Full Sail Brewing Company, of Hood River, Oregon, produces 4 seasonal selections each year, three of which are branded as LTD, which stands for both limited edition and also “Live The Dream.” LTD 3 is the summer offering and is a pilsner-style beer perfect for warm summer weather and BBQs. It is also an award winner with a silver medal in 2009 at the World Beer Championships.
Full Sail describes this summer brew as follows:
Well looky here, a crisp new pilsner-style lager all ready to rock your tastebuds’ little world. The latest addition to our LTD series is pale-golden in color, featuring a spicy floral hop aroma, malty medium body, and a smooth, thirst quenching finish.
Another great thing, for homebrewers, about their LTD series is that they list the ingredients on the bottom of the box so you can make an attempt at recreating this beer at home.
Date Reviewed. August 9, 2009.
Where I Found It. Trader Joe’s in San Mateo, CA
Serving Type. 12 oz bottle into a glass.
Appearance. Full Sail LTD 3 has a smooth white head that lasted long enough to take a few pictures. This beer is crystal clear with a rich burnished golden yellow color.
Smell. After opening and pouring out the beer you can immediately smell the floral and spicy bouquet of the Sterling hops. The malt aroma is biscuity, sweet, and like fresh sweet grains. There is a slight coppery smell that I always get when drinking Pilsners. Ever so slightly citrusy.
Taste. LTD 3 is gently sweet and well-balanced by a smooth bitter hops taste. This is a crisp beer and the bitterness does not linger. It has a bit of grainy sweetness with a hint of a buttery flavor. All-in-all this is a nicely flavored pilsener.
Mouthfeel. This is a medium-light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Palate cleansing.
Drinkability. Thirst quenching, crisp, and smooth and very easy to drink.
Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.
- Appearance (20%): 4.0
- Smell (20%): 4.0
- Taste (40%): 4.0
- Mouthfeel (10%): 4.5
- Drinkability (10%): 5.0
- Overall: 4.15
- Style: pilsener
- Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Company
- Alcohol by volume: 5.6%
- Original Gravity: 1.056
- Hops: Sterling
- Malt: 2-row pale malt
- Beer Advocate rating: 3.64 (as of May 9, 2010)
- Beervana – Hard Reviews: Full Sail LTD 03 and Ninkasi Radiant
- The Full Pint – Review – Full Sail LTD 03 Lager
- Draft Magazine – Tasting Notes: Full Sail LTD Series No. 3
- Beer Advocate – LTD Series – Bottling 03
- Rate Beer – Full Sail Limited Edition Lager (LTD 03)