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Full Sail Rip Curl - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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77 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hopped with East Kent Goldings, Challenger and Fuggles.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-02-2002)
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Reviews by DarthMalt:
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Hello Full Sail! So glad to make your acquaintance."

Tongue-twisting good, the Rip Curl has that homemade, maple-syrup-good warmth that makes you fall in love with micros all over again. Nutritiously hazy, with an adequate coiffeur, and fabulous maple-almond aromas bring this beer into an iconoclastic leader board of pales. Hops only cantilever the fabulous malt body on this one, but folks, let me tell ya'--this body has it all!

Hoist the mainsail!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 05:11:31 | More by DarthMalt
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-23-2012 06:13:37 | More by EvanWilliams
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

08-12-2012 14:17:47 | More by prisdefer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-02-2012 03:12:10 | More by abcramer
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard yellow gold pour, white head, 1" in depth, almost no lacing or retention. Decent clarity, full sail's stuff always looks relatively impressive. Aroma was a little bit toasty vienna type malt moreso than something i was accustomed to having in an english pale ale.

Delicate hop bitterness, generally an easy to drink beer that isn't huge in any aspect. Just light and toasty, sprinkles of tettenang and/or noble hops.

Rip curl was a short lived full sail beer, 1-2 seasonal appearances tops I would guess. It was a decent option one time when throwing disc.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:58:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color. Thin head with good retention. Earthy and slightly fruity Willamette hop nose, with a pleasant caramel note as well. A bit thin in body, but a nice caramel malt flavor comes through. Mild hop bitterness, hop flavor like it smells-- earthy and floral.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 12:19:56 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of stephendr


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle - color of amber, with a white head - nose of sweat, some hops , and biscuit – taste is sweet, malts, red berries, and light hops- body is medium, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste is bitter , hoppy , and mild toasted malts

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 06:55:09 | More by stephendr
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color. Foamy white head settled fairly quickly. Smells a bit fruity, perhaps like apricots or pears. Nice malty flavor, just a bit of hops apparent. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body. not overpowering, but then again it is an english pale ale. Alcohol is very light and almost not apparent. A fairly sessionable beer. I'd love to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 06:18:24 | More by BigJTrucker
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clear copper with a two finger frothy off white head, great retent on that, thin bubbly filmy lace

S- herbal, doughy, dry fruit

T- bready malt, on the sweet side, fruit flavors creep around, yeast apparent, slight orange citrus note at finish. dry yeast, bread dough spark at finish, hop flavor in background

M- light bodied, dry finish, smooth, carbonation felt throughout

D- not a fan of EPA's, but i thought this was decent, bit sweet would of liked more hop flavor, worth a try

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 07:56:41 | More by tonistruth
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flowing from the bottle a clear amber color with white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aromas are a nice subtle maltiness, with some grass, pine character.

Flavors are that of a nice hop bitterness, malt, with a slight grassy character. Toastiness, with some piney character finihing out crisp and clean.

Mouth feel is a medium low carbonation, and a moderate body

Overall a very nice session style brew. Nice flavors and aromas, nothing to overwhelming lending to a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:40:56 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Rip Curl is a clear amber with a white head.

Aroma is sweet with notes of grass and possibly pine.

The taste is sweet and malty in the center with a little hop bite around the edges.

Mouthfeel is buttery - a good thing in my opinion

Drinkability is good. It would be quite easy to session this one at 5% abv. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 18:01:01 | More by slyke
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Deep reddish amber color with a good light tan head, which settles to a foamy cap. Plenty of layered lacing.

Piney hops sit on top of a bready malt base. A touch of spicy notes are also present.

Biscuity malts switch with light hop bitterness, finishing off with a residual sweetness. Medium bodied with light medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish, along with light buttery notes that seems to take over the aftertaste.

This is an interesting beer, as it is almost like a hybrid between an English Pale Ale and an American Pale Ale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 04:00:11 | More by BeerSox
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like an American brewer that takes a stab at brewing and English style PA. Well, Full Sail, a PNW brewer, has indeed succeeded! In a nonic glass it poured w/ample carbonation which developed into a nice fine carbonation. On initial pour a nice 2 - 3 finger head was acheived which, when it subsided, left a lasting outer ring and nice enduring center. Amber as amber gets in color. A great Goldings smell and a English malt (crystal ?) aroma. Very fine.

Taste is very authentic w/a malt to hop balance acheived by very few ales. I can only describe the taste sequence as Goldings hop, crystal malt with a nice finish typical for an English bitter (Fuggles or possible Target/Challenger?). Very high on the drinkability scale. I will buy this again and again....

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:11:53 | More by alehopman
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2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber colored ale with a decidedly reddish tinge to it. OK tan head that seems a little skimpy.

Smell is a little sweet with a decidedly vegetable aroma to it. But there really much scent here except vegetables and a little wood.

Taste is sweet and slightly fruity at the start. Decent English ale flavor with the expected flavors. Only problem is that the vegetable taste from the smell makes it to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not impressed at all with the drinkability. This would not make me throw up I WILL actively avoid this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 02:23:22 | More by Zorro
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle clearly states that this an English-style pale, a rarity these days in US craftbrewing, and it certainly eschews some of the flashy flavors and aromas (that right NW hops!) that have come to characterize pale ales in the US. The result is a well-balanced and very refreshing summer ale.

It's copper in color with a mix of bread, salt, and lemon in the bouquet. The flavor is slightly thin--running watery toward the back of the tongue, but up front it has a nice balance of doughy malts and light fruit hop flavors. Curiously, the thinness as the end sort of runs on too long and makes for a less crisp finish than I would have liked. Nonetheless, this is a tasty brew in a style that's like a poor and overlooked cousin.

I also feel compelled to add that Rip Curl blows DH Shelter Pale--the only other major English pale brewed in the US that comes to mind--out of the freaking water. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:53:27 | More by benito
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

States its an English-style pale ale & certainally seems to me its more that an APA, other than the hop varieties showcased

Pours bronze/amber with a 1' white head. some lacing & good head retention

Smell: fruitiness & crisp hops (this part lends towards the APA style)

Taste: Fruitty, followed by piney hops. Malt sweetness cuts in followed by honey notes & a crisp fruitty finish

MF: Light/medium in body with great carbonation & balance.
Drinks too easy, I could acept this an apa just an english pa, but a good summer sessioner regardless. I went away from from full sail for a while, because i thought their quality was slipping. This offering makes me think it's time to reevaluate these beers

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 03:23:59 | More by russpowell
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2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange/amber color with a decent head ...lacing lasted most of the glass.
Aroma was only sweet malt and bread...I could not get any hop presence.
Taste was again, sweet malts and bread or biscuits...malts definately taste toasted to me. Only a little bite from citrus hops on the end.
Aftertaste is drying and slightly citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style and it is very drinkable if you are looking for a sweeter(English<?>) styled Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 02:13:13 | More by IntriqKen
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this into a pilsner glass, it's a nice dark orange-red, very inviting color. I couldn't get a head, and whatever was there disippated into a week lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread, plum, overall a sweet smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a very mild bourbon, sweet. Dry, herbal, hops sneak up, pleasant and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery and light in carbonation, it seems characteristic of Full Sale. It's OK and well balanced, but the ales are not creamy, they're watery and crisp.

Drinkability: A good drinkable ale, right on par with Full Sail Pale Ale, actually disappointly similar, but still a good brew. I'd like to drink it with some baby back ribs off the grill or another sweet meat.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 08:16:25 | More by guitarmage
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours clear pale red color. The head is one finger in height, off white in color, and recedes into thin lacing. The aroma is faint with a generic sweetness. The taste is of the same sweetness as the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and seems a bit watery. Overall, this beer isn't horrible, but there is nothing interesting about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:51:51 | More by KarlHungus
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark copper. Clear. Dense, off-white head. Toasted caramel on the nose with a little brown sugar, a whiff of fruit, and some spicy hops. Toasty, slightly grainy malt flavors. Toffee notes, but hold the sweetness. Spicy, moderately bitter hops. Finish is fruity. Moderate body with light, cask-esque carbonation. Smooth. A nice drinker and another good session beer from Full Sail. Also, a bit more of an English pale ale if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 04:46:46 | More by alexgash
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 012606. Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder). Pours a two finger light tan head over a clearish rust-brown liquid. Very fine particulates suspended through and some streamers rise to the top. Smells caramel malty sweet with oranges. Flat malt is a touch dry and some apricot esters. Hint of alcohol carries on a nice floral hop. Mild aromas, but pleasing. Tastes dry. Some malt sweet, but dry. Crystal clear flavor of apricots that seems empty or tin-like due to the dryness. Definitely not a tart sun-dried apricot, but very clear. There is a not-quite cherry flavor accompanied by a touch of iron. Hop bitter is quite low and is free of grassy co-humulone. Aftertaste has a dried hay flavor that may be from the hops. Slightest touch of chocolate. Soured caramel grain carried on a volitale floral. No lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is md-light, but has a creamy character I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 07:04:47 | More by mentor
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent bronze with a very thin fizzy head that disappears as quickly as it came (3)

S: Pale malts and a mild hop profile, but not much else here. (3)

T: Pale, somewhat caramelly malts with just enough hops to make it interesting. Sweet grain taste throughout and a nice wheaty finish. (3.5)

M: Smooth, light-bodied and not overly carbonated. (4)

D: Probably the high point of this brew. This one would session well with its mild taste and smooth mouthfeel. This would be a good transition brew for BMC converts, in my opinion. (4)

Not bad, but not something I will go out of my way to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 20:29:14 | More by jamesdergen
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. New style Full Sail labels, ABV and enjoy by date clearly marked (in 2 different places).

Appearance: Pours a very clear copper color with a medium sized head. Moderate retention, thin lacing.

Smell: Bready malt aroma with a bit of citrusy hops in the finish.

Taste: Malt dominated, with mostly bready flavors and a bit of sweetness. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Balanced, drinkable, and well-made, but not overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 22:36:27 | More by rowew
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Full Sail Rip Curl from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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