Bill Becker (1773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008
I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
The pour reveals a clear amber with a 1 finger head of foam with a little lacing. Good head retention.
The smell has notes of both caramel malt and hops with the malt winning out. Nice nose here.
The taste has yummy caramel malt up front with a very nicely done hoppy bitterness midway through that does a heck of a job in the balancing department. I can tell I'm going to enjoy the rest of *this* beer.
More sips in and I get some roasted malt that works with the hops in the bittering and again, I'm quite pleased with how the hops and malt are working together. Full Sail sure does make some darned good brews and this one is no exception.
The mouthfeel borders on being full and it finishes slightly bitter and has a good aftertaste. Nothing boring about this Amber.. something I can't say about many examples of the style that I've tried in the past. Darn good stuff!!
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, some laughter fruitiness, and grains. Tastes of lighter citrus, caramel, and the same light fruitiness. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Full Sail Brewing Company--Nugget Special Red Ale--Brewmaster Reserve Series 2007 22 oz. Bottle Release. 6.50% ABV--45 IBU’s (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale--Dense lacy ocher head. Clear dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild hop front. Toasted biscuit dry sweet toffee caramel mild fruit ester crusty crisp body. Smooth dry mild hop end. Crisp rich dry Red. Sample5/27/2007. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Sampled Spring 2007 from Bomber bottle.
Pours a deep amber with off-white head. Generous head, retains nice and thick for the first 10 minutes or so but then dissipates into a thin glazed layer.
Aroma is very fresh. I detect bread bakery aromas, clean citrusy hops, and some toasted nuts... maybe almond.
On the palate is initially a pleasant toasted caramel malt sweetness but is quickly overcome by assertive hop bitterness. Malt and hop mingle nicely with an overbaked biscuit sweetness and hop tang on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full and the beer is very appetizing for the next sip - very drinkable.
I’m having trouble getting past the bread and biscuit components because I love them so much in a beer.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Red-amber in color with a tan head. This almost looks like a brown ale. The smell is faint. The taste is unoffensive and kind of bland, some bitterness. I was hoping for something like Nugget Nectar (greatest “amber” ale ever) or the Lagunitas Lucky 13 red ale. Full Sail is kind of hit or miss in my book but the hits keep me coming back. I am still looking forward to the next brewmaster reserve series.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-11-2007 21:47:14
tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 7, 2008
750ml brown bottle from Kokoman in Pojoaque, New Mexico. Pours a dense dark amber with a thick tan head. Nice rich malty and hoppy aromas. Medium body with a full mouhtfeel Even malty/hop flavor balance, with big hop bitterness into the finish.Subdued carmel character, borderline coarseness with the hops but overall, very flavorfull. luvcasks (178) - USA - MAY 22, 2008
Mostly amber with some reddish highlights and a thin dissipative tan head
Nose of caramel. berry like fruit notes.
Palate: Slight thin bodied with longish dry and earthy finish
Flavor: Short malt note with muddied base malt and some candy/caramel notes - followed by fruity notes (berries, some caramelized apple) with just enough earthy hop flavor.
Overall: While a little thin bodied, a really nicely done amber with nice residual sweetness. For a brew master’s reserve - nothing outstanding and I am not sure if it is a "RED" ale. A little more hop-flavor (not just ) BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Has kind of a dark amberish pour, with a small frothy head. Has a toffee and caramel malt type thing mixed with a bit of fruit bread, some sweet figs and prunes, perhaps some apple skins as well. Not really enough of a push by the hops, it could be a little more assertive. Still enjoyable and easy to drink, just a slight bit unbalanced. Not really sure where they were going with this one. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Full Sail is one of those brewers who are just so hard to nail down. Sometimes their brews aren’t all that good, other times they are a total suprise. This beer kinda falls there in the middle. Even though it’s in the middle, it was still enjoyable.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
The beer pours out a medium copper/reddish color with a nice sized white foam head. Aroma was spicy/herbal apple cider, caramel, with a touch of breadyness. Flavors had notes of some sweet fruits, piney hops, grains, alcohol and herbs. Easy to drink a pint or two. Not sure how much easier a 3rd pint would go down.
22 oz. bomber courtesy of Nate. Pours amber red with touch of brown. Small, rimming beige head. Nose is huge caramel with chocolate and toffee, slight butter nose. Tast is caramel and butterscotch candies, bleeding into a hop-centric bitter middle and end. Good earthy hop flavor that lingers well into the after. Nice full mouthfee and tasty. Good red.