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Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
83
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011)
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Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of nandemo1
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

Photo of MrKasbeer
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of ATXRyan
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mechamifune
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of senorpoopypants
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +12.9%
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 brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 amnesia85
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 pjeezus
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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