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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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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
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 spoons
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

avalon07, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

alli4051, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

billshmeinke, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

kshankar, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of cichief
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

cichief, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Bfarr, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +12%

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).

cbarrett4, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

mwagner1018, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Lerxst, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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

gatornation, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of n00tz
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

n00tz, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

bump8628, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of nige4958
4.9/5  rDev +37.3%

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.

nige4958, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Daniellobo, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

kjyost, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

kingcrowing, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of beerbutcher
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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

beerbutcher, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

froghop, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

flagmantho, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

chickenflea, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

From notes. Decent white head, some retention, thick lacing. Clear, golden, active.

SMELL fruity and floarl hops, a bit of sharp bitterness hits and fades. Malt hard to detect. Not complex.

TASTE sharp piny hoppy flavor and bitterness first, lingers and fades. Bitterness returns in the finish. Malt is buried. Fairly one dimensional, not especially smooth or complex.

FEEL med carbonation and fiz, some warming, medium body, dry bitter finish.

OVERALL certainly not a bad beer, but it doesn't really work for me. Of all the good and great IPAs, I don't see myself reaching for this one often. I wish I liked it better, as I support the idea of employee owned businesses.

sprucetip, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of 1759Girl
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance> Golden yellow, slightly hazy. Medium liveliness. No lacing, no head.

Smell> Grass and simple syrup, mixed with hops.

Taste> Good complexity. Not bad at all. True to it's style. Nice resiny hang.

Mouf> decent

Taste> yeah, okay, sure

1759Girl, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of climax
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Full sail IPA poured a pale amber with good clarity. Head was small and even, and left some spotty soapy lace.

Nose wasn't overly hoppy, mostly citrus and peach. Malt came through toasty with a bit of caramel. A bit of a metallic twang snuck in periodically.

Flavor didn't jump out to me all too much. Somewhat typical soapy, diacetyl, and some fruity citrus.

Mouthfeel was fizzy and pretty dry. The body seemed somewhat thin but not bad. This one is pretty ordinary, but smooth and certainly drinkable.

climax, Dec 13, 2009
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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