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

Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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1,088 Ratings
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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Photo of Scotchboy


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ the Firehouse Meridian ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Gold body, mostly clear, with a little white head and lacing.

S: Flowery, faintly citrus hop component with a crackery malt backbone. Maybe caramel? Faint pine or resin as well.

T: Orange/citrus pith and flowers again, with a light pale malt base with a decent dose of cracker. Faint caramel too, and light bitterness overall.

MF: Lightly bodied, lower bitterness.

O: Not too impressive, but not bad. Overall its less than the sum of its parts; to me, it isn't anything new, and it isn't anything that dozens of other brewers haven't surpassed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 20:27:12 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of mfavoino


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden copper color with a finger and a half of head that retains well.

S: Very subtle citrus notes and pale malt. Weak.

T: Pale malts, some citrus sweetness, and some dry bread flavor. Finishes with a touch of hop bite.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, and leaves the palate feeling clean.

O: Too many good IPAs to choose from in the PNW area for this to be one for me to seek again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 21:15:37 | More by mfavoino
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im surprised this is rated so low here. i think its a pretty darn good ipa, if a bit less hoppy than most. poured a magnificent amber color with a thick foamy head crowning well above the rim of my english pint glass. smells more like a traditional american pale ale than an ipa, which might expain its low raitings. balanced malt bready tones with a sticky hop aroma. flavor is similar, there more subtle hops than a lot of assertive west coast ipa varieties. it has a sticky fresh hop sort of palate, but not too robust at all. mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated and a nice fuller body, but really drinkable and excellent with bbq chcken pizza. a very good daily drink, especially at 3 dollars a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:54:47 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jhchan

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 03:19:26 | More by jhchan
Photo of dgilks


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Decent head retention.

Light citrus aroma with no malt. Well crafted but lacking in punch.

Sharp citrus and grapefruit flavour with moderate bitterness and some light caramel malts.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nicely balanced IPA. For me it lacks something to bring it all together as a true IPA though. Nonetheless, it is quite refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 10:09:19 | More by dgilks
Photo of beertunes


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
Photo of CaptainTripps


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Original restaurant in Portland.

A- Golden in color, looks excellent. Very clear. Nice amount of head, very thick. Left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Floral hops, carmel and citrus notes. Semi-sweet

T- Grainy malts flood the palette at first then waves of the hoppy "IPA" bitterness comes in waves toward the end. Not over powering what so ever, but still there. Simple but tasty.

M- Very thin, crisp.

D- Very refreshing. While certainly not the best in its category, this is a very tasty brew that I am addicted to.

Its middle of the road but worth giving a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 21:32:58 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of cbarrett4


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was better than most reviewers, but I am having it on tap at the Full Sail brewery (actually McCormick and Schmicks in Portland which has the Full Sail taps). Tasted next to several other examples of their beer, but this was poured into a full pint glass.

Lots of grass, herbs, and pine going on. Some citrus rounds out the nose and palate. Rather straightforward but good as far as IPAs go. Rather intense, but tasted after their Imperial IPA, seems rather restrained! I would recommend this IPA for being very good, very predictable, and easy to find (in the NW).

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 23:49:12 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of IBhotterthanU


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good stuff, had on a whim at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, looking for an IPA that wasnt too intense. Found what I wanted. Smelled delicious, nice and fruity with bitter notes at the end, hits you in the back of the nose. Already, I am anticipating a good beer, hoping the flavors lives up to the smell. Too often the hops are in the aroma, but fizzle out after the first sip. This one, they stick around through the whole pint. Pleasant. Would order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 18:25:27 | More by IBhotterthanU
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-blond, white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, spice, candied pineapple.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, rind, pine, hint of grainy biscuits, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 03:48:33 | More by Derek
Photo of RedDiamond


3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the past twenty years, Full Sail has delivered a number of IPAs to their adoring fans. This eponymous one was listed on their taproom menu as their “new” IPA. It’s not clear how new it may be, but it has emerged as Full Sail’s standard, joining their pale and amber as their core trinity of ales. I had a pint at their revamped taproom in Hood River where the beer was enhanced by breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River.

My glass arrived with a delicate sudsy head. It spewed a bright herbal aroma that soon segued to cereal meal. The beer is light amber and delivers a sensible IPA profile built on Centennial hops that’s engaging but not too frightening. The malts are a bit reclusive and arrive fashionably late in the pint.

I like the attitude in this beer. It’s a decent working standard with good six-pack potential.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 04:01:42 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of ccrida


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mt. Hood Meadows, served in a shaker pint glass, the IPA is a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head. The aroma was very bright floral hops and a bit of earthy must. The taste was fairly robust in the west coast American IPA style, dominated by the pungent grapefruit citrus of amarillo hops, with a firm malt backbone, a bit of tang and a bitter, slightly dry finish. The Full Sail had a creamy, medium body with light carbonation that went down pretty well, nothing super enticing, but a fine example of this regional style, which are best served fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 06:46:22 | More by ccrida
Photo of Crosling


2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught. Light copper. Gentle, pine & grapefruit hop blend in the aroma but the aroma is very subtle. Meek body and malt profile and the hops arn’t even vibrant or very flavorful, just a bit medicinal and piney. The malt presence must have perished along the way from Oregon to Colorado, which is something I find in so many of Full Sail’s smaller beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2006 03:20:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint glass was filled with a copper color beer with a decent foamy head. Slight floral hop aroma with some noticable maltiness. Not what I expected for an IPA. This was confirmed as there was an unbalanced flavor as the malt was more prominent than the hops. The carbonation was fine, and the head slowly fizzled away as the glass emptied, leaving light lacework. Very drinkable and it is a slightly better than average IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2003 01:56:56 | More by Gavage
Photo of LarryKemp


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a nice head and clear. The aroma was of hops but not overpowering. The taste was of hops and it did beat out the malt, but it was not as hoppy as some American IPAs that I have tried and it made for a nice drinkable beer. It was what I want in a beer. It is bitter but not stongly so. It is thirst quinching but not too light. An all around good beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2003 20:28:57 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very clean ipa. lot of grapefruit, citrus. dryness, citrus peel. pretty juicy, tart. lot of bubbles, very filtered. drank out of dogfish/spiegalu glass. good deal on the six pack. would like to see an imperial ipa from these guys. I think more is arriving in jersey little by little

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:33:39 | More by dank203
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce into pint glass. Extremely clear, fun to look through. Head fizzles out rather quickly though. Flavor is really nice, wish they went a little bigger and bolder, but a balanced brew, and at only 6% ABV, a very session worthy beer. I also greatly respect the fact that they are an employee-owned brewery. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:53:20 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of ssteakley


2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Anything with a sail on the label has to be better than this! This is a BLAND IPA. I am a fan of other Full Sail brews but this one was disappointing to me...I guess I have been drinking to many great PNW IPA's since moving to Seattle. I expected more...well I bought a six pack since I was sure it must be at least good.
Break out the peanuts.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:59:45 | More by ssteakley
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a slightly darker amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles into a thin crown after a short time. Lacing coats the glass in a thin, web-like veil.

S: Fragrant floral hops. Lemon peel and freshly zested lemon. Iced tea. Subtle herbs and tobacco. Malt base offers whiffs of caramel and toasted grain.

T: Hops land with earthy herbs, tobacco, and a distinct lemon peel flavor. Malts balance almost tit for tat with a tide of toasted grain and caramel. Slightly buttery. Hint of broth. Caramel and toast on the finish, along with lingering floral and oily hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Malt backbone is substantial, with a full and even slightly chewy feel. Moderate scrubbing carbonation adds a little bite.

O: A very balanced IPA that has a strong English vibe to it. Not the raw hop assault that the average American consumer expects these days, but a solid beer if you like you're looking for something a little more English-leaning.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:31:19 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of vkv822


3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head.

Light citrus, floral, slightly herbal hop notes balanced with a crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

A decent IPA. Tasty, but nothing particularly exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 08:01:17 | More by vkv822
Photo of brewbattles


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:46:37 | More by brewbattles
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a citrus hop of lemon and grapefruit with a strong cracker smell. Along with these smells are some sweeter aromas of an orange nature and some other hop aromas of an herbal and spicy pepper nature. Overall the aroma is quite inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a light caramel sweetness and a bit of a cracker taste. Upfront there is also some hop of a grassy and grapefruit nature. As the taste moves on, it dries out with the caramel leaving the taste profile. The grapefruit grows more intense more toward the end with an increase in the grassy flavors and a new presence of a bit of herb. In the end, a dry, bitter, and slightly unbalanced hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The thinner body is quite nice for the drier and crisp tastes of the brew, but a higher carbonation level would have been slightly more appropriate.

Overall – Not really anything too special here. A little too unbalanced in its bitter and dry flavors for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:19:58 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of youngs11

Rhode Island

3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and honey-colored in appearance. A nice and fluffy quarter-inch cap forms after normal pouring and hangs out for most of the beer's glass life.

A bit of a subdued aroma for an AIPA. Nothing bad going on, just not the in-your-face spiciness that I expect from the West Coast. Mildly hoppy, a little grainy, pine and grass notes.

Surprisingly boozy on the tongue upon first contact. The hop flavor does kick in pretty quickly, and is followed by a nutty, doughy component that creates a temporary balance. I will say, however, even into the aftertaste the skunk/booze is still a little present.

I think the MF is this one's best quality. It is light to medium bodied, and has a lightly moderate carbonation level. What I like is the smooth texture left on the palate. I expected some silkiness based on the creaminess of the cap and was not disappointed.

Overall this is not a bad choice for an AIPA, especially since my store sells it cheaper than most crafts. I don't think it's incredibly exciting in terms of flavor profile, and in fact the booze/skunk factor I mentioned may be a turn-off for some that are still discovering the style. If you want an AIPA with a surprisingly fluffy cap and creamy texture, give this one a shot. There are, however, a TON of versions from the PNW that are much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:26:06 | More by youngs11
Photo of nanandtomfitz


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very enjoyable overall.
nice pour with thin but good foam and lacing'
smell and taste nice hops, fairly consistent from beginning to end/not much change
feels good and solid
overall enjoyable and a quality beer at this price, nice to have in fridge but just shy of feeling like a real "event" to get to have it

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 06:15:28 | More by nanandtomfitz
Photo of mactrail


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA with reviews all over the place-- but having just had IPAs by Aftershock (wretched), Peak Organic (unpleasant), and Rough Draft (average)-- this doesn't seem bad at all.

This starts out with a citrus and resin combination on top of a browned English muffin. The aftertaste is both bitter and resiny. Pours a clear golden amber with hints of brown in the Duvel tulip. Quite thin and quite bitter at the end, but that interesting roasted pine-pitch flavor saves the day.

Nice suds with every pour and a bubbly mouthfeel. A mellow pumpkin hint with a warm malty mouthfeel. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. Another decent beer in the Full Sail line-up.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 06:41:48 | More by mactrail
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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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