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

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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

ABV 6% IBU 60
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with a thick white head. Looks good.

S: Aromas of cream, caramel, and citrus are present on the nose. Unlike many American IPAs, the smell of this beer is not overpowering. Actually, it's rather subtle for the style.

T: Starts floral and hoppy with notes of grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin orange underscored by cream, vanilla bean, and biscuits. The finish is dry and tart with an interplay of biscuit and citrus notes.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and rather dry. It's very drinkable, I'll give it that.

O: This is not a bad IPA, but it really doesn't impress me that much either. I can take it or leave it. There are better out there.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH Signature glass. Best by date: 12/2/11. Thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: Pours a completely clear orange color. Barely any head and it's gone quickly. Lots of bubbles off bottom of glass. Some alcohol feet and lacing.

S: I get some mild fruit hops but a lot of malt especially for a fresher beer.

T: Interesting little beer. You get a strange bite on tip of the tongue. Nothing like a normal WC'er. Lots of malts to balance it out. Really malt forward.

M: Light to Medium bodied. It's easy drinking with little mouth coat.

O: I have to go B- for this one. There just wasn't anything special about it. It's not bad by any means though. Just not the best the WC has to offer.

Photo of Jadjunk
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#129. A delayed resume following what may have been the busiest week of my life has me returning to some bottles that have been sitting neglected for some time. This one has a date code of 111211, which I must assume means November 12 11. Great, it's still good.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 44 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger light frothy head of a pale cream complexion. It recedes at a gradual pace, leaving behind some spotty lacing on the sides. The consistency is a bit thin and spotty like sea foam. The color is a light orange/bronze with copper tones with a mild haziness to it. Carbonation is relaxed. This beer does alright by the appearance, but has its notable flaws. 3

(Smell) There's a good deal of tropical citrus and lemongrass aroma in this beer, followed by a lesser present but notable malt presence in the background. Hops are mild in aroma at best. The aroma is overall quite light but there are some appealing tones. This would certainly pass off well as a summer beer. Smells more of a pale ale. 2.5

(Taste) Begins with a tart piney hop and citrus zest introduction and the pine needles drag on through the remainder of the brew, leaving a crisp dry finish. Malt character is significantly less notable, lingering in the background the entire drink. The beer has an overall bitter tartness to it but not much else. I'm almost certain that this is not the way this beer is supposed to taste. It's missing a lot of content and there are some very off tastes, like metallic notes and chalky textures that certainly ranks this in the bottom half of IPAs that I have had as of now. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is there but it isn't as intense as it should be. It's too smooth for the tart lemony flavors to be a good complement. Finishes dry dry dry, a bit chalky. On a positive note, there's little alcohol presence to be determined through this beer. There's a light-medium body to this beer. Ultimately, there's work to be done here too. 3

(Overall) I'm really not sure if this was meant to taste the way it did, and certainly hope it was a fluke batch. The balance of the tart flavors were way too dominant in comparison to the malt profile, leaving a super dry and chalky taste, and there were some bizarre astringencies, like an occasional metallic note that didn't work for this beer nor any other beer. I'm determined to try this again in the future, but in the meantime I'd point any IPA lovers to a large series of other proven masterpieces. Either this was a dud or reviews should be catered to trying this as soon as it arrives on the shelf. My review classifies this IPA as an average at best. 3

Full Sail Brewery's
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Photo of nc41
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An IPA? Eh, more like a middle of the road APA IMO. Not much on the nose, I wouldn't guess this to be an IPA by nose or by taste. Burning River is a hoppier Brew, as is Headwaters, which doesn't make this a bad beer, but it just doesn't have the makings of an IPA is ant way IMO. Drinkable, and not expensive, but I'd rather have a Hop Devil or Smuttynose, I bought this because it was from Oregon assuning it might be a sleeper WC Ale, not quite.

Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $1.29. Bottle has a stamped date of 060811 -assuming that is the bottling date.

Beer poured golden orange and garned a small head with an agressive pour.

Nose is primarily the malt base with a hint of hop flower.

Taste is very well balanced, drinks more like a pale. Malt base meshes nicely with northwest floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinks smoothly.

Overall a decent beer, not an over the top ipa that is suitable for your pre-game tailgate!

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid simple amber colored body, with a nice foam off white cap for lacing. Lots of good retention for the head, sitting without going anywhere. Some nice slow crawling tiny carbonation rising from the bottom. More of that great clumpy stickiness and lacing

More of that great honey sweetness on the nose, mixing with a citrus like grapefruit hop. Subtle yet easily present and not taking over. Real nice.

Taste is a subtle pine hop bent, mixing a nice bitter that lingers with some toasty malt. Malt presence hides in the background but compliments well. Medium like carbonation that gives some prickly action on the palate but not jarring.

Overall just a solid brew and tasty, perhaps not my favorite but could have any time with much enjoyment. I like what the gang up at Full Sail does, they seem to know what they are doing.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into an SA Perfect Pint.

A- Bright golden-amber and quite clear. Little head, but on a very gentle pour. Lace has some nice stick to it.

S- Floral hops, some spiciness and citrus zest. Malty backbone, well balanced.

T- Some citrus notes right up front, with a nice bready, malty middle. Pleasant lingering bitterness and slightly dry in the finish. Like the nose, clean and well balanced.

M- Medium, coats the mouth well and has a slickness I enjoy.

O- Well balanced and clean, very refreshing and quite enjoyable. It may not be the biggest IPA out there, but that's alright, I'll enjoy one any chance I get.

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with an orangish hue; quarter inch of head with decent retention. Bready, biscuity notes and citrusy, grassy hops aromas in the nose. Taste is malty up front; strong bread like notes. The hop character is mild for the style; citrusy and grassy hops which come mostly in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp.

This one drinks more like a pale ale to me. The hop profile is not intense or bold and the malt content is good but dominates the flavor profile. A good beer, just not a good IPA.

Photo of iSip
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I will admit, that when a brewer puts the IPA on the label, it raises my expectations. The Full Sail falls a bit behind as it fills the glass. Color is nice and deep, but the head and aroma are thin. Looks are not everything, but a cream of the crop IPA will have a gorgeous head and aroma that makes you say "Ahhhh". Not here, my friend. The flavor has a nice malt base. The hops come early and carry a bit of bitter. The Full Sail IPA is not a bad beer, but is outdone by the competition in the IPA space.

Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden amber color with a slightly orange tinted large bubbly head. Big head initially that fades in reasonable time to an 1/8" patchy layer. Some lace patches here and there. Aroma is refreshing. Fruity notes including apricot, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus rind in general, mango, and pineapple, floral tea, pine, as well as caramel and Munich-like malts. Could be maltier but it does smell nice. Taste is also tea-like, fruity, floral, piney, and perhaps even minty. The malts are subtle here too. I like the mix of hops flavors though. Crisp and fresh, they fit well together, and are equal in sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent. A bit resiny and sticky, and generally slick. Body is on the light side of medium if not straight up light. Overall I like this beer. I have other IPAs I like better, but this is great for a hot summer day as it is very refreshing with bright aromas and flavors.

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light yellow gold, clear with a 1-finger sudsy head. Head has poor retention but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of fruity hops, pine and malt. Somehow, this is not particularly pleasant even though I am fond of the aroma of a typical IPA.

The flavor is pretty much balanced, which is OK if unsuitable for a beer of this style. The hops are fruity without being very citrus. With limited hoppiness, this IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one. The malt is lightly toasted and nutty, and doesn't blend as well with the hops as I would hope.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium body.

O - Full Sail IPA is more of English-style IPA that is not bad for the price point.

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

A: Poured from the bottle (lasered date code of 093011 on the neck, consumed on 09-09-11) into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is light orange/dark yellow (when backlit). Clear, with no visible carbonation. Small whitish head on top settles to leave some splotchy lace.

S: Not as hop-centered as I was expecting for an American IPA. Smell is more along the English style: bready malt with a touch of florally, earthy hops. Got a faint whiff of skunk when I opened it, but that disappeared.

T: Definitely reminds me of an English IPA rather than American. Must be East Kent Goldings in there, I'm guessing. Bready malt underneath. Lemony bitterness and some grassiness at the finish is surprisingly strong given the subdued nose. Slightly metallic bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Given the flat appearance, carbonation is surprisingly sharp, though fine-bubbled, especially mid-sip. Call the heft light-to-medium.

O: Solid beer, though not what I look for in an American IPA (i.e., more citrusy hops).

Photo of Jimmys
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pretty clear. golden with a bit of orange. big fluffy head. good lacing, but not great retention.

S: almost english smelling. a very mild bitterness. a sort of waffle-like aroma.

T: earthy. slightly chalky bitterness. a sweet honey hits and then slightly minty. a little bit of toasts. mostly just a little bit of this and a little bit of that, not a solid hop presence with a solid malt backbone.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: not even close to your typical AIPA out of Oregon, which is a bad thing in my opinion. not grabbing this off the shelves again when im craving some hops.

Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant gold color under a tall, thick head that plasters the glass with lace as it falls. Leafy, zesty hop aroma with some lemon rind, grass, and soapiness. Fresh earthy hop flavors...some spicy grapefruit and floral bitterness. Again, the word "zesty" springs to mind. Some grain and a hint on honey. Medium bodied with a lingering bitterness.

File this one under "English IPA". Not your typical west-coast style variety...I wouldn't be surprised to learn they used solely English hops here.

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.

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