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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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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

ABV 6% IBU 60
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Photo of meeekyh
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly light colored ale with little head. Maybe a dark honey color for the beer and a deep tan head about 1/2 finger tall. I could've been more aggressive but alas.

Smells are a round palate of light grains and mild hops, much more pale ale than IPA for my money, speaking of which it costs less than most other beers of its type, debunking my theory that Rogue raised its prices based on something the state of Oregon did.

The beer tastes likewise round and lacking strong hop notes.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability is very high both for the price and the light nature of the beer. It is quite refreshing.

A good session beer me thinks.


Photo of PBoegel
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Sierra Tulip Pint.

A nice golden to orange body with a fluffy white head with a touch of lacing.

Aroma wise the beer comes off like an english IPA, earthy, spicy, apricrots but with clean malt tones reminiscent of ales brewed with White Labs Dry English Ale yeast.

The flavor is a nice balance of bready malt, slight sweetness, touch of caramel and more earthy, herbal hop tones with a touch of citrus. Much more malt forward than an American IPA could be considered. Notes of apricot shine through.

Mouthfeel is good but a touch sweet with less carbonation than you'd want from an IPA.

Still very drinkable, but more characteristic of English IPAs.

Photo of soze47
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated best by 01/28/11

Appearance: Dirty yellow, clear body. Bright white head with some lacing. The vibrance of the colors is what stands out.

Aroma: This one had to warm up to get a good whiff out of it. There is some hints of biscuity malt, but a balance array of hop flavors (floral, piney, citrus) seem to stand out most, especially after being in the glass for 15 minutes.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this one isn't too robust right out of the fridge. The taste is nice and balanced between the same hop flavors as in the aroma and the nice substantial, but not to big malt sweetness. Citrus flavors are the ones that really bloom with time in the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is smooth and medium/light. It has a good crisp finish on the palette. The high levels of carbonation really allow this one to be act as a session beer. Very drinkable.

Overall: I liked this beer and could see it as a good sixer to grab every once in a while for a party. Not that big at 6% and very refreshing. Good flavors that evolve.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2
Dark Fruit: 1.5
Citrus Fruit: 3.5
Hoppy (pine): 3
Floral: 2.5
Spicy: 1.5
Herbal: 2.5
Malty: 2.5
Toffee: 1
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 1.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2
Body: 2
Linger: 3

Photo of fostachild
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

second time trying this beer. bottle read 12/03/2010.

poured an opaque-ish golden amber color. decent amount of head that settles into a lasting white lace. smell was great, had a sweet malt aroma. fair amount of hops were also present.

taste was solid: hoppy, bitter, and sweet. nice citrusy aftertaste. easy to drink and overall great well-balanced ipa, true to its style. would definitely try again.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bought for $1.79. A Best Before Date of 012811 on the back. Pours a translucent straw color with a very thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is very bready and earthy. A slight citrus hop smell. Tastes somewhat thin. The flavors are hard to figure out. Some breadiness, earth and bitter flavors. This beer isn't great but isn't bad. There are better IPAs out there that I'd grab before picking this one up again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

Photo of lovindahops
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

brand new brew that is being distributed in cuse now! I love me some west coast ipa action!

A- pours a golden yellow with fantastic carbonation that rips throughout the brew. A big time frothy white head positions itself all around the brew with lacing all over. This looks great!

S- a fair amount of citrus hops with some fruity themes rising as even bananas. There is a good balance of malt and hops in the brew. Also some good bitterness too

T- big bitter flavor in the beginning that collaborates with some fruitiness and the same banana flavor that was in the scent. There are some good spices and the same bitterness at the end

M- creamy and massive carbonation in the brew. Maybe a little too much carbonation though

D- full sail has some big time drinkability! The flavors and balance of malt and hops make this a fantastic brew. I will definitely be setting sail for more of these brews!

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat clear, light copper color with a one finger of white sudsy hea.d Head recedes quickly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of a hearty malt backbone and thick earthy hops.

T: Taste is grassy notes that last through out this beer. Caramel malts hit through the middle. Mild pine notes and a hint of citrus give a bitter burst in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This is a solid IPA.

Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a deeper golden color, just almost a hint of brown. Light pearly white head formation, a 1mm film is retained. Lightly bubbly and very transparent.

S - Solid hop nose, but not overbearing. Grapefruit, citrus, somewhat sweet scent.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some barley and just a hint of orange from the hops. Mid-stream gets bitter, and some piney and resinous hops make an appearance. Finishes with just a bit of retained bitterness on the tongue. Dry overall.

M - Solid mouthfeel, mainly due to carbonation. The beer itself seemed a bit light. Strong textures are attached to the bitter flavors.

D - Very drinkable IPA. Solidly balanced, not overbearing. ABV is certainly as close to sessioning as this style gets. Only knock would be that it seems a bit filling from its airy carbonation.

A worthy IPA - I will try again.

Photo of Stunner97
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of ebrauser
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Sobered
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of ReDave
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Sleestak
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of klikger
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
81 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.