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)
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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)

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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
Photo of jamiejohnson
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out deep gold and lacy look 'n back atcha with a Northwest attitude. The first sip lets you know you got ahold of an authentic US IPA. It's got a rough bite to it that gradually smooths out, but if you're in the mood for something that starts a bit harsh, this is hard to beat. Full Sail always delivers a good product. Quaff'n this brew brings back memories of a vist to Hood River several years ago. How pleasant it was drinking great beer out on the deck on a crisp Oregon afternoon. Thank God for giving us that beautiful scenery and the ingrediants that make up the world's finest beverage - beer!

Oregon crafted,
Oregon true.
Can't go wrong
With an Oregon brew.

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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 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 sdockter
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: citrus/grapefruit hop aroma no real malt aroma.

Appearance: Copper colored with tan head. Plenty of carbonation.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit hops taste. While I love IPAs and bitter beers, this one needs more malt taste to be balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, long lasting hops bitterness and astringency.

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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 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 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 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 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 Trueant1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep orage/apricot color. Has a nice thick white head with good lacing. Cloudy.

Smells of sweet apricot, pine, sweet doughy bread, and some off smell of urine.

Tastes of bitter pine/oily hops. A hop heads dream. Apricot, pineapple and a bitter hop spicines. A long aftertaste of bitter hop oil.

A moderately thick ipa. Very bitter on the pallette. Too bitter for me. Lightly carbonated.

This beer is too bitter for me. Good fruity flavors, but not perfectly balanced.
Good offering.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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