“Spotless IPA” from Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River)

Why is it once-small breweries who’ve outgrown the “craft” moniker insist on merely dressing up their standard ales with skunky hops and calling them “special releases”? Well, this one’s “special” alright – but not in the way they intended. Essentially, you have a generic malty base to which they’ve added some unwelcome earthy/bitter hops. The closest approximation is Alaskan Amber seasoned with vegetable matter, like the inside of a vitamin capsule. Come on—wake up, Full Sail – this isn’t 1991. You need imagination these days if you’re going to compete in the craft beer market. Shame upon your vats!

Grade: 6.5/10

Learn more at: http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/

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