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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

546 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 141 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 1,347
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, the way an IPA should pour. Nothing outstanding, just a nice yellow-amber pour with a little bit of head lining the top.

Smell is a little on the light side with the hops shining through nicely and a little bit of sweetness in there as well. I think I may detect a hint of pine but that may just as well not be there.

Taste is really very average. No frills, just a straight up well hopped IPA. Aftertaste is something akin to a loaf of good bread, but nothing really to write home about.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer. If you're looking for an IPA that you don't have think too much about this is your beer. (702 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with a billowy off white head.

Smell: I swear it smells like beef stew. Not good

Taste: Clean, mineraly, moderate hop flavor. Needs more hops and more maltiness. Too clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability: Nice transition IPA for an ale/lager drinker. (297 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay IPA. Clear orange-gold pour with a good head. Claims to be very hoppy, but doesn't follow through. Faint grassy hops on the nose, with some honey and malt. Bitter, grassy hops in the taste, but no real citrus or grapefruit. Its all there, just not that strong. Dry finish. (280 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off this is a very average beer. It may be a craft beer but it definitely has its place between cheap domestic beers and fine craft beers. Unfortunately its too sophisticated to be accessible to anyone outside of the good beer revolution.

Smell: It smells bitter but not in a good way. Malt flavor hits first followed by hop notes.

Taste: Follows the smell especially when it comes to the bitterness of the beer. Once again the bitterness is not a good hoppy bitterness. Perhaps the hops aren't that fresh??? Definitely more malt flavor than most PNW IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Kind of chunky for an IPA

Drinkability: This isn't a beer I can drink a six-pack of. (666 characters)

Photo of TheLiterati
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little afraid to review this beer, mostly because I am running out of adjectives to describe the huge number of IPAs on the market. How many times can you say citrusy, piney, bitter, aggressive, etc. without being redundant?

But those are some of the hallmark characteristics of this style - the benchmarks if you will by which the style is measured.

If I were new to the style and liked this particular offering, I would likely score it higher. However, as an avid hophead, I struggled to give it solid "3s," as the label promised something "ridiculously tasty" and really, it's just average.

However, to be fair, when judging just this composition alone, it's a solid average IPA. Nice amber color with a creamy head, mild citrus notes with a bit of yeastiness and spice, all of which translates to the taste, sans the hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is a bit bland - something just short of smooth that a bit more carbonation would help.

Still, I bought it to share at a block party among folks who know my advocacy for good beer, but where the range of beer tastes is unknown. Good for folks who may not have forayed into IPAs much, or for those who find them a bit too harsh. All in all the beer is drinkable. (1,218 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this certainly an average example of the style. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, very light golden yellow, with an inch of white head that very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops, mostly pine, with a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also mostly piney hops. The body was this, but even. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great.

Go ahead try it, it won't kill ya. But if you don't, you won't have really missed anything. (483 characters)

Photo of troutmask96
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Full Sail's Session Lager, but as a total hophead I have to take a pass on this one. This brew actually drinks a lot like Session, but it's way clean for my hop palette. More like an IPA lite, this is a decent choice for sessioning on hot summer nights, but nothing more... (290 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One of my "introductary" IPA's and not a bad start. Not use to this style so I'm probably not the best reviewer but here's my two cents. Pours golden, clear, with thick head that stuck around for most of the brew. Impressive lace as well, other reviewers were right about that. Very strong, hoppy tatse that is suprisingly smooth. Light on the carbonation but leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Not a bad beer but after my first I'm not aching for another, had my fill with one. (484 characters)

Photo of IrishJames
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Super-clear amber. One-finger foam dissipates to a thin film of suds within 60 seconds. Light lace follows behind level of beer by about two finger widths.

Smell: Smell is mostly absent of hops, and is dominated by simple malts. Smells a bit like a mainstream American lager.

Taste: Bitter up front, followed by a somewhat complex battle between malt and lingering bitterness. Slightly bitter aftertaste which remains parked on the tongue indefinitely.

Mouthfeel: Stickiness prevails. Moderate-to-high carbonation.

Overall: Not terrible, but wouldn't qualify this as an easy drinker. High bitterness factor with understated hop aroma and malt counterbalance. (674 characters)

Photo of kennymule
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Extremely clear amber with one finger frothy head that dissipates quickly with thin lacing.

Smell: For an IPA it is absent of any hops on the nose, just a faint grassy funk.

Taste: Bitterness up front, but not overpowering at all for an IPA, then an interesting mix of malt and hops battle to a bitter finish.

Mouth feel: Medium and sticky with a semi-dry bitter finish.

Overall:For a "hop head" this is nothing to get excited about, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. I'd have another, wait...I'm on my second one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle (565 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail IPA….in a bottle


Appearance-a clear amber body pours out with a two inch head, lots of lacing and bubbles at first but then it settles down and disappears. Looks alright.

Smell-not that pungent, I did get pined hops and a little bit of fruit, grain and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops come through early, medium mouthfeel, dry but not acrid and the hops actually give way a little bit to some malted toast bread flavors and a little fruit. Finish is actually sort of clean for an IPA, but does leave some pine and fruit notes on the tongue.

Overall-ok. Not a great IPA by any stretch and a little disappointing since I know this brewer makes some good beers. (689 characters)

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Golden/orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S- Lots of piney hops aroma

T- Lots of piney bitterness and grapefruit taste that lingers.

M- Light to medium body and some nice dryness.

O- A decent IPA. Lots of hop bitterness without a lot of malt backbone to balance it out. Worth a try. (369 characters)

Photo of cbak999
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

S - not very powerful - not too hoppy. I was expecting more from Full Sail - with 2 very good IPA options - Wreck the Halls and Wassail.

T - too sweet in my opinion for an IPA - more like an amber ale than an IPA. Lacks the bitterness usually appearent in an American IPA.

This IPA poured into the glass with little head; as a matter of fact, the 1/16" was gone in the first minute. Overall, I was not impressed, and probably will not buy again with other IPA options available. (484 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours light and blonde and golden, two finger white head, translucent.

Smell: A light perceptible hop aroma with golden malt smell.

Taste: The initial taste imparts very little in the way hop character, and as the beer opens up you pleasant sweet malt taste becomes apparent, and then it finishes with a slightly citrusy but not intensely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A fairly thin beer not only as far as hop flavor but also malt content.

Overall: I wouldn't consider this a genuine IPA. With such mild hop presence, this beer fails into the category of a slightly hoppy pale ale. (597 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head and some lacing.

S: Grassy and malty smell. Not too much going on here.

T: Much like the smell, grassy and malty. Bleh.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Leaves something to be desired. Not bad, but not something I would seek out. (346 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Sobered
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange, looks thin. Decent head though. The smell is uninteresting, and consists of nothing more than hops. The taste is similarly one-dimensional... The big malt of a great IPA is totally absent. This is positively anemic. Finishes dry, like champagne. The hop profile seems unconventional for an IPA. It seems like that of a pils with too much saaz thrown in, or boiled too long or something. Cardboard malt & weird hop character. Ugh. (437 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of LifeTree
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale for IPA, almost looks like a lager. Very little head

S - Not much going on with the smell. Slight hint of hops with more of a malt smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. A slight hop bite at first followed a malty flavors.

M - The best part of this beer. It is very crisp and smooth for an IPA.

D - It is smooth and somewhat satisfying with flavor.

I bought this at my local grocery store in FL. I saw a 6 pack of Full Sail from Oregon that I've never heard of. I love IPA's so I thought I'd give it a shot. At first drink I was immediately disappointed. Not bad by any means but certainly not impressed. (622 characters)

Photo of TATTORSO
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist off bottle into a 16 oz. Imperial pint glass. Clear copper color with spirals of tiny bubbles rising to a 1 finger, buttery colored head. Decent lacing through the glass.

S ~ Earthy, piney hops & sweet citrus rind with the slightest whiff of malt. As the brew warmed to room temperature I detected a little wet dog.

T ~ Smooth & crisp with a mildly bitter, citrusy back. Lemon, orange, & grapefruit.
A subtle, malty presence. Not too complicated or deep.

M ~ Clean & refreshing with a nice little carbonation zip & a peppery bite in the finish.

D ~ Probably better than I rated it. I'm still trying to develop an appreciation for this style. Worth a try if you can get it. (689 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of freed
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of wmcneill26
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of yamar68
2.85/5  rDev -19%
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 :) (433 characters)

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