Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Not Rated.
ElevationElevation

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

77 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 77
Hads: 112
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 77 | Hads: 112
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light golden color with some yellow/orange hues

S: Plenty of citrus, hint at big tropical fruit, light booze

T: What the heck happened here? Someone infused my Hi C fruit punch, light caramel with booze and hops. I am looking for a beer, not my daughters Hi C pack here. Way to sweet and am not sure what Full Sail was doing with this.

M: Sweet, medium body, overly fruity

O: Unimpressed (404 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this from JohnGalt1! Poured into stemless chardonnay glass...

A- Dark copper orange color with a finger head. Settles quickly to a ring of bubbles at the base of the glass.

S- Pineapple is the forefront. Has a subtle medicinal warm aroma. Hops are pretty invasive.

T/M- More piney than citrus in the flavor. Very resinous and oily. Malt is medicinal and rubbery. I get some off flavors on this one. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with minimal carbonation.

O- Different. I think they didn't hide the alcohol very well. Bitterness is a bit aggressive and the supporting hop flavors are just not there... Glad I got to try this though! (645 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Amber color with a 2 finger off white head that dissipated pretty quickly and left little lacing in the glass.

Smell-More malts then "Copious Amount of Hops" Some bitter grapefruit/orange rind and some light pine.

Taste-Pretty much on par with the aroma. Upfront some sweet malts and on the backend an overly bitter, not hoppy, grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied, carbonation was there but just totally unbalanced flavors. One demensional and boring.

Overall-With the Copious amount of IPAs/IIPAs out there, Theres probably no chance I consume this beer again. (590 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (1,483 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Nice one finger head that dissapates pretty quickly but stays around the edges.

S- Tons of grapefruit and some pine.

T- This tastes just like grapefruit. Not very well balanced with the malt.

M- Really dry. Back of my tongue tasted the citrus and bitterness until I drank a different beer.

O- Not my favorite DIPA. A little too citrusy and grapefruit with me. Probably wouldn't get it again but it was something different. (476 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Founders snifter.

A bright orange with pretty minimal head. Scant lacing remains. Grapefruit and pine on the nose. Strong smell of grain alcohol. It is off putting from the experience. It coats my tongue well. But that is about the real good thing about it. The strong alcohol taste mutes every other flavor. Not a good beer. (341 characters)

Photo of Chaney
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Basically poured a gold color, with a mild reddish hue, and the millimeter or so head folded into a slight sawdust-like formation on top of the liquid.

S: Resiny and piney, fairly strong, and with a mild sugar content which lost out to the hops by a lot more than a nose.

T: Despite the nice nose, the taste was sorely lacking and crossed over into booze bomb territory. Additionally, the hop character was greatly muted by an undesirable soapy quality. The more I drank, this started to taste more like an unsuccessful amber than an IPA.

M: The carbonation was low, but okay, but I stated before, the booze was very transparent and killed this experience for me. The lacing was minimal.

O: Well, it got off to a good start, but the follow through was utterly disappointing. (781 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (1,342 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark orange with hint of amber, and slight haze. Small head. Nose is light with hint of candied fruits, reminding me if See's candies. Big flavors but nothing exciting - overripe citrusy hops, plenty of bitterness, and enough malt to keep it from being too unbalanced. Just overall somewhat average. (305 characters)

Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 7/20/11. Pours a bright orange amber with a nice white head. Aroma is kinda weak, but what’s there is nice. It’s mostly pineapple, lemons and pine resin. Some biscuity malt. Taste is mildly sweet with a kinda bland bitter finish. It’s not terrible, but there’s a cheap malty quality to the beer - sort of a musty grain note that you normally see in macro stuff but I’ve noted it before in other FS beers. Mouthfeel is sudsy with some nice hop oiliness, but it gets a bit watery in the middle. Decent but nothing special. (541 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a minuscule off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine along with juicy citrus notes and sweet malts. Slight spicy and grassy but the fruit notes dominate the hop profile in the nose. Lots of orange peel along with some mango and grapefruit. Subtle malts with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Very earthy with lots of grassy pine dominating the flavor. In opposition to the nose, this beer is more bitter than sweet with faint citrus fruit notes, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet malt backbone provides decent balance with some caramel and biscuit. Boozy heat toward the end of the palate. (859 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, fairly creamy, half-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper / gold hue when held up to the light. The nose smells a little stale (first beer from the tap for the day, though subsequent pours were not a lot better), but still a bright citrus character comes through. As the beer warms a cracker like malt character starts to come through.

The beer is nicely bitter with a herbal hop flavor to it as well as a fairly prominent orange zest flavor. Again it has a stale beer flavor to it that really sort of gets in the way of the finish. The body has the nice quaffability, but still enough fullness to carry the hops at least.

Definitely a bit disappointing, there is likely a good beer in here somewhere, but I can’t help but think that this reminds me of the stale beer found left over the next day at a Frat Party. (972 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright, clear orange body; thick off-white head that lingered to the end with light lacing down the glass.

Smell: sweet malt; citrus and spice hop aroma

Taste: light, bread-like, roasted malt taste; fine bitter finish; mild alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: medium body; fine carbonation

Overall: A fair enough DIPA. Nothing special per se, but definitely drinkable and worth visiting again. (399 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

to anyone who gives a darn, this beer is also of the Brewer's Reserve series

look at that fine head. majestic like the Orgeon peaks that supply the brewery with fresh water (i haven't seen them but Full Sail's website inspired me). hazy bright amber color. lacing is excellent: like a shop window at christmas

smells like C hops, though not of the purely grapefruity sort

malt contribution is evident but withdrawn: i don't think i would want to drink the pale ale version. generally sweetish (no, Tom Green, not Swedish) with some nuttiness (544 characters)

Photo of setexascustoms
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber, no freshness date to be found.

A: Orange with a slight haze (turned out to be mostly chill haze). A quarter inch of white head with no real retention and left minimal lacing.

S: A lot of tropical fruit, not the citrus I usually associate with a West coast DIPA. There was some orange, but dominated by mango and pineapple. A pleasant departure.

T: I get a blended tropical fit flavor right up front, but can't distinguish the individual flavors like I could on the nose. They're quickly washed out by bitter rind that is then accompanied by bold balancing malts. Bitterness lingers through the some what dry finish.

M: Lighter than expected and a little juicy, but starts to dry out toward the finish.

O: Not the most complex DIPA, but it is different. Not necessarily in a good way, but not in a horrible way either. I picked it up for $3.99, a good price for the style, but I reckon you get what you pay for. Not a bad beer, but I probably won't buy it again. (993 characters)

Photo of mikul93
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Poured a dark yellow with a nice 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

S Lots of grapefruit, pine and hops.

T Was a little disappointed with this beer. Lots of bitter hops and not much malt flavor. Not very balanced. It was more like and IPA than an Imperial IPA.

M Medium body with nice carbonation.

O A little disappointed. Will not be seeking this out again. (360 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A Pours a amber color with a thick white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the side of the glass.

S Notes of grapefruit with some malty biscuit notes.

T Some grapefruit like citrus notes to start with. Followed by pine then there is also a slight bitter note.

M medium body that works well.

Overall this is a pretty standard DIPA, nothing special but nothing bad either. Worth trying and the price was right. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. (526 characters)

Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Sturdy amber with 1-2 finger, off-white head with average retention and a smattering of lace.

S: Very grassy, herbal hoppiness with a lot of moldy hay type of aroma. Pale maltiness is barely there, clouded over by the dense, raw hops.

T: The flavor is also dominated by grassy hoppiness with a lot of spicy, herbal character. The pine and citrus elements are not very prominent, and the moldy hay, grassy component is too strong. This is a very raw-hops centered beer, much along the lines of DFH 60 Minute IPA. The malty sweetness has a touch of caramel but is mostly crackery pale malt.

M: This brew has a nice body, medium-full, with medium-high carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is grassy hops with some crackery pale malt.

O: Not a bad beer but definitely built for those who enjoy the herbal, raw plantiness of hops as it overwhelms most other flavor. I won't be going back for this one again as I like a more rounded citrus and pine resin flavor to a DIPA. This is barely in the DIPA zone at 7.5% ABV and with more of an IPA type of flavor and feel. (1,206 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very underwhelming beer indeed
A-Pours a hazy orange color with a medium, bubbly off white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lacing and only a ring around the rim of the glass.
S-Smells of citrus and floral hops along with some fruit fruit and berry and tangerine notes.
T-The flavor is a let down from the aroma. Has a clean bitterness, but without a lot of hop flavor. Just a resinous general hop flavor, along with some sort of cady tannin like flavor. There is a dry pale malt flavor, but it's just not working for me in the flavor.
M-Medium to full body with a very unpleasant, very dry finish.
O-A dissapointment to have spent the 4 bucks on this beer.... Not recommended (693 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to skim around the edge. Laced in wavy patches.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and a little pine. Surprised with a bit of wet, musty grain character.

T: Citrussy malt, orange, lemon and pineapple, and slightly sweet malt. A Little resiny in the middle. Relatively sharp bitter in a dry finish.

M: Light-to-,medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little resiny to a dry finish.

O: Nothing seriously wrong, but was looking for a bigger hop character (bigger beer overall). (541 characters)

Photo of aficionado
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange yellow body with lowly carbonation. Kind of dull looking.

Smell is citrusy and herbaceous; not too bright though. Flavor is much brighter with a lot of bitter grapefruit throughout and some caramel in the middle.

Flavor lingers on the palate. Moderate body with an oily presence.

Not bad, but not excellent. On the simple side. Would love to see more than grapefruit as the main player here. (407 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of negroobserver
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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+ (714 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (981 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.