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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

544 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,343
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 138 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 544 | Hads: 1,343
Reviews by wiegs4life:
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 ounce dark brown bottle with a clearly marked freshness date into a pint style glass.

A: Pours with a good amount of head, excellent lacing on the glass as well. Body is a bright, inviting looking pale orange.

S: Citrusy hops all the way!

T: This brew is almost makes me think of what it would be like to squeeze the perfect fruit and get some kind of awesome hop juice flavor out of it. The sip starts off with a good amount citrus hop flavor that is just slightly offset to a perfect balance (especially for an IPA). After this, the "hop juice" flavor I referenced above kicks in. It's slightly sweet, very refreshing, and an awesome blend of all kinds of good citrusy flavors. Hop bitterness kicks in at the end and it leaves a good trail behind along with the estercy flavors.

M: Very good and substantial but thin enough that it's not overdone.

D: I tried Full Sail's Pale Ale not so long ago and was highly impressed. Their IPA is simply exceptional in my humble opinion. I think a majority of people who don't like this IPA are probably the ones who fall into the trap of thinking that for an IPA, the "more bitter the better". In my opinion, that is not how a beer should be judged. This brew is simply outstanding for drinkability. Plenty bitter, but highly balanced. What a concept for an IPA. Kudos to Full Sail for not falling into the "the more bitter the better the IPA" war. (1,418 characters)

Photo of LeeMoore
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taste like a lite beer, but cost like a craft beer. (51 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
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. (1,651 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of jonphilipp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.31/5  rDev -6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of mikegreen138
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of mattster
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (727 characters)

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.