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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mrkrispy on 06-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 55
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 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 tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeously creamy, hazen dark golden honey color. A heavy capping of fluffy off-whitish/yellowed foam that sits just over a finger high and resides down to a healthy, bubbly skimming. Lots lacing in broken sheeting and some strewn out globby strings.

Aroma is somewhat light, growing with warmth, clean of a good amount of piney lemony citrusy brightness. Slightly floral and resiny with a slightly toasted edge and crispness of fresh hop cones.

Yummy hop bite right off the bat that says hello with some high toned, yet well rounded citrusy lemon and unripe mango juices. Pine and grapefruit peel swells in and developes a keen undertow of hoppy bitterness in the finish as its malt backing keeps a moderate balance of toasted elements and grain tones underneath. Nice and lasting flavors that hit the spot for an IPA.

Feel is medium, kinda snappy, crispy, nearing brittle among its bittering bite with a musty, crusty crunch of hop resinuos citrus qualities that are quite complexing and lasting into a high ended finish of cirtus fluff on the tongue.

Drinks down quite easy and is quenchable by its bomber and them some. Yummy stuff!

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

Sun-ripened apricot with radiant lemon trim. The attractive crown is the color of elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange-tinted light. It's tremendously sticky and is resulting in a pretty wonderful looking array of lace that starts at the very top edge of the glass.

The hop bill remains a mystery. One sniff tells me that Cascade has to be the leader of the pack. The beer is brightly citrusy and has that ganja-like, cheesy sort of vibe that aged Cascade tend to give off. Some might not care for it, but I like it just fine.

This Brewmaster Reserve offering is no longer superfresh. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't delicious beer. The 80 IBUs at the time of bottling are still probably at least 60. Let's just say that it's hoppy enough to give hopheads a great deal to love, while being approachable enough for those whose lupulin tolerance isn't quite so high.

One source said that the malt bill consists of pale, caramel, honey and Munich. There is a hint of toasted earthiness, but it's definitely in the background and doesn't intrude (much) on the hop flavor. Specifics include pink grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine and Mary Jane, in roughly that order. At this point, bitterness still outpaces sweetness, though balance may be achieved in several more months. Don't age it!

The body/mouthfeel is perfectly in keeping with the rest of the beer's attributes. It's at least medium for the style and has an ideal amount of carbonation. Good for sipping... good for gulping... and good for everything in between.

Full Sail is one of the Pacific NW's more solid breweries and they definitely know their way around a hop cone. Let's make that *because* they know their way around a hop cone. I'm not sure what their stance is on the Brewmaster Reserve series, but I'd sure like to see this Prodigal Sun return. Time to begin fattening up that calf.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an enticing hazy golden orange with off-white head

good rich citrus hops and tingly hops as well as light malt

solid piney and lemony hops upfront followed by chunky and slightly dry hops in the finish. Slight malt undertones

starts light, then slowly gets bigger and just continues longer than the first sip would let on. very crisp

a great beer for the price it is very smooth and has a surprising finish.

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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 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 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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I have to thank russpowell for this IPA, thanks again Russ! Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve Prodigal Sun fills my pint glass with the deep orange of a setting sun. A fingers + worth of bone white fizzy head formed on a slow pour and quickly fell to a thin skimming and small collar. Small patchy lacing is left here and there. There is a mild haziness and barely any noticeable carbonation through the body.

The smell of this IPA is very unique and at first I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. It is growing on me though. Lightly toasty grain and biscuity malts lay down behind a big herbal hoppiness accompanied by a touch of citrus. The citric qualities are orange and grapefruit but both are in moderation. Something or other left behind a slight butteriness that actually adds complexity to the brew.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. The toasted grains and biscuity malts create a solid foundation while staying in the background where they should. That buttery quality is back and very faint in the back. The herbal hoppiness jumps in mid-palate and never let's go, leading all the way through the finish. There's a solid bitterness that continues to grow throughout the drink.

The body on this IPA is medium and surprisingly soft on the tongue. The carbonation is mellow which allows this beer to work through at its own pace. The bitterness grows and grows.

Now that my glass is almost empty I find myself wishing I had some more. The flavors are unique but this beer goes down very easy.

I wasn't sure if I liked this IPA or not at first but the more I drank the more I appreciated it. Very interesting hop aromatics and flavors explode on every drink. Thanks for the IPA Russ!

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

The Prodigal Sun poured a hazy , cloudy burnt dark orange color with a 2 finger foam head and some sweet lacing. The head retained for a good bit of time.

The aroma seemed to be a lovely assortment of hops with a NW Cascade coming to the forefront. The sweet malts emanated as the brew warmed. It had a strong malt profile with an equally aggressive hop presence. In the mouth it was stingingly good and overall I thought it to an excellent brew which I imbibed multiple times.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

A: snifter. pours a nice burnt orange color. nice rich light orange head. rather nice retention level. wonderful lacing.

S: huge citrus notes. tons of grapefruit. good rich malts.

T: wow. major grapefruit flavors. good crystal malt flavors as well, very well-balanced.

M: very clean with a nice bet. great carbonation level. very crisp.

D: very nice IPA. huge grapefruit burn, but good. A good IPA and worthy of a try.

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

Prodigal Sun IPA, Full Sail Brewing Company

22 Fluid Ounces of Incredibly Radiant IPA, Brewmaster Reserve 2008.

Into a Duvel glass, just for fun. Clear, bright, yes, radiant reddish hue, huge, lace-leaving head. Myriad fruit associations abound in the aroma, some cherry, some apple, orange peel and lemon below that...a little apricot and peach. Light spice.

Tasting...big, juicy malt, huge hop bitterness. The hops grip the play and plow all over the tongue, sticking it out for the long haul.

Medium bodied, long finish, ever-lasting hop bitterness. But the flavor, while good, is not among my favorites. Quite nice, though, despite my preferences.

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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 BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with lighter golden highlighting. White head also has a golden tint. Spotty, stratified lacing.

The nose is very citric; almost smells like fermented orange juice. Probably Cascade hops here, just a lot of citrics going on. Pale malts are doing very little work.

The flavor is so bright and citric, it could be in a Sunny D commercial. Very hoppy and full of zest, from orange and lemon to grapefruit. The malts are very much in the background; got some pale malts, maybe a little caramel sweetness. Very late there's a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel is just right, avoiding being overly thinned by the hops, but also bringing plenty of alpha acid. Good bubbling. I love the how the brewers have let the hops shine, even using malts that seem to complement the sprightliness of the citrics.

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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 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 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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The head has quite a bit of structure to it as it leaves ample lacing and forms all sorts of interesting structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a nice amber hue that shows a mostly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice resinous hop character to it with some citrus fruit and a touch of malt character thrown in for good measure. Aromas of pine, a hint of hemp and peppery tobacco are tempered a bit by notes of Meyer lemon, grapefruit zest and some watered down orange juice notes. The malt adds a hint of cracker-like malt to the finish that is more noticeable as you really dig for it, but never supersedes the hop character.

A biting, dry bitterness up front yields to a touch of sweet malt and a citrus hop character, but then moves back to a solid bitterness and a dry finish. Herbal, pine accented hops dominate the flavor profile along with the bitterness with notes of tobacco, hemp oil, a touch of garlic chive, menthol and pine tar. Notes of grapefruit and tangelo peel are noticeable in the middle, but at times can be completely drowned out by the more herbaceous hop notes. This has a nice, light, drinkable body to it for an IPA. There is just enough malt to not let the hops become completely overwhelming, but it could probably use a touch more malt to balance the aggressive hop character just a smidgeon..

With its herbaceous hop focus this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA. It is fun if you like to be slapped around by hops, which I admit can be fun at times.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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
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