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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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1,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | 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 TheSarge
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

This really isn't too bad of an IPA.

It pours quite nicely, with a wet foamy head. It doesn't last too long, but resolves into a thin white lace. Immediately you can smell the rich presence of hops, and it comes through in each sip as well. It has got a kind of grassy/spruce bitterness, and that's what draws me to American style IPAs. I'm enjoying this product as I write, and I recommend it for those who are fans of IPA.


TheSarge, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -9%

04/19/06- Purchased at an airport store in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with and best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-orange body. Full thick white head, which fades about halfway through. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Large presense of floral and lemon rind hops. A nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Hmmm, makes me think of an English IPA or even an ESB rather than an IPA. Very bitter and somewhat stale tasting hops. Not skunky or anything, just stale. Malt seems ok, but the hops have an off taste.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the IPA for me. Maybe a decent English one though. I'll pass on this.

GClarkage, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of mickeymac
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, it got off to a decent start with a nice golden-orange color and a rather thick head. It has a fairly pronounced hop aroma, but lurking beneath the hops is a somehow bland malt smell. The taste is decent at first, but it quickly becomes a bit off-putting. A musky almost garbage-like taste makes this one hard to finish. To make matters worse, it's on the watery side. After trying a couple from the six pack to ensure they weren't bottles the remainder have sat in the fridge awaiting the visit of a friend or relative who will see it as a nice alternative to the usual Budweiser.

mickeymac, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle picked up at Trader Joes. Has the newer but still generic Full Sail Label. This one is yellow, orange with dark blue and the “IPA” in green text. Listed as 6.0% By Vol. Braille like punching has Enjoy By: 070606.

Appearance: Easy single pour of the 12 ounce into my 20 ounce Mug produces a large off-white head that leaves a lasting set of lace rings as I work my way down the drink. Golden-amber body with a very clean filtered presentation. A handful of lazy streamers punctuate the torso. Looks pretty good at first but the head dies down before the end of the drink and lessens the overall mark.

Nose: Light toasted malts, floral twists with a background orange peel. Very earthy, almost musty such as that experienced from old faded hops. Finishes with a gentle herbal quality but the musty nature tends to be off-putting.

Taste: Citric entrance, lemon soaked malts with…..wait a minute, here comes that earthy musty faded hop aspect. Now it’s starting to really annoy me. It tastes old, like a faded English IPA, where are the fresh hops!? Bitterness breaks through the faded hop character but its low end stuff.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation does lend a helping hand but it cannot rescue this IPA from certain blandness.

Drinkability: I picked up a Six-Pack of the IPA at Trader Joe’s on the strength of the lovely Pale Ale. I soooo wish I hadn’t.

Overall: I enjoy the odd Full Sail Amber Ale, and I dearly love the Pale Ale, so I’m very disappointed with the IPA, I expected so much more. I am at a loss to think as to why I should even buy this because the IPA doesn’t seem to sufficiently differentiate itself enough from the excellent Pale Ale. Under-hopped with a dank musty feel, and sloppy malts. Tastes like something Greene King. Urghh!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Zorro
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

Pours a clear orange colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is mild malt and a little sweet. Hops are more herbal than citrus here, definitely lacking in citrus and pine aromas. No fruit or spice aromas and lacking in dry hopping characteristics.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning. Mildly fruity the hops continue to be herbal in nature. Remarkably lacking in flavor depth, this is simply herbal and bitter. Nothing much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is unremarkable. Perhaps I expect too much from an AIPA when my everyday IPA is Stone IPA. This could have a great deal more flavor and most IPAs do unremarkable beer.

Zorro, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Golden, light copper-highlighted body with a sticky, guazey off white head. Juicy citrus hop aromas make up the nose, with some biscuity and toffeish malts riding sidecar. More pale ale-ish than IPA so far. Serious citrus grapefruit hops all over the palate. Reminds me of biting into a fresh grapefruit! Sourish, tangy, and quite acidic. Toffee and light fruit malt sweetness come through near the finish which remains overwhelmingly citrus hop bitter. Moderate body with a needle-like sparkly feel. Very refreshing and a classic NW grapefruit hop juice pale ale. I think I prefer more hop complexity and stronger malt balance in AIPAs. Not bad though, and nice label.

alexgash, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%

The color is the standard IPA copper. Head is medium-sized, creamy, and off-white. Aroma has strong floral and citrusy smells with an underlying sweetness provided by biscuity and caramel malts. Taste has plenty of hop flavor, and a rather different hop profile. Hop taste is citrussy, yet has a distinct flavor of something else that I can't think of a comparison. Something pungent and oily. Underlying malt is caramel and sweet grain, mildly earthy. Flavors are nicely layered. Bitterness is high and privides a very active mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this IPA and found it to have an interesting take on the style.

Gagnonsux, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: This beer pours a golden orange with a one finger white pillowy head.Minimal laceing and a few lone beads floating to the top.

Smell: Pine and grassy notes with a strong citrusy hop aroma.Toasty breads and mildly sweet malt is also detected.

Taste: As assumed, the taste of piney hops galore is the main flavor here.Citrusy oranges and a caramelized pear with a semi-sweet malt backbone makes this beer very quaffable.Has a biscuity finish.Even the alcohol is noted, but isn't the center of attention.Not bad.

Mouthfeel: The liquid is thin to medium bodied with good amount of carbonation.Leaves with a small bubblely finish as well as a thin hop film inside my mouth.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying this one again.Was a good tasteing beer and for the price you can't go wrong.Thumbs up Fullsail!


cheers2beers, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Draught. Light copper. Gentle, pine & grapefruit hop blend in the aroma but the aroma is very subtle. Meek body and malt profile and the hops arn’t even vibrant or very flavorful, just a bit medicinal and piney. The malt presence must have perished along the way from Oregon to Colorado, which is something I find in so many of Full Sail’s smaller beers.

Crosling, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: An aggressive pour gives me an inch head of fluffy off white foam on top of a mostly clear pale yellow orange beer. There are only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it still sticks around for a while. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after the head falls some.

Aroma: A whole bunch of citrusy hops are the biggest player in the aroma through the head. There is so much hops that it almost has an acidic component to the aroma. There is a little bit of toastiness and caramel aromatics noticeable as the head falls and the beer starts to warm a bit.

Taste: There is a hint of sweetness that you get in the beginning of the sip, but this gets smacked around by the hops pretty badly. There is a bunch of citrus and some assertive bittering that rake the beer across your palate. The balance is definitely toward the bitter the whole time, and it finishes with a slightly dry bitter edge. There is a little bit of caramel that you get after the finish that has a toasty quality to it that is rather pleasant.

Opinion: Well, this really isn't too bad of a beer. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but I keep drinking them as to keep my palate in check. The balance of this beer is a bit bitter for my taste, but that is what you would expect for this style. Not a bad beer.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of theozag
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours crystal clear without any solids; a white head that fades very fast to a ring sits atop this brew.

Smell is sharp, semi-sweet, semi-bitter, and contains a hint of both caramel and lemon.

Start is slightly sweet but mostly rather subtle. Settles onto the tongue full-bodied, very flavorful, and strongly bitter. In short, tastes just like an IPA should. Finish is rough and leaves a nasty aftertaste.

theozag, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured out a average orangish color, maybe a little light. Spongy white one inch head. good thin lacing.

Smells a light floral hop (light for the style). not bad. but kinda smells like a apa.

Tastes good. hoppy. a touch spicey. Floral hops do come out.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, i think. Ok balance though.

Overall a decent beer, but many others better. I should have some later and see how i feel about it.

acrawf6, Jan 19, 2006
3.5/5  rDev -2%

A - 1/4" slightly off-white head. Down to a cap quickly. Nice lace. Bronze/orange beer.

S - Clean citrus hoppiness. Not the usual pine or grapefruit. Maybe...tangerine.

T - Orange peel. Pine. Good bitter finish. No detectable malt.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than I am used to for style.

D - Decent drinkability. Not typical WC IPA. Not near as hoppy or bitter.

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.

Mitchster, Nov 23, 2005
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!

HardTarget, Nov 18, 2005
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.

xoqx, Nov 14, 2005
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.

Pegasus, Nov 13, 2005
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.

watermelonman, Nov 09, 2005
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.

Morris729, Nov 07, 2005
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.

DogFood11, Nov 01, 2005
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 26, 2005
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.

mentor, Oct 19, 2005
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.

texashammer, Sep 28, 2005
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.

allengarvin, Sep 13, 2005
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.

Mark, Sep 03, 2005
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.