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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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1,261 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of ybnorml
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jkrich
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the review below is from the only good specimen i've had. two further six-packs were both nasty (skunked?) so i gave up on full sail. :(

4 clear orange light amber. Head quickly drops to a ring. Random bits of lace.
4 Earthy hops, crackers
4 very typical ipa flavor in a friendly, toned-down package. As with the apa (which I just polished off) it's very approachable. Touch more bitterness than with the apa, bit more rind. Friendly without being so dumbed down as to offend. Actually has a bit more character at the risk of drinkabilty compared to the apa. But overall close enough to warrant the same scores (given the size of the available increments).
4 Medium body, fine carbonation.
4.5 Like the apa, could drink em all night long! (but the somewhat higher abv and increased character could lead to favoring the apa for sessioning purposes.) Good stuff.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is of flowers, pine, grapefruit, and a bit of bread. Flavor was really spicy, bitter finish. Pretty good IPA, nice and light finish. I like this beer, could drink many.

Photo of doubleipa
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice three quarter inch, creamy, white head. Body was extremely clear, amber. Aroma was underwhelming. A bit of hay, straw, light hoppiness, and pine. Moderate bitterness throughout. Dry texture up front, but with a nice finish. Kind of dissapointed. Not really what I expected from a great West Coast brewer. easy drnking and good long lasting aftertaste.

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger white head. Pretty clear, and the head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells mostly of bready malt, with some floral and citrus hop scents.

Tastes much the same as it smells, but with more bitterness. There's a taste that comes through as it warms that I can't put my finger on. Kind of sweet with a yeast-like flavor. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, but the carbonation is just about right. Kind of flattens out as the beer warms.

Drinkability is good. There's nothing really bad about this beer, just a lot of little things that could be better.

Overall this is a slightly above average IPA. There are a lot of better ones out there, but give this one a shot if you're into IPA's.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a very small white head. Almost no retention and a bit of lacing...but nothing too significant.

S: Clean, lager like malt aroma without any real significant bitterness.

T: Opening is just a touch of sweetness and somewhat bready barley. After this is just a touch of hops, mostly resiny, but not particularly strong.

MF: Extremely fizzy beer, almost to the point of overshadowing the flavor. Very thin and a bit watery.

D: Alcohol seems pretty low, so I guess it has that going for it from a drinkability standpoint. Past that, not particularly impressed with this one...flavor is kinda bland and the feel isn't very good.
Another failed attempt at finding a good sessionable beer. Ah well.

Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Smell is good balance of malt and hops but not very pungent. It tastes of bitter hops and some malts are present, earthy. Mouthfeel is very clean. This is a fairly drinkable beer that doesn't really stand out from a lot of other IPAs.

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist off bottle into a 16 oz. Imperial pint glass. Clear copper color with spirals of tiny bubbles rising to a 1 finger, buttery colored head. Decent lacing through the glass.

S ~ Earthy, piney hops & sweet citrus rind with the slightest whiff of malt. As the brew warmed to room temperature I detected a little wet dog.

T ~ Smooth & crisp with a mildly bitter, citrusy back. Lemon, orange, & grapefruit.
A subtle, malty presence. Not too complicated or deep.

M ~ Clean & refreshing with a nice little carbonation zip & a peppery bite in the finish.

D ~ Probably better than I rated it. I'm still trying to develop an appreciation for this style. Worth a try if you can get it.

4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of the IPA's I've had, I've found this one to be exceptional. Color, head, taste, the Best.
Keep in mind, though, I've only had about 12 different IPA's, so i might be biased.

Being the only person around me that likes the bitterness of IPA's have made beer tastings fun to watch at my place. Most cringe when sampling, but like a good scotch, it's an aquired taste.

Cost in Ohio runs about 8 a six...

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale mat flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with some wonderful bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I'm not a huge fan of the hop selection.

Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber color with a fluffy head that retains nicely. Leaves a heavy lace.

S: Interesting. Grapefruit, fresh cut grass, flowers and a touch of sugar.

T: Heavy lemon bitterness dominates. Grapefruit and pepper creep in behind. Sweet malt tastes of caramel and sugar. An interesting floral note lingers in the background.

M: Medium body is slick and over carbonated.

D: Nice session IPA. Not great, but pretty good.

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.