Elevation - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 112
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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 112
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 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 zhanson88
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (908 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 hoplover82
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (693 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (867 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 almychristopher
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,080 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 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 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 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 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 lonestar4lunch
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (499 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 negroobserver
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

GRADE : B+ (714 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 setexascustoms
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber, no freshness date to be found.

A: Orange with a slight haze (turned out to be mostly chill haze). A quarter inch of white head with no real retention and left minimal lacing.

S: A lot of tropical fruit, not the citrus I usually associate with a West coast DIPA. There was some orange, but dominated by mango and pineapple. A pleasant departure.

T: I get a blended tropical fit flavor right up front, but can't distinguish the individual flavors like I could on the nose. They're quickly washed out by bitter rind that is then accompanied by bold balancing malts. Bitterness lingers through the some what dry finish.

M: Lighter than expected and a little juicy, but starts to dry out toward the finish.

O: Not the most complex DIPA, but it is different. Not necessarily in a good way, but not in a horrible way either. I picked it up for $3.99, a good price for the style, but I reckon you get what you pay for. Not a bad beer, but I probably won't buy it again. (993 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 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 HopsKeepDroppin
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (476 characters)

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