just fine until you hit the harsh, grainy malts, which seem kind of cheap.

Mouthfeel – This one isn’t quite medium-bodied but does have a strong dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This isn’t what I thought of when I saw “Hopocity” on a Full Sail bottle in the beer store. It was clumsy and kind of rough around the edges and definitely disappointed those of us that were looking for a hoppy ale.

Comments – Overall this wasn’t a bad beer, but for the love of Mike change the name!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer from the Full Sail Brewmaster's Reserve series. The year is on the bottle but I'd say this beer is inappropriate for aging. Drink it up now. A hazy orange with a white head that, if poured roughly, is full and creamy like that of a cask-conditioned ale, and sticks around for a good long time leaving lots of lace. Bright aroma of grassy hops with an unusual yeast element; traces of bubble gum? Hops are the largest component of flavor, and they are complex and friendly. A light graininess provides the backbone, but the rest is juicy, fruity, grassy hops. A tart citric bite starts things off with some grapefruit and lemon flavors, followed by a large grassy middle, concluded by a piney, slightly smoky finish. Bitterness is thankfully mild despite all the hops in there. The flavor lingers on the tongue a good long while. Mouthfeel is a little thin and slippery, but the hops make it round and juicy. Tastes good cold, and better as it warms. Drinkability very high. This is a great session beer, among Full Sail's finest, and it deserves to be a regular in 6 packs. It may be too similar to Full Sail's pale ale though... but they aren't currently selling the IPA, are they? Hopocity would fit in neatly between the two.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a two-finger vreamy, white head. Deposits lots of lace to the pint.
Aroma of grass, a spicy, but citrus fruity yeasty hit and some a hint of bubble gum
Flavors of pale malt, some caramel and a grainy hit provide the basis but there seems to be a very distinct fruity and grassy hop hit.
Mouthfeel is sweet for the most part cut partially by the resiny and grassy hot hit
Drinkability very good.

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Photo of marc77
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale copper hue, topped by a tall, pitted, persistent off white head. Frothy near lace remains. The aroma is a vibrant combination of tangerine juice and zest hop nose along with mellow esters of a ripe pear nature. Understated light caramel bolsters fruity sweetness. Spot on and appetizing aromawise. The flavor is a touch more dull than the aroma implied. Upfront is a brief sugared grapefruit impression, which is promptly complemented by a stately duo of bready, almost husky base malt and dextrin malt sweetness. Hop bitterness seems soft at first, but an undertone of minerally, chalky dryness accentuates it. High sulfate water? Hop flavor is of gentle citrus, and is akin to dilute orange marmalade. Devoid of any pine notes, and I like that. Lightly bodied, with a mouthfeel that could use a notch more viscosity. Finishes parching, with notes of bone dry cracker and dried, unsweetened lemon slices. A unique pale with simple malt and hop character. A no frills, very tasty brew. Worth drinking if available in your area, but perhaps not one to actively search out.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The latest in the Brewmaster Reserve series.22 oz bomber green and yellow label. Very strong cascade hop aroma very spicy almost pine like. nice clear amber beer in appearance large pure white head, leaves oodles of lacing down the glass. flavour is mostly quite bitter,a lemony bitterness, sounds bad but actually it works well, just after the zesty bitterness theres a semi dry lingering aftertaste. I do detect some malts ..quite subdued. Kinda thinnish on the palte, but this is very drinkable. I dunno if its a bitter..tasted like a Pale ale to me. But then american Pales are alike to the better English bitters.

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Photo of tfinn
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish amber, with a quick-dissipating head. (yes -- fizzy yellow beer.)

smells like a citrusy grassy hop bomb. 80+ IBU immediately come to mind. mindblowing bitterness is expected. I am prepared...

...but the bitterness is up front and dissolves into a light-bodied slightly grainy clean finishing american pale ale on (hop) steroids. the balance between malt and hops definitely favors the hops, but the finish is just so nice. the profile is very refreshing.

the light mouthfeel coupled with the clean finish make this extremely quaffable, especially in warm weather.

I have to admit pale ales are not really my favorite, but I definitely respect and admire this one for its unique profile, and I will attempt to procure more before it dissapears.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange and fizzy in appearence.

Bitterly strong and citrusy on the nose. You can tell right away that this is not for those that fear the hop.

What was detected on the nose is immediatly detected on the tounge. One bitter SOB. The flavor of bitterness stays with you to.

Quite a nice beer to come from Full Sail. I'll certainly make an effort to choose this one again when it presents itself to me.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a piney hop aroma that isn't too over-the-top. The taste is good. It has light feel with a solid malt base, although it could use a bit more in my opinion. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. The hop taste is good. It has a piney/citrus flavor and finish. There are hints of grapefruit here, but nothing too intense. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good IPA, but I don't get the "Brewmaster's Reserve" label. It's good, not great. This would be a regular IPA offering for most breweries.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/30/05- Purchased at a specialty store in Missoula, MT.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info on the label. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head and minor lace.

Smell- Smells very hoppy. Orange and lemon scent hops. Not really much of malt in the nose. Maybe just a touch.

Taste- Fruit hops all the way. Not really any woodsy taste. Lots of lemon slice and some orange as well. Not sweet though, a pretty large bitterness. Guess this fits the english bitter to style. The malt is there and is kind of harsh at points. The hops that are there are flavorful, but it could use more.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light mouthfeel. Almost would classify this as an IPA light. Taste a tad spritzy. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Taste good enough. Not sure if I would buy another, but it was worth my money for a try.

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Photo of freed
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this lonely fella on the cold shelf at a local grocer. The bright pastel label, which could easily have been offensive, but maybe I'm soft during the easter season.

It pours nicely, with a fairly deep golden color, the hop aroma is evident even during the pour. The carbonation is quick, and the head is quite transient.

The aroma has a nice hop bale scent, bright, fresh, but not too powerful. There is still a slight malt aroma coming through.

The taste is brilliant. Really, its brilliant. The brightness of the hop flavors carries through the sip, quickly urging for another sip, and another. The bitterness is just about perfect, and taunts the saliva glands like a harlot.

As you may have noticed, this beer urges you to drink more, and I will.

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Photo of Crosling
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A strong hop presense in the nose is present with notes of peach, tangerine, pine, earth and herbs.

Light in character and complexity. The hops are earthy, grassy and herbal. Soft light fruitiness (peach, lemons and tangerine.) The finish has some light graininess (mixed nuts) and a light lingering bitterness.

In itself, it is a solid offering but this beer is the same price point of beers twices its potency (Old Boardhead and Imperial Porter) and though a solid beer, I expect more from a Brewmaster's Reserve release.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very cloudy light copper, forming a tall soapy beige head with very good retention and clumps of sticky lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is intense with fresh grapefruit rind and fruit, with some in resinous pine needles thrown into the mix. Seriously, this smells like I have a bowl of fresh grapefruit under my nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a surprisingly light body. Taste begins with lots of grapferuit and piney hops, followed by a nicely balanced lighter malt body, rather mild to moderate grapefruit bitterness with minimal astringency and a lightly dry finish. Shellac and sawdust appear in the middle. Alcohol is lightly perceptable, otherwise cleanly fermented.

A very nice beer..I would call it a double pale ale, as opposed to an IPA. There isn't enough malt body to substantiate that label, and this is closer to an intensely hopped, yet well-balanced American pale ale. Good stuff...the baby brother of Full Sail's Slipknot.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew looks pretty with a pale copper color, abundant clarity, profuse carbonation, and a tall uber-white head of suds. But even visually the body appears thin. The aroma projects bright floral hops – very nice really – though I initially caught a whiff of something that said, “Miller High Life” to me. Took me right back to high school.

I’m rather surprised to note that I’m the first to list this beer at BA. Since there is no established style listing at BA for Hopocity, no info on Full Sail's website, and no indication of style on the label other than the nondescript “ale”, I’ve decided to list this as a mild bitter. This is what my taste buds were telling me from the onset of the tasting, for the flavor is mildly bitter and lacks the bolder properties of an Extra Special Bitter.
This is an example of a beer whose visual grace and entrancing aroma are ultimately a taunting setup for a brew whose body and taste can’t fulfill the promise. The bitterness tends to drag and lacks precision and finesse. Still, I have to admit that as the beer and I warmed up to one another, I did start to enjoy it. It’s actually a decent session brew and leaves a few nice threads of lace to remember her by.

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Photo of charlatan
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a tad disappointing. It is certainly not as hoppy as the name suggests. Having not bothered to read the synopsis at the bar I didn't realise this was supposed to be an English Bitter rather than an IPA. I'm not sure this move back to the UK is going to work out!

The pint was rather light in colour with a smell which reminded me of lemon and fresh grass.

It did have a citrus flavour, but not really the grapefruit that I am used to in NW beers. This was more dry and less than sweet than that. It was slightly creamy with what I assume were caramel malts rearing their head in an inoffensive manner.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perspicacious pumpkin, lightened by an infusion of amber and fading to bright yellow at the edges. The head isn't overly large, is lightly jaundiced ivory in color and is dense enough to last for a bit. There's no hint of rockiness as it deflates and the glass coverage leaves a little something to be desired.

Where are the hops? If you're going to call your beer Hopocity, you'd better add more little green cones than this. The nose is too weak by half. I pick up some subtle citrus notes and very little else. Either the varieties used aren't very aromatic or, more likely, too few were added to the kettle. I still like it enough to consider it slightly above average.

The beer is definitely more hoppy on the palate. The first half of the flavor arc favors malt (slightly) over hops. At the midway point, the malt loses interest and drops out of the picture altogether. White grapefruit pith and peel rushes into the void and provides more bitterness than good hop flavor. Warming brings about an increase in flavor intensity and saves the taste score from being merely average. I have it on good authority (I called the brewer) that Brewer's Gold and Columbus were used.

This is a classic example of an IPA that could use more malt support. Sweetness is in short supply because of the malt deficit, resulting in ragged rather than smooth alpha acid edges. The finish is bone dry and the mouthfeel is APA-perfect, but IPA-lacking.

Hopocity Ale Brewmaster's Reserve 2005 isn't the great beer that I was hoping it would be. The taste score is only as high as it is because my love of hops allows me to tolerate its more obvious faults (while not overlooking them). Others may not be so generous. Here's hoping the 2006 iteration can right the Good Ship Lollihop. Thanks to the magnanimous RoyalT for the bomber.

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

Clear, bronze color, full and fresh, lush, dotted head.
Aroma: full-on hops, with a piney bite, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, mm, hmm, but a bit of lemon, too, a twist of lime, very bitter and twisted, all around, this feels the very essence of twisting and peeling and gettin' up in the heart of hoppiness, like sniffing the very floor of a primeval forest!
Taste: succulent, to start with! , there's the glorious hop presence, of course, but still a toasty, tasty malt back-up --spicy, bready, light-to -medium bodied, and brisk on the palate. Feels light, but the hoppy, hopy character prevails throughout, assisted by caramel tones.
Feels like an Anti-Dreadnaught, as it doesn't sting too hard, yet still delivers a good deal of hoppitude, with a mellowness that is it's own reward. Great hop texture & flavor, but lacks just a bit from malt. Liked it, though, like it lots.

Cheers to weefisheads for sending this!

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Hopocity Ale (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 17 ratings