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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 harrymel
1.99/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by 23JAN13

Pours a nice golden ale with a near solid sheet of fine white foam. Brilliant clarity. Smells like grain, simple grain and some hints of herbal hops - not anything like the current trend in IPA, more english and more oxidized. Flavor doesn't diverge much from the nose: oxidized malts and bitterness with little depth and complexity. Not impressive. Medium bodied with sharp carb and an off dry finish. This beer is too one dimensional and a little oxidized for my preferences.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by date of 12/14/12, It was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Full Sail IPA pours a 100% clear tangerine, with some dark yellow highlights. About two fingers of white head caps the beer. Head retention is very good, though lacing still ends up a little bit on the spotty side. The nose has a bit fresh crackers to it, along with a floral, earthy hop aroma that is far, far too subtle. That same bready, cracker malt character from the nose provides a nice opening at the front of my palate. The wave of bitterness that rolls through next is moderate, but still enough to grab my attention. The finish is nice, with a bit of an orange-citrus flourish playing nicely against the more floral flavors. The body is very nice and light, with just a little bit of presence. The carbonation just doesn't pop and liven up the beer the way it should. Full Sail's IPA is definitely on the more subtle and restrained side for a style that's not always known for those traits, but it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of Vigilante
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden copper color with two fingers of head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving light lacing.

S: Malt with a hint of hops and citrus. Not a very strong or complex aroma.

T: Pale malt, slight piney taste, lemon notes , crisp finish.

M: Light to medium body (for an IPA), clean a little fizzy. Smooth finish.

O: Decent beer overall but not outstanding. A little too light in the mouthfeel and aroma.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer falls into the category of a "standard" IPA for me, as far as strength goes. This beer doesn't intend to be a hop-bomb and I appreciate that - it is a nice, crisp, bitter, but easy-drinking beer of which I could have many in a single sitting if I so chose. I would definitely recommend this as a good ipa to try - especially if you are not overly familiar with the style. Most of what I have tried by Full Sail has been good and I would say this is my favourite thus far.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a clear, golden color, and is capped by a thin white head that provides spotty lacing. Citrus aromas come out of the gate swinging, mostly grapefruit and orange notes, and is met by muted toasty cereal malt hints. Citrus and just a touch of piney hop flavors dominate the pallet before being evened-out by a slight caramel malt backbone and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth throughout, Full Sail IPA is medium in body, and features a moderate amount of carbonation.


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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears as a rich amber with a creamy, long-lasting white head. Smell exudes caramel malts with a citrus and pine hop bouquet. Hop bitterness dominates the taste, coupled with a thin malt presence. Medium bodied, fairly effervescent on the tongue, clean and dry.

I hoped for a bit more balance with this beer. The malt taste and aroma pale behind the strong hop bitterness. A good beer, nevertheless...

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color and high in clarity. Crowned by an impressive ivory head and a sticky ring of lacing. Nose features pine and citrus but is a little faint for my taste.

Taste is pleasant with citrus and floral hops and some accompanying bread and caramel notes to the malt. Texture is thick enough but matches the carbonation even;y, which is a plus. The malt really strikes the right notes but I could use a little more of that famous northwestern hop assault to really make this a contender, but this is clean and drinkable. Not something that stands out but a solid, if mellow example of the style.

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

Pours a deep orange with a white head. Smell is fruity and clean hops. Bitter hops up front give way to refreshing pine and floral notes. A very refreshing and crisp brew that isn't overly done. Exploring the vast and dangerous plains of IPA's where sky-high IBU's reign king, it's nice to have an ole reliable brew like this one.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderate malt and hops. Malt is mostly pale. Some fruity esters, lemon. Hops are bitter and pine, some citrus.

Appearance: Light gold, high clarity. Lots of bubbles rising. Head is clean white in color. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Lots of pine and citrus grapefruit hops. Mild alcohol. Moderate pale malt, bready, mildly toasty. The hops get a tiny bit harsh at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mild carbonation stings a bit. Feels creamy but finishes quite dry.

Overall: Better than average IPA. Full of malt and hop flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold with a very thin head into my glass.

Aroma consists of piney hops and some biscuit malt. Pretty simple

The malt show smore than the hops on the tongue. Balanced. Crisp

Mouthfeel isn't much to write about. Not offensive though.

An excellent ipa that should please fans of the style

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

Poured an amber-colored body alongside a 1 finger head. Fast retention and fair lacing.

S- Grassy/floral, dank resinous grapefruit, spices, cracked pepper, bready, apricot, candy-like sugar.

T- Strong hints of grapefruit. hoppy, earthy, a touch of alcohol in the finish. Again, the candy-like flavor sticks to the palate and invites you for another drink. The finish is very bitter, but is complemented by the sweet candy like presence.

M- Medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, and the finish is not the usual dry of "higher" IBU ipa's.

A tasty and refreshing American IPA. Easy to enjoy and if you like hops, this is for you.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pried off the twist-off cap (fail) of a 12oz bottle and poured it into a snifter. Best by 6/15/12.

A: Pours a light glowing citrus amber color with a short lived finger of bright white head that faded into a wispy scum leaving a few streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Light on the nose with a few notes of pine, onion hops, and pale malts. Smells pretty straightforward, but I wish it was just a little stronger.
T: Better tasting than the nose with clean flavors of simple piney hops and lightly roasted malts. The finish is grainy and the aftertaste has a note or two of lemon and onion. The onion isn’t strong though and doesn’t hinder the drinkability.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel with fizzy and scrubbing carbonation. Finish is smooth and refreshing.
O: A no-frills beer. Easy to drink and light in flavor. Not my favorite but I’ve been known to order this now and again.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The nose has a mélange of orange and grapefruit citrus aromas—neither one stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors and has a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of the hops, this beer is rather balanced by the underlying malts so the citrusy flavors and bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a amber with golden hues body.

S: very malty with some musty hops providing mostly orange and lemon citrus notes.

T: the hops drop off a bit in the flavor with mostly pine notes from the hops but also a subtle citrus sweetness. nice malt presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not a bad IPA. Not very memorable as there is a disappointing degree of hops in the flavor. More APA like.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours deep golden-orange with a short lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, supported by caramel malt and orange fruit. Body is medium-full and tangy. A lot of citrusy hops, balanced by caramel malt and ripe fruit. Long finish is mostly dry. Nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of dubman003
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA just a bit to thick, I like a crisp IPA, so it's a bit preference, but it just popped into 3rd in my giant beer bottle collection. I suppose that's a giant victory. It arrived in Market Basket today so I had to give it a shot. I figure it must be fresh to have a tag reading "new."

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear honey color with a white, finger width head, poor retention, and a resulting spotty lace.

Smell - Spicy, peppery hops.

Taste - Follows the nose, and then some. Spicy, peppery notes. Citrus undertones. Floral. Decent malt backbone. Aftertaste is a touch sweet, and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Despite the appearance, has a wonderful carbonation which leads to a crisp, clean finish.

Overall - This isn't quite a top tier IPA, but it's exceptional in it's uniqueness. It's not especially bitter, but it's certainly hop forward and delicious as all hell. Will buy again!

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Photo of mikegreen138
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly out of bottle into pint glass, pours a dark yellow with slight tint of amber, smells a little mild for an IPA but it does not have a high IBU so i cannot expect much hoppy smell.

Taste is very refreshing, many hints of fruit and floral hop flavor all while not being overpowered with pure hops like other IPAs. i am not usually a huge fan of IPAs but on this one the flavors really shine through, and mix well with the hoppy flavors. overall a great refreshing beer that is packed with flavor, and is really great on any day hot or cold.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail IPA has a thick, white head, lots of lacing rings, only a few streaming bubbles, and a slightly hazy, but mostly clear, yellow-orange appearance. The aroma is of oranges, orange peel, and bread. Taste is of citrus, sugar, orange pulp, unsalted crackers, and it has a pretty low bitterness for a 60 IBU rating. There is a bitter, grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and fluffy, and Full Sail IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Overall, this a nice, nice beer.


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Photo of burkett
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden color with a thick head that stuck around

S - very subtle hops aroma

T - the taste matched the aroma, the hops are very subtle for an IPA

M - nice, crisp, very drinkable

O - refreshing and not overpowering, I could see myself drinking several of these on a hot summer day. Could be the beer aficiando's Budweiser?

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus
Taste-Floral, herbal hops, toasted malt.
For an American IPA the hops are pretty muted and subtle, more like an English IPA. I expected a little more out of this beer. It's not horrible, just not great, in my opinion.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with no date

nose is wheat and hay with the hops in the background. less hop than expected. taste is subdued. more of a straight up pale than an AIPA. malt and bitter is what comes through at first. hops don't come in till later. very floral but in the background. maybe more subtle than subdued. knocking it down a bit because of a somewhat unpleasant, lingering, aftertaste. this is a very crisp beer, with the right amount of carbonation.

The taste of this beer left me puzzled, definitely not what i was expecting. It's not bad but very middle-of-the-road, especially put up against the likes of Surly, Stone, etc. Wouldn't mind finding it in a cooler on a hot day, tho.

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Photo of yamar68
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is soft - more of a malt presence than expected. Biscuits, grain... hops aren’t too agressive but neatly balanced. Pours a golden orange with a finger of creamy white head. Initial flavor is abstract and bitter, far less balanced than the nose. Not bad though. This could certainly pass as a American pale. Probably wouldn’t seek this out but I’ll likely try the rest of the line-up since they’re on sale at Zipp’s :)

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden straw with finger of fluffy white head. Minimal lacing.

S- muted hops blend well with tropical citrus.

T- well balanced, not overly hoppy with a good blend of citrus tropical fruits.

M- very well balanced, nice medium body and was very smooth.

O- decent beer, I prefer hoppier IPA's but this had a nice blend. Would have again, nothing special though. May be good for those who don't usually like IPAs.

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Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly faint, with notes of citrus and herbal hops....but really not much there.

Upon first drink, there is a fairly small bitterness for style...actually I'd say it's at the level of many APA's rather than IPA's. Decent sweet maltiness on the body with a note of citrus present and a small biscuit presence. A faint note of grain appears at the finish of the drink along with a little bitterness at the finish as well but pretty small here.

Definitely a tame IPA all around. Drinkable, sure....perhaps an "entry" beer for those not initiated or those who aren't feeling like a full-flavored IPA.

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