Full Sail Chris’s Summer Delight (Brewer’s Share)

I decided to do another review last night as well. I picked this one up at Spirits Unlimited as well. I hadn’t seen it before and I’ve really been into Berliner Weissbiers. The funny thing is that Katie actually likes them too. I’ve been craving one ever since I had the Funky Buddha ones at Monk’s. They were the best examples I’ve ever had. The Key Lime one is actually in my top 5 beers of all time. Although I doubt that this one will live up to them, hopefully this one is decent.

ABV: 4%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The third beer in the series ‘Chris’s Summer Delight’ developed by Brewer, Chris Haveman will be released in 22oz. bottles and on draft in June. When asked what his inspiration was for this beer Haveman responded, ‘Chris’s Summer Delight’ was inspired by my love of summer. When I found out that my beer was going to be brewed at the beginning of summer, I immediately thought of the perfect style, a Berliner Weiss. This is an easy drinking unfiltered beer made with 50% wheat malt, a tiny amount of hersbruker hops and a touch of lactic acid to give it a refreshing tartness. Chris’ diagnosis is ‘D-licious.’ Served straight this style has a sour tartness with a dry finish. A German tradition is to offer a splash of sweet woodruff syrup, called Waldmeister, for a fresh herbal character and a bright green color or sweet red raspberry syrup to provide a striking red beer with raspberry overtones. The syrups help to mellow to the sharpness and acidity of the beer.”

Random: I was watching tv yesterday and found a show that was interviewing a woman with the largest natural breasts in the world. They weighed a combined 85 pounds and her bra size was 102 ZZZ. There are no words.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear light orange color with a huge amount of carbonation. The nose had some tart lemon and a little bit of honey sweetness. I also got some yeast to it, but the lemon tartness really took center stage. The taste was up front with lemon tartness but then goes onto honey sweetness which was unexpected. I also got notes of wet hay and yeast. The finish was quick with some lemon. This was thicker than I expected with lots of carbonation. It wasn’t really fair to this beer for me to compare it to last Berliner Weissbiers that I’ve had. Had I not had those, I would think this was a decent example of the style. It went down easily and was enjoyable, but I wasn’t digging that sweet note in it. With that in mind, it’s worth a try but not the best of the style that you’ll find.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Full Sail Session Black Lager

Katie and I went out to the local watering hole last night. There were actually 3 different beers on the “Craft Beer Menu” that I hadn’t had. Unfortunately, they were out of two of the three. So, I was stuck getting this one. I mean, not that it’s a bad thing. I’ve had a few brews from this brewery that I’ve enjoyed. Plus, the bottle on this one is absolutely adorable. So, let’s see how this one went.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Short, Dark, and Drinkable and six time Gold Medal Winner including the 2009 GABF! The second addition to family, Session Black, carries the mantra of drinkability into new territory. Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Session Black, on the other hand, lets you have your dark beer and drink it, too. With just a hint of roasty chocolate character, Session Black is short, dark, and totally drinkable. At long last, a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a meal.”

Random: My other choices were Chimay Blue and Stone IPA.

This brew poured with half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown that was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the lighting (see the photo, I had a hell of time both with and without the flash). The nose had a bit of sweet and roasted malts to it, but the sweetness really came out for me. The taste had a bit of coffee and some sweetness. It almost reminded me of a porter. But, after a few sips, I got some smoke and bacon. Although I hadn’t seen the style of this brew before drinking it, I totally pegged it as a schwarzbier. The body was thin with moderate carbonation to it, which made it incredibly crisp. This was a really flavorful, lower alcohol brew. I would definitely have this again, added bonus that it came in the cutest bottle ever.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Full Sail IPA

I got my stitches out today but unfortunately it didn’t heal right, so I’m stuck with a splint on my finger for a week. I’m so over this. This makes typing really fun, let me tell you. Other than that, I think I finally got the facebook working, so if you want to add me, please click here.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the Full Sail website, “The British colonists who once visited India invented India Pale Ale. But we seriously doubt they ever enjoyed one after a day of fullblown kiteboarding. What a shame. Generously hopped to 60 IBU’s in the classic style, our IPA is a real thirst quencher. It has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it. Perfect after your favorite water sport. Even if that happens to be the grueling drag-the-poolside-lounge-chair-into-the-sun event.”

Random: The bottlecap says “torque off.” Interesting. The brew is also listed as having today as the “best buy” date, so it’s probably a good thing that I’m drinking this one tonight.

The brew poured a clear golden-yellow color with lots of active carbonation. The body was topped with a one finger pure white head that dissipated quickly and left very limited lacing on the glass. The nose was a bit muted with notes of citrus and grass. The taste is very light hops and grapefruit and a hint of sweet pine. I’m thinking that the flavor is a little more mild since I’m approaching the end of this brew’s life (given the best buy date). This is much lighter than I expected from an IPA and it was definitely on the thin side. The finish was more piney than grapefruit. This was a decent brew, but didn’t floor me. I’d definitely be willing to try this brew again when it was fresher and see if there was any difference.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Full Sail Bump In The Night (Brewmaster Reserve 2011)

It’s almost Friday. I seriously can’t wait. I have to plan the tailgate tomorrow with Joe (I thought I was going to plan it today but never got to it). Saturday, I’m going to an auction with my family and Sunday is reserved for lots and lots of homework. I’m really excited to almost be done. Tonight’s brew is one that I never heard of, although I’ve tried a Full Sail brew before. Let’s see how a “Cascadian Dark Ale” fairs tonight.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the Full Sail website, “The days are getting shorter and the temps are falling, but there is plenty of reason to rejoice this month. The holiday season is in full swing, the mountains are covered in snow, and Full Sail Brewing Company will release Bump in the Night, the first and newest beer in their 2011 Brewmaster Reserve line up. Bump in the Night is brewed in the Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) style and is the perfect companion for long winter nights. The array of dark malts present a full bodied beer with notes of cocoa and slight roast. It has a big floral citrus hop flavor and bitterness, reminiscent of an IPA. Bump in the Night will be available in specialty beer stores and pubs on draught and in 22oz bottles Mid December to March. ABV 6.5%, IBU 65.”

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The brew poured a dark brown, almost black color with a one finger off-white head. The head dissipated pretty quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose had some hints of roasted malt that followed up with definite grapefruit notes, although the nose is general is pretty subtle. The taste is definite grapefruit and then transitions right into coffee notes and a hint of smoke with roasted malts which linger into the finish. The carbonation is pretty mild, but it works for the brew. The malt starts to overtake the hops with almost every sip, but it’s not a bad brew. It’s definitely an interesting brew that I enjoyed, but not one that I would rush out to get.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Full Sail Wassail

After the Abita Christmas Ale, I’m hoping for another brew that impresses me a little more. I’m also trying to get through some of the winter brews I have before the spring thaw. This is also my first brew from Full Sail and I’m a big fan of the bottle. On the cap, it says naughty or nice and it has some other subtle aspects of wit on the label. Very cool. I’m all about the little details.

ABV: 7%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the Full Sail website, “Few unmistakable signs tell us when winter has arrived here in Hood River. The waterfalls in the Gorge start kicking out the jams. The snow report for the backcountry regains its hold over us. And the Wassail starts flowing once again. We’ve brewed Wassail every holiday season since 1988, and it’s now as much a part of the festivities as sharing a roaring fire with our closest family and friends. A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle.”

Random: These guys also make the Session beers that I’ve started to see pop up around some beers stores.

This brew poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a dark, cloudy mahogany brown. On the nose, I got lots of happy winter smells: spice, caramel malty sweetness, nuttiness. This seems more like my style for a winter brew. On the taste, the first thing that comes out is some spices (cinnamon especially) and sweet caramel malt. The mild carbonation becomes apparent with a hint of bitterness at the end. This lingered on the tongue for a while. The body was really complementary to the flavors. I would put this as a medium bodied brew. The alcohol doesn’t really make an appearance on the brew and I could easily put a few away. I would definitely have this brew again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0