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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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 111
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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.


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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 RJLarse
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 22 oz bottle of Elevation in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color. Creamy white head.

Smell is decidedly sweet, with citrus and pine notes dominating the aroma.

Taste is a caramel malt flavor up front, with a citrus finish, and a mild bitter pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is remarkably light and clean for the style.

Overall not a bad brew, even on a hot day in late summer. Not an every day brew, and perhaps a little on the sweet side, but not bad in season.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty clear with a little lacing. The aroma is just a bit sweet from the citrus nose but mostly of bitter hops and just a bit like dust. The taste isn't very different than the aroma with the hops pretty much running the show. The citrus isn't over powering and goes very nice with the bitter finish. This isn't an overly carbonated IPA which is nice and make this very drinkable. This isn't one that stands out in a crowd but I did enjoy it. Not something I will be rushing out to get again.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.57/5  rDev -29%
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

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Photo of almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice opaque golden color with a thick white head that sticks to the side of the glass as it recedes to a layer of lace. the aroma brings a nice amount of piney hops balanced by crystal malt. the taste proves the smell, starting as a well balanced hop and malt arrangement, ending with a strong bit of dry bitterness. the full body and slightly more than adequate carbonation make this a rather drinkable beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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).

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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 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 Georgiabeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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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 TheDudeRules
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of tpop
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popping my review cherry.

A. Orangy-copper color, slight head with some lacing.

S. Mild citrus, mild hop with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T. Citrus is slight, malt notes very mild. Doesn't have that alcohol bite at the end that double IPAs tend to have. Not bad, but not great.

M. Fairly smooth, light carbonation. Nice.

O. A decent choice overall. Not the best representative of a DIPA, but not bad overall. I prefer versions that push the envelope....

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 draheim
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip. Hazy copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dank floral hops, slightly metallic. I've picked up some of these notes in other IPAs, probably a particular hop variety - not my favorite aroma.

Taste is floral, herbal with a good hop bitterness. I like the taste a lot more than the aroma. Nothing extraordinary but nice, earthy, balanced. This is a pretty average version of a NW style IPA/DIPA. The minimal head and low carbonation is pretty disappointing though.

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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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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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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