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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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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | 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 BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: 06/15/10

Full Sail IPA in the glass is a hazy light coppery gold and a vigorous pour produces a generous white head with oily lacing.

The aroma is of soft mellow orchard and juicy tropical fruits, oranges, lemon, star fruit, ripe pears and perhaps a bit of banana.

The flavor has a strong malt background taste of buttery caramel, sweet is perfectly balanced with bitter while aforementioned mellow orchard fruits and citrus flavors make up the somewhat herbal hop component. Fruity yeast esters are present, with a touch of banana or even bubblegum. I also pick up a hint of cocoa which may just be a slightly salty bitterness playing with my taste buds.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Full Sail IPA strikes me as more of an English style IPA than the standard West Coast hop bomb. It has plenty of hop flavor however and is very drinkable. Along with the Pale Ale I imagine this beer will make it's way into our refrigerator on a regular basis. A very good beer from a dependable brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:37:12 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of rootbeerman


3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear orange, with a white sticky head well lacing head.
S: floral, pine and a sweet lemon citrus. sweet malt
T: lightly sweet citrus and pine, could stand for it to be a bit more bitter. aftertaste is malty and lightly bitter.
M: smooth and slick, carbonation is light.
D: easy, smooth, and sip and well could be pound-able

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 06:39:50 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sending some extra West coast love.

Full Sail IPA pours a clear light orange with a thin white head on top. Small patches of lacing.

The aroma consists of slightly peppery, almost salty hops. Reminds me a bit of hops soaked in sea water. Sweet, crisp malts make up the base. Not too bad, but could be a little stronger and with more hop in the nose.

Crisp, lemony citrus on the tongue, followed by sweet malts and some gentle hop bitterness. Sweet and again, almost salty. Hops have are a touch grassy and the flavor in general finishes on the dryer side. Crisp, malty, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation. Some lingering bitterness on the finish. Feels a little more robust than some standard IPA's.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and easy drinking IPA. Putting back a couple of these on a hot day would be no problem. Fairly tame and maybe a good IPA for those that are new to the style and don't want to be overrun by hops.

Overall, this is my first Full Sail brew and its pretty tasty. The hops seem to be a bit on the weak side, but the drinkability is good. This wouldn't be my go to IPA, but I'd gladly take one if it were offered to me. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 22:41:12 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of spoons


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

It looks amazing. Orange, great firm sticky white head, great lacing.

Smells like your average brew pub pale ale. yes I said pale ale. If I did a blind tasting of this I would never guess it was an IPA. Not good.

Taste sweet and has a decent malty finish. No hop bitterness. I think this is pretty drinkable. However, is makes me wonder where all the hops went. I wouldnt call it an IPA by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 07:19:51 | More by spoons
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head some pretty good lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but had traces of hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of some hops - though it's not as huge a component as in other IPAs - a grassy quality, and lemon. Not as vibrant as some IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, but not overly remarkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 12:19:35 | More by avalon07
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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange with a decent head. Smells pleasantly of citrus hops. Flavor profile is what you would expect from the nose. Taste is good but a little subdued in my opinion. Not a bad IPA but not really impressive either. Definitely a drinkable brew though, I will give it that.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 19:17:59 | More by alli4051
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass.

Honey golden in color with a touch of amber, very clear. Looks effervescent with bubbles shooting to the top. Finger and a half white head that quickly dies down to a soapy looking half a finger head and already showing evidence of lacing. Good lacing as you drink with a solid layer of foam on top throughout.

Smell is malts dominated. Barley, cereal and biscuity malts on top. A floral and spicy hop aroma buried in there as well.

Biscuity, bread-y, barley malts hit the palate first. Followed by a spicy bitter (resin) hop kick with the slightest hint of citrus (lemon) and a bit of alcohol. Doesn't really bring enough hop flavor to the party to make this a noteworthy IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the higher end of medium that is fairly assertive. Fairly creamy and decently smooth.

Pretty drinkable, but plenty of better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:41:37 | More by billshmeinke
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District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a tiny head with little retention. Hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is mild. I can get a mild hop scent, some citrus and floral notes, but not much else.

Taste is on the milder side as well, and its hoppy with a decent malt profile to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, and carbonation is okay.

Drinkability is high due to its relatively low ABV and mild flavor profile. If one were curious about IPA's, I would suggest this as a starter..its not overpowering. I prefer mine with an aggressive hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:16:52 | More by kshankar
Photo of cichief


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack at Total Wines in Chantilly, VA. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a orange gold with a thin off-white head.

S- Some floral hops aroma, a little citrus.

T- Citrusy and clean, with a nice malt backbone.

M- Medium body, nice and well carbonate without being gassy.

D- Refreshing, good for a nice summer day, not as tasty as some West Coast IPAs, but not as over-powering as others.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:14:40 | More by cichief
Photo of Bfarr


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear burnt orange with a nearly white head that doesn't stick around for long. A light hoppy aroma with an almost lager-like twinge. A very crisp mouthfeel owing to it's higher carbonation. A nice albeit rather nondescript hoppy taste not at all overbearing but not to complex. The hoppy taste and bitterness does not stick around for long. This is perhaps a fine introduction to IPA's for anyone that prefers a lighter taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:58:32 | More by Bfarr
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was better than most reviewers, but I am having it on tap at the Full Sail brewery (actually McCormick and Schmicks in Portland which has the Full Sail taps). Tasted next to several other examples of their beer, but this was poured into a full pint glass.

Lots of grass, herbs, and pine going on. Some citrus rounds out the nose and palate. Rather straightforward but good as far as IPAs go. Rather intense, but tasted after their Imperial IPA, seems rather restrained! I would recommend this IPA for being very good, very predictable, and easy to find (in the NW).

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 23:49:12 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of mwagner1018


3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light coppery red tinted color, lighter in color than most IPA's, very light white head with little retention...quickly diminishes, but leaves a mild spotted lacing down glass.

S- Sweet malt, light fruity, citrus, mild hop.

T- Clean bitterness up front, very mild...lingering grassy bitterness afterward. Slight sweet malt caramel backbone.

M- Slightly buttery, creamy, light airy texture, with substantial carbonation that delivers nicely. Slightly chalky finish.

D- Very drinkable, refreshing, light, mild, not nearly as hop forward as I would like in an IPA, but a very decent bold pale ale, coming in at 6%. Balanced nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:40:03 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a stamp of 121109. Pours a clear, golden color with a fairly dense, off-white foam. Average retention but leaves some nice sheets of lace on the glass. Lighter color than most IPAs, but pretty decent looking overall.

Nose delightfully plays off of grapefruit, pine and mangoes. Hops are fresh and clean smelling. There is some honey drizzled malt to balance things out, but it smells like the hops will be able to shine unimpeded by a heavy malt bill.

Not a very big beer, in fact, it does not even seem to be the 6% it claims...but it drinks very fine and damn near chuggable. This is one of my favorite beers I have had so far from Full Sail. I really like the light body and juicy hops. The malts are light, sweet and slightly toasty while the hops have a pleasant split between flavoring and bittering, neither overly aggressive. This one straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Very sessionable with enough punch to not become boring too quickly, I could drink a couple of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:55:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no date of any kind poured into a shaker pint.

A-Pours golden with a somewhat thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S-Faint citrus hops with a bit of malt. Not bad at all, but its not knocking my socks off either. I'd really like to know how old this is. Maybe when it is fresher, the nose is better.

T-Citrus hops more prominent here than in the nose, but this is certainly no hop bomb, and thats not a bad thing. A bit of caramel and some biscuity malt. Not bad at all, but not outstanding either.

M-Lots of carb, a bit thin with a somewhat (surprisingly) slick finish.

D-Easily drinkable.

There is nothing outstanding about this beer, but its not bad at all. It'll do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 20:28:57 | More by Lerxst
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice light orange color with a 1 finger head with some off-white clinging lacing this looks like an IPA should the smell was good its pine first then citrus hops and malts..taste is much the same first it crisp pines and citrus ..this is pretty well balanced crisp IPA but not an over the top or go to IPA for me..its above average well crafted and balanced ..but a 2nd tier IPA for sure..it is however recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:30:21 | More by gatornation
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Amber body, active carbonation, thin white head.

S - Herbal and floral hoppy amidst a light pine (dry hopped?). Hints of sweeter malts behind the hops.

T - Sweet fruit (grape?) opens the door and gets plowed over by a mack truck hauling pine mulch. On the way out it leaves a bit of earthiness in its tracks. This one had a strong visual. It burps a bit of a sour malt.

M - balanced sweet/bitter aftertaste, nice carb presentation, light body.

D - I would gladly buy these again, and I'm gonna share a couple of them with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:40:09 | More by n00tz
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored with a thin, but dense white head.

Some lightly sweet malt and herbal hops in the nose leads into a little bit bigger hop presence on the palate. Still earthy, floral and herbal with a British slant. Malt is clean with a little candy-type sweetness and only a small amount of toast. Bitterness seems to be on the low end of the style. Finishes quick and semi-dry.

A damn drinkable and well crafted beer. Sure, it's closer to a pale ale in hop profile, but it's still a really nice beer. Another under-noticed Full Sail ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:30:06 | More by bump8628
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4.9/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh the geekery that will take a nice beer and slag it off as crap because it's not a hop bomb. This beer does vary on quality depending on how old it is. The bottle I'm drinking now is about a month old and is fabulous. The Challenger/East Kent Golding combo works wonders in both hop aroma and flavor. Very drinkable and very refreshing for washing down spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:44:39 | More by nige4958
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair IPA if a bit on the lighter side.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Slightly old fashion design based on typography and a seal like around the name of the brewery. Neck label offers a sea illustration and the line "Gateway to the Pacific". Notes being an independent employee-owned brewery, main description of the brew, and a brewforce of 47. Shows best by date (022010), and Alc. by Vol. (6.0%). Poured into a pint shaker glass.

A - Pale amber pour, with a good head, fine retention and some lacing.

S - Shy hoppy profile, citrus and tiny malt whiff.

T - Citrusy notes, with a malty balance. A bit piney.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation. A sticky touch over a bit of a thin finish.

D - It's pleasing but nothing much in the way of an IPA. A bit too shy.

Notes: I was expecting a bit more. I was liking the philosophy and way they were promoting the structure of brewery on the presentation but the brew felt a tad short, although decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 01:56:38 | More by Daniellobo
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a strong head that leaves lasting lacing on top of a nearly lager-yellow beer. The beer is enticing as it has aromas of a dry-hopping with strong floral accents on top of a slightly sweet nose. The beer itself though is surprisingly without complexity. There is a light malt and some hop bitterness on the finish, but it is not long lasting nor is does it seem to cover the mouth like many IPAs. It is crisp, but not biting as is my want for IPAs. The carbonation seems low to me, especially given the strong head, which contributes to an average mouthfeel. Quite easy to drink a bottle or two of though, and I would consider it if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 23:31:25 | More by kjyost
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy white head that's sticking around for a bit. Nose is very nice, super well balanced with a light hoppy fruitiness with a very solid sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is awesome on this, full carbonation, right but not too heavy or syrupy. Taste is very well balanced as well. It's got a good hop bite but it's not too over the top and quite well balanced. Super drinkable for an IPA. I really like big hop bombs, but for a traditional American IPA this is an excellent example that's well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:12:57 | More by kingcrowing
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nothing wrong here, just hard to rave about this beer.

pours burnished gold/ pale copper with 1/2 inch head, med carb.

aroma is citrus with light fruity esters and malt behind.

palate is more juicy than bitter with good american hop flavor geared toward citrus and pleasant balancing caramel malt. finish is clean and balanced.

wonderfully balanced and drinkable.

pleased this beer doesn't reek of alcohol or hurt to drink. i wish the aroma were more hoppy and it could be more complex, but for $8 i'd gladly purchase it again. like a more hoppy american pale ale

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 20:30:04 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of froghop


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear amber-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, slight grapefruit, caramel, earth, citrus, and a slight bit of skunk.

taste is of grapefruit hops, lemon, some caramel, and a little sour malt in the back, ends a little dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 23:34:47 | More by froghop
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a wisp of haze and a two-finger ivory head which leaves a nice lace as I drink. Head retention is stellar -- more than half the head remains when I've consumed half the beer.

Smell: a little malt with a nice dose of hops; mostly floral in character with a touch of earthiness thrown in. I like it.

Taste: not a bad little IPA. A pretty good malt backbone; a little sweet though a little grainy. Hops are mostly floral in character and the brewers were not as heavy-handed with the hops as is typically the case in Northwest IPAs, however, this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty standard; not bad.

Drinkability: pretty good -- a decent IPA which I bet would go quite well with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:10:10 | More by flagmantho
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Light golden color. Small with head.

Fruity aroma: a hint of apricot. Aroma also somewhat bready.

Taste is very balanced at first with not a lot standing out. Gradually the taste sours and then becomes bitter. Just a little watery.

Texture is thin and a little fizzy.

A very drinkable brew and better than 80% of the stuff you find readily available, but it doesn't stand out from the better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:20:16 | More by chickenflea
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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