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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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1,244 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | 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 BARFLYB
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass. My 4th from Full Sail.

Pale Ale comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. No stickage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

BARFLYB, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of wmcneill26
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely underwhelming IPA. In fact the hops taste was so underwhelming, I wonder if I just got a bad batch. Bubbliness was also underwhelming. I had a hard time even considering this to be an IPA. It came off as a very weak pale ale. Again, it was so marked, I wonder if I just didn't get a good bottle. Smell was nice and pleasant, but again, not as strong or distinct with hops or fruit compared to many other IPAs. Aftertaste was pleasant but again, not strong in any way. Appearance was good in color and head retention, but I don't really care about those as much as taste.

Edit: poured another bottle and this one was just as bed. In fact there was no head to speak of thus nothing to cling to the sides.

wmcneill26, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This is one awesome looking beer! Pours a transparent amber colour with two and a half fingers of head that just won't quit. It also leaves beautiful lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is a pretty equal balance between bready malts and sharp citrus hops. The taste is also pretty good, although I wouldn't consider the hop levels to be IPA-caliber. The citrus is really the star of the show. There's a little bit of hop sharpness in the finish and a faint bready malt backbone, but really I get lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of orange here. Not really that much of an IPA, but still good tasting.

The mouthfeel is smooth, light, and medium carbonation - goes well with the refreshing citrus taste. It is also quite drinkable, it's a very refreshing beer that masks the (moderate) ABV quite well. A solid brew from Full Sail, just don't come in here looking for a traditional IPA hop assault. It's probably closer to a APA.

shand, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium grade amber honey. A vigorous pour didn't do much for the head, which quickly settled into a trace residues of foam.

S - Surprising amount of malt in the nose, and an equally surprising lack of hops. Some yeast and booze fade in and out.

T - Medium amount of piney hops. Great malt balance. French bread, touch of yeast. Nice, lightly resiny bitterness in the finish. Touch of alcohol.

M - Round with a semi-sweet finish. Very pleasant.

D - The very balanced profile lends itself to great drinkability.

vfgccp, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 030911-15:09-FL. Sampled on January 16, 2011. The pour is orange-amber with good clarity for an IPA. It rises to a thin, fizzy, beige head that slowly settles and goes away. The aroma is hopped but there are bits of bready malts on the side. The body has a slick, creaminess to it. The taste ends hopped and bitter.

puboflyons, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden-amber body with a fluffy head. Not too impressed with this beer. Had a slight citrus like smell and a beer + a bit more hop taste. Really, this tasted somewhat like generic beer with a bit more hoppiness. Not too exciting and not one I would be rushing back to, because it is not a really true IPA.

Beerbluesbiology, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. I've had Full Sail IPA before, but never got around to reviewing it. Maybe it was during my absence. Oh well, it's always a pleasure drinking another.

A - Clear yellowish coloration with a deep orange hue glowing in the center. Huge bubbly head that refused to vanish.

S - Mostly sweet smell with a big body of citrus and hops.

T - Some mild bitterness with just a hint of pine are about all I can detect beneath the citrus body. Not off balance at all though. Though it isn't overly complex, what is present is simply pleasing.

M - Oily medium body with a nice carbonation level.

D - Not the best IPA around, but definitely a more balanced version, and certainly one that I would never turn down. If you happen to come across some, I'd say it's well worth trying.

PhageLab, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, light golden with a very light beige colored head. Good retention. Aromas of citrus, cereal grains, lemon zest. Taste has flavors of citrus, more cereal grains and light biscuity malts, not too hoppy and finishes with a slightly off flavor...grainy funk-skunk? Middle-of-the-road carbonation and wet on the tongue and a bit watery....yet very mildly astringent. Drinks like a pale ale. Easy drinking yet nothing terribly special.

Doomcifer, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.49 single from Oak Tree.

Bright orange hazy body, with a single finger of white foam that decayed almost instantly.

Nice citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit, with maybe a bit of pine.

Semi-sweet caramel splashes in the center of the tongue. Then fruitiness opens up, and it closses with a bitter blast at the swallow and into the finish.

Solid medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability for thsi one and the next one.

A solid but not spectacular IPA, could see it having strong local loyalty. Worth a try.

RonfromJersey, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden slightly off orange. with a minuscule head and a bubbly lace.

A lot of toffee malt sweetness almost a vanilla candied like aroma that dominates the nose with a semi piney/citrus underlay of hops. In the background is that pungent aroma that is common with most adjunct beers.

Upfront it is sweet with a slight carbonation tingle. Finishes with that slight vanilla sweetness. I still get that adjunct flavor floating around. Some of the vanilla from the nose shows through but it is instantly taken down by the very astringent bitter aftertaste.

At first this seems pretty smooth but that carbonation bite really gets to me after a while and I get pretty annoyed with the flavor.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: This one pours a clear copper color topped with about one inch worth of white foamy head that upon thinning out does leave behind some decent lacing.

Aroma: Citrus hops to start but with a spicy note in the back. A maltiness presents its self in the middle. The aroma has a touch of dryness.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel that a great hoppy bite. The malts are there but in the back. From the hop end its citrusness all over. The finsh is crisp and nicely bubbly.

Notes: Slightly different from alot of other American i.p.a's but still a good one. Cheers.

horshack7, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold amber in color with a nice white head that laces fairly well.

S - Citrus, hops, bread.

T - Follows the nose. Doesn't quite live up to the quality of the nose as I think the citrus flavor could be fresher tasting. But this has a nice simple taste that's not too much but still packs a nice hop punch.

M - Love the mouthfeel here. It's a little bit gritty and unfiltered tasting. Tastes pretty pure and unadulterated.

D - Very, very drinkable. If this were available everywhere all the time, it might become a go-to session beer in the spring and summer. A quality IPA that's simple and very pleasant to drink.

jmerloni, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is just an ok IPA. Nothing to write home about. Not good, not bad. Appearance is a golden color with a miniscule head that vanishes quickly. Smell is a slight sweet malt and some citrusy hops. Taste is really a letdown here. It smells much better than it tastes. Hops are barely noticeable. Drinkability is high cause it seems so light. Not to impressed with this one.

BigBlacke, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright orange with lots of visible carbonation and nice lacing, this has a pine and tobacco nose and a similar taste. Earthy with a gentle puckering hop character, a little bit of grapefruit but mostly herbal hops and toasty biscuit malt.

A somewhat restrained IPA but that's the beauty of it--very nice for drinking, and indeed I would drink this more often if I could get it in my area!

lstokes, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average to a little better than average IPA.
In a pint glass a golden color beer with a tiny head and just a whisp of lace.
Not much aroma: sweet malt, floral and citrus hops. Not that fragrant.
More flavorful than the aroma promised. The hops and malt all came through much better.
Decent balance.
OK beer.

lordofthewiens, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi darkish golden color, wispy looking head, kind of gives the appearance of a thin beer. Lets hope the rest fares better. Aroma is actually about a 50 50 blend of slightly predominately citric hops and a malt smell rising out of the glass, definitely more malt than I usually smell with American IPA's. Nothing earth shattering going on here so far. Taste is of grassy hops with some lighter earthy malts. Tastes more like some American Pale Ales I've had (legend pale ale). Overall it has a very grassy feeling with some hop bitterness peeping through in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, great bitterness, definitely the best part of this beer. Drinkability is good, the bitterness is just the right level.

Average in every sense of the word. Not terrible though, and beats the alternatives in the town my parents live when I visit. Still, much better options are out there.

ramseye4, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of macpapi
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail IPA pours a coppery, butterscotch-like yellow color with a somewhat thin and quickly dissipating white head. It is very clear with moderate lacing.

Smell is a nice mix of piney and citrus hops. There is a decent pull of light malt character on the nose to go along with a generally sweet, fruity aroma.

Flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops. There is a nice, if not overwhelming, bite at the back of the swallow. Citrus and other sweet fruit presence are also noted. A bit of breadiness helps round out a very interesting taste.

Carbonation is low, flavor is full and filling. A nice and well-balanced presence on the palate.

Overall, this is a nice, solid American IPA. Although a bit hop-forward there is also a decent amount of malt presence to indicate a good job of brewing craftsmanship.

macpapi, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"A ram is sacrificed across the longship's bow and as we set our sails a strong wind starts to blow." - Amon Amarth

My first ever brew from Full Sail (new to MA). Cap says "brewed to stoke, stoked to brew." Oh, they're edgy.

Clear gold with a one finger white cap. Decent retention and a few lacey drifts. Best by 1/28/11.

Smells like...buttery malt. Some tobacco leaf hop but certainly not IPA worthy. Taste-wise the hops pick up where they were missing in the aroma. Not so much hop flavor as a dry, long and lazy herbal bitter. Flaky biscuit malt character. Lively carbonation.

Beeradvocate says American IPA but the bottle just states IPA. I guess it could be a decent English style IPA.

donkeyrunner, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a deep burnt orange color with a very thin white head that quickly dissolves in the glass leaving a very light lacing texture on the sides. Some light carbonation observed in the glass.

S - Moderate hop aroma with a hint of sweetness and grapefruit in addition to a malty grainy smell to the beer.

T - There is a nice freshing sweet taste at the start with a hint of fruity hops and pine followed by a bitter finish and a solid malt backbone flavor. This is one of the drier IPA's that I have tasted in the style.

M - Light carbonation with a thin texture to the beer. There is a fruity and malty mouth feel to this beer but the hops are not overwhelming.

D - Very drinkable session IPA which is on the thin side in terms of body. I would like to have seen a more aggressive hop profile to this beer rather than the malty finish taking this beer over.

Decent beer overall and one of many good selections from Full Sail Brewing Company

racer2k, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail is a nice IPA. It is very pale in color with a woody, minty hop flavor. I like IPA's like this one which is lighter bodied and dryer but I also prefer more hop flavor, a cleaner bitterness, and a greater amount of citrus. This is still very drinkable ale and there aren't many faults, I just wish that it had more assertive flavor.

Soonami, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an average white head. Has a hoppy bitter scent with a bit of citrus and pine. The taste has a little more emphasis on the malt than the smell. I won't say I am a great taster, but it felt like something was wrong or unbalanced. Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation. Drinkability is average, but at 6% ABV, it isn't very sessionable. Overall, I don't have a lot of experience into IPAs but I don't think I'll have this one again for a while as there are others I have found that I enjoy more.

gkunkle, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite a fairly aggressive pour, the head remains thin, although it sticks around for a few solid minutes before simmering down to a crown. Color is a hop-hazed peachy orange-gold.

Rather subdued nose for an IPA, although I'm getting enough mint, honey and fruit to be happy enough with its smell. Something sweet like fruit taffy mingles in there as well.

Like the nose, bringing this to the mouth, over the tongue and down the hatch reminds me of mint, a prickly kind of honey flavor, and especially fruit (apricot and mango, particularly). This is probably the hop personality part of this beer. There's just a little bit of saltiness too, which I normally only ever detect in double IPAs. Interesting. Candy-like sweetness, again thinking taffy, or other chewy soft fruit candy...I guess that's a malt/hops combo impression. Whatever the case, this provides a solid, enjoyable, simple American IPA experience; nothing tongue-ripping, and probably not meant to be.

Nice solid feel, has some pretty active bubbles that could've been harsh, but there's a slickness and a roundness to this beer's texture that keeps it from feeling one-dimensional.

Although not a gold medal winning IPA (not by this armchair judge, anyway), this performs as well as it should, and with a very friendly ABV, I would keep this on hand regularly if it were just a little more obtainable than it is for a guy like me who lives in the beer-desolate boonies.

Metalmonk, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this certainly an average example of the style. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, very light golden yellow, with an inch of white head that very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops, mostly pine, with a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also mostly piney hops. The body was this, but even. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great.

Go ahead try it, it won't kill ya. But if you don't, you won't have really missed anything.

beertunes, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange gold with trace of head. Decent thin sheets of lace. Lightly carbonated, with thin streams of small bubbles.

Smell is very sharp. Fairly strong herbal hops with hints of pine and a little off-note of ... Tang?

Sharp bite up front. Malt balance comes in and balances out the herbal hop finish. Thinner body than expected. Orange-ade flavor underneath. Not bad, but hard to place. Finish is a bit dull and raw.

Not a bad beer, but one and done.

beer2day, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Fenris244
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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