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Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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82
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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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Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly head which disappears quickly leaving only a beer ring. Spotty lacing.

S: Malt, pine, lemon citrus, and pecan shells.

T: Hoppy and piny with a woody body, and very nice bittersweet balance of licorice and butterscotch.

M: Full, but light and refreshing. Pungent throughout with a dry finish.

D: Sip, savor, and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Nice deep golden hue, with a slight head, and a fair amount of spotty lacing which quickly disappears. Nose is malty and piny with a woody tone. Flavor is woody with a really nice hop bite, and just enough balance of bittersweet. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Pours dark orange with hint of amber, and slight haze. Small head. Nose is light with hint of candied fruits, reminding me if See's candies. Big flavors but nothing exciting - overripe citrusy hops, plenty of bitterness, and enough malt to keep it from being too unbalanced. Just overall somewhat average.

yemenmocha, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +10.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of beergoot
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance: bright, clear orange body; thick off-white head that lingered to the end with light lacing down the glass.

Smell: sweet malt; citrus and spice hop aroma

Taste: light, bread-like, roasted malt taste; fine bitter finish; mild alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel: medium body; fine carbonation

Overall: A fair enough DIPA. Nothing special per se, but definitely drinkable and worth visiting again.

beergoot, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

22 oz beer was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Apperance: the beer poured a small head and reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazey orange yellow hue with visions of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: citrus, tangerine, and grapefruit aroma. All followed by bready and caramel notes. Some booze on the nose too.

Taste: Same as above. Lingering bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, a little boozey, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: A good DIPA from Oregon. I like where there is going, but wish there was a bit more malt to back things up. Still an enjoyable brew though.

Flounder57, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of UnionMade
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.

UnionMade, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

savagepm, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Bilco
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bilco, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -17.1%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +3%

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 bruachan
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

to anyone who gives a darn, this beer is also of the Brewer's Reserve series

look at that fine head. majestic like the Orgeon peaks that supply the brewery with fresh water (i haven't seen them but Full Sail's website inspired me). hazy bright amber color. lacing is excellent: like a shop window at christmas

smells like C hops, though not of the purely grapefruity sort

malt contribution is evident but withdrawn: i don't think i would want to drink the pale ale version. generally sweetish (no, Tom Green, not Swedish) with some nuttiness

bruachan, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A tasty and restrained DIPA, with some depth and complexity and not over-the-top.

Pours hazy orange with a lively head and mild lacing. The aroma is sweet and smooth, with a tropical feel - mango, apricot and orange. The flavor is has a smooth papaya character with a deep, sexy musky orange on the back part of the tongue, trailing off to a citrusy bitter tang. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, like a good fruit puree. There is little on the finish to suggest the strength of the brew, making this potentially a beer to watch carefully when drinking more than one.

Seanibus, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
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.

RJLarse, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +38.1%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

silentjay, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
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.

elgiacomo, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

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 DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of johnyb
3/5  rDev -17.1%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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 zhanson88
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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
Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.