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

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

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
17.84%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of northaustin
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the bottle a transparent brown. in the glass it is black with a burnt ruby color when held to the light. small white head which disappears quickly and leaves minimal stringy lacing.

the smell just makes me upset. it is neither roasty nor hoppy. it smells like a regular porter was given an overdose of grassy hops. although this is wack to me, it seems to be the norm for cascadian dark ales.

taste is on par with the smell.

mouthfeel is surprisingly superb. these cascadian dark ales always catch me off guard with a boom bam of oilyness and cream in the mouthfeel.

drinkability: hard to say. its just weird, and seems like it was only made because it is a popular style right now.

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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 AustinBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 ounce bottle into a English pint glass.

This brew seems to hold its head fairly well, and has a dark shade that looks about like expected for what is supposed to be a dark IPA. Dark, ruby, red hue with a decent head that lasts.

When I bought this brew and read the description on the side of the bottle, my initial thoughts were that it was going to be Full Sail's own version of Arrogant Bastard. While it does share similarities in terms of the style, in my humble opinion, Full Sail has a more approachable, well balanced dark IPA, that does an excellent job of showcasing a wide multitude of flavors.

The nose of this brew is a big dose of citrus, grass, and piney hops, with the dark roasted malts taking a back seat. These fairly aggressive hop notes carry over into the taste, which is met with some mild roast and semi-sweet toffee flavors, as well as tad bit of molasses, caramel, smoke, and wood. This brew was obviously fermented with a fairly high attenuation, as there is little residual sweetness in the finish, which is simply dominated by grass, citrus, and pine notes from the hops. Slight detectable alcohol seems to be present in the middle to the end.

This is overall a great offering from Full Sail. It's sort of like a variation of their winter release (Wassail), but with more of an IPA like kick and less sweetness. At 6.5% ABV, drink with care, as this one does sneak up on you.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours more of Coke/Rootbeer brown into a pint glass with about a finger of creamy bubbled head.

Lightly roasted nose with some hops pineyness.

Taste is thin but prickly with carbonation, lots of hop bitterness that lingers on the back end. There's some very slight roasted malt flavor or burnt caramel.

Overall a bit too bitter for me - I've had much better in the style. If they hadn't said it was a "full bodied" with "notes of cocoa" I wouldn't have been so disappointed.

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Photo of MrOH
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with 1 finger of off-white head, decent lacing

Pine, grapefruit, the funk, hint of cocoa if you really get in there

minty pine first, then grapefruit, marmalade, and caramel mixing it up, followed by a touch of cookie and drying out with the minty pine again.

Feels pleasant enough, medium bodied, and the hops and medium carbonation cleanse the palate well.

I could easily finish the bottle, but not too sure this would be that great of a beer to make a night of. Just too much going on.

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Photo of potownbill
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forget the Black Ale category. It was not what I would expect from a Black Ale, but still a very good beer. This is a very enjoyable beer.
Appearance: brown with reddish tones, decent white head wit good lacing.
Smell: Certainly bitter citrus.
Taste: Bitter hops, citrus, some mild malt.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, lingering hop oiliness.
Drinkability: Easy to finish the 22oz. Alcohol level is above the average, but not mind numbing.

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Photo of Mtnbeerman
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every single Cascadian Dark Ale I've had until now, and I like that name for the style, has been excellent. Both Deschutes' Hop in the Dark and Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous brews have been excellent, especially Stone's. Whenever I see someone else with the same style come out then I'm very tempted to try it. Hopefully this Bump in the Night will impress and since I haven't had a Full Sail beer in a long time I am eager to see what they've come up with.

This was a bit of a strange pour. Others, like the Stone and Deschutes, poured more like stouts with caramel colored frothy heads and ruby colored liquid. Bump in the Night has a more off-white head that is the color of toffee. It takes awhile for it to form, is very frothy, and leaves some film on top. A fair amount of lacing is left too. The beer looks black regularly but in the light it is a dark but clear copper color. I'd say this definitely looks like a root beer except with a frothy head.

The smell is...interesting. I get a lot of earthy hops and a very prominent mealiness that is off-putting to me. I can pick up some roasted malts there too but it's not significant. There is a bit of sweetness to it as well.

When tasting this I wouldn't say it tastes very much like a Cascadian Dark Ale. It definitely has hops in it but there is not that dark, roasted, cocoa/coffee aspect to the beer that gives it the full-bodied goodness that is expected from the style. At least compared to the Hop in the Dark and Sublimely Self-Righteous, the two Cascadian Dark Ales I've had before this, Bump in the Night just doesn't have what they do in terms of having a great balance of hoppiness and the roasted dark cocoa/coffee that makes the style one of my favorites. It has the mealiness in there too that I picked up in the smell. I wouldn't say that tastes bad...but it's not something I find interesting or tasty. I don't pick up too much roasted malts or cocoa. It has a medium to full body to it but it simply doesn't have the full flavor expected from the style. Still, it does have hoppiness and there is some additional malt breadiness that doesn't make it taste watery (that I would guess it would taste like without it).

The mouthfeel is a bit watery but gets a lot better after you let it sit out. It's smooth, medium-bodied, and has mild carbonation. I will say it's easy to drink (after letting it sit out a bit to warm up).

Overall I am not impressed by this beer and I think it's not characteristic of the Cascadian Dark Ale at all. Compared to Stone's and Deschutes', and I hate to keep making the comparisons, it is very inferior in every way. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer but it's definitely a disappointment.

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Photo of Rathakem
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of spree92
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks LazyL for my last beer in BC for a while.

Poured a deep brown with a red hue on the border. A massive head, aggresive pour, that left a scrambled lacing all the way down. A spicy malt aroma hits first and a caramel scent comes later. The bitter hops are also here.
Maltiness is first ditected taht are heavy on the palate. Almost espresso like. The bitterness of the hops are hidden in the taste, but here. Leaves the mouth a little dry but tasty. A chewy caramel is also prevelant.
This is a really good beer but even more interesting. Full Sail took a chance this year and I think did a pretty good job.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a slight shade above black. Strikes the look of a classic porter. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of light khaki head. The head falls to a ring. Some lacing is left down the glass.

The nose offers a fairly typical Cascadian Dark Ale aroma. Hops hit the nose first. Herbal citrus stands out front. A fair bit more roastiness comes through compared to other Cascadians. A licorice quality comes through along with some coffee notes. A light bit of chocolate rounds things out.

The taste follows along with the nose. The hops are at the forefront. Grapefruit, backed up by some herbal qualities hit first. Some roasty dark malts flows underneath the hops striking a bit of a balance. Light roasted coffee stands out. Some dry licorice notes present as well. Semi-sweet chocolate notes play out in the drying bitter grapefruit finish

Bump in the Dark sits in the middle of medium bodied. A solid carbonation lightens things up.

Thanks to full sail for another tasty offering. This is a solid Cascadian Dark ale. The hops and dark malts are balanced well. Bump in the Dark doesn't quite have that refreshing quality others seem to have. Even so, this is a tasty brew for hop heads.

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Photo of LazyL
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with some nice red tones and a thick light toffee head. I like the nose here. Some stout notes, like coffee and a good piney hop. There is an initial sourness like a stout again and then a medium bitterness to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is dry and the carbonation level is good. Its complex and balanced. Different and interesting.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a sticky beige head.

Aroma: Bittersweet malts with a little bit of citrus grapefruit. Very earthy and woody.

Flavor: Deep wood and earth in the flavor, matched with some 'dark' yeasts and bittering hops. The bitterness lasts into the finish and the aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied beer with some big bitter flavors. A little intense for more than one tall boy, but loving just one.

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Photo of chicano4craft
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cola looking dark brown. Smallish head. I thought this was a black ale?

Nose is weird. I was expecting hops but ended up with a very metal smell. It's somewhat chocolatey. Not good at all. Burnt rubber comes to mind.

Taste is not good. There's a very metallic bitterness mixed with an off caramel. Reminds me of cold coffee that was made too weak.

Mouthfeel is very thin and tea like. Had trouble getting this down. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of imagese
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- color of pour is a light amber. In the glass, it is clear copper. No head, and very minimal lacing

S- hard to pull out anything. Some faint roasted malt, if anything

T- much like the nose. Not really much of anything until the end, and then it's the slightest somewhat of hop flavor. Tastes like if you took a hop pellet, rubbed it in your hand, then licked it

M- medium body, decent carbonation

O- nothing bad about this beer, but nothing worth trying again. For the style, it's quite a disappointment...

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Photo of abrethanson
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured this bottle into a smokestack tulip glass with single finger head and average lacing around glass. Dark, coffee, cola color at first glance. Shows a mysterious auburn/red when introduced to a light. Feels like I am looking into the Evil Queen's mirror waiting for a reply.

Smell - I have no sense of smell, so nothing comes to mind.

Taste - Mild hoppiness through out, coffee beans, with a cola/ burnt coffee aftertaste. Maybe the appearance is playing mind games with me. I was assuming more alcohol in the flavor but I guess it is only 6.5%. A little watery and weak to the taste buds. Makes more for an average pale ale

Mouthfeel - clean, carbonated, weak

Drinkability - A decent drink but far from monumental. I could probably knock back a few of these in a sitting, but I have no reason to.

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Photo of lifeboyq
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 0z bottle poured int a New Belgium tulip. Color is dark black cherry mostly opaque in the larger areas of the glass but at the bottom a small area appears translucent. Head is creamy, 2 fingers, and minimal lacing as it fades. Nose is of pine and grapefruit with dirt on the backend. The thought that comes to mind is cutting the grass below a pine tree with needles that have fallen and then inadvertently running over some random grapefruit that happened to be in the yard. Oh yea, and some dirt is kicked up because the grass doesnt grow super well in that area under the tree. The only thing i can taste is grapefruit. Might as well put some sugar in it, spoon it out and call it breakfast with some toast or pour some vodka in it for a grapefruit vodka mixer.

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Photo of pjeezus
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of iD9
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tuliped-pint

Appearance: A crisp, clear chestnut brown with notes of red through the thicker body of the beer. Head pours a bubbly, slightly off white. Diminishes quickly and leaves a viscous foam topping.

Smell: Slight fruity aroma and notes of roasty grains. reminds me a bit of rye.

Taste: Roasty grains throughout. A very earthy pallet with a touch of bitterness on the end. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Unlike most darkified ales it doesn't seem lacking in body. Smooth and clean, good work.

Drinkability: Good, nothing terribly remarkable. I think the roastiness of this beer does diminish the drinkability a bit.

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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 robertrunner
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Photo of kiddwhiz
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Came across this at my local establishment and tossed in the cart to see what it was all about. Poured dark "cola" brown with a two finger cavernus head similar to root beer. Stale smells of hops, roasty malts.

The Bump has an initial sweet hop taste but it transitions like a rocket in to a bitter, chared maltyness that is not appealing. Hints of hops, raisins and malts are pushed aside by an artificial taste that I marked as rubber. The alcohol was also prevalent making for a general disappointing beer.

This beer had me wondering about the process of brewing a new craft beer. Did this meet Full Sail's expectations? If it didn't, did they push it out the door anyways? I guess this is something to remind me of what average, above average and exceptional is.

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Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at P Wexford's Pub in Modesto served in a standard shaker pint.

Pours dark brown w/some slight orange around the edges. 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly...leaving behind decent lacing.

The nose is understated. Cascade hops and mild caramel malt...citrus and sweet.

This Is the best tasting "Black IPA" I've had so far. Not much roasted malt. Grapefruit and pine dominating with toasted marshmallow. Bitter finish let's you know, "this is an IPA."

Mouthfeel on this is a little disappointing. Light bodied with avg carbonation that clears your palate quickly...leaving behind only bitter hops.

Overall...this beer could define the "Session Black IPA" style. Easy drinking...has all the flavor you're looking for, without being very complex. I've had two and I think I'll have another. Cheers!

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Photo of keepersj12
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is OK. Maybe a bit below average for an IPA. High marks for the after taste which is quite nice, very hoppy and bitter. Low marks for the aroma, not much and palate, watery, very thin. Flavor was nice with a nice dryness. An average IPA at best.

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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.42 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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