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

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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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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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Photo of Chaz33187
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
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"

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mnrider
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle. With Freshness Date.

A: Pours clear golden orange with a large fluffy head. Good retention and nice lacing.
Has plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: Buttery, fruity malts. Citric hops which are slightly floral. Overall the smell is on the
weak side.

T/M: Hop bitterness, sharp citric with a slight floral taste. Creamy and smooth. Malt
backbone is small but strong enough to help balance. Grains and butter. The finish is
dry and a little bitter. IPA flavors are subdued.

O: Not hop heavy like many of the IPA's around now. More balanced with a lot less
hop bitterness. The drinkability is easy and makes for a good session IPA. Also a good
introductory IPA.


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Photo of Omnium
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is new to PA from what I've gathered, and I've only noticed three of their beers in my area so far.
Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice standard gold color, but very little head, no lacing retention at all.
S - Interesting smell, pine hops with an undertone of citrus, some mixed malts of bread and toffee, and a few grassy hints as well.
T - First thing you get is some piney bitterness, but it washes away fast, then you get this rather strong wheat and yeast flavor, kinda bready, even though this isnt heavily malted, its flavor is more pronounced than the hops.
M - Well carbonated for sure, dry finish, mildly bitter
O - I wasnt expecting anything great. I dont need the label to tell me something is "ridiculously tasty" thats usually the first indication there's a liar amidst their 47 employee's. But its not bad, definitely sessionable, but more in the line of a summer IPA, very much reminds me of HopSun, just 10 times less exciting and flavorful. But a decent introduction to Full Sail, maybe they'll get super creative, who knows.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, it is my extreme honor and privilege to welcome Hood River, OR to the Great & Mighty Commonwealth of PA! I was just in Philly yesterday and I have seen more Full Sail beers here in Lancaster than I did there. Maybe I was not looking hard enough or maybe Lancaster (City & County) has made it onto the beer map at last. Just wonderin' ,,,

From the bottle: "Ridiculously Tasty India Pale Ale"; "Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts Since 1987"; "47 Employee Owners".

Man, I was jonesin' for a beer today, especially after yesterday's Real Ale Fest at Yards. I had this as the next one to drink and I was thinking about it as the end of the day approached. I wasted no time getting from the bottle into a shaker glass and I quickly had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention for my efforts. Color was a deep-amber with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was resinous with a pine scent and my mouth was watering. I had to wait for the foam to fall, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and I was instantly reminded of why I am a self-proclaimed hophead. Hops are the bomb, yo! I felt like an addict getting his fix and the pine sap flavor was making me feel right at home. Finish was dry, not gasping for air afterwards dry, but still dry. And hoppy. Did I mention that I like hops? I liked this beer ... a lot. More, please.

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

Appearance: Nice amber color with plenty of foam and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts with pine, citrus, and floral notes.

Taste: Delicious. Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter, balanced with just the right amount of malts and enough spice to give it a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean aftertaste.

The Verdict: Excellent. Though some hopheads may find it lacking, the subtlety of this is nearly perfect for my palate. Since I can’t get my Sweetwater 420 and Victory is a rarity in these parts, this may become my new session IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright amber orange tint. Head is a 1/4 inch but seems to stick around for a bit with decent lacing. Bubbles feeding the carbonation.
S+T - Smell is to be desired with some moderate gram cracker, bread, and piney hops but taste is way better than expected. Very balanced citrus hop bitterness, some bready gram cracker crust, and a finish with some piney hops that cling to the palate. Not blown away but I am impressed.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, hides the 60 IBU's well.

Overall I would drink this again. In a way it reminds me of 60 minute IPA with less carbonation in a way helping drink ability. I would buy it again if I found it.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

EMPLOYEE OWNED! This is a perfect starter IPA.

Appearance: CLEAR well carbonated golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation floating towards a solid white head w good retention. plenty of lacing in a .5 L tall cylinder named Spaten. Good looking, reminds me of my friends in Oregon - clear, straight ahead, energetic, well made, good water.

Aroma: Old fashioned american ipa. bready. Yeasty. A bit of caramel, toffee, malt but sweet. Some fruit and a little citrus and pine.

Taste: Bitter and American classic at first, and bready. Caramel and english malts with a lemon - hoppyness. It's drinkable, and thirst quenching - their goal, but a bit forgettable too. Not as intense as big hoppy IPAs like Stone or American PAs like Dales.

Mouthfeel: medium body with above average effervescence and easy drinkability. Nice summer beer, not a winter beer really. Should be delivered in cans please.

Overall: Definitely a gentle IPA for someone just getting into hops. Not the intense flavor and bitterness that hopheads want. Love that FULL SAIL is employee owned (47)! For that reason, I recommend them. Bready, bakery, summery, light beer. Should be in cans!

Came back to this with smoked salmon with garden tomatoes and green peppers and onions, basil, on toast in August - Greatest summer IPA, makes me want another, so fresh tasting. Great w food. 8-8-13

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Photo of jmbranum
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light amber colored liquid with a white head. Very, very pretty in the glass, especially when held up to the light.

Aroma is nice and full with lots of grain and maltyness, aromatic hops and a hint of pineapple and oranges.

Flavor is very balanced. There is a background of matzah bread, a little bit of toastynes and just the right amount of hops. The hops seem to dance between citrus, herbs, mint and a tiny bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and feels very smooth.

An excellent beer. On style note --- I would probably label this as being more of a British style IPA or maybe an American style Pale Ale. It is not nearly as hoppy as many American IPA's.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange color with little bubbles of carbonation floating towards a thin soapy off-white head. Pretty much picture perfect for the style but appearances are hardly ever mind-blowing.

Aroma: Caramel and a hint of toffee in the malt department. Some pine and a little citrus where the hops are concerned.

Taste: A nice burst of bitterness straight away but that quickly dies out and the palate becomes a little watery. Usual caramel and english malts are present along with a sweet lemony hoppyness. The breweries website says that this is meant to be a 'thirst quenching IPA' which I'd agree with. But the end result is an IPA that doesn't focus enough of good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with just above average effervescence and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Definitely a starter/transition IPA for someone just getting into craft. It doesn't contain the real flavor and bitterness that hopheads are interested in. Would I drink it again? No.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gives this IPA a big white slightly off white head above a clear bright copper golden colored beer. The light biscuity head takes its time to settle into a pretty nice lacing on this hopsy drink.

Light citrus, light fruits, light earthy pine, and a lighter grain malt aroma.

Light citrus fruit and fresh pine taste with just a slight hint of grain malts keep this slightly bitter.

The hops bitterness remains in the dry aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

This beer has a light and refreshing hops bite to it, not as bold or, to me, as good as Red Chair NWPA but a decent enough IPA to down a few of them on any given afternoon.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice crisp-looking yellow-golden beverage with a very white frothy head.
Tough to smell much, but light fruit and malt. And with a hint of a nondescript funk I don't care for as well.
A hint of fruit is captured by the hop bitterness. Malt backbone is there, some breadiness. Nothing outstanding here, but not bad either. Enough hops to satisfy my taste buds for a quencher. I could reach for a few of these on a warm day and not complain much.
Carbonation is ok and the aftertaste is not bad either. I'd add a half point more if only it didn't come off slightly thin to me.
All in all, despite certain aspects that fell short for me here, this comes through in the end as a whole unit, as a drinkable ipa I'd reach for again one day. I got the impression of this as an ipa that, had it been my first one ever, would have made me want to try other styles. A solid but basic intro to IPAs.

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Photo of nUgZ
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Grassy and malty smell. Not too much going on here.

T: Much like the smell, grassy and malty. Bleh.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Leaves something to be desired. Not bad, but not something I would seek out.

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

Fairly average IPA. Pours a clear golden color with medium white head and average retention. Looks like an American lager. Aroma is mild maltiness with a little grassy hops. Taste is somewhat malty with just a little grassy hops to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Would be an ok session beer if it was not 6.00% abv.

Nothing special, pleasant but there are many better IPAs out there.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - a light hazy golden straw color. A thin finger of head on top plants a sticky thin ring of lace at the high water mark. Tendrils of carbonation from the bottom are pushing around flecks of suspended solids in the glass. Maintains a thin cover for a good long time.

Aroma - soapy, floral, wet and lemony. A bit light after setup but pleasant.

Taste - floral, lemony, a light breadiness. A snappy twang of hops mid-palate, but not much development. The bitterness is a touch rough, not quite medicinal. Ends dry and some astringency creeping in on the finish.

Mouthfeel - a decent level of crispness, slightly smooth but wouldn't mind some more of that.

Drinkability - an average drinkable IPA. I would like to see more on the citrus side.

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

A: Light golden copper color with a finger and a half of head that retains well.

S: Very subtle citrus notes and pale malt. Weak.

T: Pale malts, some citrus sweetness, and some dry bread flavor. Finishes with a touch of hop bite.

M: Medium body, average carbonation, and leaves the palate feeling clean.

O: Too many good IPAs to choose from in the PNW area for this to be one for me to seek again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a Trader Joe's and reviewed live in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Served into a Uinta pilsner glass. Expectations are average given the brewery - which has been sort of meh for me in the past. Best before 12/18/12. 6.0%.

Not paired with anything. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some mild cream, above average thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant.

Sm: Generic floral hops, clean malts, some cream, and very light citrus. Appealing and fresh. An average strength aroma.

T/Mf: Generic floral hops and slick clean malts. Some artifical cream. The sugary artificial malts don't cover up the hop bitterness on the climax. As a result, the balance is impaired. A bit buttery. Overly smooth and wet, not allowing the flavour to shine through. Simple and underwhelming.

Dr: Drinkable but meh. Another middling bottle of mediocrity from Full Sail. I suppose it's priced well for what it is. A very lackluster beer in the style. More a pale ale than an IPA. I wouldn't bother with this again. Doesn't make me excited for more Full Sail beers.


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