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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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1,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 73 | 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 brewsterz
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a 6 while in Bozeman Montana on the way up to Big Sky for a bit of skiing. Had never heard about it and was very very surprised. This is an excellent well balanced IPA with a bit of ump to go with it at 6%. It is now one of my top choices of IPA. Not to bitter, not thick or sticky but just right. Now if I can find it here at home.

Highly recommend if you are an IPA lover.

brewsterz, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail IPA
Full Sail Brewing Company / Tasting Room and Pub
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.00 %

Reviewed @ home on 12/20/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.0 Light on color? Toasty straw color, noticeable carbonation, great 2 finger head, retention and collar.
S 3.5 - mild hop aroma for an IPA
T 4.0 hops hit palate quick, malt profile to follow, mellow for an IPA
MF 3.5 Med++ on carbonation, med-thin body with a thin finish
D 4.0 - good drinkability, a mellow IPA, an easier to approach IPA for non Hop Head, I enjoyed it for a mellow IPA

unclejimbay, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy dark-golden beer. Pale off-white head on top, retained pretty well through the drink. A quite attractive brew.

S-Big piney hops with some strong arangey citrus character.

T-Bitter, baby! Thick with hops, resiny and bright, with a hop bitterness that sustains through it all. Bready, nearly sweet maltiness tries to balance out the hops.

M-Medium-high carbonation cuts through this medium, sticky-bodied beer.

D-Good drinkability. I think this is a pretty decent beer. It's well-representative of a solid American IPA.

CHSLBrew, Feb 10, 2009
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 Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber with a thick one finger off white head. Plentiful fine lacings. Aroma is piney hops. Taste is earthy bitter hops with just a touch of malt flavors. After about the halfway mark the bitterness becomes very much a grapefruit rind bitterness. A dry bitter finish and just right carbonation levels. This bottle was very fresh according to the "best by" date. Overall a good one pint beer but not really sessionable due to the relentless bitterness in the last half of the glass.

Spikester, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of aletales
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As this IPA poured I could smell citrus and malt. In the glass it was amber with a thin head. Carbonation was lively, and seemed to overpower the malt and citrus leaving a vacant first impression in the mouth. Hops, though never overpowering took over in the finish.

aletales, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The colour is a golden-copper, and a large white head recedes into something thicker than a film. Lacing is very nice.

The nose is very bready with hints of citrus. The taste is the same with a bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very high--I just keep wanting more.

It's not the best of its style, but for the price it is hard to beat.

CityBoy1986, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle to my Rogue pint glass.

A: very nice copper color with no haze/cloudiness to it only color variation from its density. small white head that's puffy, leaves an interesting lacing, very clumpy and bubbly.

S: smells of strong hops with grapefruit, bread/yeast, and a slight caramel scent.

T: amazing for a $1 IPA! Has a good hop/malt balance with a slightly bitter finish. Very strong citrus flavor with grapefruit being the strongest. There's also a small yeast/bread flavor with hints of caramel as well.

Overall I was very impressed by this IPA, I find it very reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted IPA but half the price at Trader Joe's.
Note: becomes dryer and more bitter at times, more towards the middle but finishes slightly sweeter. Amazing for the price!

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of erikm25
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark crisp gold. Sun bleached copper. The head is one finger and still pretty minimal after an aggressive pour. Nothing particularly special with the appearance and nothing wrong with it either. Solid looking.

S: There is a balance between grains and some grapefruit citrus aromas. Has a bready like quality to the smell. Apricots with a splash of lemon and freshly cut grass.

T: Decent balance between buttery caramel malts and some sharp pine hops tastes. Caught some tastes of honey and a sweet yet bittering finish. Overall, this is on the lighter side of IPA's but still had a very fresh quality. A pinch of pepper makes an appearance at the end.

M: Good medium balance with reasonable carbonation.

D: Picked up a six of this for $6.99. Now that the holidays are over I am trying to go a little more with local PNW beers for support and budget reasons. This one is a very drinkable IPA. My experience with Full Sail has been good quality and consistency. Fuzzy playlist for this one included Grief - Stricken, Pelican - Red Ran Amber, Ufomammut - Oscillator, and Hackman - Monoceros

erikm25, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one a go based on the strength of Ding's review. So, it is here I find myself at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, GA at 1:00 AM sitting four seats down from someone espousing the benefits of caramel apple martinis. I was unaware those were still 'in'.

Some sort of code on the bottle, 032409, presumably a Best Before date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Faintly grainy pale malt nose with a scent of sweaty, sun drenched citrus rinds.

Taste: Pale maltiness, again with some light hints of grain, and a very minimal caramel sweetness. Fruity lemon and grapefruit citrus character precedes a medium bitterness that lasts until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant. A fine drinking India Pale Ale, it's neither overly malty nor is it overpowering in its bitterness.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another wonderful beer from Full Sail. They are consistently good. Maybe not the very best on the entire planet, but consistent quality.

Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear golden honey. This really appeals to me. the IPA's tend to have some haze, so I think it's pretty when this one doesn't. Nice, light aroma, and the flavor is extremely well balanced. It reminds of of everything I love in Session Lager, and everything I love in AV Hop 'Ottin IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as creamy and soft as some IPAs, but it definitely isn't bad. Actually pretty good.

I could drink these forever. Great beer.

Beernoisseur, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit, apricot, cereal, and grass. Tastes fruity up front of apricot, oranges, and a little bit of grapefruit juice and rind. Cereal malts and honey follow then a lightly bitter dry grass finish with a touch of pine. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and pleasantly fruity with a nice bitter finish. Not as potent as most West Coast IPAs, but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Sessionable and something I could see drinking often during the summer to combine both the hop presence I like and some fruits.

HopDerek, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of cvfish
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a light amber color that produced a foamy white head that disappeared and left little lacing around the glass

S - minimal hops and malts, nothing inspiring

T - small amounts of hops and malts hit the tongue, with some bitterness

M - medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation

D - not a great tasting IPA, left a lot to the imagination

cvfish, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay IPA. Clear orange-gold pour with a good head. Claims to be very hoppy, but doesn't follow through. Faint grassy hops on the nose, with some honey and malt. Bitter, grassy hops in the taste, but no real citrus or grapefruit. Its all there, just not that strong. Dry finish.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, the way an IPA should pour. Nothing outstanding, just a nice yellow-amber pour with a little bit of head lining the top.

Smell is a little on the light side with the hops shining through nicely and a little bit of sweetness in there as well. I think I may detect a hint of pine but that may just as well not be there.

Taste is really very average. No frills, just a straight up well hopped IPA. Aftertaste is something akin to a loaf of good bread, but nothing really to write home about.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer. If you're looking for an IPA that you don't have think too much about this is your beer.

Nowhereman529, Nov 26, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber/yellow colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and plenty of nice lace. The aroma starts with a nice grapefruit hop character with a subtle cereal malt note in the background. the taste has more of a floral/herbal hop character than the aroma foresaw. A light sweet malt note slides across the middle of your tongue. A tasty good drinking IPA with just the right amount of hoppiness to make your salivary glands take notice.

ybnorml, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange/amber color with ample haze and sediment. The head was an unimpressive 1 finger in height and recedes rather quickly.

S- The nose is dominated by notes of marmalade, peaches, and some grassy hopiness. This seems to be malt driven.

T- Starts out dry with notes of marmalade and mandrin orange. Shortly after, the grassy hops kick in and is quite dry to the finish. Definite hopiness, but nothing overwhelming.

M- Light-Med carb. Not wild.

D- This was a bit underwhelming. When I want an IPA, I want hops and this just had enough for me to not claim it as a pale. If you want a mostly malty (just barely IPA), this might be for you. I'll stick to others, personally.

Greggy, Nov 19, 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
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third and final six pack purchased in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Poured a clear, orange-gold with a nice one inch white head which slowly dissipated leaving lattice like lacing.

Subdued odor of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

The subdued odor carried over to a subdued flavor profile; slight bitterness with a slight butter taste. The taste improves as the ale warms leaving a citrusy flavor on the tongue. There is a very faint metallic taste that detracts from the other positive flavors.

More light-bodied compared to most IPAs I have tried, but still leaves a very pleasing fruity flavor on the tongue.

Nothing spectacular with this one, but it does have enough complexity to keep it interesting. It goes down easily for 6.0 ABV. A less bold interpretation of an IPA.

jkrich, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, well-rounded IPA.

Deep copper-amber, it has a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin foamy ring but leaves nice lace down the glass.

The aroma is very nice, malty sweet, with yeasty bread, faint caramelly dried fruit, flowery, citruss hops, and a whiff of rosewater.

The taste is much more hoppy than the aroma but smooth and balanced with a firm, malty body for the style, carrying the hops nicely and giving it a little well-rounded, interesting complexity that IPAs sometimes lack to me. Bitterness dominates, but not overly so since the solid, sweet maltiness carries it. The finish is mostly bitter and hoppy, with pine and citrus, but again this rides a light caramelly grain backbone with hint of rosewater.

Offa, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of funkyspunk87
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail IPA
Full Sail Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.00 %

Another surprisingly good offering from Full Sail...after I had their Pale Ale, my expectations were pretty low for the rest of their beers.

The IPA was a good effort however. Goof IPA at a good Price.

funkyspunk87, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber in color with a nice inch of frothy head. Smell is mostly spicy with some more spiced malts and then some bittering hops at the end. The hops in this beer are neither floral or citrusy. Just bittering and bitter. Makes the beer appear to be old, stale and or mistreated. I guess that's the English style IPA. Nothing tastes off or infected. Just very low profile.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 20, 2008
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
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.