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Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011)
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +3%

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45-50F.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a one finger white head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is quite citrusy, mostly orange peel, some grapefruit rind and lemon, resinous, hint of pine, good amount of bread and caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is strong resinous hops, orange and grapefruit, pine, relatively strong caramel malt backbone which offers some sweetness and finishes with good bitterness. Alcohol is rather noticeable for a 7.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, strong carbonation.

Very good, but not great DIPA. Strong flavor of orange and citrus. Glad to have tried it.

10-02-2011 16:35:18 | More by elgiacomo
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Pours an amber orange color, medium carbonation level, and a thick one fingered head white, creamy head. The head gradually subsides but leaves a thick ring of lacing.

S - Slightly grassy, mild grapefruit and slight traces of oranges along with some pine. A small amount of alcohol is hiding underneath the other aromas.

T - Oranges tickle the tongue up front with fading tartness (not sure how old the bottle is, I could see this being much more tart when it was younger, still pretty enjoyable, though). Caramel malt is light underneath, some grapefruit comes in towards the end to give it a bitter finish. Overall, alcohol and candy tropical fruit are the main flavors going on with a moderately bitter grapefruit and orange finish. There's a slight warming in the throat from the alcohol as well.

M - Medium body with a slight lingering bitter finish. Leaves the mouth coated with minmal caramel, oranges, and grapefruit.

O - This is a good Imperial IPA that's solid and one I could stock in my beer fridge on a regular basis as a staple Imperial IPA. Another thing I like is it won't break the bank, it's very reasonably priced.

10-01-2011 22:03:01 | More by jzeilinger
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UnionMade

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Picked up a bomber this evening for $5.
Pours a clear, orangey gold. Not too much in the way of head, just a centimeter or so that dissipates into a patchy dusting almost right away. No lacing, either.
Smells pretty nice, with plenty of dry hopping. Not on the level that I'd expect from a double IPA, more in line with a perkier American IPA. Citric, with some resinous pine notes. Clean pale malt backs things up.
The flavor opens a bit sweeter than I expected. A full, juicy body with mellower than average carbonation. I like lower CO2 levels, so high marks for that. Not sludgy feeling, just big and rich, and a touch oily. Well balanced, with the malt steadying things maybe a little too well. A pleasantly simple, sugary, dough-like malt flavor, with enough hops in the finish to be pungent and citric. The hops do have a lot of flavor, but a bit more bite would be ideal. If i were given a glass without knowing what it was, and asked to say what style it was, I'd say a one and a half IPA. It comes across as a rich, drinkable IPA, but not the bitterness of a double. At 7.5%, the strength is more in line with the top end of a regular IPA. Regardless, it's got good flavor and I don't regret my purchase. No problems killing the bomber in a sitting.

10-01-2011 09:24:11 | More by UnionMade
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kagent777

Utah

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Bomber from the Utah system poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A sparkling clear burnt copper beer. The head was maybe one finger tall and then settled to barely ring the edge of the glass. Left no lacing.

Smell: The hops are not overwhelming. They balance nicely with the toasted malts. The hops have a slightly pine and earthy smell, no citrus or floral notes really.

Taste: Middling bitterness mixed with some residual sweetness as the swallow goes down. Again, the hops are not overbearing. They actually mix pretty nicely with the toasty malt quality that I have not seen much in any other IIPAs. The bitter finish last a fair length of time. At 7.5 ABV the alcohol does not really get into the taste.

Mouthfeel: Flavors coating nicely and fine carbonation. The body is also middling.

Overall: This is an OK IIPA, I cant help but compare it to the 90 minute I had a few nights ago, maybe that is a little unfair. There is nothing wrong with it, this beer is simply not as good as the some of the outstanding IIPAs that I can easily get.

09-25-2011 02:51:05 | More by kagent777
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hoplover82

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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

09-25-2011 01:14:19 | More by hoplover82
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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Billolick

New York

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
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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
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HopsKeepDroppin

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

09-15-2011 03:10:29 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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
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negroobserver

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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+

09-13-2011 03:15:31 | More by negroobserver
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

09-13-2011 01:13:36 | More by tavernjef
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RJLarse

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-12-2011 00:36:17 | More by RJLarse
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-11-2011 20:28:42 | More by lonestar4lunch
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -27.3%

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.

09-11-2011 14:48:01 | More by SWMeyer4141
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

O: Unimpressed

09-09-2011 19:11:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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almychristopher

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

09-07-2011 21:52:09 | More by almychristopher
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

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).

09-07-2011 17:04:45 | More by Haybeerman
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

09-04-2011 01:20:30 | More by mechamifune
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allengarvin

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

08-31-2011 01:13:02 | More by allengarvin
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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distantmantra

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

08-27-2011 17:21:26 | More by distantmantra
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

08-24-2011 00:03:11 | More by TheDudeRules
Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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