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

Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BA SCORE
3.63/5
60 Ratings
Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)Prodigal Sun IPA (Brewmaster Reserve)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
60
pDev:
12.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 55
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 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 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 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 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 Wetpaperbag
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark hazy amber color with a nice head at first that quickly dissipates to leave great lacing and a small foam film on the top of the beer.

S- Smells a wonderful hoppy smell, with lots of citrus notes such as grapefruit and buddha's hand. A slight roasty smell comes though as well.

T- Lots of citrus tastes, more on the lemon side of things. Its just a good IPA, nothing too special to be considered a Brewmaster's Reserve.

M/D- Easy to drink, tastes like an IPA, very solid beer. Nothing too outstanding though.

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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 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 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 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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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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