A Scraggy Brew With an Iron Fist
A Review of Full Sail LTD 04 by Full Sail Brewing Co.
Posted on 3/8/2012 by Chops
                   
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As a brew enthusiast, it's always a welcome experience when a new brew challenges your senses. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons. Mixing style traits, bold new malts, new and exciting ingredients, the list goes on and on. I had the pleasure of sampling one such brew on a recent trip to my favorite local pub. And since the Full Sail Brewing Co. has greatly impressed me in the past, I was eager to try their Limited Edition Lager (LTD 04). What makes this a challenge to the senses you ask? Well, it's a 7% ABV light lager. It's a scraggy brew with an iron fist. Sounds like quite the adventure, so let's dive right in.

In the glass, this beer has a rich straw coloration that is a shade darker than standard lagers. It comes with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose, there isn't a whole lot to grab onto, just the standard lager aroma of mild hops and pale malts. At that point I had to double check the 7% ABV on the label because it was extremely well hidden. I detected no alcohol notes anywhere in the aroma. Interesting.

That first sip only compounded the confusion. Don't get me wrong though, this is a very good beer. It tastes like a solid premium lager complete with a crisp hop profile and a smooth malty backbone. There is also a faint lemony vibe that encompasses the entire flavor train. The mouthfeel consists of a decent hop sting up front which smooths out into a malty middle ground. The finish is moderately bitter and leaves behind a mild whiff of citrus. Again, the alcohol was nowhere to be found.

Overall, Full Sail's Limited Edition Lager (LTD 04) is a very nice lager that I can recommend to any level of beer drinker. It's a smooth easy drinker that can be enjoyed without thinking too hard about it. Unfortunately there isn't much about this beer that separates itself from other quality lagers, so in a sense it's not very memorable. But on the flip side, that 7% ABV is very well hidden, so drink enough of them and you will find it very memorable. That being said, this is the perfect brew for lighter beer fans who want more buzz for their buck.

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