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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 6% IBU 60

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,415
Photo of travisatlarge
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

I want to like this beer. I wish the hops were a bit more complex. That being said, I picked it up at Winn-Dixie for 6.99 a 6-pack which is awesome. Still better than most things you would find at a Winn-Dixie.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a clear golden body with a half-finger white head. A very true to style IPA appearance. Scents of dank, earthy herbal hops, floral hop aromas with notes of jasmine, grass clippings and tea-like aromas with a bit of biscuit-like malt in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of an earthy, English hop sort of IPA. Very nice for the style, earthy and herbal. Flavor begins with medium bitterness and flavors of floral hops, earthy, herbal hops and notes of grapefruit peel and pith and hints of pine resin. Middle is bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith and medium notes of floral and herbal hops. Finish is bitter with notes of resinous hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith, light alcohol and earthy hops. Aftertaste is pine resin, grainy, biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, earthy, dank IPA that also has a nice citrus presence with pine. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a resinous, drying mouthfeel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA that is easy to drink. Overall this is a good IPA. Strong, bitter, resinous, herbal, floral and citrusy in aroma and flavor. A nice mouthfeel aids the experience. A good IPA well worth drinking.

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Photo of silverevo9
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmmm, this IPA is good at best. I sense not a lot of hop presents here. Malts do linger. Just not a lot going on here. This is drinkable. Carbonation is high. Aftertaste is dull but clean. With all the good IPA beers out there, one can afford to be critical. The good thing is the finish. I do get a specific but shallow scent of hops. Lacing is good. This beer is doable. Okay, just had my second brew and seems to be improving. Head has taken on a deeper hue showing some purity. Lacing is a bit stickier.

Update. The beer is good. Had the beer again with a clean palate. Like the orange hue to the beer. The finish is good. Lacing is excellent. Not a lot of hop presents, but there. Went down fast. Price is right to. Not overly complex but good none the less...

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Photo of Alpha309
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Enjoy by date on the label is blank.

Pours a somewhat hazy straw color moving a little towards golden. Very little head formed. Maybe a quarter finger. Large bubbles. Dissipated immediately into a few clumps of bubbles.

Nose is predominantly of biscuit. Slight hints of grass or pine, but overwhelmed by the biscuit smell.

Flavor is very buscuity. Touches of grass, pine and a little bit of wooden flavors. Upon the swallow a tinge of citrus pops up and sticks around for a few moments.

Very thin but dry feel.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice looking golden color with a shade of orange. The only drawback was the lack of a big head and lacing that didn't retain. Malty, bready and raw grain in both aroma and taste.The hops element is prominent but not as aggressive as other IPAs. The hops felt leafy and oily. Very smooth, medium bodied and slightly slick. A nice solid and more subtle ipa that I'd like to get to know more of.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a golden color worth a three finger eggshell white head. The nose is strange. The hops are lemon and pepper and a soft soapy smell. A thick biscuit malt. The flavor fallow the smell. Toffee and biscuit malt with lemon hops. This is far too malt balanced for an American ipa.

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Photo of smanders
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

This was part of a make-your-own 6'er from Wegmans. Now I remember why I don't do that often. No bottled-on date.

Appearance: crystal clear gold with a white head. Average lacing.

Smell: more malt than citrus/spice; something's off.

Taste: just like it smells (i.e. unbalanced). My first thought is this is a beer past its prime.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: a poor representative of the style.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

aggressive pour results in a a good 2 finger head which s quickly dissipates into a long lasting off white lacing and quarter inch head. Amber color liquid with moderate carbonation.
Hits very nice malty and piney notes followed by a very mild grapefruit that finishes dry.
I like it personally, not the best Ipa I have ever had, but far from the worst. and not bad at all for a $8 six pack.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A) Clear and light golden colored. Poured a small head that left a bit of lacing behind.

S) Aroma is malt forward with some dark fruits, melon, and burnt sugars. The hops are there showing a bit of pine.

T) More hops on the tongue than in the bouquet with pine, citrus, and floral flavors. Malt creeps in the finish showing sweet melon and burnt caramel. Pleasant finish that lands on the sweeter side.

M) Quite thin but fine carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

O) A pleasant tasting IPA but quite thin and a bit lacking for its style. This IPA could use a revamp.

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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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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.