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)
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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

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a dark copper, certainly not black, color with a fine-bubbled tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is citric and pithy with a little touch of nail polish remover. Lightly fruity, but I am really surprised by the lack of malt depth or presence here.

Taste leans more toward the IPA end of the "black ale" spectrum as opposed to porterish or stout. Plenty of hop flavor to go with the bitterness and there is a flash of roasty astringency on the finish. Easy enough to drink, but lacking in the malt and body departments.

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Photo of khargro2
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of argock
2.31/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22o bomber into a clear, oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesvillw, VA) for $4.99.

A: Dark brown hue with 1-finger of frothy off-white head with average retention and some jagged lace formations.

S: The aroma very solvent-like with a combination of stewed grass hops with a thin malt roast.

T: Equally as unpleasant as the aroma as the thin malt bill leaves this beer to die by contributing virtually no roasted or dark malt flavors until the end of the bomber. The hops are all wrong too, way too grassy and haylike to work well with dark malts. Overall this leaves the flavor like chewing on a spruce dominated car air freshener.

M: Thankfully this beer has a smooth feel and even carbonation all the while with an underwhelming body.

D: The first real strikeout for Full Sail. The use of grassy hoppiness kills this beer as the grassiness does not pair well the faint dark malt in this brew. More malt, please!

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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 Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from West Salem,Safeway. $4.99 This is not the usual CDA in appearance being more a deep reddish brown rather than dark..with a small light tan head. Nice light, fresh piney aromas..bit of chocolate in the back. Taste is like the aroma..light oiney, juicy hops, chocolate and dark coffee roast like flavours..bitter to finish. The palate is OK not the greatest..and does tend toward over drying. Overall though not a bad beer, but not top of this class.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks pretty much black but is actually a ruby red color when held to light. The head isn't huge, but the retention is good.

S: Roasted malt, a slight caramel sweetness, a little bit of mint and a bit of charcoal.

T: Heavy on the roasted/almost burnt malt flavor. The finish is bitter and a bit acidic. The finish has some hop bitterness mixed in with the acidity, but it's I feel like this beer would be a bit better if there was a little sweetness to offset all the bitterness. As it is, this is a bit too one dimensional for me.

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

309th review on BA
bottle to NB globe

App- It looks black in the glass but pours a watered down brown with a 1 1/2 finger head. Some nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Malt, faint hops. I don't get much.

Taste- It starts out malty and falls from there. There are a lot of flavors going on but they seem to get along but not in harmony. I'm picking up some lingering coffee as well. Smokiness and a lot of bitter.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Roasted bitter, hoppy, spicy all on different parts of the tounge. A bit convuluted.

Drink- I was dissapointed in this. With such an odd taste I found it off putting and I really wanted to like this one. I don't think I will have this again.

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Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown color with a off-white head that thins out leaving spotty lacing.

S - citrus hops and roasted malts

T - kind of an odd floral taste upfront followed by roasted malt finishing with a bitter citrus rind taste.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down fairly easy but I wouldn't drink this all night long.

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

22 oz bomber purchased at K & E in New Paltz for $4.89.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown but appears more ruby in color when backlit. Not really black enough for the American Black Ale/Black IPA or, as they apparently prefer to call it at Full Sail) the Cascadian Dark Ale category. Small stone-colored head leaves some lace behind.

S: The nose is hoppy - I get some citrusy grapefruit with a bit of roasted malt.

T: Brown sugar-dusted grapefruit and strong pine form the hop profile, which dominates over the malt. Tastes like a fresh or wet-hopped ipa, with very little to give it that "Black IPA" taste (I like some chocolatey malt in my Black IPAs). Finishes with wet pine bitterness, some lemon and a touch of weak coffee or even green tea underneath.

M: Good carbonation, with a smooth, creamy texture. Heft is lighter side of medium, bordering on thin but not quite.

O: A decent beer, but not what I've come to expect (and like) from the style. Needs stronger malt foundation for me to bump this one up. Again, I like the beer, it's just not what I expected. Closer to a hoppy American Amber or even a hopped-up ESB or Pale Ale than a Black IPA.

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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 Bilco
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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 HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 35.2% out of 100 with 179 ratings
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