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

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011

"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"
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a rich, clear brown with a deep red-orange hue with a light tan head that struggles to grow, fizzles to a respectable foam then disappears, leaving just enough spotty lacing for an average appearance.
This beer has what seems to approach a doppelbock profile, sweetness leaning toward molasses without quite the same flavor as well as something almost like anise or licorice. Otherwise it's a mix of toasty and fruity with a bit of barley, making me imagine even a bit of meatiness in the flavor. The caramel malts are evident as well as something a touch dry, and there's an underlying nuttiness the whole way.
I expect this beer to be light and crisp, but this beer is too spritzy and lacks smoothness. It's not bad, per se, and the smoothness does come in with the carbonation after the bite of the fizziness backs off a little, but it's still too much.

Photo of Elimination
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

These LTD lager series have really surprised me. Definate craft lagers that can be used to introduce people to good beer.

Pours a dull but inviting red, brown hues, with light shining through. Small white head, crisp looking.

Smell of toasted grain, dark berries, bread, a bit of toffee, almost candy syrup like.

Taste is a nutty, bready, whole grain cereal, tad of brown sugar. Really surprising taste, raisins, a bit of a smoke, and a tad of light cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a nice thick, hearty, and a bit chewy. Despite the abv it presents itself as more stronger beer.

Very drinkable, only picked up one bottle in a mixed six pack at safeway in Bend for 5.99

Photo of Bockrules
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (7/5/12 date) into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep, perfectly transparent amber with a few streams of minuscule bubbles rising to the two finger, tan head. Head stays intact must of the way down the glass. Only leaves behind a few small splotches of lacing at the bottom of the glass.

S - Not much upon opening the bottle - just some clean malt with hints of honey. Things open up a bit more in the glass, but the basic notes remain the same.

T - Here is where things start turning around. Sweet malt upfront. The body is decent blend of honey bourbon and modest earthy hop notes laid on top of a sweet malt backdrop. Splash of earthy hops and aged wood as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a sweet and malty finish with subtle hints of smoked peat.

M - Medium bodied with not quite enough carbonation to match the flavor profile. This may be partially my fault for letting it age past its prime, so I'll cut it a little slack here.

LTD #5 is a solid beer and has lots of characteristics that remind me of my all-time favorite amber: Full Sail Amber. After the initial let down of a nose no better than you're average middle-of-the-road "craft" (e.g. Dundee) lager, I was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively complex and interesting flavor profile. I would consider adding this (probably as a last option) to a mix-a-six again.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a thick skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in wide rings.

S: Sweet, bready malt; caramel. Earth and hay/grass hops. Rather odd mix of floral and bittering.

T: Like the nose with caramel more pronounced up front; rich and malty. Some floral hops in the middle transition quickly to a mild, but building, bitter of spicy hops; grass and earth.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and balanced with sweet/bitter and body/carbonation.

O: Good flavor. Good balance. Sessionable beer for sure.

Photo of rangerred
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly leaving very little in the way of lacing.

Aroma of toffee and caramel along with noble hops. There is also some toast and nuttiness.

Flavor has caramel and nuts up front nicely complimented by spicy hops. Toffee and caramel in the background along with a little bit of toast. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish with just the smallest amount of stickyness.

Overall, a tasty lager but not one that really stands out from the pack. Really reminded me of SA Boston Lager. I would pick it up again if I saw it.

Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck twist off.
A) Pours with a two finger head that slowly settles. Clear copper colored body. Active carbonation. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle hints of honey. Bready. Tree fruit.
T) Grainy. Toasty caramel notes. Quite malty throughout with some typical dry and slight sour tones in the finish.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Nice flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper color that had some amber highlights that could be seen when held up to the light. The off-white head retained itself rather well and it left bands of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, bready malt, yeast, hints of nuts and some green/grassy hops. The flavors were similar with the sweet malt coming first followed by notes of bread and biscuits as well as yeast and then at the end the pleasant bitterness of floral hops. As it warmed up I detected some notes of citrus in the hop finish as well but they were still delicate enough to compliment the malt elements. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good.

Photo of seand
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bubbly amber, relatively clear, with a small layer of off white head. A thin layer retains on the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a light grainy note.

T: Mild sweetness, with a touch of a slightly vinous fruity note on the finish. Pleasant, if not too exciting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty decent, but not outstanding. I'd probably try it on tap if I saw it somewhere, but I doubt I'll buy a six-pack again.

Photo of intensify
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper colored body. Head didnt hold up for too long and lacing was poor.

S- biscuit, caramel, honey and a hint of hops and malts.
T- bready and malty. Reminds me of fresh rye bread. Also, caramel makes a strong presence with hops balancing everything out and to add to the character.
M- medium bodied and a slight oily finish. The carbonation is on the easy side making this beer very drinkable.

A solid brew for Full Sail. One of there better ones.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warm, light but malty amber beer.

Lots of malt and roasted flavors in this lager. Richer taste than most ambers. Actually, one of my favorites in the catch-all category. With the malt I'd call it more of a Marzen or Oktoberfest style. Clean, even a little crisp with all the malt. A pilsener hint of hops, and flowery aromas. Body is light but makes a very pleasing gullet-full.

While not my top favorite of the LTD series, I have liked them all. I wonder why Full Sail doesn't jettison their regular and not very interesting beers and make these the lineup.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a thin film of foam on the top of the brew and almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready and caramel aroma. Mixed with these smells are some grainy aromas as well as a little bit of a lemon citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and toasted bready flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of an herbal taste as well as some grassy flavors come to the tongue. The caramel fades during the coming of the grass and herb, but is replaced by a light dark fruit flavor. In the end, with a little bit of citrus and toasted nut coming to the tongue a nice toasted malty and sweeter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is quite nice for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew all while maintaining a great easy drinking feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant and easy drinking amber ale.

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and grass, with not too much else going on. The flavor is similar. The toffee and grain notes really stand out, with some grass from the hops thrown in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.