Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of tchenery
4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holding this beer up to the light it's more of a deep reddish to brown hue. It has an awesome stout-looking head on top that is creamy for sure.

It smells hoppy yet with a slight 'dubbel smell'. It has that malty smell thats more like toast. Definitely the best of both worlds.

First taste is roasted/toasted flavor like burnt bread crust. This actually lingers pretty much all the way through. It is hoppy as anything though, that comes next. Very 'green' hop flavor. It's very earthy. It has a way of always going back to the burnt taste though, but I'm kind of loving it.

Mouthfeel is silk.

Drinkability is super high for a 6.5% brew.

Head is lacing all the way, beer is very unique and completely delicious. A+

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Photo of ATXRyan
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Bump In The Night: I love the name, but will I love the beer?

A rough pour brings up a massive head of khaki. I can smell light pine at arms length... and some sweetish maltiness. It's taking a long time to settle, but that's alright, a beer like this needs to warm a little bit to reveal its full character. Waiting is tough, but I want to top it off; and you can't really smell a beer through so much head. At least it shows good lacing as it settles. There we go, finally; down the side of the glass and a little slower this time. It looks almost like a Guinness at this point, but the body's much lighter - I'm guessing about 36 SRM, a dark mahogany. The pine's still there in the nose, soft and wet like underbrush. Fresh. There's a hint of gently citrusy fruit. It's not bold; I like that, it doesn't need to be. You get a suggestion of the malt as well... some toastiness and mild roastiness. It tastes the same. There's a bit of spiciness to it as well, but it's mainly light pine with a delicate spritz of grapefruit/tangerine within a gently caramel and cocoa malt base. I get some other fruit as well, and an edge of roastiness. I like that there's a quick dollop of sweet caramel along the way; and that it doesn't finish too dry and piney/resinous. It's really nicely balanced. The roastiness lingers a bit in the finish, along with some minor residual pine, and it reminds me of camping. More specifically, it reminds me of first leaving the tent in the early morning, moving out into the cold air and tossing a few pieces of kindling on the fire to get it going again - damp earth and light smoke. What's this beer called, "Cascadian Dark Ale"? Yeah, for this one I'd definitely go with that over "Black IPA". But what about its drinkability... it's "overall" character? Well I'm pretty impressed. It would have been quite easy to go sharp, bitter and resinous with this one, but it's not. It's very finely tuned - it's polished and well-rounded. The dark-malt acidity, hop resins, alcohol, and bitterness are all kept in check. Absolutely superb! Whomever created this knows what they're doing. Worth checking out!

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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 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 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 bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of depechemode1983
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with dark red hues. Head is tan an has decent retention. Not much lacing.

S - Upfront you get a toasty candy like grapefruit sweetness. There is a good amount of citrus hops in the nose that is dominant. The toasty character holds up in the background more so.

T - Sweet, bitter citric hops, and a roasted coffee flavor. Very flavorful. All the flavors are pronounced and easy to pick up. Simple flavor combined really well.

M - Smooth and creamy and the moderate carbonation is perfect. This one is smooth and goes down great.

D/N 4.99 a bomber? That's a pretty damn good price for this beer. This stuff is delicious. I wish I had bought 2 bombers.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of Bump today at The Liquor Shoppe for $5.99 (plus dep).

Poured into a tulip, the color was a deep reddish-garnet. The liquid was clear, and carbo was hard to find in the bier. Topping things off was a thin, fine beige layer of bubbles, most of which headed to the edge of the glass. Some roasty notes came forth in the aroma, along with a healthy dose of citrus. This bier has a fairly smooth feel on the tongue, while the body falls in the medium range.

Ok, flavor time. Light roastyness is present, with subtle cocoa, choco action. There's lots of citrus here, but it's not over-the-top grapefruity. It's more like a bit of orange and apricot, with some rindy, resiny pine action pitching in. It almost leans towards being tropical, and this fruitiness lasts quite well on the palate during the finish. maybe not the best Black IPA I've come upon, but fairly tasty, all in all. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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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 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 indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the name and the label for this American Black Ale (I wish that would have stuck with Cascadian Dark Ale for this style, it describes it so much better)

Pours like a dark amber or light brown ale, sort of surprising based on the style. So, yeah, its not "black" but it is "dark"-ish.

Aroma is skunky, funky, bitter, green and definitely unique. I can't quite make it what it really reminds me of but its not something I smell a lot in other beers. Bread dougha and marijuana combined maybe.

Tastes great. Like a cheese whose aroma doesn't quite match with the taste, this is a very hoppy vs malty vs hoppy brew. Plenty of biscuity flavors match up against citrus, fruit and bitter hops and then another wallop of malty sweetness. Love the complexity of this brew, especially as its a pretty low ABV example of the style.

Pretty smooth on the pallate, well okay, its a bit astringent but plenty drinkable. Oh yeah, I'd say that is probably a serious plus for this brew, drink-A-bility. This drinks higher than its ABV and I'd love to sit down to 3-4 drafts of this in front of a fireplace at a nice beer bar.

Thanks to Full Sail for coming to MA although your brewery and taproom in Hood River will never be rivaled when it comes to where best to enjoy your beers. Cheers!

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Photo of diamondc
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a bomber. 2011 Brewmaster Reserve.

A: Standard porter appearance. Mahogany, clear, ruby tint. Not much head or lacing.

S: Pine, burnt toast, with some dark chocolate overtones. The dank smelling hops leap from the glass.

T: Heavy roast and pine flavors. Sweet citrus, mainly apricot, from the hops. Dry, slightly astringent bitterness at the end.

M/D: The roast and hops meld nicely and I don't get much hotness here. I really like this CDA. I find it better than Stone & Victory's dark IPAs.

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Photo of Briken
4.06/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber and medium foamy tan head with okay retention and lacing. Citrus hops and roasted malt aroma. Big grapefruit and pine up front with chocolate and roasted malts lingering after swallowing. Sharp bite feel with fuzzy mouth coating.

There's an odd mixture in the aroma but it is rather intriguing and pleasant. Big IPA flavor with the dark malts rounding off the finish. It has all the elements of a cascadian ale although the flavors become a bit muddy. Pretty easy drinking other than the hop and roasted bitterness gets a bit overwhelming in a less pleasant experience.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Black pour with quite a bit of amber accents, ample white head.

Aroma has about equal parts pine, roast, citrus zest.

Taste, also pretty equaled out compared to some black IPAs. This is not overwhelmed by the roast, more citrus and resiny hops. Still plenty of malt backbone, but much more of a toasted nature. Finishes pretty dry again with more hops than roast.

Lighter mid body. Actually liked the overpowering roast of some others more, but this is solid and more drinkable because of the low abv and less astringent roast.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany brown wity cherrywood red highlights when held to the light. Head is 1 finger, lightly amber with slight to moderate lacing.

Aroma is of floral and citrus hops with a tinge of that roasty malt in the background. Taste: Northwestern hops with a slightly heavier and roastier malt backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with some tang up front. A Black IPA, pretty decent, pretty drinkable.

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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 Thurston
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up tonight at the COOP.. 3/4" tan head... the brew isn't black.. instead a deep and very clear walnut... head really doesn't stick around for too long.

Nice roasty presence is a bit higher than other BIPA's I've had ... but I like it.. the citrus hops aren't blown out and really overall the aroma is pleasing and very balanced.

Flavor is very fresh... roasty with a little French Roast... midpalate is balanced between the roast and hops along with some toasty presence... I dig this one... you really have to appreciate both sides of the spectrum.. the hops seem about perfect and the dark qualities are pronounced and pretty rich.

Body is good with a slight oily feel.. may be a touch on the light side, but I don't think so for a lower ABV...

All 4's.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev +17%

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 Bilco
4/5  rDev +17%

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

I poured some of my 22 oz bomber into my glass mug...

The beer is very dark, almost black with red hues with a thin, bubbly, off-white head that quickly dissipated. The beer smells of peppery hops, it's has a lot of citrus aromas as well. I noticed lim and pine. The taste is strong with lemony hops, lots of piney flavor as well with just a hint of coffee in the background. The beer is light and has some stinging carbonation, the finish is dry and has a lingering bitterness. I really enjoyed Bump in the Night, I thought it tasted like a normal IPA, didn't get much flavor from the dark malt.

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

nose....roasted malt..potato chips...pendelton shirts...

mouthed....a nice coffee roast and malts...a decent amount of hops but not hoppy per se...a nice easy drinker at 6.5%...bold enough...like an abyss without all of that depth....but a handsome drinker...

something i will certainly buy again...

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