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Full Sail IPA - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 87 | 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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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
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.25/5  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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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