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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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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | 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 Lerxst
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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 +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of greenpumas
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

greenpumas, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of jadpsu
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jadpsu, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tone, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

jackorain, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of IBhotterthanU
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

IBhotterthanU, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of markhobbs1
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

markhobbs1, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Risser09, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear light copper with a thin off white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-This is an IPA, or at least it says so on the bottle. Could have fooled me. Smells like a pale ale, but not a hoppy one.

T-Some sweet malt and a bit of earthy hops. Not bad for a different style but not much as IPAs go.

M-Medium bodied with some lingering bitterness.

D-Yeah, not a poorly made beer but not an interesting one either.


sholland119, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best before 11/14/09) poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an amber color with good clarity. With a firm pour, it failed to produce any real head...just a thin layer of bubbles leaving a small collar around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S - Spicy and earthy hops, a little grassiness but it is subdued. A fair amount of caramel presents itself. Also some herbal and slight medicinal aromas come through too.

T - The taste has the same herbal and medicinal character in the aroma. There is a good crisp hop bitterness. Enough malt to balance things out - sweetness, some caramel, and bready mainly.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Nothing special but nothing wrong.

D - The herbal and medicinal qualities of this beer are somewhat distracting to me. Overall not a bad beer, but these flavors reduce my enjoyment. Think this is a one and done for me.

portia99, Oct 17, 2009
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.