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

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1,302 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 20
Gots: 104 | 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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Ratings: 1,302 | Reviews: 544
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!

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
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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