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Full Sail IPA - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,086 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1086
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%


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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Sobered

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:12:08 | More by Sobered
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden nearly yellow orange color. Far lighter than normal for the style. A thin white head that coasts the glass with lacing.

Sharp citrus notes without much malt to speak of. This seems a touch off but I can't place it.

Citrus dominate, grape fruit and orange peel, with a strange bready malt finish. This seems to miss the boat perhaps too close to a pale ale, but I'm not sure where this one is missing.

There's a bit of a bite to the finish, but beyond this it isn't anything special. Rather mild and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:05:50 | More by bobhits
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Zorro

California

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is mild malt and a little sweet. Hops are more herbal than citrus here, definitely lacking in citrus and pine aromas. No fruit or spice aromas and lacking in dry hopping characteristics.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning. Mildly fruity the hops continue to be herbal in nature. Remarkably lacking in flavor depth, this is simply herbal and bitter. Nothing much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is unremarkable. Perhaps I expect too much from an AIPA when my everyday IPA is Stone IPA. This could have a great deal more flavor and most IPAs do unremarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 02:40:25 | More by Zorro
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ssteakley

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Anything with a sail on the label has to be better than this! This is a BLAND IPA. I am a fan of other Full Sail brews but this one was disappointing to me...I guess I have been drinking to many great PNW IPA's since moving to Seattle. I expected more...well I bought a six pack since I was sure it must be at least good.
Break out the peanuts.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:59:45 | More by ssteakley
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freed

Oregon

2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommy Bahama lookin' label, pours a nice coppery gold. Excellent lacing and decent head. Excellent clarity.

Aroma at first past is a heady, meaty must, but it deteriorates into a stale grass smell.

The taste is quite weak. The hop brightness quickly gives way to a soda ash dryness that trumps what might otherwise be a decent sweet malt flavor. The mouth is left dry and tart in a bad way. Not really any good.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 02:45:39 | More by freed
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beertaster13

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This IPA from Full Sail pours a dark yellow with nectarine highlights, the head is white but fails to establish itself. The aroma is of buttered biscuits and Northwest pine trees. The taste is of clove and honey with the hop pine coming to the forefront. Rather bland and lacking hop definition, alcohol was very noticable. With so many great Northwest IPA's, this one just fails to become noticable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 00:09:09 | More by beertaster13
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GimpyCane

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance: poured hazy golden amber with a 1 finger frothy white head that diminished quickly. Left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: light scent of hay with a small hint of pine upfront. Also got a small hint of sweat and grass.

taste: IMO light for a IPA, not hoppy enough for me. Sllightly sweet malt and grain to start with a short lived semi-bitter dry ending.

mouthfeel and drinkability: light body, softly carbonated with an astringent finishing feel more for an unpleasant session.

Overall, I found this brew okay. Not one of there stronger brew such as their Amber Ale and Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 17:09:25 | More by GimpyCane
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Birmingham

Kansas

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: A pleasant citrus aroma with mild clean malty sweetness. Rather pleasant, though I would like hop aroma to be stronger.

Appearance: Pours bright gold. The head is tall and white. As the head crashes it leaves wonderfully thick lacing on the glass.

Flavor: The bitterness is surprising subtle for 60 IBU beer. My first glass initially had a mild yeasty taste that faded quickly. In the first few tastes the bitterness was in the forefront. As I drank the beer, it became a balanced beer; neither the hops nor the malts over power the other.

Mouth feel: It a medium bodied beer with some carbonation.


Overall Impression: I prefer the hops to be more prominent in an IPA. Though I could smell the citrus, they should be more prominent in the aroma and should the hops (citrus, piney flavors, etc).

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:12:54 | More by Birmingham
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markhobbs1

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:42:35 | More by markhobbs1
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silentjay

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hazy golden color with a small but dense off-white head that retains well and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

aroma of light grains some light citrus hops and lightly toasted bread.

taste starts off with a bit of lemon pepper plenty of light toast and grains, not much in terms of west coast hop presence. kind of a let down. more of an american take on an english pale ale than an american ipa.

almost medium bodied with a generous carbonation and a slightly sour and bitter aftertaste.

drinks average. not enough bitterness to quench my hop lust, but too much for the average beer drinker. something is a bit off balance here.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 05:41:41 | More by silentjay
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wmcneill26

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely underwhelming IPA. In fact the hops taste was so underwhelming, I wonder if I just got a bad batch. Bubbliness was also underwhelming. I had a hard time even considering this to be an IPA. It came off as a very weak pale ale. Again, it was so marked, I wonder if I just didn't get a good bottle. Smell was nice and pleasant, but again, not as strong or distinct with hops or fruit compared to many other IPAs. Aftertaste was pleasant but again, not strong in any way. Appearance was good in color and head retention, but I don't really care about those as much as taste.

Edit: poured another bottle and this one was just as bed. In fact there was no head to speak of thus nothing to cling to the sides.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 17:25:01 | More by wmcneill26
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden color. Average head and below average head retention. The Aroma of the beer was really weak for an IPA, I barely detected hops and it was mostly sweet and grain. Average amount of lacing. The taste is ok. Smooth, medium body. It is mostly sweet, giving way to some bitterness but not really a hop driven bitterness. This is not my kind of IPA- its brewed pretty safe- Perhaps a good intro IPA. Next Please!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:15:45 | More by GossageBrewery
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yamar68

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is soft - more of a malt presence than expected. Biscuits, grain... hops aren’t too agressive but neatly balanced. Pours a golden orange with a finger of creamy white head. Initial flavor is abstract and bitter, far less balanced than the nose. Not bad though. This could certainly pass as a American pale. Probably wouldn’t seek this out but I’ll likely try the rest of the line-up since they’re on sale at Zipp’s :)

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 16:57:50 | More by yamar68
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whoneeds8

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a clear yellow-orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing. Smell is missing, what I find is a "macro" beer smell. And that's what I find in the taste. There's a slight IPA taste, but there is just a macro feel to this beer. It just doesn't taste like a micro beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 22:55:11 | More by whoneeds8
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Jadjunk

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#129. A delayed resume following what may have been the busiest week of my life has me returning to some bottles that have been sitting neglected for some time. This one has a date code of 111211, which I must assume means November 12 11. Great, it's still good.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 44 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger light frothy head of a pale cream complexion. It recedes at a gradual pace, leaving behind some spotty lacing on the sides. The consistency is a bit thin and spotty like sea foam. The color is a light orange/bronze with copper tones with a mild haziness to it. Carbonation is relaxed. This beer does alright by the appearance, but has its notable flaws. 3

(Smell) There's a good deal of tropical citrus and lemongrass aroma in this beer, followed by a lesser present but notable malt presence in the background. Hops are mild in aroma at best. The aroma is overall quite light but there are some appealing tones. This would certainly pass off well as a summer beer. Smells more of a pale ale. 2.5

(Taste) Begins with a tart piney hop and citrus zest introduction and the pine needles drag on through the remainder of the brew, leaving a crisp dry finish. Malt character is significantly less notable, lingering in the background the entire drink. The beer has an overall bitter tartness to it but not much else. I'm almost certain that this is not the way this beer is supposed to taste. It's missing a lot of content and there are some very off tastes, like metallic notes and chalky textures that certainly ranks this in the bottom half of IPAs that I have had as of now. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is there but it isn't as intense as it should be. It's too smooth for the tart lemony flavors to be a good complement. Finishes dry dry dry, a bit chalky. On a positive note, there's little alcohol presence to be determined through this beer. There's a light-medium body to this beer. Ultimately, there's work to be done here too. 3

(Overall) I'm really not sure if this was meant to taste the way it did, and certainly hope it was a fluke batch. The balance of the tart flavors were way too dominant in comparison to the malt profile, leaving a super dry and chalky taste, and there were some bizarre astringencies, like an occasional metallic note that didn't work for this beer nor any other beer. I'm determined to try this again in the future, but in the meantime I'd point any IPA lovers to a large series of other proven masterpieces. Either this was a dud or reviews should be catered to trying this as soon as it arrives on the shelf. My review classifies this IPA as an average at best. 3

Full Sail Brewery's
IPA
C (2.78)

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 03:00:07 | More by Jadjunk
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beerguy101

California

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium golden color, smallish head. Aroma is grapefruity. A medium bodied IPA. Mildly hopped, fairly bitter, but the malts are evident. Finish is sharp. Aftertaste is hoppy with medium bitterness, some malt evident in the aftertaste. A very middle of the road IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 00:49:01 | More by beerguy101
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jkdrummer

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big disappointment right from the get go. A head similar to BMC beers. IPA? Where's the aroma? Head is now gone with minimal lacing. Taste not much to brag about. A little sweet but again, this is more of a pale than an IPA. What has happened to Full Sail? I want my $8 back.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:08:26 | More by jkdrummer
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Onenote81

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to breity for this brew in a recent trade!

Pours a translucent brownish orange with a massive white foamy head resting comfortably on top. Retention is stellar. Decent globs of lacing on the glass edge.

Smells very yeasty and bready. Some weird vegetable thing going on in there as well. No pine, no real citrus presence. Different.

The hop bitterness is there, but very subdued. This a much more malty IPA than I am used to. I like the citrus hop kick in my beer, but this is pleasant no-less. Bready warm feel to it. Not too thick, not too watery.

This really wasn't what I was expecting, but I wasn't disappointed. Decent brew that I would have again. It's more like an English IPA in my experience, but no big deal.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:14:27 | More by Onenote81
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:35:35 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear with vibrant bubbles filling the glass. The color is a light golden hue. While the head is only a half inch thick, it leaves a generous sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, toast, slight hint of alcohol, as well as an odd aroma I have difficulty describing.

T: First, I would prefer more of a hop presence and less malt flavors. Secondly, the malt has a slightly toasted flavor, which is not befitting of a west coast IPA. The flavor consists of fruit and floral notes, but is overshadowed by a weird taste or astringency.

M: I find it difficult to accurately describe the feel of a beer when I find it to have major flaws or shortcomings. The astringency really clouds my judgment. The carbonation level is average and the feel is ok.

D: I don't recommend this beer. There are so many quality IPAs out there, many of which are easily attainable, that I just can't imagine choosing this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:35:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with no date

nose is wheat and hay with the hops in the background. less hop than expected. taste is subdued. more of a straight up pale than an AIPA. malt and bitter is what comes through at first. hops don't come in till later. very floral but in the background. maybe more subtle than subdued. knocking it down a bit because of a somewhat unpleasant, lingering, aftertaste. this is a very crisp beer, with the right amount of carbonation.

The taste of this beer left me puzzled, definitely not what i was expecting. It's not bad but very middle-of-the-road, especially put up against the likes of Surly, Stone, etc. Wouldn't mind finding it in a cooler on a hot day, tho.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:32:28 | More by jimmah120
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goschool

California

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is gold approaching amber with a white head that has good retention and leaves more the average lacing. The nose has earthy, herbal hops with a touch of orange. This stuff tastes like Lagunitas IPA would if it was stale and you poured lemon juice in it. There's a British character along with the PNW in this, but musty hops and too much lemon ruin anything tasty or drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 07:09:50 | More by goschool
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MiScusi

California

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

bottle stamped with a 041509 on the neck. Must be a best by date.

A- Golden, very light orange... same color just about as Pliny the Elder. Nice foamy frothy head, great lacing.

S- Trademark full sail smell. Metallic, band-aid like. Its so potent that I might think it's a specific hop smell but it's in every one of their beers.

T- Earthy hop flavor, a little citrus in there. Tastes like a pale ale in terms of hop flavors combining with a grainy malt body.

M- pretty light, which I actually like. Carbonation is fine in texture. Actually really nice feel for a beer.

D- When there are other IPA's available like Blind Pig, Green Flash, Stone IPA, etc, there's really no reason to drink this. It's not a very good IPA, the two main components- taste and aroma are poor, but it's not a drain pour

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:49:57 | More by MiScusi
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves many shards of lacing

Smell: Lightly toasted malt with a rather citric, almost herbacious quality; a touch of unpleasant solvent, too

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate by a lemony citrus flavor; after the swallow, the herbacious elements kick in, ruining the balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; harsh mouthfeel after the swallow

Drinkability: A very poor example of a west coast IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 00:44:56 | More by brentk56
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PeterLemonjello

Alabama

2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Full Sail, the brewery, and several of their beers. I was very excited to try their IPA and was quickly disappointed.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden straw. Questions marks began in my head upon seeing as most IPAs I'm fond up are darker.

S - Actually, if I closed my eyes...I would have guessed I was smelling an Amber. Maybe not quite as bready/malty as most good Ambers but certainly less hoppy than a Pale Ale and not even close to the aroma present in most quality IPAs.

T - Tastes like a decent Pale Ale to me. Very very little bitterness and certainly not much in hop flavor. Maybe a tad citrus, but malt flavors are more prevalent.

M - Solid mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too substantial. Has the mouthfeel of a session beer,

D - This isn't a bad beer, just not a good IPA. If you are looking for hops, steer clear of this one. It's certainly plenty drinkable if you're a fan of Pale Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:31:20 | More by PeterLemonjello
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