Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-23-2011 21:03:41 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-14-2011 05:30:56 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-30-2012 05:16:02 | More by RblWthACoz
2.68/5 rDev -26%
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.
09-13-2011 18:59:34 | More by Kegatron
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a slightly fruity yeast and hop aroma. It's bitter, but nothing too intense; only a light citrus character. The taste is decent as well. It has a basic pale malt flavor along with a citrus hop taste that's refreshing, yet has a soapy character to it. It's easy drinking with a slightly fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good DIPA, but it falls short of many others in the market. It's relatively easy drinking, but it lacks the hop character that make the more prominent DIPA's popular.
08-16-2011 23:10:24 | More by WesWes
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
From 06/04/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, shared by nimbleprop. Thanks Mac.
a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, and light pine. Mostly citrus, especially oranges; a pretty nice nose.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, especially oranges again, with some light bitterness in the taste. Also some fruit, pine, tropical fruit.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with a little bit of bitterness to it.
o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA with a really nice, citrusy nose. Would have again sometime.
06-07-2011 15:32:25 | More by mdfb79
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
02-12-2012 03:25:45 | More by Gueuzedude
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
08-21-2011 23:24:09 | More by smcolw
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
07-02-2011 21:46:04 | More by Gavage
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
11-12-2011 04:27:08 | More by corby112
2.48/5 rDev -31.5%
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
09-09-2011 19:11:10 | More by barleywinefiend
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
$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
09-21-2011 23:28:33 | More by Billolick
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Starts nicely enough with a burnished dark golden color with a head that fades a little quickly. Right out of the bottle there is a lovely peach and tangerine note in the nose as well as a fresh bitterness in the mouth. As it warms a bit of dry graininess creeps into the taste and displaces the earlier bitter citrus notes a bit. Very dry and a bit too grainy. I wish it had lived up to its gorgeous promise when first poured. As it is, it turns a bit stodgy.
08-30-2011 03:37:23 | More by Georgiabeer
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-17-2011 21:22:40 | More by akorsak
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-02-2011 22:00:55 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-26-2011 01:36:51 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-15-2011 13:29:16 | More by John_M
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
09-15-2011 01:16:54 | More by beerthulhu
Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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