Elevation | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
3.64/5
111 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
111
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, very clear, golden amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aromas featured citrus and pine in the front and a bit of floral hops behind them. There was just a bit of malt sweetness to balance things out. The flavors were pretty similar, lots of flavorful hops evened out by just a bit of malt.

The body was pretty typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller than average. Drinkability was good, my pint disappeared far too quickly. Overall, a pretty good take on the style from brewery that I generally find to be average.Worth trying as soon as you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light golden color with some yellow/orange hues

S: Plenty of citrus, hint at big tropical fruit, light booze

T: What the heck happened here? Someone infused my Hi C fruit punch, light caramel with booze and hops. I am looking for a beer, not my daughters Hi C pack here. Way to sweet and am not sure what Full Sail was doing with this.

M: Sweet, medium body, overly fruity

O: Unimpressed

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Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from Raceway Citgo.

A: The DIPA is amber, an orange color that is transparent. Much more of a red ale, at least looks-wise. A half a finger of white head wants to lace in a few spots.

S: Biscuits and caramel, plenty of light grains. Hops? Yeah, they're present but they don't stand out. I have to search for some citrusy aromas but they aren't strong enough to really dig into. Old bottle, perhaps?

T: The taste picks things up a bit, more citrus and pine to match up against the caramel. The ale strikes me as very bubbly, a necessary feature; it helps to scrub away the indiscriminate hop bitterness. Maltiness is like the nose, caramel and strong. The hops, though, pack a little more punch here. Orange rind and lush pulp are apparent, as are more leafy hops. The caramel stays with the beer throughout. Moments of brilliant bitterness come amongst the sips.

M: The mouthfeel has its moments but generally the ale lacks the bold hoppiness that a DIPA needs.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head is quickly down to a skim layer of froth, with very leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is citrus and syrup, with an alcohol undertone.

Taste starts sweet, quickly hits with a citrus shot, then bitter through the close, with a lemony alcoholic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Not as hoppy as I would hope, but a good brew overall.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like floral and resinous hops, with some honey and a little bready yeast.
T: It tasted like strong floral hops with some resin and copper and a bit of honey and bread. It had a lasting clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit thin.
D: This had an enjoyable scent and taste, but it was quite generic. The body was kind of weak too. The alcohol was well hidden, so at least it was easy to drink. But nothing made this beer stand out from a large crowd of other IPAs. You can pass on this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, woody aroma has an overtone of resin and hints of apple. It pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled pale yellowish tan head. Richly hoppy flavor has a woody note and hints of apple and caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a strong, edgy tingle and leaves a tingly, woody finish.

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Photo of Durge
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean, clear copper color, this DIPA produces a volumnous off-white head with big swaths of lacing. The aroma is a woodsy, nutty pine hop with toffee and some sweet tropical fruit sort of a pineapple deal going on as well. Not warm and fuzzy but interesting and pretty decent. The first taste brings an odd sharp fruit along the lines of the pineapple with lemon brightness. It's peppery and a bit acrid but it still delivers the woodsy pine hop. It's a medium body brew but the feel is closer to being thin and tingly with tiny bubbles. It tends to be more abrasive, grassy & leafy, than tasty but it's a close call. There's a pervasive alcohol presence, though not heavy. It's not my favorite Full Sail so far but it's passable for a little hop pleasure.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of arizcards
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber in early October from BevMo for $4.49. Been sitting in my fridge since then.

Beer poured amber with a smallish white head that dissapated quickly.

Nose is major citrus hops.

Taste is forward grapefruit and pine resin hops. Malts take a backup role, providing some balance. In the end this drinks like an IPA.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, not overly smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good IPA. Would imagine this is quite good fresh seeing it was released early summer.

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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Sturdy amber with 1-2 finger, off-white head with average retention and a smattering of lace.

S: Very grassy, herbal hoppiness with a lot of moldy hay type of aroma. Pale maltiness is barely there, clouded over by the dense, raw hops.

T: The flavor is also dominated by grassy hoppiness with a lot of spicy, herbal character. The pine and citrus elements are not very prominent, and the moldy hay, grassy component is too strong. This is a very raw-hops centered beer, much along the lines of DFH 60 Minute IPA. The malty sweetness has a touch of caramel but is mostly crackery pale malt.

M: This brew has a nice body, medium-full, with medium-high carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is grassy hops with some crackery pale malt.

O: Not a bad beer but definitely built for those who enjoy the herbal, raw plantiness of hops as it overwhelms most other flavor. I won't be going back for this one again as I like a more rounded citrus and pine resin flavor to a DIPA. This is barely in the DIPA zone at 7.5% ABV and with more of an IPA type of flavor and feel.

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Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium goldenrod, fairly hazy body capped with a small and brief stay of off-white foam. Leaving a bit of skim and a thick collar. A few large stringy globs of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is a boost of pine sided lemon and grapefruity hoppyness. Quite woody and leafy with a bit of biscuityy maltedness squeexed in for a drier nose as apposed to sweet.

Taste is a perculating amount of deep dark hops encompassing a whole lot of dark grapefruit rinds and lemony pine. Quite quick, brittle, and brisk with a huge sweep of bittering woodyness, followed with lots of leftover darker citrusy bitterness as well. Not much balance, as its a buzz of hops all over the palate. There's some malt back there doing its job as not to let those hops get totally out of control with a bit of caramel and biscuity breadyness. Enjoyable finish of hop complexity as it twsit and turns in a citrusy woody pine bite to more toasted and drying.

Pretty solid medium body, if not more so, as once you get about half way through the bomber you realize this may take a bit longer then first expected. Those hops really hit there make and take over the palate quickly, making a home on your cheeks and tongue and not easily removed. Perhaps sandpaper?

A solid IPA with its Impy take in an overall more hoppy finish and West Coast attitude then some of the more malty ones that are out there. A hophead delight.

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Photo of beergoot
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elevation pours a hazy amber with a creamy white head on top. As the foam fades spots and lines of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is all hops. Lots of orange citrus and pine with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy with a dry finish. The flavor has lots of pine and orange citrus hops. The hop bitterness is balanced nicely with caramel and pale malt. It finishes bitter with lingering pine notes.

This is a tasty Imperial IPA that's loaded with hops, but with enough malty sweetness to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Full Sail, picked up at Whole Foods, served into a large Chimay chalice. It pours a bright copper color with a very small, fading head. The nose offers a very big scent of very citrusy, somewhat resinous hops. Good grapefruit hop flavor up front, with high bitterness. Clean, simple malt. Light fruitiness. Dry finish. Nothing unexpected, or the least out of the ordinary here.

It is a very drinkable beer, but *yawn*, yet another imperial IPA. It seems like about 50% of all new beers are the same style.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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