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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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BA SCORE
81
good

1,165 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,165
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 50 | 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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a little over a finger of frothy off-white head. This retains with a soapy looking ½ finger that has a nice flare-up to it, leaving back some foamy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is herbal and floral, with some bright citrus notes that leaning very heavily towards the lemony side of things. Flat smelling sweet grains add some tang underneath.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose, with bitter citrus rind and a smack of lemon zest being balanced by a mix of sugars and tight toasted malts. At least there is some more sweetness here than there was in the aroma. This finishes with a raw veggie quality that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy feel that is cut by some underlying slickness. To its credit, there is no alcohol present and this is mostly easy feeling for its size.

I just wasn't a fan of the Full Sail offering. Both the malt and hop profile just had an all around flat feel to them with no robustness of any kind going on. Freshness wasn't an issue with this bottle either. It just didn't give up enough flavors for a Pale Ale, much less an IPA. Points go to this for the easy feeling body on it but I would not revisit this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:11:05 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Carbonation is low to moderate and the head is thin and made up of small white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing behind as it falls away. Beer is attractive.

Some citrus hop aroma, maybe a little pine. Not much hop aroma at all. There is this almost wheat-like aroma. A cereal like flavor in the smell. Reminds me the way Burt Grant's IPA used to smell like.

OK, there is some hop bitterness there. This is more like an English / American hybrid IPA. There is some malt character at the front end of the beer and the rest comes at the back in the form of bitterness. There isn't a lot of midpalate character. Beer is a little dry on the finish. There isn't much of an aftertaste but there is a kind of wheaty / acidic flavor that I can't get past. It really is Burt Grant's all over again. Mouthfeel is fine, medium body, but drinkability suffers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:59:25 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mom for bringing this back from the West coast. Decanted cool into a Nonic. I shared this with my Grandma.

A - A light to medium shade of amber w/ 3 fingers of off white foam resulting from a vigorous pour. A dishsoap pattern of lace forms on the pint glass.

S - Slightly citrus and lemon zest w/ a pleasant blend of pine and woody scents. A light malt and gentle odor of alcohol are noted.

M - A medium body w/ a light acidity and full carbonation. A gently sweet and citrus juiced feel.

T - A crisp mildly astringent flavor w/ a malty backbone is the initial taste. The alcoholic esters are apparent in the taste w/ a NW hop flavor. Gentle malt sweetness has a round finish that is semi-dry. A tangy sort of spice and pine that lingers on in the aftertaste.

D - A pleasant but ordinary IPA for me, not much to set it apart, comes across as a little less than subtle, just average drinkability IMO.

S -

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 12:37:57 | More by Slatetank
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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
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im surprised this is rated so low here. i think its a pretty darn good ipa, if a bit less hoppy than most. poured a magnificent amber color with a thick foamy head crowning well above the rim of my english pint glass. smells more like a traditional american pale ale than an ipa, which might expain its low raitings. balanced malt bready tones with a sticky hop aroma. flavor is similar, there more subtle hops than a lot of assertive west coast ipa varieties. it has a sticky fresh hop sort of palate, but not too robust at all. mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated and a nice fuller body, but really drinkable and excellent with bbq chcken pizza. a very good daily drink, especially at 3 dollars a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:54:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off ("That a way" and an arrow) bottle...Good thing it pointed in the direction I should turn it in...

Pours golden with a white head that has good retention. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is piney/citric/lemony/grapefruity with a carmelish/grainy background.

The taste is of plenty of citric/piney hops with a caramelish balance.

Medium-bodied, with something of a dusty/gritty texture.

Overall, a good IPA - hoppy but balance. Not an extreme IPA, but "sessionable", despite the somewhat odd texture.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 02:27:27 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy, yet thin, pale tan colored head. The aroma has notes of bright citrus, a grassy herbal character, a bit of astringent grain husk, toasty malt notes and perhaps a hint of caramel. The taste has a nice sharp bitterness from beginning to end. This is definitely a hop focused beer; there is a nice citrus note here that reminds me of lemons & oranges. There is only a hint of malt character here; a bit of sweet grain character, and a hint of toasted malt in the finish. This is a pretty nice, easy drinking IPA; it has a solid hop bite and a bit of hop flavor to it, and it goes down quite easily. If the malt character were a bit more complex the hop flavor might shine through a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 05:31:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12%

11-21-2011 18:42:54 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive fluffy head that leaves some chunky lace. The beer is clear with a beautifully golden amber color

Soured grain aroma with a nearly imperceptible hop smell. Is this an IPA?

Much better hop in the flavor: tastes peppery. The malt is very dry, almost astringent. Not a smooth IPA. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is all hop, lasting a very long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 18:37:44 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep gold to very light amber. Solid white head, leaving good lace, good retention.

S: Grassiness, toasted grain, has that "Full Sail" house character if you know what I mean.

T: Grapefruit and sweet pine, backed with a lot of bready malt, though this is very much West Coast its approach even if it isn't super hoppy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, easy going prickly carbonation, nice aftertaste.

D: A nice middle of the road IPA, being in CA I have access to many of the best, and this isn't in their league. That being said, this is a good beer, it's well made and certainly something to give as basically a starter IPA. $6.50 a sixer doesn't hurt, and would be an excellent choice to get your hop fix on the cheap.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:44:02 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint glass was filled with a copper color beer with a decent foamy head. Slight floral hop aroma with some noticable maltiness. Not what I expected for an IPA. This was confirmed as there was an unbalanced flavor as the malt was more prominent than the hops. The carbonation was fine, and the head slowly fizzled away as the glass emptied, leaving light lacework. Very drinkable and it is a slightly better than average IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2003 01:56:56 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -16%

06-03-2013 18:47:38 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a Trader Joe's and reviewed live in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Served into a Uinta pilsner glass. Expectations are average given the brewery - which has been sort of meh for me in the past. Best before 12/18/12. 6.0%.

Not paired with anything. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of some mild cream, above average thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant.

Sm: Generic floral hops, clean malts, some cream, and very light citrus. Appealing and fresh. An average strength aroma.

T/Mf: Generic floral hops and slick clean malts. Some artifical cream. The sugary artificial malts don't cover up the hop bitterness on the climax. As a result, the balance is impaired. A bit buttery. Overly smooth and wet, not allowing the flavour to shine through. Simple and underwhelming.

Dr: Drinkable but meh. Another middling bottle of mediocrity from Full Sail. I suppose it's priced well for what it is. A very lackluster beer in the style. More a pale ale than an IPA. I wouldn't bother with this again. Doesn't make me excited for more Full Sail beers.

C-

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 05:48:09 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04/19/06- Purchased at an airport store in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with and best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-orange body. Full thick white head, which fades about halfway through. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Large presense of floral and lemon rind hops. A nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Hmmm, makes me think of an English IPA or even an ESB rather than an IPA. Very bitter and somewhat stale tasting hops. Not skunky or anything, just stale. Malt seems ok, but the hops have an off taste.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the IPA for me. Maybe a decent English one though. I'll pass on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 20:57:58 | More by GClarkage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-09-2012 03:06:21 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden dark-yellow colour, with a foamy, but not particularly robust head of white foam. Lacing is good, however, and a filmy residue stays with the beer. Not bad overall.

Resiny hops on the nose, quite sharp varieties - not the big tropical fruit notes I expected, and rather muted and lacking vigour. Slight twang of seltzer water acidity as well. Not bad, but not great.

Taste is reedy and thin, with a persistent but one-dimensional hop bitterness through the centre. The thinness really doesn't help, and the slight butterscotch sweetness on the finish is slightly unpleasant, and not nearly enough body to add depth to the palate. Mouthfeel is thin, but acceptably smooth otherwise.

This is really a below-par IPA, and I'm disappointed to find at last a west coast example of the style which doesn't deliver much in the way of flavour. Oh well, there are plenty more where that came from.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 22:34:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangey-copper color with a fluffy white head that went away pretty quickly. Hops aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top on the bottle. Hoppy, but the taste is balanced by the malt, this is an english-style IPA. Pretty smooth and high on the drinkability scale. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 04:10:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured my bottle into a pilsner glass and had clear gold ale with a fluffy white head. This is a classic American IPA that I imagine hasn't changed much since the 90s. There's a big, grassy citrus aroma and flavor backed up by dry toasty malts. The hops are rich and run from the opening, but don't expect the crisper dry-hop character. Still, tasty example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:59:31 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-22-2014 04:10:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer , no freshness data offered on the label. Pours medium to lighter straw like amber. Off white head and leaves plentiful light/fine sheeting and lacing. Resiny hop nose, goes along with a moderate resiny opening note on the palate.Bready malts also make themselves know and add a nice attempt @ balance. Dry finish with a moderate hip bite. Nothing special going on here, just a drinkable, decent, session able, everyday IPA. Worked in a pinch while spending a weekend in a non exciting beer location.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 13:23:37 | More by Billolick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-11-2013 03:27:58 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-17-2013 12:43:31 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-31-2013 22:41:17 | More by DrunkinYogi
Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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