Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007)Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007)
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Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007)Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by nathanho on 06-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Johnmichaelsen for carrying this growler all the back from Oregon and graciously sharing it with us. This was a very thoughtful gesture and greatly appreciated my friend!

Appearance: Pours a brilliant golden copper color with a sudsy ivory head and noteworthy lacing. What a beauty.

Smell: Extremely hoperific! this beer is packed with orange, tangerine, grapefruit and lots of bright lemon. I think I detect another fruit like some soft apple. It is bold and it is hoppy.

Taste: There is a light malt sweetness here and a touch of fruit but the big flamboyant hops really steal the show. Again lots of citrus flavors and hop resins with a dash of pine and back to grapefruit, a touch of berry then back to citrus peel bitterness to wrap it all up. Magnificent!

Mouthfeel: It has a smooth creamy prickly feel as the hops poke pins and needles on the palate and yet the medium body beer finishes dry and crisp and extremely refreshing.

Drinkability: This is everything you love about a big hoppy DIPA but it is sessionable beyond measure. This is a beer I could live on (if forced to choose). It is most certainly a beer I would start and finish a day with. It is a quality beer and I want a large quantity of it. John was kind enough to leave his growler at the tasting when he left. At the end of the night there were a few things left on my table and I had the privilege of finishing off the final pint from this growler (notes taken early in evening) and I enjoyed every last drop.

Hope this is helpful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear, bright orange amber liquid fills the glass with a half finger of almost-white head that melts rather quickly to merely a ring.

Aroma is incredibly fresh pine oils. To my nose, this is entirely hops...the only thing I can notice is the very fresh, clean, and sweet pine oil.

Taste again, is all about the hops. Only a touch of malt sugars initially but they are very quickly overcome with the very bitter, fresh, and clean taste of citrus peel hops. I am unable to tell what type of citrus peel..possibly white grapefruit peel, but very intense, none-the-less. More pine oil presents itself on the swallow and then a very clean citrus peel finishes it all.

Aftertaste is all about the hops again with a drying citrus finish.
Alcohol makes itself known.

This beer is definitely all about the fresh hops used in it's creation and should be enjoyed as fresh as possible. Each passing month will diminish it.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail- Son of Spot

Big thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Slighty hazy orange/ copper with a big frothy head.
S- Sour/ bitter grapefruit/ orange rind,
T- Bitter grapefruit, tangerine and other citric rinds. A sugary sweet vanilla caramel malt base with a tangy grapefruit finish.
M- Sweet yet bitter up front with a big malty middle and a tangy finish.

Overall- Nice big Citrus balanced evenly with a creamy malt make this a delicious beer. Damn you West Coast only if this were easier to find around here.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007, the latest in John Harris's Brewmaster's Reserve series. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
Body is a bright golden orange color, topped by about a finger of creamy white head that has some serious staying power and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass. Huge aroma of floral aromatic hops, with notes of grass and pine and just a whiff of alcohol. Palate is sublime - mildly sweet, creamy malt up front blends with bitter, piney hops to form a winning combination. Finish is a lingering piney bitterness that stays with you for a while.
The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy, just perfect for an IPA. One of the most enjoyable and drinkable beers I've encountered in a long time. Just excellent.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased at the brewery and consumed 1/2 in bed and 1/2 in the shower before a wedding at Cannon Beach, OR

appearance: pours into a resort hotel glass, cloudy tangerine body with a nice beige cap that presents itself the way an IPA should

smell: nice pacific northwest IPA - grapefruit and other sharp citrus, pungent hop presence, lemon zest, peach

taste: lovely little IPA...well hopped, pungent grapefruit, resinous pine, apricot, peach, nice bitterness. Seek this one out if you can

mouthfeel: medium body, fresh and bitter

drinkability: good

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with 4+ fingers of sand colored head. This beer kept one of tightest heads I've seen on a bottle poured beer in a while. Great head retention & very good lacing, flaecks of sticky lace all over the pint glass

S: Piney & herbal hops in your face

T: Piney & resiny hops up front along with a faint hint of caramel biscuitty malt. Leafy & grapefruitty hops also show up as this warms. Finishes dry with tons or leafy & grapefruitty hops

MF: Medium bodied, oily & moderate carbonation, enough to showcase the hops. Skews too hoppy for me

Drinks too slow for my liking. I want more malt balance out the hops, & or more ABV. True hopheads may like this more than I...

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Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, honey-orange color, fine off white head. Citrus hop aroma. Zesty nose, nice bright flavors, and a clean finish. Subtle fruity malts mid-palate. Esters and herbal hops integrate nicely for some tropical fruit qualities. Hops are bitter and quenching, and there is some malty sweetness but its not overdone. Finishes clean with some grainy hints under the bitterness. A great aperitif beer.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sediment clouded burned orange with white head that dies instantly. Smells of your typical citrus, grapefruity hops and rind. Hoppy on the taste with minimal malt balance and a rindy bitter finish. None of the taste is prominant. Feels light in the mouth with crisp carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall its a good but so many standouts in this category leaves this one in the dust.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour from the 22 ounce bottle reveals a slightly hazy beer with a masterful creamy white head that piles high on the mellow yellow body, as it erodes to nothingness, the lacing forms a tight seal on the glass. Nose has a rich hop flowery aroma, sweet malt, citrus like in its crispness, mouthwatering is a good term for this nose. Start has a determined sweetness, the malt pleasurable and the hops provide a nice bitterness at the back. The beer finishes with a festive hop spiciness, the acidity tingles the taste buds, and a lingering dryness coats the palate.

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Photo of nathanho
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Son of Spot (not 'Sunspot') - Brewmaster Reserve 2007

"22 Fluid Ounces Of Incredibly Bright India Pale Ale"

Pours an amber gold typical of the variety; two inch head dissapates quickly; no particulates. I like the classic yet no-nonsense standardized label design of Full Sail craft beers - I can identify them a mile away. The 'sail on shield' design is imprinted on my psyche and burned on my brain stem!

Smells of oily pine, grapefruit, hops, ocean breeze...

Tasty flavors of pine tar, straw, grass, citrus, asters, etc. with a nice dry hay roll on the back side.

Rolls around in our mouth like a sweet and sour pine cone - I like it!

Strong flavor but moderate ABV (6.0%) leads to drinkability.

There should be a version of the German Purity Law (or whatever its called) for American Macro breweries. For every two varieties of twelve-pack swill they generate, they should be required, by law, to produce a carefully crafted bomber in the spirit of Full Sail's constantly rewarding seasonal craft beers.

In the tradition of Wreck the Halls, Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale and Slipknot, Son of Spot (NOT Sunspot) continues the tradition. Not to be confused with Full Sail garbage beers like overshelved Full Sail Pale Ale and rootbeeresque Wassail.

Run, don't walk, to Full Sail craft beers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mildly chill hazed golden orange colored ale. Decent off-white colored ale nearing a beige shade of brownness.

Strong citrus and hop scented ale. Lots of grapefruit aroma along with a bit of herbal scent from some English style hops. Grapefruit, eucalyptus, menthol and lemon are what I pickup from the C type hops. Lesser scents from the English style hops mostly wood and leather.

The taste starts out buttery and malty with a bit of wood flavor and a sharply bitter aftertaste. The flavor stays predominately butter and wood without giving the citrus and grapefruit hops very much of a chance to be tasted. Hints of grapefruit and lemon appear here and there but this tastes much like a very strong English IPA. Needs to allow more citrus flavors to come through.

The mouthfeel is quite good and creamy.

Drinkability is a bit on the harsh side. This is truly a strong flavored IPA and I am a member of the Hophead club but this is simply not a two-bottle ale. Maybe with aging this is supposed to mellow but I know that won't help the C type hop flavors to strengthen.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good combination of citrus, caramelized malt and floral hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of grassy hops and citrus & caramel sweetness that compliment each other nicely. The malt character seems to be a little on the thin side for the style but it works for this beer. The after-taste is likewise slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style, I found this to be a very enjoyable IPA and it seems like one that I could drink 2 or 3 bombers of in an evening.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this brew...
"Brewmaster Reserve 2007":

Pours slightly hazed golden amber with an off-white creamy head.

The smell is of citrus, pine and some floral notes. Caramelish, grainy background.

The taste is citric and piney. Bitter, though some mild sweetness rounds it out. Some chalkiness is there in the bitter finish.

A nice IPA that I would look forward to having again if it were available in my area!

Thanks again, John!

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Photo of jakon
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle purchased for 3.49 on 7-3-7 at Orenco New Seasons.

Pours a light amber with a robust white head that sticks around quite nicely. Mandarin orange was the first thing to hit my nose. Surprisingly, the hops taste kinda aspiriny. After that great citrus aroma, I was disappointed with the lack of presence in the taste. I prefer Full Sail's regular IPA to this.

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Photo of Mark
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail is one of my main fall back breweries. I can always count on them to give me a good solid product. The amber is one of the first micros I tried besides Anchor and Sierra Nevada, the IPA is unique, the pale refreshing and Rip Curl is very English and outstanding. I just wish I could find it more readily. This IPA is another great offering, and I can only hope it becomes a regular offering. Orange amber in color, head retention was excellent and solid sheets of lace adorned the glass. Aroma was piney and taste profile was same with some citrus thrown in. A great beer all around and I believe my sample was ultra fresh. Going to buy some more real quick. Get it if you see it.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange/amber coloured ale,large thick,creamy off white head. Very citrus aroma,tangerines, valancia oranges, some pine-sol. Quite hoppy, mostly citric,lemon hoppiness, pink grapefruit cocktail,thin malts, though they do show up surprisingly near the end to give the long lasting and good aftertaste a send-off!. Good palate, i think the thiness of the malts works for this one. Good enjoyable, drinkable IPA..on the sweet side.

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Photo of bosco7
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light pale orange color with a substantial crown.

Pineapple, tropical punch, bubblegum, peach, grapefruit, and pine cone aromas.

Starts off with a bit of caramel and is immediately consumed by an explosion of tropical fruit flavors; pineapple, passionfruit, and guava. Peach, grapefruit, and pine resin also present in the middle. Very unique hop profile. Nice.

Very dry finish almost too dry; harsh. Higher original and finishing gravity would have made this beer exceptional. Still, I would buy this again.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this a couple of nights ago...

Pours a bright gold color, with a nice big white head on top.

Aromas are hop dominant. Pine, resin, grass, and a grass.

Beer has a very hop forward flavor. A bit floral tasting, very pine like, and resiny. Underneath is a caramel malt taste this is subtle, but it definitely helps balance this out a bit. Pretty hoppy for an IPA. Almost tastes like a double.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated and full.

Drinkability is good. A very nice IPA. One of the better beers I have had from Full Sail.

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Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I obtained a growler of this delicious nectar at Concordia Alehouse the Friday of the OBF. They had just tapped the keg so it was pretty fresh, something that I'm sure contributed to the beer holding up as well as it did. Considering that I had to carry it around through Monday, had to pack it with checked luggage back to Baltimore, and then waited another 9 days after that before opening the growler, I was amazed how fresh it looked and tasted.

The beer pours a beautiful light orange color with very good head retention and lacing. Frankly, given how long the beer has been in growler, the appearance is nothing short of amazing. On the nose one gets a blast of hops, consisting primarily of citrus. On the palate this beer is most excellent. The beer is very light and very dry, with very little malt noticeable. This is my kind of IPA. There is a huge mouth presence, and this is the kind of IPA where you almost need to clean your palate with a glass of water to get the hop taste out of your mouth. Just superb. The beer has a very long, very persistent hoppy finish. The abv. is not the least bit noticeable and is probably this beers best attribute (an IPA THIS big with 6% alcohol - you have GOT to be kidding me).

I'm still shaking my head over this beer. IMO this is much better then its "play on words" namesake, the Sunspot IPA. Full Sail has made a lot of great beer over the years, but this might be one of their best yet. An altogether excellent NW style IPA.

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Photo of Tolann
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 2 pint glasses to be shared

A - Orange in color and cloudy with sediment like pulp. Tall head slow to fade. Leaves a light lacing behind.

S - Definitely orange and other citrus smells. You don't even have to have your nose near the glass to smell it. It's quite obvious. Light notes of malty smell if you look for it.

T - I was expecting something different. There's bitterness, but felt more on the sides of the tongue and to the front. I'm trying to figure out where, but I think it's in the sour and maybe a little part of the salty areas of my tongue.

M - Smooth, not carbonated. Kind of a dry aftertaste.

D - Odd. Misleading. Not so bad, but not expected. I usually love pale ales and IPAs. This one is not top on my list.

EDIT: After reading other reviews, I wonder if I have a bad bottle. I haven't read anyone else noting sediment in the pour.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque orange honey hue, head is white fluffy foam that is mostly dissipating, minimal lacing
S- Nose is quite hoppy with a subtle citrus (mostly orange) character, big tones of tea take over midway, some floral, herb, and spices, as well as bready malts
T- Initial taste is mildly bitter hops which give way to tones of tea and biscuit malts, some chalk, grass, and earth characteristics
M- Light-bodied ale, watery texture, sharp carbonation
D- Easy-to-drink IPA at 6%abv that is fairly light on the hops and is surprisingly tea-like, I kept getting the essence of a hoppy iced tea, while this is unique it doesn't hold up to most other IPAs in terms of the style characteristics, this is definitely non-offensive but in a bad way
Buy Again? Probably Not
Personal Score- 68/100

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Photo of a10t2
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale gold with abundant carbonation and very slight haze. MASSIVE foamy white head - far more than could be intentional or appropriate. Even after letting it settle down my glass is 2/3 clumpy white lace.

S: Citrusy American hops with just a hint of alcohol, straightforward but pleasant.

T: More citrus and some piney/earthy hops as well; the malt is totally overwhelmed but as a showcase for the hops I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Flavors linger on the front of the palate, but the bitterness in the aftertaste is huge on the roof of the mouth and in the throat.

M: Dry and maybe just a bit overcarbonated, even after losing all that CO2 to the head, but it sure does highlight all those hops.

D: Phenomenal. I bought this one on a trip out West and the thought that it might be months or years before I can have another almost brings tears to my eyes.

This is one bad-ass mother. I may have a new favorite IPA, and as a certified lupulin addict that's saying something.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Son of Spot Brewmasters Reserve 2007.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, good retention, great lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, candied fruit, toffee, lemon zest, underlying biscuity malt.

T: Good bitterness upfront, but not harsh. Pine, grapefruit, light caramel & toffee, orange rind, light biscuity malt.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, carbonation on the low side of moderate, certainly some hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of stephendr
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle- color of deep orange , with a medium tan head - nose of nice hops , grapefruit, decent malts , and bright red fruit? – taste of resins , gummy , fairly bitter , and still decent malts - body is medium , dry , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of grapefruit , hops , and gummy

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Photo of smttycty
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is beauty in the glass (a snifter this time). A mysterious murky deep orange that still reveals the active carbonation rising up to the dense 3 fingers of sturdy, creamy off-white crown. Thick sticky lacing fills the bill.

Then comes the nose, oh my (gosh I love this addiction). It wafted right out of the freshly uncapped bottle. Once it was swirling in my snifter I got strong fresh hop tanginess, herbal esthers, big florals, and a kind of peanut brittle sweetness. A complex and delightfully bright nose.

In the mouth it blasted tart and zesty on top, with strong smooth-edged bitter notes on bottom. A dry finish that's not harsh. My Belgium-skewed sensibilities seems to be missing the malt character that would balance out this flavor profile, but the label does state "...incredibly bright IPA", and I'd have to say they got this one exactly right.

This medium bodied brew is creamy yet tingly on the tongue. Overall a very complex and interesting example of the style.

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Sun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2007) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 56 ratings