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Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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83
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011)
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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

TheDudeRules, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of tpop
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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....

tpop, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

smcolw, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of senorpoopypants
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

senorpoopypants, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

draheim, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

zhanson88, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

litheum94, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

WesWes, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Kendo, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

AustinBeerLvr, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

omnigrits, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

DavidST, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

BeardedRiker, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of coastiefish
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

coastiefish, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
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!

TheGordianKnot, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

mikereaser, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

brotherloco, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mikul93
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

mikul93, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of aficionado
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

aficionado, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

beerandcycling88, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

FickleBeast, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of nandemo1
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

nandemo1, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

John_M, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 14, 2011
Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.