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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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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 67 | 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 mattcrill
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dry lemon notes up front, bread crusty malt base, clean light citrus aromas. No off aromas. Low fruity esters.

Appearance: Cloudy, effervescent iced tea color. A thin, white sudsy cap with some moderate lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Earthy, resiny hop flavors, good bread crust-like malt base. Finish is citrusy, bitter, clean, and dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, almost spritzy. Medium bodied with no apparent hot alcohol flavors.

Overall impression: A straightforward, easy drinking IPA. I wonder how long this one sat? I get the impression that the aroma and flavor are shadows of it's former self. But I have no way of knowing for sure (no label markings). Seems quite restrained for an IPA but a good ale none the less. Glad to see it made it to Ohio.

mattcrill, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms 1½" of frothy off-white head atop an clear amber colored brew.

Smell is piney hops after a minute, prior to that it has a skunky green bottle aroma, which is odd because it is a brown bottle. Nothing outstanding. Taste is mildly hoppy, nothing major. Slight citrus, but again, rather subdued. Mouth feel is fine and finish is quite short.

Not great, but I'd drink another if it was free.

mattster, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was of a cheap lager.
Smell was malty with little hop scent.
the mouth feel was numbing with a alcohol presence. a little bitter but not worthy of the name IPA.
Drinkability was session like and I would love to drink this in place of a bud keg at some random party, but that is not saying much... sorry but I have seen some good brews from this company and I love the motto of Indy but they could hop this one up a bit.. Come on guys you know what I mean

cannabanaceae, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

Golden color with good clarity and a small head that doesn't last long. Small but not unpleasant aroma with an even mix of hops, malt and yeast. More flavor than I expected from the smell. Citrusy hops, mild bitterness and malt to balance it out. Feels a bit thin in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable beer but nothing special.

GJ40, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light golden amber, with a flurry of carbonation. Head retention is good, some remains for the duration. Smell is average, just sort of dull and grainy, some malt sweetness.

Flavor has a good deal of herbal hops and bitterness in the finish, but the initial flavors are sort of absent. The end definitely has a strong hop element, which is good. Light malt flavors and a brief hint of apple is there too. The bitterness contributes to a balanced feel, and I want to drink another one. Not in the same ballpark as many American IPA's, but enjoyable nonetheless.

emerge077, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with banana peel borders. The lid consists of three fingers of eggshell colored foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. A reasonable amount of soapy lace finds it way to the glass, giving IPA a better than average look in the end.

The aroma is pretty much balanced, which is not a positive in beer of this style. The malt smells moderately butter caramel-like and the Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops are fruity without being especially citrus fruity. In some ways, IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one.

When it comes to assessing flavor, it's probably best to forget the stated style. There's no way in hell this is an IPA. Maybe circa 1998, but not circa 2008. Having said that, the beer is becoming cumulatively more bitter as the ounces pass. The stated 60 IBUs might not be too far off the mark after all.

The malt is lightly toasted, with a buttery nuttiness that seems out of place. That said, the flavor profile is growing on me with each successive sip. As in the nose, the choice of hops says Union Jack rather than Stars and Stripes. Hop flavor is herbal and earthy, possibly even grapefruit zesty, and is incredibly fresh and vibrant.

The mouthfeel seemed a fraction too light initially, but has firmed up with warming and is actually decently creamy now. The carbonation, which was too buzzy at first, is keeping things on the lively side.

Full Sail IPA is different from most Pacific Northwest beer. Even though it wasn't great right out of the hopper, it began to win me over at the midway point and succeeded by the final few ounces. Bottom line: this is a well-crafted, American-brewed, English-style IPA that does enough to deserve your hard-earned money.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid brewery, so I thought I'd try their standard IPA.

Pours a beautiful translucent orangish yellow. Soft, white head nestles atop. The aroma isn't really there for me. You do get some citrusy aromas followed by faint grains. For some reason I get some metallic aromas and even some "kitchen cleanser" scents as well. The taste is much better. Good citrusy flavors followed by a nice bitterness. Not too much though. The malts are there too, but not overpowering. Pretty well balanced overall, but not super exciting. The mouthfeel is what I like in my IPAs, crisp and clean.

Overall, a pretty drinkble IPA. Definitely not the best IPA in the world, but one you don't mind having around for all occasions. I'd like to have this one on tap sometime.

brewdoc75, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Shaw
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've been drinking this beer for months and never reviewed it.

It's a great IPA for a hophead like me.

It smells and tastes like the Pacific Northwest, which is a place very dear to my heart.

Great hoppy aroma: citrus and herbs.

The hoppy aroma carries over to a nicely bitter flavor, this isn't balanced at all, but that's the way I like it. Hop flavors abound, of course, with a nominal amount of malt flavor.

It has a nice, slick body with plenty of heft.

Easy to drink and pretty easy on the wallet. This is the best of the Full Sail beers (Amber, Pale Ale, Session Lager) available in Florida on a regular basis.

This is my current default beer. Highly recommended and one of the best IPAs I've had.

Shaw, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like the bottle cap's instructions: 'torque off' - sounds like a new epithet...

Pours an opaque copper colour, quite cloudy. The off-white head is frothy and chunky, actually quite appetizing looking, and disappears in a matter of minutes. The smell is of oily malts, not much hops in there, which is odd, because the taste right up front is citrus pine hop goodness. As it warmed, however, the hops became more noticeable on the nose. A slight astringency follows in the flavour, accompanied by a weak maltiness. The mouthfeel is thus fairly thin, but finishes with a nice clean dryness. Once I got used to the astringency in the middle of the palate, this went down really smoothly. I only had the one bottle available from the spoils of a trip across the 49th parallel a while back, so I had to think about drinking it carefully. As that wasn't entirely successful, I just have to imagine that this offering could be quite easily and enjoyably sessioned.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a decent size white head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is not as in your face as most IPAs I've had. Subtle citrus.

Taste is not bad. That being said it is a bit unbalance IMO. Too malty and no real hop bite scream APA not IPA. Muted citrus and and sweet cake flavors.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. Easy to down a couple of these, but not really a good representative of the style. Slightly muddled. Worth a try if you want a more mellow version of an IPA.

bluegrassbrew, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer , no freshness data offered on the label. Pours medium to lighter straw like amber. Off white head and leaves plentiful light/fine sheeting and lacing. Resiny hop nose, goes along with a moderate resiny opening note on the palate.Bready malts also make themselves know and add a nice attempt @ balance. Dry finish with a moderate hip bite. Nothing special going on here, just a drinkable, decent, session able, everyday IPA. Worked in a pinch while spending a weekend in a non exciting beer location.

Billolick, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had good luck with Full Sail beers. I hope for the same on this one.
A surprisingly malty character in aroma for style. Nice toast quality to the malt. The decidedly soft hops are of a grassy nature and not particularly complex. I have to score it lower for style.
A rather small clean white head caps a gold amber that's clear. Not a lot of bubble action observed. Some drippy lacing.
Ahhh, there's the hops. Definitely there in the flavor. Bold hop taste that is both flavorful and bitter. No apparent sweetness (which I like in my Am. IPA's). Malt is same as in aroma - toasty. This is really about a bitterness, not excessive, just apparent and primary.
Feel is about right for style. Moderate to thin - although it pushes to watery, and moderate amount of carbonation. Nothing exceptional, and not a problem.
I've really like the subtleties of Full Sail beers, but this one doesn't fit the bill. In the long run a rather ordinary beer with a lot of bitterness.

garymuchow, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT

Pours a crystal clear, golden-blonde body with a nice carbonation level and moderate lacing. The aroma was quite good: resinous, fresh, meaty hop cones along side white grape juice, sweet citrus, mandarin orange & cane sugar.

There wasn't really a whole lot going on up front taste-wise. It was fairly bland with some wheat & pale malts. A bit of hops hit the front of the tongue, but quickly dissipated. The aftertaste brought the hops in a major way, but it wasn't enough to carry the flavor profile to "excellent IPA" status. Body was nicely carbonated & had an excellent bitter finish, but was a bit too strong & lasted too long; very unbalanced with its empty initial taste. Clearly, much better IPA's are out there, but this wasn't necessarily a bad one. It's just one I'd look over next time.

wagenvolks, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear shiny copper color with a white one-finger head that quickly settles to a thin ring of foam that leaves some decent lace.

Sweet and slightly roasty grainy impression, caramalt.

Tastes like it smells. Mostly a light roasted grain impression, bit of yeastiness and a clean herbal hop bittering finish.

Medium-heavy carbonation with a medium body. Decent IPA on the mild side with clean balanced bitterness reminiscent of some high hopped American Pale Ale or "Amber".

BeerZack, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold colored brew with a minimal head. Large and lazy carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Good malt presence. Limited hop aroma.

Taste: Very malty for an IPA. The hop flavors only seem to arrive in the finish and when they do, they are not very intense.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Nice smoothness.

Drinkablity: Very easy to pound down, but it has limited flavor complexity and IPA qualities.

SargeC, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper. Looks thick. Capped with an off white head.

S: Grapefruit hop aroma dominates. Some caramel malt provides balance.

T: A mouthpuckering grapefruit flavor dominates as is typical in a west coast style IPA. Flavor is balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Overall a well constructed taste.

MF: Medium. Mouthfeel borders on cloying. high carbonation is a welcome to balance out thickness.

D, notes: I thought this was a good IPA. It was well balanced throughout. Drinkable for hopheads.

Nipitato, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of djwilson
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy copper, light orange hue with hite head that lingers for several minutes disipating to thin coating that leaves a nice lace along sides of pint glass.

Smell: light citrus, caramel, slight grapefruit.

Taste: caramel, slightly bitter finish with flavor that lingers for severl minutes, almost soapy.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a west coast IPA, overall OK nothing great.

Drinkability: This beer is not a great example of a west coast IPA, maybe the bottle is not fresh or was not stored properly at the store before being pu in the cooler.

djwilson, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of stephens101
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale orange into a pint glass. One-finger off-white head fades slowly leaving a choppy lacing all around the glass. Smells of stark hops with a unique earthy, almost meaty aroma bringing up the end. Weird. Typical citrus and pine qualities float around in the background. I'm wondering if there's something off with my palate, as there is a queer quality to the taste as well that I can't quite describe. Mouth-feel is light. Drinkability is good. I grabbed this one hoping for something a little more hoppy, but what I got was a sub par session beer with some quirkiness going on.

stephens101, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear, golden ale. White head about an inch, drops to a thin cap.

S/T: mild of bite and bitterness. Plenty of pepper, while citrics and pine aren't as present. With the mild taste and characteristics of the flavor, it's definitely more British than American, and definitely not Northwest Pacific in nature.

M: Fine. Thin but not disappointing. Finish is bitter but not damningly so.

D: Easy to drink, a decent IPA, but I cracked it open with chickpea vindaloo, thinking that the citric aromatics would go nicely with spicy Indian, but no go.

BretSikkink, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Biggs in Colerain, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a sunset golden orange with clear visibility. 1 finger of white head forms and falls to a skim rather quickly. Some patchy lacing.

S: Smell more like an English IPA. Dank, wilting flowers and peppery spices without a nice bite.

T/M: Bitterness is at a nice level but this doesn't taste like an American IPA. Hops don't add much fruitiness or pine or anything traditionally American. Malts are sweet and overly bready. Body is a pleasant medium and carbonation is just right.

D: Not bad tasting and would have gotten higher marks if it was listed as an English IPA. Easy to drink, nonetheless.

pwoods, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Full Sail IPA pours a clear dark straw color with a minimal foam head and very little head retention. The aroma is soft and not as hoppy as I am used to. The taste is crisp and clean up front. It reminds me of a lager/ipa mix. On the back end it leaves the hoppiness and a good sized IBU dose. Overall a unique American IPA.

cswhitehorse, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Pillow white head that lasts forever leaving behind nice sheets of lace.... Fairly clear orange brew.

Aroma is slightly subdued citrus and earthy hops with a respectable amount of pale malts poking through.

fairly up front hop flavor.. more citrus a touch of pine and a medicinal bite. less pale malt than the noses with a significant portion of yeasty fruitiness on the finish. Appropriate body for the style and a little bit of creaminess.

Nothing that is earth shattering, but pretty standard none the less. I don't care for the fruitiness in this one... and the medicinal flavor is no standout in my mind. I respect Full Sail, but I almost never buy their 12'er... that said, most of the 22's are outstanding.

JohnGalt1, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best look I have ever seen out of an IPA. Great bronze/copper color with a great white head. Head stays throughout the beer.

Aroma is awesome. Great scents of hops, with a nice citrus tint. I can also smell a little caramel and coffee, which is different than normal IPAs.

Good flavor. Very smeet and flowery in the beginning. Very hoppy at the end.

Mouthfeel is okay. Good carbonation and strong bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability could be rough. Too hoppy to have a great amount of these.

BDIMike, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky-ish tangerine color. Heavy carbonation that dissipatates rather wuickly ninto a thick head that dissolves to a thinner white film. Nose is odd citrus flavors and something else I cannot quite place.

Much different than other Pacific NW IPAs. Not overly hoppy but a nice balance of citurs and pine hops matched up against a solid malt base. Kind of an odd sour dough flavor hangs over it too. Medium body with a nice oliy residual that leaves behind a ctirus aftertaste. Nice, surprising IPA but not an all-time great.

MuddyFeet, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2007
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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