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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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1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | 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 shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail's IPA pours a stiff creamy head over a clear golden brew.
The carbonation is very active, and the nose is piney hop and ale
yeast. The flavor is a bit of malt dominated by an herbal hop and a
more grassy/piney hop finish. The mouthfeel is quite dry and light.
I would be inclined to say that while it's not a bad IPA, it's a little
unbalanced- all those hops don't have a very big malt presence
to push up against. By all means try some, but for me this would
be the forth or fifth down on my list if I were picking up an IPA.

shadow1961, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine American IPA. Enjoy by date on the bottel says 09/01/07 so we are good to go. Pours a nice clear golden color with a small head that left almost no lacing. Very nice hop smell to it along with some maltiness. The taste was good. If I had to find fault, I would say it was slightly too bitter but not offensive in any way. A good IPA not a great one but decent.

ttu94, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of GimpyCane
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: poured hazy golden amber with a 1 finger frothy white head that diminished quickly. Left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: light scent of hay with a small hint of pine upfront. Also got a small hint of sweat and grass.

taste: IMO light for a IPA, not hoppy enough for me. Sllightly sweet malt and grain to start with a short lived semi-bitter dry ending.

mouthfeel and drinkability: light body, softly carbonated with an astringent finishing feel more for an unpleasant session.

Overall, I found this brew okay. Not one of there stronger brew such as their Amber Ale and Pale Ale.

GimpyCane, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One of my "introductary" IPA's and not a bad start. Not use to this style so I'm probably not the best reviewer but here's my two cents. Pours golden, clear, with thick head that stuck around for most of the brew. Impressive lace as well, other reviewers were right about that. Very strong, hoppy tatse that is suprisingly smooth. Light on the carbonation but leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Not a bad beer but after my first I'm not aching for another, had my fill with one.

bunnyhustle, May 24, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. Citrus flavored hops come out in the nose along with some malt. The taste is a little short on the malt and does not possess as much balance as I would like, the hops are cetainly not lacking. Overall, I think this is a pretty underrated IPA. It certainly is not the best IPA out there, but it is definately worth a shot.

cjgator3, May 23, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Vancer, May 09, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, May 08, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

goochpunch, May 08, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

jeffjfindley, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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

brentk56, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

hunteraw, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

slyke, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

beeragent, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

rallison, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of smcreator
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

smcreator, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of cbak999
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

cbak999, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Wasatch, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

xymyl, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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

stephendr, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Newglarusguy, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

ccrida, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

theopholis, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

tonistruth, Jan 15, 2007
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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