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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

1,196 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | 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:
ABV 6% IBU 60

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001)
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virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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raisedglass, May 28, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +37.3%

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.

nige4958, Jan 28, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +36.7%

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...

FLYINGSCOOTER, Aug 09, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

heytomcat, Mar 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

mercysbane, Feb 09, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +31.9%

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.

jmbranum, Feb 11, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +31.7%

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.

brewsterz, Feb 25, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +29.7%

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.

JudgeRoughneck, Aug 13, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +28.9%

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.

AustinBeerLvr, Jul 20, 2007
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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.