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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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1,228 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | 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 cbak999
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S - not very powerful - not too hoppy. I was expecting more from Full Sail - with 2 very good IPA options - Wreck the Halls and Wassail.

T - too sweet in my opinion for an IPA - more like an amber ale than an IPA. Lacks the bitterness usually appearent in an American IPA.

This IPA poured into the glass with little head; as a matter of fact, the 1/16" was gone in the first minute. Overall, I was not impressed, and probably will not buy again with other IPA options available.

cbak999, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a goldenrod amber color , with a small white head , fair amount of lace left.

Smell: Fairly raw hoppy scent with citric and herbal qualities , bit of lemon rind and orange peel, mild malt , and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Hops lead the show with citric focus , more lemon rind and hint at grapefruit , bit of oily hop character , the malt body is there but it is takes a back seat to the hops with just a bit of balancing cracker quality. Finishes mildly dry with a good helping of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , dry finish.

Drinkability: Definatly a drinkably IPA. Has the citric quality but this one seems to lean towards rind and lemon qualities. Refreshing , good buy for the price imo.

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet hoppy, citrusy, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, a nice touch of citrus, some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA, would recommend.

Wasatch, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin whitish head and a golden brew.

Aroma is green hops and spices alongside huge floral notes.

Taste is a balanced bitterness. The hops and malt thumbwrestle and the hops win by a small margin.

Body is medium light. Drinkability doesn't really matter. Not bad, but the real highlight is the aroma, not the drink itself.

xymyl, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small light tan head - nose of floral hopps , sweat , slight bubblegum , and orange blossoms – taste of hopps , lemon lime citrus , malts , and grapefruit - body is medium , and slightly creamy – aftertaste of bitter , but malty

stephendr, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

When I first had this, they had the old labels, with a stylized sailboat, sails billowing. The IPA's sail was tiger-striped, a witty reference I assumed to IPA's heritage as an overly-hopped ale to preserve it on the long, hot passage to quench the thirst of the British troops in India. Now it's just a ho-hum yellow label. But do NOT let that fool you; the beer within is still aggressively hopped, spicy, sweet, and bitter. A handsome deep amber in the glass. Do not pass this beer up if you see it in the case. I recommend it.

Newglarusguy, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mt. Hood Meadows, served in a shaker pint glass, the IPA is a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head. The aroma was very bright floral hops and a bit of earthy must. The taste was fairly robust in the west coast American IPA style, dominated by the pungent grapefruit citrus of amarillo hops, with a firm malt backbone, a bit of tang and a bitter, slightly dry finish. The Full Sail had a creamy, medium body with light carbonation that went down pretty well, nothing super enticing, but a fine example of this regional style, which are best served fresh.

ccrida, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice honey color, just a tad hazy. Has a small white head that dissappears quickly. Some lace, but not much.

Aroma- Nice, clean, malty sweetness. Good mix of floral hops with overtones of pine and citrus

Taste- Nicely hoppy in the fore-taste. Just a nice hint of malt sweetness, pine, and some toasted grains. Not quite as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but very nice melange for an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Slightly light mouthfeel for the style, but it works!!! Good carbonation level. Clings to your mouth well to give you a very nice hoppy after-taste.

Drinkability- Pretty sessionable for an IPA.

theopholis, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- honey colored, two finger fluffy white head that will not go away, thin bubbly lace

S- sweet and tangy, citric, pine, hoppy, biscuit

T- starts with mellow sweet honey biscuit malts, then hops take their place, grapefruit and pine, some toasty notes throughout. Flavor is very fine and mellow, not all in your face and palate crushing

M- silky smooth, full light bodied, velvety

D- nice mellow, sessionable IPA, bit balanced for an American but i'm not complaining, highly enjoyable, memorable, and recommendable.

tonistruth, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of MVassar
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty liquid gold appearance, with a touch of amber. Attractive, somewhat reticent off-white head.

Very light citrus scent, with a hint of pine.

A slight malt flavor, followed by a solid kick of bitter hops. Short, crisp finish. Not much depth of flavor.

Very easy going down, ample but unintrusive carbonation.

Not a beer that provokes a lot of thought, but certainly easy to quaff.

MVassar, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of shamus
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep gold colour with a thick fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles lend a slightly fizzy texture without being over carbonated. A really fresh and pleasant taste. Floral green taste with a very good balance between the malt and hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

shamus, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of leechungsr
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable beer.
S: Clean citrus dominates with some floral scents and a hint of malts.
T: Starts moderately malty, then hops take over. Fairly bitter, maybe a little nutty. Not too heavy; enjoyable.
M/D: Nice and clean; light to moderate carbonation goes very well with the taste.

leechungsr, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Tall bubbly head that lasts longer than expected on top of a slighly cloudy amber hue. The head is light colored, and slowly settles to a bubbly cap. Thick lacing that contains spekles from the tiny bubbles in the head.

Strong spicy and piney hops making a grapefruit like smell.

Bitter hops lend a citrus flavor while the medium-thick malts give off a bread like flavor that lingers along with the spicy hops. Low carbonation prevents this beer from having a bite, but the amount of hops gives it a crispness that lasts until the dry finish.

Decent overall beer. Perfect for the hopheads. Try one for yourself.

BeerSox, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fine appearance, with pillowy foam atop a rich copper brew. The aroma is weak, with a light, rain-like hoppiness. Not particularly inviting. The taste is lightly nutty, with some weak hops. The flavor is basically tangy, and instead of a bitter finish it is more of a light sourness that isn't too appealing. The carbonation is decent, but the mouthfeel is quite thin/watery. I probably could finish this glass, but for an IPA it's very boring and more like mass-produced macro garbage...

bennetj17, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze & effervescent with a fluffy 2 fingers+ head. Insane lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit

T: Grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, Slight hints of grainyness & lemon as it warms. Finishes crisp & quenching

MF: Medium body with efferevescence & skewing slightly too hoppy or is it just not malty enough?

Drinks very easy. Not a super complex IPA, but not a bad one to session on

russpowell, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color topped by an inch of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing in its descent to a thin, quarter-inch ring. Aroma of piney floral hops, a touch of light sweet malt, and a dash of honey. Palate is tasty, yet holds back a bit on the hops. Some medium-profile hops are evident, with a touch of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Light sweet malt provides a nice balancing foil, with some dry hoppy bitterness emerging at the finish. Body is a little thin. Overall, decent, but probably not near what I would grab for given a full range of Oregon IPAs to choose from.

ElGordo, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of dhilltop2000
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey-orange and slightly hazy. Nice foam. Starts out a little sudsy but soon reduces into a thin-tight layer which stays for the rest of this 12oz beer's life. Smells good. A distinct aroma of strong-sweet hops with some citrus in the mix. Taste is somewhat of a let down from the aroma. Not bad, just not up to par with what I was hoping. Strong hop bitterness but off-balance with sweet-tangy fruit (grapefruit maybe?). Hops linger nicely in the mouth setting up the next swallow. Worth a try.

dhilltop2000, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of rgrace99
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a single-finger head with some lacing. Aroma was very mildly hoppy. Taste was crisp with some bitterness and a sweet backbone. Went down very nicely. Not a great IPA but very drinkable nevertheless.

rgrace99, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with fluffy white head. Aroma is floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is malty,fruity, and some citrus hop bitterness. The alcohol is evident in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a good IPA and wouldn't make a bad session beer.

Dizzy, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber, large off white head. Nice lacing clings, and good retention.

S - Grapefruit, florals, and a hint of malt.

T - Surge of bitterness at first, with a faint malt backbone. Notes of earthy citrus flavors. Finishes with a strong grapefruit note. Quite strong, but tasty none the less. Mid bodied, with average drinkability.

A decent IPA, and one that's perfect for sessions.

HoustonTX, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hollenbeck2, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

goschool, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hanco005, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ;)

jamesdergen, Jul 09, 2006
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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