LTD Series - 04 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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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
4/5 rDev +10.8%
12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.
L - clear golden yellow color with a good sized white head that left a sheet of lacing behind.
S - lots of malty sweetness with a hint of hops.
T - well balanced taste, it tastes somewhat similar to a German lager and I like it.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - goes down easy but it's up there on the abv so enjoy this beer in moderation.
03-05-2011 02:20:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5 rDev -3%
12 oz. bottle purchased at local grocery store, consumed in Full Sail shaker pint glass 2.26.11.
Finger and a half frothy white head, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Light gold clear body, multiple trails of carbonation rising up from bottom of glass. Dry bready malts dominate the front of the aroma, some sweetish malt in the middle packed up by floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, a bit sweet but not an adjunct corn taste ala BMCs, a surprising amount of bitterness on the back end which got more aggressive as it warmed. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. A bit hoppy for the style, which is good. Not something I'd drink a bunch of given relatively high ABV, but worth a try.
02-26-2011 21:15:57 | More by jdense
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a bright clear gold/straw color with a nice white head. This beer looks quite good in the glass.
Aromas are dry, bready, doughy, and with some nice earthy resin hops.
Taste is pretty complex, doughy, kind of dry, with some light creamy sweetness. Finish has some more dryness and hints of mineral and light lemon hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and nicely carbonated.
Drinability is good. This is a very nice lager. A little on the heavy side when it comes to flavor and ABV, but it's still a pleasure to drink.
02-26-2011 07:00:40 | More by flexabull
3.18/5 rDev -11.9%
A: Clear golden color with almost no head.
S: Mostly just malts. A hint of lemon and honey, but mostly just malts.
T: Like the smell, a lot of malts. This beer is nice and simple and I like that. Easy to drink, but not a ton going on here. To me, this one is about the same quality as the rest of this series. Good, but not great.
02-25-2011 17:54:20 | More by notchucknorris
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Clear and golden with an average cap of white foam that rings well.
Clean, light, pleasant fruitiness and earth of Willamette with a gentle, soft graininess and nice dryness.
Unique and great for getting a feel for the Willamette hop, which is widely used, but rarely on its own. The clean malt canvass lets the hop shine.
Still, for such a basic beer I'd rather not have the hit of 7% ABV. Tone it down to around 5% and I'd go back for several.
02-24-2011 21:00:45 | More by bump8628
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a cristal clear bright golden color with a one-inch white head that has great retention and moderate to high lacing. Lots of fine bubbles coming from the bottom of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Smells is of floral hops, some lemon, some grass and a good deal of grain sweetness.
Taste is very clean and a nice combination of malty sweetness, grainy bread and floral/grassy hops. A delicate amount of bitterness balances well the malt.
Body is medium to light with high carbonation. This has a full lager mouthfeel, you can definitely tell it was well crafted. Good drinkability too, it is hard to believe this is a 7% abv beer.
Overall a well balanced lager, I find it difficult to say if it has more of a malty or more of a hoppy taste. And I guess that is a good thing.
02-24-2011 03:01:01 | More by paulozanello
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
3.83/5 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
3.58/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
A- Large white head that dissipated into a solid foamy cap. Head left a nice lacing. Golden yellow body with loads of bubbly carbonation.
A- Quite a sweet malty aroma. Very light lemony citrus with some alcohol bite.
T- Reminds me a lot of the lemon-pepper saison from Sam Adams. Very clean light lemon flavor with a slight spice. Lightly sweet malt flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.
M- Medium body, loads of carbonation.
D- Pretty tasty brew. I was really excited about a commercial SMaSH beer.
02-19-2011 03:44:49 | More by gpogo
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
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.
A: Deep gold with nice clarity, a mild bead and a rocky bone head. The head quickly falls to a patchwork film of foam and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.
S: Slightly musty, with a strong dose of fresh cut grass. A bit of lemon adds extra floral interest. Some honey sweetness is in the back. A light alcohol tingle rounds things out.
T: A lemon-pepper bitterness hits right away. It's not IPA bitter, but quite pronounced. There's a bit of sweet maltiness in the background. A subtle alcohol warmth finishes the picture. The bitterness lingers into the finish.
M: The medium body has a bit too much fizz going on.
D: This came across as a nice halfway point between a Pils and in Imperial Pils. It was a nice compliment to a cool winter evening.
02-08-2011 05:15:22 | More by Rayek
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
2.98/5 rDev -17.5%
I generally enjoy a cold, Full Sail lager after an afternoon of yard work. But this brew is simply too boozy for a thirst-quencher. So, after my initial disappointment, I found a way to make it more drinkable:
Pour 1/2 bottle LTD #4 into a frosty pub glass, then add 1/2 bottle Full Sail Session Lager. You won't notice the alcohol nearly as much. And the flavors blend perfectly!
02-01-2011 09:05:45 | More by HoppyToad
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Knowing the dependability of full sail, I bought a 6 pack of this to share with a few friends, some of whom have some interest in beer. This is different than most American style pale lagers I have had, so it is a fun a d different change from a cool local brewery. All I can say is that I wish I had jumped on the LTD train earlier. This pours an amber color with a 1" white head that slowly dissipates, leaving some lacing. Smell is of grain and some hops. Taste is primarily a light sweetish malt followed by those wilamette hops. I am especially impressed that this was made using only one kind of malt and one variety of hops. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. This beer drinks easily enough, but I'd avoid sessioning at 7ish percent ABV.
01-24-2011 06:52:23 | More by gkunkle
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from bottle into pint glass.
A: Pale straw coloring with huge fluffy head and nice lacing. Carbonation quite apparent.
S: Really standard lager nose, got just a bit of skunk.
T & M: Nicely balanced, mouthfeel has a slightly buttery feel. Carbonation apparent as well. As it warms the beer is almost a little sweet.
D: Drinkable despite the high ABV. I enjoyed the prior LTD versions more than this one. Don't think that I will seek out again.
01-23-2011 22:51:21 | More by elniko
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
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Clear yellow/gold, 1 finger of white foam, fair retention.
S: Sweet grain, light floral hops.
T: Same as the smell, but aftertaste is very doughy.
M: Clean finish, smooth.
D: For a lager with fairly light flavors the 7% is well hidden, but the aftertaste starts to wear on me too much to want too much of this without a break. Still quite good though.
01-23-2011 19:42:57 | More by deadliest
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
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Appears hazy gold/yellow with a small layer of white foam.
It smells of mild citrus: I smell lemon and orange. I get a bit of a bubblegum fruity smell as well.
It tastes initially of grains, lemons, oranges, and a grass hops. It has a nice fruity flavor as well. It ends with a mild bitter flavor.
It has a moderate high carbonation and has a crisp texture.
The drinkability is pretty good. It is light and refreshing: I could drink a few of these beers easy.
Overall it is not an amazing beer but it is pleasant to drink. A good drinkable beer.
01-16-2011 02:53:04 | More by chumba526
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug.
A: Pours with a great head that holds up well throughout consuming the glass. Outstanding web like lacing is all over the sides. Nice pale golden body.
S: Strong, sharp, grass, floral and bread all over this brew. Some alcohol is there, but not overpowering.
T&M: Very clean, up front with some bread malt sweetness that is quickly met with some sharp hop flavors that range from grass, floral, a little citrus, lemon, and hint of a medal taste in the background. At 7% ABV, alcohol is definitely present, especially in the finish, but not to excess. Even as hoppy as it is, this brew finishes a bit on the sweet side, contributing to a somewhat heavy mouth feel for a pale bodied lager. In my humble opinion, it could actually benefit from a bit more bittering hops to make it a bit more balanced in the finish.
D&Notes: I am a big fan of Full Sail, and this brew is certainly a good one. It's not the best they have every done, but pretty damn good nonetheless. Although I see this classified as a Euro Pale Lager, it tastes more like a Bock version of a German Dortmunder Style Lager (not really sure if there is such a thing, but the flavors remind me of the style.) This brew would be a good choice for pale lager fans who want a brew with a nice kick. At 7% ABV, this one can definitely sneak up on you.
01-16-2011 02:06:11 | More by AustinBeerLvr
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had moderate retention and low lacing.
The beer had a very nice grainy scent with just the right amount of gentle hopping in the background. The flavor was fairly similar, nicely balanced grains and hops.
The body was crisp and sharp with a clean finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these. Overall, a very nice brew, as I've found the LTD series to be overall, certainly worth trying when you see it.
01-13-2011 01:14:23 | More by beertunes
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
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pale yellow, crystal clear. Strong carbonation. A minimal half inch head dies quickly. Doesn't look to exciting$
S: Malty sweet, some graininess and some cereal notes. The hops are ever present for a lager. They provide some herbal, spicy and earthy notes. No sulfur or other nasty aromas.
T: Lovely balance of sweet, grainy malts supplemented by robust hoppiness. The flavors are a testament of how simple ingredients can make a tasty beer. I love the light cereal grain sweet malts. The hops give it some lovely herbal, grassy and earthy flavors. The alcohol is definitely there. Maybe a little too much, but it is tolerable.
M: light bodied. Finishes slightly sticky. Strong carbonation. Numbing alcohol on the tongue in the end.
D: Overall this was a tasty lager. I loved the simplicity of the ingredients as it really made you appreciate the flavors of these components. The higher alcohol content brings down drinkability a little as it leaves a little burn in the back of the throat. Knock the abv down a little and you have an extremely drinkable lager.
01-11-2011 03:05:08 | More by brewdoc75
LTD Series - 04 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.