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

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1,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 19
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
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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!

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a clear golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Well blended combination of toasty malt and spicy, pine hops.

T - Sweet malt and spicy hops. Notes of pepper and basil. Slightly grainy malt and a hint of caramel in the middle. The finish is full of spicy hop flavor and malt sweetness with moderate bitterness balancing.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A nice, drinkable IPA. The hop character is potent, but a bit one-dimensional. The bitterness gets a bit harsh and soapy towards the finish, but there is enough malt to balance it out.

Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive tower of head with great retention. Clear golden color. Citric floral hop nose with a hint of blond tobacco, some fruitiness and graininess in the aroma as well. Smooth with a medium sized creamy body. Hop bitterness is there but more of a puckering pull rather than sharpness. Sweet floral to herbal to citric to mint is where the hop flavor brings the taste buds. Maltiness never jumps out with any sort of aggressive character, more of the foundation with simply complexities in tow. Bready to start then more of a nutty cracker grain flavor in the drying semi-bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit underrated IMO for an American IPA. Its not of the "in your face" kind of IPA but the hoppiness is there to let you know it is an IPA. As for the lighter cleaner side of malt, this is where the American IPA started so it is good to know some breweries have stuck with their old school roots.

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a snifter.

Bright see-thru orange body. Minimal off-white head with a small amount of lacing.

Fresh clean smells. Cut grass, straw, light floral notes, a bit of an earthy undercurrent, light malt, a bit of pine.

Crisp light grain malts with some grassiness. Moderate bitterness- earthiness and pine. The bitterness isn't very powerful, but fits the light malt profile well.

Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Dryish finish with light lingering pine and sweetness.

Overall impression: A bit on the milder side, but solid.

Photo of goatgoat
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy tangerine gold. A finger's worth of white head falls quickly. A few strands of straggly lace.

Aroma is predominately pine and citrus. A little honey in the back.

A good sweetness, plus a decent hop bitter kick... but then it all just goes away. Only a very slight bitterness in the finish.

A little watery at the start of a sip. There's a valiant effort towards body in the middle, but it drops back to watery again.

Overall I'd much rather smell this brew than drink it.

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

A: Under a finger of white head. Brew is clear golden with champagne-like bubbles. Good retention and lacing.
S: Crisp hops, with the crisp reminding me of a good lager. Sweet honey malts on the nose.
T/M: Crisp, light-bodied mouthfeel with sweet malts overpowering. The hops barely hold their own in this brew, and the bitter residue is slight. Honey sweetness all over. I want more flavors...and certainly, more hops. A little watery, but a lot refreshing.
D: This is technically not a session, bit I can imagine myself drinking more than one at a time. Oddly reminiscent of a pilsener in mouthfeel, with the lack of a big hop presence contributing. Okay, but not what I expect from an IPA.

Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours clear amber with a large white head that disappears quickly. Hoppy aromas abound with primarily citric, slightly soapy notes. Biscuity malt character in the background. The taste leans more to slightly toasty malt, but soapy, bitter hops that have little other character are also definitely present. Kind of vegetal aftertaste, strangely. Thin, uninspiring body. Meh.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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.


Photo of Birmingham
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: A pleasant citrus aroma with mild clean malty sweetness. Rather pleasant, though I would like hop aroma to be stronger.

Appearance: Pours bright gold. The head is tall and white. As the head crashes it leaves wonderfully thick lacing on the glass.

Flavor: The bitterness is surprising subtle for 60 IBU beer. My first glass initially had a mild yeasty taste that faded quickly. In the first few tastes the bitterness was in the forefront. As I drank the beer, it became a balanced beer; neither the hops nor the malts over power the other.

Mouth feel: It a medium bodied beer with some carbonation.

Overall Impression: I prefer the hops to be more prominent in an IPA. Though I could smell the citrus, they should be more prominent in the aroma and should the hops (citrus, piney flavors, etc).

Photo of colts9016
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour this beer into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice golden yellow with a slight hue of orange. The is ivory, foamy, and one finger thick. There are a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear but not brilliant. There is a good amount of retention on the beer's head. There is some lacing clinging to the glass.

Nose: A nice rich pine, grapefruit, and floral is the initial aroma. There is a hint of the malt in the background with some sweetness.

Taste: A nice grapefruit pine and some floral ester. There is malt in the beer but it isn't a good back bone.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and astringent. The body of the beer is medium to medium light. The finish is on bitter and some what pleasant. The beer to me is watery and the flavors are a hit and miss . This is good IPA but that is the extent. I would drink it over most IPA's. The nose is better than the flavor.

Photo of bimish
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost like a pilsner - light, straw color, quite bubbly. Thick head sticks around, nice lacing.

S - Floral, crisp, hoppy aroma. Light malt notes.

T - Piney, resiny hop flavor. Light, malty flavor with some citrus notes. Nicely balanced, although flavors are somewhat muted.

M - Fairly light and smooth for an IPA. Highly carbonated.

D - Average IPA. Expect some heavier hop notes and a little more complexity.

Photo of Magpie14
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a marriage of yellow and golden hues with dull features. Head is bleach white and foamy with a good slab of film all around the rim of the glass. A concentrated blob of foam sits on top in the center of the glass. Basic IPA look

S: lemons, grapefruit, and pine are present in dull amounts. Timid citrus smells mostly with buttery biscuit malts

T: strong points are the hops taking a herbal, leaf, tea-like character. Lightly toasted malts are buttery and caramel soaked...malt vibe does not fit the bill very well. It is good none the less but not in harmony with other flavors. After a few gulps, I detect lightly sugared lemons with earthy floral notes. I must admit that the hop flavors have a fresh and somewhat zippy feel

M: starting to rouse my tongue as the sips continue, the body is light to mild and right for an IPA feel. Goes down easy, no doubts about that

D: Overall a kind of timid showing for an IPA, not great but just good. I would reach for other IPA's and keep this as a sturdy second choice at all times

Photo of Oxymoron
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Versus a half mast IPA? Pours a crystal clear light amber color with some coppery hues throughout. A fizzy white head with bigger bubbles. After some time did hide to the edge of the glass but limited lacing overall.

The nose is more on tune with an East Coast IPA. A light balance that just slightly favors the malt. A light sweet caramel malt with some grainy pale malt notes. The hops have a light citrus and earthy aroma. Some minor herbal notes but soft overall. Some noticeable diacetyl but mostly very clean yeast.

The taste is similar. A more balanced malt to hop build to the beer. The malt has a light caramel and more noticeable toffee taste. The diacetyl backs off versus the nose but is still noticeable in the taste. Some lighter nutty and bready notes on the back end. The hops are a bit muddled but a good bitterness comes out and lasts into the finish. The finishing hops are limited though. Some citrus, orange and herbal notes. Again, beyond the butter, good clean yeast notes.

The body is light and almost a bit dry and the carbonation is a bit high but ok. Does help with the hop notes but brings out more of the bitterness. Would have liked more finish hops. Not over the top but brewed cleanly but does need to sit longer in order to help with the butter.

Photo of becktone
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Done horizontally with Snake Dog IPA

From notes 1-19-09

Eye: Color is darker than that of the Flying Dog, this one being more of an actual copper as oppsed to a golden/lighter shade of copper. Head formation left me wanting and retention of the poor head is barely more than a thick blanket covering the beer, here's where this one needs some work. Lacing, however, seems to be pretty nice and thick.

Nose: Floral and green with little citrus or grassy notes, some spiciness...almost a peppery type of spicy hop aroma. Faint notes that this beer was dry hopped, its there in the background, some casdcade...as soon as I open a package of cascade it is much like this. However, this aroma isn't nearly as strong and its in the background. Good malt backbone to support this brew. Sweet maltiness and some caramel support this brew, no hints of graininess at all. Rich malt aroma, not toasty, but perhaps warm. The malt aroma makes me think that Pale was not used as the base, rather munich or vienna...just a thought.

Tongue: Hop bitterness smacks right upfront and floral, grassy and some spicy tones are in there. Malt sweetness is foreground, the balance to the hop flavor and bitterness that soon follows. Bitterness is somewhat long lasting in the aftertaste, as well as the grassiness of this beer. That malt really comes through, however, I'm not all that impressed with this one. Sure its not a hop bomb, but it doesn't need to be. Malty IPAs are great, the best of both worlds, however, this one just doesn't seem to do it for me. If I want something truely balanced, Southampton IPA.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium light in body with very light carbonation. Light carbonation allows the malt flavors to play out to their full extent, kudos on that. This is one that I'd have no trouble buying again, nice brew to sit and drink with, nice to pair food with. However, if I want something along this route I'd much rather Southampton IPA. Its cheaper and it tastes better, however, they do have different taste profiles and this one tends to lean more towards English IPA whearas Southampton is dead in the middle. Feel is great for this beer, very nice. Nice beer overall, give it a shot.

Photo of aforbes10
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle of a sixer from the local Nugget. Pours a nice orange brown with a short white head. Laces strongly. Smells sweet and malty, a hint of peaches from the hops. Flavor is very, very nice. Crisp orange and nectarine hop flavor. Sweet, only mildly bitter (for the style). Some caramel malt on the finish. Medium bodied. Drinks quite well. Nothing amazing, but crisp and tasty and well balanced.

Photo of MiScusi
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

bottle stamped with a 041509 on the neck. Must be a best by date.

A- Golden, very light orange... same color just about as Pliny the Elder. Nice foamy frothy head, great lacing.

S- Trademark full sail smell. Metallic, band-aid like. Its so potent that I might think it's a specific hop smell but it's in every one of their beers.

T- Earthy hop flavor, a little citrus in there. Tastes like a pale ale in terms of hop flavors combining with a grainy malt body.

M- pretty light, which I actually like. Carbonation is fine in texture. Actually really nice feel for a beer.

D- When there are other IPA's available like Blind Pig, Green Flash, Stone IPA, etc, there's really no reason to drink this. It's not a very good IPA, the two main components- taste and aroma are poor, but it's not a drain pour

Photo of Onenote81
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to breity for this brew in a recent trade!

Pours a translucent brownish orange with a massive white foamy head resting comfortably on top. Retention is stellar. Decent globs of lacing on the glass edge.

Smells very yeasty and bready. Some weird vegetable thing going on in there as well. No pine, no real citrus presence. Different.

The hop bitterness is there, but very subdued. This a much more malty IPA than I am used to. I like the citrus hop kick in my beer, but this is pleasant no-less. Bready warm feel to it. Not too thick, not too watery.

This really wasn't what I was expecting, but I wasn't disappointed. Decent brew that I would have again. It's more like an English IPA in my experience, but no big deal.

Photo of latercol
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect from this...

Look cloudy amber not much lace.

smells...malty?!?!?!? Is this an Ipa or have my senseds been ruined by some of the Ipa's that I have been trying lately? Smells good nevertheless. bready, yeasty, and yes there are hops present.

Taste, this is a "balanced IPA" if there ever was one. Maybe more of an english IPA if anything. Tastes good though with its heavy malty taste.

Mouthfeel above average. Noticable carbonation when swirled around the mouth.

This is drinkable, and overall a good beer. Not your typical American (west coast) IPA.

Mouth feel

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was acquired through a beer trade with Colts9016 - thank you much Benjamin!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is a sparkling clear amber gold color with great lacing.

The smell is a lightly hopped and heavily malted. There is a unique fruity aroma that I'm picking up almost like grape skins or strawberries - somewhat unexpected.

The fruit motif remains upon first taste; I can taste grapefruit and lemon along side a heavy helping of hops (cascade?) Beautiful pine in the mouth and reduces to a fine smooth malty contrast.

The mouthfeel is delicate but the carbonation is perfect for the alcohol content. Upons first taste I guess around 6.6 or so and find myself astonished to see only 6.0% alcohol (this is a huge difference - usually I'm pretty good at determining alcohol based on viscosity).

The drinkability is very good. I would love to have several more of these waiting on me, but alas, I do not. If you have extra please BM for an address - I'll pay shipping!

Photo of brewsterz
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of aletales
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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