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)

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

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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 GilGarp
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Bump in the Night is rootbeer brown in color with good clarity. The head is creamy but short and settles quickly. No lacing either.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly so. It's a sweet citrusy hop smell and the malt comes through just as strong. So, not so much an black IPA as I expected.

Flavor is really usual and I don't mean that in a positive way. Yes, it's bitter, but not fresh and vibrant like it should be. This tastes like a "refrigerator clean-out" kind of beer where everything that's left over gets tossed in the boil. It's basically a hopped up porter with nowhere to go.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, too light in fact, but the carbonation is fine.

Overall a total disappointment. I expect better from something labeled "Brewmaster Reserve" and selling for $6.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, deep chestnut color with a very full, foamy head on top. Not black thats for sure. Somewhat grassy aroma-has a soapy tinge to it. Chemical and solvent like bitterness. Sure it is hoppy but has a distinct "bite" to it that I find rather unpleasant. Rather sharp and acrid. Thin body wise. The whole beer is really below average for me. Unbalanced, no mellow roastedness, astringent. Blech.

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

Purchased a bomber at Blanchards WR for $4.99. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Light caramel colored body. Nice sized head with a bit of surging carbonation at the top. More than enough lacing on the glass. Faint aroma of floral hops in the nose. Taste was pleasant. It had a slight flavor of roasted malt, and dark bitter chocolate at the end. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but it was certainly drinkable. I liked this beer and I found it pleasing to drink, but there's nothing that stood out here. Good not great.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a tanned, tight foam cap. Good stick but the cap retention and recession are too quick and don't produce much geology. Not bad.

Aromas are quite average for what I've had of this style. Somewhat like a cola, earthy and herbal with the hops mingling freely amongst the darker malt content. Power for this bee is pretty good and oveall the nose is inviting.

This is an easy sipping beer, although maybe not hugely interesting compared to some other CDAs. Maybe the thrill of the new beer style is wearing off already. No matter, as the drinkably thin-yet chewy-mouthfeel is a great delivery vehicle for the pineapple and grapefruit hop notes. Cola, a hint of anise and smoke, and the dry, lingering bitterness of roasted malt contribute to the palate.

Body is good, no off-notes. Nothing really stands out here, and its a little bland compared to other hoppy black ales. Not perfect, but pretty good.

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

Poured into a large wine glass from a standard 22 oz. brown bomber. Shows a medium brown in color with crimson highlights. A half inch cap settles to a light film in short order.

Bit of milk chocolate and coffee on the nose along with some yeast notes. Hop notes are mild on the aroma, coming around a bit with some warming yet never really occupying your attention.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malt/coffee flavors and a hint of sweet black cherry. Feel is slick and moderate initially, gaining some texture and depth as the glass warms a bit. Still a bit thin overall and rather light bodied for the style. Has a notable drying bitterness on the finish, yet without the balancing hop notes on the aroma.

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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 grittybrews
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light cola color with ruby/hazelnut edges into a tulip with a finger of fluffy off-white head. Very pleasant aroma dominated by floral hops, caramel, and a touch of roasty malt.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Bitter roasted malt up front with coffee and toast transitioning into mildly spicy hops and slightly astringent pine and citrus on the finish.

Not my favorite black IPA, but I had no problem finishing the bomber. Nice one from Full Sail.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown with a small tan head.

S - Spearmint, rye bread, astringent mildewed pine, caramel malt underneath.

T - Follows the nose, solvent pine, rye seeds, dry spearmint, all above a thinly flavored charred malt.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body.

This one's hard to drink. The hops seemed off and the malt was watered down and wasn't even trying. The only thing that kept me drinking was to find out what the weird off-putting flavors were. I love Full Sail but this is a whiffer.

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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 ElGordo
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with ruby red highlights. Aroma is fairly sweet, with notes of lactose and maple among a mild, roasted malt character. Palate is sweet malt (crystal?) with very little roast character. A mild, barely-detectable flourish of fruity hops comes through briefly before the swallow. A lingering maple character on the finish is odd but not unpleasant. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness - why is this called a CDA?

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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 yesyouam
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Bump in the Night is a very clear, dark reddish brown ale with a bubbly, light beige head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has an aroma of grapefruit peel with a note of caramel or brown sugar. It's medium bodied and pretty smooth with a hint of chalkiness in the dry finish. There's lots of mouthwatering citrusy bitterness. There's a hint of roast that's almost ashy. There's a little touch of sweetness in there, like burnt sugar. It has a little alcohol flavor, which is a little distracting and a little odd at 6.5% ABV. It's a little too zany to be a session ale. 22 ounces at lunch was a bit much.

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

22 oz. bottle from local grocery store, poured into pint glass 1.8.10.

One finger rising very light tan head, quick dissipation with pretty goodl lacing. Clear deep amber body with multiple trails of rising carbonation visible near head, color very light for style. Citrus floral and resiny hops dominate the nose, a bit of caramel malt but not picking up any roast. Same taste profile was the nose, citrusy and resiny hops up front, sweet in the middle with a faint hint of mild milk chocolate but little coffee-ish roast, and fairly resiny finish, pretty complex hop flavor profile. Mouthfeel just on the full side of medium, pretty good effervescence. Drinkability is good, not much alcohol heat. While the color was a bit off indicating minimal roasted malts this tasted pretty good, but this won't be confused with Turmoil.

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

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep garnet color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles that was active, but seemed to be maintained by numerous bubbles rising because it was still pretty solid after a minute, despite being fizzy. There is some pretty solid cream left on the glass, that fades slowly back down into the beer after you quit messing with it.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by grassy and somewhat catty hops. There is some citrusy notes from hops in here too, but they are reserved compared to the cat. When you really try, you can pick up some toasty notes as well as a subtle dark caramel. The aroma doens't change much as the beer sits.

Taste: The flavor is slightly more balanced than the aroma suggested it would be. There are some caramel notes and some bread crusts in here that give the hops a slight "run for their money", but it is the bittering hops that win out in the end for domination of the palate for the longevity after the sip. As the beer is sitting some, and it may have to do with the fact that I have drank about half of it, but it is getting much easier to drink as it warms up some. The balance doesn't change, but the final mouthfeel is softening up some.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I personally think that the malt complexity was lacking and the hop presence was too high, but I think that about a whole lot of beers that are produced, especially in the US. If we forget the balance, the choice of hops on this beer was a bit unusual and gives the beer a bit of an unpleasant edge. I would think that they would co a bit more citrusy and exploit the fact that this is an American beer, but as it is the fresh-cut lawn mixed with a cat really isn't doing it for me.

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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 Eriktheipaman
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a super clear dark brown with white head and leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is of biscuity malt with slightttt hops.

The taste is of bitter hops with not much depth and bready malt on the back.

This beer wasn't what I expected at all but wasn't bad at all for $3.50!

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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 Spider889
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I keep digging up really old notes. This bottle is thanks to JohnGalt1 and was reviewed sometime in February or March most likely.

The head is the color of antique lace. The beer is blackish in the shadows, though held to light it is a murky black tea color with good clarity.

Floral hops to this one. They are very herbal in aroma, not really any citrus of pine going on. The aroma actually reminded me a lot of a porter (which I am sure is of little surprise to some given the style). Roast and dark malts solidify this assertion.

The taste features some bitter coffee and mild chocolate. Again, really heavy dark malts in this one. The hops are a tad vegetal with appreciable bitterness.

Gritty char on the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with light carbonation for a CDA.

Overall not bad; definitely a maltier take on the style. Though I would have preferred a more crisp and hoppy beer.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bump in the night to go with my aprihop tonight

A- another massive black ipa with a great that is gone as fast as a... Well, bump in the night. Not much in the lacing dept

S- an herbal black coffee scent. Ending is kind of alcohol like somewhat. I wanted more roasted flavor

T- slightly sugar cocoa with a sweet toffee like flavor. Again not the best black ipa flavor

M- creamy and syrupy flavor

D- not full sails best brew. More roasted malts will do this justice

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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 chugalug06
1.66/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This brew for me was a total loss; a huge mess of a brew... It exemplified a BAD brew. Needless to say, the brew ended in the drain. There was no way to get through this one. It was extremely bitter and fowl tasting with no style to back it up. The scent was very week and had no "real" style. The flavor was a giant mess and it poured like a Coors. Head was very soapy and left much to be desired... Sorry for the harsh review, but Full Sail needs to STEP THEIR GAME UP!

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

Roommate got me a bottle for x-mas to try. I love Full Sail.

- Pours a rather light and timid clear cola color. Fizzy foamy thin layer of especially white looking head.

- Robust grainy scent.. as usual from full sail.. rich oats, barley, slight coffee bitter notes.. zesty pine and grassy hop.

- Nice light and yet zesty bitter brew.. oats, grainy, and hoppy all in one. Like a dark version of their hop persuit.. light floral, big grassy and bitter hops. Probably one of the more bitter roasty beers I have had from them. Certainly fresh tasting.

- Chewy bitter drying.. and light bodied at the same time..

- A robust and flavorful.. yet light ale that screams all the good notes from a Full Sail beer.. robust good grain flavors with great northwest hops... their beers are never too far different from one another.. but yet far enough to be a different beer.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, dark brown with a reddish tinge. Brownish white head that didn't hold on for very long but did leave a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a bit boozy, which is unusual for such a low alcohol content. Sweet odor showing fig and a tad of vanilla. Carbonation bites quite a bit and the alcohol definitely comes through. Not bad, but not great. Dry and long on the palate. I'll finish the bottle, but I've had enough. It was on sale for $4 a pop and certainly worth the try.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark rusty brown, good clarity, nice layer of tight-beaded foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: toasted coconut, chocolate, malt syrup, hint of molasses

Flavor: dryish malt profile with a fair amount of roast acidity; vegetal hop flavor and a raspy bitterness at the back of the tongue; bitterness lingers beyond the dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild carbonation, somewhat astringent

Other comments: Much lighter in color and less hoppy than other CDAs I've tried. Not too crazy about it.

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