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LTD Series - 05 | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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LTD Series - 05LTD Series - 05

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"New in our LTD series, this copper colored lager is refreshingly smooth, with a hint of dark roast and a clean hoppy finish. Brewed with pale, chocolate, caramel malts and hopped with Czech Saaz hops. ABV 5.6% IBU 28"

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 196
Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Copper in color, rather dark. Whtie pillowy head it thin and recedes quickly. Sticky lacing throughout

S - Roasted malts, very bread like. Smoked peat is unique and prevalent. Smells similar to burnt rye bread

T - Dark malts are very upfront. A bit to much smoke for me as it leaves a sticky aftertaste that I am not a fan of. Some of the lighter notes like vanilla and caraway seeds round out the finish

M - Rather smooth, surprising for the smokiness of it

O - Not my beer, the smokey peat is just to much for me. May be something others would like though

I'm a big fan of Full Sail, but this one misses the mark for me

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with two fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves some swaths of packing popcorn lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of toasted biscuity cereal malts, some musty fruitiness, and earthy hops. The taste is fruity biscuit malt, a bit of toasted caramel, and musty, dusty, floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes well off-dry, the malt now less crisp and biscuity, and more caramelized.

I can't say that I really love amber ales, so the entreaty to 'convert to lagerism' kind of falls on deaf ears. However, with the solid biscuit/cracker nature of a good lager, and the colour and bearing of a standard red ale - this is indeed a decent gateway beer - for the rare extant craft drinker who only has had lager up to this point.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, very clear with a modest head that quickly dissipated with no lacing.

Smell and taste are both of lightly roasted malts with a bit of caramel as well. A bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall, a decent warm weather/session brew, but still not complex enough to make me "convert to lagerism" as the bottle states.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Sweet cereal notes & pear juice

T: Follows the nice, some caramel & grainyness up front, plus some metallic & herbal hop notes, plus a touch of canned pears. Dryness, crisp floral hops as this warms along with more pears & a touch of white grape juice mixed with more sweet cereal notes. Finishes fairly crisp & grassy

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty decent balance, but body thins out as this warms

An easy drinker, but nothing special here

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly over crystal clear toasty amber color with lots of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom.

Nose has some light malts, slight lager fruits, a bit of crisp lager aromas, light sweet malts and hint of toasty, the slightest hint of floral hops.

Taste starts semi sweet, some sweet slight toasty malts, a bit of a caramel and reddish malt flavor, then some light sweet lager fruits, fairly crisp tasting but not big, a bit more caramel later on the taste as it finishes, a slight bitterness with the slightest hint of floral hops in there that disappear long before the finish, with a bit of caramel syrup , and hint of unhappy lager yeast like skunk on the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied, decent carbonation, bit sticky on the mouth.

Overall not bad, nothing special, the lager yeast doesn't play as well with the toasted caramel malts, a little syrupy, and seems like the lager yeast was rushed a bit as it didn't add as many great lager flavors as usual, and hints of an off flavor. Also where are the hops?

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. Best by 080511 on bottleneck. 6-pack purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Clear as day amber with hefty 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and several rings of lace down the glass.

S: Superb toasted and biscuity malty notes up front supplement the substantial caramel, and mild herbal, grassy, floral hops come through in the back end. Not too sweet, but a little more noble hops character in the nose would be okay with me.

T: LTD #5 is an excellent amber lager. It drinks with a malt-forward flavor and some residual sweetness, which I think fits this style very well. The toast and biscuit qualities of the nose are present in the flavor, with more of a nod toward the biscuit flavors. Caramel drapes over all the flavor and the hops provide accent with noble notes of grass and herbal sharpness.

M: A very creamy feel for a lager with relatively low carbonation for the style to give it a softer feel and better drinkability/sessionability.

O: I thought this was one of the better LTDs to come through, although I have liked most of them pretty well. This amber lager really slams the malt aroma and flavor and provides it in a highly creamy, drinkable brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of sweet caramel malts and light biscuit malt breadiness. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth, bready flavor. It goes down easy with a touch of sweetness and a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good amber lager. It's complex, yet highly drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail LTD Series - 05
12 oz. bottle; code: 070811 13:05 FL

Appearance: Surprisingly dark amber that borders on becoming Russet brown... some where around 23 or 24 SRM. Creamy off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Toasty and bready caramel malts that are just slightly sweet. Mild grassy and leafy hops.

Taste: Fairly rich bready and caramelish malt with a gently toasted edge and some nice nuttiness. Grassy, leafy, and spicy hops. Firm bitterness. Well-rounded and polished. Smooth across the palate. Nicely balanced to give a dollop of sweetness at the swallow followed by a drying finish as the malt fades and the spicy hops emerge.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with a medium body and a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: If more brewers would put as much effort into their amber ales and lagers as Full Sail has done, the style wouldn't be waning. Quite pleasant. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck twist off.
A) Pours with a two finger head that slowly settles. Clear copper colored body. Active carbonation. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Subtle hints of honey. Bready. Tree fruit.
T) Grainy. Toasty caramel notes. Quite malty throughout with some typical dry and slight sour tones in the finish.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent brew. Nice flavor profile. I'd definitely drink another.

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Photo of seand
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bubbly amber, relatively clear, with a small layer of off white head. A thin layer retains on the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a light grainy note.

T: Mild sweetness, with a touch of a slightly vinous fruity note on the finish. Pleasant, if not too exciting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty decent, but not outstanding. I'd probably try it on tap if I saw it somewhere, but I doubt I'll buy a six-pack again.

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Photo of lisomiso
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six-pack. It's ok. I don't really like it that much, but my other beer isn't cold yet, so it's better than no beer at all. It smells clean, and the lightly bitter finish is refreshing, but there's something in the malt profile I don't like and can't quite put my finger on. I suppose it goes down just fine as long as I'm not thinking about it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 4.12.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours and amber-orange color with a one finger tan head that is gone quickly. Some lacing.

S - Nutty and malty.

T - Tast is similar, but more spices come through.

D - Pretty mild, slighy malty after taste.

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Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a finger of resilient off-white head. Sweet malt, a little red hot candy and some apples to the nose. Sweet and a bit grainy to the tongue with a slight hop edge at the end. Light to medium bodied, well balanced and smooth going down. Great summertime brew right here from a series that always satisfies this Full Sail fan.

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Photo of mdr4669
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours a dark and rich amber with about a finger of off-white head. That dissolves quickly leaving virtually no lacing.

Smell: Very muted tones of hops, pine and grass. Some malt and breadiness as well.

Taste: The grassiness maltiness, and bready all come through in the taste. There's the grassiness sticks around a little in the after taste.

MF: Very light, but has good character, a very easy drinker.

OA: Good brew, nothing great, but nothing bad or overpowering as well.

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Photo of silentjay
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours thin and amber/copper with a beautiful cloud-like head that is off-white, retains well, and laces decently.

lots of grainy, bready malts hit the nose first with some nuts and honey, maybe. not much hop aroma, but what is there is herbal and floral.

cereal grains with some nuts and a touch of sweetened chocolate, maybe some toffee. floral and slightly citrus hops on the finish.

crisp, light body with soft carbonation and a slightly oily feel left on the palate that keeps some sweetness lingering.

pretty good. I'd drink again, but not seek out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with two fingers worth of off-white foam.

Smell: Sweetish bready-scented pale malts, touches of caramel, lightly toasted nuts, and even a tiny hint of chocolate. Secondary scent of slight fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet, lightly nutty, lightly caramelized maltiness on the fore. Slightly fruity, hinting of candied berries. Mild, earthy-toned hops with a low bitterness barely making its presence known, keeping this a malt-forward brew. Very small hint of grains. Sweetish, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'll be honest, it's a skosh reminiscent of Magic Hat's Vinyl, which is certainly fine, as I enjoyed that one as well. A mighty tasty malty red lager.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack just the other day. Poured a dark amber color with a good sized white head. Slightly metallic aroma, along with sweet malt and some hops. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and hops.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong but still malty and slightly fruity, just a little appealing. It pours a dark brownish amber with a thick, fluffy white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor is malty with a fruity undertone, mainly pear, and just a touch of hops. Texture is fairly smooth, just a little fizzy. I’m not a big fan of lagers, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this beer is a pleasant dark walnut color, with a small but persistent head. The nose is very nice: solid caramel with a hint of nuttiness, and some grassy hops lurking under the edge. Flavor offers some very good malt character, plenty of caramel, and mm... maybe a tad more cocoa than nuttiness. Bitterness is sufficient but not high, so it ends slightly sweet. Clean yeast character.

Drinkability is very high. This is a quaffable beer, a solid session offering.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours clear amber with off-whtie head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has florals, sweet caramel and fresh cut grass. Taste is sweet with more caramel malts and some light bittering hops. Medium bodied with a slick/oily texture. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. A pretty good beer although its a little maltier than I prefer. Still, I could drink a couple of these. Nice job.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty burgundy in the glass with a good sense of clarity. Strong and fast paced effervesce fills the greater portion of the glass with a good show of density. The head is frothy, a finger plus in height but fails and lapses quickly before the eyes to a sparse spongy covering. The lacing is weak. A longer lasting head and visual window dressing is lacking for good consideration.

S: Dry apple skins and whole crystal malts first fill the nose with a slight cold steel scent. Light overall in delivery and doesn’t do much to entice.

T: Sweet crystal malt with a touch of dry munich grains balances out with a bit of toasted character. Hops show up, soft spicy flowers with a bit of light-orange citrus hints. Flashes of caramel sweetness shows up in the end balanced by a moderate level of hoppiness.

M: Nice mouthful, probably one of the better aspects of the drink. Heavy, lush malts add weight and body with a carbonation that starts out feisty enough but diminishes quickly to a quiet presence. The tongue is left with a bit of spicy flowery, apple and alcohol as a calling card.

D: Decent drinkability, one or two, but doesn’t come off as session style or one that defines a style. Overall a limited beer that is limited in spectrum and comes off a bit ordinary.

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Photo of CHickman
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in NYC: pours dark amber color with a massive foamy 2 tan head that lasted forever and stayed on top like a malted; a really great looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, grains, some light yeast and very light hops; very malty overall, but very basic and really just a boring nose.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, caramel, grains, light yeast, light hops, syrup and light cinnamon; basic malty taste that was on the dull side with no real excitement.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a watery feel and a very light body. Decent beer, boring overall, but still only decent at best.

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Photo of codfeast
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/11 frshness date poured into a pint glass

A: dark amber, thin head, little lacing.

S: Malt, bready yeast.

T: sweet malt, with a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: nice balance, medium carbinaton.

O: A little sweet for my personal taste, but a very good example of the style. This is the third of the LTD's I have had and believe they offer high quaility for value.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber/brown with a 1.5 finger off-white head the forms a solid ceiling. Leaves behind average lacing.

S - Toasted bread, woody yeast, faint earthy/floral hops, hint of alcohol.

T - Clean grain, sweet/toasty caramel malt, some mild raspberry around the edges. Hops come out toward the end and add a little spicy bitterness and stick on the tongue on the aftertaste.

M - Medium firm body, moderate carbonation.

Pretty flavorful Red Lager. This holds it's own in the style. Good malt presence. This is a keeper.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.21/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A dark cloudy crimson with some soapy off white head, only about a half finger of the stuff...

Some malt and sweet waters in the nose, when I give it a huge sniff I feel some hops in there but the smell is truly weak

Sweet malts, wet dark grains and no hops. Basic, boring. Mind as well buy a negro modelo or a dos equis

Mouthfeel lets a light body and creamy carbonation lead as the best feature

Overall I would not recommend this beer. It must have been a boring accident because this beer is not exciting nor would I session it

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LTD Series - 05 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.61 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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