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

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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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 59
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 sinistermadman
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a very active carbonation stream. Nice burly head that retains well. Barnyard, vegetal nose.

Taste is lemon tinged with a muted hop flavor profile. Hop / malt interplay is not in harmony. The result is a flavor that feels imbalanced with little discernible character. Certainly no fruit notes as the label proclaims and not bright, more like muddled.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with marginally adequate carbonation. Slightly sticky finish that leaves a fatty lingering taste. Take a pass on this one.

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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 dedrinker
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy golden color, whatever white head.

Aromas of not much - some lightest dusty yeast and citrus hops.

Flavor was quite astoundingly innocuous - just a little citrus peel presence over a lightly bready malt. And then nothing.

Medium body, and with so little flavor here, it's much easier to gauge the body.

Bitter hops in the finish, but still half asleep.

This must be a socialist beer - employee-owned with just enough of a home base market where you can live off of uninspired mediocrity while the outside world competes for true flavor. AB would pay good money for this toothless recipe.

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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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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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Photo of beertunes
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark yellow/light gold color with a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued, almost bland, with mostly grain and a bit of bitter hops. The flavor was also subdued, bitter hops mostly, with a slight metallic taste at the back of the throat.

The body and drinkability was also typical for the style. Overall, a very average brew that got a higher numerical score than it deserves. Give it a shot if you see it, just don't expect much.

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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 jera1350
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear dark gold color with a thin bright white head.

The nose is comprised mostly of sweet malt with a pretty big apricot scent as well. Hops appear to be non-existent though.

Very strong and astringent. Alcohol up front and becomes even more prevalent in the end. Not much malt sweetness after all. Notes of apricot and honey with biting bitter hops that are earthy and piney. A bit of a mess on the palate especially with the rubbing alcohol like booze.

Not too bad a feel on the mouth. Could use a bit more body and carbonation.

Doesn't drink real well for me. The alcohol is not desireable and it messes with the whole beer. Not sure I like the hop combo in this either. I wouldn't have this again.

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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 jpro
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint glass... It looks bright and refreshing: a light, slightly cloudy orange, with a creamy, white head that manages some slight retention (and virtually no lace). Aroma is bready and of sweet citrus - tangerine comes to mind - nothing that's going to blow you away, though. Taste is again of citrus hops, with some light caramel malt and a touch of booze in the finish. Lots of grapefruit rind in the finish, too - almost an unpleasant tonsil puckering bitter, that doesn't really lend itself to being enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light-medium and a touch creamy with low carbonation. Overall, probably not a beer that I'll get again - I suppose it'd be good on a summer afternoon, but I can't say that I was pleased with this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2oz bottle $4. I usually buy the spot beers every summer but I may have been late on this one. Nice orange color but not much head. It smells a lot like their regular IPA but it does taste more hoppy with a bit of citrus but I'm not impressed by the malt profile. Now I am wishin g I had only bought one bottle instead of two but oh well.

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

Pint consumed at the 2-7 in Spokane for $4.

Amber-light orange in color, with a big, off-white head that left lots of lace.

Very hoppy in the nose. Not as citrusy as I expected, though citrus elements were there. I have a feeling this is going to be a scorcher.

My suspicions were confirmed. This seemed to me like a bitter take on the style. While there are bits of grapefruit in the flavor, a little more fruitiness wouold have made this seem a lot more balanced. Malts provide a skeletal backbone, but not much else.

Oily, slightly slick mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

Drinkable, but not balanced enough to make me want to come back to it. Someone looking for a sharply bitter IPA would dig it, though.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a small white head and ok carbonation. After a few sipos the foam is gone

S: Smells of grains, hop bitterness, fruit

T: Starts sweet, fruits with grains, perhaps some toasted grain and corn, bitter finish

M: Cirsp but a little flat on the palate. Just not to appealing

D: Ok, but not one to seek out

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Photo of Seanibus
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good, though not a mind blower.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head (which falls to non-existent lacing). The aroma is beefy and grainy, like a medium-weight barley soup. This doesn't sound appetizing, I know, but it works on some level. The flavor is strong and musky, with a distinct bitter orange and that same beefy character, with a distinct barley flavor (as opposed to malt - I mean this in the sense of a real pearled barley). The bitterness is sharp and thin, high up in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is slight but prickly.

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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 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 Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice almost one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, some malts, some citrus notes. The taste is bitter, slightly dry, hoppy, nice little malt note, some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice IPA.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one finger fo white head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, orange and other light fruits. Not overpowering but some nice hops.

t - Tastes very bitter up front. After the bitterness subsided, got some citrus hops, and smooth caramel malts in the end.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth after the bitterness leaves.

d - A decent IPA. I thought it had a very nice smell but would have liked a little less bitterness in the taste. Would give another shot.

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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 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 Buebie
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bomber into a pint glass. Picked her up for roughly $4.
Head billows and almost runs over, at 2'' of white seafoam froth. Receding to leave gentle and generous retention. A good cap of foam that wiggles when the table the glass rests on is agitated.
Sticky white lace also, cakes the glass.
Color is a darker golden, hints of amber and red, but completely see through, as if the color itself is spotless.

Aroma contains a strong grain odor, mildly roasted. Bittering pine and hops with some leafy earth spice to it.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and slick, a good amount of cara malts used here, the feel was not what I expected, but pleasant indeed. Carbonation still coming through, good balance on the feel.

I thought I tasted and smelled a faint amount of banana at first sniff and sip. Now that is lost, I think the blasting of hops as eliminated that flavor for me at this point. Its bitter alright, plenty of pine tar, hemp, earthy spice and a little aspirin twang.
Long lasting hop bitters after every sip.

Great representation of the style and still as strong as the hops are, this is drinkable. Yet the aspirin twang that amps up into the finish is a bit annoying. Glad I tried it and good following of the style, but not somthing I'd seek out again.

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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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