Elevation | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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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)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Chaney
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Basically poured a gold color, with a mild reddish hue, and the millimeter or so head folded into a slight sawdust-like formation on top of the liquid.

S: Resiny and piney, fairly strong, and with a mild sugar content which lost out to the hops by a lot more than a nose.

T: Despite the nice nose, the taste was sorely lacking and crossed over into booze bomb territory. Additionally, the hop character was greatly muted by an undesirable soapy quality. The more I drank, this started to taste more like an unsuccessful amber than an IPA.

M: The carbonation was low, but okay, but I stated before, the booze was very transparent and killed this experience for me. The lacing was minimal.

O: Well, it got off to a good start, but the follow through was utterly disappointing.

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

Picked this one up the other day at Argonaut. Poured a nice medium orange-amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Aromas of fresh citrus, tropical fruit and pale malt. On the palate, this one was quaffable and medium bodied, with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit and pale malt.

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a neutral, medium amber with orangey highlights and excellent clarity. A finger of fluffy off-white head lingers briefly and then falls to the surface leaving behind a skim coat on the surface but no lacing.

S - Very floral hop aroma...like being in a garden. Some grassy hops kick in a bit but in a low, subdued way. Not much of a malt aspect to this beer...just a mild sugary sweetness. Aroma is pleasant but lacking in the intensity I expect out of a DIPA.

T - Good sized hit of hops up front. Fruity and bitter with citrusy grapefruit in the lead, floral and perfumey hops take over coming in behind the initial citrus hit. Smoothing sugary sweetness underneath the hops and into the finish. Tastes pretty good, but again, hard to call this an imperial/DIPA based on flavor. I do like what is there though.

M - Very smooth...the residual sweetness does its job evening out the sharpness of the hops and makes this beer go down extemely quickly and easily. Carbonation is lightish medium in intensity and quite creamy which goes to enhance the smoothness of this beer.

O - A good tasting hoppy beer, but perhaps missing a bit of "Wow" factor. Also, perhaps a bit too smooth for its own good. For an imperial IPA, this is lacking a bit of punch...tastes and feels more like a standard IPA. What is in there is good...just wishing there was a bit more of it.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber bottle with no bottle date. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Thanks eclipse54!

A: Pours a reddish amber orange. Pretty darn clear. Barely any head, but what was there was fairly white. Some tiny bubbles off the bottom of the glass. Faint lacing.

S: Smells like a malt bomb. Lots of sweetness. The hops are hidden.

T: Shockingly it smells bigger than it is. It's fairly easy drinking. There IS hop bitterness, surprisingly. Right at the tip of the tongue is a sharp bite. The a smooth malt coating balances at the middle. The finish is so what clean.

M: Medium bodied with some mouth coating.

O: I have to go B- on this one. I wish the hops were more pronouced. I got lots of breadiness, so I wonder if it has some age.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of draheim
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of UnionMade
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of johnyb
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of RJLarse
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of bruachan
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of silentjay
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Gew├╝rztraminer. 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.

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Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Elevation from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.62 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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