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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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1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | 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 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.

03-05-2010 01:40:03 | More by mwagner1018
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.

02-26-2010 01:55:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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.

02-20-2010 20:28:57 | More by Lerxst
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

02-14-2010 20:30:21 | More by gatornation
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.

02-06-2010 00:40:09 | More by n00tz
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.

01-29-2010 00:30:06 | More by bump8628
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.

01-28-2010 01:44:39 | More by nige4958
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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.

01-22-2010 01:56:38 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

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.

01-14-2010 23:31:25 | More by kjyost
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.

01-07-2010 01:12:57 | More by kingcrowing
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

01-05-2010 20:30:04 | More by beerbutcher
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.

01-01-2010 23:34:47 | More by froghop
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.

12-28-2009 04:10:10 | More by flagmantho
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.

12-21-2009 22:20:16 | More by chickenflea
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.

12-21-2009 18:52:00 | More by sprucetip
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

12-15-2009 20:49:30 | More by 1759Girl
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.

12-13-2009 04:28:48 | More by climax
Photo of greenpumas


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Expected more out of this one after trying and enjoying their Wassain.

A: Very nice in appearance, with a lighter-than-average color. Looks like a blonde ale in the glass. There is some retention in the lace, and traces of it are left behind with every sip taken.

S: Wet American Hops, Citrus Peel, notes of something grassy.

T: Not a lot going on in this beer. A lot of the 'taste' in this beer is actually in the smell. That being said, I taste biscuits upfront on the palate and the hops follows.

MF/D: A decent pale ale, though some additional hops would certainly not hurt this one.

12-12-2009 23:17:47 | More by greenpumas
Photo of jadpsu


4/5  rDev +12%

Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.
Pours a very light pale amber with a nice full slightly off white head that had both average retention and side lacing.
Smell is of sharp orange and lemon citrus and floral hoppiness. Perhaps a little graininess in the distance.
Taste is sharp and, puckering, dry and bitter (all good.) Maltiness, slight but is noted by some bready notes.

12-07-2009 22:12:43 | More by jadpsu
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Carbonation is low to moderate and the head is thin and made up of small white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing behind as it falls away. Beer is attractive.

Some citrus hop aroma, maybe a little pine. Not much hop aroma at all. There is this almost wheat-like aroma. A cereal like flavor in the smell. Reminds me the way Burt Grant's IPA used to smell like.

OK, there is some hop bitterness there. This is more like an English / American hybrid IPA. There is some malt character at the front end of the beer and the rest comes at the back in the form of bitterness. There isn't a lot of midpalate character. Beer is a little dry on the finish. There isn't much of an aftertaste but there is a kind of wheaty / acidic flavor that I can't get past. It really is Burt Grant's all over again. Mouthfeel is fine, medium body, but drinkability suffers.

11-25-2009 00:59:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Tone


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carboantion level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, earthy maly, and citrus (pineapple?). Overall, drinkeable, but not complex and slighlty lacking in body.

11-16-2009 23:47:59 | More by Tone
Photo of jackorain


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

A- Crystal clear, copper color with a 3/4 inch white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S- Grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of pine and some caramel and biscuit malt.

T-Sharp but mild bitterness 1st that fades rather quickly revealing a nice hop flavor of grapefruit and tangerine, some pine. Noce malt backs this up, not balnced but nearly so.

M-medium body, prefct carbonation.

D-very easy drinking, would be a nice IPA session.

Thanks For Reading

11-15-2009 23:28:57 | More by jackorain
Photo of IBhotterthanU


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

Good stuff, had on a whim at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, looking for an IPA that wasnt too intense. Found what I wanted. Smelled delicious, nice and fruity with bitter notes at the end, hits you in the back of the nose. Already, I am anticipating a good beer, hoping the flavors lives up to the smell. Too often the hops are in the aroma, but fizzle out after the first sip. This one, they stick around through the whole pint. Pleasant. Would order it again.

11-15-2009 18:25:27 | More by IBhotterthanU
Photo of markhobbs1


2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

OK - this beer to me does not represent an IPA class beer. The appearance is average, the smell is non-existent in my opinion if not a little metallic, the taste is acidic / metallic like one would find in a standard mass marketed beer, the mouthfeel is average and I gave the drinkability a 3.0 because in comparison to the mass market generic beers, it is certainly drinkable.

I have purchased this beer twice from TJ's because it is one of three IPA options. I don't think it will be repeated. I love beer with robust character and this one simply does not meet my level of expectation. For some this may be a beer of choice, but for me it is a story closed.

11-04-2009 03:42:35 | More by markhobbs1
Photo of Risser09


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with steady carbonation rising to the head. A 2.5" off-white head builds and shows great retention. Cakey, craterous head leaves spongy lace on the glass.

Smell: Perfumes of pale malt and grainy wheatena fill the olfactory senses. A lemon bitterness from hop additions is quite subtle.

Taste: A mostly malty IPA is generous with pale malt, earthy-turbidity and smooth feel. Some pine graces the tastebuds as well as a lemon citrus. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, ample bitterness, but mostly sweet malt. Some carbonation with a sweet alcohol finish of pale malt.

Drinkability: Overall, more sweet malt than bitter hops. I would like another crack. Not bad.

10-30-2009 12:00:49 | More by Risser09
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