Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden west coast ipa color. Slight white head and decent lacing. Carbonation is evident and pretty good for the style.

Smell is great, lots of citrus and tons of peach in the nose. Smell reminds me a lot of one of the Alpine beers i've had.... for the life of me I can't remember which. A very pleasant smelling IPA.

Taste is pretty in line with the smell. Hop forward at first but not overly bitter. Sweetness is always evident and keeps everything in check.

Mouthfeel is great for the style.... carbonation keeps is crisp, but it is just smooth and creamy enough to make it easy to drink. Not overly resinous despite the hop-forward taste profile.

All in all this is a really enjoyable beer. I'm not sure why this is an imperial IPA at 7.5%, but whatever. I'm a little confused by some of the other reviews of this beer cause I just don't taste what some of the other reviewers are tasting, though I know IPA's tend to be more tempermental than most styles, so perhaps that is the reason. This beer deserves more than a B grade, seek it out, preferably fresh.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a mix of burnt orange/amber with a nice sticky one finger white crown.I like the mix of juicy orange and apricot hops mixed with a sweet caramel base,so far so good.The palate is a little underwhelming,the sweet alcohol seems to be most dominant with some candied citrus fruit playing a secondary role to that sweet alcohol and caramel/biscuit.A little prickly in the feel of the beer but I will say this is a little different in its orange and apricot-like hop flavors,not bitter at all.It's not bad.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 for the bomber at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No frehness dating to be had.

Pours lightly hazed dull, dark orangy amber, under a fluffy oatmeal head, that stays well and leaves thicker blobs of lace.

Notes of orange in the nose.

Decent DIPA for the price, citric, moderatly hopped and quite dry. Tea, lemon/lime, and some alcohol in the finih. Lacks the powerful hoppy punch, depth of flavors and intrigue of the all stars of the genre. But worth a try and would satisfy your hop craving in a pinch

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask serving at McCormick and Schmick's on the waterfront in Portland.

This beer appears a hazy medium golden amber colour, with one finger of fizzy, foamy off-white head, which leaves some one-sided packing foam lace (sort of) around the glass as it recedes. It smells of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange esters, and mild caramel malt. The taste is bready caramel, some citrus, pine, and musty hops, and a bit of metallic booze. The carbonation is on the soft side, even more so than an average cask, the body medium weight and smooth, with a wee bit of creaminess. It finishes with an uptick in the hop bitterness, but mostly of the musty sort.

Again, the effects of a cask treatment don't seem to agree with the IIPA concept - the hops get muddled, somehow - musty (and dusty) is the word. We just wind up with something trending towards a British IPA.

Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours an orange amber color with a small head of white foam. Moderate lacing that quickly vanishes.

S: There is a musty grain aroma to this beer that is accompanied by hints of pineapple, lemon and pine. The cheap, musty grain quality reminds me of larger macro lagers and is surprising for Full-Sail.

T: There is a very mild but sweet flavor to the beer with notes of pineapple, caramel and lemon, but yet again everything is greatly subdued by the cheap grain profile.

M: Pretty light and watery mouth feel with a very light touch oiliness.

O: I was excited to try Elevation, but I was extremely let down. I don't know if this is what Full Sail was going for, but this seems like an Imperial IPA brewed with macro filler ingredients. It's not horrible, but very disappointing considering the source.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at my local place. $5 for a bomber? Yes, please. Most of Full Sail's beers are pretty decent so I decided to pick this up. It's never a bad idea to buy an Imperial IPA.

It took awhile for the head to form two fingers high, frothy-bubbly, and off-white. A good amount of lacing is left while drinking. Elevation pours a brownish amber color. There's a notable lack of carbonation looking at it.

The smell isn't too striking like other Imperial IPAs I've had recently. There's a strong phenol aroma to it that dominates over the slight mango citrus, hops, and caramel sweet malts. Some sulfur in there too.

The taste is very much like the smell except the hops and mango show up more. There's a strange phenolic flavor throughout that takes away from the hops, caramel sweetness, and mango. It has pale ale flavors but the band-aid, rubbery, phenol flavors dominate too much and linger on the tongue. It doesn't taste...bad but it's definitely not good.

Elevation is creamy and oily. This definitely needs much more carbonation to give it some life. Medium-bodied.

This really doesn't taste much like an Imperial IPA. It's not in your face with great hop, tropical fruit, pine, and sweet flavors like others of the style. The phenol smell and taste simply dominate too much. It's $5 a bottle (22 oz) but I wouldn't recommend this.

Photo of Kegatron
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap @ the Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub (Hood River, OR) on 8/28/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin, yet still rich looking retention, which leaves back some thick and foamy swathes of lace. The aroma is floral and leafy, with a flat bitter fruitiness, and notes of pine and spice on the edges. There is some light underlying sweetness here from the malt, while the ABV gives this some heft in the nostrils.

The taste has a lot of pine and bitter fruit up front, which propels resins and spice out into a fairly dry finish. Malts bring balance with some caramel sweetness but it’s only momentary, as the hops are pretty full-on here in the backend of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively crispness that then works itself into more of a smooth creaminess. The alcohol here does start to show itself a bit too much at times, especially in intensifying that strong hoppy finish.

I wasn’t a fan of this one. The hop flavors just had too much of a flat citric bitterness going on with them, needing more definition, but then coming on way too harshly in the finish. The amount of alcohol warmth honestly felt higher than 7.5% as well. I was expecting much more out of this beer and am disappointed that I chose this over a couple of brewery exclusive beers that they had on tap at the time. This was just wasn’t a very good attempt at the style.

Photo of negroobserver
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail ELEVATION Brewmaster's Reserve 2011
Imperial IPA
7.5% ABV

Appearance... Nice orange or glow from this somewhat hazy beer. Pours with a large off white colored head, which leaves behind some lacing.

Smell... Strong dominant presence of Hops. I really can't identify much else here.

Taste... Citrus, grapefruit. Hoppy bitter finish, which lingers in the mouth for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel... Great texture and body. Nicely carbonated, not stingy or overwhelming.

Overall... Overall, it's exactly what I expected. It has the classic imperial IPA flavors and dominance of hops. I wish they had chosen a variety of hops to give it a better nose, but for the price it's a decent imperial.

GRADE : B+

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep obscured orange with a frothy light cream colored head makes an opening appearance sitting well atop. A medium sense of carbonation is detected within, barely visible through the dense nature of the beer. Window dressing is clean.

S: For aroma we smell the usual suspects of grassy-pine-citrus notes. Their extra pale ale seem a bit more potent as this was lax in strength.

T: Dry grapefruit, moderate in strength, with warm toasted grains. Hoppy bite on the back end, dry and somewhat parching, but also lacking in complexity. Simple minded flavor that flexes muscles but lacks depth to character. Dry grassy grapefruit best sums up the flavor with a warming leave of alcohol and toasted malts.

M: creamy and lush of warm toasted malts, dry with a bitter hoppiness and a good carbonation presence.

O: A moderate show of hops ipa wise, that comes off rather coarse, again no transition, no complexity, just a brass in your face hopping that a bunch of monkeys could of done by wildly throwing tons of hops into the barrel (and hopefully nothing else). Good for your quick hop fix, but not expanding the palate and mind. Their extra pale ale is much more drinkable and enjoyable in my opinion.

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from Raceway Citgo.

A: The DIPA is amber, an orange color that is transparent. Much more of a red ale, at least looks-wise. A half a finger of white head wants to lace in a few spots.

S: Biscuits and caramel, plenty of light grains. Hops? Yeah, they're present but they don't stand out. I have to search for some citrusy aromas but they aren't strong enough to really dig into. Old bottle, perhaps?

T: The taste picks things up a bit, more citrus and pine to match up against the caramel. The ale strikes me as very bubbly, a necessary feature; it helps to scrub away the indiscriminate hop bitterness. Maltiness is like the nose, caramel and strong. The hops, though, pack a little more punch here. Orange rind and lush pulp are apparent, as are more leafy hops. The caramel stays with the beer throughout. Moments of brilliant bitterness come amongst the sips.

M: The mouthfeel has its moments but generally the ale lacks the bold hoppiness that a DIPA needs.

Photo of tpop
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popping my review cherry.

A. Orangy-copper color, slight head with some lacing.

S. Mild citrus, mild hop with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T. Citrus is slight, malt notes very mild. Doesn't have that alcohol bite at the end that double IPAs tend to have. Not bad, but not great.

M. Fairly smooth, light carbonation. Nice.

O. A decent choice overall. Not the best representative of a DIPA, but not bad overall. I prefer versions that push the envelope....

Photo of senorpoopypants
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into Imperial pint glass. Piney hop smell hits you right off the bat. Bitterness does not overwhelm you like some of Full Sail's other IPA's do. For over 7% alcohol it does not attack your palette. One of my favorite Imperial IPA's I have had the pleasure of trying.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up today at Erickson's Fine Wine in Eagle... Eggghhh... $5/22, when did Full Sail raise their prices so much... This would have been $4 or less last year.

Pours with a descent white head... okay lacing.. the brew is fairly clear orange... retention is a touch lacking, but who is complaining?

Nose is fruity with a good punch of tangerine and lemon zest.... a pretty pronounced pale malt presence seems out of whack for me... even a touch of a biscuity presence.

Flavor is nicely bittered up front and quickly melts into a great fruity hoppy element... Citra? Reminds me of a citra pale ale I had a few nights ago. I am striked by how balance this brew is... not as bracing as many DIPA's, but this is a damn fine brew right now.... Lingering fruitiness on the finish makes me think citrus spiked mango or melon.

Body is medium with the expected perfect carbonation.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head is quickly down to a skim layer of froth, with very leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is citrus and syrup, with an alcohol undertone.

Taste starts sweet, quickly hits with a citrus shot, then bitter through the close, with a lemony alcoholic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not as hoppy as I would hope, but a good brew overall.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a portion of a 22 ounce bomber into a English pint glass.

A: Light golden, hazy amber color. Decent head retention, with a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose of this brew is somewhat one dimensional, as just mostly grapefruit stands out. Just a touch of caramel sweetness and pine notes in the background manages to break through.

T&M: The taste of this brew is more complex than the nose, as much more caramel sweetness and ester flavors are evident. As expected for a double IPA, pine, citrus, and especially grapefruit are all very assertive all throughout the sip. The malt and ester characteristics taste more British than American. Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, as it's much more creamy than your typical double IPA. The 7.5%ABV is very well hidden in the taste, as it barely pokes through in the finish.

Drinkability&Notes: This is overall a solid effort from Full Sail. While there are many other big IPAs I prefer over this one, this still a very good brew. It really does a nice job of blending somewhat of an English character with Pacific Northwest hops. At 7.5% ABV, it is definitely a great way to end the night.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly head which disappears quickly leaving only a beer ring. Spotty lacing.

S: Malt, pine, lemon citrus, and pecan shells.

T: Hoppy and piny with a woody body, and very nice bittersweet balance of licorice and butterscotch.

M: Full, but light and refreshing. Pungent throughout with a dry finish.

D: Sip, savor, and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Nice deep golden hue, with a slight head, and a fair amount of spotty lacing which quickly disappears. Nose is malty and piny with a woody tone. Flavor is woody with a really nice hop bite, and just enough balance of bittersweet. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of coastiefish
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty orange copper. half inch head dwindled down to a quarter inch layer that hangs out for a while. A nice layer of head stays with the beer through the entire tulip, leaving a little lacing behind. Fun.

S - Fruity, caramel. Very fun nose, didn't expect to find caramel there, but it was a nice surprise.

Mouth feel - Fluffy. Medium body. Swells the mouth, dominates the taste buds. Demands attention.

Taste - Sharp bittering mellows through the finish. Pine and a green presence linger on the tongue. A touch of lemon mixed in there as well, but hard to detect through the "green" of the brew.

Overall Drink-ability - Yes this is a drinkable brew, however it could be argued that it doesn't represent the Imperial IPA well. I speculate the "fluffiness" of the body takes away from it translating on the palette to a big beer. But it is still good, and I think any beer goer should give it a try. It is an interesting brew with biscuit notes coming through the malts that try to balance out the 5 different hops used.

Photo of Hershdawg
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip

A: Copper red collor, with 1 finger head that reduces to a ring around the glass.

S: Citrusy, grapefruity hops, hint of malt. Surprisingly no alcohol burn.

T: Grapefruit balanced by the malt background. Bitter finish but not too rough. Hints of pine resin.

M: Medium body. Not too heavy for the Style.

O: Good DIPA. Not too extreme but not dull either. Full Sail has been impressing me with doing good examples of styles with out over doing it or under doing it.

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, but it leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Hazy with an orange tinted, light amber color.

Fresh grapefruit-like aroma from the prominent hop. This dominates the smell. In the background, there's a pale grain smell and the presence of alcohol. True to style.

Prickly hop bite--peppery with a pine residue. No initial pale malt flavor, this is a tale of the buitering hop. The aftertaste lasts a long time. The body is as one would expect. The carbonation is high, almost spritzy. The alcohol is stronger on the tongue than the 7.5% abv might suggest.

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elevation pours a hazy amber with a creamy white head on top. As the foam fades spots and lines of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of orange citrus and pine with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy with a dry finish. The flavor has lots of pine and orange citrus hops. The hop bitterness is balanced nicely with caramel and pale malt. It finishes bitter with lingering pine notes.

This is a tasty Imperial IPA that's loaded with hops, but with enough malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: loads of floral hops with grapefruit and orange citrus.

Taste: big caramel flavor with pine, grapefruit, orange, and a floral bitterness. Some earthy tones arrive late. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout with a hearty dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting as the flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: not a bad Double IPA that is easy to consume, but was a bit too crisp for me. Worth a try.

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a neutral, medium amber with orangey highlights and excellent clarity. A finger of fluffy off-white head lingers briefly and then falls to the surface leaving behind a skim coat on the surface but no lacing.

S - Very floral hop aroma...like being in a garden. Some grassy hops kick in a bit but in a low, subdued way. Not much of a malt aspect to this beer...just a mild sugary sweetness. Aroma is pleasant but lacking in the intensity I expect out of a DIPA.

T - Good sized hit of hops up front. Fruity and bitter with citrusy grapefruit in the lead, floral and perfumey hops take over coming in behind the initial citrus hit. Smoothing sugary sweetness underneath the hops and into the finish. Tastes pretty good, but again, hard to call this an imperial/DIPA based on flavor. I do like what is there though.

M - Very smooth...the residual sweetness does its job evening out the sharpness of the hops and makes this beer go down extemely quickly and easily. Carbonation is lightish medium in intensity and quite creamy which goes to enhance the smoothness of this beer.

O - A good tasting hoppy beer, but perhaps missing a bit of "Wow" factor. Also, perhaps a bit too smooth for its own good. For an imperial IPA, this is lacking a bit of punch...tastes and feels more like a standard IPA. What is in there is good...just wishing there was a bit more of it.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle the other day at State Line.

The beer pours the expected orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is all IPA goodness, showcasing considerable dry citrus, light pine, white pepper and a hint of sandlewood. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this very dry, nicely hopped, bitter DIPA. Frankly, there's barely enough sweet malt to balance the avalanche of hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a fairly long, pretty bitter finish. Alcohol is nicely integrated into the flavor profile, and I appreciate the fact that this is not one of the boozier DIPA's I've encountered.

Nothing earth shattering here... Just a well crafted, easy to drink and appreciate DIPA.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass, no freshness date, but this showed up just this week at the local store.

This pours a copper/reddish color with a nice white head which leaves a nice lacing. The smell is of hops, mostly pine and caramel malts. The feel is medium. Taste is of pine hops and caramel malts, semi balanced, not super hoppy, but good enough, lots of malts. This isn't my favorite IIPA, but for $4 a bomber, this is pretty good and I'll get again.

Photo of draheim
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Hazy copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dank floral hops, slightly metallic. I've picked up some of these notes in other IPAs, probably a particular hop variety - not my favorite aroma.

Taste is floral, herbal with a good hop bitterness. I like the taste a lot more than the aroma. Nothing extraordinary but nice, earthy, balanced. This is a pretty average version of a NW style IPA/DIPA. The minimal head and low carbonation is pretty disappointing though.

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Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.