Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009)Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009)

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Columbus and Zeus hops
Munich and Honey malts
100 IBU +/-.

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Very fizzy clear amber pour with a huge head and nice lacing. Lots of pine in a very unique nose with just a touch of citrus and caramel. The taste is very bitter and kind of boring with little balance. A bit bready with hints of tea, grass and lots of pine. No sign of malty sweetness here at all. Kept waiting for it but it never came. I typically like a dry finish but this was overkill. Also kills the drinkability. I've never seen a beer foam so much when poured so maybe I got a bad bottle. I'm a fan of Full Sail but this was very disappointing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is sweet, citrus, spice.Taste is spice, citrus and a sweetness to it with a biutterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a goid bitterness, malt, sweet and citrus. Good IPA and worth a try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled January 2010
A solid pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost three finger thick, lightly amber tinged head. The beer is an amber color and shows an almost clear, amber tinged, rich copper hue when held up to the light. At first the beer smells balanced between crystal malt aromatics and American hops, but the hop character soon wins out with notes of Meyer lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, brown sugar crusted candied orange zest and a touch of an herbal edge. The malt still comes through with a touch of sweet-tea flavors and a biscuit like note in the finish.

The beer tastes quite a bit more herbal than the nose suggested. There is also a firm bitterness that gets a bit green with hops towards the finish. Somewhat dry tasting, but there is a crystal malt backed sweetness here that provides a touch of caramel character. There are some light citrus notes of grapefruit that are noticeable before the dominant herbal flavors and bitterness take hold.

This is definitely a fairly bitter beer, and I like that is remains fairly light and drinkable. A bit more floral and fruity hop notes would be nice, but this isn't as fresh as it should be either. A good IPA, that I should work to get in a fresher state.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddened copper, small tanned head. Some large webby lacing.

Hop pungent: floral, citrus, pine. Candy caramel, lightly toasted, spicy, bready yeast, sour cherries.

Herbal, floral, pine, grapefruit, spicy, earthy hop flavors. Toasty bread and caramel, a touch of rye. Intense grapefruit, pine, and herbal hop bitterness.

Super dry, very sticky, full mouthfeel. good carbonation.

Brutally bitter! Good drinkable bitter hoppy IPA. Some may find the hops off-putting, not for wussies.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 two ways. Reviewed 8-19-2009.

Ar: Citrus hops, fruity, grapefruit, pineapple, strong us hops (cascade like), sweet honey/caramel, light tropical fruit, strong honey sweetness, alc hints

Ap: Smooth fluffy, light tan head, low/med head, good retention, clear orange amber/dark copper

F: resin, grapefruit peel, caramel candy sweetness, fades to fruity esters, sweet citrus, tropical fruit, ends smooth, fruity and sweet, fresh hop resin and medium astringency after sip, light alcohol, honey, good fruitiness in mid taste, sweet throughout, *funky interaction with resin, resin burn like chewing on a hop

M: Medium fine carbonation, lots if fresh resin in aftertaste, light/med astringency, medium mouthfeel, slightly sweet, light alcohol burn, *viscous

O: good, slipknot better, Too Much resin at end, sweet, rough for 6%, funky resin, unique, strong ipa for 6%

*Notes of fellow tasters

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Falling Rock in Denver. To note, I drank this after a roggenbeer, my first so the hops stood out a bit. Keeping that in mind;
poured a kind of cloudy, creamy orange/ruby color. Head developed nicely and sank to a slight film. Good swirl brings it back up.
Grapefruit and slight pineapple aroma. Hints of pine and biscuit. Seems well balanced.
biscuit backbone in the taste. A short but strong citrus burst dissipated nicely to a solid bite. A bit creamy or smooth. A lingering aftertaste works well with a blackened chicken club sandwich as it doesn't linger too long and interfere with the bird.
Overall, i like this well with the previous.

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Photo of bum732
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy orange, decent bubbly head with great lacing. Smells of melon fruitiness, passionfruits, floral like perfume, mango. Tastes of bitter, dry citrus like malt. Finishes with a very dry almost puckering taste. Decent mouthfeel.

Not sure what to make of this, hard to believe a successful brewery such as this would make a 6% IPA with supposedly 100 IBUs. I just don't see how that makes sense, and it shows in this beer. This is probably the driest IPA i've ever had, way over attenuated and very bitter, there needs to be some malt presence. How is this supposed to be good? Too bad too, because it smells fairly nice.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Portland on 2009-12-17.

The beer poured orange-brown and cloudy with a light, short tan head.

The smells are of grain, citrus and pine.

The taste is of citrus, pine with some caramel sweetness for balance. It finishes dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy with medium carbonation.

A tasty brew but there are other Full Sail offerings I've liked better.

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3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent light burnt orange color, wisping head of fairly large bubble size.

Smells of wet steel, lavender soap, dewy grasslands and daffodil.

There is an initial acridness, almost pilly, that I keep stubbing my toe on relentlessly, searching for other things in the darkness. There is bitter grass and dandelion sap backed by a solid maltiness spine.

The mouthfeel and carbonation is on par for what would be great if the taste were great. The carbonation and feel of it are so conducive to conducting flavors. Unfortunatlely much of the flavor is somewhat abusive.

I really was excited for this beer, and I still do like the brewery. I may have leaned high on scores as such. There are some potentially good things happening here but the bad is magnified by them.

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Photo of kbeals
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a very generous trade with JohnGalt1...

A- Pours a dark amber color with plenty of creamy off-white head. Good lacing and head retention. A good looking IPA.

S- Plenty of earthy hops and... that's about it. This beer reminds me more of an Imperial IPA.

T- Lots of piney hops, almost like biting into a pine tree. This beer is super bitter, although it is rounded out a bit with some sugary sweetness. Still finishes off incredibly dry.

M- Well-carbonated and prickly mouthfeel.

D- Easily consumed this bomber over the course of a couple hours and it just kept me buzzed. An easy drinking beer.

This beer really borders on being a DIPA in my opinion.

Thanks again Toby!

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Photo of randawakes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown sugar, maple tree pine hops, very drinkable. Carbonation is just right. Rich amber faint gold color. Hops are moist. Light bitterness. Faint grapefruit, dark malty backbone and sweetness, feels like it should have more than 6% abv. Full sale fail to let me down, but I'm never overly impressed, gotta try a better one I guess..

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed dark orange colored ale with a good sized light beige colored head.

Balanced malt and hop scent. Sharp citrus and wood and somewhat spicy to the nose.

Starts out neutral in sweetness and moderately bitter. Stays dry and the bitterness levels build. Strong and spicy this isn't real complex though. Bitterness nears harsh.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is just so so. Could be more complex. This one also skirts the edge of harshness.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was a lovely golden-orange with little head. The aroma was thick with citrus (grapefruit especially) and hops. On the palate, there was a quick hop bite up front followed by some slightly sweet malt and a very lengthy bitter finish. Certainly one of the better offerings I had that day at Full Sail!

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice cold bomber out of my fridge.
Gradually letting it get warmer since someone felt it tasted better closer to room temp.

Came out a dirty orange color, appearance of an IPA. Small loop of foam. Very faint aroma, there isn't much anticipation of being blown away with the brutal bitterness of a beer lovers' herb of choice. Plenty of dried pine cone scent.

Tasted light. Blinding spike of the oh so familiar tongue spiking beer bling. I'd say non existent malt, but that pretty color had to come from somewhere.
I can see why they put "radiant" on the label; the flavor lasts. Very crisp, clean. Has a nice fresh

It is a nice standalone. Almost a session beer for someone with tolerance and a fat wallet.

Overall a nice purchase.

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Photo of morimech
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a citrus and pine hop aroma. Not much from the malt. The Cascade hops dominate the flavor as well. Some sweetness and earthiness from the malt. Bitterness is moderate to high. Has a bit of a minerally or aspirin quality in the finish. Medium body with just enough carbonation to keep things lively. Could use some more aroma hops and a slightly enhanced malt bill but otherwise a quality American West Coast IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on cask at the County Cork Public House, and then again from a standard tap, and I thought that the cask version was much nicer. The warmer temperature let the flavors come out, and the smooter carbonation gave it less bite, and seemingly less bitterness.

It was a deep amber with orange highlights beneath a creamy head of white that quickly settled to a half lid of lace. It left short, mountainous rises of lace and lots of spots about the glass.

The nose displayed a caramelish and lightly toasty malt with grassy and leafy hops.

The flavor was fuller than the aroma suggested, but it followed the same basic formula but with more hop character: caramelish and bready malts infused with grassy/piney and gently floral and citrusy hops. A very solid bitterness anchored it, and to be honest, kind of blunted it. It finished with a quick dollop of sweetness followed by rising bitterness and a note of raspy pine.

In the mouth it was creamy with a delicate zest of fine-bubbled carbonation. Medium bodied and smooth.

I found the cask-version to be enjoyable and easy drinking, but the colder, more effervescent version was a bit harsh and overly bitter given the malts and hops present.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Grandsun Of Spot in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber color, with a foamy off-white head. Many bubbles can be seen in the glass. The head dissipates in chunky peaks and valleys.

Smell is quite strong, a pine and citrus scent with a noticeable sweet honey or caramel malt aroma.

Taste is all about bitter. Too bitter for my liking. The malt backbone tries to make itself known, but the sour citrus and bitter pine flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is OK. A medium bodied brew with enough carbonation to give it a little zip. It has a dry presence and a bitter finish.

I think the dry bitterness makes this one a less than drinkable IPA. The lingering aftertaste is not pleasant. I don't think I'd go back to this one

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have loved the "Spot" beers thus far. Time to try the "Grandson."

A: Beautiful clear amber with golden hues. Nice fluffy head on top. Phenomenal lace. Quite inviting.

S: C-hops a-plenty. Strong grapefruit-orange citrus tones with a hint of pine. A little fruitiness from the yeast.

T: A blast of citrus with predominantly grapefruit flavors. This quickly mellows out to an orange flavor which is augmented by a slight fruitiness from the yeast. As I swallow the beer, a strong piney bitterness comes out and sticks in the back of the throat awhile. I like my IPAs with a bit of malt character. This beer doesn't dissapoint. Smooth caramel tones with some honey sweetness in the end. The malts are there, but not overpowering.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Finishes a bit sticky in the back of the throat. Moderately carbonated.

D: A pretty solid beer. Finishes a bit too bitter to be exceedingly drinkable, but it isn't too harsh. I really enjoyed this. For the price it is a great IPA. Give it a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

--Abraham Lincoln

Phosphorescent coppery orange with a diamond-like clarity. The outstanding looking lid is malted milk ball beige and has a wonderfully bubbly and sticky texture. Fat foam bridges link head and glass, leaving loads of lovely lace when they eventually break.

The nose is nice and citrusy, as well it might be given 80 IBUs worth of Columbus hops. Hey Full Sail (and several other breweries as well), Columbus, Zeus and Tomahawk are *the exact same* hop. That's why it's often called CTZ. The Munich malt (which was an odd design decision) doesn't take too much of the olfactory focus off the good guys.

Too bad the same can't be said for the flavor profile. In my considered opinion, the choice of malts in Grandsun Of Spot was a mistake. The toasted-earthy-nutty-woody contribution of the Munich is significant and is an unfortunate distraction. Plenty of bitterness remains, which hopheads will surely love, but bitterness alone is never enough.

Anyone who has had a single-hopped Columbus APA or IPA before will recognize the white grapefruit zest and pine needle flavor that this brew delivers. A hint of ganja-like dankness is present as well, which usually makes me think of aged Cascade. In the end, there's just enough good hop flavor and tongue stinging bitterness to cause the flavor and drinkability scores to be rounded upward. One simple change in the grain bill would probably make this a 4.5 IPA.

The body/mouthfeel is beautifully built. It's the very definition of whipped and heavily silky creamy, especially considering the relatively modest ABV. Along with the appearance, this is one area in which no changes need to be made.

Regarding the Full Sail Brewmaster Reserve IPAs, Sunspot (2006) was above average, Sun Of Spot (2007) was superb, Prodigal Sun (2008) was good and Grandsun Of Spot is good as well. Here's hoping that Great-Grandsun Of Spot will keep the focus squarely on the hops, where it rightfully belongs. I can't wait to see where this family tree leads.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Amber ale with a lovelly,attractive ,thick,creamy off white head. Very substantial hoppy aroma to this one, not subdued,piney,grapefruit pepper. As for taste, like the aroma this does not spare the taste buds from the hop attack..grapefruit and pine forest. nice full palate, semi-dry finish with a great long lasting after taste. Good beer

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Grandsun Of Spot (Brewmaster Reserve 2009) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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