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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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1,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 96 | 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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2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too expensive for what it is, but if it were more reasonable prices (i.e., less than 9 bucks a sixer) I'd get it every once in a while.

Pours a golden yellow with a big white foam head. Smells of pine, with maybe a hint of grapefruit/citrus. Taste is straight bitter, a hint of malt. Actually, not too bad, though mouthfeel is a bit thin. Just too expensive.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was part of my Florida haul.

Pours crystal clear pale copper with a frothy ivory head. Smells of grassy hops and fresh mown grass.

The mouth is full of quite biting bitter hops, herbal, piney and a bit harsh. Not much malt to back it up and the body feels a bit thin as a result. Long herbal bitterness with a clean finish.

This is just OK, it could be a little better with a boost to the malt profile.

Photo of lawman834
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the bottle from World Market. Stamp on the bottle said 052808. I don't know if that's a mfr date or a best by date.

A-Looks spot on for an IPA. Light copper, slightly cloudy. Thin head, but some decent lacing.

S-Decent malt smell. A little bit of an off putting sour smell. Not much going on.

T-I have only had 3 IPA's(Stone, Sierra Nevada and Broken Halo) but this one is the least impressive by far. It is suprisingly weak and boring. A little sweet and malty up front, but it finishes watery with a generally unpleasant bitter/sour taste that is in place of what should be hop bite.

Overall, not at all impressive, not horrible, but I would choosse many, many others over this one.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, golden color with a good sized white head that left some lacing.

S - initially it has a hoppy aroma, after sitting a bit it's more of a earthy, malt aroma.

T - balance leans towards the malt flavor but there is decent hop bittness as well.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - it was ok, but I would purchase/consume several other IPA's before searching out this one again.

Photo of Squelch
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with a billowy off white head.

Smell: I swear it smells like beef stew. Not good

Taste: Clean, mineraly, moderate hop flavor. Needs more hops and more maltiness. Too clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability: Nice transition IPA for an ale/lager drinker.

Photo of rsawyer
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of 12oz bottles from a small store on my way home, looking for a slightly hoppy pick-me-up after a day of work. The beer poured a golden color with very good clarity. Light carbonation, almost no head. Lacy residue is left throughout the glass as I drink.

The beer smells of malt and bitters. I may have become a bit of a hop-head now though, and I must admit that I am not getting the florally, bitter smell that I have come to love in my westcoast hop bombs.

The taste is solid- right on target for an IPA. That being said- it feels like there is something missing- the hops to malt profile is perfectly balanced, but like I said, I am becoming a big fan of hop-bombs, and I think I am slowly becoming numb to the more balanced brews. Perhaps I should come back to this one later and see if taking a break from hops helps me appreciate it more.

Mouthfeel is fine. Light carbonation, nice smoothe.

Drinkability- this is an easy beer to through on ice when I have new advocates visiting. I feel like this could be a nice gate-way IPA to use while introducing others to the style.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice thick head about a finger and a half and was very fluffy; it has some very active carbonation and an orange/copper hue to it. The head sticks around for a while and continues to cover the entire top of the IPA, and there is a little bit of lacing as well. There are some strong hoppy aromas coming through along with some mild citrus smells like oranges and grapefruits. It is really smooth with hints of bitterness on the side of your tongue and a slight sweetness on the tip of your tongue; there is a hoppy aftertaste mixed in with a little bit of bitterness; it has a medium body that coats your mouth well.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: i feel like full sail beers are gorgeous; amber body with a lot of carbonated movement; fluffy tight bubbled white head with copious laceage

s: light grassy and citrus hops; caramel malts; some sweet apples

t: bitter citrus hops first followed by malty warmth and some grainy dryness; quite a good balance of hops w/ the slightest bite

m: a little overcarbed and maybe a little bit thin

d: a decent IPA but a little bit underflavored in my opinion

Photo of JayDub
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Light copper in color, crystal clear. A decent off-white head of about 1 finger from an aggressive pour, settles to a thin sheet. Nice white lace to the bottom.

S - Nicely balanced hop and malt sweetness in the nose. Some estery fruit notes, maybe pear or apricot.

T - Balance of hoppieness and malts continues in the taste. The hop spice hits first, then bolstered by a bready malt sweetness, then back to a significant hop bitterness in the end.

M - A lively, medium-light body that goes down with ease. A dry and bitter finish, actually, bitter after taste lingers a bit long. Medium level of carbonation keeps the levity.

D - This is an easy drinking IPA, not that most IPA's arent, but this one seems light for the style. Not the best of IPAs, but it's a solid brew that I wouldn't mind mixing in on occasion.

Photo of TheLiterati
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little afraid to review this beer, mostly because I am running out of adjectives to describe the huge number of IPAs on the market. How many times can you say citrusy, piney, bitter, aggressive, etc. without being redundant?

But those are some of the hallmark characteristics of this style - the benchmarks if you will by which the style is measured.

If I were new to the style and liked this particular offering, I would likely score it higher. However, as an avid hophead, I struggled to give it solid "3s," as the label promised something "ridiculously tasty" and really, it's just average.

However, to be fair, when judging just this composition alone, it's a solid average IPA. Nice amber color with a creamy head, mild citrus notes with a bit of yeastiness and spice, all of which translates to the taste, sans the hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is a bit bland - something just short of smooth that a bit more carbonation would help.

Still, I bought it to share at a block party among folks who know my advocacy for good beer, but where the range of beer tastes is unknown. Good for folks who may not have forayed into IPAs much, or for those who find them a bit too harsh. All in all the beer is drinkable.

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a rather clear golden with a moderate soapy head. Retention is somewhat brief but the beer does maintain a surface cap which throws off some spotty lacing.

Smell is slightly floral with a hint of sweet orange, even a bit musky. Not very hoppy for an IPA.

Tastes decent yet nondescript. Limited hop presence yields limited variety. Nothing jumps out from the glass. Some buttery malts in the finish help the feel, along with a well balanced carbonation, getting rather thin after some exposure.

Quite drinkable with no discernible bite given light hops and relatively moderate ABV though a bit thin in feel given what ends up, on average, to be a somewhat light carbonation level.

Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber colored with a frothy white head that rises up a half inch before slowly settling down.

Understated aroma of biscuity malt and citrus hops.

Initial flavor of semi-sweet malt, paired well with iced tea flavored hops, morphing to fine citrus and finishing with a spicy bitter. Hints of lemon accent throughout.

Even mouthfeel, pretty full. High drinkability, tasty without being overpowering, a good session IPA.

Photo of klewis
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/10/08 freshness date

A: Pours a bright golden with a moderate, foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Not much smell, but what there is is something like a combination of vegetal hops and wet dog. Eww...

T: Floral and slightly citric hop character. Well-balanced while providing a bit of hop kick in the end.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation and a crisp texture.

D: The aroma needs some work, but otherwise, this one blends in with a smattering of other decent and drinkable IPA's on the market. It won't be the first one I reach for again, but I'd be happy to drink it again.

Photo of soundbarrier
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good apricot color. Hoppy smell. Very clean tasting with a bit of a bitter aftertaste Floral and fruity with a hint of orange.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. A little lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with nice hoppyness. If you like ales you will not be disappointed.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Typical IPA, but it won't disappoint.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one soundbarrier.

Pours a nice clear apricot with a slightly off-white head, little to no sticking on the walls of my pint glass. Neat old school packaging.

Smell: Very nice and aromatic. Orangey, malts and slight florals.

Taste: Light to medium bodied. Normal viscocity. Mildly bitter throughout. Orange and light pine.

Mouthfeel: Dry and lingering with ample amounts of carbonation.

Nice beer. Decent example of an IPA with no frills.

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.

Photo of mattster
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of cannabanaceae
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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

Photo of GJ40
3.24/5  rDev -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.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.