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

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BA SCORE
81
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1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Very fruity and hopped just enough

Photo of nige4958
4.9/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh the geekery that will take a nice beer and slag it off as crap because it's not a hop bomb. This beer does vary on quality depending on how old it is. The bottle I'm drinking now is about a month old and is fabulous. The Challenger/East Kent Golding combo works wonders in both hop aroma and flavor. Very drinkable and very refreshing for washing down spicy foods.

Photo of FLYINGSCOOTER
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of the IPA's I've had, I've found this one to be exceptional. Color, head, taste, the Best.
Keep in mind, though, I've only had about 12 different IPA's, so i might be biased.

Being the only person around me that likes the bitterness of IPA's have made beer tastings fun to watch at my place. Most cringe when sampling, but like a good scotch, it's an aquired taste.

Cost in Ohio runs about 8 a six...

Photo of jmbranum
4.71/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light amber colored liquid with a white head. Very, very pretty in the glass, especially when held up to the light.

Aroma is nice and full with lots of grain and maltyness, aromatic hops and a hint of pineapple and oranges.

Flavor is very balanced. There is a background of matzah bread, a little bit of toastynes and just the right amount of hops. The hops seem to dance between citrus, herbs, mint and a tiny bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and feels very smooth.

An excellent beer. On style note --- I would probably label this as being more of a British style IPA or maybe an American style Pale Ale. It is not nearly as hoppy as many American IPA's.

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 AustinBeerLvr
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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 RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail IPA has a thick, white head, lots of lacing rings, only a few streaming bubbles, and a slightly hazy, but mostly clear, yellow-orange appearance. The aroma is of oranges, orange peel, and bread. Taste is of citrus, sugar, orange pulp, unsalted crackers, and it has a pretty low bitterness for a 60 IBU rating. There is a bitter, grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and fluffy, and Full Sail IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Overall, this a nice, nice beer.

RJT

Photo of soundbarrier
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good apricot color. Hoppy smell. Very clean tasting with a bit of a bitter aftertaste Floral and fruity with a hint of orange.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. A little lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with nice hoppyness. If you like ales you will not be disappointed.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Typical IPA, but it won't disappoint.

Photo of shamus
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep gold colour with a thick fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles lend a slightly fizzy texture without being over carbonated. A really fresh and pleasant taste. Floral green taste with a very good balance between the malt and hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

Photo of tonistruth
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- honey colored, two finger fluffy white head that will not go away, thin bubbly lace

S- sweet and tangy, citric, pine, hoppy, biscuit

T- starts with mellow sweet honey biscuit malts, then hops take their place, grapefruit and pine, some toasty notes throughout. Flavor is very fine and mellow, not all in your face and palate crushing

M- silky smooth, full light bodied, velvety

D- nice mellow, sessionable IPA, bit balanced for an American but i'm not complaining, highly enjoyable, memorable, and recommendable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, it is my extreme honor and privilege to welcome Hood River, OR to the Great & Mighty Commonwealth of PA! I was just in Philly yesterday and I have seen more Full Sail beers here in Lancaster than I did there. Maybe I was not looking hard enough or maybe Lancaster (City & County) has made it onto the beer map at last. Just wonderin' ,,,

From the bottle: "Ridiculously Tasty India Pale Ale"; "Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts Since 1987"; "47 Employee Owners".

Man, I was jonesin' for a beer today, especially after yesterday's Real Ale Fest at Yards. I had this as the next one to drink and I was thinking about it as the end of the day approached. I wasted no time getting from the bottle into a shaker glass and I quickly had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention for my efforts. Color was a deep-amber with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was resinous with a pine scent and my mouth was watering. I had to wait for the foam to fall, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and I was instantly reminded of why I am a self-proclaimed hophead. Hops are the bomb, yo! I felt like an addict getting his fix and the pine sap flavor was making me feel right at home. Finish was dry, not gasping for air afterwards dry, but still dry. And hoppy. Did I mention that I like hops? I liked this beer ... a lot. More, please.

Photo of Luigi
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light copper color with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Now that I have a new imperial pint glass this IPA will pour up to a four finger head with out pouring over the glass and the retention keeps it at a one finger head. Very impressive! Sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is classic American IPA: Citrus and pine notes are the first notes you will pick up on. But, there is some light toasted and sweet malt behind it. Nothing is over done.

Again, the taste is a very clean dry hop with bitter pine and citrus notes. But, nothing over the top just very clean. The malt does a good job of bringing a balance to this ale.

Clean finish and medium/light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a great example of a classic American IPA. There is a balance of flavor and nothing is over the top.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another wonderful beer from Full Sail. They are consistently good. Maybe not the very best on the entire planet, but consistent quality.

Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear golden honey. This really appeals to me. the IPA's tend to have some haze, so I think it's pretty when this one doesn't. Nice, light aroma, and the flavor is extremely well balanced. It reminds of of everything I love in Session Lager, and everything I love in AV Hop 'Ottin IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as creamy and soft as some IPAs, but it definitely isn't bad. Actually pretty good.

I could drink these forever. Great beer.

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 CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to glass honey color with nice head.
a: Honey color, 2 finger width head
s: Light orange smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste
o: Very refreshing, with wonderful taste

Sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida, hope the have it in Rhode Island.

Photo of Jordan
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A healthy looking orange-amber, in a thick haze. Fresh and frothy head. Aromas of hops, clove, and peppery spice. The flavor transfers this essense onto your tastebuds. Medium bodied, perky, bitey mouthfeel. Very nice I.P.A.

Photo of mcaulifww
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a glass

small head that doesn't last too long. golden color a little cloudy

understated smell, a little hoppy

very bitter and almost rich. good taste in the front of the mouth.

bitter but not overbearing. good mouthfeel

overall I really enjoy this beer. It's a great go to IPA that's both subtle yet robust.

Photo of ebrauser
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Standard from the bottle to the pint glass.

Appearance: Blond with a think off white head

Aroma: Malty with sweet hop bouquet. Not much in the way of citrus or grassy notes.

Flavor: Bitterness exists to some extent all the way through. Piney middle leads into the hop-dominated finish, which lingers for seconds after swallowing. Not the crispness one might expect from an IPA but delicious bitterness exemplifies the use of NW hop varieties.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden color, 1 finger of foam with a decent lacing ring, good amount of carbonation present

S - Sweet malts, orange peel, caramel

T - Medium bodied, malt flavored mixed with a lighter hop back bone

M/D - Interesting taste, malt with a sweet citrus taste but mixed caramel. Not sure if I would get this one again but it was worth trying and recommend

Photo of Brianjames16
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy gold with a frothy white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Bog aromas of grapefruit, pines and some other nice sharp citrusy notes. I'm also getting some faint malt aromas.

T- The taste is very balanced ! Great clean earthy flavors with a decent hop bite. Great example of an IPA. Easy drinking as well.

M- Light/medium body with a clean refreshing finish. Could knock back a couple of these.

O- Scores top 5 on my personal favorite IPA's. Way to go Full Sail!

Photo of Avagadro
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: FS IPA has a beautiful pale amber body, great head retention, and outstanding lacing. The bottom on my Perfect Pint is a storm of pinhead bubbles, forming swirling torrents of bubbles. Clarity is good, with only a touch of haze.

S: The lively bouquet is marked by juniper, grapefruit, and rosemary.

T: Dry, with a nice bread-like flavor that is dominated by Pacific Northwest hops. Light, dry, and refreshing.

M: Light, heavily effervescent, and clean on the finish.

D: A highly sessionable IPA in a world dominated by boozy hop-bombs. It's nice to see people sticking to the classics in an era where it's taboo to do so.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is the standard IPA copper. Head is medium-sized, creamy, and off-white. Aroma has strong floral and citrusy smells with an underlying sweetness provided by biscuity and caramel malts. Taste has plenty of hop flavor, and a rather different hop profile. Hop taste is citrussy, yet has a distinct flavor of something else that I can't think of a comparison. Something pungent and oily. Underlying malt is caramel and sweet grain, mildly earthy. Flavors are nicely layered. Bitterness is high and privides a very active mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this IPA and found it to have an interesting take on the style.

Photo of Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've been drinking this beer for months and never reviewed it.

It's a great IPA for a hophead like me.

It smells and tastes like the Pacific Northwest, which is a place very dear to my heart.

Great hoppy aroma: citrus and herbs.

The hoppy aroma carries over to a nicely bitter flavor, this isn't balanced at all, but that's the way I like it. Hop flavors abound, of course, with a nominal amount of malt flavor.

It has a nice, slick body with plenty of heft.

Easy to drink and pretty easy on the wallet. This is the best of the Full Sail beers (Amber, Pale Ale, Session Lager) available in Florida on a regular basis.

This is my current default beer. Highly recommended and one of the best IPAs I've had.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliantly clear amber sunshine. Modest carbonation. A thick and dense off white head about 1/2 in. tall, thats long lasting and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has a fine hop bouquet that smells of floral and fruits. Malts are light and in reserve. Taste is hoppy but not overbearingly so. Moderation is the key here. Malts are light and serve really only to act as a platform for the hops. This beer has medium weight on the palette. Its bitter but seems only around the edges. Its dry and clean, no aftertaste.
I think this is a pefect example of an IPA.
It's good to drink hop bombs. It's good to drink more malt forward English style IPA's. But, it's also good to have middle of the road. This beer is hoppy but not much, malt but not much, bitter and refreshing... it's in there.
This beer was good to the last drop.

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