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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

1,244 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.9%

vchanger, Oct 31, 2014
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1.32/5  rDev -62.9%

Myotus, Nov 11, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of harrymel
1.95/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by 23JAN13

Pours a nice golden ale with a near solid sheet of fine white foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells like grain, simple grain and some hints of herbal hops - not anything like the current trend in IPA, more english and more oxidized. Flavor doesn't diverge much from the nose: oxidized malts and bitterness with little depth and complexity. Not impressive. Medium bodied with sharp carb and an off dry finish. This beer is too one dimensional and a little oxidized for my preferences.

harrymel, Oct 08, 2012
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1.96/5  rDev -44.9%

marvelann, Sep 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

FebruaryBlue, May 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

alparkranger, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of jhchan
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint on tap @ Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse

A- Pours a bright gold color.

S- Very faint hop aroma.

T- Contrary to other reviews I've read, it was NOT very hoppy, but was dry and not overly bitter. No lingering tastes. Frankly quite boring.

M- Low carbonation (maybe an old keg?)

O- Not a very satisfying beer. Not an IPA with much bite, hops, or flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

jhchan, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of budgood1
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a sun drenched light copper colour with a off white thin head. the thin head retains itself quite well...lending to some clinging lace. muted vegetal and metallic nose...some herbal hop notes and sugary malts. upon tasting, the first thing that comes to mind is that there is no way that this is an IPA. i've had pale ales with more hop character than this offering. the malt bill is suspiciously and seemingly adjunct ridden with no real hop flavour except for some raw bitterness in the back end. it really doesn't even taste that good. full bodied but in a bad way...it has a slick and syrupy mouthfeel with a less than optimal sweet finish. drinkability suffers because after two bottles, this is really disappointing.

not sure what's going on here. freshness dating has a best by date of 03/09/2011. maybe it was mishandled in some manner? this is not a high quality ale, let alone an IPA.

budgood1, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jcalabre
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 28 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This is a copper colored IPA.
Flavor: Up front, it is quite hoppy. It finishes with a bitter flavor.It's not well balanced. There are so many fine IPA's out there that far exceed this one in quality. Try one of those.

jcalabre, Aug 08, 2003
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2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring and sheet. the body was a hazy dark amber color.
s - acquired this in a trade about a month ago. the freshness date on the bottle says 090509 so i'm assuming this is a 2009. hence the hop aroma is almost gone. there is a sweet caramel breadiness that dominates the aroma.
t - same caramel and bread taste. just the faintest of hop flavor.
m - medium.
d - i probably shouldn't rate this beer here but i'm leaving this disclaimer that this would probably be a much better beer if it wasn't almost 2 years old.

GPHarris, May 29, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

CA_Jim, Nov 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Rozyravens, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of mickeymac
2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, it got off to a decent start with a nice golden-orange color and a rather thick head. It has a fairly pronounced hop aroma, but lurking beneath the hops is a somehow bland malt smell. The taste is decent at first, but it quickly becomes a bit off-putting. A musky almost garbage-like taste makes this one hard to finish. To make matters worse, it's on the watery side. After trying a couple from the six pack to ensure they weren't bottles the remainder have sat in the fridge awaiting the visit of a friend or relative who will see it as a nice alternative to the usual Budweiser.

mickeymac, Apr 19, 2006
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2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

djwilson, Feb 19, 2008
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2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11-30-07

Pours a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber color.

Almost nothing on the nose. The faintest hops and caramel malts. I get next to nothing on the nose.As the beer warms some cooked vegetable notes come out, smells like cooked corn

The taste is of weak caramel malts with weak hops. This is an IPA? Tastes more like a regular pale ale that is moderately hopped. There is a hop bitterness with a slight caramel malting sweetness, but it's very bleh. Nothing exciting. Very boring beer. Not bad. The malts and hops are there, but they are faint and boring. As the beer warms I get a cooked corn taste in the backround.
More of an english ipa than american.

Decent carbonation on the palate, clings fairly well. I would like it a little less carbonated.

If you want to try a new beer, pick this up, but there are much better IPAs out there.

jasonjlewis, Nov 10, 2007
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2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a little over a finger of frothy off-white head. This retains with a soapy looking ½ finger that has a nice flare-up to it, leaving back some foamy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is herbal and floral, with some bright citrus notes that leaning very heavily towards the lemony side of things. Flat smelling sweet grains add some tang underneath.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose, with bitter citrus rind and a smack of lemon zest being balanced by a mix of sugars and tight toasted malts. At least there is some more sweetness here than there was in the aroma. This finishes with a raw veggie quality that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy feel that is cut by some underlying slickness. To its credit, there is no alcohol present and this is mostly easy feeling for its size.

I just wasn't a fan of the Full Sail offering. Both the malt and hop profile just had an all around flat feel to them with no robustness of any kind going on. Freshness wasn't an issue with this bottle either. It just didn't give up enough flavors for a Pale Ale, much less an IPA. Points go to this for the easy feeling body on it but I would not revisit this beer again.

Kegatron, Feb 15, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fine appearance, with pillowy foam atop a rich copper brew. The aroma is weak, with a light, rain-like hoppiness. Not particularly inviting. The taste is lightly nutty, with some weak hops. The flavor is basically tangy, and instead of a bitter finish it is more of a light sourness that isn't too appealing. The carbonation is decent, but the mouthfeel is quite thin/watery. I probably could finish this glass, but for an IPA it's very boring and more like mass-produced macro garbage...

bennetj17, Nov 02, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of scott
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

V.07

Bright, with a copper to pale yellow fade. Well carbonated and clear, this is begging me for a pull. Boring. This doesn't even do a Pale justice. Thin, watery and down-right uninspired. This is a lifeless beer, and is probably a Corona guy's wetdream as he's thinking he found the next New Belgium replacement. This would be good when you want to drink a beer but aren't particularly in the mood to taste it. Crisp & easy drinking, much like a soda or tonic water.

scott, Sep 21, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation with about a 1 finger head which recedes to a white crytal-like lace.

Lots of tobacco on the nose along with some biscuit like graininess. Unimpressive unfortunately.

Alot of tobacco in the flavors as well. And this bottles only about two weeks old. Crisp and medium in body. Body is solid though, no weak points and it's held together well. Decent hop finish with a very dry cracker like feeling on the back of the tongue. The hops are very earthy rather than your normal flavors and such.

Different but not in a good way, i understand this breweries been around forever but this IPA just isnt that good. Some barnyard and horse blanket flavors are present too.

Crisp and refreshing at least.

jtierney89, Dec 29, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

sd123, Feb 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Golfrocket, Jul 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

jsanmarco, Apr 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

RyanKappler, Nov 03, 2013
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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.