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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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1,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 74 | 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 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.

ckollias, Jul 18, 2011
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.

jbphoto88, Jul 16, 2011
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.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 16, 2011
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.

Brenden, Jul 15, 2011
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

engagechad, Jul 06, 2011
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.

chocosushi, Jul 02, 2011
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.

zdk9, Jun 23, 2011
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.

angrybabboon, Jun 23, 2011
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.

esv, Jun 22, 2011
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.

gskitt, Jun 22, 2011
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.

boonsajerk, Jun 22, 2011
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!

Hopfenpeter, Jun 18, 2011
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.

MrVonzipper, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright golden pour with quickly fading one finger head and nice lacing. Very subdued nose for a West Coast IPA with lots of earthy bready malt, hints of grass and just a touch of citrus. Sweet, toasty caramel malt dominates the taste. As it warms, an herbal, bitter hoppiness emerges balancing it out nicely. It has the signature Full Sail character. Slightly thick and syrupy mouthfeel with a nice tangy, bitter finish. This is not your usual West Coast IPA, but that's what I like about it. It definitely leans to the malt side, but overall it's a solid session beer.

beerdrifter, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden orange with a one finger white head with nice lacing. Smell is citrus hops, grass, earthy, and some malts. The citrus smell was not of rind but of the fruit, a little different but nice. Taste followed the smell as I hoped. Tasted a little more typical hops; pine,resin, but still a lot of the citrus with good malt balance. Mouthfeel is medium that coated the mouth well. Overall a damn good brew and worth a go.

bayougutter, May 30, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring and sheet. the body was a hazy dark amber color.
s - acquired this in a trade about a month ago. the freshness date on the bottle says 090509 so i'm assuming this is a 2009. hence the hop aroma is almost gone. there is a sweet caramel breadiness that dominates the aroma.
t - same caramel and bread taste. just the faintest of hop flavor.
m - medium.
d - i probably shouldn't rate this beer here but i'm leaving this disclaimer that this would probably be a much better beer if it wasn't almost 2 years old.

GPHarris, May 29, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean light orange

Head: Little white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: sweet malts with a little bitterness and some grassiness

Taste: Sweet malts little grassiness and a bitter on the back that runs a little hot

Weight: Light body with low carbonation

Finish: little stickiness on the lips and some heat still there funky after taste on the hops, almost as if the hops where stale

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Piney aroma with some grapefruit mixed in.

T: Starts with a piney frlavor that moves to a bitterness that seems to last.

F: Medium body.

O: Not a bad, but mor of an average IPA. Not one I would go out of my way to have.

soju6, May 26, 2011
Photo of audiodav
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an average joe clear glass

A - Poured a medium dark very clear golden yellow with a creamy white 2-finger head. Fair lacing and just average to below average head retention.

S - Nice piney hops with lemon and grapefruit citrus.

T - Looked and smelled better than the taste. Decent, but not great. Not as hoppy as I expected and finished much more malty with a slight grainy bread aftertaste.

M - Medium carbination, medium body...expected a little more given the smell. Finished nice though and per usual, had a little more body as it warmed up.

O - A decent IPA, I'd say average to above average. I guess I'd say I was let down a bit after the pour. From the look and smell of it I was prepared to rate it much higher. I am a hop guy for sure and this one left me wanting. I'd drink again, but not often.

audiodav, May 17, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy gold with a frothy white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Bog aromas of grapefruit, pines and some other nice sharp citrusy notes. I'm also getting some faint malt aromas.

T- The taste is very balanced ! Great clean earthy flavors with a decent hop bite. Great example of an IPA. Easy drinking as well.

M- Light/medium body with a clean refreshing finish. Could knock back a couple of these.

O- Scores top 5 on my personal favorite IPA's. Way to go Full Sail!

Brianjames16, May 16, 2011
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating I could find, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep gold color, some carbonation bubbles rising in the middle. The head formed a nice 2-3 fingers thick, but faded quickly into some lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, not too strong but pleasant.

Taste: Some grains to start off with bitter hops in the background, but the hoppiness comes through quickly and dominates through the finish. Nice piny flavors that linger nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty smooth. The carbonation was moderate and balanced well.

Overall: A nice American IPA. Beautiful color and nice taste. I could knock back a few of these easily.

FenwaySquid, May 16, 2011
Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really solid IPA overall. Most noticeable to me was a grassy, mellon under-current of taste, in addition to the usual hoppy-sour and sweet-malt balance that I love in a good IPA. Some flintiness is in there, too. Otherwise, it pours clear with a decent white head, nothing spectacular. Sweetwater IPA, a local brew, is my go-to IPA, but sometimes I want an IPA that's a little less sweet-floral. Full Sail would definitely fit the bill (though, frankly, I wouldn't pick it over my backup IPA, Dogfish Head.

dhd1491, May 12, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color. Average head and below average head retention. The Aroma of the beer was really weak for an IPA, I barely detected hops and it was mostly sweet and grain. Average amount of lacing. The taste is ok. Smooth, medium body. It is mostly sweet, giving way to some bitterness but not really a hop driven bitterness. This is not my kind of IPA- its brewed pretty safe- Perhaps a good intro IPA. Next Please!

GossageBrewery, May 12, 2011
Photo of uncleowen
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll cut to the chase- I would call it an above average IPA. I wouldn't kick it out of bed, lets put it that way. Though, it doesn't have a very hoppy taste as I like went I am buying a hoppy IPAs. Would I buy it again? Yes. A nice comparison is Sierra Nevada IPA, just a bit less hoppy. Nice aftertaste.

uncleowen, May 03, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a IPA with a nice nose and a pretty formal look but a lacking simple hoping of bittering pine. golden nose of subtle mints and hints of protein. carbonation is a bit harsh. parley, and lemon zest palate with a dry finish. rather one dimensional but easy drinking.

rtepiak, May 01, 2011
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.