Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 77
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rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a portion of a 22 ounce bomber into a English pint glass.

A: Light golden, hazy amber color. Decent head retention, with a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose of this brew is somewhat one dimensional, as just mostly grapefruit stands out. Just a touch of caramel sweetness and pine notes in the background manages to break through.

T&M: The taste of this brew is more complex than the nose, as much more caramel sweetness and ester flavors are evident. As expected for a double IPA, pine, citrus, and especially grapefruit are all very assertive all throughout the sip. The malt and ester characteristics taste more British than American. Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, as it's much more creamy than your typical double IPA. The 7.5%ABV is very well hidden in the taste, as it barely pokes through in the finish.

Drinkability&Notes: This is overall a solid effort from Full Sail. While there are many other big IPAs I prefer over this one, this still a very good brew. It really does a nice job of blending somewhat of an English character with Pacific Northwest hops. At 7.5% ABV, it is definitely a great way to end the night. (1,155 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A. A pale copper colour with very little head. Getting some lacing though.

S. Fruity, almost to the point of bubblegum. Not what I was expecting from this style of beer. Some citrus too.

T. That's a bit more like it, but it's still not quite there for a double IPA. The taste - more citrus and grapefruit - is almost exclusively in the back end. Very little malty sweetness to provide balance.

M. Medium bodied, carbonation's about right, nice bitter finish.

O. It's rather one dimensional, this one, and I'd have to say it's borderline imperial. Tasty, and worth the money. (625 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (472 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 coastiefish
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty orange copper. half inch head dwindled down to a quarter inch layer that hangs out for a while. A nice layer of head stays with the beer through the entire tulip, leaving a little lacing behind. Fun.

S - Fruity, caramel. Very fun nose, didn't expect to find caramel there, but it was a nice surprise.

Mouth feel - Fluffy. Medium body. Swells the mouth, dominates the taste buds. Demands attention.

Taste - Sharp bittering mellows through the finish. Pine and a green presence linger on the tongue. A touch of lemon mixed in there as well, but hard to detect through the "green" of the brew.

Overall Drink-ability - Yes this is a drinkable brew, however it could be argued that it doesn't represent the Imperial IPA well. I speculate the "fluffiness" of the body takes away from it translating on the palette to a big beer. But it is still good, and I think any beer goer should give it a try. It is an interesting brew with biscuit notes coming through the malts that try to balance out the 5 different hops used. (1,027 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 mikereaser
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear rusty orange/chestnut brown with just a short layer of white foam that quickly disappeared
S - really nice citrus aroma, mango, orange & grapefruit, really nice smelling beer
T - mango, grapefruit and orange and lemon rind, there is a bit of bitterness that seems to taste like the rind not hops. The flavor is good, not as strong as the aroma would suggest though. Not sure if i'd call this imperial, but its close in the feel. Not as malty as I would expect.
M - medium bodied, a bit watered down? for an imperial. I'd consider this just a regular IPA. decent carbonation
D - Very easy to drink and at 7.5% its not hard to go through the whole bottle. Very enjoyable though I feel this is more an IPA than an imperial IPA (746 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,031 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 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 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 FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep orange color with a finger of foam. Minimal lacing. Aroma is a grassy / catty hoppiness... website says they use Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops.

First sip... quick rush of hoppy flavor followed by a sharp bitter bite. Lingering bitterness in the back of your mouth. The hop flavor is very grassy, and the bitterness is just a touch to harsh for me. Any malty sweetness is overwhelmed by the bitterness.

As much as I love hops, this is just a little to imbalanced on the hoppy side for my taste. Certainly good, but not excellent. Not a bad value at ~$6 for a bomber. (642 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (858 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of Hershdawg
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of soze47
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (858 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)

Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.