Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available January to mid-March; new for 2011
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 178
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked dark brown to barely black with a lighter brown head on the top of it, 1/4" deep. Aroma was woefully missing, surprised, neither roast nor hops were making their presence felt.

Taste was an acrid bitterness that was offputting. For shame. A lot of bitterness and toffee malt with old coffee bitterness style flavings. At least it was cheap.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having spent many a delirious day in Portland, Oregon and enjoying ready access to this employee-owned brewery, I was delighted to find it available here in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, my increasing devotion to Cascadian dark ales (aka Black IPA), made this discovery more enjoyable.

The opening looks promising: a vibrant head of sponge emitting a nutty aroma; the body is a dark ruby color with orange splotches reflecting light at the bottom of the glass. There is no lacing as the head quickly slips away. The nose is overwhelmed by a massive pine blast, peppered with minor crumbs of raisin, spice and orange. Meanwhile … down in the palate, there is an initiation of lemongrass followed by a crisp maltiness, one which builds as the quaff ensues.

There is a fine structure that holds it all together as there is no single ingredient that stands alone; they all unite to prove the drinker a complex, yet comfortable experience. Great beer from a great brewery/ Full sail ahead to Beervana!

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, verging on black, with a massive, coarse tan head, which retains well. Thick, patchy, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich aromas of coffee, bitter cocoa, and roasted malt vie with juicy citric hops.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of roasted malt, then citric hops rise to ascendency. Along the way, bitter cocoa, and cold coffee present. The citric hops have an aspect more of bitter orange rind than grapefruit. Late in the taste, there is a subtle sweet chocolate, brief but notable. Finishes with a lingering, moderate hop presence.

Mouth fee: Smooth soft, and very full, with an almost creamy aspect.

Drinkability/notes: Very good, and quite a bargain at less than five dollars for a bomber.

Presentation: Packaged in a stand twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas in January of 2013 for $4.99/22 oz bomber.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is not so interesting a black ale, to me. It looks a lot thinner than any black ale I have seen, to date. Flavor profile is...okay. A lot of this really strikes me more as a brown ale than a black ale. There are some hop characteristics that pop in at the end of this, but it really isn't enough to save the experience. A nice "beer" to drink, but not really all that great as a black ale.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at the brewery in Hood River late last spring. I would say it has stood the test of time rather well. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is translucent with a modest off-white head.

Smell is a mild hoppy sour citrus aroma, with a hint of smoke along side.

Taste is very good, a citrus grapefruit flavor, with a bitetr charcoal flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a dry charcoal aftertaste.

Overall a very nice drinkable IPA, and the dark roasted flavors are a nice twist. I'm still coming to grips with the style, but this one is very good.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Dark, nearly black, edges of garnet.

SMELL: Soft dank hop resin, hemp oil, floral, pine sap, burnt sugar, highly toasted bread.

TASTE: Slight roasted grain, smooth, medium body, burnt sugar, treacle, brown bread, hop oil, floral, mild citrus.

I'm still having a ton of fun exploring this style, lots of talk of what it is supposed to be and different regions making their own path. Full Sail clearly pulls it off here ... not that I had any doubt.

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

Clear brown colour with garnet highlights. Creamy, dense, light tan head.

Slightly nutty malt aroma with a piney, resinous hop note. A touch bready.

Smooth sweet malt with a nutty edge. Earthy, resinous bitterness. Good, crisp edge from the hops. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but the cask isn't doing it's job as this lacks a bit of creaminess. The hops could also be a touch fruitier.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber from Raceway Citgo outside of OCMD.

A: The black ale is much more of a darker caramel brown, a dark nonetheless. The mysteriousness leads to a merely wispy head, never much worth mentioning. As opaque as a press conference.

S: Nicely roasted, the ale has a dark nose that doesn't skimp on the sweetness with chocolate in strong supply. Piney citrus is a sharp counterpoint to the black ale base, a welcome change of pace. Anxious for a first sip.

T: And I think that Full Sail nailed this one. The darker malts are austere, minimal with burnt toast and chocolate driving it. The hoppiness is a stark departure, adding tropical flavors and pine to the mix. The hops are more of a supporting act, content to not have to lead the beer. The mix of malt and hops drives minty flavors along with grapefruit, pine, and deep roast. I'm happy to report that this is the first Full Sail bottle that I was really into. Strong mix of the grapefruit hops and roasted malts.

M: The contrast of sweet and scorched is impressive, the darker malts drawing out the sweeter hops everytime. This one I liked.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.41/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's not completely black, but a really dark ruby color. It is perfectly clear and boasts a mocha colored head that sits as a thin later on top of the beer.

S: I get slight pineapple behind a wall of tangerine and grapefruit and a tiny bit of roasted caramel malt. This beer smells wonderful.

T: The first thing that I pick up are equal amounts of somewhat sweet caramel and roasted malt, and a shot of bitterness up front. The mid-palate and finish is where the clementine/honey tangerine hop flavor dominates and carries though, lasting well after the finish.

M: I can feel the carbonation dancing on my tongue, as it is well carbonated. It has a medium body, bordering on full bodied as it coats the palate well.

D: Five months ago, I would have no qualms about drinking many of these. Today, I'll just stick with one due to a new diet. That said, it drinks very nicely.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown and not quite opaque. Nice 1/2 inch tan head with good retention no lacing

Smell: Very sweet on the nose and it reminds me of a flower garden also has some roasted malt on the nose

Taste: The taste upfront is very floral from the hops. The malt kicks in on the backend to balance the beer just a bit and provide some bitter chocolate and some roasted coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation with a dry bitter finish

Overall: My experiences with CDA's in the past lead me to believe that this one feel short. I was hoping for a touch more hops and at just 65 IBU's it is just not enough for the style. Also the other CDA's I have had were a tad bit more complex in flavor and a hell of alot darker in color. Again the Full Sail Brewmaster's Reserve just continues to disappoint me.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would classify this as an American brown that is slightly on steroids. Malt contribution is very much in line with my expectations for an American brown combined with a very strong Cascade hop presence. Definitely balanced towards the hops, but not a hop bomb. Overall, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, no date except for the 2011 on the label.

appears brown with amber highlights, 1/4" off-white colored head. aroma is a mix of hops and an odd cooked vegetable smell. off putting.

tasted very grassy and bitter. hardly any malt flavor, not good. thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation level.

overall, not a good beer, very disapointed. the flavors are way off.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to be a lot of consensus on this one. That's a good sign considering this was my first foray into the "Black IPA" realm.

THE LOOK of Full Sail's "Cascadian Dark Ale" (don't go calling it a Black IPA now!!!) is good, in my opinion. It looks like watered-down coffee, which doesn't sound good but is a nice color for a beer. It could pass for a very light porter a barleywine, or possibly a deep brown ale. Good thing it's not labeled a "black" IPA, actually, given it's dark bronze/red color. The head is malty and stone colored, and identical to a good IPA--which is a nice contrast to the dark body.

THE SMELL is the high point of this beer. It is a very intense citrus ("grapefruit", as others have noticed). There is also a hint of raisin, cocoa, and smoke. Truthfully, Bump In The Night smells like an excessively hopped winter ale.

THE TASTE goes from the initial chocolate/cocoa quickly to intense hop, finishing with a very slight chocolate malt flavor. Hmmm, this tastes like a winter ale to me. I bet I could duplicate this flavor by mixing 3/4 strong IPA with 1/4 strong porter. Still good, but expecting something slightly more dramatic.

THE FEEL is medium-full with a dry, snappy finish. Solid.

CONCLUSION: This was my first Black IPA, I mean, Cascadian Dark Ale. Twas good stuff. I found this more enjoyable and interesting than a straight IPA, which can be tiring towards the end of a 22 oz'er. I would have liked it to be less winter warmer-ish though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night with a towering three inches of chocolate colored foam on the top of the glass. Settling slowly it left behind tons of brown lace up and down the glass. Aroma is piney hops and rich roasted malts. Touches of peat and campfire like tones coming through. Nice feel, medium carbonation and heavy enough to keep me intrested, but not overally full. Nice opening bite of piney hops come across quite nicely with a delicate dryness and touches of light hops. Quickly the roasted malts take over and offer lots of smokey and rich malty notes. Light chocolate starts to come through in the dry finish and leaves the palate searching as to which flavor dominated the most but the last gasp goes to a deep, smokey malt

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, it has a dark brown appearance that shines a deep red when held up to the light. The head is pretty small but that's alright.

The aroma is malty with a little hop flavor to it. I catch more bitter hops at the beginning before the malts take over.

The flavor is a little more hoppy than the aroma, warm though and the bitter flavor lingers. It's good but not great, and it's tasty but not mind-blowing.

Another solid beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasatch threw this one in as an extra in one of our trades. Thanks, John.

Bump in the night has a dark brown body with ruby highlights and a pretty big, brown head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

Pretty fruity nose, with a bit of black bread and some citrus scent from hops.

Bump in the Night is a little bit weird. I think the strongest flavor might actually be the slight, generic, fruit notes from the ale yeast. It leads of with some grassy flavors and light citrus hops, which is followed by some bitterness. The middle is dominated by the yeast, and next comes a little bit of a coffee and maybe a little bit of roasted malt flavor. Black bread finds its way in there also, but just a barely. The finish brings some more bitterness.

Medium bodied, with a hair over medium carbonation; somewhat crisp feeling.

This is a weird one. Instead of that nice interplay between dark, roasted malts and bitter hops, I get a lot of ale yeast that has a small dose of the malt and hop flavors.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: At first glance it's a solid black with brown highlights at the edges, but when held to light, the brown notes really come through. A little murky, but a solid-black brown. The head is a dirty tan and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit and citrus/floral notes from the hops. The whole thing is tempered by a slightly roasted malt profile that pulls deep hints of cocoa. A little grainy in the back. but the hops help brighten everything up a little bit.

Taste: Pretty much a spot on match for the nose. The big difference comes in the malt profile. Deeper roasted notes come through, but everything seems mired in the cocoa and floral hop flavors. It's a little muddled overall. The hops add a nice touch, saving this thing from being a mediocre roasted wannabe hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with a little dryness on the back of everything. Not quite as heavy as I like for the style, but it brought a certain refreshing quality that I was not expecting.

Overall: It's not a top-tier take on the style, but for $5-$6 a bomber, it's really worth the pickup. It won't break the bank and it's a rewarding experience all said and done.

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Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color showing ruby highlights, with less than one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Freshly toasted grain, with somewhat restrained floral and grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with estery hop aromatics that are slightly dizzying in their variety, showing spicy herbaceous, earthy, and floral qualities as well as lesser citrus. Flavors focus more on the vegetal in the middle, staying fresh but showing a little astringency before moderate bitterness develops into the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly resinous on the palate while acidity remains restrained, with low carbonation.

D/O: While not among the top tier of black IPAs, this beer is interesting in its own right. It begins in remarkable fashion, with the marriage of esters and dynamic--bordering on schizophrenic--hop flavors, although the rest of the sensory profile is less noteworthy.

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Photo of Florida9
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Beer is a dark reddish brown, not quite as dark as mahogany, and easily the lightest Cascadian Ale I have ever seen. Forms a fairly substantial tannish head that slowly reduces down to a ring around the edge and some patchy lacing.

S: Toast, coffee, and citrusy hops.

T: A very weak malt base allows the generous grapefruit and citrus hops to come through. Some sweetness on the front end. A strong, burnt coffee bitterness on the back end. Faintly metallic.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Dry bitterness on the finish.

O: At first I found this beer intriguing as I appreciated it for being one of the most IPA-like Cascadian Ales I have experienced. However, the novelty quickly wore off as the unbalanced flavors took a toll on my palate. In the end, I can't say this was an overly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: dark amber, not really black. nice 1/4" off white head reduces to a cap and lacing. noticable carbonation

s: slight malt, gobs of citrus and floral

t: a battle os sweetness and bitterness on the tounge. Slight hint of toffee and raisen. More complex than my expectations where.

m: medium bodied, slightly drying

o: Nice to see a American Black Ale that is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts. Solid Beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark, a mahogany color, and almost clear. Head is pretty good, two fingers, and nearly white. Lacing is patchy but pretty good.

Smells very nice. Plenty of woody, herbal hops and some piney notes and a bit of nuttiness.

Tastes pretty good. It's got an easy going mellow hops profile, with a definite woody flavor. Herbs are light but notable. There's a pleasant spiciness to it also. Roasty malts finish it out.

Feel is a bit on the light side, slightly slick and oily, with a nice lingering hops bitterness.

I find it to be quite enjoyable. Perhaps not the top of the line black ale, but definitely a tasty treat that I'm happy I purchased.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and from a 22 ounce bottle in a 20 ounce glass.
A - dark brown to near black with a decent head and little lacing.
S - malts, roasted malts, and hops.
T - adequate malts and hops to fit the 'style'.
M - on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation.
D - not bad at all.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a thin dark tan head that faded into a bubbly film.
S: Hoppy notes of smelly herbal and earthy hops reminiscent of hops' danker more herbal cousin.
T: Note very potent in the flavor department but it's definitely hoppy. Hops are earthy and balanced by some subtle dark malt in the finish. Finish is thin and lightly bitter. Very straightforward and not complex.
M: Thinnish body, good bubbly carbonation and a light mouthfeel.
O: Easy to drink, not a bad ipa but pretty average.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 2.8.11.

A - Deep brown with a light thin head. Slight lacing left on the glass.

S - Spicy and nut-like.

T - Again spices and nuts, some toffee. Becomes more hoppy and bitter, almost grass like as it warms.

D - Oily and slick in the mouth.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy 1 finger fluffy slow fading head that leaves some lacing, over a dark molasses brown slight reddish hue beer.

Nose brings some earthy hops, spicy hops, plenty of cascadian hops, mixed with plenty of darker malts, a light fluffy cocoa nougat, caramel malts, and a faint hint of a light fruity like hop character.

Taste starts similar, hops kick in first bringing plenty of cascadian hops, light citrus and fruits, bit spicy and earthy, which is quickly blended with the darker malts, some caramel malts, light cocoa nougat flavors fluffy in character, very slight oatmeal like feel, fairly bitter with a slight chewing on cascade hop pellet flavor, and very light roast. Finishes still fairly bitter but never crazy bitter, lingering chewy and spicy hop characters, little sticky but dry mouth, slight dark malt taste.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, fluffy like a bit of an oatmeal stout, and decent carbonation.

Overall it wasn't bad, not great, but better than what I expected for the current rating. It's in its own ballpark flavor wise, fluffy, light cocoa, nougat, and roast, nice cascade family hops, decent bitterness, maybe a bit sticky on the finish, but otherwise pretty good.

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 178 ratings