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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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1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | 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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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

12-26-2011 23:12:52 | More by verdict603
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

03-06-2012 04:20:15 | More by jrcolli22
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

06-03-2013 02:19:24 | More by gregariouslive
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

07-07-2012 00:50:31 | More by Dapperticus
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

03-28-2012 22:06:26 | More by wbillw
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

09-30-2012 16:43:00 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

02-29-2012 18:38:24 | More by Rocketman8911
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

07-01-2013 21:09:01 | More by jngrizzaffi
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

06-06-2013 04:29:13 | More by MaddDogg84
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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%

Full Sail IPA has a thick, white head, lots of lacing rings, only a few streaming bubbles, and a slightly hazy, but mostly clear, yellow-orange appearance. The aroma is of oranges, orange peel, and bread. Taste is of citrus, sugar, orange pulp, unsalted crackers, and it has a pretty low bitterness for a 60 IBU rating. There is a bitter, grapefruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and fluffy, and Full Sail IPA finishes semi-dry and easy drinking. Overall, this a nice, nice beer.


03-31-2012 14:59:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good apricot color. Hoppy smell. Very clean tasting with a bit of a bitter aftertaste Floral and fruity with a hint of orange.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. A little lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with nice hoppyness. If you like ales you will not be disappointed.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Typical IPA, but it won't disappoint.

04-30-2008 21:44:49 | More by soundbarrier
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Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

A deep gold colour with a thick fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles lend a slightly fizzy texture without being over carbonated. A really fresh and pleasant taste. Floral green taste with a very good balance between the malt and hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

11-15-2006 16:16:26 | More by shamus
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4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

A- honey colored, two finger fluffy white head that will not go away, thin bubbly lace

S- sweet and tangy, citric, pine, hoppy, biscuit

T- starts with mellow sweet honey biscuit malts, then hops take their place, grapefruit and pine, some toasty notes throughout. Flavor is very fine and mellow, not all in your face and palate crushing

M- silky smooth, full light bodied, velvety

D- nice mellow, sessionable IPA, bit balanced for an American but i'm not complaining, highly enjoyable, memorable, and recommendable.

01-15-2007 02:06:51 | More by tonistruth
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%

Once again, it is my extreme honor and privilege to welcome Hood River, OR to the Great & Mighty Commonwealth of PA! I was just in Philly yesterday and I have seen more Full Sail beers here in Lancaster than I did there. Maybe I was not looking hard enough or maybe Lancaster (City & County) has made it onto the beer map at last. Just wonderin' ,,,

From the bottle: "Ridiculously Tasty India Pale Ale"; "Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts Since 1987"; "47 Employee Owners".

Man, I was jonesin' for a beer today, especially after yesterday's Real Ale Fest at Yards. I had this as the next one to drink and I was thinking about it as the end of the day approached. I wasted no time getting from the bottle into a shaker glass and I quickly had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention for my efforts. Color was a deep-amber with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was resinous with a pine scent and my mouth was watering. I had to wait for the foam to fall, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and I was instantly reminded of why I am a self-proclaimed hophead. Hops are the bomb, yo! I felt like an addict getting his fix and the pine sap flavor was making me feel right at home. Finish was dry, not gasping for air afterwards dry, but still dry. And hoppy. Did I mention that I like hops? I liked this beer ... a lot. More, please.

03-25-2013 23:13:22 | More by woodychandler
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%

Pours out a clear light copper color with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Now that I have a new imperial pint glass this IPA will pour up to a four finger head with out pouring over the glass and the retention keeps it at a one finger head. Very impressive! Sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is classic American IPA: Citrus and pine notes are the first notes you will pick up on. But, there is some light toasted and sweet malt behind it. Nothing is over done.

Again, the taste is a very clean dry hop with bitter pine and citrus notes. But, nothing over the top just very clean. The malt does a good job of bringing a balance to this ale.

Clean finish and medium/light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a great example of a classic American IPA. There is a balance of flavor and nothing is over the top.

12-24-2011 05:25:38 | More by Luigi
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%

This is another wonderful beer from Full Sail. They are consistently good. Maybe not the very best on the entire planet, but consistent quality.

Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear golden honey. This really appeals to me. the IPA's tend to have some haze, so I think it's pretty when this one doesn't. Nice, light aroma, and the flavor is extremely well balanced. It reminds of of everything I love in Session Lager, and everything I love in AV Hop 'Ottin IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as creamy and soft as some IPAs, but it definitely isn't bad. Actually pretty good.

I could drink these forever. Great beer.

01-04-2009 06:56:28 | More by Beernoisseur
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Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +22.1%

From bottle to glass honey color with nice head.
a: Honey color, 2 finger width head
s: Light orange smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste
o: Very refreshing, with wonderful taste

Sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida, hope the have it in Rhode Island.

04-16-2013 15:57:06 | More by CorvetteMike
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

10-20-2010 04:20:18 | More by ebrauser
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

A healthy looking orange-amber, in a thick haze. Fresh and frothy head. Aromas of hops, clove, and peppery spice. The flavor transfers this essense onto your tastebuds. Medium bodied, perky, bitey mouthfeel. Very nice I.P.A.

01-30-2002 22:04:25 | More by Jordan
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%

bottle poured into a glass

small head that doesn't last too long. golden color a little cloudy

understated smell, a little hoppy

very bitter and almost rich. good taste in the front of the mouth.

bitter but not overbearing. good mouthfeel

overall I really enjoy this beer. It's a great go to IPA that's both subtle yet robust.

08-30-2011 22:46:22 | More by mcaulifww
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4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

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

06-02-2010 16:50:14 | More by FreshmanPour77
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

A - Pours a dark hazy gold with a frothy white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Bog aromas of grapefruit, pines and some other nice sharp citrusy notes. I'm also getting some faint malt aromas.

T- The taste is very balanced ! Great clean earthy flavors with a decent hop bite. Great example of an IPA. Easy drinking as well.

M- Light/medium body with a clean refreshing finish. Could knock back a couple of these.

O- Scores top 5 on my personal favorite IPA's. Way to go Full Sail!

05-16-2011 20:50:35 | More by Brianjames16
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +20.4%

A: FS IPA has a beautiful pale amber body, great head retention, and outstanding lacing. The bottom on my Perfect Pint is a storm of pinhead bubbles, forming swirling torrents of bubbles. Clarity is good, with only a touch of haze.

S: The lively bouquet is marked by juniper, grapefruit, and rosemary.

T: Dry, with a nice bread-like flavor that is dominated by Pacific Northwest hops. Light, dry, and refreshing.

M: Light, heavily effervescent, and clean on the finish.

D: A highly sessionable IPA in a world dominated by boozy hop-bombs. It's nice to see people sticking to the classics in an era where it's taboo to do so.

02-22-2011 18:02:23 | More by Avagadro
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4.28/5  rDev +19.9%

It's been a while since I had this one. Previous review was on tap a while ago. Since then I've drank my share of IPAs and DIPAs and beer in general. What I like about this one is it's not over the top, hop loaded. A nice light copper color and moderate head that can be summoned with a quick swirl. A touch light on the aroma, some pine and resin, a bit floral and very light caramel. A good taste of pine, resin and orange zest, pine is light though. Good bite to it, and is mellowed a tad at the end with a slight rush of malt and caramel.
This is a good IPA. 6.99 a sixer, I'm sticking with this one as my "it's always in the fridge" beer, and am happy with it.


04-15-2009 23:03:32 | More by Mebuzzard
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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