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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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1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | 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 Hollenbeck2


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

Full Sail is one of my favorite breweries in the Northwest region of Oregon, always makes consistant quality bottled brews.

This is no exception, great IPA

A - not an extremely dark IPA, high amber

S - dark roasted smell

T - excellent taste, very crisp, high in hops but not over the top

M - exceptional, but it does have a slight bitter after taste, that leaves me wanted more and more

very drinkable, will purchase again, even consider a 1/4 barrel.

08-06-2006 03:52:27 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of goschool


2.7/5  rDev -24.4%

The pour is gold approaching amber with a white head that has good retention and leaves more the average lacing. The nose has earthy, herbal hops with a touch of orange. This stuff tastes like Lagunitas IPA would if it was stale and you poured lemon juice in it. There's a British character along with the PNW in this, but musty hops and too much lemon ruin anything tasty or drinkable.

07-29-2006 07:09:50 | More by goschool
Photo of hanco005


4/5  rDev +12%

12 oz bottle, dated 08 10 06 and 10:16, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey amber with an impressive 1 ½ inch bone white marshmallow looking head, fades away in ten minutes or so, thick full lacing is produced

S—spicy, fruity hops, peppery, light citrus fades in and out as well, very fragrant

T—not as bold a the smell led me to believe, mostly floral in the taste, pretty mild overall

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

T—Not as hoppy as some other IPAs, but still very good. A good session beer, but a little higher ABV than I like in a session.

07-24-2006 21:38:07 | More by hanco005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

This beer poured a bright golden amber with some brown highlights. The head was just a frothy film of off white.

Smelled of pasty wheat, flour and rye with a sweet fruity pine.

It tasted like there was a base of sweet and sour apple juice and a little peach with a nice dry pine on top. In the finish, there was a little more peach and a bit of popcorn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a tingly dry carbonation.

This was a very aggressive hoppy beer, but not in an offensive manner and it was easy to drink.

07-14-2006 18:14:39 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of jamesdergen


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice foamy off-white head.

S: Very faint, can't pick much up here. Some grassy hops and something else in the background that I can't quite put my finger on...

T: Nicely hopped, not too sticky or resiny making this a very drinkable IPA. Flowery, grassy hops with a crystal malt background that balanced nicely.

M&D: Light-bodied and easy drinking!

I've had other Full Sail brews but never seen this one until today, so I had to try it. It's a nice effort and something I might pick up a sixer of if I am feeling too poor for some Two Hearted ;)

07-09-2006 00:57:21 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of RJLarse


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

I picked up a couple of bottles of Full Sail IPA at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. A thick foamy white head forms, and is fairly resilient. The head laces the glass nicely, and doesn’t disappear until near the end.

The smell is typical of an IPA, evergreen scents and citrus fruit fragrances, mostly lemon and grapefruit. A bit of a new carpet smell as well, which is interesting.

The taste is also typical of the style. Citrus flavors and a hop presence abound, but there is also a distinct malt base in the taste as well. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, and it’s a good tasting beer. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is very crisp, clean and refreshing. The beer is well carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer and a good example of the style. I would certainly have Full Sail IPA again, and probably will.

07-08-2006 23:46:18 | More by RJLarse
Photo of guitarmage


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dull amber with a slight chill and almost a yellow tint. Head is reluctant to form but there's a nice lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt and nice grassy hops. A little bit toasty.

Taste: Biscuity malt quickly overtaken by a good blast of grassy hops. Balanced flavor and refreshing. Very green tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, clean, not sticky, medium carbonation. Very Full Sail.

Drinkability: A tasty well built IPA. Full Sail brews seem to be lacking mouthfeel in my personal opinion, but this is nice because it's refreshing and not overwhelmingly rich for an IPA. Not a huge hoppy beer.

06-10-2006 08:14:29 | More by guitarmage
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

Clear, pale amber hue, bone white head, smallish but staying.

Aroma: soft, and slightly hoppy, mostly soapy. Minor citrus, but any hoppy kick is muted, at best.

Tasting it: nice hop attack on the palate, dry and brittle in the mouthfeel, before slowly fading back. Returns with each sip. Medium bodied, lingering hoppy finish.

Gets juicier and brighter toward the end. Enjoyable texture. Nice taste. Feels dry-hopped, and I imagined if it weren't, it wouldn't be quite so enjoyable. Not bad, though, not bad at all.

05-23-2006 06:11:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of IntriqKen


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

I need to re-evaluate this beer after tasting probably hundreds of IPA's
Poured a pretty golden orange with a nice one finger craggy head that melty to glass-sticking lacing.
Aroma slightly of pale malts with an orange hop scent...clean and bright but not necessarily a fresh hop scent.
Taste is only slightly sweet for a brief instant then definately hops...first orange, then a citrus bitterness. Not quite grapefruit...but nicely bitter and very clean. Hops are not overpowering but nicely sweet and bitter at the same time.
Mouthfeel has nice carbonation.
Aftertaste is actually clean and nicely drying.
Originally I described this as a brew with slightly stale or extract tasting ingredients. With a more mature palette (I would like to think) I find this a very qua-fable IPA...not overpowering and not too over the top West Coast. A nice balance has been achieved between the malts and the hops to make a very drinkable IPA.

05-19-2006 02:32:51 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%

Once again, I have come across another excellent PNW India Pale Ale. Nice burnt orange colour, with a well blended hoppy, malt smell with almost a woody, smoked overtone.

Citrus, woody taste with a nice malt hint to it and a strong hop flavour. Sweet, but this is controlled by the hops. A little heavy on the hops, and this perhaps contributes to the "overdone" taste, but still quite nice nonetheless.

Good mouth feel. Very drinkable.

05-12-2006 07:54:54 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Skidz


4.13/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours out bright golden yellow and sits a beaming golden amber with a large, soft, creamy head. Fades slowly to good layer of foam and lots of lacings around the glass.

Smells of bright citrusy hops; oranges, grapefruit and lime all come through nicely. Soft caramel tones and subtle hints of spice and nuttiness.

Tastes fruity and well-bittered up front, a torrent of hops lob buckets of bittering orange peel and grapefruit rinds. Sharp grassy notes wave over top the light malty background that provides a crisp, crackery platform. Finish is equally bitter, with lots of continuing fruitiness.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, moderate carbonation and a medium-light body.

Extremely flavorful and completely hop-geared. Not your well-balanced IPA, this one speaks of the NW harvest. Tasty all the way.

05-09-2006 00:17:16 | More by Skidz
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a clear amber with nice head that disappears rather quickly. Malts on the nose with a whisper of hops in the background. Flavors are apple cider with a slight bitterness. Maybe this is watery or maybe its smooth. Couldn’t decide, but this is a session brew. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

04-29-2006 14:31:45 | More by thaichile
Photo of TheSarge


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

This really isn't too bad of an IPA.

It pours quite nicely, with a wet foamy head. It doesn't last too long, but resolves into a thin white lace. Immediately you can smell the rich presence of hops, and it comes through in each sip as well. It has got a kind of grassy/spruce bitterness, and that's what draws me to American style IPAs. I'm enjoying this product as I write, and I recommend it for those who are fans of IPA.


04-28-2006 23:00:35 | More by TheSarge
Photo of GClarkage


3.25/5  rDev -9%

04/19/06- Purchased at an airport store in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with and best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-orange body. Full thick white head, which fades about halfway through. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Large presense of floral and lemon rind hops. A nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Hmmm, makes me think of an English IPA or even an ESB rather than an IPA. Very bitter and somewhat stale tasting hops. Not skunky or anything, just stale. Malt seems ok, but the hops have an off taste.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the IPA for me. Maybe a decent English one though. I'll pass on this.

04-20-2006 20:57:58 | More by GClarkage
Photo of mickeymac


2.42/5  rDev -32.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, it got off to a decent start with a nice golden-orange color and a rather thick head. It has a fairly pronounced hop aroma, but lurking beneath the hops is a somehow bland malt smell. The taste is decent at first, but it quickly becomes a bit off-putting. A musky almost garbage-like taste makes this one hard to finish. To make matters worse, it's on the watery side. After trying a couple from the six pack to ensure they weren't bottles the remainder have sat in the fridge awaiting the visit of a friend or relative who will see it as a nice alternative to the usual Budweiser.

04-19-2006 02:32:34 | More by mickeymac
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.6/5  rDev -27.2%

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle picked up at Trader Joes. Has the newer but still generic Full Sail Label. This one is yellow, orange with dark blue and the “IPA” in green text. Listed as 6.0% By Vol. Braille like punching has Enjoy By: 070606.

Appearance: Easy single pour of the 12 ounce into my 20 ounce Mug produces a large off-white head that leaves a lasting set of lace rings as I work my way down the drink. Golden-amber body with a very clean filtered presentation. A handful of lazy streamers punctuate the torso. Looks pretty good at first but the head dies down before the end of the drink and lessens the overall mark.

Nose: Light toasted malts, floral twists with a background orange peel. Very earthy, almost musty such as that experienced from old faded hops. Finishes with a gentle herbal quality but the musty nature tends to be off-putting.

Taste: Citric entrance, lemon soaked malts with…..wait a minute, here comes that earthy musty faded hop aspect. Now it’s starting to really annoy me. It tastes old, like a faded English IPA, where are the fresh hops!? Bitterness breaks through the faded hop character but its low end stuff.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation does lend a helping hand but it cannot rescue this IPA from certain blandness.

Drinkability: I picked up a Six-Pack of the IPA at Trader Joe’s on the strength of the lovely Pale Ale. I soooo wish I hadn’t.

Overall: I enjoy the odd Full Sail Amber Ale, and I dearly love the Pale Ale, so I’m very disappointed with the IPA, I expected so much more. I am at a loss to think as to why I should even buy this because the IPA doesn’t seem to sufficiently differentiate itself enough from the excellent Pale Ale. Under-hopped with a dank musty feel, and sloppy malts. Tastes like something Greene King. Urghh!!!

04-03-2006 02:22:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Zorro


2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

Pours a clear orange colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is mild malt and a little sweet. Hops are more herbal than citrus here, definitely lacking in citrus and pine aromas. No fruit or spice aromas and lacking in dry hopping characteristics.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning. Mildly fruity the hops continue to be herbal in nature. Remarkably lacking in flavor depth, this is simply herbal and bitter. Nothing much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is unremarkable. Perhaps I expect too much from an AIPA when my everyday IPA is Stone IPA. This could have a great deal more flavor and most IPAs do unremarkable beer.

04-01-2006 02:40:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of alexgash


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Golden, light copper-highlighted body with a sticky, guazey off white head. Juicy citrus hop aromas make up the nose, with some biscuity and toffeish malts riding sidecar. More pale ale-ish than IPA so far. Serious citrus grapefruit hops all over the palate. Reminds me of biting into a fresh grapefruit! Sourish, tangy, and quite acidic. Toffee and light fruit malt sweetness come through near the finish which remains overwhelmingly citrus hop bitter. Moderate body with a needle-like sparkly feel. Very refreshing and a classic NW grapefruit hop juice pale ale. I think I prefer more hop complexity and stronger malt balance in AIPAs. Not bad though, and nice label.

03-27-2006 04:19:43 | More by alexgash
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.28/5  rDev +19.9%

The color is the standard IPA copper. Head is medium-sized, creamy, and off-white. Aroma has strong floral and citrusy smells with an underlying sweetness provided by biscuity and caramel malts. Taste has plenty of hop flavor, and a rather different hop profile. Hop taste is citrussy, yet has a distinct flavor of something else that I can't think of a comparison. Something pungent and oily. Underlying malt is caramel and sweet grain, mildly earthy. Flavors are nicely layered. Bitterness is high and privides a very active mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this IPA and found it to have an interesting take on the style.

03-25-2006 16:54:48 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of cheers2beers


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: This beer pours a golden orange with a one finger white pillowy head.Minimal laceing and a few lone beads floating to the top.

Smell: Pine and grassy notes with a strong citrusy hop aroma.Toasty breads and mildly sweet malt is also detected.

Taste: As assumed, the taste of piney hops galore is the main flavor here.Citrusy oranges and a caramelized pear with a semi-sweet malt backbone makes this beer very quaffable.Has a biscuity finish.Even the alcohol is noted, but isn't the center of attention.Not bad.

Mouthfeel: The liquid is thin to medium bodied with good amount of carbonation.Leaves with a small bubblely finish as well as a thin hop film inside my mouth.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying this one again.Was a good tasteing beer and for the price you can't go wrong.Thumbs up Fullsail!


03-21-2006 22:49:27 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Crosling


2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Draught. Light copper. Gentle, pine & grapefruit hop blend in the aroma but the aroma is very subtle. Meek body and malt profile and the hops arn’t even vibrant or very flavorful, just a bit medicinal and piney. The malt presence must have perished along the way from Oregon to Colorado, which is something I find in so many of Full Sail’s smaller beers.

03-21-2006 03:20:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.5/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: An aggressive pour gives me an inch head of fluffy off white foam on top of a mostly clear pale yellow orange beer. There are only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it still sticks around for a while. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after the head falls some.

Aroma: A whole bunch of citrusy hops are the biggest player in the aroma through the head. There is so much hops that it almost has an acidic component to the aroma. There is a little bit of toastiness and caramel aromatics noticeable as the head falls and the beer starts to warm a bit.

Taste: There is a hint of sweetness that you get in the beginning of the sip, but this gets smacked around by the hops pretty badly. There is a bunch of citrus and some assertive bittering that rake the beer across your palate. The balance is definitely toward the bitter the whole time, and it finishes with a slightly dry bitter edge. There is a little bit of caramel that you get after the finish that has a toasty quality to it that is rather pleasant.

Opinion: Well, this really isn't too bad of a beer. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but I keep drinking them as to keep my palate in check. The balance of this beer is a bit bitter for my taste, but that is what you would expect for this style. Not a bad beer.

02-17-2006 02:39:05 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of theozag


3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours crystal clear without any solids; a white head that fades very fast to a ring sits atop this brew.

Smell is sharp, semi-sweet, semi-bitter, and contains a hint of both caramel and lemon.

Start is slightly sweet but mostly rather subtle. Settles onto the tongue full-bodied, very flavorful, and strongly bitter. In short, tastes just like an IPA should. Finish is rough and leaves a nasty aftertaste.

01-29-2006 22:14:48 | More by theozag
Photo of acrawf6


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured out a average orangish color, maybe a little light. Spongy white one inch head. good thin lacing.

Smells a light floral hop (light for the style). not bad. but kinda smells like a apa.

Tastes good. hoppy. a touch spicey. Floral hops do come out.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, i think. Ok balance though.

Overall a decent beer, but many others better. I should have some later and see how i feel about it.

01-19-2006 01:42:40 | More by acrawf6


3.5/5  rDev -2%

A - 1/4" slightly off-white head. Down to a cap quickly. Nice lace. Bronze/orange beer.

S - Clean citrus hoppiness. Not the usual pine or grapefruit. Maybe...tangerine.

T - Orange peel. Pine. Good bitter finish. No detectable malt.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than I am used to for style.

D - Decent drinkability. Not typical WC IPA. Not near as hoppy or bitter.

01-09-2006 02:48:01 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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