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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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554 Reviews
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Reviews: 554
Hads: 1,382
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 25
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 554 | Hads: 1,382
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light orange color with a 1 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Spots of lace dot the glass here and there on the drink down. Smells of stale malt, cooked vegetables, and herbal hops. Taste is thankfully better with herbal hops up front and a malt backbone that balances things out. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is pretty good with a decent carbonation level. Overall, a decent IPA but nothing too noteworthy.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a amber with golden hues body.

S: very malty with some musty hops providing mostly orange and lemon citrus notes.

T: the hops drop off a bit in the flavor with mostly pine notes from the hops but also a subtle citrus sweetness. nice malt presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a bad IPA. Not very memorable as there is a disappointing degree of hops in the flavor. More APA like.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The nose has a mélange of orange and grapefruit citrus aromas—neither one stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors and has a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the hops, this beer is rather balanced by the underlying malts so the citrusy flavors and bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves many shards of lacing

Smell: Lightly toasted malt with a rather citric, almost herbacious quality; a touch of unpleasant solvent, too

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate by a lemony citrus flavor; after the swallow, the herbacious elements kick in, ruining the balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; harsh mouthfeel after the swallow

Drinkability: A very poor example of a west coast IPA

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light by most IPA standards, Full Sail's IPA provides a light malty sweetness with assertive citrusy hops for a mild session that ends somewhere between a dry and crisp Pale Ale and biting citrus focused American IPAs.

The fully filtered IPA gives a brilliant clear, medium amber color with a thick sheet of white foam that retains well and laces equally. A very good IPA appearance that meets all the criteria.

Citrusy aromas take precedence with white grapefruit, orange pith, and an herbal/grassy note promises a bit of bite. Light caramel and grainy sweet scent lurks in the backdrop and gives a slight drippy sweet scent to the fruity hop dominance.

Hop flavor also governs as the citrusy bitterness of white grapefruit pulp, orange peel and pith, fresh cut grasses, freshly picked herbs, and a light peppery bite all come alive in strong and sharp flavors. Malty support provides a mild caramel sweetness but with minimal sweetness that's normally associated with the grains. Low on esters, low on phenols, and moderate on alcohol flavor- the beer is very much simplified but tasty in its focus of taste.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the beer's early creaminess is short lived as the malty textures early develop quickly into full dryness, crispness, and light graininess. Only a linger of moderate bitterness lasts into aftertaste.

Albeit a nice IPA, after the beer's well suited attenuation, there's not the malty-dry character that prevents it from cola-like film or grainy astringency. But these are mild off flavors and the bulk of the session performs very well.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like the bottle cap's instructions: 'torque off' - sounds like a new epithet...

Pours an opaque copper colour, quite cloudy. The off-white head is frothy and chunky, actually quite appetizing looking, and disappears in a matter of minutes. The smell is of oily malts, not much hops in there, which is odd, because the taste right up front is citrus pine hop goodness. As it warmed, however, the hops became more noticeable on the nose. A slight astringency follows in the flavour, accompanied by a weak maltiness. The mouthfeel is thus fairly thin, but finishes with a nice clean dryness. Once I got used to the astringency in the middle of the palate, this went down really smoothly. I only had the one bottle available from the spoils of a trip across the 49th parallel a while back, so I had to think about drinking it carefully. As that wasn't entirely successful, I just have to imagine that this offering could be quite easily and enjoyably sessioned.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light golden amber, with a flurry of carbonation. Head retention is good, some remains for the duration. Smell is average, just sort of dull and grainy, some malt sweetness.

Flavor has a good deal of herbal hops and bitterness in the finish, but the initial flavors are sort of absent. The end definitely has a strong hop element, which is good. Light malt flavors and a brief hint of apple is there too. The bitterness contributes to a balanced feel, and I want to drink another one. Not in the same ballpark as many American IPA's, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and floral notes.

T - It tasted of pine, grasses and sweet caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. I'd like a little more bitter hop punch, though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with banana peel borders. The lid consists of three fingers of eggshell colored foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. A reasonable amount of soapy lace finds it way to the glass, giving IPA a better than average look in the end.

The aroma is pretty much balanced, which is not a positive in beer of this style. The malt smells moderately butter caramel-like and the Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops are fruity without being especially citrus fruity. In some ways, IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one.

When it comes to assessing flavor, it's probably best to forget the stated style. There's no way in hell this is an IPA. Maybe circa 1998, but not circa 2008. Having said that, the beer is becoming cumulatively more bitter as the ounces pass. The stated 60 IBUs might not be too far off the mark after all.

The malt is lightly toasted, with a buttery nuttiness that seems out of place. That said, the flavor profile is growing on me with each successive sip. As in the nose, the choice of hops says Union Jack rather than Stars and Stripes. Hop flavor is herbal and earthy, possibly even grapefruit zesty, and is incredibly fresh and vibrant.

The mouthfeel seemed a fraction too light initially, but has firmed up with warming and is actually decently creamy now. The carbonation, which was too buzzy at first, is keeping things on the lively side.

Full Sail IPA is different from most Pacific Northwest beer. Even though it wasn't great right out of the hopper, it began to win me over at the midway point and succeeded by the final few ounces. Bottom line: this is a well-crafted, American-brewed, English-style IPA that does enough to deserve your hard-earned money.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its great to see Full Sail here in NC.Poured into a nonic a clear rich golden/brass with a frothy one and a half finger white head that settles very slowly.A mix of leafy/herbal hops and caramel/biscuit in the nose,neither win out but both play its own role.A mix of biscuit malt and "green" hops on the palate,to me it's almost like a small DIPA in its sweetness and herbal hops.This is an old school ipa,not Oregon in alot of ways but its very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowly receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Smell was a huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a clear golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Well blended combination of toasty malt and spicy, pine hops.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops. Notes of pepper and basil. Slightly grainy malt and a hint of caramel in the middle. The finish is full of spicy hop flavor and malt sweetness with moderate bitterness balancing.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A nice, drinkable IPA. The hop character is potent, but a bit one-dimensional. The bitterness gets a bit harsh and soapy towards the finish, but there is enough malt to balance it out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one a go based on the strength of Ding's review. So, it is here I find myself at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, GA at 1:00 AM sitting four seats down from someone espousing the benefits of caramel apple martinis. I was unaware those were still 'in'.

Some sort of code on the bottle, 032409, presumably a Best Before date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Faintly grainy pale malt nose with a scent of sweaty, sun drenched citrus rinds.

Taste: Pale maltiness, again with some light hints of grain, and a very minimal caramel sweetness. Fruity lemon and grapefruit citrus character precedes a medium bitterness that lasts until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant. A fine drinking India Pale Ale, it's neither overly malty nor is it overpowering in its bitterness.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a Trader Joe's and reviewed live in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Served into a Uinta pilsner glass. Expectations are average given the brewery - which has been sort of meh for me in the past. Best before 12/18/12. 6.0%.

Not paired with anything. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some mild cream, above average thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant.

Sm: Generic floral hops, clean malts, some cream, and very light citrus. Appealing and fresh. An average strength aroma.

T/Mf: Generic floral hops and slick clean malts. Some artifical cream. The sugary artificial malts don't cover up the hop bitterness on the climax. As a result, the balance is impaired. A bit buttery. Overly smooth and wet, not allowing the flavour to shine through. Simple and underwhelming.

Dr: Drinkable but meh. Another middling bottle of mediocrity from Full Sail. I suppose it's priced well for what it is. A very lackluster beer in the style. More a pale ale than an IPA. I wouldn't bother with this again. Doesn't make me excited for more Full Sail beers.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden-brown color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops bitterness along with a good background of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of pale hops, which is quickly followed up by fruity citrus and caramelized malt sweetness. However, the sweetness fades very quickly and there isn't as much balance as I would like. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, it's not bad, I could drink a few of these; however there are definitely better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gives this IPA a big white slightly off white head above a clear bright copper golden colored beer. The light biscuity head takes its time to settle into a pretty nice lacing on this hopsy drink.

Light citrus, light fruits, light earthy pine, and a lighter grain malt aroma.

Light citrus fruit and fresh pine taste with just a slight hint of grain malts keep this slightly bitter.

The hops bitterness remains in the dry aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

This beer has a light and refreshing hops bite to it, not as bold or, to me, as good as Red Chair NWPA but a decent enough IPA to down a few of them on any given afternoon.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mom for bringing this back from the West coast. Decanted cool into a Nonic. I shared this with my Grandma.

A - A light to medium shade of amber w/ 3 fingers of off white foam resulting from a vigorous pour. A dishsoap pattern of lace forms on the pint glass.

S - Slightly citrus and lemon zest w/ a pleasant blend of pine and woody scents. A light malt and gentle odor of alcohol are noted.

M - A medium body w/ a light acidity and full carbonation. A gently sweet and citrus juiced feel.

T - A crisp mildly astringent flavor w/ a malty backbone is the initial taste. The alcoholic esters are apparent in the taste w/ a NW hop flavor. Gentle malt sweetness has a round finish that is semi-dry. A tangy sort of spice and pine that lingers on in the aftertaste.

D - A pleasant but ordinary IPA for me, not much to set it apart, comes across as a little less than subtle, just average drinkability IMO.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive tower of head with great retention. Clear golden color. Citric floral hop nose with a hint of blond tobacco, some fruitiness and graininess in the aroma as well. Smooth with a medium sized creamy body. Hop bitterness is there but more of a puckering pull rather than sharpness. Sweet floral to herbal to citric to mint is where the hop flavor brings the taste buds. Maltiness never jumps out with any sort of aggressive character, more of the foundation with simply complexities in tow. Bready to start then more of a nutty cracker grain flavor in the drying semi-bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit underrated IMO for an American IPA. Its not of the "in your face" kind of IPA but the hoppiness is there to let you know it is an IPA. As for the lighter cleaner side of malt, this is where the American IPA started so it is good to know some breweries have stuck with their old school roots.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze & effervescent with a fluffy 2 fingers+ head. Insane lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit

T: Grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, Slight hints of grainyness & lemon as it warms. Finishes crisp & quenching

MF: Medium body with efferevescence & skewing slightly too hoppy or is it just not malty enough?

Drinks very easy. Not a super complex IPA, but not a bad one to session on

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light yellow gold, clear with a 1-finger sudsy head. Head has poor retention but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of fruity hops, pine and malt. Somehow, this is not particularly pleasant even though I am fond of the aroma of a typical IPA.

The flavor is pretty much balanced, which is OK if unsuitable for a beer of this style. The hops are fruity without being very citrus. With limited hoppiness, this IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one. The malt is lightly toasted and nutty, and doesn't blend as well with the hops as I would hope.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium body.

O - Full Sail IPA is more of English-style IPA that is not bad for the price point.

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Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive fluffy head that leaves some chunky lace. The beer is clear with a beautifully golden amber color

Soured grain aroma with a nearly imperceptible hop smell. Is this an IPA?

Much better hop in the flavor: tastes peppery. The malt is very dry, almost astringent. Not a smooth IPA. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is all hop, lasting a very long time.

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