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

Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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1,091 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1091
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 Tone


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carboantion level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, earthy maly, and citrus (pineapple?). Overall, drinkeable, but not complex and slighlty lacking in body.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:47:59 | More by Tone
Photo of kylehay2004


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:30:20 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice orangy amber with a decent white head, fairly appetizing. Aroma is not particularly strong, and is surprisingly malty, almost more malty than hoppy. Flavor is not typical of an IPA - there is not a whole lot of hoppiness - but the texture is good, and the taste nicely balances malt and hops and pleases. Finish is a little bitter and has just a whisper of fruit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:40:38 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head some pretty good lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but had traces of hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of some hops - though it's not as huge a component as in other IPAs - a grassy quality, and lemon. Not as vibrant as some IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, but not overly remarkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 12:19:35 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was acquired in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

It pours from 12oz bottle(best by 070507) a clear medium gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with some good notes of grapefruit and grass.

The taste is also very hoppy. I'm getting some citrus and grass with even a bigger presence of floral hops. There's *some* malt there in the background but it doesn't have the strength to even come close to balancing out the hop bitterness and now, more noticeable, a pungency that's making my mouth pucker; more malt is something I think this brew needs. I'm finding this IPA just too bitter for my liking. I'll say that the mouthfeel and carbo is up to snuff. I just wish there was more malt influence. Still, I'm glad I got to try this puppy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 20:01:55 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a stamp of 121109. Pours a clear, golden color with a fairly dense, off-white foam. Average retention but leaves some nice sheets of lace on the glass. Lighter color than most IPAs, but pretty decent looking overall.

Nose delightfully plays off of grapefruit, pine and mangoes. Hops are fresh and clean smelling. There is some honey drizzled malt to balance things out, but it smells like the hops will be able to shine unimpeded by a heavy malt bill.

Not a very big beer, in fact, it does not even seem to be the 6% it claims...but it drinks very fine and damn near chuggable. This is one of my favorite beers I have had so far from Full Sail. I really like the light body and juicy hops. The malts are light, sweet and slightly toasty while the hops have a pleasant split between flavoring and bittering, neither overly aggressive. This one straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Very sessionable with enough punch to not become boring too quickly, I could drink a couple of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:55:40 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DrDemento456


3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright amber orange tint. Head is a 1/4 inch but seems to stick around for a bit with decent lacing. Bubbles feeding the carbonation.
S+T - Smell is to be desired with some moderate gram cracker, bread, and piney hops but taste is way better than expected. Very balanced citrus hop bitterness, some bready gram cracker crust, and a finish with some piney hops that cling to the palate. Not blown away but I am impressed.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, hides the 60 IBU's well.

Overall I would drink this again. In a way it reminds me of 60 minute IPA with less carbonation in a way helping drink ability. I would buy it again if I found it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:06:42 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


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

Fruity nose...some citrus like oranges rather than grapefuit...also some apple and pear smell...pours a hazy golden with litle lace...medium body...not tremendously hopped up but they are noticable..some cidery(apple/pear) notes in the taste...I expected more citrus hop notes from this West Coast IPA but overall this is pretty good...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 19:39:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of flagmantho


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a wisp of haze and a two-finger ivory head which leaves a nice lace as I drink. Head retention is stellar -- more than half the head remains when I've consumed half the beer.

Smell: a little malt with a nice dose of hops; mostly floral in character with a touch of earthiness thrown in. I like it.

Taste: not a bad little IPA. A pretty good malt backbone; a little sweet though a little grainy. Hops are mostly floral in character and the brewers were not as heavy-handed with the hops as is typically the case in Northwest IPAs, however, this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty standard; not bad.

Drinkability: pretty good -- a decent IPA which I bet would go quite well with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:10:10 | More by flagmantho
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle picked up at Trader Joes. Has the newer but still generic Full Sail Label. This one is yellow, orange with dark blue and the “IPA” in green text. Listed as 6.0% By Vol. Braille like punching has Enjoy By: 070606.

Appearance: Easy single pour of the 12 ounce into my 20 ounce Mug produces a large off-white head that leaves a lasting set of lace rings as I work my way down the drink. Golden-amber body with a very clean filtered presentation. A handful of lazy streamers punctuate the torso. Looks pretty good at first but the head dies down before the end of the drink and lessens the overall mark.

Nose: Light toasted malts, floral twists with a background orange peel. Very earthy, almost musty such as that experienced from old faded hops. Finishes with a gentle herbal quality but the musty nature tends to be off-putting.

Taste: Citric entrance, lemon soaked malts with…..wait a minute, here comes that earthy musty faded hop aspect. Now it’s starting to really annoy me. It tastes old, like a faded English IPA, where are the fresh hops!? Bitterness breaks through the faded hop character but its low end stuff.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation does lend a helping hand but it cannot rescue this IPA from certain blandness.

Drinkability: I picked up a Six-Pack of the IPA at Trader Joe’s on the strength of the lovely Pale Ale. I soooo wish I hadn’t.

Overall: I enjoy the odd Full Sail Amber Ale, and I dearly love the Pale Ale, so I’m very disappointed with the IPA, I expected so much more. I am at a loss to think as to why I should even buy this because the IPA doesn’t seem to sufficiently differentiate itself enough from the excellent Pale Ale. Under-hopped with a dank musty feel, and sloppy malts. Tastes like something Greene King. Urghh!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 02:22:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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 nickfl


3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:16:56 | More by nickfl
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:59:33 | More by chinchill
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as slightly thin feeling. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also taste notes of pine and grapefruit. The beer finishes with a mild lingering hop/pine aftertaste.

Drink - An above average IPA but there are lots of other beers within this category that I'd rather be drinking. Still happy I gave it a try though.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 17:55:55 | More by spinrsx
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small head. Aroma of wheaty/bready malt and cracker notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity, with some cracker notes. Hops don't really make much of a presence. This is almost ESB-like. Still, it's quite enjoyable.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:34:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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 alexgash


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, light copper-highlighted body with a sticky, guazey off white head. Juicy citrus hop aromas make up the nose, with some biscuity and toffeish malts riding sidecar. More pale ale-ish than IPA so far. Serious citrus grapefruit hops all over the palate. Reminds me of biting into a fresh grapefruit! Sourish, tangy, and quite acidic. Toffee and light fruit malt sweetness come through near the finish which remains overwhelmingly citrus hop bitter. Moderate body with a needle-like sparkly feel. Very refreshing and a classic NW grapefruit hop juice pale ale. I think I prefer more hop complexity and stronger malt balance in AIPAs. Not bad though, and nice label.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 04:19:43 | More by alexgash
Photo of Brent


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

Falls into the "solid but unimpressive" category, which, for a session beer, is not always a bad thing. Poured a mid-tan with moderate head. Some mildly sweet grain notes in the initial aroma. Hops are adequate but restrained up front, with a mellow mid-body. Some vague caramel malt flavors at the end. As the beer warmed, it developed a bit of creamyness in the mouthfeel. Struck me as more on the hoppy end of the scale pale ale than a true AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 14:40:57 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04/19/06- Purchased at an airport store in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with and best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-orange body. Full thick white head, which fades about halfway through. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Large presense of floral and lemon rind hops. A nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Hmmm, makes me think of an English IPA or even an ESB rather than an IPA. Very bitter and somewhat stale tasting hops. Not skunky or anything, just stale. Malt seems ok, but the hops have an off taste.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the IPA for me. Maybe a decent English one though. I'll pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 20:57:58 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had this one. Previous review was on tap a while ago. Since then I've drank my share of IPAs and DIPAs and beer in general. What I like about this one is it's not over the top, hop loaded. A nice light copper color and moderate head that can be summoned with a quick swirl. A touch light on the aroma, some pine and resin, a bit floral and very light caramel. A good taste of pine, resin and orange zest, pine is light though. Good bite to it, and is mellowed a tad at the end with a slight rush of malt and caramel.
This is a good IPA. 6.99 a sixer, I'm sticking with this one as my "it's always in the fridge" beer, and am happy with it.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:03:32 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Brenden


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, clear golden yellow verging on something a bit deeper and darker. At first it looks like the white head that develops from the pour is forming loosely, but it comes together and is actually pretty rocky. It dissipates to a thick foam that leaves good, sticky lacing in patches.
The aroma is a little light but comes out as it warms. I do get a variety of hops, seemingly more English. It's much more the earthy and herbal hops notes I'm getting than anything else, and little to no citrus. Malts add some balance and there's a bit of soapiness.
This really has an English character to it, as that earthiness and herbal flavor really comes out front. Biscuity malts (buttered biscuits, anyone?) balance a little and the hops follow through to the finish, which is dry and leafy. There is a little whisper of something chalky underlying. This really is very nice as it warms up, as a touch of citrus does come out and it loses something of a rind-like bite. Theonly problem is a seaweed-like flavor comes out a little that isn't good.
The mouthfeel combines a bit of crispness and smoothness working together in harmony. Carbonation is light but ample and the body is medium.
This is a nice beer and I'm glad to support an employee-owned brewery when the product is good. It's curious that I could find a beer from Oregon in NY that I can't find in OH.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 17:12:09 | More by Brenden
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with an orangish hue; quarter inch of head with decent retention. Bready, biscuity notes and citrusy, grassy hops aromas in the nose. Taste is malty up front; strong bread like notes. The hop character is mild for the style; citrusy and grassy hops which come mostly in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp.

This one drinks more like a pale ale to me. The hop profile is not intense or bold and the malt content is good but dominates the flavor profile. A good beer, just not a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:10:40 | More by tdm168
Photo of ArrogantB


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

God damned bottle cap tore as I was removing it and cut me, thank God for tetanus shots! That’s what I get for not twisting it off. Golden yellow in color with a fluffy off-white head gleaming like new snow, seriously it looked sparkling and left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is bready, the taste is juicy and quite balanced. There are some floral hops up front and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good stuff and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 15:17:54 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 030911-15:09-FL. Sampled on January 16, 2011. The pour is orange-amber with good clarity for an IPA. It rises to a thin, fizzy, beige head that slowly settles and goes away. The aroma is hopped but there are bits of bready malts on the side. The body has a slick, creaminess to it. The taste ends hopped and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 18:14:31 | More by puboflyons
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, golden color with a good sized white head that left some lacing.

S - initially it has a hoppy aroma, after sitting a bit it's more of a earthy, malt aroma.

T - balance leans towards the malt flavor but there is decent hop bittness as well.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it was ok, but I would purchase/consume several other IPA's before searching out this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:57:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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