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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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1,228 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with an okay head that settles to a thin swirly cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Earthy, slightly soapy hops in the nose as well as a thick graininess. The taste is similar. An earthy hoppiness, but a grainy soapiness that almost makes the beer taste skunked- and this is a fresh sixpack from a brand recently available in state. Some sour graininess on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit spicy and somewhat thick and tannic with a sour grain finish. Eh. Thought I'd give this a try again after not having it since I lived in the Northwest. I always thought it disappointed a bit then, and the same is true now. This brewery makes some good beer, but this isn't my favorite.

Georgiabeer, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangey-copper color with a fluffy white head that went away pretty quickly. Hops aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top on the bottle. Hoppy, but the taste is balanced by the malt, this is an english-style IPA. Pretty smooth and high on the drinkability scale. I would have again.

barleywinefiend, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

LXIXME, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear with vibrant bubbles filling the glass. The color is a light golden hue. While the head is only a half inch thick, it leaves a generous sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, toast, slight hint of alcohol, as well as an odd aroma I have difficulty describing.

T: First, I would prefer more of a hop presence and less malt flavors. Secondly, the malt has a slightly toasted flavor, which is not befitting of a west coast IPA. The flavor consists of fruit and floral notes, but is overshadowed by a weird taste or astringency.

M: I find it difficult to accurately describe the feel of a beer when I find it to have major flaws or shortcomings. The astringency really clouds my judgment. The carbonation level is average and the feel is ok.

D: I don't recommend this beer. There are so many quality IPAs out there, many of which are easily attainable, that I just can't imagine choosing this beer again.

Huhzubendah, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic microbrew brand. I usually don't look for full Sail when I shop, but at 99 cents a bottle at Total Wine, why not? On to the beer:

Hazy pale orange appearance with a head that retains itself well and leaves good lines of lacing on the glass. My nose is greeted with sour grapefruit and musty diacetyl....that hints it will taste like an "old school" IPA. And it does. Caramel, some buttery diacetyl, and a tame slap of grapfruit. Pine-like bitterness takes a ride on the palate towards the end of the sip. A solid beer that can be found cheap, good for the broke beer geek.

DoubleJ, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass. My 4th from Full Sail.

Pale Ale comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. No stickage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

BARFLYB, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Zorro
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is mild malt and a little sweet. Hops are more herbal than citrus here, definitely lacking in citrus and pine aromas. No fruit or spice aromas and lacking in dry hopping characteristics.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning. Mildly fruity the hops continue to be herbal in nature. Remarkably lacking in flavor depth, this is simply herbal and bitter. Nothing much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is unremarkable. Perhaps I expect too much from an AIPA when my everyday IPA is Stone IPA. This could have a great deal more flavor and most IPAs do unremarkable beer.

Zorro, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail : IPA

LOOK: Clear copper orange, white head and leaves some rings of lace on the pint glass.

SMELL: Floral, orange, flowery herb. Just a touch of caramelized malt.

TASTE: Mild bitterness, some earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Faint pine, herb, and bit of juicy grapefruit. Pale malts lend a subtle balancing sweetness. Old school American IPA similar in style to its English brethren.

OVERALL: A simple, easy drinking IPA. Nice to see this in the PA market, and good for the price; $31.00 including tax. Should be a repeat buy.

Stinkypuss, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.


Mebuzzard, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet hoppy, citrusy, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, a nice touch of citrus, some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA, would recommend.

Wasatch, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid simple amber colored body, with a nice foam off white cap for lacing. Lots of good retention for the head, sitting without going anywhere. Some nice slow crawling tiny carbonation rising from the bottom. More of that great clumpy stickiness and lacing

More of that great honey sweetness on the nose, mixing with a citrus like grapefruit hop. Subtle yet easily present and not taking over. Real nice.

Taste is a subtle pine hop bent, mixing a nice bitter that lingers with some toasty malt. Malt presence hides in the background but compliments well. Medium like carbonation that gives some prickly action on the palate but not jarring.

Overall just a solid brew and tasty, perhaps not my favorite but could have any time with much enjoyment. I like what the gang up at Full Sail does, they seem to know what they are doing.

smakawhat, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +12.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

tdm168, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +12.4%

dmorgan310, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

chinchill, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Pillow white head that lasts forever leaving behind nice sheets of lace.... Fairly clear orange brew.

Aroma is slightly subdued citrus and earthy hops with a respectable amount of pale malts poking through.

fairly up front hop flavor.. more citrus a touch of pine and a medicinal bite. less pale malt than the noses with a significant portion of yeasty fruitiness on the finish. Appropriate body for the style and a little bit of creaminess.

Nothing that is earth shattering, but pretty standard none the less. I don't care for the fruitiness in this one... and the medicinal flavor is no standout in my mind. I respect Full Sail, but I almost never buy their 12'er... that said, most of the 22's are outstanding.

JohnGalt1, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hazy amber-orange beer throws a thin white head that is well retained. There is some earthiness and herbalness to the nose of this one. A bit musty and some sweet aromas here and there as well. The taste is pretty citric. Almost get a tinge of Pine Sol. Quite bitter also, but for some reason, this bitterness here does not appeal to me as the bitterness in other IPAs. Maybe there is just not enough malt in this beer to give it sufficient balance. Or maybe it is just that the hop variety used is not one of my favorites. In any case, this is a pretty average IPA.

Bighuge, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

PEIhop, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of whitish foam. Fine bubbles coated the beer and a delicate collar left quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass. Spicy and citrusy hop aroma, plenty of toasted malt too. Bitterness was sturdy and lingered in the finish. Hop flavours floated between herbal, citrus, and floral, spicy in the finish. Malt sweetness provided some balance, but was in the backseat. Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness, decent texture. Pretty good overall, nicely balanced and tasty.

DrJay, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Tone, Nov 16, 2009
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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