Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)
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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 70
Available June to September (2010) in 22oz Bottles and Draught

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by Pecorasc:
Photo of Pecorasc
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


No bottled on or freshness date on this IPA. Brewed with Willamette and Zeus (Columbus, Tomahawk) hops. Poured into a wine glass and took my time consuming from 40F on up to room temperature.

A- Pours with a large, clean, white head that has the consistency of steamed milk. Falls down into a ring of thin white foam that holds for the duration. The label did not lie: this beer has perfect clarity. Straw to very light copper in color, with minimal carbonation. Nice looking IPA; exactly what they were trying to do.

S- Severely lacking. Blind, I could not peg this for an IPA. Some very subtle orange hop character (subtle not being a positive attribute). A slight metallic undertone, with a malt character of bread and pine nuts. Nothing here to be impressed with, and what is here is not all appropriate.

T- Very metallic to start (copper), with a grainy and bread-malt middle, and a bitter and soothing ethanol finish. The hops are in there somewhere, but I pick them up in different spots and with varying intensity with each sip. When hops are present, they are fruity (orange, tangerine, marmalade) and balanced, if not overpowered, by the malt flavors. The beer does have a nice finish and aftertaste. Definitely some off flavors exposed by a lack of intensity.

M- A little under-carbonated, but I did pour pretty vigorously. Subsequent careful pouring didn't yield much more carbonation. The body is nice and dry, which leaves the palate clean and refreshed. Very little residual sugar, but there is a sweetness that gives back. Just needs more carbonation.

D- The dryness and moderate to high alcohol (6.5%) make this quite drinkable. Highly appropriate for a summer series. The finish is pleasant, but the taste leaves me wanting better. Put a bottled on or freshness date on the bottle please!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

This clear beer has a pale copper color, and enough sticky lace to get by. Thick herbal hops and tobacco come to mind. It's a tad bit crispy and fluffy, and has a creamy medium body. Exotic fruit and a hefty girth of herbal flavor come from the hops. Its bitterness is dull but drags hard on the palate. Mild caramel and a faint biscuit malt base do the job. Alcohol rounds out the bittersweet finish with the warmth of fruity esters. This is definitely one of the most original IPAs we've come across this year. Hunt it down.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white frothy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet malts and minty, grassy hops.

The flavor is a big watery bitterness, kind of charred with a little sweet biscuity malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, this was very subdued. I didn't get much in the aroma, and although there was a lot of bitterness, there was not much real flavor.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a sun drenched orange, this beer pours out, solid 1.3" head, white in color, Tight neat little bubbles. Aroma was old school Yakima hops, high bitterness, nothing proprietary. Kind of makes you reminisce back to the days when you first started smelling beer, and Full Sail's regular ipa was a blast.

Taste, leans more grapefruit for me, but there's a hint of pine. Nice light caramel malt presence, doesn't get in the way of the hops. Alcohol not hitting the mouth. Not sticky, great drinkability to it. Kind of a blend of the old time ipa's and a little bit of the gusto of some of the new ones. What I really liked was getting this for $3.99 a bomber. Makes it real easy to take a chance on a beer from a good brewery. A very accessible, yet respectable ipa.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another souvenir from the bomber cache at Worden's Market in Missoula, MT...

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot hue, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which leaves a consistent stratus layer of lace around the glass upon its retreat. It has a vegetal, yeasty, wet cardboard aroma, kind of watery, with neither distinct malt nor hop attributes. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, some sour citrus rind, and herbal, musty hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, smooth, but a bit dusty and clingy as well. It finishes off-dry, the mild caramel malt well offset by the musty hops.

I don't know what the hell they're referring to on the label about 'aggressive' and 'well-hopped'. This is hoppy, but in a totally different sense - old barnyard, versus West Coast zest. So, marketing aside, this is all right, drinkable enough, at least until one's palate tires of the mustiness.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Spotless is a perfectly hazy-free IPA, which seems unusal right off the bat. Maybe that's how it got its name. It has a light yellow-orange color with creamy white head. The retention is decent but with little lace.

Aroma is citrus hoppy and seems fresh. Today was the first I had seen this bottle on the shelves and I'm always on the lookout for fresh IPAs. This one isn't OTT in terms of hopiness but it's pretty solid.

Flavor is definately a PNW take on IPA. It has more woodsy, earthy, piney hops instead of the strictly citrus varieties that you would find in a beer from California. That said, they do a fine job at bringing those flavors together with a light malt body.

Overall a solid IPA and worth a try. I definately feel this is better than it's BA score would suggest.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty golden-orange color, topped by a small, bright white head. Aroma of mildly sweet, bready malt, along with a mellow, fruity hop profile. Notes of honey and just a hint of thyme are also detectable.
Palate is well-balanced between fruity, citrusy hops and bready malt, with a good dose of honey. A healthy bitterness emerges on the swallow and lingers on the finish.
The medium body is nice and lively, a good conveyor of the milder flavors in this beer. While not a hop bomb, it's good to get a less-assertive IPA every now and then. A good job by Full Sail to switch things up a bit.

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Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap for lunch before a tour I went on yesterday... forgot I hadn't even tried or reviewed this beer....

- Clear and dark copper pour.... thin white head which settled to a nice drifting of white fizz.. Looks rich, and almost Imperial.

- Smell is of Full Sails characteristic roasty and starchy grain... nice strong grains, caramel... and citrusy and zingy pine bitter hops.... Still... seems like an Imperial...

- I love Full Sail beers... my go to beers... having the LTD 02 as I review this... and Spotless is much the same, but with a lot more hops, and some less sweetness. Grains, roasted... caramel.. light breadiness... and pine dry bitter hops all over with a nice floral and citrus finish.. and still this is as flavorful as an Imperial much like Slipknot.. but pulled sooner and a bit less sweet.

- Medium bodied.... slightly chewy, and yet thin... refined.

- Overall a great brew... but I still would rather drink their IPA... then jump to their Slipknot which I like a lot.... this is a nice in between... you kind of get the best of both worlds with this one.

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Photo of Spikester
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking IPA with one finger of quickly receeding head. Moderate lacings. Smell is citrus hops. Taste is quick bitterness followed by the grapefruit pith and just right malt support. Flavors of oranges and pink grapefruit slowly came forth as the liquid warmed. Some leather or what I call "a dirty" character underneath the other flavors. Not sure what the dirt perception is but I find it in almost all of FS's beer. I guess you either like it or don't. I am O.K. with it but wish I knew more about what causes that sensation. Anyway I find this to be closer to an average NW IPA and a bit lower than past "Spot" series from Full Sail. I will try some on tap next time I drive by the brewery to see if it is the same as the bottled version. Body and mouthfeel are fine. Dry bitter finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 picked up tonight at the 16th St Albertson... 13 hour day and I have to be up early "for me" .. Mehhh... Spotless or Eric's Ale.... Spotless won out.

1" foamy off white head.. the brew is crystal clear dark golden..

Nose is lite pithy citrus and a garlic or oniony hoppiness that I sorta associate with Gubna...

Flavor is very onion centric.. a bit of lemony hoppiness.. lingering flintstone vitamin on the finish.. good pale malts help pull everything together, but it is a pretty big mess across the board..

body and carbonation are the expected great, but overall, I am not digging it... this is my 3-4th bottle over the last month or so and I'm done with it.


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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber color, nice thick head, nice sticky lacing

Smell- wonderful citrus and piney hop aroma

Taste- hops, citrus, very interesting

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was a pretty good IPA. They usually do have good stuff at Pete's but I liked it and would love to have it again.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle from Roth's Vista Market,Salem OR Nice looking IPA here deep slightly hazy orange body and a nice thick ,bubbly off white head.Aroma is hoppy but not as much as expected, mainlly grassy, fruity in aspect..some breadieness in the back. Very hoppy flavour to it, but like the label states..very bright and fruity..really gives a "zing" to the exierience. OK on the palate, not astonishing but to style..nice fruity bitter after taste Overall a pretty simple beer actually. Not Full Sails best IPA but acceptable.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz purchased yesterday @ green's. Duvel stem. Bright clear orange with a lucsious near white head. Smells of orange rind, white toast. Dry bitter navel orange hop flavor. Tastes like super concentrated tart orange pulp, or a taste of sharp Tang with a dose of minerality. Harsh dry cotton mouthfeel with makes this hard to put down.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright see-thru orange/gold body with an off-white head that starts off pretty nicely but settles down to a skim in short order. Spotty lacing here and there.

Smells of mild malt sweetness, a gentle orange/mango fruit combo and a few floral notes. Restrained, but pleasant. Doesn't really smell like an IPA.

Oddly, it tastes entirely different than it smells. The hop character is certainly stronger, but the fruit and floral is replaced with a leafy, almost astringent bitterness and a somewhat metallic aftertaste. The malt that smelled sweet before takes on a more toasted character. Things don't really seem to gel here- not digging this beer. Carbonation is on the lowish side, and the feel is rather slick.

Overall impression: I'm a fan in general of Full Sails beers, a solid, if unspectacular lineup. This one misses the mark, though. Not recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of orange was up in this beer piling up a full inch of white head. You get plenty of that grapefruit Cascade hop nose.

Taste again is all grapefruit. The price was right on these, best deal in bombers around. They didn't overdo the malt bill, there is some toasted caramel and pale honey malts, mouthfeel of Cascade and Chinook hops. Ample stickiness.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spotless pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a medium sized, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a ring around the surface leaving behind a fair amount of lace spots and lines on the glass.

The aroma is subtle with notes of lemon citrus and caramel malt. Somewhat bready. Very pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate, dry with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with hop notes of lemon citrus and grass. Caramel malt, toast and light fruit notes (peach? pear?) soon move in. It finishes lightly bitter and dry. Once gone the peach fruit notes and hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that goes well with pizza or a burger. It's not a hop monster and interesting compared to other IPA's. Maybe closer to a pale ale with its fruity characteristics.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass today.

The beer pours the expected orange amber color, with good lacing and decent head retention. The nose is attractive, showing a hint of citrus, some pepper and light malt. On the palate, once again from FS, we have an impeccably well balanced IPA. The malt imparts some light fruit flavors of fuji apple, bread and melon, with the hoppy bitterness coming on stong on the finish, leading to a fairly dry beer (which is typical with FS IPA's). I would almost call this an English style PA or IPA, but with a NW twist (by that, I mean there is considerably more fresh, bitter hops in this beer than what you are likely to find in any IPA or PA from England). Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a somewhat crisp and refreshing bitter punch on the the finish. Drinkability is very good... this is the sort of well made attactive IPA I could absolutely see providing at a party. It's the sort of beer that would be appreciated by beer geeks and non-beer geeks alike.

Nothing extraordinairy here, just another very solid, easy to appreciate IPA from FS.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2.15.11

Appearance - Bright, cloudy orange with a off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Floral and citrus.

Taste - Hoppy and pine.

Drinkability - Bitter and sticky. Lots of carbonation.

Overall - Decent, but I wish I could have tried it fresher.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oregon is beer-crazy; it seems like you couldn't stand in that state and swing a dead varmint without hitting a craft brewery that is churning out stellar brew after stellar brew, and Mt. Hood's Full Sail Brewing is no different. Known, at least around Camp, for one of the tastiest pale ales to be found on the west coast, Full Sail has consistently made refreshingly unique takes on every style from the afore-mentioned pale to a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

The Spotless IPA Brewmaster Reserve 2010, part of what they call their "Summer Sun Series," pours the color of said celestial body--big, fat, and orange--and throws off life-giving hints of tangerine, lemon, and the requisite pine from behind a fluffy cloud-like head. Full Sail packs this picnic lunch with plenty of Willamette and Zeus hops that, like a lot of summer relationships, start to reveal their bitter selves after the original hit of sweetness fades.

This would be a great IPA for those put off by the Hop Bomb arms race and long for a simple sunny west coast day in a bottle.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orangish with a very small white head, and some lacing.

smell is floral, citrus, some caramel, and roasted malt.

taste is crisp, bitter, malt, a roastiness, a little sweet in the back, and some caramel, ends a little sour, and bitter.

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Photo of avalon07
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a totally clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops, and perhaps a little malt.

T: Tasted of lemon and malt and hops in the finish. Too thin in character and too bitter in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While not the worst IPA I've ever had, this one certainly doesn't measure up to the best.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden, that is just short of bronze. A nice one finger head fades somewhat quickly but leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing.
S- The smell is not overpowering, but is of a nice quality pale and caramel malt, followed by faint citrus/orange hops.
T- The taste is of just slightly bitter hops, citric natured, followed by a rather nice malt flavor. Hop and alcohol flavors fulfill the finish.
M- light bodied, dry with fairly crisp carbonation.
D- Goes well with food, though not necessarily great as a standalone drink. I found it to be a decent beer but nothing that blew me away. At 6.5abv it's a beer where having two isn't unreasonable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Handsome orange-amber in the wine glass. Modest head, well laced. Spicy nose, flowery hop aroma. Big rich pine flavor starts out nicely but goes to the back of the throat. Long woody, astringent, bitter aftertaste. Bitter citrus rind like grapefruit pith. Some malt gives it a medium body with just a touch of fruity sweetness that reminds me of watermelon.

Somewhat flat tone, but turns harsher than most IPAs. Interesting hop flavors, but even at 70 IBU I find it tough to drink. Label says Willamette and Zeus.

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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 59 ratings