5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011 notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Man, this is some seriously bitter stuff - at first, the bitterness is pleasant, but their grapefruit and orange pith character becomes hard to bear after a while, especially since the malts are semi-dry and biscuity - we need some stickier malt to balance all this dry bitterness out - a bit toasty, earthy and grainy - the underlying elements are enjoyable, but the bitterness just squashes it.
Bottle:   Deep copper, large frothy light beige head, nice lacing.   Soft hoppy nose, a little mealy and astringent, with some notes of ashtray.   Hmmm, stale biting ups and astringency sum this one up.   Minor citrus aspect.   More ashtray on the backside.   Not enough malt.   This reminds me of a watered down Copperhook for some reason.   I like the color, but the aroma and taste are just a let down.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Not enough sweetness to counteract this astringency.   Backside is a little rough.   Not a refined IPA by any means.   I have had much better luck with other Full Sail IPAs, but this one just didn’t do it for me. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2011
22oz. Bottle to snifter. Pour is cloudy amber that has tons of carbonation which leaves huge frothy head that lingers with sticky lacing. Taste is crisp and has floral citrus hops and malty finish. Palate is sticky and crisp with a fizzy dry finish. Refreashing IPA. Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22 Ozer. Pours a deep amber with big solid head that hangs around. Aroma of resinous pine hops with maybe a hint of grapefruit and sweet honey and caramel malts. An interestingly balanced beer, bitterness comes on medium strong quickly crashing into a bittersweet melody that gives away to its powerful linging bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated with sticky oily texture that leaves strong bitterness clinging to the palate at finsh. Overall a very decent IPA Sledutah (7530) - Utah, USA - MAY 11, 2010
22oz bottle from the State Store mjmcend (209) - USA - MAY 10, 2010
Appearance: Hazy amber with a small off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Pine and sweet malts
Taste: Pine resin, grapefruit, sweet malts and hop bitterness in the finish
A nice IPA, but too sweet for me.
22 oz. bottle. A hazy amber beer. Smells of spicy and sharp citrusy hop notes as well as light malt. The flavor is sweet with sharp citrusy and spicy notes of hops, leading to a very bitter finish, balancing the sweetness well.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Name: Grandsun of Spot
Date: January 09, 2010
Source: Liquid Solutions
Appearance: hazy orange, fine dirty white head, lotsof sticky lace
Aroma: pale malt aroma with a touch of sweet crystal, floral hops with a drying earthyness
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of citrus and earthy hops, just a hint of crystal sweetness, big bitterness leaves a long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
22oz bottle from UT state liquor store in Cedar City. Pours a fairly dark brown colour with a medium tan head plus nice lacing. Aroma is pretty much pink grapefruit hops and a little honey malt in the end. Fairly tame flavour with some lingering bitterness. Maybe a little too safe? philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--Grandsun Of Spot India Pale Ale--22 Fluid Ounces Of Incredibly Radiant IPA--Brewmaster Reserve 2009 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--100 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Big foamy rocky lacy white head. No sediment. Clear thin bright dark amber color. Earthy malt mild floral hop front. Dry sweet earthy malty hop infused toasted caramel biscuit mild fruit body. Deadening rich bitter clean dry hop spice end. Big bitter tasty IPA. Sampled 7/17/2009. 6 @ $4.99 Each. redeyeloon (21) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2010
220z. --> tulip. big hop smells are evident through the huge head, and quite piney with citrus hints. pours clear bright amber. head is frothy off-white and clings well. taste is pine, citrus and very bitter. wow. palate is light oily with medium body. long bitter finish holds my attention. great bold IPA but not over the edge. i’d share this with a friend. TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased at Food Emporium in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a cloudy amber with an a cream colored head. Aroma: Citrus and pine. Flavor: Grapefruit, and just the right balance of hops.