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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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1,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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 mactrail


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA with reviews all over the place-- but having just had IPAs by Aftershock (wretched), Peak Organic (unpleasant), and Rough Draft (average)-- this doesn't seem bad at all.

This starts out with a citrus and resin combination on top of a browned English muffin. The aftertaste is both bitter and resiny. Pours a clear golden amber with hints of brown in the Duvel tulip. Quite thin and quite bitter at the end, but that interesting roasted pine-pitch flavor saves the day.

Nice suds with every pour and a bubbly mouthfeel. A mellow pumpkin hint with a warm malty mouthfeel. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. Another decent beer in the Full Sail line-up.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 06:41:48 | More by mactrail
Photo of n00tz


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:40:09 | More by n00tz
Photo of jamesdergen


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice foamy off-white head.

S: Very faint, can't pick much up here. Some grassy hops and something else in the background that I can't quite put my finger on...

T: Nicely hopped, not too sticky or resiny making this a very drinkable IPA. Flowery, grassy hops with a crystal malt background that balanced nicely.

M&D: Light-bodied and easy drinking!

I've had other Full Sail brews but never seen this one until today, so I had to try it. It's a nice effort and something I might pick up a sixer of if I am feeling too poor for some Two Hearted ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 00:57:21 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of SaintPeter


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy gold-orange color with sizable off-white creamy head. When poured hard, the bubbles play in the glass like a lava lamp. Looks syrupy thick. Drape of cling on the glass; nice lacing. Mildly carbonated with some streaming bubbles. When swirled, lazy bubbles and head reform. Awesome!

Strong resiny hop aroma, bold, almost like smelling burnt wood. Earthy. I catch some oak barrels in there. The more subtle hoppy aroma emerges when beer warms.

Bold hop taste, resiny and bitter in the mouth, almost too much so. Some malt flavor but it is overshadowed by the bitter hops. Finishes bitter. The malt begin to emerge after half a glass. It was harsh at first but now it has become a beautiful IPA; more balanced.

Syrupy thick mouthfeel, full bodied and really nice for a bold IPA.

It gets better as it is consumed. It seemed harsh at first but as it warmed it mellowed an melded. For the price ($6.99/6pack) an amazing deal. Once of the best deals out there. Why can't more great breweries make quality beer and sell it for a decent price?

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 21:25:52 | More by SaintPeter
Photo of CityBoy1986


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The colour is a golden-copper, and a large white head recedes into something thicker than a film. Lacing is very nice.

The nose is very bready with hints of citrus. The taste is the same with a bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very high--I just keep wanting more.

It's not the best of its style, but for the price it is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 01:36:13 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of Byeast


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a goldenrod amber color , with a small white head , fair amount of lace left.

Smell: Fairly raw hoppy scent with citric and herbal qualities , bit of lemon rind and orange peel, mild malt , and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Hops lead the show with citric focus , more lemon rind and hint at grapefruit , bit of oily hop character , the malt body is there but it is takes a back seat to the hops with just a bit of balancing cracker quality. Finishes mildly dry with a good helping of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , dry finish.

Drinkability: Definatly a drinkably IPA. Has the citric quality but this one seems to lean towards rind and lemon qualities. Refreshing , good buy for the price imo.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 05:36:09 | More by Byeast
Photo of Soonami


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail is a nice IPA. It is very pale in color with a woody, minty hop flavor. I like IPA's like this one which is lighter bodied and dryer but I also prefer more hop flavor, a cleaner bitterness, and a greater amount of citrus. This is still very drinkable ale and there aren't many faults, I just wish that it had more assertive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 06:10:02 | More by Soonami
Photo of Brenden


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, clear golden yellow verging on something a bit deeper and darker. At first it looks like the white head that develops from the pour is forming loosely, but it comes together and is actually pretty rocky. It dissipates to a thick foam that leaves good, sticky lacing in patches.
The aroma is a little light but comes out as it warms. I do get a variety of hops, seemingly more English. It's much more the earthy and herbal hops notes I'm getting than anything else, and little to no citrus. Malts add some balance and there's a bit of soapiness.
This really has an English character to it, as that earthiness and herbal flavor really comes out front. Biscuity malts (buttered biscuits, anyone?) balance a little and the hops follow through to the finish, which is dry and leafy. There is a little whisper of something chalky underlying. This really is very nice as it warms up, as a touch of citrus does come out and it loses something of a rind-like bite. Theonly problem is a seaweed-like flavor comes out a little that isn't good.
The mouthfeel combines a bit of crispness and smoothness working together in harmony. Carbonation is light but ample and the body is medium.
This is a nice beer and I'm glad to support an employee-owned brewery when the product is good. It's curious that I could find a beer from Oregon in NY that I can't find in OH.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 17:12:09 | More by Brenden
Photo of dbossman


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with an apricot hue and one-inch head that dissipates to a thin film rather quickly; lacing is quite nice

S: Strong bready malt bill followed by a citrus hop aroma: peach, grapefruit, and lemon with a twinge of pine; but all on top of a toasty bready--slightly burnt malt finish

T: Strong hop bitterness up front with some citrus (apricot especially) and lots of grassy, herbal bitter hops and then again lots of bready grains; fairly balanced though the bitterness does override any sweetness from the malts

F: Decent carbonation up front and enough oily viscosity to make me happy

O: An interesting IPA--though not quite the west coast hop explosion I half expected but still a nice IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:04:14 | More by dbossman
Photo of kdoc8


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours out a golden-orange color with a thin white head. The smell isn't that strong, but there's some citrus hops action going on. The taste is pretty good - refreshing and uncomplicated with a nice hit of fruity hops...mainly orange and something a little bit more tart, like lemon...going on. Goes down very easily and no taste of alcohol to be found. Very refreshing on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 07:23:46 | More by kdoc8
Photo of gbontrag


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber side of gold, beautiful froth has lots of staying power. Has a nice sharp smell of leprechaun socks: Fresh and dank hops. Also, some sour cherry extract.
Bitter almond, biting hop resins, sour cherries. Astringent, but juicy? Looks great, smells great, tastes fine.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 00:45:09 | More by gbontrag
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color and high in clarity. Crowned by an impressive ivory head and a sticky ring of lacing. Nose features pine and citrus but is a little faint for my taste.

Taste is pleasant with citrus and floral hops and some accompanying bread and caramel notes to the malt. Texture is thick enough but matches the carbonation even;y, which is a plus. The malt really strikes the right notes but I could use a little more of that famous northwestern hop assault to really make this a contender, but this is clean and drinkable. Not something that stands out but a solid, if mellow example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:33:49 | More by daliandragon
Photo of JMad


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It comes out golden, light copper, with a nice rocky white head that clung to the glass.

The aroma is strong hoppy lemon, grapefruit and some sweet malt.

I tasted some sweet malt, lemony hops with just a subtle bitterness.

The beer is medium bodied, soft and very smooth going down.

This is a good IPA but I need to revisit this one, it may have been sitting for too long.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 15:26:43 | More by JMad
Photo of flexabull


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear gold color, with a pretty good white head.

Aomas are bready, tea like, with earthy and grapefruit hops.

Taste is dry, tea like, bready, and tart. Finish has a bitter and very earthy hops finish. To me, this seems to taste a bit like a British IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good body.

Overall, it's a tasty brew. Not really how I want my IPAs to taste, but I still can easily acknowledge that this is solid. Worth trying, but I probably will reach for different Full Sail offerings or other brands IPAs next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:04:14 | More by flexabull
Photo of beeragent


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light copper, forming a 1/2 inch head, with light lacing. The aroma is citrus hops. The flavor is smooth citrusy hops, along with with a light malt presence. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is good example of a pale ale, but not neccessarily an IPA. Good hop flavor, along with a decent alcohol content, make this a very sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 03:25:42 | More by beeragent
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale mat flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with some wonderful bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I'm not a huge fan of the hop selection.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 20:18:16 | More by WesWes
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle (lasered date code of 093011 on the neck, consumed on 09-09-11) into a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is light orange/dark yellow (when backlit). Clear, with no visible carbonation. Small whitish head on top settles to leave some splotchy lace.

S: Not as hop-centered as I was expecting for an American IPA. Smell is more along the English style: bready malt with a touch of florally, earthy hops. Got a faint whiff of skunk when I opened it, but that disappeared.

T: Definitely reminds me of an English IPA rather than American. Must be East Kent Goldings in there, I'm guessing. Bready malt underneath. Lemony bitterness and some grassiness at the finish is surprisingly strong given the subdued nose. Slightly metallic bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Given the flat appearance, carbonation is surprisingly sharp, though fine-bubbled, especially mid-sip. Call the heft light-to-medium.

O: Solid beer, though not what I look for in an American IPA (i.e., more citrusy hops).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:42:29 | More by Kendo
Photo of greenpumas


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber color with a fluffy head that retains nicely. Leaves a heavy lace.

S: Interesting. Grapefruit, fresh cut grass, flowers and a touch of sugar.

T: Heavy lemon bitterness dominates. Grapefruit and pepper creep in behind. Sweet malt tastes of caramel and sugar. An interesting floral note lingers in the background.

M: Medium body is slick and over carbonated.

D: Nice session IPA. Not great, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 15:14:17 | More by Rayek
Photo of Mitchster


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a lightly hazy light orange-amber (not bottle conditioned), forming a tall & whipped off-white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...the hops here are in droves, but sulfurous, unlike any other IPA I've had. It has a distinct cat-urine quality which is slightly off-putting. Thankfully it doesn't quite taste like that...the hops are fresh, green, oily and semi-pungent. This is offset by a nice pale and crystal malt body with some residual sugars which help to dampen the rather sharp and intense bitterness. The finish is pungent and dry. Burps are quite noxious.

This is a nice IPA, but a bit too bitter for my tastes. I'm wondering if this is Chinook or straight Mt.Hood giving this it's odd profile. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 18:15:43 | More by Mitchster
Photo of colts9016


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour this beer into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A nice golden yellow with a slight hue of orange. The is ivory, foamy, and one finger thick. There are a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear but not brilliant. There is a good amount of retention on the beer's head. There is some lacing clinging to the glass.

Nose: A nice rich pine, grapefruit, and floral is the initial aroma. There is a hint of the malt in the background with some sweetness.

Taste: A nice grapefruit pine and some floral ester. There is malt in the beer but it isn't a good back bone.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and astringent. The body of the beer is medium to medium light. The finish is on bitter and some what pleasant. The beer to me is watery and the flavors are a hit and miss . This is good IPA but that is the extent. I would drink it over most IPA's. The nose is better than the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:21:33 | More by colts9016
Photo of wagenvolks


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT

Pours a crystal clear, golden-blonde body with a nice carbonation level and moderate lacing. The aroma was quite good: resinous, fresh, meaty hop cones along side white grape juice, sweet citrus, mandarin orange & cane sugar.

There wasn't really a whole lot going on up front taste-wise. It was fairly bland with some wheat & pale malts. A bit of hops hit the front of the tongue, but quickly dissipated. The aftertaste brought the hops in a major way, but it wasn't enough to carry the flavor profile to "excellent IPA" status. Body was nicely carbonated & had an excellent bitter finish, but was a bit too strong & lasted too long; very unbalanced with its empty initial taste. Clearly, much better IPA's are out there, but this wasn't necessarily a bad one. It's just one I'd look over next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 17:38:14 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of brewbattles


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:46:37 | More by brewbattles
Photo of cjgator3


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. Citrus flavored hops come out in the nose along with some malt. The taste is a little short on the malt and does not possess as much balance as I would like, the hops are cetainly not lacking. Overall, I think this is a pretty underrated IPA. It certainly is not the best IPA out there, but it is definately worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 05:19:13 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Gusler


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange to amber yellow color, head is portly, the lace in fine thick sheets, both an off white color. The nose is malt, lightly floral, hints of orange or lemon peel. Slightly sweet malt start, the top is skimpy, the finish is robustly hopped, middling on the carbonation, malt dry aftertaste to top it off. A middle of the road IPA, not over powering, but quite quaffable and well worth a sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 07:08:26 | More by Gusler
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