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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 Mitchster


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours out to a lightly hazy light orange-amber (not bottle conditioned), forming a tall & whipped off-white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...the hops here are in droves, but sulfurous, unlike any other IPA I've had. It has a distinct cat-urine quality which is slightly off-putting. Thankfully it doesn't quite taste like that...the hops are fresh, green, oily and semi-pungent. This is offset by a nice pale and crystal malt body with some residual sugars which help to dampen the rather sharp and intense bitterness. The finish is pungent and dry. Burps are quite noxious.

This is a nice IPA, but a bit too bitter for my tastes. I'm wondering if this is Chinook or straight Mt.Hood giving this it's odd profile. Give it a try.

11-23-2005 18:15:43 | More by Mitchster
Photo of HardTarget


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle Inspection: Brown twisty with an “enjoy by” date dot etched into the label and laser printed on the bottle (nice back up!) Both state 112505. Given this is a new addition to Texas, this seems a rather short window, but oh well. Also states 6% abv. and has the nicest neck label I’ve ever seen.

Aroma: Great fresh citric hop nose with a slight perfume quality. It also has some slight sugary base notes; Very inviting.

Appearance: Bright golden mug with a good finger of frothy white head that leaves clumpy tidemarks in the lace.

Flavor: Hops approach caustic, but fade out into a nice sweet malt base just before they go too far. Hop flavors are mostly citric, but some floral and pine notes as well and a hint of grass. The finish lasts about 3 days, a nice dry hopped bitterness that seems to have a cumulative effect the more you drink.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that’s on the edge of fizzy but doesn’t cross the line. It has a medium body and a slightly oily finish that dries out pretty quickly into a lasting desire for another sip.

Overall Impression: Solid brew! This has the intensity of Stone IPA, but less citric centered. Balanced nicely in terms of different types of hop flavors but could use some more support from the malt; definitely has a very firm hop flavor. This seriously scratched my beer itch, and I’ll be buying some more!

11-18-2005 01:04:03 | More by HardTarget
Photo of xoqx


3.75/5  rDev +5%

I expected to not like this beer, because I have come to associate Full Sail with unimpressive, average craft beers. So, I’m always a little more impressed when I beer I expect to dislike has some likable qualities. This is an example.

Appearance - This beer pours yellow-orange with a white, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing making gothic church window patterns. The color looks off for an IPA but not totally unreasonable.

Smell - Fruity, hoppy, straightforward for the style.

Taste – The hoppiness is appropriate for the style if a little restrained. This is, perhaps, an IPA for the masses. There are grapefruity and piney flavors coming from the hops. The finish is of average length and appropriately bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied.

Drinkability – A drinkable beer, but not impressive. It would be a weak contender in a session of all IPA.

11-14-2005 16:32:39 | More by xoqx
Photo of Pegasus


3/5  rDev -16%

Appearance: Clear reddish golden color, with a large and persistent white head, lots of sticky broken lace, and numerous columns of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Notes of grapefruit rind utterly dominate. Beneath this there is some biscuit malt, which struggles mightily to assert itself.

Taste: Strong grapefruit rind and medicinal bitterness from start to finish, with very little malt evident. The finish is fairly dry, with a lingering medicinal and metallic hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, full-bodied, with no harsh carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Some malt, please? Without a substantial malt presence, the bitterness seems harsh and one dimensional. Perhaps the true hop connoisseur will appreciate this.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

11-13-2005 14:27:52 | More by Pegasus
Photo of watermelonman


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

This poured to nice yellow and gold color with a small head that lasted fairly well. There's a few nice lines of lace.

The smell is powerful and hoppy. It's not exactly a favorite combination of hops, though, being simplistic and having too much pine flavor. Bitterness is apparent up front and through the finish, without much sign of malt. This thing could use some balance in addition to some different hops. The mouthfeel is fairly sharp. While it's not difficult to drink, it's lacking appeal.

11-09-2005 08:09:21 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Morris729


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear amber color with a slight tint of orange and a foamy off-white head that coats the walls of the glass with sticky lace as it recedes. Nose is herbal hops and earthy grains with a bit of lemon grass in the background. As for the taste, the hop bitterness comes across in the form of fresh juicy grapefruit and pine oil. A bit of sweet malt adds some balance to the taste. An enjoyable IPA, though nothing all that special.

11-07-2005 07:43:47 | More by Morris729
Photo of DogFood11


3.75/5  rDev +5%

Sticky would be an understatement as this brew lays a thin layer of lather all the way down. clear copper, with loads of carbonation exposed after a good pull.

This is a laid back IPA that has good balance and not as dry as most I've had. Malts are doughy/bead like and it goes a long way to subdue the well put together hop profile. I would think this would be a nice IPA for those wanting to try the style for the first time as its not overwhelming at all and yet it gets the style's point accross perfectly. Slick/watered mouthfeel finishes with a biting carbonation.

This is a relaxing brew that would pair together nicely with a variety of food including my dinner this evening of polish sausage and potatoes.

11-01-2005 02:36:03 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy, yet thin, pale tan colored head. The aroma has notes of bright citrus, a grassy herbal character, a bit of astringent grain husk, toasty malt notes and perhaps a hint of caramel. The taste has a nice sharp bitterness from beginning to end. This is definitely a hop focused beer; there is a nice citrus note here that reminds me of lemons & oranges. There is only a hint of malt character here; a bit of sweet grain character, and a hint of toasted malt in the finish. This is a pretty nice, easy drinking IPA; it has a solid hop bite and a bit of hop flavor to it, and it goes down quite easily. If the malt character were a bit more complex the hop flavor might shine through a bit more.

10-26-2005 05:31:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mentor


3.75/5  rDev +5%

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder) and consumed some days later. Pours a half finger dull tan-brown head over a clear dull-straw colored liquid. Smells sun-dried ancient wood, grapefruit pith, orange oil hops, cigarette ash. Tastes potently grapefruity pith with some intriguing rough grassy co-ho qualities. It's got a sweet orange flavor amid the malt sweet. Apricot esters are gentle...mostly brought out by the orange of the hops. Hop bitter is noticable, but not potent. The hops rise dry and grassy in the aftertaste with some piney qualities. Md body and a bot too much carbonation. The carb leaves a sting on the front of my tongue that I'm not fond of.

All in all, I like the hops of this beer, but I get a bit of a cobweb with the malt that is a flavor I've had in my homebrew when I've over-done the malt bill with Gambrinus Honey Malt.

10-19-2005 06:30:03 | More by mentor
Photo of texashammer


3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

light golden-yellow-orange, almost clear. creamy white head with large bubbles, doesn't last. smells of bitter hops, almost a macro-style skunkiness. tastes of bitter herbal hops. simple. smooth and uninteresting (although unoffensive) in the mouth. bitter finish, not in a good way (and I like my hops). very average.

09-28-2005 01:36:12 | More by texashammer
Photo of allengarvin


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours out a quite pale gold with a slight head on it. Nose is quite nice: lots of citrusy, peppery hop aroma. Taste, on the other hand, is fairly ordinary, with a little sweet malt, moderate citrus hop flavor (though a high level of bitterness), and lightly fruity yeast character. Finishes very clean. Light bodied with a neutral texture.

An ordinary American IPA, nothing worth seeking out when there are many better examples.

09-13-2005 01:50:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Mark


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

This brew is a lighter colored IPA appearing a golden color. White head retaining decently, some scattered lacing was present. Slight citrus aroma, but I expect a bit more nose from this type. Somewhat restrained on the taste buds , but a definite citrus profie. A bit of grapefruit and some orange peel. Still, I like understated IPa's for their higher drinkability and this one was refreshing as well. Not too bad.

09-03-2005 20:03:54 | More by Mark
Photo of woemad


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19. "Best by 081905." Cutting it rather close.

Poured a transparent copper color, with a minor white head. A very slight amount of lace, including a foam ring that remained behind marking the high tide of the head.

Smell was a moderate fruity-piney hoppiness. The fruity odor is more noticeable than the pineyness.

Taste was similar to the smell. The taste begins with a moderate hoppiness. Then a mild maltiness comes in, and then there's a dry, grassy finish. It's very average tasting. An IPA, but without a lot of oomph.

Fairly light bodied this. I think a little bit of extra carbonation could liven this up a little, but it's a minor consideration.

This is a very average NW IPA. Perfectly fine for everyday quaffing, but not something worth hunting down.

08-14-2005 04:28:29 | More by woemad
Photo of warriorsoul


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Many thanks for absolutesites for this one....
Golden copper, almost orange in color with a full finger and a half of white head...sticks around for quite a bit w/ decent lace that slides back into the glass rapidly...very little remains on the side of the shaker glass.
Floral and spiced hops dominate the nose...very faint sweet malt in the background.
Bitter hops galore...reminding me of an English IPA more than the West Coast IPA's I tend to gravitate towards. Buttery toffee mixed in...and a hefty malt backbone keeping this one very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is average...definitely not too thin and the carbonation is where it should be.
I could enjoy a sixer of this in an evening no problem...very drinkable and a nice first for me from Full Sail.

08-06-2005 21:15:18 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of gbontrag


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Amber side of gold, beautiful froth has lots of staying power. Has a nice sharp smell of leprechaun socks: Fresh and dank hops. Also, some sour cherry extract.
Bitter almond, biting hop resins, sour cherries. Astringent, but juicy? Looks great, smells great, tastes fine.

06-19-2005 00:45:09 | More by gbontrag
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Clear, gold-light brown in colour. Foamy head is 1 inch high and creamy colour. Sheets of lace down the glass are also cream colour.

Aroma is of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced. Taste is mild, but generously hopped. Floral hops dominate the aftertaste which is strong and lingering.

If you like floral hops, then this is the beer for you. This beer is well done, but nothing to write home about. Possibly a good transition beer from Lagers to IPA, but it still didn't do alot for me.

06-17-2005 04:07:42 | More by Noxious26
Photo of beertaster13


2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

This IPA from Full Sail pours a dark yellow with nectarine highlights, the head is white but fails to establish itself. The aroma is of buttered biscuits and Northwest pine trees. The taste is of clove and honey with the hop pine coming to the forefront. Rather bland and lacking hop definition, alcohol was very noticable. With so many great Northwest IPA's, this one just fails to become noticable.

06-17-2005 00:09:09 | More by beertaster13
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

The new packaging is great and distinctive. The beer is very PNW with a real sense of balance and drinkability. The hops waft off the nose and the taste is full and round. The finish is smooth with very little servere bitterness found in some IPA's. This is a drinking beer that would be in my fridge quite often if I lived down south.

06-07-2005 17:23:53 | More by canucklehead
Photo of rowew


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the new retro label. Freshness date on the neck.

Appearance: Poured in my Stone IPA glass - pours a clear orange color with a great thick head. Vrey nice head retention.

Smell: Aroma is mainly citrus, but there is a lot of malt in there too (especially for an IPA).

Taste: Medium bodied - the taste is very well balanced. More malt than usual in an IPA, but still enough hops to make it worthy of the name.

Overall impression: This is a very solid IPA - nothing outstanding, but certainly nothing negative either. One of the more approachable examples of the style.

06-03-2005 22:40:15 | More by rowew
Photo of freed


2.83/5  rDev -20.7%

Tommy Bahama lookin' label, pours a nice coppery gold. Excellent lacing and decent head. Excellent clarity.

Aroma at first past is a heady, meaty must, but it deteriorates into a stale grass smell.

The taste is quite weak. The hop brightness quickly gives way to a soda ash dryness that trumps what might otherwise be a decent sweet malt flavor. The mouth is left dry and tart in a bad way. Not really any good.

04-09-2005 02:45:39 | More by freed
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12 ounce bottle has freshness date in mid-June and screw-off cap. Bottle claims 6.0% abv rather than the 6.5% listed here, and hasn't recently updated design.

Pours a rather light gold brown colour with minimal head. Sweet citrus nose suggests a rather bland version of the classic northwestern IPA. Turns out this one accentuates the bitterness more than the citrus though. Rather disappointing feel (this goes the many small bubbles route), and after the hops bite there isn't much following them up. One really has to concentrate to discern the flavours here. I expect something more visceral from these parts.

A decent brew, but there are so many better from the same region. I doubt I'll get another six pack.

04-04-2005 05:55:19 | More by charlatan
Photo of Reidrover


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Wow hadn't seen this in bottles for years but here it is.
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle.
After pouring into my pint mug its an attractive light amber /orange colour, quite crystal clear colour. Large splotchy pure white head,leaving copios lacing.
Nice clean citrusy hop aroma,slightly medicinal.
Taste of course is dominated by the hops which seem to give a very orange cOk on the palte citric taste to this, there are some malts barelly noticed at first, but come through after wards.
Ok on the palte maybe a little too thin .
Very drinkable IPA, not a classic..but good enough.

03-25-2005 04:56:33 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Redrover


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

I had this one in Eugene, OR last week. Beer was a decent bronze with a fair head and decent lacing.

Beer had a clear hop nose, but the hops seemed slightly subdued.

Taste was more like a pale ale than an IPA. In fact, their pale ale seems to have more hop bite than their IPA (??). Beer had a nice balance and decent carbonation for style. I just think they need to increase the IBUs a bit and the beer would be better.

Mouthfeel was fine as was drinkabiliy.

09-27-2003 17:45:29 | More by Redrover
Photo of beerguy101


2.75/5  rDev -23%

Medium golden color, smallish head. Aroma is grapefruity. A medium bodied IPA. Mildly hopped, fairly bitter, but the malts are evident. Finish is sharp. Aftertaste is hoppy with medium bitterness, some malt evident in the aftertaste. A very middle of the road IPA.

08-15-2003 00:49:01 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

The pint glass was filled with a copper color beer with a decent foamy head. Slight floral hop aroma with some noticable maltiness. Not what I expected for an IPA. This was confirmed as there was an unbalanced flavor as the malt was more prominent than the hops. The carbonation was fine, and the head slowly fizzled away as the glass emptied, leaving light lacework. Very drinkable and it is a slightly better than average IPA.

08-13-2003 01:56:56 | More by Gavage
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