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

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-10-2010

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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 ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was one weird beer..I expected a black IPA but this was very dark brown. The smell and taste were weird! Like aromatic Rosemary and herbs, very strange. This was nowhere close to a black IPA...dissatisfied..this was just too weird. Needs more hops!

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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 corby112
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz purchased and sampled on 2/12/2011.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color with dark orange/ruby edges when held to a light and a two finger frothy light beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring.

Earthy aroma with lots of oily pine hop character with subtle hints of citrus and a prominent roasted malt character. Slightly smokey with hints of toast, caramel, oatmeal and dark chocolate. This beer has a strange nose which is kind of standard for this style. It's earthy and hoppy at first but is quickly overtaken by the roasted malt presence. Somewhere in the middle of an IPA and a porter.

Fuller bodied than expected with a great balance of earthy fresh hops, sweet citrus and roasted malt flavor. There is a dry bitterness up front from the hops with lots of resinous oily, pine needle flavor that lingers over the roasted malt backbone into a roasted dry finish. Very faint citrus compliments the pine notes but the hop profile is mostly dry and bitter as opposed to sweet and citrus like. The hop profile is excellently balanced by a dry roasted malt backbone. Nice and toasty with subtle smokiness, hazelnut, chocolate, biscuit and toffee. The dry bitterness and sweet roasted notes continually bounce back and forth throughout the course of the bomber. Well balanced, complex and easy to drink. One of the better examples of the style I've tried so far.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 greenmonstah
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into snifter

A - Fairly light brown for a CDA, which are usually black as night. Some ruby hues to the brown. Head is wimpy and unimpressive.

S - Floral and pine hop with a bit of roast.

T - Pine and floral hops and a roasted malt character that is present throughout. Improves with warmth, as it becomes less sharp and the roast can take hold.

M - Medium body and a bit of dryness in the finish.

D - Just not a very good beer. I love black IPAs like Sublimely, Hop in the Dark, and Otter Creek's Alpine, but this beer is just a massive let down. They're on the right track, it tastes like a black IPA, but it is just not quite right.

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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 silentjay
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

almost black, but light penetrates with some mahogany highlights. a standard flat tan colored head raises to barely two-fingers, retains and laces ok.

aroma is at first very roasty, but is quickly overtaken by pine and citrus hops.

flavor shows very little of the roasted malts, but has an odd grainy character that doesnt mesh well with the hops which are woody, piny, and a little bit of citrus. would like more "black" flavor (read: roasty) in this black IPA.

thin and flat for the style. small head translates to a lack of carbonation paired with a watery mouthfeel thats not a great representation of the style.

drinks okay. needs a lot of fine tuning to compete with other offerings. not bad, but not great.

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

Appearance is a very dark golden black with a thin, but fair head that dissapates leaving spotty lace. Smell of sweet roasted malts, bread and citrus. Taste has bready roasted malts, light sweet citrus having a good balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. I'm personally not a roasted brew kind of guy, but not bad.

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a citrus hop nose along with a bitter, roasted malt scent. It's bitter with a mild musty character. The taste is decent as well. It's overly bitter with a ton of citrus hop character. The malt content is adequate, but dwarfs the hop contribution. It has a dry, bitter, roasted malt taste that goes down quick and easy with a hop centric finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer with much potential. It's off-balanced with too much hop character. As far as black IPAs' are concerned, this is the weakest malt content I've encountered.

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

The bump in the night poured a blackish brown color with a good finger head with quickly dissipating foam head. There was not much in the way of retention.

The smell and body were thin. Good amount of bitterness to the palate and left a nice burn on the tongue. Smell was of citrus hops. Overall a decent CDA but not my favorite.

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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 dwarvenstout
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on Christmas from a bomber.

Aroma: Some tropical fruit, and roasty aromas of chocolate and coffee.
Appearance: Black in the glass, burnt red-orange against the light. Thin white ring of bubbles. No head to speak of.
Flavor: Chocolatey malt. Some pinapple and citrus hops. Quite bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carb. Long, bitter, slightly puckering finish lasts into the next sip.
Overall: Definitely not the best CDA I've had. These hops were tasty- in a pale or an IPA. They don't play well with the roast, and the overall effect is strange. The beer improves as it warms, but it's still not something that I'd buy again.

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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 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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Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 178 ratings