Another beer from Hood River's Full Sail brewery, has grabbed our attention, this time in the form of a Cascadian Dark Ale. For those unfamiliar with the style, Cascadian Dark Ale, it's a hybrid of a India Pale Ale, crossed with dark malt, to create a beer unique to the Northwest, and unique in how it confuses the drinker.
As with this style, each brewery has presented their interpretation of the CDA, and Full Sail is no exception with their "full bodied beer with notes of cocoa and slight roast."
It's worth mentioning that this beer also marks the start of Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve series beers, for the 2011 Calendar Year.
It has a big floral citrus hop flavor and bitterness, reminiscent of an IPA.
"We are excited about our 2011 Brewmaster Reserve Line-up, as a small, independent craft brewer we have the freedom to be creative and explore new beer styles. It was our lead brewer, Barney Brennan, who suggested the style and we think it’s the perfect addition to our rotating selection of Brewmaster Reserve beers. Every eight to ten weeks we come out with a different beer that showcases the brewer’s art. We began the program back in 1998 as a way of celebrating our independence and creativity,” said Full Sail’s Founder and CEO, Irene Firmat. -source, Full Sail Brewery
Look for Bump in the Night be on the shelves and on draft, soon (if not now), starting mid-December and remaining available through March.
As a follow-up to this beer, the brewery will release their next Brewmaster Reserve beer, in February, Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.
As always, if you don't find it on the shelves or on draft, ask your server or grocer to buy some!
About Full Sail Brewing Company
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 23 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 27 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. http://www.fullsailbrewing.com