LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4.6/5 rDev +27.4%
12oz bottle served into a snifter...thought any glass will do.
A - a straw yellow, brilliantly clear. A nice head off the pour that diminishes fairly quickly.
S - Nutty, clean otherwise, very small hop aroma
T - Delicious. Clean, crisp, flavor is very nutty, almost similar to a light peanut butter. Light, smooth bitterness.
M - Light but properly carbonated and effervescent enough. Very refreshing.
O - A really nice, simple and well made lager. Nutty in the best way, strong while not tasting like it. Gentle bitterness, and a lot of flavor considering it's SMaSH status. A really great, easy drinking lager that I look forward to every year.
02-01-2012 07:59:39 | More by PainkeepBrewing
4.58/5 rDev +26.9%
A stellar beer. Phenomenally good.
Pours a bright clear gold liquid with a white head. Gorgeous.
Decent but uninteresting malt aroma.
Flavor is nice and crisp. Lots of biscuit-like flavors. Very clean tasting with a nice amount of hops. Just a little bit of toastyness. Lots of fresh grain. A fair amount of noticeable alcohol.
Medium mouthfeel with appropriate levels of carbonation.
Overall, I really like this beer for its near perfect simplicity and balance.
02-04-2013 03:40:00 | More by jmbranum
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
Full Sail Brewing Company--Full Sail LTD Series--What Do You Get When You Brew An Elegant Limited Edition Lager With One Select Barley? The Single Malt Of Suds-Recipe Number: 04. 2011 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) MaiBock? Thin lace thin white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Sweet mellow floral noble hop malt front. Very smooth subtle sweet mellow butterscotch caramel Hoppy rich Maibock body. Rich smooth refreshing mellow hop balanced sweet clean rich Lager end. WOW! Tasted 1/17/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $5.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 1/14/2011.
01-23-2011 21:29:24 | More by philbertk
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Full Sail LTD Series Recipe Number: 04
Coded: 051011 15:25 FL
Appearance: The body is a crystal-clear deep gold. Creamy white head. Retention and lacing are average.
Smell: Hoppy! Floral, woody, grassy, and subtly minty. Some grainy malt makes its way through sometimes appearing bready and sometimes appearing doughy with a bit of sweetness. Overall, bright and fresh.
Taste: The malt and hops combine nicely. The malt displays its grainy/bready character and gives a bit of sweetness; and the hops are enlivened by the sweetness, and anchored by the grainy flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it and keeps the malty sweetness from actually becoming 'sweet'. It starts with a dollop of maltiness; introduces the hops across the middle and through to the finish; and then leaves you with another bit of grainy malt in the aftertaste. A hint of alcohol can be found underneath. It's very clean and lager-like, with just a subtle touch of yeasty sulphur to it. It's nicely balanced and well-rounded.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Creamy smooth with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that delicately bristles the tongue.
Overall: An interesting beer with a lot of drinkability. It's very much like a helles bock; and certainly well made. The floral/woody/minty hops and rich malt are compelling, but it's also very basic. It's easy to just drink it and be satisfied without focusing on any complexity or nuances. A perfect beer for spring. I could get used to this... except that it's limited!!!
06-06-2011 16:47:35 | More by NeroFiddled
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours a strong dark straw color with a long lasting foamy head.
Smells almost abrasive, but then the hops come through and you get a good lager aroma.
Taste is at first like a punch in the face with malts, but then really mellows out. Pretty interesting taste overall.
For a single malt single hop beer, this is a really nice one.
02-03-2011 04:34:16 | More by Spineypanda
4.18/5 rDev +15.8%
A: Beautiful brassy-lemon coloring with an easy clarity. Marshmellow full head, about a finger high displays a good rate of retention leaving a modest size band for lace. Medium dense shower of macro-bubbles travel quickly upwards. As far as looks go overall per style, this is good in show with a nice clarity, coloring and lasting foam head.
S: A bit of graininess, though not as much as I would like combines with a earthy green leafy hopping. There is a touch of dry celery stalk and herbaceous hops rounding things out.
T: Grainy flavor, a bit dry with a complimentary spicy and earthy herbaceous hopping. Some dry malt and hay sweetness, lightly toasted bread with a slight indication of citrus. Finishes with a nice level of hops.
M: Good feel in the mouth, medium full, not as crisp as one expects, especially from the visual carbonation display. Malty feel, slick and hearty texture.
D: Good drinkability, a 7.0% that drinks more like a 5%. Very easy to down, enjoyable in multiples with much respect per style. A great summertime lager for that backyard gathering. I could go case here for fans of style. Session downer and a reminder this is a pale lager, not an apa or ipa. Good amount of hops per style and easy drinking nature.
05-02-2011 23:06:35 | More by beerthulhu
4.15/5 rDev +15%
Dangerously drinkable strong lager.
Beautiful blonde in the chalice, very nice long-lasting carbonation, smooth and creamy in the mouth. I don't detect much aroma. Hops are crisp and add the right long note of slight bitterness to what starts out as a slightly sweet rich taste. Warm touch of malt, hint of caramel, a little hoppy resin, and a flowery nose. Just a little astringency. So smooth and well balanced it is hard to pick out any obvious fruity or grainy flavors, which I would call a plus.
I think this is a terrific lager, though as strong as it is I wonder if there is another category for it. I would compare this with a golden bock, like the one from Karl Strauss.
04-16-2011 05:44:11 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Grabbed a 6-pack... love single malt and hop brews... Willamette are my favorite hops...
- Clear yellow brew.. fluffy quick settling white head down to a thing blanket of creamy white.. bit of lacing..
- Fresh semi-sweet grain and bitter floral hop.... nice hint of alcohol.. seems like a very crisp and fresh lager.
- Lovely grain sweetness.. little touch of corn, biscuit.. sweet layer across the tongue... nice bitter zingy hops really hit the tongue.. super good hop bitterness... and a nice subtle floral finish. Certainly a good drinker. Hops and alcohol work well together.
- Light bodied, slightly syrupy sweet but only slightly.. and drying..
- Overall drinkability is dangerous and good... tastes great, is smooth... and hides the strength well.
01-11-2011 22:25:14 | More by Docer
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
A: Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head.
S: Bready, dash at floral hops, some sweetness
T:A nice floral, light grassiness to it, clean, grains
M: Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated. Very tasty.
O: I enjoyed this beer. Thought it was tasty, easy to drink and good presentation of the style. Would try again
09-20-2011 02:25:59 | More by barleywinefiend
4.09/5 rDev +13.3%
I am fully sailing tonight as I watch collegiate hockey championship games. I am unable to fully convey how happy I am to not only have Hood River, OR's finest beer in my state but in my hometown. Life is good.
From the bottle: "What do you get when you brew an elegant Pale Bock with one select barley? The single malt of suds."
What do you get when you nearly invert the bottle when decanting into a shaker glass? A massive three fingers of dense, eggnog-colored head with great retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and suddenly King Midas and Croesus appeared in my kitchen, both licking their chops. The lacing that formed as the head dropped made my jaw drop. My my my. Nose had an unexpected earthiness accompanied by a caramel maltiness. Curiouser and curiouser. "Drink Me!" it cried to me. What sort of host would I be not to comply with the wishes of an invited guest? Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, and I got a bit of heat from it as I swirled it on my tongue. The taste was very earthy with a flavor that I imagine standing in a field of barley in central Canada in the summer would be like. I have been getting smarter about distillation and I would bet that this recipe in a still would create a great single malt whiskey. The inherent heat on the finish made me gasp for breath but overall, it was semi-dry.
03-23-2013 23:46:08 | More by woodychandler
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
I actually poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear light to medium golden with a nice fluffy white crown atop.Toasted grain and a sweetish pizza dough quality in the nose,a tinge of iron and sweet alcohol round out the aromas.Bready/doughy malt is the main player on the palate with the mouthfeel almost to the chewey point for me wich is pretty cool,there is a peppery hop presence felt in the finish.Hey this is a kick ass lager,in some ways it has a pale bock quality to it but it's not a pale bock it's just a well made "big" American lager beer.Well done Full Sail on this one.
01-06-2012 22:02:56 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
This lager is a mostly clear but just slightly hazed brilliant gold-orange that develops a nice, thick and chunky off-white, almost yellowish head that settles to one finger and leaves lacing that, while spotty, is plentiful.
This is a distinctive one, balanced between dry and sweet, a bit of wood on the dry side with something unusual in the sweetness that works for this beer, almost but not quite fruity with something like bubble gum but not quite. Again, unusual. A bit of pepper finishes it out in a sweet finish with just a tinge of alcohol. I was concerned with the screw cap at first, but this is a good lager, packed with flavor for what it is.
The body is crisp and light but doesn't give up smoothness, which comes out filling without being too much. Alcohol tingles and dries up the finish a touch.
The lager-hating community should give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised.
04-15-2012 18:50:22 | More by Brenden
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Picked up a bottle for $2 at EuroMarket. Poured clear gold with a tall head and lacing. I gotta say, I'm a fan. There's a sharp cracker and crust malt note in the aroma. That same character is met in the taste with smoother caramel and dough. There's a balanced, spicy hops finish that lingers with light hints of fruit. Frankly, this tastes like a fantastic American take on the helles bock style. I'd happily go through a case of this in the spring. It crisp and a touch cleaner than other examples of the style, but it's rich, drinkable and interesting.
UPDATE 3/27/12: Pretty much the same as last year's batch. Toasty in the aroma, big bready caramel in the flavor. Great lager.
04-06-2011 04:24:20 | More by tempest
4.04/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - Clear golden in color, not a lot of head which dissapates quickly
S - grassy/straw/earthy scents come through along with light hops. A little sweet scent as well
T - Sweet hops, with straw/grassy flavor coming through.
M - great feel, a little sticky, with good carb, goes down smooth
O - very good beer, easy drinking, not too strong. GREAT session beer.
03-17-2013 21:40:04 | More by kshizzle101
4.04/5 rDev +11.9%
purchased on the heels of the bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout... just to see what these guys are about...
pours a light colored, low-head, pils-type-of-looking brew into a bruery-type tulip glass.... mostly clear, but hazy gold...
smells like fruity lager. like a regular adjuct type of commercial beer....
tastes like a fruity lager, but with some extra SOMETHING... not sure what-maybe it's the alcohol?
overall, it's okay. nothing special. but if you're using this 7%er as a session beer, you're doing very well.... it's easy to drink, although a bit 'twang-y', and not bad I imagine if you've purchased a 6'er and heading home... just don't get too buzzed and beat the girlfriend.... but it is a very decent brew. not my favorite style, but still a very decent brew... aside from the stout, I think I need to see what else this brewery has to offer...
09-26-2013 23:15:41 | More by pkalix
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber with a little head, but has lacing down the glass. Smells heavily of a roasted malt, very nice full aroma. Tastes of lightly roasted grain with a slight fruity taste, a nice surprise. This light bodied beer goes down real smooth and has perfect carbonation. Overall a great beer.
05-13-2012 23:51:29 | More by cyclonece09
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a crystal clear, very bright gold with a substantial head, thick and lasting. The nose offers a nice clean maltiness and some very floral hops. Quite yummy taste as well--loads of hop flavor show more of a pils type beer than a standard pale lager. Not much malt complexity, but it's clean and doesn't add much sweetness. Finish is neutral, on the dry side. Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel.
Very drinkable beer, and deceptively strong.
01-23-2011 17:16:00 | More by allengarvin
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours out a a clear golden color with a fluffy white head reaching two fingers at first. Head retains well, keeping thick blanket of foam on the top of the lager with lacing.
The aroma is dominate by that grassy hops smell you tend to get from pale lagers. very European. Sweet malt helps bring a balance to the aroma.
The flavor is a great balance of sweet malt blended with a pine like aftertaste from the hop.
Light in body and highly carbonated makes for easy drinking.
For the style this is a winner. Balanced with a semi-dry hopped finish.
01-21-2012 06:00:51 | More by Luigi
4.01/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.
Appearance: Golden straw color with half a finger of head. Almost no carbonation with little foam coating the glass.
Smell: Strawlike with hints of honey, citrus, and malt. Most likely the beers low point.
Taste: Taste is very smooth and very sweet. Mostly honey, citrus, and a little malt flavor. Taste some fruitiness. Refreshing. Not overwhelming, but somewhat weak.
Mouthfeel: The beer's strongest point. It is extremely drinkable and is a beer that fits the role of a summer beer. Recommend strongly with fish.
Overall: This beer is nothing outstanding but is a worthy one to try, especially in the summer on the hot day. Pairs extremely well with fried fish.
08-06-2014 03:48:58 | More by ANiklaus
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.