Full Sail Brewing — Spotless IPA Brewmaster Reserve 2010 — 6.5%

Oregon is beer-crazy; it seems like you couldn’t stand in that state and swing a dead varmint without hitting a craft brewery that is churning out stellar brew after stellar brew, and Mt. Hood’s Full Sail Brewing is no different. Known, at least around camp, for one of the tastiest pale ales to be found on the west coast, Full Sail has consistently made refreshingly unique takes on every style from the afore-mentioned pale to a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

The Spotless IPA Brewmaster Reserve 2010, part of what they called their “Summer Sun Series,” pours the color of said celestial body—big, fat, and orange—and throws off life-giving hints of tangerine, lemon, and the requisite pine from behind a fluffy cloud-like head.

Full Sail packs this picnic lunch with plenty of Willamette and Zeus hops that, like a lot of summer relationships, start to reveal their bitter selves after the original hit of sweetness fades.

This would be a great IPA for those put off by the hop bomb arms race and long for a simple sunny west coast day in a bottle.

Grade: A-

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