Friday, August 13, 2010

The End of the Family Line?

Probably not. First there was Sunspot IPA. The next year brought Sun of Spot IPA. Following that was Prodigal Sun IPA, and this year's version: Spotless IPA. Should have been called Sunless, as this is the first version without "sun" in it. All versions of this IPA family are made by Full Sail Brewing, and one thing I always liked about their brewery is that they keep the prices reasonable. In this case, the Spotless, available only in a 22 oz. bottle, goes for $3.99. Not too shabby for a 6.5% ABV, 70 IBU beer. I can't say that Full Sail makes great IPAs, unfortunately. There is always plenty of bitterness that stands out (supplied by Zeus and Willamette hops in Spotless), but there is always an underlying English malt flavor in the IPAs that don't mesh well with the hops. That doesn't stop me from buying each year's version, so there must be something I like about it. Let me know what you think.

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