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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 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 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 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 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 Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some citrus. The taste is malty, lots of hops, bitter, with some citrus notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not a bad IPA, but it is pretty hoppy/spicy.

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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 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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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 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 maximum12
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this 22 oz. bottle of Prodigal Sun displayed in full glory at a local bottle shop under a $1.99 sign. Against my better judgement, I picked up a bottle. I've wasted two dollars in worse ways (I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!).

I am happy to report that his IPA is not repulsive. Nor is it dark & malty. It is neither Dark Lord, nor Dark ness, but rather something light, with a pleasing scent like a just-recalled shower, & a taste of fairly clean hops with only a touch of musty age creeping into the palatialness. Even with some time on it, this summer brew is eminently quaffable & doubtless worthy of its IPA label.

Easy to drink, easy to slug, & even after following a couple of hard-to-follow draughts of Black Butte XX & Surlyfest, this beer doesn't disappoint. Not top notch, but drinkable, smooth, light, & wholesome. Good beer.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always seem to enjoy Full Sail's reserve offerings and the prices can't be beat. I'm not sure if this is the same as Son of Spot but re-branded or what. nice light orange color. It smells slightly like grassy hops but nothing strong. The flavor is a nice balanced IPA with the only prominent hop feature being a grassy bitterness. I did not find this to be nearly as hoppy as some of the other reviewers here. Overall, a decent IPA but most likely will disappoint the real hop heads.

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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 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 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 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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 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 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 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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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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