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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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555 Reviews
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Reviews: 555
Hads: 1,394
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 25
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 555 | Hads: 1,394
Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Tall bubbly head that lasts longer than expected on top of a slighly cloudy amber hue. The head is light colored, and slowly settles to a bubbly cap. Thick lacing that contains spekles from the tiny bubbles in the head.

Strong spicy and piney hops making a grapefruit like smell.

Bitter hops lend a citrus flavor while the medium-thick malts give off a bread like flavor that lingers along with the spicy hops. Low carbonation prevents this beer from having a bite, but the amount of hops gives it a crispness that lasts until the dry finish.

Decent overall beer. Perfect for the hopheads. Try one for yourself.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fine appearance, with pillowy foam atop a rich copper brew. The aroma is weak, with a light, rain-like hoppiness. Not particularly inviting. The taste is lightly nutty, with some weak hops. The flavor is basically tangy, and instead of a bitter finish it is more of a light sourness that isn't too appealing. The carbonation is decent, but the mouthfeel is quite thin/watery. I probably could finish this glass, but for an IPA it's very boring and more like mass-produced macro garbage...

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze & effervescent with a fluffy 2 fingers+ head. Insane lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit

T: Grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, Slight hints of grainyness & lemon as it warms. Finishes crisp & quenching

MF: Medium body with efferevescence & skewing slightly too hoppy or is it just not malty enough?

Drinks very easy. Not a super complex IPA, but not a bad one to session on

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden-orange color topped by an inch of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing in its descent to a thin, quarter-inch ring. Aroma of piney floral hops, a touch of light sweet malt, and a dash of honey. Palate is tasty, yet holds back a bit on the hops. Some medium-profile hops are evident, with a touch of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Light sweet malt provides a nice balancing foil, with some dry hoppy bitterness emerging at the finish. Body is a little thin. Overall, decent, but probably not near what I would grab for given a full range of Oregon IPAs to choose from.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey-orange and slightly hazy. Nice foam. Starts out a little sudsy but soon reduces into a thin-tight layer which stays for the rest of this 12oz beer's life. Smells good. A distinct aroma of strong-sweet hops with some citrus in the mix. Taste is somewhat of a let down from the aroma. Not bad, just not up to par with what I was hoping. Strong hop bitterness but off-balance with sweet-tangy fruit (grapefruit maybe?). Hops linger nicely in the mouth setting up the next swallow. Worth a try.

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Photo of rgrace99
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a single-finger head with some lacing. Aroma was very mildly hoppy. Taste was crisp with some bitterness and a sweet backbone. Went down very nicely. Not a great IPA but very drinkable nevertheless.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper colored with fluffy white head. Aroma is floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is malty,fruity, and some citrus hop bitterness. The alcohol is evident in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a good IPA and wouldn't make a bad session beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber, large off white head. Nice lacing clings, and good retention.

S - Grapefruit, florals, and a hint of malt.

T - Surge of bitterness at first, with a faint malt backbone. Notes of earthy citrus flavors. Finishes with a strong grapefruit note. Quite strong, but tasty none the less. Mid bodied, with average drinkability.

A decent IPA, and one that's perfect for sessions.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail is one of my favorite breweries in the Northwest region of Oregon, always makes consistant quality bottled brews.

This is no exception, great IPA

A - not an extremely dark IPA, high amber

S - dark roasted smell

T - excellent taste, very crisp, high in hops but not over the top

M - exceptional, but it does have a slight bitter after taste, that leaves me wanted more and more

very drinkable, will purchase again, even consider a 1/4 barrel.

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Photo of goschool
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is gold approaching amber with a white head that has good retention and leaves more the average lacing. The nose has earthy, herbal hops with a touch of orange. This stuff tastes like Lagunitas IPA would if it was stale and you poured lemon juice in it. There's a British character along with the PNW in this, but musty hops and too much lemon ruin anything tasty or drinkable.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 08 10 06 and 10:16, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey amber with an impressive 1 ½ inch bone white marshmallow looking head, fades away in ten minutes or so, thick full lacing is produced

S—spicy, fruity hops, peppery, light citrus fades in and out as well, very fragrant

T—not as bold a the smell led me to believe, mostly floral in the taste, pretty mild overall

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

T—Not as hoppy as some other IPAs, but still very good. A good session beer, but a little higher ABV than I like in a session.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright golden amber with some brown highlights. The head was just a frothy film of off white.

Smelled of pasty wheat, flour and rye with a sweet fruity pine.

It tasted like there was a base of sweet and sour apple juice and a little peach with a nice dry pine on top. In the finish, there was a little more peach and a bit of popcorn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a tingly dry carbonation.

This was a very aggressive hoppy beer, but not in an offensive manner and it was easy to drink.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice foamy off-white head.

S: Very faint, can't pick much up here. Some grassy hops and something else in the background that I can't quite put my finger on...

T: Nicely hopped, not too sticky or resiny making this a very drinkable IPA. Flowery, grassy hops with a crystal malt background that balanced nicely.

M&D: Light-bodied and easy drinking!

I've had other Full Sail brews but never seen this one until today, so I had to try it. It's a nice effort and something I might pick up a sixer of if I am feeling too poor for some Two Hearted ;)

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Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of Full Sail IPA at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. A thick foamy white head forms, and is fairly resilient. The head laces the glass nicely, and doesn’t disappear until near the end.

The smell is typical of an IPA, evergreen scents and citrus fruit fragrances, mostly lemon and grapefruit. A bit of a new carpet smell as well, which is interesting.

The taste is also typical of the style. Citrus flavors and a hop presence abound, but there is also a distinct malt base in the taste as well. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, and it’s a good tasting beer. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is very crisp, clean and refreshing. The beer is well carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer and a good example of the style. I would certainly have Full Sail IPA again, and probably will.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dull amber with a slight chill and almost a yellow tint. Head is reluctant to form but there's a nice lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt and nice grassy hops. A little bit toasty.

Taste: Biscuity malt quickly overtaken by a good blast of grassy hops. Balanced flavor and refreshing. Very green tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, clean, not sticky, medium carbonation. Very Full Sail.

Drinkability: A tasty well built IPA. Full Sail brews seem to be lacking mouthfeel in my personal opinion, but this is nice because it's refreshing and not overwhelmingly rich for an IPA. Not a huge hoppy beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber hue, bone white head, smallish but staying.

Aroma: soft, and slightly hoppy, mostly soapy. Minor citrus, but any hoppy kick is muted, at best.

Tasting it: nice hop attack on the palate, dry and brittle in the mouthfeel, before slowly fading back. Returns with each sip. Medium bodied, lingering hoppy finish.

Gets juicier and brighter toward the end. Enjoyable texture. Nice taste. Feels dry-hopped, and I imagined if it weren't, it wouldn't be quite so enjoyable. Not bad, though, not bad at all.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to re-evaluate this beer after tasting probably hundreds of IPA's
Poured a pretty golden orange with a nice one finger craggy head that melty to glass-sticking lacing.
Aroma slightly of pale malts with an orange hop scent...clean and bright but not necessarily a fresh hop scent.
Taste is only slightly sweet for a brief instant then definately hops...first orange, then a citrus bitterness. Not quite grapefruit...but nicely bitter and very clean. Hops are not overpowering but nicely sweet and bitter at the same time.
Mouthfeel has nice carbonation.
Aftertaste is actually clean and nicely drying.
Originally I described this as a brew with slightly stale or extract tasting ingredients. With a more mature palette (I would like to think) I find this a very qua-fable IPA...not overpowering and not too over the top West Coast. A nice balance has been achieved between the malts and the hops to make a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, I have come across another excellent PNW India Pale Ale. Nice burnt orange colour, with a well blended hoppy, malt smell with almost a woody, smoked overtone.

Citrus, woody taste with a nice malt hint to it and a strong hop flavour. Sweet, but this is controlled by the hops. A little heavy on the hops, and this perhaps contributes to the "overdone" taste, but still quite nice nonetheless.

Good mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright golden yellow and sits a beaming golden amber with a large, soft, creamy head. Fades slowly to good layer of foam and lots of lacings around the glass.

Smells of bright citrusy hops; oranges, grapefruit and lime all come through nicely. Soft caramel tones and subtle hints of spice and nuttiness.

Tastes fruity and well-bittered up front, a torrent of hops lob buckets of bittering orange peel and grapefruit rinds. Sharp grassy notes wave over top the light malty background that provides a crisp, crackery platform. Finish is equally bitter, with lots of continuing fruitiness.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, moderate carbonation and a medium-light body.

Extremely flavorful and completely hop-geared. Not your well-balanced IPA, this one speaks of the NW harvest. Tasty all the way.

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Photo of thaichile
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with nice head that disappears rather quickly. Malts on the nose with a whisper of hops in the background. Flavors are apple cider with a slight bitterness. Maybe this is watery or maybe its smooth. Couldn’t decide, but this is a session brew. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mickeymac
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!!!

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Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.