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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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1,196 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | 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 Fenris244
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from the twist off bottle into a glass stein

The beer pours a light amber and has a 1 finger head that stay for around for a little while before dissolving into a thick layer of bubbles.

Smells like an ipa, strong bitter aroma with some lemon and other citrus notes, can also smell an earthy aroma as well as something metallic

Bitter up front and slightly sweet on the finish, you can taste the hops and some citrus(kinda like grape fruit of you want specifics) as well as the malt on the finish, I get an unpleasant metallic as well.

It feels almost watery to me, but it is smooth, crisp and refreshing which adds to it's drinkablility and it is pretty easy to down one of these, it's a shame about the weird metallic flavor or this would have been a good beer

Fenris244, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Impressive fluffy head that leaves some chunky lace. The beer is clear with a beautifully golden amber color

Soured grain aroma with a nearly imperceptible hop smell. Is this an IPA?

Much better hop in the flavor: tastes peppery. The malt is very dry, almost astringent. Not a smooth IPA. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is all hop, lasting a very long time.

smcolw, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Golden yellow with a small white cap with decent retention. Fine lace at the top but it tapers off.

S- Slight malty sweetness with some floral and citrus hop notes. Fairly faint overall.

T- A fair amount of hop flavor but not a ton, it comes in as floral and citrus zest mostly. Slight caramel and bread.

MF- Light body with moderate creaminess and carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

DB- Not bad but doesn't satisfy me as much as many other IPAs in the same bracket.

cbutova, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of timtim
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

pretty much what i was expecting. old-school wcipa. not a hop-bomb, just a refined, hoppy pale ale more influenced by england than san diego. burnt gold with an off-white head that holds and leaves nice lace. really looks like it should. nose is citrus and flower followed by light toast, earth (i saw one of the brothers use blonde tobacco as a descriptor, and i think he nailed it) and grain. taste is bitter up front, and the malt character is very prevalent, helping to round things out in the finish and evoking thoughts of lemon pepper crackers. light-medium body with plenty of carbonation, but smooth and round nonetheless. all in all, a very clean and pure beer that is toned down enough to appeal to a bigger crowd and affordable enough to have quite a few of. a very unique ipa.

timtim, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of silentjay
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

hazy golden color with a small but dense off-white head that retains well and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

aroma of light grains some light citrus hops and lightly toasted bread.

taste starts off with a bit of lemon pepper plenty of light toast and grains, not much in terms of west coast hop presence. kind of a let down. more of an american take on an english pale ale than an american ipa.

almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a slightly sour and bitter aftertaste.

drinks average. not enough bitterness to quench my hop lust, but too much for the average beer drinker. something is a bit off balance here.

silentjay, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

A: Clear with vibrant bubbles filling the glass. The color is a light golden hue. While the head is only a half inch thick, it leaves a generous sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, toast, slight hint of alcohol, as well as an odd aroma I have difficulty describing.

T: First, I would prefer more of a hop presence and less malt flavors. Secondly, the malt has a slightly toasted flavor, which is not befitting of a west coast IPA. The flavor consists of fruit and floral notes, but is overshadowed by a weird taste or astringency.

M: I find it difficult to accurately describe the feel of a beer when I find it to have major flaws or shortcomings. The astringency really clouds my judgment. The carbonation level is average and the feel is ok.

D: I don't recommend this beer. There are so many quality IPAs out there, many of which are easily attainable, that I just can't imagine choosing this beer again.

Huhzubendah, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

A surprisingly light colored ale with little head. Maybe a dark honey color for the beer and a deep tan head about 1/2 finger tall. I could've been more aggressive but alas.

Smells are a round palate of light grains and mild hops, much more pale ale than IPA for my money, speaking of which it costs less than most other beers of its type, debunking my theory that Rogue raised its prices based on something the state of Oregon did.

The beer tastes likewise round and lacking strong hop notes.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability is very high both for the price and the light nature of the beer. It is quite refreshing.

A good session beer me thinks.


meeekyh, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sierra Tulip Pint.

A nice golden to orange body with a fluffy white head with a touch of lacing.

Aroma wise the beer comes off like an english IPA, earthy, spicy, apricrots but with clean malt tones reminiscent of ales brewed with White Labs Dry English Ale yeast.

The flavor is a nice balance of bready malt, slight sweetness, touch of caramel and more earthy, herbal hop tones with a touch of citrus. Much more malt forward than an American IPA could be considered. Notes of apricot shine through.

Mouthfeel is good but a touch sweet with less carbonation than you'd want from an IPA.

Still very drinkable, but more characteristic of English IPAs.

PBoegel, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated best by 01/28/11

Appearance: Dirty yellow, clear body. Bright white head with some lacing. The vibrance of the colors is what stands out.

Aroma: This one had to warm up to get a good whiff out of it. There is some hints of biscuity malt, but a balance array of hop flavors (floral, piney, citrus) seem to stand out most, especially after being in the glass for 15 minutes.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this one isn't too robust right out of the fridge. The taste is nice and balanced between the same hop flavors as in the aroma and the nice substantial, but not to big malt sweetness. Citrus flavors are the ones that really bloom with time in the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is smooth and medium/light. It has a good crisp finish on the palette. The high levels of carbonation really allow this one to be act as a session beer. Very drinkable.

Overall: I liked this beer and could see it as a good sixer to grab every once in a while for a party. Not that big at 6% and very refreshing. Good flavors that evolve.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 1.5
Citrus Fruit: 3.5
Hoppy (pine): 3
Floral: 2.5
Spicy: 1.5
Herbal: 2.5
Malty: 2.5
Toffee: 1
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 1.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2
Body: 2
Linger: 3

soze47, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of fostachild
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

second time trying this beer. bottle read 12/03/2010.

poured an opaque-ish golden amber color. decent amount of head that settles into a lasting white lace. smell was great, had a sweet malt aroma. fair amount of hops were also present.

taste was solid: hoppy, bitter, and sweet. nice citrusy aftertaste. easy to drink and overall great well-balanced ipa, true to its style. would definitely try again.

fostachild, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

12oz bottle bought for $1.79. A Best Before Date of 012811 on the back. Pours a translucent straw color with a very thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is very bready and earthy. A slight citrus hop smell. Tastes somewhat thin. The flavors are hard to figure out. Some breadiness, earth and bitter flavors. This beer isn't great but isn't bad. There are better IPAs out there that I'd grab before picking this one up again.

PicoPapa, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

brand new brew that is being distributed in cuse now! I love me some west coast ipa action!

A- pours a golden yellow with fantastic carbonation that rips throughout the brew. A big time frothy white head positions itself all around the brew with lacing all over. This looks great!

S- a fair amount of citrus hops with some fruity themes rising as even bananas. There is a good balance of malt and hops in the brew. Also some good bitterness too

T- big bitter flavor in the beginning that collaborates with some fruitiness and the same banana flavor that was in the scent. There are some good spices and the same bitterness at the end

M- creamy and massive carbonation in the brew. Maybe a little too much carbonation though

D- full sail has some big time drinkability! The flavors and balance of malt and hops make this a fantastic brew. I will definitely be setting sail for more of these brews!

lovindahops, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12%

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat clear, light copper color with a one finger of white sudsy hea.d Head recedes quickly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of a hearty malt backbone and thick earthy hops.

T: Taste is grassy notes that last through out this beer. Caramel malts hit through the middle. Mild pine notes and a hint of citrus give a bitter burst in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This is a solid IPA.

Jayli, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a deeper golden color, just almost a hint of brown. Light pearly white head formation, a 1mm film is retained. Lightly bubbly and very transparent.

S - Solid hop nose, but not overbearing. Grapefruit, citrus, somewhat sweet scent.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some barley and just a hint of orange from the hops. Mid-stream gets bitter, and some piney and resinous hops make an appearance. Finishes with just a bit of retained bitterness on the tongue. Dry overall.

M - Solid mouthfeel, mainly due to carbonation. The beer itself seemed a bit light. Strong textures are attached to the bitter flavors.

D - Very drinkable IPA. Solidly balanced, not overbearing. ABV is certainly as close to sessioning as this style gets. Only knock would be that it seems a bit filling from its airy carbonation.

A worthy IPA - I will try again.

katan, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance -Poured a copper amber in color and decent white head then faded away to a lacing, low carbonation

Smell- strong hop nose with slight malt base, but overall lots hops in the nose

taste- good hoppy base and nice amount of malt keepin it balanced pretty well, an overall nicely balanced ipa with firm bitter finish, despite decent balance nothing overall complex

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and smooth with decent feel

Drinkability- good balanced ipa and pretty easy drinking, enjoyable flavor all and would be decent session option, not the most complex or mind blowing ipa i have had but still not a bad one in any means at interested me to see how some of the rest of there line may be

Stunner97, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pale copper body with an off-white frothy head of an inch and a half. Nice lacing too.

S - Pineapple, banana and lightly roasted grains encompassed by a shield of citrusy cops.

T - Citrusy bitter hops above a fine malty base. Not much as far as complexity here but it tastes as an IPA should.

M - Rather coarse throughout. Not much to note otherwise.

~ This is a fine IPA. I would definitely have it again and would recommend it to my friends.

cdkrenz, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

Poured out a roasted pumpkin orange with large bubble white head that dissipated quite quickly.

Smells of floral hops and and citron.

Sweet opening with a certain bitter hop load that is heavy with pine. Some lemon notes on the end this beer is not too confusing at all.

Eh its mouthfeel isn't really worth mentioning, I guess adequate, medium light body super light carbonation.

Not too drinkable, I would grab something else. Maharaja maybe.

price is solid, picked up this single in a build your own six pack for 10 bucks. Glad I got to try it, did not prove itself for another go.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of ebrauser
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

Standard from the bottle to the pint glass.

Appearance: Blond with a think off white head

Aroma: Malty with sweet hop bouquet. Not much in the way of citrus or grassy notes.

Flavor: Bitterness exists to some extent all the way through. Piney middle leads into the hop-dominated finish, which lingers for seconds after swallowing. Not the crispness one might expect from an IPA but delicious bitterness exemplifies the use of NW hop varieties.

ebrauser, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +12%

A 'rediscovered' local beer, thanks to Bryce repeatedly sharing a 6-pack at office softball games last summer. I've had a fair amount of this staple IPA over the years, so it surprised me I'd never sat and reviewed one; this is a 12 oz. bottle, twist-capped and laser-dated "112310".

Label: Golden 'badge' plastered across a blond wood grain. A smaller band at the neck shows historic sailing vessels at what looks like the mouth of the Columbia above a title: 'Gateway to the Pacific'.

A: Honeycomb gold, a light copper tint. Small streams of bubbles ascend with purpose though an almost-clear pour. White pockmarked cream cap dies before reaching finger-hood, but holds well and leaves strong lace in classic broad rings.

S: Good aroma of bready/crackery malt with spiced/flowery/resinous hops. Not an overpowering aroma, nor a very distinctive one, but a pleasant and judicial balance.

T: Bright flavor of citrus zest, bitter grass/greens and gingery spice set against honey biscuits. These descriptors could be used for plenty of IPAs; some skew toward hops or malts or just get plain muddy. This, however, is as balanced an IPA as I'm finding these days...doesn't rewrite the book, but suits the classic style to a T.

M: Modest coating, smooth feel, refreshingly clean(er) finish. Body is medium, carbonation is pert without being too fizzy.

D: Flavorful, hoppy but balanced. Just a great 'everyday' IPA ~ one of the 'originals', and local to boot. I neglected this one for quite a while and now gladly welcome it back into the mix. Whenever there's a party to be thrown or space in the fridge for a spare 6-pack, this is one I'm seeking. Good job, 47.

msubulldog25, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Sobered
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%

I picked a 6 pack of this up at the local grocer. I have recently fallen in love with IPA's and have been going to all the stores in the area and checking out their selection. I saw this tonight in a store that I hadn't been to and decided to pick it up and try it out.

All in all this seems like a Macro brewery's attempt at an IPA. The first description that popped into my mind is that this is to a real IPA what Shock Top is to Belgian Whites.

The flavors are all there, but weaker in all aspects than the front runners in the IPA category, almost like someone took a Budweiser or Miller product and poured a high quality IPA into it at a 3/1 ratio.

I'm not impressed and I will not be buying this again.

By far the best part is that for it's flaws, it IS very drinkable, so I'll have room for the DFH IPA that I also bought.

Sobered, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

On tap at The Original restaurant in Portland.

A- Golden in color, looks excellent. Very clear. Nice amount of head, very thick. Left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Floral hops, carmel and citrus notes. Semi-sweet

T- Grainy malts flood the palette at first then waves of the hoppy "IPA" bitterness comes in waves toward the end. Not over powering what so ever, but still there. Simple but tasty.

M- Very thin, crisp.

D- Very refreshing. While certainly not the best in its category, this is a very tasty brew that I am addicted to.

Its middle of the road but worth giving a try.

CaptainTripps, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz. bottle from local grocery store poured into pint glass.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of head on top of deep gold clear body multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass, some lacing retained. Nose is floral hops balanced by bready and some sweetish malts, Taste is fairly bitter up front, sweetish in the middle with a bit of citrus, leading to a lingering fairly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, pretty light on the effervescence. Good drinkability, but lacking a bit in character and complexity tastewise.

jdense, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a copperish golden color with a nice sized white head that quickly dissipates leaving just a little lacing.

Weak citric aroma with some light caramel malts in the background.

Taste starts off with sweet caramel malt upfront, followed by light notes of citrus, pine and lingering spices into the finish. Not bad but a little weak compared to many other great IPAs out there.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Starts off decent enough, but just didn't do it for me overall. Hop presence leaves a lot to be desired. Probably more akin to an APA than IPA. Decent to try but I wouldn't drink again.

Vengeance526, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ReDave
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

Found this in a leftover Ice chest, not sure who left it, Thanks!

Pours a nice crisp clear gold. Nice fine bubble, white head, that fades to a thin top, some lacing.

Aroma, pretty standard IPA, citrus, spiciness.

Taste, [just had a fair APA, and this was a nice response] Crisp spicy malt thing going on, pretty good aftertaste. pretty easy drinking,
Not a West Coast IPA, but drinkable, Fair body. I wouldn't go looking for it, but I'd drink it again.

ReDave, Oct 04, 2010
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.