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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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1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | 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 BeerZack

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Clear shiny copper color with a white one-finger head that quickly settles to a thin ring of foam that leaves some decent lace.

Sweet and slightly roasty grainy impression, caramalt.

Tastes like it smells. Mostly a light roasted grain impression, bit of yeastiness and a clean herbal hop bittering finish.

Medium-heavy carbonation with a medium body. Decent IPA on the mild side with clean balanced bitterness reminiscent of some high hopped American Pale Ale or "Amber".

03-06-2008 03:25:42 | More by BeerZack
Photo of SargeC


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Deep gold colored brew with a minimal head. Large and lazy carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Good malt presence. Limited hop aroma.

Taste: Very malty for an IPA. The hop flavors only seem to arrive in the finish and when they do, they are not very intense.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Nice smoothness.

Drinkablity: Very easy to pound down, but it has limited flavor complexity and IPA qualities.

03-01-2008 06:54:44 | More by SargeC
Photo of Nipitato


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Hazy copper. Looks thick. Capped with an off white head.

S: Grapefruit hop aroma dominates. Some caramel malt provides balance.

T: A mouthpuckering grapefruit flavor dominates as is typical in a west coast style IPA. Flavor is balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Overall a well constructed taste.

MF: Medium. Mouthfeel borders on cloying. high carbonation is a welcome to balance out thickness.

D, notes: I thought this was a good IPA. It was well balanced throughout. Drinkable for hopheads.

02-27-2008 22:52:48 | More by Nipitato
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2.45/5  rDev -31.4%

Appearance: hazy copper, light orange hue with hite head that lingers for several minutes disipating to thin coating that leaves a nice lace along sides of pint glass.

Smell: light citrus, caramel, slight grapefruit.

Taste: caramel, slightly bitter finish with flavor that lingers for severl minutes, almost soapy.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a west coast IPA, overall OK nothing great.

Drinkability: This beer is not a great example of a west coast IPA, maybe the bottle is not fresh or was not stored properly at the store before being pu in the cooler.

02-19-2008 01:38:13 | More by djwilson
Photo of stephens101


2.6/5  rDev -27.2%

Pours pale orange into a pint glass. One-finger off-white head fades slowly leaving a choppy lacing all around the glass. Smells of stark hops with a unique earthy, almost meaty aroma bringing up the end. Weird. Typical citrus and pine qualities float around in the background. I'm wondering if there's something off with my palate, as there is a queer quality to the taste as well that I can't quite describe. Mouth-feel is light. Drinkability is good. I grabbed this one hoping for something a little more hoppy, but what I got was a sub par session beer with some quirkiness going on.

02-14-2008 23:11:17 | More by stephens101
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

A: clear, golden ale. White head about an inch, drops to a thin cap.

S/T: mild of bite and bitterness. Plenty of pepper, while citrics and pine aren't as present. With the mild taste and characteristics of the flavor, it's definitely more British than American, and definitely not Northwest Pacific in nature.

M: Fine. Thin but not disappointing. Finish is bitter but not damningly so.

D: Easy to drink, a decent IPA, but I cracked it open with chickpea vindaloo, thinking that the citric aromatics would go nicely with spicy Indian, but no go.

01-26-2008 01:45:03 | More by BretSikkink
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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs in Colerain, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a sunset golden orange with clear visibility. 1 finger of white head forms and falls to a skim rather quickly. Some patchy lacing.

S: Smell more like an English IPA. Dank, wilting flowers and peppery spices without a nice bite.

T/M: Bitterness is at a nice level but this doesn't taste like an American IPA. Hops don't add much fruitiness or pine or anything traditionally American. Malts are sweet and overly bready. Body is a pleasant medium and carbonation is just right.

D: Not bad tasting and would have gotten higher marks if it was listed as an English IPA. Easy to drink, nonetheless.

01-25-2008 21:52:24 | More by pwoods
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

The Full Sail IPA pours a clear dark straw color with a minimal foam head and very little head retention. The aroma is soft and not as hoppy as I am used to. The taste is crisp and clean up front. It reminds me of a lager/ipa mix. On the back end it leaves the hoppiness and a good sized IBU dose. Overall a unique American IPA.

01-17-2008 05:07:37 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

01-10-2008 07:01:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

The best look I have ever seen out of an IPA. Great bronze/copper color with a great white head. Head stays throughout the beer.

Aroma is awesome. Great scents of hops, with a nice citrus tint. I can also smell a little caramel and coffee, which is different than normal IPAs.

Good flavor. Very smeet and flowery in the beginning. Very hoppy at the end.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation and strong bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability could be rough. Too hoppy to have a great amount of these.

12-28-2007 01:03:00 | More by BDIMike
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a murky-ish tangerine color. Heavy carbonation that dissipatates rather wuickly ninto a thick head that dissolves to a thinner white film. Nose is odd citrus flavors and something else I cannot quite place.

Much different than other Pacific NW IPAs. Not overly hoppy but a nice balance of citurs and pine hops matched up against a solid malt base. Kind of an odd sour dough flavor hangs over it too. Medium body with a nice oliy residual that leaves behind a ctirus aftertaste. Nice, surprising IPA but not an all-time great.

12-27-2007 01:57:23 | More by MuddyFeet
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%

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.

12-24-2007 19:36:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse for a dollar and some change

Poured into a Firestone pint glass with a golden straw color with a light orange tint and a 1/3 inch foamy white head that mellowed after a couple minutes, not much retention and very small amounts of lacing

Smell had a few different different kinds of hoppiness, pine and citrus, particularly lemon and grapefruit, no malty accents in the smell

Taste was hoppy at first, mostly the piney hops in the aroma were present, then once it got warm, the citrus started to come out more, tasted a lot of oranges and it had a semi-sweet aftertaste, by the end there was a slightly creamy finish which was odd for a hoppy beer like this, not a great taste but still pretty good among others tasted, nicely balanced IPA overall

Too much carbonation in my opinion, the body was average, and the taste did not last very long

Could drink three or four bottles of this stuff with no problem, light on the stomach and the ABV is relatively low, taste is diverse enought to keep you coming back for more

Full Sail is not the best brewery out there, but their beers are pretty good and are always inexpensive, recommended for the price, average American India Pale Ale that should be available all over the place

12-18-2007 18:49:51 | More by Floydster
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle with a freshness date of 3-1-8

Pour a gold straw color with a large white head that displays solid retention while leaving a wash of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is what you'd expect from a west-coast IPA. Pine and floral notes waft out of the glass. The taste is pleasantly bitter with light floral and malt notes. The mouthfeel is very light and this beer is very easy to drink. This is a great session beer that needs to be consumed fresh in order to truly enjoy.

12-16-2007 05:15:25 | More by jakon
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a clear light copper with a little off white head and thin lacing. Smell is grassy and piney hops with a thin malt note.
Taste is pretty nice, lots of bitter hops, grass, pine, citrus. Mellow malt note that balances nicely. Not too bitter and not too malty.
Low ABV make this a decent session beer.

12-10-2007 00:25:20 | More by kirok1999
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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

A: 1/2" white head with decent retention & leaving nice lacing. Clear light-amber body.

S: A quick whiff of citric hops right off the pour, but then not much at all after that. A very feint (but pleasant) floral & citric hop aroma, but very weak.

T: Good bitterness - somewhat tangy citric hops with just enough sweetness to make it reasonably balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Tasty, hoppy finish.

D: Very drinkable. Not an elite IPA, but not a bad option at all.

12-08-2007 07:07:19 | More by OKCNittany
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Full Sail- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Golden orange with a frothy white head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Bitter grapefruit and orange rind. Aroma is faint though.
T- Immediate bitter grapefruit and orange rind with a sweet buttery malt.
M- Bitter up front with a sweet creamy/ buttery finish.

Overall- A good pre-gaming beer. A few of these will prime you for something bigger.

12-07-2007 17:12:31 | More by NJpadreFan
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2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Light golden orange—lighter and more honey-colored than most IPAs; completely clear with lots of carbonation bubbles furiously rising; modest half inch head (probably could have poured a taller one) and good lacing left throughout

Very floral, almost perfumey, with just a dash of pine and citrus bitterness; there's a familiarity here, but I don't know my hops well enough to place it; not my favorite hop type for aroma, but it's not unappealing either.

Taste & Mouth Feel
Crisp and DRY! There's a lasting hoppiness long after you've tasted it; light to medium body; weak back end that's fairly flat and watery; the flavor lingers but no weight to it; the bitterness really starts to make itself known after three or four sips; leaves such a dryness in the mouth! would like some malt to chew on and subdue these bitter hops; extremely lemony and so bitter it makes my spit congeal; becomes too bitter mid-way, and that's even while splitting the bottle!

I had yet to taste an IPA that was too bitter for me until this one. It really tastes like someone squeezed half a large lemon into this beer. It really ruined it for me and made it unenjoyable towards the end. It's a pretty one-dimensional beer and could benefit from more malt to balance it and less bittering hops.

12-05-2007 13:53:32 | More by JEdmund
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that dies to a layer with spotty lacing. Smells mild with some grassy hops a some sweet malt. Very earthy hops but very mild, not bitter at all. Nice malty balance. Crisp in the mouth with a very dry finish. Very sessionable, a pleasant and peaceful IPA.

11-22-2007 00:19:02 | More by franksnbeans
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz. bottle. Enjoy by 1/20/08.

Clear gold liquid. Topped by a small, off-white head. Kinda still.

Scents of citrus, pine and earth. Touch of sweet in there, pineapple, I think.

Bitter more than sweet, lemon and pine. Crackery middle. Not much sweet in there, just a touch, perhaps pineapple.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Quite good, highly drinkable. A bit imbalanced towards the hops, no complaints from me in this area.

11-20-2007 17:22:02 | More by
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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

S -

11-14-2007 12:37:57 | More by Slatetank
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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

12 oz. twist off ("That a way" and an arrow) bottle...Good thing it pointed in the direction I should turn it in...

Pours golden with a white head that has good retention. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is piney/citric/lemony/grapefruity with a carmelish/grainy background.

The taste is of plenty of citric/piney hops with a caramelish balance.

Medium-bodied, with something of a dusty/gritty texture.

Overall, a good IPA - hoppy but balance. Not an extreme IPA, but "sessionable", despite the somewhat odd texture.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

11-13-2007 02:27:27 | More by jwc215
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2.45/5  rDev -31.4%

Best by 11-30-07

Pours a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber color.

Almost nothing on the nose. The faintest hops and caramel malts. I get next to nothing on the nose.As the beer warms some cooked vegetable notes come out, smells like cooked corn

The taste is of weak caramel malts with weak hops. This is an IPA? Tastes more like a regular pale ale that is moderately hopped. There is a hop bitterness with a slight caramel malting sweetness, but it's very bleh. Nothing exciting. Very boring beer. Not bad. The malts and hops are there, but they are faint and boring. As the beer warms I get a cooked corn taste in the backround.
More of an english ipa than american.

Decent carbonation on the palate, clings fairly well. I would like it a little less carbonated.

If you want to try a new beer, pick this up, but there are much better IPAs out there.

11-10-2007 09:31:45 | More by jasonjlewis
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4/5  rDev +12%

Clear ice tea color with no bubbles but fair sized frothy head and very good lace. The aroma reminds me of a solid key lime hops of some sort, very edible! The flavor is a nice mellow blend of citrus hops and clean malt. A little nutmeg spice seems evident, very little carbonation but not flat at all, very drinkable. Creamy and mild but flavorful, not much alcohol here so pile 'em on. Sweet and dry blended nicely. Recommended to most anybody, a no brainer for any IPA fan.

2011 Update: A clear yellow amber with a big white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant though slightly mild pine and citrus blend. The taste has a crisp citrus bite with some herbal qualities but very little pine now. It’s medium light bodied with fine but thorough carbonation. It’s got a bit of a rye bread quality, and a slight sweet orange touch. A little dry but plenty drinkable. Not bad, not great.

10-19-2007 01:58:03 | More by Durge
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

had a couple of these over the weekend. this is a tasty IPA. it poured nice and smelled very good. taste was good, not a hoppy as i like but very drinkable. i would recomend this try to anyone. i will also have to look for more from this brewer.

suckem up and movem out!!!


10-08-2007 12:33:58 | More by giblet
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