Review: LTD 05, Full Sail

LTD 05
Full Sail Brewing Co. — Hood River, OR

  • Style:  Amber Lager
  • Bitterness:  28 IBU
  • ABV:  5.6%
  • Malts:   Pale, Chocolate, Caramel
  • Hops:  Czech Saaz
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $6.99 six-pack at a grocery store

Description:  "For those who love amber ales, here’s a Limited Edition Lager that is so crazy good, you might convert to lagerism. New in our LTD series, this copper colored lager is refreshingly smooth, with a hint of dark roast and a clean hoppy finish." — Full Sail Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   I tasted Full Sail's LTD 03 last summer and wasn't a big fan.  I have heard good things about LTD 05 and I've been warming up to lagers recently.  Perhaps this will be the beer that completes my conversion to lagerism.  On a slight tangent, I just looked back at some of my first reviews from last summer.  Yikes...they were bad!  Not that they're all that great now, but they were really bad back then.  I've learned a bit more since I started.

The tasting:  Deep amber, very clear, with a white head made up of fine bubbles.  It had lots of of champagne-like effervescence floating through the glass.  Aroma of caramel malt, bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast. Flavor of caramel, biscuit, and roasted malts, which combined to give LTD 05 a mild sweetness.  Hops were spicy, but subtle.  There were also some nutty flavors in the background.  Light to medium bodied, the carbonation level was high enough to provide a prickly mouth feel.  It finished with sweet malt and a mild bitterness.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I enjoyed LTD 05's strong malt profile, which differentiated it from the pilsners I've tasted recently.  If you want to try LTD 05, you better get moving.  It's only available though June.  I need to try Full Sail's Session lagers.  Lagerism is looking pretty good right now!

Have you tried LTD 05 or any other Full Sail lagers?

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