1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,289 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

ABV 6% IBU 60
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Full Sail IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,289 | Reviews: 542 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of markhobbs1
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK - this beer to me does not represent an IPA class beer. The appearance is average, the smell is non-existent in my opinion if not a little metallic, the taste is acidic / metallic like one would find in a standard mass marketed beer, the mouthfeel is average and I gave the drinkability a 3.0 because in comparison to the mass market generic beers, it is certainly drinkable.

I have purchased this beer twice from TJ's because it is one of three IPA options. I don't think it will be repeated. I love beer with robust character and this one simply does not meet my level of expectation. For some this may be a beer of choice, but for me it is a story closed.

Photo of Risser09
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with steady carbonation rising to the head. A 2.5" off-white head builds and shows great retention. Cakey, craterous head leaves spongy lace on the glass.

Smell: Perfumes of pale malt and grainy wheatena fill the olfactory senses. A lemon bitterness from hop additions is quite subtle.

Taste: A mostly malty IPA is generous with pale malt, earthy-turbidity and smooth feel. Some pine graces the tastebuds as well as a lemon citrus. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, ample bitterness, but mostly sweet malt. Some carbonation with a sweet alcohol finish of pale malt.

Drinkability: Overall, more sweet malt than bitter hops. I would like another crack. Not bad.

Photo of sholland119
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear light copper with a thin off white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-This is an IPA, or at least it says so on the bottle. Could have fooled me. Smells like a pale ale, but not a hoppy one.

T-Some sweet malt and a bit of earthy hops. Not bad for a different style but not much as IPAs go.

M-Medium bodied with some lingering bitterness.

D-Yeah, not a poorly made beer but not an interesting one either.


Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best before 11/14/09) poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an amber color with good clarity. With a firm pour, it failed to produce any real head...just a thin layer of bubbles leaving a small collar around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S - Spicy and earthy hops, a little grassiness but it is subdued. A fair amount of caramel presents itself. Also some herbal and slight medicinal aromas come through too.

T - The taste has the same herbal and medicinal character in the aroma. There is a good crisp hop bitterness. Enough malt to balance things out - sweetness, some caramel, and bready mainly.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Nothing special but nothing wrong.

D - The herbal and medicinal qualities of this beer are somewhat distracting to me. Overall not a bad beer, but these flavors reduce my enjoyment. Think this is a one and done for me.

Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-blond, white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, spice, candied pineapple.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, rind, pine, hint of grainy biscuits, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of velosuds
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a golden amber with a two finger, off-white head with average retention and average lacing.

S-Floral and citrusy hops, but not pronounced enough.

T-Very balanced. Not the typical in your face West Coast style IPA. Hops, are present but don't assault the taste buds. A milder IPA, more like the English style. Taste improves as it warms.

M-Very smooth and balanced. Good carbonation.

D-A good, but not great IPA. More reminiscent of the English vs. American IPA. A very drinkable IPA since not overly bitter and only a 6% ABV. Often available on sale so it can be a good value too.

I would definitely drink this again, although I will probably only buy if on sale.

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.49.

A: Honey amber hue with 1-2 finger off-white sticky head with decent retention and a few strands of lace down the glass.

S: Aromas are very soft and reasonably floral with a bit of pine and pale malts.

T: A let-down with thinnish pale malt sweetness that is barely overtaken by pine and floral hops. This fits more in the English IPA category I think -- but even there, this brew would fit squarely in the middle of the pack.

M: Decent and surpasses the body betrayed in the flavor department. Medium-bodied with slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Aftertaste is floral and low impact.

D: Pretty disappointing overall with undermalted and underhopped flavor for the flavor. Not much to recommend it.

Photo of whoneeds8
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear yellow-orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Smell is missing, what I find is a "macro" beer smell. And that's what I find in the taste. There's a slight IPA taste, but there is just a macro feel to this beer. It just doesn't taste like a micro beer at all.

Photo of DarrellK
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a wide variety of opinion in the reviews but I would err on the high side.

Appearance is typical for the style but with a bigger head (larger style bubbles) and a slightly cloudy appearance.

Nose is flowery to fruity and sustain through the drink

Taste is again typical for an IPA but on the more forceful hop side. Mouth is full and dry.

The finish is dry and hoppy but not so much that it is a turn off.

Strangely some of my less beer educated friends seem to prefer this brew when it comes time for them to stry from the Macro stuff.

Photo of TheFlern
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off this is a very average beer. It may be a craft beer but it definitely has its place between cheap domestic beers and fine craft beers. Unfortunately its too sophisticated to be accessible to anyone outside of the good beer revolution.

Smell: It smells bitter but not in a good way. Malt flavor hits first followed by hop notes.

Taste: Follows the smell especially when it comes to the bitterness of the beer. Once again the bitterness is not a good hoppy bitterness. Perhaps the hops aren't that fresh??? Definitely more malt flavor than most PNW IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Kind of chunky for an IPA

Drinkability: This isn't a beer I can drink a six-pack of.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, orange-tinged golden color with a frothy off-white head that yields some pretty decent lacing as it subsides.

S - Pretty subtle hop aromas hinting at citrus, floral notes, and pine as well as slightly toasty pale malts. Earthy/herbal quality to the aroma as well. A bit subdued on the nose for an IPA.

T - Pale malts come through first, with the hops making themselves apparent in the middle. There are hints of citrus rind, a floral quality, and just a tiny bit of resiny pine. Slightly bitter. Some of the earthy/herbal characteristic from the scent comes through in the flavor as well. Overall, as in the aroma, the hops just seem a bit too subdued for an IPA in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, pretty light carbonation. Slight resinous feel from the hops.

D - All in all, a pretty decent brew with solid drinkability. It falls a bit short as far as hop intensity, but otherwise good. I would probably drink this again as a mellow session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

A: Citrus, grapefruit and earthy hops. Caramel malts come through.

T: Earthy, floral hops and citrus up front. Roasted caramel malts in the foundation. Sharply bitter in the finish. Very balanced for an IPA.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Lightly coating and smooth to a bitterfinish.

D: Very sessionable IPA thats more balanced than most.

Photo of lfrouse
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger head which blossoms before falling at the edges, with a creamy ring around a bubble-pocked center. Clear amber gold color through which I can read my screen. Head settles to a still frothy blanket covering the beer.

The nose is not striking me, a bit of muted orange peel, if even that citrusy. Flavor profile is bimodal and begins bitter, then to a light bready maltiness which wanes before a late hoppy resin leaves a lasting impression. Mouthfeel is relatively thick and creamy for an IPA, but cut nicely by the flavor transition from malt to resin. Overall, a very drinkable ale, though lacking in aroma and bitterness expected of a west coast IPA.

Photo of SaintPeter
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy gold-orange color with sizable off-white creamy head. When poured hard, the bubbles play in the glass like a lava lamp. Looks syrupy thick. Drape of cling on the glass; nice lacing. Mildly carbonated with some streaming bubbles. When swirled, lazy bubbles and head reform. Awesome!

Strong resiny hop aroma, bold, almost like smelling burnt wood. Earthy. I catch some oak barrels in there. The more subtle hoppy aroma emerges when beer warms.

Bold hop taste, resiny and bitter in the mouth, almost too much so. Some malt flavor but it is overshadowed by the bitter hops. Finishes bitter. The malt begin to emerge after half a glass. It was harsh at first but now it has become a beautiful IPA; more balanced.

Syrupy thick mouthfeel, full bodied and really nice for a bold IPA.

It gets better as it is consumed. It seemed harsh at first but as it warmed it mellowed an melded. For the price ($6.99/6pack) an amazing deal. Once of the best deals out there. Why can't more great breweries make quality beer and sell it for a decent price?

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually a solid IPA despite rating.

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops.

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: overall a great beer and a solid IPA

Photo of troutmask96
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Full Sail's Session Lager, but as a total hophead I have to take a pass on this one. This brew actually drinks a lot like Session, but it's way clean for my hop palette. More like an IPA lite, this is a decent choice for sessioning on hot summer nights, but nothing more...

Photo of alfistheman
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light clear yellow-slightly orange color, lighter in color than typical IPA with very little head but a bit of retention. It does some lacing on the way down.

Big pine smell is 90% of the smell for me, maybe some citrus in the background.

Pretty good IPA, pine and citrus flavors with very little malt profile. Every sip I seem to get a few different flavors. At first I only could taste pine, now i'm thinking citrus. The flavors are very well balanced! The bitter puckering is there, but this is NOT an in your face IPA by any means.

Medium-thin mouth feel, I usually prefer my IPAs a bit thicker. The carbination is right on,very light, allowing the hops to present them selves.

Great drink ability! This could easily be a transition beer for people not into IPAs. Get them to drink a sixer of this twice a week and build up their hop palate.

Overall this is a great beer... there are many more in your face IPAs but most do not have the great balance this one has. Great job by Full Sail! Publix has the whole full sail line for $6.99 a sixer, regular price. It's nice to know I can get good beers a few blocks away rather than driving 10 miles round trip to total wine.

Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Full Sail, the brewery, and several of their beers. I was very excited to try their IPA and was quickly disappointed.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden straw. Questions marks began in my head upon seeing as most IPAs I'm fond up are darker.

S - Actually, if I closed my eyes...I would have guessed I was smelling an Amber. Maybe not quite as bready/malty as most good Ambers but certainly less hoppy than a Pale Ale and not even close to the aroma present in most quality IPAs.

T - Tastes like a decent Pale Ale to me. Very very little bitterness and certainly not much in hop flavor. Maybe a tad citrus, but malt flavors are more prevalent.

M - Solid mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too substantial. Has the mouthfeel of a session beer,

D - This isn't a bad beer, just not a good IPA. If you are looking for hops, steer clear of this one. It's certainly plenty drinkable if you're a fan of Pale Ales.

Photo of BeanBone
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body capped by two fingers of off-white head that sticks around a while and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and earthy hops over rich, caramel malt. Very much an English style IPA.

Taste: Up front it's mildly bitter, eathy, herbal, and citrusy hops. Underneath, a lightly toasted caramel malt backbone provides plenty of balance. Perhaps a little too balanced if this were an American IPA, but acceptable for the English style. The aftertaste is toasty and just a little juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Full Sail have brewed up a very sessionable IPA here.

Verdict: A decent English style IPA, but to be honest, generally unexciting. If you've never tried an English style IPA, this would be a good way to see what some of the differences are.

Photo of kdoc8
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours out a golden-orange color with a thin white head. The smell isn't that strong, but there's some citrus hops action going on. The taste is pretty good - refreshing and uncomplicated with a nice hit of fruity hops...mainly orange and something a little bit more tart, like lemon...going on. Goes down very easily and no taste of alcohol to be found. Very refreshing on a warm summer day.

Photo of jkdrummer
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big disappointment right from the get go. A head similar to BMC beers. IPA? Where's the aroma? Head is now gone with minimal lacing. Taste not much to brag about. A little sweet but again, this is more of a pale than an IPA. What has happened to Full Sail? I want my $8 back.

Photo of Docer
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally after so many years.. getting around to trying Full Sails IPA for the first time... I feel ashamed... I did however have their Slipknot Double IPA first... and loved it!

- Great light copper color... clear.. minimal head and bits of lacing.. but tame.

- Very roasty charred malt profile.. much like their Slipknot... and very similar odor as their LTD lager release as well... a spicy zest and bitter hop aroma.. but mild.. the malt seems to win it all over.

- More hops in the flavor.. spicy, bitter.. but not much of a fresh floral or citrus taste. Grainy, malt.. barley.. a true ale.. with great complexity.. but needs something more to compete with a coast full of great IPA's.. but still a very good brew. I could toss this out though and be happy with their LTD released lager.

- Bit chewy and dry.. grainy approach. Decent feel..

- Like all Full Sail brews it is very drinkable... haven't had any beers from a brewery that had so many super-drinkable beers as this one.. from their pale and amber... on up to their Black Gold and Imperial lines..

Photo of slatetupelo
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an tangerine straw color with a thick off white head that remained for a few minutes but quickly disappeared. Stringy lacing is left on the glass.

S - The smell isn't that distinct but I can smell hops and maybe some citrus or piney notes. Nothing to brag about.

T - I get a few citrus notes and maybe some pine but nothing really stands out, it's very underwhelming for an IPA. I like for an IPA to grab me by the balls when it comes to hop bitterness. I would go as far as saying this is a "light IPA". The mouthfeel is ok and the flavors really don't linger long.

D- These are easy to drink, especially to a novice with both the smell and flavor being mild. It's an unspecatular beer but can be easily consumed.

For those of you that enjoy a mild IPA you'll probably enjoy this.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with voluminous head that died quickly and left some lace. Basic citric hop smell w/ mix of floral notes and minor sweet malt. Not as powerful as other IPAs, little sweeter w/ a medium body that goes down smooth and finishes only slightly dry. Citric hops are there w/ a little herbal bitterness but it is also almost evenly balanced w/ some sweet and bread malt. Not my first choice for this style but I'd recommend trying one.

Photo of PintOHops
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears slightly hazy amber with a flimsy, soapy head that dissipates quickly. Has medium-high carbonation and leaves some broken, soapy lacing. Classic appearance and nothing special. Smells of a pungent bouquet of fruity raisin, pineapple, orange peel, and hints of grapefruit. Cinnamon, pine, citrus, floral hops! Some sweet malt undertones as well. Overall pungent goodness!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of fruity grapefruit, over ripened plum, pineapple, orange peel, lots of citrus flavors going on. All balanced with a lingering burnt biscuit, hop bitterness, pretty intense and very enjoyable. Not extreme but very good. Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, fair bite of carbonation on the tongue, and medium bodied. Pretty average feel.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - All in all this is a very good IPA, it's not extreme, overly pungent and intoxicating, but it's of very good quality. Very high quality for such a low price, 6.99$ for a 6pack in CA! I enjoyed all the flavors , and the feel of this beer, and I wouldn't mind having a few on a chilly night, when I'm low on cash. It's decent, and can't be beat on the price, so I say give it a try. Cheers!

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.