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Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of nandemo1
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear orange-gold with a good size off white head. Leaves some lacing here and there as the head recedes.

Smell and taste of this one is mostly grapefruity goodness with some hints of pine. Beer is very well balanced with a solid maltiness that counters the high level of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty crisp, making this very drinkable.

Overall, this is just about as sessionable DIPA as you'll find, just make sure you have a DD. Would be great on a hot day on the water or in the backyard grilling.

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Vintage dated 2011.

P: Almost sienna head, thick and foamy. Forms along the edge of the glass after it settles, making a dense ring. Chill hazed, umber body.

A: Grapefruit, brown sugar, honey suckle and vinous qualities, like a Gewürztraminer. Peaches. Toasted malts and almonds. Pretty complex nose.

T: The complexity of this beer continues into the flavors. A melange of peaches, lemon, brown sugar, caramel, white wine and pine. The sweet flavors hit first, ride a wave of toasty malt goodness, and land with a stout pine bitterness. Floral and spice tones develop along the way. Great balance. Crisp, and slightly oily.

This is a great DIPA. Tons of flavors that all work perfectly together, great balance and very good drinkability. I'd like to see the finish be just a touch more bitter, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, woody aroma has an overtone of resin and hints of apple. It pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale yellowish tan head. Richly hoppy flavor has a woody note and hints of apple and caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a strong, edgy tingle and leaves a tingly, woody finish.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber.

Pours a hazy amber. Not much of a head, quickly becomes a thin ring. Mild lacing.

Strong grapefruit citrus in the nose. A good bit of pine as well. Malt sweetness comes through but sticks in the background...

Flavor sticks amazingly close to the nose. Grapefruit and piney bitterness, but I also get orange and tropical fruits. This is very much a citrusy beer. Malt backbone is there for support. It stays in the background, but provides some sweetness throughout and then blossoms in the finish. There is a strong lingering bitterness that feels like you actually took a big bite of grapefruit, not so bad, but not my favorite part of the flavor.

Body is a touch above medium and carbonation is medium-low, both seem appropriate for the style. The ABV is right in the zone that I prefer, lower than your average Imperial, but makes the beer much more drinkable.

Full Sail has always seemed to make better malt forward beers than hop forward ones, but this guy certainly changes my opinion on that. A solid IIPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.


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Photo of senorpoopypants
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Full Sail, picked up at Whole Foods, served into a large Chimay chalice. It pours a bright copper color with a very small, fading head. The nose offers a very big scent of very citrusy, somewhat resinous hops. Good grapefruit hop flavor up front, with high bitterness. Clean, simple malt. Light fruitiness. Dry finish. Nothing unexpected, or the least out of the ordinary here.

It is a very drinkable beer, but *yawn*, yet another imperial IPA. It seems like about 50% of all new beers are the same style.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium goldenrod, fairly hazy body capped with a small and brief stay of off-white foam. Leaving a bit of skim and a thick collar. A few large stringy globs of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is a boost of pine sided lemon and grapefruity hoppyness. Quite woody and leafy with a bit of biscuityy maltedness squeexed in for a drier nose as apposed to sweet.

Taste is a perculating amount of deep dark hops encompassing a whole lot of dark grapefruit rinds and lemony pine. Quite quick, brittle, and brisk with a huge sweep of bittering woodyness, followed with lots of leftover darker citrusy bitterness as well. Not much balance, as its a buzz of hops all over the palate. There's some malt back there doing its job as not to let those hops get totally out of control with a bit of caramel and biscuity breadyness. Enjoyable finish of hop complexity as it twsit and turns in a citrusy woody pine bite to more toasted and drying.

Pretty solid medium body, if not more so, as once you get about half way through the bomber you realize this may take a bit longer then first expected. Those hops really hit there make and take over the palate quickly, making a home on your cheeks and tongue and not easily removed. Perhaps sandpaper?

A solid IPA with its Impy take in an overall more hoppy finish and West Coast attitude then some of the more malty ones that are out there. A hophead delight.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though this beer is kind of one dimensional, it still strikes me as well done. The malt is a good foundation and the hop tones provide a heavy and well established accent. Probably seeing the "Imperial IPA" on the label creates an expectation from beer drinkers. We want Pliny, we want this, we want that. There's nothing wrong with a straight forward and somewhat one-dimensional dipa. If it's made well and drinkable, I can dig it. This one is like that. It won't blow you away, but it's still not too bad.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Body becomes more orangey when backlit. A little bit of lace crawls down the side of the glass after each sip.

S: Pleasant nose, albeit one that's modest and not too strong. Mainly grapefruity citrus, but with some caramel malt too.

T: Brown-sugary caramel malt underneath, but it finishes with a substantial bitterness - maybe grapefruit peel or pit. Also some resiny pine lingering in the aftertaste and on the feel. A touch of spice goes along with that lingering bitterness.

M: Body is medium-to-full in heft. Carbonation is moderate, with a touch of bite to it.

O: Good. Wasn't blown away by this one, but I wasn't disappointed, either. Reasonably priced at $4.99 for the double-deuce.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty and restrained DIPA, with some depth and complexity and not over-the-top.

Pours hazy orange with a lively head and mild lacing. The aroma is sweet and smooth, with a tropical feel - mango, apricot and orange. The flavor is has a smooth papaya character with a deep, sexy musky orange on the back part of the tongue, trailing off to a citrusy bitter tang. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, like a good fruit puree. There is little on the finish to suggest the strength of the brew, making this potentially a beer to watch carefully when drinking more than one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, slight citrus note. The taste is slighlty sweet, hoppy, malty, and picking up some citrus. Medium Body, the finsh is slightly dry/bitter. Not a bad brew at all, it is definitely not a hop bomb, but does quench the thirst.

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Photo of soze47
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For the price, I pick up a Full Sail bomber every once in a while. For $5 and being new on the shelves at my local shop, I figured that I'd give it a whirl. I poured it into a SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very golden orange and clear. Lots of carb bubbles dancing for the style. Nice inch of head develops, pearly white.

Aroma: I get a lot of sweet orange or tangerine flesh smells from the malt/hop combo. Very nice with a touch of zesty bitterness only slightly present.

Taste: Nice big fruit flavor up front. Surprisingly effective use of flavors I've tasted in other DIPAs. Sweet, slightly yeasty and spicy malt brings some wheat pales to mind, yet the hop bill shows a deft hand at balancing complimentary flavors to the party. Bright, vibrant citrus tastes lead to a sweet burst at the start, fading to a grassy, tangy, and dry secondary flavor, and then a nice, strong but not oppressive resinous rind bitterness comes in on the linger.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer reminds me of Nugget Nectar in mouthfeel for an Imperial Amber/IPA. It carries some pretty strong flavors in a well carbonated, light body. Very drinkable. My god I drank that bomber fast.

Overall: Great surprise for the evening considering I grabbed this guy at the shop on my walk home. Nothing to seek out, but a tasty brew if you come across it and aren't looking to break the bank.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up the other day at Argonaut. Poured a nice medium orange-amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aromas of fresh citrus, tropical fruit and pale malt. On the palate, this one was quaffable and medium bodied, with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit and pale malt.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear rusty orange/chestnut brown with just a short layer of white foam that quickly disappeared
S - really nice citrus aroma, mango, orange & grapefruit, really nice smelling beer
T - mango, grapefruit and orange and lemon rind, there is a bit of bitterness that seems to taste like the rind not hops. The flavor is good, not as strong as the aroma would suggest though. Not sure if i'd call this imperial, but its close in the feel. Not as malty as I would expect.
M - medium bodied, a bit watered down? for an imperial. I'd consider this just a regular IPA. decent carbonation
D - Very easy to drink and at 7.5% its not hard to go through the whole bottle. Very enjoyable though I feel this is more an IPA than an imperial IPA

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Photo of zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice, very slightly hazy copper color. Nice high carb. About 1" of white head forms, which has very good retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: I pick up caramel malts, and some very nice tropical fruit scents, namely peach skin and some mango. Some hops as well. Overall not the most pungent, but a nice smelling DIPA.

Taste: Caramel malts up front, followed by peach skin and a small amount of citrus. Back end is highlighted by some bitter hops, and a kick of alcohol. Really like the idea of this one...kind of different, but some of the flavors are a bit out of balance. Would like to see more tropical fruits, less bittering hops and less alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Extremely nice mouthfeel. Overall, liked this one quite a bit. Well balanced, just a few things to improve on. Will likely get another bottle or two while it's fresh.

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Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.