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

Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,088 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1088
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%


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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HopsKeepDroppin

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Golden/orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S- Lots of piney hops aroma

T- Lots of piney bitterness and grapefruit taste that lingers.

M- Light to medium body and some nice dryness.

O- A decent IPA. Lots of hop bitterness without a lot of malt backbone to balance it out. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:55:36 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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nUgZ

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Grassy and malty smell. Not too much going on here.

T: Much like the smell, grassy and malty. Bleh.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Leaves something to be desired. Not bad, but not something I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:13:22 | More by nUgZ
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LifeTree

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale for IPA, almost looks like a lager. Very little head

S - Not much going on with the smell. Slight hint of hops with more of a malt smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. A slight hop bite at first followed a malty flavors.

M - The best part of this beer. It is very crisp and smooth for an IPA.

D - It is smooth and somewhat satisfying with flavor.

I bought this at my local grocery store in FL. I saw a 6 pack of Full Sail from Oregon that I've never heard of. I love IPA's so I thought I'd give it a shot. At first drink I was immediately disappointed. Not bad by any means but certainly not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:45:04 | More by LifeTree
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cbak999

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S - not very powerful - not too hoppy. I was expecting more from Full Sail - with 2 very good IPA options - Wreck the Halls and Wassail.

T - too sweet in my opinion for an IPA - more like an amber ale than an IPA. Lacks the bitterness usually appearent in an American IPA.

This IPA poured into the glass with little head; as a matter of fact, the 1/16" was gone in the first minute. Overall, I was not impressed, and probably will not buy again with other IPA options available.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 12:30:00 | More by cbak999
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One of my "introductary" IPA's and not a bad start. Not use to this style so I'm probably not the best reviewer but here's my two cents. Pours golden, clear, with thick head that stuck around for most of the brew. Impressive lace as well, other reviewers were right about that. Very strong, hoppy tatse that is suprisingly smooth. Light on the carbonation but leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Not a bad beer but after my first I'm not aching for another, had my fill with one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:53:53 | More by bunnyhustle
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TheDeuce

New York

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail IPA….in a bottle


Appearance-a clear amber body pours out with a two inch head, lots of lacing and bubbles at first but then it settles down and disappears. Looks alright.

Smell-not that pungent, I did get pined hops and a little bit of fruit, grain and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops come through early, medium mouthfeel, dry but not acrid and the hops actually give way a little bit to some malted toast bread flavors and a little fruit. Finish is actually sort of clean for an IPA, but does leave some pine and fruit notes on the tongue.

Overall-ok. Not a great IPA by any stretch and a little disappointing since I know this brewer makes some good beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 19:13:24 | More by TheDeuce
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troutmask96

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Full Sail's Session Lager, but as a total hophead I have to take a pass on this one. This brew actually drinks a lot like Session, but it's way clean for my hop palette. More like an IPA lite, this is a decent choice for sessioning on hot summer nights, but nothing more...

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:41:14 | More by troutmask96
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kennymule

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Extremely clear amber with one finger frothy head that dissipates quickly with thin lacing.

Smell: For an IPA it is absent of any hops on the nose, just a faint grassy funk.

Taste: Bitterness up front, but not overpowering at all for an IPA, then an interesting mix of malt and hops battle to a bitter finish.

Mouth feel: Medium and sticky with a semi-dry bitter finish.

Overall:For a "hop head" this is nothing to get excited about, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. I'd have another, wait...I'm on my second one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:50:10 | More by kennymule
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IrishJames

Georgia

2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super-clear amber. One-finger foam dissipates to a thin film of suds within 60 seconds. Light lace follows behind level of beer by about two finger widths.

Smell: Smell is mostly absent of hops, and is dominated by simple malts. Smells a bit like a mainstream American lager.

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by a somewhat complex battle between malt and lingering bitterness. Slightly bitter aftertaste which remains parked on the tongue indefinitely.

Mouthfeel: Stickiness prevails. Moderate-to-high carbonation.

Overall: Not terrible, but wouldn't qualify this as an easy drinker. High bitterness factor with understated hop aroma and malt counterbalance.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 03:07:52 | More by IrishJames
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Pegasus

Texas

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear reddish golden color, with a large and persistent white head, lots of sticky broken lace, and numerous columns of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Notes of grapefruit rind utterly dominate. Beneath this there is some biscuit malt, which struggles mightily to assert itself.

Taste: Strong grapefruit rind and medicinal bitterness from start to finish, with very little malt evident. The finish is fairly dry, with a lingering medicinal and metallic hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, full-bodied, with no harsh carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Some malt, please? Without a substantial malt presence, the bitterness seems harsh and one dimensional. Perhaps the true hop connoisseur will appreciate this.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 14:27:52 | More by Pegasus
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TheLiterati

California

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little afraid to review this beer, mostly because I am running out of adjectives to describe the huge number of IPAs on the market. How many times can you say citrusy, piney, bitter, aggressive, etc. without being redundant?

But those are some of the hallmark characteristics of this style - the benchmarks if you will by which the style is measured.

If I were new to the style and liked this particular offering, I would likely score it higher. However, as an avid hophead, I struggled to give it solid "3s," as the label promised something "ridiculously tasty" and really, it's just average.

However, to be fair, when judging just this composition alone, it's a solid average IPA. Nice amber color with a creamy head, mild citrus notes with a bit of yeastiness and spice, all of which translates to the taste, sans the hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is a bit bland - something just short of smooth that a bit more carbonation would help.

Still, I bought it to share at a block party among folks who know my advocacy for good beer, but where the range of beer tastes is unknown. Good for folks who may not have forayed into IPAs much, or for those who find them a bit too harsh. All in all the beer is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 16:24:57 | More by TheLiterati
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magictrokini

California

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 23:24:18 | More by magictrokini
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TheFlern

Idaho

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off this is a very average beer. It may be a craft beer but it definitely has its place between cheap domestic beers and fine craft beers. Unfortunately its too sophisticated to be accessible to anyone outside of the good beer revolution.

Smell: It smells bitter but not in a good way. Malt flavor hits first followed by hop notes.

Taste: Follows the smell especially when it comes to the bitterness of the beer. Once again the bitterness is not a good hoppy bitterness. Perhaps the hops aren't that fresh??? Definitely more malt flavor than most PNW IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Kind of chunky for an IPA

Drinkability: This isn't a beer I can drink a six-pack of.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 21:54:22 | More by TheFlern
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thatsfine

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale orange with a one finger off-white head. Retaining pretty well. Some good lacing down the glass.

The most malty smelling IPA I have smelled before. But I do pick up a mild scent of the usual hops.

This very malty. Really not the immediate hops that we are used to in an IPA. The hops come later in the taste than other IPA's. The malts come first. The hops are very subdued. Not very bitter in the aftertaste. Many ales are more hoppy. Below average but not terrible.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. This goes down very smooth though.

This is a great session IPA. Very easy to drink and not too filling. I also think this would be a good first IPA for someone to introduce them to a higher amount of hops, of which there are not many. I drank this very fast but I won't buy it again. Glad I only bought one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:15:32 | More by thatsfine
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this certainly an average example of the style. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, very light golden yellow, with an inch of white head that very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops, mostly pine, with a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also mostly piney hops. The body was this, but even. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great.

Go ahead try it, it won't kill ya. But if you don't, you won't have really missed anything.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 21:36:27 | More by beertunes
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gabedivision

New York

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Clear yellowish golden, almost no head, very bubbely.

S- Smells of strong hops and lots of citrus.

T- The taste did not live up to the smell. Tasted very bland, weak hops, very bitter on the end. Tasted very waterery and metallic, almost like having a mouth full of pennies, not very desirable.

M- Dry, and sweet, metal-ly.

D- Its drinkable, no doubt, if it were given to me for free. I wouldn't spend money on it again.

Serving type: growler

01-29-2011 00:00:23 | More by gabedivision
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texashammer

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

light golden-yellow-orange, almost clear. creamy white head with large bubbles, doesn't last. smells of bitter hops, almost a macro-style skunkiness. tastes of bitter herbal hops. simple. smooth and uninteresting (although unoffensive) in the mouth. bitter finish, not in a good way (and I like my hops). very average.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 01:36:12 | More by texashammer
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rallison

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not a very impressive IPA. More like a semi-hoppy amber ale. Somewhat boring malt profile, without much complexity. Light hoppiness, without much real bitterness. Just not at all that impressive.

Would I buy again? No. Would I drink this if offered? Yes, but it wouldn't be very memorable.

Overall, not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 06:50:24 | More by rallison
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Nowhereman529

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, the way an IPA should pour. Nothing outstanding, just a nice yellow-amber pour with a little bit of head lining the top.

Smell is a little on the light side with the hops shining through nicely and a little bit of sweetness in there as well. I think I may detect a hint of pine but that may just as well not be there.

Taste is really very average. No frills, just a straight up well hopped IPA. Aftertaste is something akin to a loaf of good bread, but nothing really to write home about.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer. If you're looking for an IPA that you don't have think too much about this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 02:54:32 | More by Nowhereman529
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Versus a half mast IPA? Pours a crystal clear light amber color with some coppery hues throughout. A fizzy white head with bigger bubbles. After some time did hide to the edge of the glass but limited lacing overall.

The nose is more on tune with an East Coast IPA. A light balance that just slightly favors the malt. A light sweet caramel malt with some grainy pale malt notes. The hops have a light citrus and earthy aroma. Some minor herbal notes but soft overall. Some noticeable diacetyl but mostly very clean yeast.

The taste is similar. A more balanced malt to hop build to the beer. The malt has a light caramel and more noticeable toffee taste. The diacetyl backs off versus the nose but is still noticeable in the taste. Some lighter nutty and bready notes on the back end. The hops are a bit muddled but a good bitterness comes out and lasts into the finish. The finishing hops are limited though. Some citrus, orange and herbal notes. Again, beyond the butter, good clean yeast notes.

The body is light and almost a bit dry and the carbonation is a bit high but ok. Does help with the hop notes but brings out more of the bitterness. Would have liked more finish hops. Not over the top but brewed cleanly but does need to sit longer in order to help with the butter.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 20:20:06 | More by Oxymoron
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nc41

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An IPA? Eh, more like a middle of the road APA IMO. Not much on the nose, I wouldn't guess this to be an IPA by nose or by taste. Burning River is a hoppier Brew, as is Headwaters, which doesn't make this a bad beer, but it just doesn't have the makings of an IPA is ant way IMO. Drinkable, and not expensive, but I'd rather have a Hop Devil or Smuttynose, I bought this because it was from Oregon assuning it might be a sleeper WC Ale, not quite.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 05:22:03 | More by nc41
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly faint, with notes of citrus and herbal hops....but really not much there.

Upon first drink, there is a fairly small bitterness for style...actually I'd say it's at the level of many APA's rather than IPA's. Decent sweet maltiness on the body with a note of citrus present and a small biscuit presence. A faint note of grain appears at the finish of the drink along with a little bitterness at the finish as well but pretty small here.

Definitely a tame IPA all around. Drinkable, sure....perhaps an "entry" beer for those not initiated or those who aren't feeling like a full-flavored IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 05:08:21 | More by NODAK
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail's IPA pours a stiff creamy head over a clear golden brew.
The carbonation is very active, and the nose is piney hop and ale
yeast. The flavor is a bit of malt dominated by an herbal hop and a
more grassy/piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is quite dry and light.
I would be inclined to say that while it's not a bad IPA, it's a little
unbalanced- all those hops don't have a very big malt presence
to push up against. By all means try some, but for me this would
be the forth or fifth down on my list if I were picking up an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 16:47:04 | More by shadow1961
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with a billowy off white head.

Smell: I swear it smells like beef stew. Not good

Taste: Clean, mineraly, moderate hop flavor. Needs more hops and more maltiness. Too clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability: Nice transition IPA for an ale/lager drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:34:41 | More by Squelch
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Snow81

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:05:11 | More by Snow81
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