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

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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | 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 Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
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
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light golden orange¬ólighter 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.

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