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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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:
ABV 6% IBU 60

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001)
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Photo of mcaulifww
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a glass

small head that doesn't last too long. golden color a little cloudy

understated smell, a little hoppy

very bitter and almost rich. good taste in the front of the mouth.

bitter but not overbearing. good mouthfeel

overall I really enjoy this beer. It's a great go to IPA that's both subtle yet robust.

Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-08-14 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Mostly clear gold with a 2-finger head and mildlacing.

S - Citrus, hop floral, mild grain.

T - Some citrus, bread, mild pine, mint and a hint of spice. The bitterness takes awhile to develop but lingers nicely on the quite-dry aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a crisp feel.

O - Not a ton of malt or hop flavors here. Reminds me of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with less bright citrus. Nonetheless, it's tasty and refreshing.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single purchased @ Trader Joe's in San Clemente, California and presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle. "Specialists in the liquid refreshment arts since 1987."

Pours a clear, pale amber color with an impressive bone-white head that quickly fades. Nice lacing throughout session.

Aromas of pale malts, citrus hops and toasted biscuit. Opens with an assertive hop bitterness and a dry, astringent mouthfeel. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Crisp, hoppy finish. That's all, folks.

Decent American IPA, albeit a bit one dimensional. I could have used some variance in the taste profile: pine notes, hints of citrus, malt backing, etc.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its great to see Full Sail here in NC.Poured into a nonic a clear rich golden/brass with a frothy one and a half finger white head that settles very slowly.A mix of leafy/herbal hops and caramel/biscuit in the nose,neither win out but both play its own role.A mix of biscuit malt and "green" hops on the palate,to me it's almost like a small DIPA in its sweetness and herbal hops.This is an old school ipa,not Oregon in alot of ways but its very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of avaldivia
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. No bottle dating, but a best by of 10/21/11.

A: Clear golden color. Excellent head about 2 inches thick. Nice lacing.

S: The hops are there but not really citrusy or piney. There malt and grain are prominent. They may be overpowering the hops.

T: Better than the smell. The pine is more prominent, but still really grain and malt forward. Not overly sweet. Weird aftertaste.

M: Average. Not overly thick. Medium carbonation.

O: Mediocre. A bottled on date would be better than a best by date. It was decent but fell no need to try it again.

Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Decent head retention.

Light citrus aroma with no malt. Well crafted but lacking in punch.

Sharp citrus and grapefruit flavour with moderate bitterness and some light caramel malts.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nicely balanced IPA. For me it lacks something to bring it all together as a true IPA though. Nonetheless, it is quite refreshing.

Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- More or less golden, and clear at that. Head is big and almost fluffy. Leaves some pretty good lacing.
S- The aroma is kinda plain jane for me. It's more grainy than most in style. There is some caramel notes, but it's pretty heavy on pale malt. The hops are not near what I was hoping. Earthy and a bit of citrus.
T- The hops are more assertive here but barely so. A citrus flash at first, pale malt throughout, with a rather astringent finish.
M- A bit light in the body, which is surprising since the aroma and flavor indicated ample amounts of malt used. Carbonation is smooth though.
O- Roughly average, maybe a bit better if you are expecting a more English take on the style. Not a hop bomb by any means but a decent balanced beer. Seems like more aromatic hops (or hop schedule) would do wonders.

Photo of Buebie
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures out crystal clear, as in, looks like a bud light. Yet there is a sudzy head forming around 3 inches. Taking its time to recede, leaving a solid cap and very generous coats of thick whipped topping sponge pattern head.
Aroma delivers a large amount of grains. burnt caramel, pine and citrus hops with mild buttered rolls and cracked peppercorn.
Taste is fairly sweet with malt and grain flavors. Hops trickle in in the form of mild pine and medium citrus rind flavors.
Finishing dry with a crisp feel.

Overall a decent entry for the style, not somthing to seek out, but it does stand out over many other medium entry ipa's

Photo of Whobody
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - great golden color. Small foamy, lasting head on top. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S- plenty of citrus hops in the nose. Maybe a little of grapefruit, catpiss style smell.

T - bitterness baby! Bitterness up front and right through the finish lingering on the tounge. Pale malt shines nicely. A bit of caramel. A little alchohol in the finish but not overpowering by no means. Nice balance. Also, I think I detect a bit of fruitiness from the hops, maybe the yeast. Nice and dry.

M - carbonation dominates in my mouthfeel. Dry.

O - definitely an IPA I enjoy. 6% ABV is right where I like my IPA's and this one falls right into suit. Easy drinking. A little on the lighter side as far as malt is concerned.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowly receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Smell was a huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

Photo of WillCarrera
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a shade somewhere between copper and golden and produces a finger of sticky head.

S- Lots of citrus and hops coupled with a big dose of grainy malts.

T- Big splash of fruit and floral hops up front, some citrus but mostly chewy apricots, the bitterness is robust and has some pine in it. Malt foundation is very nice and ranges from bread to grain.

M- Medium bodied, very creamy, finishes on the dry side.

O- My first from Full Sail, a solid IPA.

Photo of edfish
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass. Had a nice 1" head, had good thin lacing.
Smell- not Hoppy maybe a grainy /carmel, not bad.
Taste is light and crisp with a dry finish, light malt up front and finishes with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel- not very full -light, not awefull
Overall not a bad beer, if you like a crisp IPA this is for you

Photo of ckollias
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light copper ale with blonde highlights and a frothy one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a long beautiful trail all the way down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma in every whiff. Light traces of citrus but mostly hops.

T: Typical strongly hopped IPA as the style calls for. There are mild hints of citrus and pine but like the smell the hops are dominant and overwhelming pleasant to the palate.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Nice IPA – I’m a fan. This is not my first beer from Full Sail at it will not be my last.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours apricot in color after being liberated from a 12 ounce bottle with a ridiculously tough to twist off, twist off cap. The head is the color of play sand but laces a glass much nicer then the sand. The liquid is super clear and has nice towers of steady bubbles. She's a looker!

The nose on this one is more grains in the glass then hops. Which is ok because the hops are there although in a diminished capacity. It smells like a tasty beverage but I can tell right now it's not going to be one of my favorite ipa's. I prefer the hops to dominate this style rather then just loiter.

Taste is as expected with the grains again overpowering the hop. Nice sweet toasted flavor with a hop appearance more in the mouthfeel as a sublime bitterness. I'd like a more upfront hop assault that carries more flavor with it, Full Sail IPA is half mast in that department.

The mouthfeel next to the appearance is my favorite part of this brew. It has a prickly bitterness that is the only real hop character and a medium body with sizzling carbonation. The feel however can't fill the sails and propel this one to greatness without a better hop profile. A tasty beer but only an average IPA.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since it's one of the few single bottles for sale that I had yet to try. The Full Sail Pale Ale didn't impress me that much but this was good example of what else this style can be. Those looking for a hop bomb can move along since this was much more mellow, refined, and English-tasting.

This poured a somewhat golden hue with not a lot of head and no lacing to be seen. The aroma was pretty subtle but thankfully, there was more to the taste than that. Apricot up front followed by grass and floral notes, with grapefruit and citrus rind in the back. The hops were there but they took a while to kick in and this had a very British feel to it. No burning, not a lot of carbonation, and the mouthfeel was similar to a Belgian IPA. That's how full this was!

The alcohol is certainly here and I had to get through quite a bit of the bottle before I felt it. This is about as subtle as a beer gets in this style and still stays true to form. It's not for everyone but the flavors worked well together and those patient enough to savor this will be rewarded with a nice hint of bitterness at the end of every sip.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, clear golden yellow verging on something a bit deeper and darker. At first it looks like the white head that develops from the pour is forming loosely, but it comes together and is actually pretty rocky. It dissipates to a thick foam that leaves good, sticky lacing in patches.
The aroma is a little light but comes out as it warms. I do get a variety of hops, seemingly more English. It's much more the earthy and herbal hops notes I'm getting than anything else, and little to no citrus. Malts add some balance and there's a bit of soapiness.
This really has an English character to it, as that earthiness and herbal flavor really comes out front. Biscuity malts (buttered biscuits, anyone?) balance a little and the hops follow through to the finish, which is dry and leafy. There is a little whisper of something chalky underlying. This really is very nice as it warms up, as a touch of citrus does come out and it loses something of a rind-like bite. Theonly problem is a seaweed-like flavor comes out a little that isn't good.
The mouthfeel combines a bit of crispness and smoothness working together in harmony. Carbonation is light but ample and the body is medium.
This is a nice beer and I'm glad to support an employee-owned brewery when the product is good. It's curious that I could find a beer from Oregon in NY that I can't find in OH.

Photo of engagechad
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a sixer from Food Lion in Saluda, VA - Poured into various drinking vessels.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow straw like a smutty, smells fruity and hoppy, not much earth in this one. The taste is sharp, bordering on sour but hoppy and fruity. Feels a bit sharp on the tongue its just okay.

Overall this is a solid IPA - good and bitter but the sharpness is a little turn off

Photo of chocosushi
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz -> PBR

A ~ Pale yellowish-toffee colored brew with a pretty weak looking head (characteristic of Full Sail)
Spotty lacing with complete clarity. It's see through.

S ~ Grilled pineapple...bit of peach..not much of a nose

T ~ Lemonade flavors with a bit of bitter hop & Apricot flavors. Touch of orange and a small amount of tropical fruit (mango mostly)

M ~ Kinda thin to be honest but theres a good dry-hoppin in there. Great for Summer.

D ~ This is one that is easily chugged, I should've gotten a sixer. A tame IPA but still sessionable nonetheless.
Full Sail just makes drinkable, slick brews.

Photo of zdk9
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A globe of light orange clear liquid. This one has surprisingly little head for how agressive my pour was. Some waves of lacing.

S- Aromas of sweet citrus- lemon, lime, orange, and mild grapefruit. Some mineral notes. A good bit of maltiness acompanying this. Maybe some grass- could this be staleness or a normal beer flavor, not sure.

T- Lots of fruity hoppiness- peach and tangerine dominate. Some straw bitterness- bits of pine. Not too complex.

M- Goes down pretty smooth and clean for this style- the mineral character seems to help that.

O- If you like your IPAs with sweet citrus and not much else, this one's for you. Not really my cup of tea but not a terrible beer by any means.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 1/27/11

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow/orange - clear, without much of a head, some lacing though

Smell: Mild - light, sweet malts - hops are slightly tropical but mostly orange rind - straight-up citrus

Taste: Very average - pale malts that are like sweet, lightly toasted biscuits - citrus bitterness, oranges, lemon - some herbal spiciness - all aspects are very mild in flavor

Mouthfeel: Very light, which I suppose makes it more refreshing - almost like a mild, session IPA (too bad the ABV doesn't match this assertion)

Overall: Not bad, just average

The pale, sweet malts are interesting, but the hops are boring... especially coming from the fabled West Coast. I'd drink this again, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of esv
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) 1/4 a head. Quickly disappeared. Clear. Medium orange color. Looks like medium carbonation.

S) Some oranges. Earthy hoppiness. Some sweet maltiness.

T) Very bitter, malty. Maybe a slightly thin finish.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sticky.

O) Good IPA. Some grapefruit but not the big grapefruit IPA's that I love. But a very good IPA.

Photo of gskitt
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber, shiny, head dissipates rather quickly. Scent is big, fruity sweet hops is present. Candied pineapple on the nose. Less fruity and sweet in taste, more piney, tastes of lemons. A bit of a bitter aftertaste on the end. Oily finish. Overall, nice IPA, nit great.

Photo of boonsajerk
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail bees have a house flavor. I think its the malt. Makes all the brews have a similar taste no matter the style.

This was a ho-hum AIPA. Nothing special. We are so jaded now as hop bomb enthusiasts.

Was it Bridgeport or Full Sail that used to come in the 11.5oz bottles. What a scam that was.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was running into a six pack of this IPA and bought it, because it is rare in Maryland beer stores.
It poured a deep clear gold with a white head building about one finger thick. After dissipating it leaves good lacing on the glass.
The smell announces variety of flavors. Grass, earth malts, fruity hops.
Tasting the beer, up front we certainly have a hop dominance.
A earthy grass, or lemongrass flavor! In the middle those earth tones will be met with some bittersweetness by some other hop variety. At he end there is a little sweetness lingering on the gum and tongue.
A medium bodied IPA, with decent carbonation and good drinkability. Great job!

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent amber color with a 2cm white foamy head.

Sweet grapefruit, nice malt tone and sweet orange peel.

Great flavor balance. Good semi-sweet maltiness up front balanced well with mild citrussy hops on the back end and a smooth aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smotth and crisp mouth with good carbonation.

Overall this is a solid very easy drinking IPA. This is an IPA I'd like to crush a six pack this summer.

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