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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
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 emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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 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 soze47
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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

A: This poured clear gold with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like floral and resinous hops, with some honey and a little bready yeast.
T: It tasted like strong floral hops with some resin and copper and a bit of honey and bread. It had a lasting clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit thin.
D: This had an enjoyable scent and taste, but it was quite generic. The body was kind of weak too. The alcohol was well hidden, so at least it was easy to drink. But nothing made this beer stand out from a large crowd of other IPAs. You can pass on this one.

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 beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, very clear, golden amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aromas featured citrus and pine in the front and a bit of floral hops behind them. There was just a bit of malt sweetness to balance things out. The flavors were pretty similar, lots of flavorful hops evened out by just a bit of malt.

The body was pretty typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller than average. Drinkability was good, my pint disappeared far too quickly. Overall, a pretty good take on the style from brewery that I generally find to be average.Worth trying as soon as you see it.

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

pours an amberish copper with a decent off white head that quickly recedes but laces well.

a slightly toasty pale malt aroma first strikes me and its followed by citrus hops with a touch of herbal and piney hops behind that.

bitter citrus up front that quickly goes sweet and crackery from the malts. a bit of tropical fruit comes into play as well as a bit of pine on the finish.

medium bodied with a good level of carbonation for the style. and oily finish keeps the bitterness around after the swallow.

overall, its decent. definitely better than many, but nowhere near the upper echelon of the style. doesn't do enough to create its own identity. It drinks okay, and its a good deal at $5 a bomber, so I may have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it when there are so many amazing examples of the style and this one is, well, forgettable.

Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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