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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

545 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,345
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 139 | 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 dank203
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very clean ipa. lot of grapefruit, citrus. dryness, citrus peel. pretty juicy, tart. lot of bubbles, very filtered. drank out of dogfish/spiegalu glass. good deal on the six pack. would like to see an imperial ipa from these guys. I think more is arriving in jersey little by little (282 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce into pint glass. Extremely clear, fun to look through. Head fizzles out rather quickly though. Flavor is really nice, wish they went a little bigger and bolder, but a balanced brew, and at only 6% ABV, a very session worthy beer. I also greatly respect the fact that they are an employee-owned brewery. Cheers! (319 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sale 6-pack from Morgans

A&S: Pretty looking beer. Transparent lively light orange colored beer. Foamy head that doesn't retain well but still leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is centered around pale malts and a touch of citrus, but really not hoppy or pungent as almost any other IPA.

T&F: Malt forward, but really really pale malts, almost pilsner or lager like. Really not a whole lot of hop tones, the ones that are around are floral. Bitterish finish and semi dry. On the low side of medium bodied, and the high side of medium carbonation.

Overall: Subpar IPA. I don't know if I would buy it again even with the awesome price of 6 bucks a sixer. (652 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Anything with a sail on the label has to be better than this! This is a BLAND IPA. I am a fan of other Full Sail brews but this one was disappointing to me...I guess I have been drinking to many great PNW IPA's since moving to Seattle. I expected more...well I bought a six pack since I was sure it must be at least good.
Break out the peanuts. (345 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a slightly darker amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles into a thin crown after a short time. Lacing coats the glass in a thin, web-like veil.

S: Fragrant floral hops. Lemon peel and freshly zested lemon. Iced tea. Subtle herbs and tobacco. Malt base offers whiffs of caramel and toasted grain.

T: Hops land with earthy herbs, tobacco, and a distinct lemon peel flavor. Malts balance almost tit for tat with a tide of toasted grain and caramel. Slightly buttery. Hint of broth. Caramel and toast on the finish, along with lingering floral and oily hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Malt backbone is substantial, with a full and even slightly chewy feel. Moderate scrubbing carbonation adds a little bite.

O: A very balanced IPA that has a strong English vibe to it. Not the raw hop assault that the average American consumer expects these days, but a solid beer if you like you're looking for something a little more English-leaning. (1,007 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, bright copper with a thick, foamy off white head.

Light citrus, floral, slightly herbal hop notes balanced with a crackery malt backbone.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

A decent IPA. Tasty, but nothing particularly exciting either. (263 characters)

Photo of brewbattles
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:

http://youtu.be/AAPlYzFD4m8 (258 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a citrus hop of lemon and grapefruit with a strong cracker smell. Along with these smells are some sweeter aromas of an orange nature and some other hop aromas of an herbal and spicy pepper nature. Overall the aroma is quite inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a light caramel sweetness and a bit of a cracker taste. Upfront there is also some hop of a grassy and grapefruit nature. As the taste moves on, it dries out with the caramel leaving the taste profile. The grapefruit grows more intense more toward the end with an increase in the grassy flavors and a new presence of a bit of herb. In the end, a dry, bitter, and slightly unbalanced hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The thinner body is quite nice for the drier and crisp tastes of the brew, but a higher carbonation level would have been slightly more appropriate.

Overall – Not really anything too special here. A little too unbalanced in its bitter and dry flavors for me. (1,433 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and honey-colored in appearance. A nice and fluffy quarter-inch cap forms after normal pouring and hangs out for most of the beer's glass life.

A bit of a subdued aroma for an AIPA. Nothing bad going on, just not the in-your-face spiciness that I expect from the West Coast. Mildly hoppy, a little grainy, pine and grass notes.

Surprisingly boozy on the tongue upon first contact. The hop flavor does kick in pretty quickly, and is followed by a nutty, doughy component that creates a temporary balance. I will say, however, even into the aftertaste the skunk/booze is still a little present.

I think the MF is this one's best quality. It is light to medium bodied, and has a lightly moderate carbonation level. What I like is the smooth texture left on the palate. I expected some silkiness based on the creaminess of the cap and was not disappointed.

Overall this is not a bad choice for an AIPA, especially since my store sells it cheaper than most crafts. I don't think it's incredibly exciting in terms of flavor profile, and in fact the booze/skunk factor I mentioned may be a turn-off for some that are still discovering the style. If you want an AIPA with a surprisingly fluffy cap and creamy texture, give this one a shot. There are, however, a TON of versions from the PNW that are much better. (1,316 characters)

Photo of nanandtomfitz
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very enjoyable overall.
nice pour with thin but good foam and lacing'
smell and taste nice hops, fairly consistent from beginning to end/not much change
feels good and solid
overall enjoyable and a quality beer at this price, nice to have in fridge but just shy of feeling like a real "event" to get to have it (310 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA with reviews all over the place-- but having just had IPAs by Aftershock (wretched), Peak Organic (unpleasant), and Rough Draft (average)-- this doesn't seem bad at all.

This starts out with a citrus and resin combination on top of a browned English muffin. The aftertaste is both bitter and resiny. Pours a clear golden amber with hints of brown in the Duvel tulip. Quite thin and quite bitter at the end, but that interesting roasted pine-pitch flavor saves the day.

Nice suds with every pour and a bubbly mouthfeel. A mellow pumpkin hint with a warm malty mouthfeel. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. Another decent beer in the Full Sail line-up. (675 characters)

Photo of kennymule
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Extremely clear amber with one finger frothy head that dissipates quickly with thin lacing.

Smell: For an IPA it is absent of any hops on the nose, just a faint grassy funk.

Taste: Bitterness up front, but not overpowering at all for an IPA, then an interesting mix of malt and hops battle to a bitter finish.

Mouth feel: Medium and sticky with a semi-dry bitter finish.

Overall:For a "hop head" this is nothing to get excited about, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. I'd have another, wait...I'm on my second one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle (565 characters)

Photo of IrishJames
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super-clear amber. One-finger foam dissipates to a thin film of suds within 60 seconds. Light lace follows behind level of beer by about two finger widths.

Smell: Smell is mostly absent of hops, and is dominated by simple malts. Smells a bit like a mainstream American lager.

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by a somewhat complex battle between malt and lingering bitterness. Slightly bitter aftertaste which remains parked on the tongue indefinitely.

Mouthfeel: Stickiness prevails. Moderate-to-high carbonation.

Overall: Not terrible, but wouldn't qualify this as an easy drinker. High bitterness factor with understated hop aroma and malt counterbalance. (674 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a big, super creamy off-white head. Abundant lacing that clings to the glass. I smell a bit of honey, and some citrus fruit. Taste begins with a light honey flavor, then some grapefruit rind, then a bit of pine cone, and finishes with a clean bitter finish. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall an excellent IPA that I plan to get again. (374 characters)

Photo of XCOR
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This IPA had a nice honey color. It was lighter than other IPAs I've had, hops-wise. It lingered in the back of my throat and the tip of my tongue, but not unpleasantly. It had a thicker head than the other two Full Sails I tried, but it's still a pretty thin beer overall. It's a satisfactory beer, but nothing too special. (324 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ba Review #274
Served On: 06/12/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6%
Date/ Code: 07/12/2013

This was a 12oz bottle from a full case I found at Brewskees of New Oxford ($31.59).

Look: Poured a super clear bronze color with some minimal carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Some faint notes of fresh cut grass. Also some signs of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Not much for taste. First up was some notes of citrus. Then a bitterness set in. The finish had some sort of fusel alcohol notes. Almost like this batch fermented a little too hot. Finish was clean.

I have to admit, I’ve had homebrew batches turn out better than this one. The off flavors really take away from the drinkability, otherwise the beer would atleast have that going for it. (745 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pour a hazy light copper with a fair amount of individual bubbles isotropically distributed, rising to a creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact till the end and paints an impressive portrait of concentric rings and sticky blobs of lace down almost the entire glass.

S - A fair amount of cascade hops on a caramel malt and biscuit background. Fades quite a bit in the glass.

T - Smooth carmel malt upfront. The body is a solid blend of pine and grapefruit notes from the Cascade hops on a chewy caramel malt and biscuit background. More aggressive grapefruit and pine as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a lingering caramel, biscuit and grapefruit finish.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a slight creaminess and enough chewiness to make it interesting. Well crafted mouthfeel.

Even though this beer is about 2 years old, it still is a tasty concoction that seems to get even better with every sip. Simple, straight ahead PNW IPA with pine and grapefruit notes melded nearly seamlessly with biscuit and carmel notes courtesy of the caramel malt, make for a classic brew indeed. The chewy, yet slightly creamy mouthfeel hits the spot as well. A benchmark northwest IPA from one of the PNW's classic microbreweries - the fact that a fresh six of this can be had in Oregon for less than $6, only makes it sweeter. (1,407 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to glass honey color with nice head.
a: Honey color, 2 finger width head
s: Light orange smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste
o: Very refreshing, with wonderful taste

Sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida, hope the have it in Rhode Island. (313 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail : IPA

LOOK: Clear copper orange, white head and leaves some rings of lace on the pint glass.

SMELL: Floral, orange, flowery herb. Just a touch of caramelized malt.

TASTE: Mild bitterness, some earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Faint pine, herb, and bit of juicy grapefruit. Pale malts lend a subtle balancing sweetness. Old school American IPA similar in style to its English brethren.

OVERALL: A simple, easy drinking IPA. Nice to see this in the PA market, and good for the price; $31.00 including tax. Should be a repeat buy. (546 characters)

Photo of Chaz33187
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

a- golden very bubbly
s- quite boozy smell, no hint of hops
t- very bitter and malty, no recognizable ipa taste, definitely one of my least favorite beers
m- smooth and relatively thin, a little bit of welcomed carbonation
o- I left it in the freezer and drank it super cold- it still let me down. Nothing surprising or exciting at all. By no means "Ridiculously Tasty" (369 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tannish colored and clear, some rising bubbles, 1 finger head and pretty good lace.

Aroma is a bit subdued but pleasant. There's a mixture of hops and bready, caramel malts.

Flavor is more pronounced. Malts are forward, caramel, bread, toast, with a nice balance of citrus and floral hops.

Body is medium with smooth carbonation. Bitterness is clean but plentiful, with a lingering bitter finish.

Overall it's tasty,

EDIT for re-review: This one is still a fairly regular purchase of mine. Honestly, it's usually cheaper than other craft beers, and this is one factor to consider when I buy beer. While I do like to try something new constantly, that's not always possible. When that happens, and I'm going to be drinking something that I've already tried, and one of them is less expensive but just as tasty....

Full sail is a tasty choice. It's not as over-the-top as some IPAs, but I quite like it anyway. Truthfully, the maltiness of this one could give it a somewhat English bitter-ish quality, even tho it's quite a bit hoppier than that. Either way, I'm having one now. (1,085 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange to amber. Some sudsiness. Not much head, nor lace.

Very mild aroma. Light floral hopping and biscuity malts. Faint sweet soapiness.

English style malts and hops, in flavor. Grassy hops with flourishes of the citrusy and the floral. Grainy amber notes with a rugged light toastiness. Hoppiness is disappointingly mild.

Gruff feel with charging bubbles. Body is even. Medium, but feels thinner behind the carbonation. (430 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank this out of a snifter. The glistening amber body is topped off with a 2 and a half finger head that settles down substantially but never goes away.



There's nothing in the aroma here that leaps out of your glass and uppercuts you in the nose but if you pay close attention and wiggle the glass a bit you can pick up a combo of sweet caramel malt and floral hops.

The taste like the nose proves to be equally as subtle compared to a lot of the IPA's out there and that's not a bad thing at all. I'm picking up a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops that's both satisfying and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nice sizzle of carbonation.

Overall, this is the kind of brew I could drink all freaking night and never grow tired of at all. A solid ale. It might also be a great starter IPA for non craft enthusiasts. (839 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a golden orange color supporting a thin dissipating head and little spotty lace. Smell of citrus with nothing complex involving the hops and malt. Taste of the grapefruit bitter, soft caramel malt with a good dose of hops that survive to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a light medium with good carbonation. A faily simple IPA. (339 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with Best date of 07/06/13
*Notes from 03/28/13 - standard pint glass

A: Clear copper appearance in body with a thick cap of light beige head that presents some real proper hang time. Streaming carbonation visible. Nice sticky globs of lace down the glass. Looks to be well made with fresh ingredients utilized.

S: Aroma is very floral and a bit grassy with some light citrus and pines mixed in. There is a wave of bready malts on the nose and a distinct herbal musk to it. I get some apple and pear-like yeast esters coming through as well.

T: Tastes rather smooth and a touch on the malty side with some biscuit character at the forefront. There is a nice hoppy trio of citrus, pine, and herbals that is slightly resinous across the palate. Has a light dankness to it which I like and a moderate amount of bitterness overall. I am getting some of those tart stone fruit-like esters coming in on the flavor as well and alcohol is completely hidden. This is a pretty decent brew and hits on the PNW IPA style.

M: Creamy smooth texture from the nice carbonation with a moderately lighter body. There is a nice drying crisp leading up to a rather clean finish. Slightly wet with a little resinous linger.

D: This is a pretty decent PNW style IPA for the price. I found the beer to be well crafted and flavors nicely balanced. Not something I would consider as a regular rotation but nice and decently hoppy none the less. (1,437 characters)

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.