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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Floydster
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse for a dollar and some change

Poured into a Firestone pint glass with a golden straw color with a light orange tint and a 1/3 inch foamy white head that mellowed after a couple minutes, not much retention and very small amounts of lacing

Smell had a few different different kinds of hoppiness, pine and citrus, particularly lemon and grapefruit, no malty accents in the smell

Taste was hoppy at first, mostly the piney hops in the aroma were present, then once it got warm, the citrus started to come out more, tasted a lot of oranges and it had a semi-sweet aftertaste, by the end there was a slightly creamy finish which was odd for a hoppy beer like this, not a great taste but still pretty good among others tasted, nicely balanced IPA overall

Too much carbonation in my opinion, the body was average, and the taste did not last very long

Could drink three or four bottles of this stuff with no problem, light on the stomach and the ABV is relatively low, taste is diverse enought to keep you coming back for more

Full Sail is not the best brewery out there, but their beers are pretty good and are always inexpensive, recommended for the price, average American India Pale Ale that should be available all over the place

Photo of jakon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a freshness date of 3-1-8

Pour a gold straw color with a large white head that displays solid retention while leaving a wash of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is what you'd expect from a west-coast IPA. Pine and floral notes waft out of the glass. The taste is pleasantly bitter with light floral and malt notes. The mouthfeel is very light and this beer is very easy to drink. This is a great session beer that needs to be consumed fresh in order to truly enjoy.

Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with a little off white head and thin lacing. Smell is grassy and piney hops with a thin malt note.
Taste is pretty nice, lots of bitter hops, grass, pine, citrus. Mellow malt note that balances nicely. Not too bitter and not too malty.
Low ABV make this a decent session beer.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head with decent retention & leaving nice lacing. Clear light-amber body.

S: A quick whiff of citric hops right off the pour, but then not much at all after that. A very feint (but pleasant) floral & citric hop aroma, but very weak.

T: Good bitterness - somewhat tangy citric hops with just enough sweetness to make it reasonably balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Tasty, hoppy finish.

D: Very drinkable. Not an elite IPA, but not a bad option at all.

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

Full Sail- IPA

Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.

A- Golden orange with a frothy white head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Bitter grapefruit and orange rind. Aroma is faint though.
T- Immediate bitter grapefruit and orange rind with a sweet buttery malt.
M- Bitter up front with a sweet creamy/ buttery finish.

Overall- A good pre-gaming beer. A few of these will prime you for something bigger.

Photo of JEdmund
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light golden orange—lighter and more honey-colored than most IPAs; completely clear with lots of carbonation bubbles furiously rising; modest half inch head (probably could have poured a taller one) and good lacing left throughout

Very floral, almost perfumey, with just a dash of pine and citrus bitterness; there's a familiarity here, but I don't know my hops well enough to place it; not my favorite hop type for aroma, but it's not unappealing either.

Taste & Mouth Feel
Crisp and DRY! There's a lasting hoppiness long after you've tasted it; light to medium body; weak back end that's fairly flat and watery; the flavor lingers but no weight to it; the bitterness really starts to make itself known after three or four sips; leaves such a dryness in the mouth! would like some malt to chew on and subdue these bitter hops; extremely lemony and so bitter it makes my spit congeal; becomes too bitter mid-way, and that's even while splitting the bottle!

I had yet to taste an IPA that was too bitter for me until this one. It really tastes like someone squeezed half a large lemon into this beer. It really ruined it for me and made it unenjoyable towards the end. It's a pretty one-dimensional beer and could benefit from more malt to balance it and less bittering hops.

Photo of franksnbeans
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that dies to a layer with spotty lacing. Smells mild with some grassy hops a some sweet malt. Very earthy hops but very mild, not bitter at all. Nice malty balance. Crisp in the mouth with a very dry finish. Very sessionable, a pleasant and peaceful IPA.

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Enjoy by 1/20/08.

Clear gold liquid. Topped by a small, off-white head. Kinda still.

Scents of citrus, pine and earth. Touch of sweet in there, pineapple, I think.

Bitter more than sweet, lemon and pine. Crackery middle. Not much sweet in there, just a touch, perhaps pineapple.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Quite good, highly drinkable. A bit imbalanced towards the hops, no complaints from me in this area.

Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mom for bringing this back from the West coast. Decanted cool into a Nonic. I shared this with my Grandma.

A - A light to medium shade of amber w/ 3 fingers of off white foam resulting from a vigorous pour. A dishsoap pattern of lace forms on the pint glass.

S - Slightly citrus and lemon zest w/ a pleasant blend of pine and woody scents. A light malt and gentle odor of alcohol are noted.

M - A medium body w/ a light acidity and full carbonation. A gently sweet and citrus juiced feel.

T - A crisp mildly astringent flavor w/ a malty backbone is the initial taste. The alcoholic esters are apparent in the taste w/ a NW hop flavor. Gentle malt sweetness has a round finish that is semi-dry. A tangy sort of spice and pine that lingers on in the aftertaste.

D - A pleasant but ordinary IPA for me, not much to set it apart, comes across as a little less than subtle, just average drinkability IMO.

S -

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off ("That a way" and an arrow) bottle...Good thing it pointed in the direction I should turn it in...

Pours golden with a white head that has good retention. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is piney/citric/lemony/grapefruity with a carmelish/grainy background.

The taste is of plenty of citric/piney hops with a caramelish balance.

Medium-bodied, with something of a dusty/gritty texture.

Overall, a good IPA - hoppy but balance. Not an extreme IPA, but "sessionable", despite the somewhat odd texture.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11-30-07

Pours a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Clear amber color.

Almost nothing on the nose. The faintest hops and caramel malts. I get next to nothing on the nose.As the beer warms some cooked vegetable notes come out, smells like cooked corn

The taste is of weak caramel malts with weak hops. This is an IPA? Tastes more like a regular pale ale that is moderately hopped. There is a hop bitterness with a slight caramel malting sweetness, but it's very bleh. Nothing exciting. Very boring beer. Not bad. The malts and hops are there, but they are faint and boring. As the beer warms I get a cooked corn taste in the backround.
More of an english ipa than american.

Decent carbonation on the palate, clings fairly well. I would like it a little less carbonated.

If you want to try a new beer, pick this up, but there are much better IPAs out there.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ice tea color with no bubbles but fair sized frothy head and very good lace. The aroma reminds me of a solid key lime hops of some sort, very edible! The flavor is a nice mellow blend of citrus hops and clean malt. A little nutmeg spice seems evident, very little carbonation but not flat at all, very drinkable. Creamy and mild but flavorful, not much alcohol here so pile 'em on. Sweet and dry blended nicely. Recommended to most anybody, a no brainer for any IPA fan.

2011 Update: A clear yellow amber with a big white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant though slightly mild pine and citrus blend. The taste has a crisp citrus bite with some herbal qualities but very little pine now. It’s medium light bodied with fine but thorough carbonation. It’s got a bit of a rye bread quality, and a slight sweet orange touch. A little dry but plenty drinkable. Not bad, not great.

Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had a couple of these over the weekend. this is a tasty IPA. it poured nice and smelled very good. taste was good, not a hoppy as i like but very drinkable. i would recomend this try to anyone. i will also have to look for more from this brewer.

suckem up and movem out!!!


Photo of biking4beer
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slight white, foamy head. The color is a nice golden to slightly copper.

Aroma is pretty simple. Grapefruit, grassy, pine.

Taste starts with a nice level of malty sweetness up front, but is quickly whisked away by a nice grapefruit bitterness and a touch of orange. Pretty simple hop profile, but it's working for me.

Just a moderate level of carbonation and overall, a dry beer.

I had this well before I really started studying beer, and I liked it then. I like it now and I'm sure my palate has changed substantially since my first tasting. If you are a huge hop head, you may not like this one, but I think it stands out as a nice break from the super bitter norm for most American IPAs. The low ABV helps with session possibilities.

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

Over the past twenty years, Full Sail has delivered a number of IPAs to their adoring fans. This eponymous one was listed on their taproom menu as their “new” IPA. It’s not clear how new it may be, but it has emerged as Full Sail’s standard, joining their pale and amber as their core trinity of ales. I had a pint at their revamped taproom in Hood River where the beer was enhanced by breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River.

My glass arrived with a delicate sudsy head. It spewed a bright herbal aroma that soon segued to cereal meal. The beer is light amber and delivers a sensible IPA profile built on Centennial hops that’s engaging but not too frightening. The malts are a bit reclusive and arrive fashionably late in the pint.

I like the attitude in this beer. It’s a decent working standard with good six-pack potential.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy and effervescent peach tone with a light white head. Lacing was thin on the glass.

Aroma was a healthy grapefruit and lime.

Taste was a sharp and bitter hoppiness, especially at the finish. I was expecting better based on the aroma.

Mouthfeel was light with a fizzy carbonation.

This was an ok beer. I like more to my IPAs than a sharp and fizzy bitterness.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a wispy thin white head. The aroma is initially of hops, with some sweetness to follow – overall a bit mild. There is a rush of hop bitterness at first taste, followed by some malt sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Overall, this is a nice IPA – easily drinkable.

Photo of scott
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Bright, with a copper to pale yellow fade. Well carbonated and clear, this is begging me for a pull. Boring. This doesn't even do a Pale justice. Thin, watery and down-right uninspired. This is a lifeless beer, and is probably a Corona guy's wetdream as he's thinking he found the next New Belgium replacement. This would be good when you want to drink a beer but aren't particularly in the mood to taste it. Crisp & easy drinking, much like a soda or tonic water.

Photo of genog
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper color with a frothy, and creamy white head. Head dies down to leave some lacing all along the side. Smell is earthy, bittering hops with little citrus, one of those shining through is grapefruit. Mouthfeeling on this one is rich and full as well as creamy. Surprising for an IPA. A slim warming sensation I can feel on this one.

Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured an orangey-copper color with a fluffy white head that went away pretty quickly. Hops aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top on the bottle. Hoppy, but the taste is balanced by the malt, this is an english-style IPA. Pretty smooth and high on the drinkability scale. I would have again.

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