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BEER INFO

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

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"

Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-17-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
196
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
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6
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12
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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warm, light but malty amber beer.

Lots of malt and roasted flavors in this lager. Richer taste than most ambers. Actually, one of my favorites in the catch-all category. With the malt I'd call it more of a Marzen or Oktoberfest style. Clean, even a little crisp with all the malt. A pilsener hint of hops, and flowery aromas. Body is light but makes a very pleasing gullet-full.

While not my top favorite of the LTD series, I have liked them all. I wonder why Full Sail doesn't jettison their regular and not very interesting beers and make these the lineup.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a nice deep amber color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a thin film of foam on the top of the brew and almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready and caramel aroma. Mixed with these smells are some grainy aromas as well as a little bit of a lemon citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and toasted bready flavor mixed with a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of an herbal taste as well as some grassy flavors come to the tongue. The caramel fades during the coming of the grass and herb, but is replaced by a light dark fruit flavor. In the end, with a little bit of citrus and toasted nut coming to the tongue a nice toasted malty and sweeter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel is quite nice for the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew all while maintaining a great easy drinking feel.

Overall – A rather pleasant and easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam without much staying power. Not too bad.

Smell: biscuity and slightly nutty caramel aroma. Not bad, if not precisely to my taste.

Taste: smooth caramel malt flavor with some dry biscuitiness at the backend. Hop flavor is earthy, if anything, and bitterness is low but present. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy consistency. Not too bad for a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: not bad at all. It seems like it is better than the sum of its parts; it reminds me of a nice Mexican Vienna lager, but a bit drier. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain and grass, with not too much else going on. The flavor is similar. The toffee and grain notes really stand out, with some grass from the hops thrown in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness. Some hints of caramel also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but is rather easy to drink.

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

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced a light tan foamy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a clear amber body.

AROMA: Moderate grainy bread with very light herb and floral hop notes.

TASTE: Malts again -- bread, a light nutty taste and a bit of chocolate together with very light citrus and floral notes. Also, a bit of alcohol warmth.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light body with a slightly oily texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipates rapidly. The initial flavor is moderately sweet with a lighter sweetly dry finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is definitely repeatable and easily drinkable, particularly on a hot day. It reminds me somewhat of Magic Hat Vinyl. It provides good value for the cost and I'd probably buy it again but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/12.

Pours a clear dark amber/copper with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, slight caramel, and an interesting earthy, herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mouthfeel but probably not something I would go after again.

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Photo of Gr8-Nate
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into glass mug.

Apperance of a nice deep red orange. Condensed foamy thick head, did not dissipate too quick. Smells of roasted malt some marshmellows. Roasted malt of coffee and dark chocolate off the bat, maybe even marshmellows, smooth lager finish, not even week at 6 percent abv. Barely any hop bitterness, like the malty dominance. Good medium body mouth feel with great carbonation, it does look like a mini aquarium in my mug of bubbles like a good beer should, who likes a flat beer huh? Overall a good brew especially for the red or amber beer color fans.

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Photo of obywan59
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a crystal clear coppery or orange/amber in color with a light tan 1 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly leaving copious lacing.

The smell is of nutty toasted malt and tart lemony citrus.

The flavor of sweet malts hits me first, followed some yeastiness on the swallow with tart citrus and light bitterness in the end.

The mouthfeel is peppery and light syrup coats the mouth. The beer is medium to medium-thick bodied and warms a bit in the throat. It's a bit drying.

This is a pretty good beer, especially after it warms up. I could have downed a couple more, but this was part of a mixed 6-pack.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very nice clear, reddish-amber color with good 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a nice layer with good lacing.

S: Sweet malts, with hints of caramel, nuts, and toast.

T: Just like the smell... Sweet malt right up front with a light nuttiness mixed with a little caramel... Mid palette I'm getting some burned toast. Finish is clean with very little aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Overall pretty smooth.

O: Not a bad Redm but nothing crazy different about it. Good clean Red with a good ABV. If you like Red's you will like this one.

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

Appearance - This is brown in color with a puffy, white head that came up on an easy pour.

Smell - There's a musty smell, and I mean that in a bad way, a little like stale air and the malt is light, like faint caramel.

Taste - The malt is much bigger at the taste. It is somewhat toasty and again loaded with caramel.

Mouthfeel - This is a tick past medium-bodied, perfect for the style, with subdued carbonation and a very creamy feel.

Drinkability - The wonderful texture of this ale made it worth drinking.

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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 smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest one-finger head. The brew is deep amber/light brown color. Nearly clear. The lace doesn't stick to the glass--it just slides down back into the rim bubbles.

Lots of earthiness to this brew, mostly from the crystal malts. No notable hop.

The taste is of a traditional "red"--lots of crystal malt flavors (without much sweetness). There's enough hop to give some balance, but it is really a malt brew. Compared to most Ambers, I'd say the body is on the thinner side.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S -It smelled malty with some caramel and toffee. Slightly floral notes.

T - It tasted malty and toasty with some sweet caramel. Slight bitter hopping.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This was an okay red lager. Nothing too exciting but it is very sessionable.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

The label on the bottle states "VIENNA STYLE LAGER", while this site classifies it as an American amber/red lager. So, I'm not sure of the proper classification of this beer (although it tastes like a Vienna lager). The label is slightly different from that depicted here (apparently a 2011 bottle), so we could just be talking marketing here. I suppose the styles are similar enough...

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces a snow white, frothy head that sticks around well. The beer is a pale copper color with low carbonation.

Just a whiff of DMS (cooked corn) in the aroma, but not in the flavor, which is very clean and smooth. Light toasted malt with a touch of sweetness is balanced by a good bit of spicy hop flavor-aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a fairly dry, crisp finish.

This is a tasty and easy drinking lager beer, but with some complexity from toasted malt and hops. Well worth a try.

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

The date on the bottle says 8/5/11 so I'm assuming that this beer is technically "past date." Having known that, it tastes fine.

A - Brownish amber in color with a good-sized off-white head that fades quickly. The glass is completely devoid of lace where beer once stood.

S - Malt and some more malt. A bit of alcohol.

T - The malt is definitely there but there is a very nice fruitiness that isn't too sweet. Alcohol is present.

M - Can be a bit cloying. The sweetness lingers. Maybe that is the case with most lagers?

A good lager.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/amber color with a pretty nice tan head that sticks around pretty nicely.

S: There's not really much to detect here. I'm getting a bit of light citrus and some maltiness.

T: Lagers of any kind aren't really my thing, but this one isn't terrible. Probably my favorite of the three LTDs I've tried. The taste is much sweeter than I expected with a lot of caramel malt and a hint of something that almost tastes like cotton candy. The finish has some grassy and slightly metallic tasting hops and a bit of bready malt.

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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fizzy copper tinged head. The head quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace.

The beer is quite light in the mouth and has vigorous carbonation. Toffee and caramel do most of the flavor and aroma work. Bitterness is light and lemony. The toffee lingers into the finish.

Overall, not bad, but not great.

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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 HattedClassic
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear copper red with very little head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Slight hint of caramel but mainly bready tones and malt.

Taste: Bready and yeasty malts. Metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a slightly watery feel but still feels crisp.

Overall: A decent beer but nothing I'm going to miss.

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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 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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