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

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Reviews: 551
Hads: 1,368
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 25
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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 JohnnyJam
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code of 6/19/14 clearly readable on the label into a pint glass and get one finger of head.

A: Pours a yellow amber color with on finger of head that dissipates quickly to leave just a ring around my glass and about half of the top covered with a thin soapy covering. Some lacing visible.

S: A little biscuit and a little lemon grass is present. Not much going on.

T: Malt and bread first. followed by citrus. It comes off juicy at first and finishes dry.

M: This is less than medium-bodied and average carbonated. Goes down easy and finishes dry.

O: This is an easy to drink beer. I would have it again but not gravitate towards it. It is easy enough to drink but not really exciting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is mild hay and grain. Not much going on.
The taste has a building lemon and grapefruit bitterness, with a sweet start. It has a good malt backbone.
The body is thicker with moderate carbonation.
The smell was lacking but everything else was good.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent but by no means amazing IPA. LIttle to no aroma from the bottle. Tastes like a classic IPA--hoppy and carbonated--although more understated that most. Silky and smooth mouthfeel after the first wave of carbonation. Not a lot of different flavors going on for me (at gunpoint I would say this is mildly piney), but pleasant and easy to drink. I wouldn't buy this again but I'll enjoy the bottles I already have.

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Photo of garten
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden honey color with a modest, quickly dissipating eggshell white foam head about of about two fingers. It looks great in the glass and appears to have plenty of carbonation. A respectable amount of lacing is present.

Smell: Very 'piney' and 'hoppy', distinctive and expected of this style. A few hints of grapefruit and generic 'citrus' scents on a closer inspection and quite appetizing. Otherwise, nearly absent or not notable.

Taste: It definitely tastes like an IPA, albeit not as much as expected. An odd balance of maltiness here and there with the hops presence. Quite bitter, I believe it tastes very much like grapefruit with a punch of grassy hops to linger about towards the end. A few sips later and it's still steady. A clean and non-lingering aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: A bit on the lighter side, but not too light. Despite all the bubbles, it actually has a lot less carbonation than I would have expected from an IPA. On the smooth side and quite drinkable.

Overall: A decent offering from Full-Sail, although it's a little underwhelming for what I expected out of this. Not bad in any sense of the word, but there are definitely better examples of this style out there. Merely average, I'd say of this one. If there was nothing better around, I'd pick it up more often.

Notes: Poured into a clean U.S.-style tumbler from a glass bottle, served slightly chilled.

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Photo of jlynnehayes
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Understated IPA. Medium golden color, pours with a good head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hoppy but not incredibly so. Drinkable. Crisp, light mouthfeel, malt is also understated. I would drink this as a session beer, you could have 2 or 3 and be fine.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ the Firehouse Meridian ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Gold body, mostly clear, with a little white head and lacing.

S: Flowery, faintly citrus hop component with a crackery malt backbone. Maybe caramel? Faint pine or resin as well.

T: Orange/citrus pith and flowers again, with a light pale malt base with a decent dose of cracker. Faint caramel too, and light bitterness overall.

MF: Lightly bodied, lower bitterness.

O: Not too impressive, but not bad. Overall its less than the sum of its parts; to me, it isn't anything new, and it isn't anything that dozens of other brewers haven't surpassed.

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Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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Photo of minterro
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of ssteakley
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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:


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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of youngs11
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of nanandtomfitz
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of kennymule
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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

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Photo of IrishJames
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of XCOR
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.06/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.