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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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1,230 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 70 | 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 Stunner97
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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 19, 2010
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of jizdepski
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into tall harpoon ipla glass. served at 55-60 degrees. this beer is bright golden in color with great clarity, and a near white head that is frothy and thick. left decent hoppy laces on the glass, and a thin filmy cap stayed after head mostly dissipated. looks very nice, but color doesn't have that reddish gold you see in most american ipas. smells are herbal hoppy with a good bit of sweetness. also some earthy graininess. taste has a good citrus hop character right up front, with a good malty backbone start to end, malts are kind of honey like in sweetness. finish has a good hop kick that lingers, along with hints of grain. hops are citrusy and herbal, though not super aggressive. i like the that the hops don't completely overwhelm the malts and other flavors. the body is good for the style, right about medium, and smoothly carbonated to give it a slightly creamy feel. drinkability is average for the style. overall well balanced and a good example of an american ipa.

jizdepski, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper with a thick moundy head. Some lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, caramel.

T - Nice orange and lemon citrus laced with some pine resin. A sweet but toasty caramel malt. Finishes with a semi assertive bitterness.

A great all around IPA. Not all that complex. Just a simple great tasting beer. This is a great session IPA.

StaveHooks, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Sleestak
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the way home from work this morning I stopped at the local Stater Brothers grocery store to pick up a few things and decided to get a sixer of something "good". This particular store has a sizeable beer cooler but it's mostly macros. I did come across a few different styles of Full Sail so thought I'd give this one a shot. Pale copper with not much head and lacing. Smells citrusy and the taste follows with some honey. Not bad. This beer won't obliterate your taste buds like so many ipas and the abv % is only 6% so it's deffinately sessionable. I enjoy it just don't know if it's something I would search out again.

Sleestak, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Light golden-yellow, just a hair darker than a pilsner. One and a half fingers of white head that dissipated rather quickly and left a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Some citrus and grapefruit hops, and some pale malt. Rather faint.

Taste: Is this really an IPA? The front end has lots of syrupy sweet pale malt. The middle is a bit yeasty, and the back end finishes up with a moderate.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with active carbonation. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability: Gets top marks in this category. Not overly drying and very refreshing.

Final Notes: Despite its low rating, I really did enjoy this beer. I just don't think it belongs in the IPA category. Definitely more of an APA in my mind, and it's one of the best examples of that style. Just not the big, bold flavor I'm looking for in an IPA.

bagpiper2005, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of klikger
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass

A - Light amber, with very little head and decent lacing

S - Not much - a little grain and maybe some lemon.

T - Starts with a bunch of malt, but it's not overly sweet. Citrus hops kick in halfway through and continue to the end. It's not complex, by any means, but this is a decent IPA. Different than most - grainy malts dominate, not caramel.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable. Nothing offensive here...I could session this.

klikger, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out in Arizona cause I'd heard a fair bit about it. Overall, I was somewhat underwhelmed - has too strong of an apple flavor and is generally too straight forward to be a monster. Nonetheless, drinkable and not too bad. Also, solid price for a sixer.

Grand Canyon/$7/6-pack

soupyman10, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of SuperSpy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big, white, rocky head but it dies off pretty quickly. Dark golden color and very cloudy.

S - Citrusy and floral. Doughy malt.

T/M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Earthy and citrusy hops. Nothing overwhelming, almost just a well hopped pale. Pale malt flavor finish and a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

D - A really good beer, just expecting something different from an American IPA.

SuperSpy, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. for $1.69. The pour is yellow-orange with no head. The aroma (coincidentally the best part of the brew) consists of hops, citrus, and some bready malt. The tast is nearly all hops with some random lemon, caramel, and coriander kicked in. The finish was strange. Overall, it was pretty unbalanced (unimpressed).

bucklemyshoe, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ale glass. A light amber-copper brew, slightly murky. Thin head, ring of lacing.

Nose is citrussy hops, honey, malt, vanilla, a hint of peach.

A smooth IPA, certainly enjoyable to drink, but milder than most. Good citrus notes here, finishes with a slightly bitter, peppery tang.

Crisp, a medium bodied IPA with great carbonation.

Pretty happy with this one. Not nearly as aggressively hoppy as other IPA's, but still quite enjoyable to drink. Almost pushing into pale ale territory.

JohnnyBarman, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of thatsfine
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale orange with a one finger off-white head. Retaining pretty well. Some good lacing down the glass.

The most malty smelling IPA I have smelled before. But I do pick up a mild scent of the usual hops.

This very malty. Really not the immediate hops that we are used to in an IPA. The hops come later in the taste than other IPA's. The malts come first. The hops are very subdued. Not very bitter in the aftertaste. Many ales are more hoppy. Below average but not terrible.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. This goes down very smooth though.

This is a great session IPA. Very easy to drink and not too filling. I also think this would be a good first IPA for someone to introduce them to a higher amount of hops, of which there are not many. I drank this very fast but I won't buy it again. Glad I only bought one bottle.

thatsfine, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom picked this up for me today.

Appearance- light amber color, thin head

Smell- citrus hops, some malt

Taste- hops but kind of light on the hops, some malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I think they could have gone a little heavier on the hops though.

jeffjeff1, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of LifeTree
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale for IPA, almost looks like a lager. Very little head

S - Not much going on with the smell. Slight hint of hops with more of a malt smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. A slight hop bite at first followed a malty flavors.

M - The best part of this beer. It is very crisp and smooth for an IPA.

D - It is smooth and somewhat satisfying with flavor.

I bought this at my local grocery store in FL. I saw a 6 pack of Full Sail from Oregon that I've never heard of. I love IPA's so I thought I'd give it a shot. At first drink I was immediately disappointed. Not bad by any means but certainly not impressed.

LifeTree, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer, pretty good lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is a citrus hops with a very faint bit of malt. Just enough hops to get you going.

T: Just like the nose the hops is right up front, very little malt here. Just a very nice hoppy beer... not over the top and not under the radar.

M: Med bodied, little more med bodied than I was expecting... Carbonation is on par with the style.

D: ABV is pretty good for a AIPA.... Went down very easy.

mralphabet, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a bit of a rocky head, but nice lacing.
Smells like a smoked hop.
Tastes quite bitter, especially after tasting a sugar cookie. :).
That same quality in the aroma is found at the back of the tongue, the slight smoky taste. A little rough, but not bad.

Spineypanda, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden color, 1 finger of foam with a decent lacing ring, good amount of carbonation present

S - Sweet malts, orange peel, caramel

T - Medium bodied, malt flavored mixed with a lighter hop back bone

M/D - Interesting taste, malt with a sweet citrus taste but mixed caramel. Not sure if I would get this one again but it was worth trying and recommend

FreshmanPour77, Jun 02, 2010
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.