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

Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
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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 Crosling
1.92/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Copper color. Nose is very hoppy, but not bright or citrusy at all. Not my kind of hop aromatics (it's very medicinal, herbal, weedy.) Some nice hints of fruits from the hops. Tastes like they used brown hops. Poorly balanced with a strange dry, herbaceous hop character. Awful, undrinkable IPA.

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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 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 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 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 ClavisAurea
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark honey with a hull head

Smell: hops and flowers

Taste: bit me in the ass, flowers, complex hops

Way too hoppy for my taste. I respect IPAs but this one was a little on the hoppy side and didn't focus on the other aspects of good brewing.

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Photo of troutmask96
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty dark orange with minimal head. Smell is of apricot, banana, and hops. Taste is decent, with a nice biscuity backbone and lingering bitterness. A bit carbonated for my liking, but at 6.2% ABV, this is s decent session IPA, no more, no less...

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange amber color. Poured a three finger fluffy white head; fair retention. Ample lacing that clung to the sides.

S: Bready malt, grassy hops and some mild fruity sweetness.

T: Bittering hops up front and through the middle; increasing as it warmed. Hops linger with clear piney notes. Mild alcohol became more pronounced as it warmed. Hops seemed out of balance with the malt.

M: Surprisingly thin. A bit chalky versus the pleasant coating I expected.

D: It looked and smelled better than it tasted. Won't likely go for this again, but won't stop me from trying other offerings.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber.

Orange hazy color, Dry hop flavor that strips the tongue. Leaves a clean hoppiness. Makes it hard to whistle after drinking it. Hops in the first taste and then a malty-ness that comes through in the middle of the drink followed by a long lasting drying hop bitterness in the after taste.

Quite dry finish. It's not my favorite style, but for a hopheads, it's super.

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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 erikm25
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a thick dark hazy orange. Seems to have a lighter tint at the bottom and a darker copper tone as you travel up the beer. Decent fluffy white head with spotty lacing.

S: There seems to be a more earthy smell that drowns out the hops aroma a bit. I caught myself trying to really pinpoint that hops smell and it was not that easy. A dash of grapefruit but, like the appearance, it seems a little heavy and the smell has a bread and yeast quality.

T: Noticeable malty taste but something struck me as odd about the initial and subsequent tastes. Not necessarily a bad type of odd but I was not feeling the hops until a little later in the taste. Very dry feeling. Relatively bitter with a certain spicy kick thrown in but as it reached a warmer temperature the yeasty qualities became more apparent. Any citrus or pine taste is very subtle but recognizable.

M: Medium body with a long finish and a lingering taste.

D: This was a decent beer. If you are a fan of IPA's (and giving new ones a shot) then this is worth a try but do not expect to be blown away. I do not see myself trying it again anytime soon but only because there is so much more I want to discover.

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Photo of GJ40
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a tulip pint glass. Purchased from Full Sail in Hood River, OR.

A - Deep golden color with good clarity and a thick white head.

S - Yeasty and bready. Not much hops coming through.

T - Decent flavor with a balance of malt and hops and a lingering bitterness. OK but not very outgoing. Tastes like what it is (a cautious beer made for the masses).

M - Decent carbonation and body.

D - OK. There wasn't anything I didn't like about it but there wasn't a much I did like.

The pub at Full Sail has the view but the pub at Double Mountain has the good beer.

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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 brewjones
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber

I really like this brewery and usually like the cellar reserves but this one just didn't do it for me.

Pours a orangish color with a nice white, creamy head that stays around for the duration. A strong hop aroma although not as pleasent as I would have liked. Left a bit of cheesiness in the nose. Tasted a bit oxydized and cheasy although not completely detracting. Malt was overpowered by the hops. A prickly and full bodied mouthfeel which lend this beer a drinkability but also leaves me to desire more from it.

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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 snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heady, a little lacing, dense amber-yellow, slightly cloudy. Strong and long lasting carbonation.

Smells sour and citrusy and damp.

Taste is sour, then citrus, then hoppy bitterness completely overtakes the aftertaste. Very little sweetness if any at all.

Mouthfeel is decent, probably due to the strong carbonation. Feels light on the tongue and not filmy or sticky.

Pretty drinkable. I'd say this is a fairly run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color, thick creamy white head. Fairly large nose for an IPA, Lots of sweetness & a faint bready aroma, piney hops. Taste is very piney, with just a bit of citrusy finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and oily, lingering aftertaste. A respectable IPA from a solid Oregon brewery.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the dozen or so beer I got from Wasatch in our recent trade. Yet another thanks to you, John.

A light copper body with a moderate amount of carbonation movement in it. About one and a half finger of tan head that disappates quickly, leaving some lacing behind.

The nose has some floral hop prescence, but is dominate by sweet, caramel malts.

The taste hoppier than the smell for sure, but still not as hoppy as I would like. Up front comes a little bit of bitter grapefruit flavors, but it is overcome by caramel and even slightly chocolatey malt flavors. The finish is nicer: rather bitter, citrusy, hoppy. Even tasting of lemon.

Body is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly oily on the finish.

Ok drinkability. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful orange to copper color with very think and bready head.

Nose offers delightful citrus - sharp grapefruit juice, apricot, and a pleasant wet lawn grassy component.

Palate is very dry with the hop presence, herbal, and mouth puckering on the finish. Aftertaste is spicy and chalky like an Altoid breath mint.

Not a lot of balance here.

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Photo of thethrone
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden color, 1-2" head, lots of lacing

S - Smells strongly of Cascade hops; grassy, pine, hint of grapefruit.

T - Hops dominate and last through the drink, bitter and herbal
As it warms, flavor mellows a bit and tastes more balanced

M - Notable astringency, with a powerful lasting hop bitterness

D - A decent showing, but comes across as a bit one-sided. Not balanced enough to bring me back.

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Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On top at the Pilsner room brewpub, Prodigal Son is a clear copper with a small off-white head with no lace.

Smell is huge, pungent resiny hops, very piny.

Taste is also very pungent and hoppy, almost too much, at least of the particular variety they used, which is all pine, very spicy, but not an overly bitter finish, which I appreciate. Pure hop juice.

Mouthfeel is oily, with a medium body.

Drinkability is average, this is just to one-dimensional, a total palate buster. I'd have prefered a more intersting choice of hops, not really my style.

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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 shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber-orange, good head.

Smell: Decent piney and citrus aroma.

Taste: Starts out with a sweet pink grapefruit flavor before moving towards grapefruit rind and a dry bitterness.

Drinkability: Interesting to try but not really special.

Full Sail's specialties are usually pretty cheap so I don't mind picking them up. This was a pretty good IPA but nothing too spectacular. It's worth a try.

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Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 45% out of 100 with 60 ratings
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