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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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BA SCORE
81
good

1,164 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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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Vancer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another damn “unlawful to remove” sticker!! I’m in big trouble! Can’t resist removing it, along with the whole label!

Light amber with a semi-frothy ivory head. Good ivory lacing. Woody citrus in the aroma, and the taste – a semi-strange taste of woody tacos. Strange, but yet, not to damn bad. Now, not something I would make a habit of, but still tasty!

Thanks to Wastach for the brew in a trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 02:05:28 | More by Vancer
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden, crisp, and clear. Decent carbonation. Most impressive head – large, really creamy, and lacey – looks like the surface of Io.

Hops, mmm. Citric and a little floral, has that American hop twang. Very clean and precise. Then there is a light malt - kind of sweet, kind of nutty.

Light-medium bodied, smooth with a little carbonation kick. Light and bitter hop edge – citric and oily. Light malt base – nutty, touch of caramel, and slightly powdery. Surprisingly understated taste for such a headsy, smelly brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 06:11:37 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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goochpunch

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey body with a thin yet frothed head. On the surface of the head are craters. Aroma is sweet toffee malts with the requisite citrus and pine. This is a pretty subdued IPA. Good flavors all around with decent bitterness, but the malts show up more than usual. Refreshing citrus mixes well with the caramel. Some herbal and earth tones come through from the hops, which is a pleasant surprise from a west coast IPA. Liberty Ale has more oomph than this, but I can't deny the tastiness of this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky on the tongue, but the carbonation is nice and mellow while offering a little sting. Good drinker, but when I'm in the mood for an IPA, I won't grab for this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 03:13:07 | More by goochpunch
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden-brown color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops bitterness along with a good background of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of pale hops, which is quickly followed up by fruity citrus and caramelized malt sweetness. However, the sweetness fades very quickly and there isn't as much balance as I would like. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, it's not bad, I could drink a few of these; however there are definitely better alternatives within the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 03:05:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jeffjfindley

California

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange, looks thin. Decent head though. The smell is uninteresting, and consists of nothing more than hops. The taste is similarly one-dimensional... The big malt of a great IPA is totally absent. This is positively anemic. Finishes dry, like champagne. The hop profile seems unconventional for an IPA. It seems like that of a pils with too much saaz thrown in, or boiled too long or something. Cardboard malt & weird hop character. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 07:24:33 | More by jeffjfindley
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves many shards of lacing

Smell: Lightly toasted malt with a rather citric, almost herbacious quality; a touch of unpleasant solvent, too

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate by a lemony citrus flavor; after the swallow, the herbacious elements kick in, ruining the balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; harsh mouthfeel after the swallow

Drinkability: A very poor example of a west coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 00:44:56 | More by brentk56
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hunteraw

China

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fairly light golden/amber in color. Big white head that exhibits good retention and excellent lacing. Color a little lighter than I expect in an IPA, but good otherwise.

Smell: Maltier/grainier nose than I would expect. Earthy hops. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd expect in an IPA.

Taste: Slightly astringent, grapefruity hops - especially in the finish. Before that, much lighter flavor than I'd prefer in an IPA: some herbal hops, but not aggressive enough. Malts are a little sweet at the front of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, but nothing notable.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking, I suppose, but that's about it. There are many better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 20:48:24 | More by hunteraw
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slyke

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail IPA pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap, but laces nicely.

The aroma is of sweet citrusy hops with a hint of malted barley.

The taste is similar to the aroma. This is not an overly hoppy IPA. There is a nice balance to the beer.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp hop bite around the edges.

This is a very quaffable beer with a distinct flavor; but doesn't beat you over the head with hops. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 20:30:51 | More by slyke
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beeragent

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light copper, forming a 1/2 inch head, with light lacing. The aroma is citrus hops. The flavor is smooth citrusy hops, along with with a light malt presence. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is good example of a pale ale, but not neccessarily an IPA. Good hop flavor, along with a decent alcohol content, make this a very sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 03:25:42 | More by beeragent
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rallison

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not a very impressive IPA. More like a semi-hoppy amber ale. Somewhat boring malt profile, without much complexity. Light hoppiness, without much real bitterness. Just not at all that impressive.

Would I buy again? No. Would I drink this if offered? Yes, but it wouldn't be very memorable.

Overall, not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 06:50:24 | More by rallison
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smcreator

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with a hint of red.

S: Interesting smell, but not something I would make a cologne out of.

T: Taste was good, but it is a very bitter beer.

M: The carbonation and the boiled hops makes it a bitter beer.

D: I have a hard time drinking a lot of this beer because of the bitterness. Still much much better than your cheap "college" beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 05:23:40 | More by smcreator
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cbak999

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S - not very powerful - not too hoppy. I was expecting more from Full Sail - with 2 very good IPA options - Wreck the Halls and Wassail.

T - too sweet in my opinion for an IPA - more like an amber ale than an IPA. Lacks the bitterness usually appearent in an American IPA.

This IPA poured into the glass with little head; as a matter of fact, the 1/16" was gone in the first minute. Overall, I was not impressed, and probably will not buy again with other IPA options available.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 12:30:00 | More by cbak999
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Byeast

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a goldenrod amber color , with a small white head , fair amount of lace left.

Smell: Fairly raw hoppy scent with citric and herbal qualities , bit of lemon rind and orange peel, mild malt , and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Hops lead the show with citric focus , more lemon rind and hint at grapefruit , bit of oily hop character , the malt body is there but it is takes a back seat to the hops with just a bit of balancing cracker quality. Finishes mildly dry with a good helping of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , dry finish.

Drinkability: Definatly a drinkably IPA. Has the citric quality but this one seems to lean towards rind and lemon qualities. Refreshing , good buy for the price imo.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 05:36:09 | More by Byeast
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Wasatch

Utah

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet hoppy, citrusy, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, a nice touch of citrus, some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA, would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 02:00:00 | More by Wasatch
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xymyl

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin whitish head and a golden brew.

Aroma is green hops and spices alongside huge floral notes.

Taste is a balanced bitterness. The hops and malt thumbwrestle and the hops win by a small margin.

Body is medium light. Drinkability doesn't really matter. Not bad, but the real highlight is the aroma, not the drink itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 20:50:11 | More by xymyl
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stephendr

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small light tan head - nose of floral hopps , sweat , slight bubblegum , and orange blossoms – taste of hopps , lemon lime citrus , malts , and grapefruit - body is medium , and slightly creamy – aftertaste of bitter , but malty

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 06:15:34 | More by stephendr
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Newglarusguy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

When I first had this, they had the old labels, with a stylized sailboat, sails billowing. The IPA's sail was tiger-striped, a witty reference I assumed to IPA's heritage as an overly-hopped ale to preserve it on the long, hot passage to quench the thirst of the British troops in India. Now it's just a ho-hum yellow label. But do NOT let that fool you; the beer within is still aggressively hopped, spicy, sweet, and bitter. A handsome deep amber in the glass. Do not pass this beer up if you see it in the case. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 02:23:42 | More by Newglarusguy
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ccrida

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mt. Hood Meadows, served in a shaker pint glass, the IPA is a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head. The aroma was very bright floral hops and a bit of earthy must. The taste was fairly robust in the west coast American IPA style, dominated by the pungent grapefruit citrus of amarillo hops, with a firm malt backbone, a bit of tang and a bitter, slightly dry finish. The Full Sail had a creamy, medium body with light carbonation that went down pretty well, nothing super enticing, but a fine example of this regional style, which are best served fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 06:46:22 | More by ccrida
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theopholis

California

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice honey color, just a tad hazy. Has a small white head that dissappears quickly. Some lace, but not much.

Aroma- Nice, clean, malty sweetness. Good mix of floral hops with overtones of pine and citrus

Taste- Nicely hoppy in the fore-taste. Just a nice hint of malt sweetness, pine, and some toasted grains. Not quite as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but very nice melange for an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Slightly light mouthfeel for the style, but it works!!! Good carbonation level. Clings to your mouth well to give you a very nice hoppy after-taste.

Drinkability- Pretty sessionable for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 22:04:30 | More by theopholis
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- honey colored, two finger fluffy white head that will not go away, thin bubbly lace

S- sweet and tangy, citric, pine, hoppy, biscuit

T- starts with mellow sweet honey biscuit malts, then hops take their place, grapefruit and pine, some toasty notes throughout. Flavor is very fine and mellow, not all in your face and palate crushing

M- silky smooth, full light bodied, velvety

D- nice mellow, sessionable IPA, bit balanced for an American but i'm not complaining, highly enjoyable, memorable, and recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 02:06:51 | More by tonistruth
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MVassar

California

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty liquid gold appearance, with a touch of amber. Attractive, somewhat reticent off-white head.

Very light citrus scent, with a hint of pine.

A slight malt flavor, followed by a solid kick of bitter hops. Short, crisp finish. Not much depth of flavor.

Very easy going down, ample but unintrusive carbonation.

Not a beer that provokes a lot of thought, but certainly easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 22:26:13 | More by MVassar
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep gold colour with a thick fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles lend a slightly fizzy texture without being over carbonated. A really fresh and pleasant taste. Floral green taste with a very good balance between the malt and hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 16:16:26 | More by shamus
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leechungsr

California

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable beer.
S: Clean citrus dominates with some floral scents and a hint of malts.
T: Starts moderately malty, then hops take over. Fairly bitter, maybe a little nutty. Not too heavy; enjoyable.
M/D: Nice and clean; light to moderate carbonation goes very well with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 08:08:42 | More by leechungsr
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Tall bubbly head that lasts longer than expected on top of a slighly cloudy amber hue. The head is light colored, and slowly settles to a bubbly cap. Thick lacing that contains spekles from the tiny bubbles in the head.

Strong spicy and piney hops making a grapefruit like smell.

Bitter hops lend a citrus flavor while the medium-thick malts give off a bread like flavor that lingers along with the spicy hops. Low carbonation prevents this beer from having a bite, but the amount of hops gives it a crispness that lasts until the dry finish.

Decent overall beer. Perfect for the hopheads. Try one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 04:50:50 | More by BeerSox
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bennetj17

Arizona

2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fine appearance, with pillowy foam atop a rich copper brew. The aroma is weak, with a light, rain-like hoppiness. Not particularly inviting. The taste is lightly nutty, with some weak hops. The flavor is basically tangy, and instead of a bitter finish it is more of a light sourness that isn't too appealing. The carbonation is decent, but the mouthfeel is quite thin/watery. I probably could finish this glass, but for an IPA it's very boring and more like mass-produced macro garbage...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 03:07:34 | More by bennetj17
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.