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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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549 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 549
Hads: 1,362
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 147 | 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: 549 | Hads: 1,362
Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliantly clear amber sunshine. Modest carbonation. A thick and dense off white head about 1/2 in. tall, thats long lasting and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has a fine hop bouquet that smells of floral and fruits. Malts are light and in reserve. Taste is hoppy but not overbearingly so. Moderation is the key here. Malts are light and serve really only to act as a platform for the hops. This beer has medium weight on the palette. Its bitter but seems only around the edges. Its dry and clean, no aftertaste.
I think this is a pefect example of an IPA.
It's good to drink hop bombs. It's good to drink more malt forward English style IPA's. But, it's also good to have middle of the road. This beer is hoppy but not much, malt but not much, bitter and refreshing... it's in there.
This beer was good to the last drop. (838 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves very nice lacing. Has a nice sweet aroma with some citrus smell. Tastes very nice, with a good compliment of hops and , very balanced, however, with enough hops to have a little bite. It has a great mouthfeel and amount of carbonation. Definitely one I could drink all night. A great beer overall. (427 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. No lacing and no head.
Malt aroma ok...not amazing.
Slight hop aroma...not wowing me at all.
Its ok...I actually don't really like it. Its bland...and malty. Not an IPA in my opinion. Full sail is way better than this. (252 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a light clear amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy white head that had really nice retention which produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a floral hop, a grain malt and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was lightly bitter with a hint of caramel early on, then a nice hoppy bitterness took hold with a nice fruity citrus taste at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time in which the taste of grapefruit and hops took hold of the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice hoppy brew that goes down nice and easy, leaving one with the nice taste of citrus at the end. (767 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no apparent freshness date on the label or bottle. Mostly clear light copper body with a two-finger fluffy white head. Good lacing and retention.

Fairly light aroma of citrus hop notes and a touch of pine resin. More sweet, bready malt aroma than most IPAs I'm used to, but it's not off-putting.

The flavor follows the aroma closely, with a moderate hop punch and a solid malt balance. The citrus flavor leans more towards a grapefruit taste than I would have suspected from the aroma.

Very drinkable IPA. Not over-the-top hoppy but solid and decently balanced. (605 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with an apricot hue and one-inch head that dissipates to a thin film rather quickly; lacing is quite nice

S: Strong bready malt bill followed by a citrus hop aroma: peach, grapefruit, and lemon with a twinge of pine; but all on top of a toasty bready--slightly burnt malt finish

T: Strong hop bitterness up front with some citrus (apricot especially) and lots of grassy, herbal bitter hops and then again lots of bready grains; fairly balanced though the bitterness does override any sweetness from the malts

F: Decent carbonation up front and enough oily viscosity to make me happy

O: An interesting IPA--though not quite the west coast hop explosion I half expected but still a nice IPA (701 characters)

Photo of corcoranjc
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured in stemless wine glass.

appearance: golden straw colored with 1 inch chunky white head from aggressive pour. really nice lacing on whole glass.

smell: very clean...this is not a hop bomb trying to stuff tropical fruits up your nose....good citrus and pine, but not pungent.

taste: balanced nicely. clean hop bitterness that lingers a bit at the end. citrus and piny hops...hops aren't overpowering but there isn't a big malt presences here...just balance.

mouthfeel: full and nice. just fine...

overall: I like this beer. it doesn't satisfy a craving for a huge hop punch in the face (we all need one once and a while), but it is very balanced, drinkable, and is a crazy steal for the price. nice stuff. (731 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation with about a 1 finger head which recedes to a white crytal-like lace.

Lots of tobacco on the nose along with some biscuit like graininess. Unimpressive unfortunately.

Alot of tobacco in the flavors as well. And this bottles only about two weeks old. Crisp and medium in body. Body is solid though, no weak points and it's held together well. Decent hop finish with a very dry cracker like feeling on the back of the tongue. The hops are very earthy rather than your normal flavors and such.

Different but not in a good way, i understand this breweries been around forever but this IPA just isnt that good. Some barnyard and horse blanket flavors are present too.

Crisp and refreshing at least. (758 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light copper color with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Now that I have a new imperial pint glass this IPA will pour up to a four finger head with out pouring over the glass and the retention keeps it at a one finger head. Very impressive! Sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is classic American IPA: Citrus and pine notes are the first notes you will pick up on. But, there is some light toasted and sweet malt behind it. Nothing is over done.

Again, the taste is a very clean dry hop with bitter pine and citrus notes. But, nothing over the top just very clean. The malt does a good job of bringing a balance to this ale.

Clean finish and medium/light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a great example of a classic American IPA. There is a balance of flavor and nothing is over the top. (834 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of nazdrowie23
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is amazing for the price. I love the fact that its a smaller brewforce and employee owned. The color is pretty light for an ipa and the hoppiness is subtle. Honestly, I typically buy it because the price is $6.49 a six pack and that is a steal. (253 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,586 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a perfectly clear amber with a nice white head. The smell upon opening was surprisingly malty, with just a subtle grapefruit scent. This is not a highly hopped IPA - or at least it doesn't smell or taste like one. Malts are quite prominent in the taste. There are some bitter floral and grapefruit notes, but are weak compared to many other top IPAs. It is balanced, but I prefer my IPAs with a stronger hop presence, which is why I'm deducting a bit from the Overall score. (483 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a little less than a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much completely white. It's a pretty standard looking head, somewhat fluffy, not too creamy, a little soapy looking. The lacing looks like it will be nice, but we'll have to see how that goes as I get to the bottom of the glass. Head retention isn't all that great, the head is pretty much gone now, but it has left a very nice amount of foam on top of the body. The body is just a hair away from looking like a lager. It's pretty much just completely yellow, with a little bit of orange in it. Pretty much completely see through too, very light color, and not cloudy at all. The carbonation looks low-medium. Overall...not a very good looking beer, the body is pretty bad any way you slice it. The head wasn't terrible, and we'll see how the lacing goes, but it's still not great in that area either. The smell is...man, as mediocre as the appearance. It smells like a pale ale, and a weak one at that. I get some sour malts, also some decent medium malts. A tiny bit of hops of the nose. I mean....this really smells absolutely nothing like an IPA, there are almost no hops, and the aroma all around is just ridiculously small. I mean there just isn't anything to talk about with this beer, no citrus, no pine, no floral notes. It's so freaking BORING. I mean it's not a bad smelling beer, but it's not like....good, and it's boring as all hell. This beer deserves a 3 for smell, but I'm going to give it a 2.5 because I am so offended that they could even call this an IPA (at least the smell). Well the taste is slightly better. The biggest difference are the hops, this isn't an IPA, it shouldn't be called an IPA, it's almost insulting that they call this an IPA. Still, there are more hops than there were on the smell. I mean...it's almost like it could be an IPA, but then they watered it down like no other, I dunno. It has that IPA taste, but pretty watery, and not enough hop flavor for it to be an IPA. The malts are sour, mostly medium malts, not a huge contributor to the beer, but I guess they are there non the less. The more I drink this beer the better it's tasting actually...I'm officially confused. There isn't really any citrus, pine, or floral notes, maybe a tiny bit of citrus, but that's it. It's not a bad tasting beer now that it's growing on me. I was originally going to give it a 3 for taste, I'm going to give it a 3.5, but it's BARELY making that grade, I mean BARELY. Overall not a bad taste. The mouthfeel isn't too great, really a highly carbonated beer, way too high for the style. On top of that the body is pretty dang thin and a little watery. A 3 is pretty generous. The drinkability isn't bad, it's somewhat low ABV, it's light, and it's tasty enough that it's not hard to drink at all. Overall this isn't a bad beer, and maybe it deserves better than a 3 overall, but it's not going to get it, because the taste just barely got a 3.5, and the mouthfeel and smell were definitely not above a 3. Not a bad beer, but a pretty bad interpretation of an IPA. It has PLENTY of areas that could be improved a whole lot.

The appearance turned out to be not that bad. The lacing followed me pretty far down the glass, almost to the bottom. The body was pretty horrible, and the head wasn't that great at all. A 3.5 is generous, but what the heck, the lacing was nice. (3,392 characters)

Photo of jhchan
2.09/5  rDev -40.6%
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 (387 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date, but coded 022412. The body was bright gold and clear. The white head persisted a while.

The smell was leafy, fresh grains, and clean.

The taste was caramel malt and crisp hops. Coarse, raspy, as spicy. Slightly drying. Well constructed, simple but solid. I will definitely seek this one out again.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had a smoothness that finished a bit coarse. (447 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Kwak glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a bright gold color with a 1/4 inch head that retains well but has very little lacing.

S- Smells a bit funky and has no discernible hop/malt aroma. Searching for a wet cardboard taste if it may be a case of oxidation, but I'm not finding one. A strange-smelling beer indeed.

T- Dry, fruity hops but not overly bitter or flavorful for that matter. Malt is hardly there. Easy to drink but not very fun to drink. Has a unique smell and flavor as I sip but nothing that pushes my buttons.

M- Medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn.

O- I don't know if it's the hops that were used, the lack of malt or if my palate is just used to heavier flavors but I was kind of bored by this one. First Full Sail I've ever had and all I have to say is "Eh." (824 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a JFF is my BFF novelty Pint glass.

A: Poured a nice 1/2 fingered creamy head. Poured a nice amber. The lacing wants to stick, but most of it slides back down.

S: I could smell this beauty while pouring. Smells deliciously hoppy, nice citrus and pine notes. Even with the hoppy presence it still smells sweet, malty backbone is nice.

T: This is a nicely balanced IPA. The malty presence appears first giving this drink a nice sweet taste. A nice light citrus coats the mouth and as it sits I simply want to pick up and take another drink.

M: Nice dry medium body with medium carbonation. That crisp dryness I feel like that is this drinks best qualities.

O: Definitely not the strongest or most defined IPA I've had, but it stays nice and balanced where I like to think that it's a great drink for someone just getting into beers. It feels like an IPA that doesn't hit all the flavors that a great IPA hits for me, but it's still damn good. A great session IPA. (998 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny tan/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head,
excellent lacing engulfs pint glass

S: big clean pine, lemon grass, grapefruit

T: sweet lemon grass, grapefruit, pine,
mild nut, slow smooth bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice brew, I have read/heard many
good things about Full Sail. I will be going
back for more of their brews. I know this
is technically above session level, but I could
make this all day beer.

VERY TASTY, WORTH TRYING! (465 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had two bottles of this beer again recently and was struck by how much I really like its taste. Warning: you are not going to like this beer very much if you do not like bitterness and hops. I like those characteristics in a beer, which is why I truly enjoy the taste.

There is not much memorable about its appearance or smell. It is a dark copper color and has a very light odor -- at least to my nose. It is not highly carbonated and thus had a reasonable head.

You drink this beer for the powerful taste. (511 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Neck stamped 093011. 12oz bottle poured into Harpoon IPA glass. Was a twist-off but had to pry it because some overflow beer residue essentially glued the cap on.

Appearance - Big fluffy offwhite head with good retention and not much lacing. Slightly hazy gold-amber body.

Smell - Sweet. Mild to moderate hoppiness. A bit of orange underneath. Very inoffensive and promises to be refreshing in the taste.

Taste - Mild lime peel hoppiness up front. Some mild sweetness in the middle. Bitterness in the finish, lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly syrupy. Prickly.

Overall Drinkability - Not very balanced. The bitterness is a bit off-putting and becomes more tiresome after every sip. (703 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with a thick white head. Looks good.

S: Aromas of cream, caramel, and citrus are present on the nose. Unlike many American IPAs, the smell of this beer is not overpowering. Actually, it's rather subtle for the style.

T: Starts floral and hoppy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin orange underscored by cream, vanilla bean, and biscuits. The finish is dry and tart with an interplay of biscuit and citrus notes.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and rather dry. It's very drinkable, I'll give it that.

O: This is not a bad IPA, but it really doesn't impress me that much either. I can take it or leave it. There are better out there. (660 characters)

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.