Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mrkrispy on 06-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by BrewMonkey:
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with light fluffy white head that recedes somewhat quickly, with moderate lacing. Aroma not as intense with hops as I was expecting, with some malt sweetness coming through. Aroma of lemon flowers from the hops.

Very slight malt sweetness gives way almost immediately to strong hop bitterness. Carbonation almost intensifies the effect on the pallate, quite bitter, and not a terribly clean finish. Similar experience as drinking grapefruit juice, so if you don't mind that kind of almost bitter-tart, its quite drinkable. Some movement towards more balance would not be frowned on though.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really one for the English IPA. Pours clear copper with a short white head. Metallic, peppery hop aroma with earthy, caramel malt. Taste is astringent, like an over-hopped ESB. Bready and metallic with the dry-hopping. It seems like Full Sail has a hard time committing on a style of IPA.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is slightly hazy orange with a frothy off-white head that sticks around long enough to leave a thin layer for the duration. Nice lacing. Very complex aromas of sweet malt and juicy West coast hops. Taste is a flavor explosion of West coast hops. I'm guessing Cascades(citrus) , Northern Brewer(woodsy-minty), Centennial(orange-peel), and probably something else like Amarillo, Liberty or Hallertau. The slightly sweet malt reminds me of apricot danish but balances beautifully off the hops so it's not heavy or cloying. The carbonation carries this big beer with fine yet tight bubbles that gives it a lighter weight on the tongue making it a fairly drinkable beer for being so hoppy. This is by far the best IPA I've had in forever. Don't miss it!

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Photo of masikon
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour a brownish orange, darker than expected. Nose is pretty strong with the typical herbal, juicy tones. Taste is thin and actually pretty sweet, hops are present but this isn't totally hop dominated by any means. The mouthfeel is dry, something isn't quite right about this beer. It's somewhat watery, and the mouthfeel is gross...unpleasant balance between malt and hops. Hop bitterness is there yet they impart no real flavors to the grapefruit or citrus and very little if any herbal notes. I don't care for this, really not even worth trying.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-orange hue, topped by a fat finger's worth of creamy white head. Nose is a nice blend of mild, biscuity malt and sharp, piny hops. Palate is mellow malt up front, before a nice blast of piny, citrusy hops comes through mid-palate. A pleasant hoppy bitterness hangs around after the swallow. Body is nice and lively, without being either sticky or creamy. While this isn't a hoppy monster of an IPA, it's a rather tasty new offering from one of my favorite breweries in Oregon.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 2+ fingers of tan lacing. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit, oranges zest & breadyness

T: Intense piney & grapefruit bitterness, very puckery up front. Slight breadyness & more grapefruit, plus a kiss of caramel fights through the hops, then pineyness takes over again as this warms. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, leafy hop & orange slices

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, juicy, skews too hoppy for my liking

Drinks alright this has the wrong hops for me to go wild over, but not a bad AIPA

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prodigal Sun IPA from a 22 ounce bottle.
Copper amber with generous light tan head and plenty of lacings. Aroma is piney, resinous. Taste is big citrus hops with a strong grapefruit note. It reminded me of the old white grapefuit juice we used to have before the more pleasant ruby-red was
available. The sweet malts are well represented and are sensed mostly toward the front of the tongue. A good crispness on the palate marks this as a classic West Coast IPA.
Overall a very bold and tasty IPA.
The drinkability is pretty good due to the 6.2% abv.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into a mug.

Appearance: clear rust color topped by a thick white head that showed good durability and left lots of lace.

Smell: lots of citrus and and a solid caramel maltiness. Some sweetness with a bit of piney hops aroma.

Taste: nice caramel malt profile; some hay-like flavor which gives way to a strong citric hops finish.

Body: medium-bodied, lush, creamy feel

Drinkability: pretty decent IPA here; nice aroma and taste with a easy drinking quality. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the Coop today for about $4... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass...

2 Finger cap drops leaving nice spotty lacing.. brew is very clear lite copper amber..

Aroma is piney hops mixed with a little bit of hay + earth... pale malts are background.. but really this is mainly about the hops... a little earth as it warms up.

Flavor is pretty much the same.. but with more earth.. a little bit of yeasty fruitiness.. good body for the style and mouthfeel is creamy small bubble carbonation... a little minerally/medicinal as it warms..

If I would guess.. this is pretty much a slightly amped up version of Full Sail's regular IPA which really isn't that bad in and of itself.

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Photo of daythree16
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy orange with a 2 finger head into a pint glass.

Fruity hop aromas, chiefly citrus (grapefruit) are present in the nose. However, the taste is extremely disappointing. Grapefruit and pepper are pretty much it. It's all aromatic and bittering hops. I love some hoppy IPA/Double IPA's, but this one is just poorly balanced. There is no malt presence to offset the acrid hop profile, and the bitter, peppery grapefruit is a bit overbearing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. As for drinkability, it is really set back by the unpleasantness in the taste.

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Photo of largadeer
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: A chill hazed copper colored ale with a thin sheet of white foam. Head retention is good but the hazy body is unappealing.

Smell: Herbs and citrus with a candy-like sweetness underneath, almost hemp-like in aroma. I'm not sure what variety of hops were used in this, but I don't especially like it.

Taste & mouthfeel: The dry biscuit-like malt flavor is fine here, ideal even, but there's something odd about the hop flavor. It's herby, almost astringent and strangely reminiscent of weed. I can't say I like this at all.

Notes: The brewmaster must've been reserving this for suckers like myself that are willing to give any random IPA a shot. Waste of 4 bucks, I don't think I'll be finishing this.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, dark amber color with a creamy silky head. Lacing hangs around and sticks to the sides of the glass vith vigor.

Somewhat unexpectedly mild aroma, but it warms up and grows nicely. Lemon Pledge, pinesol, and other kinda fake flavors it seems.

Taste redeems this one. Some good citrus grapefruit and spicy hops. Not quite as juicy as I would have expected, but its big on the hop bite. Puckering bitterness. Leafy cholorphyl and hop resin, with lemon and grapefruit rind.

Balance is kinda outta wack, but my old hophead roots run deep, and i considered it a good drinker nevertheless.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden amber color. nice long lasting white head.
S - solid AIPA citric notes witha light background maltiness
T - similar ot the nose, solid citric notes, sticky sweet background malts, light touch of bitterness.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, nice crisp finish.
D - solid approachable IPA. refreshing and easy to think about going back for another one if I had one.

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new addition to the Brewmaster's Reserve lineup, released June thru September. A few San Diego spots just got it in on draft including the Toronado and O'Briens.

Poured a nice clear copper red with a quickly dissolving head.

Aroma of a very odd malt and full hop aroma. A little hop stink, grass, and mild sweet smell.

Very aggressive hopping is obvious on the first sip. Very strong bitterness, surprising and almost overwhelming. Thin body hits at the same time and it has a very strange maltiness to it that I didn't really enjoy, dinging the mouthfeel score for me. Bitterness stays consistent, but interferes with the hop complexity. Hop complex not quite the same as the aroma, I didn't get grassiness. Interesting beer that grew on me but the first impression wasn't that great.

Talking with the bartender he said the hops are Amarillo and I think Northern Brewer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this 22 oz. bottle in a trade!

Pours orange amber with tight-bubbled carbonation forming a foamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit with some pine. A very nice hop aroma.

The taste is of citrus - tangerine, orange, grapefruit - with some pine. Rounding caramel becomes sweeter and more obvious as it progresses. Bitterness remains in front throughout. Alcohol is very well-covered.

It is creamy, slightly buttery, in a smooth medium body.

This is a very drinkable, refreshing IPA! Thanks again, John!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, dark for the typical IPA, with a large boisterous eggshell white head. Sharp citric hop aroma, very pungent. Indeed as the label says..very aggresive hopping right from the get go, more piney than citric,taste explosion, there are bits were the maltiness shows but not often. Very nice on the palate, long nice after taste. Not a balanced beer in anyway. One of Full sails best attempts at the IPA category.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch - thanks!

Pours a dim rusty orange with a one finger ivory head that seems to be holding quite nicely.

Smells pretty good, full of standard IPA aromas - pineapple, pine cone, peach, and a splash of tangerine sweetness. Mild hints of coarse resin and sugary notes.

Bready taste up front, with an immediately escalating dry bitterness rising quickly toward the finish. Some peachy fruit and light syrupy malt hang momentarily before being swallowed in hoppy bitterness. An interesting nutty dry roasted flavor hangs in the bitter finish.

Medium bodied with nicely present carbonation. Dry with a clinging thin oily film in the finish.

Not a bad IPA, with some individual character that sets it apart from the masses. Highly bitter, without a firm malt background to balance, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good grief. Enough already with the play on words sun/son name for the IPA's.

On tap and on cask today at the HorseBrass.

The beer pours an attractive apricot color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is exactly what you would expect; lots of citrusy bitternes from the 80 IBU. It smells very nice.

Maybe I've been living too long now on the East Coast, but I'm going to say something about this beer I never thought I'd say. This beer really could use a bit more malt to counter the onslaught of hoppy bitterness. The beer is very light on its feet, with the abv. very well disguised. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, except the excessive hoppy bitterness is almost more then I can handle. This beer is VERY bitter on the palate, with a long, lingering bitter finish. Frankly, hophead that I am, I still had some difficulty downing my half pint of this IPA. I would have loved this beer, except that I thought it a bit dry and in need of just a bit more malt. The beer had a very nice, creamy mouthfeel, and is obviously a well crafted beer. Still, at least for me this was a bit too much of a good thing. This is a solid IPA, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one from Mhewes as part of my Secret Santa package. Thanks!

Pours a nice coppery-amber color with a BIG light tan head. Tons of lacing clings to the glass. This is what I expect from an IPA/DIPA.

The aroma is of citrus hops, a little bit of pine resin, and a substantial dose of bready caramel malts. The hops offer an initial smack but it's quickly soothed by the sweetness.

The taste follows the same lines. Nicely bitter grapefruit and herbal hops balanced out by the sweet, doughy, caramel malts in the middle. The finish is more of the biting hops. Some sips are sweeter than others...I can't figure that one out.

Solid medium body with good, crisp carbonation. Aftertaste is fairly smooth...not too bitter or dry. This is a pretty good example of an IPA. Another satisfying brew from Full Sail.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't sampled a lot from Full Sail, but I've always like the subtleness of their flavors and have generally been pleased. I'm hoping for the same here. Decent value, $3.99 for a bomber.
Hmmmm, something I haven't smelled in awhile, Cascade! Nice grassy, sweet, citrus. Good solid aroma. Little malt to note.
Attractive amber of red to copper. Very clear. Big full head, that breaks up with big bubbles and large gaps. Spotty lacing. So far so good.
I like to hops flavors as there are many and they are interesting. Malt is largely for back-up. The bitterness is full and the finish long and almost intense, but leaving quite a coating of hoppy goodness (flavor and bitterness). A touch of sweetness here and there, also toast and a bit of fruit. But overall this is a hoppy experience.
Just a tad on the light or thin side, but it drinks easily. Carbonation must be right, as it offers no distraction or attention. This seemed to be better when colder.
This is solid. Great price. Full hop experience. It keeps with my history of ever drinkable beers from this brewery. I have not been disappointed.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice malt/hop balance in the aroma. Citrus hops (oranges) and brown sugar smelling malt with a little caramel malt in there too. Fermentation is really clean, no yeast or esters in the aroma.

Deep golden but a little cloudy witha big rocky white head. Decent lacing.

Nice malty sweetness with more of the caramel. That's backed up by lots of citrussy hops. Very bitter on the backend tasting like grapefruit in the aftertaste. But there still isn't any fermentation character and very little ale-like quality. Tastes more like a hoppy lager.

Medium bodied witha pretty high carbonation level that feels a little rough.

Not a bad beer. I would drink it again but not seek it out.

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Photo of Buebie
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a tulip.
3 finger fluffy white head with some retention. Sticky lace that does not swirl away.
Appears a light orangish amber, transparent and filtered in color.

Smell is of sweet dough, grassy hops, mild grain character, some mild fruity sweetness.
Taste is bittering hops up front and through the middle, getting more and more bitter at the swallow and after. Hops linger in a sour grassy pine after the swallow for a good amount of time.
Mild alcahol at the nose, especially after it has warmed.

There is no sweet malt balance, its all hops and its very bitter. A litle disapointed at the lack of balance and diversity of flavor...Hops are good, but this beer lacks as its strictly one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is a bit chalky and watered down.

Overal the smell is better then the taste. Going to pass on this one again, but I'd drink it if it were free.

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

An off orange, lightly murky pour topped with a head that was somewhat dense and about 2 fingers. Good lacing throughout and a some light swirling recalled the original head.

Citrus dominates this beer. A bit sweet, not sure if that's from the malt of from the citrus and peel. Not a balanced IPA, but it isn't a bad brew. A bit syrupy at the end, and a nice bite. Could use more balance, or just go balls to the wall with the hops. It's a bit indecisive.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful murky honey with a clumply, clingly, lacy head. Starts about 2", reduced to wonderful clumpy rocky 1" base.

S - Pretty subtle. Citrus, some sweet malt, some yeasty aroma.

T - Small malty bready center of flavor, bludgeoned by bitterness in the final thought. Seems a little out of balance for me.

M - Medium body, fair coating, lots of carb.

D - The lingering bitter would get to me pretty fast.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 60 ratings