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Full Sail IPA - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,313 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

ABV 6% IBU 60
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Ratings: 1,313 | Reviews: 547
Reviews by Snow81:
Photo of Snow81
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean light orange

Head: Little white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: sweet malts with a little bitterness and some grassiness

Taste: Sweet malts little grassiness and a bitter on the back that runs a little hot

Weight: Light body with low carbonation

Finish: little stickiness on the lips and some heat still there funky after taste on the hops, almost as if the hops where stale

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its great to see Full Sail here in NC.Poured into a nonic a clear rich golden/brass with a frothy one and a half finger white head that settles very slowly.A mix of leafy/herbal hops and caramel/biscuit in the nose,neither win out but both play its own role.A mix of biscuit malt and "green" hops on the palate,to me it's almost like a small DIPA in its sweetness and herbal hops.This is an old school ipa,not Oregon in alot of ways but its very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This IPA has a classic cascade nose, with a well-rounded citrus bouquet and just a touch of resin sticking to the back of the sinuses. Beer initially pours with a chill-haze, but goes crystal with warmth and glows a lovely new bronze. Head is a thin layer but keeps it alive.

This beer has nicely stacked flavors that all play on the palate simultaneously. Amazingly light but none the less bready malt is a great base for very subtle berry and ale fruit to cushion a great hop flavor...bitter, citric, floral. This is so light and balanced it seems more like a pale except for the way it brings the bitter at the end and coats the palate in hoppy goodness. I get only an occasional wisp of alcohol, which I love.

I'm kinda blown away here, this is an extremely refreshing IPA that really exceeded my expectaions and might have changed how I think about this style. Even though I'm pretty in love with this, I was gunna only give it a 4.5 for lacking heft. Really though, the bitterness, and other flavors are all there in ample quantites, it's just ridiculously balanced. This IPA has taught me a lesson this evening. I haven't quite figured it out, but I think it has to do with the role malt played here.

Mouthfeel is where I had to take points off, again, mainly being an issue of heft, or "oomph". While the carb on this beer was pretty decent, it was very light-bodied and bordered on watery. It didn't keep me from enjoying the beer obviously, and helped keep that impressive light and refreshing character, but to me body and mouthfeel are one of the main things seprating IPA from Pale Ale and this one just didn't quite bring it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average to a little better than average IPA.
In a pint glass a golden color beer with a tiny head and just a whisp of lace.
Not much aroma: sweet malt, floral and citrus hops. Not that fragrant.
More flavorful than the aroma promised. The hops and malt all came through much better.
Decent balance.
OK beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, light golden with a very light beige colored head. Good retention. Aromas of citrus, cereal grains, lemon zest. Taste has flavors of citrus, more cereal grains and light biscuity malts, not too hoppy and finishes with a slightly off flavor...grainy funk-skunk? Middle-of-the-road carbonation and wet on the tongue and a bit watery....yet very mildly astringent. Drinks like a pale ale. Easy drinking yet nothing terribly special.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive tower of head with great retention. Clear golden color. Citric floral hop nose with a hint of blond tobacco, some fruitiness and graininess in the aroma as well. Smooth with a medium sized creamy body. Hop bitterness is there but more of a puckering pull rather than sharpness. Sweet floral to herbal to citric to mint is where the hop flavor brings the taste buds. Maltiness never jumps out with any sort of aggressive character, more of the foundation with simply complexities in tow. Bready to start then more of a nutty cracker grain flavor in the drying semi-bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit underrated IMO for an American IPA. Its not of the "in your face" kind of IPA but the hoppiness is there to let you know it is an IPA. As for the lighter cleaner side of malt, this is where the American IPA started so it is good to know some breweries have stuck with their old school roots.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer , no freshness data offered on the label. Pours medium to lighter straw like amber. Off white head and leaves plentiful light/fine sheeting and lacing. Resiny hop nose, goes along with a moderate resiny opening note on the palate.Bready malts also make themselves know and add a nice attempt @ balance. Dry finish with a moderate hip bite. Nothing special going on here, just a drinkable, decent, session able, everyday IPA. Worked in a pinch while spending a weekend in a non exciting beer location.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks for absolutesites for this one....
Golden copper, almost orange in color with a full finger and a half of white head...sticks around for quite a bit w/ decent lace that slides back into the glass rapidly...very little remains on the side of the shaker glass.
Floral and spiced hops dominate the nose...very faint sweet malt in the background.
Bitter hops galore...reminding me of an English IPA more than the West Coast IPA's I tend to gravitate towards. Buttery toffee mixed in...and a hefty malt backbone keeping this one very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is average...definitely not too thin and the carbonation is where it should be.
I could enjoy a sixer of this in an evening no problem...very drinkable and a nice first for me from Full Sail.

Photo of mikegreen138
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly out of bottle into pint glass, pours a dark yellow with slight tint of amber, smells a little mild for an IPA but it does not have a high IBU so i cannot expect much hoppy smell.

Taste is very refreshing, many hints of fruit and floral hop flavor all while not being overpowered with pure hops like other IPAs. i am not usually a huge fan of IPAs but on this one the flavors really shine through, and mix well with the hoppy flavors. overall a great refreshing beer that is packed with flavor, and is really great on any day hot or cold.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass. A light amber-copper brew, slightly murky. Thin head, ring of lacing.

Nose is citrussy hops, honey, malt, vanilla, a hint of peach.

A smooth IPA, certainly enjoyable to drink, but milder than most. Good citrus notes here, finishes with a slightly bitter, peppery tang.

Crisp, a medium bodied IPA with great carbonation.

Pretty happy with this one. Not nearly as aggressively hoppy as other IPA's, but still quite enjoyable to drink. Almost pushing into pale ale territory.

Photo of mattster
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms 1½" of frothy off-white head atop an clear amber colored brew.

Smell is piney hops after a minute, prior to that it has a skunky green bottle aroma, which is odd because it is a brown bottle. Nothing outstanding. Taste is mildly hoppy, nothing major. Slight citrus, but again, rather subdued. Mouth feel is fine and finish is quite short.

Not great, but I'd drink another if it was free.

Photo of Byeast
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a goldenrod amber color , with a small white head , fair amount of lace left.

Smell: Fairly raw hoppy scent with citric and herbal qualities , bit of lemon rind and orange peel, mild malt , and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Hops lead the show with citric focus , more lemon rind and hint at grapefruit , bit of oily hop character , the malt body is there but it is takes a back seat to the hops with just a bit of balancing cracker quality. Finishes mildly dry with a good helping of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , dry finish.

Drinkability: Definatly a drinkably IPA. Has the citric quality but this one seems to lean towards rind and lemon qualities. Refreshing , good buy for the price imo.

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay IPA. Clear orange-gold pour with a good head. Claims to be very hoppy, but doesn't follow through. Faint grassy hops on the nose, with some honey and malt. Bitter, grassy hops in the taste, but no real citrus or grapefruit. Its all there, just not that strong. Dry finish.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy white head that's sticking around for a bit. Nose is very nice, super well balanced with a light hoppy fruitiness with a very solid sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is awesome on this, full carbonation, right but not too heavy or syrupy. Taste is very well balanced as well. It's got a good hop bite but it's not too over the top and quite well balanced. Super drinkable for an IPA. I really like big hop bombs, but for a traditional American IPA this is an excellent example that's well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of djwilson
2.49/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy copper, light orange hue with hite head that lingers for several minutes disipating to thin coating that leaves a nice lace along sides of pint glass.

Smell: light citrus, caramel, slight grapefruit.

Taste: caramel, slightly bitter finish with flavor that lingers for severl minutes, almost soapy.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a west coast IPA, overall OK nothing great.

Drinkability: This beer is not a great example of a west coast IPA, maybe the bottle is not fresh or was not stored properly at the store before being pu in the cooler.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist off bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. 02 12 11 stamped on neck of bottle.

pours out a clear golden slight orange color with 2 fingers of white very creamy head. great retention and lots of thick sticky lace. lots of bubbles rushing to the top. very nice head, looks ideal.

not a huge hop aroma. lots of citrus, mostly orange or tangerine peel, a bit of a dank skunky hop aroma. hardly any malt detectable.

a very clean, simple ipa. citrus hops rule with just a bit of a dankness. just a very slight hint of a bready malt.

a very clean mouthfeel. medium bodied. lingering bitterness is there, but not very aggresive at all, more like a pale ale. decent feeling carbonation. i was expecting a sparkly carb from all the bubbles.

goes down super easy, a great session beer, and a nice drinkable ipa. $8 a six pack is a deal, ill be back for more.

Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber colored with a frothy white head that rises up a half inch before slowly settling down.

Understated aroma of biscuity malt and citrus hops.

Initial flavor of semi-sweet malt, paired well with iced tea flavored hops, morphing to fine citrus and finishing with a spicy bitter. Hints of lemon accent throughout.

Even mouthfeel, pretty full. High drinkability, tasty without being overpowering, a good session IPA.

Photo of brewsterz
4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a 6 while in Bozeman Montana on the way up to Big Sky for a bit of skiing. Had never heard about it and was very very surprised. This is an excellent well balanced IPA with a bit of ump to go with it at 6%. It is now one of my top choices of IPA. Not to bitter, not thick or sticky but just right. Now if I can find it here at home.

Highly recommend if you are an IPA lover.

Photo of Dizzy
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with fluffy white head. Aroma is floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is malty,fruity, and some citrus hop bitterness. The alcohol is evident in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a good IPA and wouldn't make a bad session beer.

Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail is a nice IPA. It is very pale in color with a woody, minty hop flavor. I like IPA's like this one which is lighter bodied and dryer but I also prefer more hop flavor, a cleaner bitterness, and a greater amount of citrus. This is still very drinkable ale and there aren't many faults, I just wish that it had more assertive flavor.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

Photo of whoneeds8
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear yellow-orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Smell is missing, what I find is a "macro" beer smell. And that's what I find in the taste. There's a slight IPA taste, but there is just a macro feel to this beer. It just doesn't taste like a micro beer at all.

Photo of ADR
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, pale yellow medium-bubbled head that you can get up to an inch with a hard pour. Slightly acidic aroma. Initial malt flavors are nice but the hop bitterness shows itself early in the taste and persists to the finish. Hops are relatively restrained for an American I.P.A. but have a tongue and throat tickling bitterness without a nice grapefruit rind flavor. Well balanced brew, a little thin, and the hop bitterness could be more pleasant in character. OK but no HopDevil...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light yellow gold, clear with a 1-finger sudsy head. Head has poor retention but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of fruity hops, pine and malt. Somehow, this is not particularly pleasant even though I am fond of the aroma of a typical IPA.

The flavor is pretty much balanced, which is OK if unsuitable for a beer of this style. The hops are fruity without being very citrus. With limited hoppiness, this IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one. The malt is lightly toasted and nutty, and doesn't blend as well with the hops as I would hope.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium body.

O - Full Sail IPA is more of English-style IPA that is not bad for the price point.

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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