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LTD Series - 05 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"New in our LTD series, this copper colored lager is refreshingly smooth, with a hint of dark roast and a clean hoppy finish. Brewed with pale, chocolate, caramel malts and hopped with Czech Saaz hops. ABV 5.6% IBU 28"

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011)
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Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very nice clear, reddish-amber color with good 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a nice layer with good lacing.

S: Sweet malts, with hints of caramel, nuts, and toast.

T: Just like the smell... Sweet malt right up front with a light nuttiness mixed with a little caramel... Mid palette I'm getting some burned toast. Finish is clean with very little aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Overall pretty smooth.

O: Not a bad Redm but nothing crazy different about it. Good clean Red with a good ABV. If you like Red's you will like this one.

mralphabet, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.1%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +10.5%

buckyp, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Anew, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

brokentee, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Yabev15, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +10.5%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a lager yeast and a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest one-finger head. The brew is deep amber/light brown color. Nearly clear. The lace doesn't stick to the glass--it just slides down back into the rim bubbles.

Lots of earthiness to this brew, mostly from the crystal malts. No notable hop.

The taste is of a traditional "red"--lots of crystal malt flavors (without much sweetness). There's enough hop to give some balance, but it is really a malt brew. Compared to most Ambers, I'd say the body is on the thinner side.

smcolw, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa even though I've had a ton of beers of this style as of late. This poured quite dark and at first, it seemed like more of a Brown or a Scotch ale because of the hue and alcohol content. As it warmed up, I still wasn't sure how to take this beer, but it was quite enjoyable and went down pretty easily.

Not much of a head and minimal lacing could be seen. Ditto for the aroma, which was faint and had a roasted tone to it. Lots of malt here with a bit of caramel too. The mouthfeel was a bit like a Scotch Ale without the stickiness and the carbonation was good enough to lead to a crisp aftertaste. This felt full without weighing me down but was just a bit too sticky to completely enjoy.

This isn't the best Amber I've had and because it tasted and felt strong, I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting. It's a good effort on Full Sail's behalf but it's just a bit dark and not hoppy enough to fit the bill. By itself, this is a good beer to kick back with after a long day.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 6/7/11 served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear red-brown (dark amber) color with a large head of light beige foam. Head dies down to a lasting thin coat and leaves a little lacing.

A - Not much aroma except for a not particularly attractive aroma of mixed grains.

T: Killian's

MF: Light/medium body; good medium carbonation

O - Sacrilegious to say this, perhaps, but this is very similar to, and certainly no better than, Killiians Red.

chinchill, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Gatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The date on the bottle says 8/5/11 so I'm assuming that this beer is technically "past date." Having known that, it tastes fine.

A - Brownish amber in color with a good-sized off-white head that fades quickly. The glass is completely devoid of lace where beer once stood.

S - Malt and some more malt. A bit of alcohol.

T - The malt is definitely there but there is a very nice fruitiness that isn't too sweet. Alcohol is present.

M - Can be a bit cloying. The sweetness lingers. Maybe that is the case with most lagers?

A good lager.

Gatch, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber, almost brown with a three finger foamy off white head. Head lasts about five minutes and leaves good lacing. Smell is grainy malts. Taste is sweet caramel malts and just barely enough hops. Easy drinking, with just enough carbonation for proper mouthfeel. A bit of spicy leathery hops on the back of the tongue. Medium bitter/ sweet finish. Overall a very fine amber. Good job Full Sail.

Spikester, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam without much staying power. Not too bad.

Smell: biscuity and slightly nutty caramel aroma. Not bad, if not precisely to my taste.

Taste: smooth caramel malt flavor with some dry biscuitiness at the backend. Hop flavor is earthy, if anything, and bitterness is low but present. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy consistency. Not too bad for a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: not bad at all. It seems like it is better than the sum of its parts; it reminds me of a nice Mexican Vienna lager, but a bit drier. I'd have this again.

flagmantho, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Copper in color, rather dark. Whtie pillowy head it thin and recedes quickly. Sticky lacing throughout

S - Roasted malts, very bread like. Smoked peat is unique and prevalent. Smells similar to burnt rye bread

T - Dark malts are very upfront. A bit to much smoke for me as it leaves a sticky aftertaste that I am not a fan of. Some of the lighter notes like vanilla and caraway seeds round out the finish

M - Rather smooth, surprising for the smokiness of it

O - Not my beer, the smokey peat is just to much for me. May be something others would like though

I'm a big fan of Full Sail, but this one misses the mark for me

DrewSnyc667, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with two fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves some swaths of packing popcorn lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of toasted biscuity cereal malts, some musty fruitiness, and earthy hops. The taste is fruity biscuit malt, a bit of toasted caramel, and musty, dusty, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the malt now less crisp and biscuity, and more caramelized.

I can't say that I really love amber ales, so the entreaty to 'convert to lagerism' kind of falls on deaf ears. However, with the solid biscuit/cracker nature of a good lager, and the colour and bearing of a standard red ale - this is indeed a decent gateway beer - for the rare extant craft drinker who only has had lager up to this point.

biboergosum, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, very clear with a modest head that quickly dissipated with no lacing.

Smell and taste are both of lightly roasted malts with a bit of caramel as well. A bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall, a decent warm weather/session brew, but still not complex enough to make me "convert to lagerism" as the bottle states.

nandemo1, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet cereal notes & pear juice

T: Follows the nice, some caramel & grainyness up front, plus some metallic & herbal hop notes, plus a touch of canned pears. Dryness, crisp floral hops as this warms along with more pears & a touch of white grape juice mixed with more sweet cereal notes. Finishes fairly crisp & grassy

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty decent balance, but body thins out as this warms

An easy drinker, but nothing special here

russpowell, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly over crystal clear toasty amber color with lots of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom.

Nose has some light malts, slight lager fruits, a bit of crisp lager aromas, light sweet malts and hint of toasty, the slightest hint of floral hops.

Taste starts semi sweet, some sweet slight toasty malts, a bit of a caramel and reddish malt flavor, then some light sweet lager fruits, fairly crisp tasting but not big, a bit more caramel later on the taste as it finishes, a slight bitterness with the slightest hint of floral hops in there that disappear long before the finish, with a bit of caramel syrup , and hint of unhappy lager yeast like skunk on the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied, decent carbonation, bit sticky on the mouth.

Overall not bad, nothing special, the lager yeast doesn't play as well with the toasted caramel malts, a little syrupy, and seems like the lager yeast was rushed a bit as it didn't add as many great lager flavors as usual, and hints of an off flavor. Also where are the hops?

jlindros, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Best by 080511 on bottleneck. 6-pack purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Clear as day amber with hefty 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and several rings of lace down the glass.

S: Superb toasted and biscuity malty notes up front supplement the substantial caramel, and mild herbal, grassy, floral hops come through in the back end. Not too sweet, but a little more noble hops character in the nose would be okay with me.

T: LTD #5 is an excellent amber lager. It drinks with a malt-forward flavor and some residual sweetness, which I think fits this style very well. The toast and biscuit qualities of the nose are present in the flavor, with more of a nod toward the biscuit flavors. Caramel drapes over all the flavor and the hops provide accent with noble notes of grass and herbal sharpness.

M: A very creamy feel for a lager with relatively low carbonation for the style to give it a softer feel and better drinkability/sessionability.

O: I thought this was one of the better LTDs to come through, although I have liked most of them pretty well. This amber lager really slams the malt aroma and flavor and provides it in a highly creamy, drinkable brew.

argock, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of sweet caramel malts and light biscuit malt breadiness. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth, bready flavor. It goes down easy with a touch of sweetness and a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good amber lager. It's complex, yet highly drinkable.

WesWes, Jul 06, 2011
LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.