Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)
59 Ratings
Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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
Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. This beer appeals to me.

Smell: nice, complex West-coasty hop aroma. Traits are funky, a little piney, and a little citrusy; it's like if a grapefruit was assaulted by an evergreen forest, only milder. Or something like that.

Taste: extremely faithful to the aroma, although more dynamic. As the initial onslaught of funk fades, the citrus comes out more and is eventually joined by a rather light and enjoyable malt base. The backbone is actually almost Belgian in its fruitiness and generally really enjoyable flavor. The more I drink this the more I like it. I'm going out on a limb here, but this may be one of my favorite Northwest IPAs ever. Kudos, Full Sail!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is noticeably creamy in style; this only enhances the aforementioned Belgianness of the brew.

Drinkability: what can I say? Like Cisco, this beer takes me by surprise! I would gladly quaff glass after glass of this.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange color with a red hue. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that slowly dissipated to an even skim. Decanted lazily. Laced in wide rings.

S: Rich crystal malt. Floral hops. Orange rind, grapefruit and pine. Lots of hop character.

T: Very consistent with the nose. Citrus comes ahead of the sweet caramel malt character. Floral character dominates the middle with a little resiny pine texture. Sharp bitter lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth, maybe its filtered and loses some of the resiny feel.

D: The bomber went down fast. Hop character masks malt more than most APA's

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Hazy peach hue with healthy 2-finger white tightly bubbled head with good retention but spare lacing.

S: Aroma is underwhelming with husky pale malts combining with lightly vegetal and citrus hops.

T: Surprisingly juicy IPA with complex, unique, experimental hops combo of pine, citrus, and vegetable which actually work really well to accent the strong pale malt. Finish is mineral dry with some light malt sweetness and dull bitterness settling in at the very end. A very interesting and likeable flavor concoction.

M: The mouthfeel is very sumptuous with more juiciness and lushness in a medium-bodied ale package. A fine carbonation helps with smoothness and the aftertaste is distinctly bitter with some burnt caramel and raw malt flavors.

D: A really liked this IPA --- distinct and unique with a new combination of hops flavors and a long, strong aftertaste. More power in the aroma department would elevate this English-ish IPA to contender status with other earthy, juicy balanced IPAs. I am heading out to buy more if this without a doubt.

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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 philbertk
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Brewing Company--SPOTLESS--22 Fluid Ounces Of BriIliantly Bright IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (4.25/ 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Clear thin bright orange gold color. Floral delicate hop front. Dry sweet light textured rich smooth pale caramel crystal malt mild fruit subtly hop infused rich body. Clean refreshing mellow bitter hop dry citrus hint end. Best Spot? Sampled 6/4/2010. 2 @ $4.99 Each.

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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 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 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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of obireidkenobi
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having a brew from Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve series.

Appearance - Light orange, light foamy head.

Smell - Malty. With some Northwest citrus hops.

Taste - Impressive. Crisp and clean American IPA, with a nice malt backbone. Citrus & Fruit. For a second almost tropical fruit. I love the fact its not overly aggressive.

Mouthfeel - Inviting and clean. Not heavy, overly bitter.

Drinkabililty - Even though I was sharing this bomber, I'm pretty sure I got 75%. Very drinkable.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this were a wine, I'd tell you to buy it by the truckload. Part of the Brewmaster's Reserve series, this was only $3.99 for a 22oz. bomber. It pours a crisp pale amber, with a great head that pillows up creamy smooth like meringue and leaves lots o' lace. Some pine on the nose, along with the copious hops, but not much else. Flavor is incredible. It's a wonderful, sharp bite of hops and balanced really well with the malt given how robust and forward the flavor is. Finish is long and carries the hop bitterness, but is never "bad" bitter. Little bit of sweetness runs throughout the flavor. Some currant-like flavors also rolling around in there it seems. Excellent beer and so well pricede you should buy cases of this and refrigerate it. Absolutely worth tracking down.

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Photo of litheum94
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/24/10.

P: Bright golden with a thin, dirty white head that settles to pools of bubbles and a patchy covering.

A: Zesty, crisp, floral hop aromas. Stone fruit esters, biscuit malts. A little bit of spice.

T: A melange of flavors: citrus, spice, earthy wood tones, biscuit malts. A good, quick, bitter hop oil taste that quickly fades and is rounded out by the other flavors. A touch of caramel sweetness is in there too.

My first known experience with Zeus hops, and I like the profile that they produce. The combo of earth, wood and floral tones work well and the high alpha acid content is balanced nicely.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, clean beer from Full Sail. I've like their other 'spot' beers so this was a natural must-try for me.

Pours a diluted-orange, clean body, capped with a moderately fluffy head, some lacing. Pretty good retention.

Slight citrus aroma, but mostly subtle orange and pomelo. This one isn't as strong as some other IPAs.
The flavors aren't as strong either, but think that's ok. This one has tame citrus flavors, but not the sharpness. Undertone of soft malt and caramel. Alcohol comes briefly through to say hi.

Again, not the bite as some IPAs. Clean and fresh, though not balanced like Odells.

nice beer

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Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange pour with 1-finger medium cream head. Very active carbonation. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is pretty bright. Lots of earthy, piney hops. There is some orange zest present as well.

Hits hard right up front with fairly aggressive hops. Deep malts in the finish with even more aggressive hops. Not over the top, though. Even with the earthy malt flavor, the overall feel stays on the thin side. Pine hops match the nose.

Oveall, a decent IPA in the northwest style.

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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 JBogan
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a rather standard looking medium gold with a small white head which recedes quickly and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

There's a mild but pleasant hop presence in the nose, along with a hint of spruce. Not strong scented but inviting nonetheless.

The taste is similar to the aroma. Some citric hops along with a bit of lemon. I like the fact that this isn't just another trendy hop bomb. It's on the more subdued side, yet remains very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. It has a good thickness and just the right amount of carbonation to make it crisp on the finish.

Overall this might not be a beer which will appeal to the "more hops are better" crowd. However I found it enjoyable and worth returning to again.

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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 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 arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the Tasting Room and Pub on 8/9/10. Reviewed from notes.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent head that lasted fairly long. Nose was light pale malts with a hint of citrus hops. Taste was good, very well balanced between the malts and northwest hops with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall drinkability is good, this is a well balanced English style IPA that paired well with my fish and chips at the Pub, nothing overly exciting but a good beer nonetheless!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, yellow-copper, with a thin, white head that fades quickly, leaving some thin patches. Little bit of lacing.
Malty up front, with some piney/peppercorn hops that have a light fruit aspect. Light notes of grapefruit and mango.
Taste is almost immediately bitter hops that quickly take on a mild, piney aspect. Slightly bready malts join in as the hops become piney. Light fruit notes follow, with some orange, grapefruit and mango. Finish is a nice blend of subtle fruity notes, hops, and malts.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a sticky finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good.

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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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A $2.50 pint at Capt. Ankeny's.

A: Quite clear, but very few rising bubbles within a butterscotch-orange pour. About a finger of creamy white atop, drops in a couple minutes to a rim-hugging ring. Decent lace, a draped netting.

S: Modest/forgettable aroma of candied orange, mild pine and doughy malt. Served at a fair temperature and nothing interfering with my nose...hmmm, just not much to smell here. A disappointment compared to past 'Sun' series IPAs.

T: Nicely balanced caramel and vibrantly fruity hops. Retains sweetness throughout, ends with a zesty tang and an earthy spice. Orange pith and mild pine. Kinda throws a variety of hop flavors at ya; though it's tougher to wade through, the end result still works out fine.

M: Generally smooth, with a gently rounded hop/bittered finish. Lasting spice and a little sugary malt lingering on the lips. Medium body, might even call this 'refreshing'.

D: Despite a hum-drum aroma, this gets good overall marks for drinkability. An 'average' ABV (6.5%) means I could have a couple; flavor and feel are both firmly on the 'plus' side. Nothing terribly innovative, but a solid IPA nonetheless.

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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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Spotless IPA (Brewmaster Reserve 2010) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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