LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.5/5 rDev -3%
Best by 5/11/12.
Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some floral hop aromas. Taste is of malt up front with some floral and perfume-like hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but not something I would get again.
05-01-2012 01:35:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell is rather malty but also has some notes of lemon citrus and hints of grassy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grainy malts dominate the taste, which has a slight amount of bitterness and notes of lemons. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer packs in a surprisingly good amount of flavor considering it's made with just a single malt and a single hop, yet there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting.
02-19-2011 14:15:11 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a wispy head that leaves a lot of dots behind
Smell: Bread and butterscotch; a hint of grassy hops
Taste: Bready, up front, with the butterscotch building in the middle; the grassy hops make an appearance after the swallow and while they linger into the aftertaste, this is one malty brew''
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Although there is some diacetyl and a sweetness that may indicate some corn in the grist, this is a readily drinkable brew
08-14-2013 03:01:53 | More by brentk56
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
4.33/5 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
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear gold, with 1 ½ rich foamy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a thin filmy creaminess that maintains some richness and leaves back a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing that recedes into some sticky swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of grassy and spicy notes that mix in with the earthy and tangy combo of citric hops and sweet toasted grains. This is simple enough but it works.
The taste is pretty much identical, with a grassy and spicy feel and citrus rind bitterness that is balanced by some smooth bready grains across the back of the palate. Green bitterness hangs in the back of the throat a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that keeps things relatively sharp in the mouth while also staying quite smooth and silky in the back as this nears the swallow. No alcohol whatsoever is present here and I honestly would never had guessed that this was 7% (hell, I even double checked their website to be sure!).
Despite the simple and straightforward take here, this was still flavorful, crisp, and ridiculously easy drinking for the size. I don't think that I've had a 7% beer as "sessionable" as this one was in quite some time. Count me in as a fan.
02-15-2011 17:55:36 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
I picked this case up at Breski, enjoyed several bottles so figured why not jot some notes and give a review, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.
The color is tarnished golden with good clarity and visible carbonation rising to an off white head with avg bead. The smell is lightly mineral with slight spiciness and gentle malt essence with slight alcohol ester. The feel is good with full body almost filling with slightly high bitterness and noticeable alcohol in the texture with semi-dry finish and moderate carbonation.
The flavor is pretty layered considering this is a commercial equivalent of a SMaSH -single malt and single hop maibock -pale malt and willamette hops. The hops are a bit forward in the flavor and the yeast adds some flavor with spiciness accentuated by the moderately high alcohol in the taste. The malt is toasty and slightly thick with low sweetness and generally grainy when combined with the yeast drying alcohol and hops. Overal this is decent but there are better examples of this style from East Coast brewers or Midwest breweries, but for the price it is a better than average pale bock.
04-16-2013 14:10:42 | More by Slatetank
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
excellent bang for the buck here. 8 dollars for a 6pack at 7% abv. i like that. smells malty but not to the vienna lager levels, more pale malty and crisp in the nose. flavor is nice, definitely malt driven and complex. i taste something a touch sweet, caramel maybe. feel dragged for me in this beer, the body was a bit heavy and rather filling, even though the flavor was good. i was happy to share my 6er because it would have ruined my appetite for dinner. overall another worthy beer from full sale, and at that price i may buy it again, but it wasnt anything particularly memorable.
03-28-2012 18:58:08 | More by StonedTrippin
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and a lot of grain. Not really very exciting, but nothing offensive. The flavor is the same as the aroma. I get a lot of grain and grassy hops, with a little bit of earthy hops also mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but nothing very exciting.
04-25-2011 00:50:46 | More by Mora2000
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
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, poor retention, no lace.
S: Lots of sweet malt, green apples, with some booze.
T: Bready malt with some apples, very much with the nose. Hint of citrus from the hops. Ethanol noticable. Not harsh, just boozy.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp carbonation, nice overall feel, but not a great finish, too bitter.
D: This is really a craft malt liquor, in that Euro Strong Lager category, all malt. For it's ABV it's cheaper than BMC, it's OK, but there's better in the LTD series.
03-08-2011 03:16:20 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1" head. some spotty lace develops.
Smell: lemon citrus, some malt sweetness, and a bit of hops bitterness is detectable.
Taste: lightly grainy malt profile with lemon zest, a bit of grass, a mild bitterness, and some golden apple sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp througohut. Refreshing.
Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink despite the higher alcohol levels for a lager. Nice refreshing flavor - a few can be had in a session.
02-20-2011 19:02:45 | More by Gavage
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
Bottle into glass. I don't remember where I was because this review's from notes, but I imagine I was in Colorado.
A: Two finger, thin head. Clear gold colour.
Sm: Clean barley. Nothing exceptional. This beer is boring me.
T: Smooth open changes to well built lager with a crisp finish. Not bold or complex, but certainly good. There's also some malt (you mean it gets better?). Simple, but effective. Plays it safe.
Mf: Crisp. Good balance of coarseness and wetness. The best part of this beer.
Dr: I'd have it again but not at this price. It hides its 7.00& very well, which in fairness is high for an American lager. The alcohol does come through a bit in the finish.
03-07-2011 16:45:37 | More by kojevergas
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%
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
4.1/5 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
3.31/5 rDev -8.3%
Thanks to BA slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew pours as advertised, a pale golden color with a rich finger of silky head that fades to a thin film across the top and paints an entire webbing of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth fairly effortlessly.
The aroma smells like any old adjunct lager. A hint of almost corn-like sweetness blends into a bit of fresh cereal grain to wheaty character which was a bit unexpected for a bock I might say. A mild kiss of alcohol and buttery diacetyl bring this back into the lager spectrum with a pleasant contrast. When the glass is swirled, some sulfur notes evolve along with an unexpected amount of herbal hops. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.
The taste of this brew is a bit more focused with some fruity alcohol esters coming forward overtop a pale malt base that provides some mild sweet grainy appeal. However, I get a mild touch of adjunct almost like corn also in the flavor but that might be an exaggeration based off of the notes of diacetyl and mild sulfur that also emit from this brew. The hops present themselves with an herbal flavor and modest bitterness a bit atypical of a bock.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall I think it wasnt bad but there were a lot of strange things going on in this that hinted towards bock but with a strange twist. A bit over-hopped, a bit more alcohol driven and lacking in the overall body one might expect. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to try this one Matt, thanks again.
04-27-2013 03:44:47 | More by stakem
3.26/5 rDev -9.7%
Clear golden colored beer with a tall white colored head.
Smells sweet and slightly nutty with a bitter herbs hop scent. Not really very aromatic.
Starts out mildly sweet with a stronger than expected herbal bitterness. Nutty and herbal with a strong but short live blast of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall an OK Helles Bock.
02-08-2014 03:35:35 | More by Zorro
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Best By: May 3, 2011
Pours a nice clean/clean pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with a slight hop note. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with some hop notes. Medium Body. Drinkable, a very nice brew, this is what the macro's should achieve for.
02-19-2011 20:28:38 | More by Wasatch
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Always glad to give another Full Sail beer a go, but they are becomig boring to me.
A- Number four looks like a pale lager alright, it's bright yellow with a hint of gold in there and clear as a whistle, a nice bright white head leaves some nice marks.
S- And this one is a malt bomb in scent, just picking up some trace whiffs of lemon but all in all [pale malt out the wahzoo. A biscuit presence comes up with some caramel towards the end.
T- Very straight forward and to the point. Most that will try this will just write it off as BMC tasting because it is rather light, but it's a step up from that stuff i swear. Pale biscuit malt, the lightest of fruits juice squeezed, but you cant hide from the malt it's there, no extract though, that's the rub!
M,D- A light bodied and crisp light lager that is not offensive and not showy. It does it's job and for that, it's worthy. Just drink it up quick, these LTD's fall off quick, especially off a warm shelf in Jersey.
03-22-2011 21:59:10 | More by BARFLYB
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.