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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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549 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 549
Hads: 1,361
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 25
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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
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Reviews: 549 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of Filthyfloor
1.25/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

at first it tasted like a standard wheat. then a bitterness starts mild. i was pleased, until the bitterness keeps expanding into horrible after taste bitter apple spray. overall i'd say they took a wheat beer and then put some dudes ass in the beer for a solid year. (267 characters)

Photo of SaintPeter
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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? (1,050 characters)

Photo of lawman834
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the bottle from World Market. Stamp on the bottle said 052808. I don't know if that's a mfr date or a best by date.

A-Looks spot on for an IPA. Light copper, slightly cloudy. Thin head, but some decent lacing.

S-Decent malt smell. A little bit of an off putting sour smell. Not much going on.

T-I have only had 3 IPA's(Stone, Sierra Nevada and Broken Halo) but this one is the least impressive by far. It is suprisingly weak and boring. A little sweet and malty up front, but it finishes watery with a generally unpleasant bitter/sour taste that is in place of what should be hop bite.

Overall, not at all impressive, not horrible, but I would choosse many, many others over this one. (692 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is just an ok IPA. Nothing to write home about. Not good, not bad. Appearance is a golden color with a miniscule head that vanishes quickly. Smell is a slight sweet malt and some citrusy hops. Taste is really a letdown here. It smells much better than it tastes. Hops are barely noticeable. Drinkability is high cause it seems so light. Not to impressed with this one. (373 characters)

Photo of muldersha
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR with an Enjoy By date of 09/28/15

Has a clear orange body with a chunky white head that dissipates rather quickly. However, it leaves behind an acceptable white lacing.

Piney aromas of heather, bran flakes, citrus, grass, steely metallic hops, soap, and baby diaper.

Malty, medium-bodied, and a bit disjointed. Sports an assertive and dry herbal finish.

A bit out of sorts, but not terrible. (463 characters)

Photo of Brianjames16
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (510 characters)

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden-amber body with a fluffy head. Not too impressed with this beer. Had a slight citrus like smell and a beer + a bit more hop taste. Really, this tasted somewhat like generic beer with a bit more hoppiness. Not too exciting and not one I would be rushing back to, because it is not a really true IPA. (314 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours an opaque light golden body with a 1/2 inch white head that dissolves quickly, some lacing

Faint smell, mostly malt with a little pine

Taste follows the smell. with a malt start that goes directly to a slightly bitter hop finish

Feel is thin and slightly prickly

Overall. Kind of a middle of the road-ish malt forward IPA . (350 characters)

Photo of Newglarusguy
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

When I first had this, they had the old labels, with a stylized sailboat, sails billowing. The IPA's sail was tiger-striped, a witty reference I assumed to IPA's heritage as an overly-hopped ale to preserve it on the long, hot passage to quench the thirst of the British troops in India. Now it's just a ho-hum yellow label. But do NOT let that fool you; the beer within is still aggressively hopped, spicy, sweet, and bitter. A handsome deep amber in the glass. Do not pass this beer up if you see it in the case. I recommend it. (530 characters)

Photo of Sleestak
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the way home from work this morning I stopped at the local Stater Brothers grocery store to pick up a few things and decided to get a sixer of something "good". This particular store has a sizeable beer cooler but it's mostly macros. I did come across a few different styles of Full Sail so thought I'd give this one a shot. Pale copper with not much head and lacing. Smells citrusy and the taste follows with some honey. Not bad. This beer won't obliterate your taste buds like so many ipas and the abv % is only 6% so it's deffinately sessionable. I enjoy it just don't know if it's something I would search out again. (623 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 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 alexrichman
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A) Clear and light golden colored. Poured a small head that left a bit of lacing behind.

S) Aroma is malt forward with some dark fruits, melon, and burnt sugars. The hops are there showing a bit of pine.

T) More hops on the tongue than in the bouquet with pine, citrus, and floral flavors. Malt creeps in the finish showing sweet melon and burnt caramel. Pleasant finish that lands on the sweeter side.

M) Quite thin but fine carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

O) A pleasant tasting IPA but quite thin and a bit lacking for its style. This IPA could use a revamp. (570 characters)

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 jizdepski
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into tall harpoon ipla glass. served at 55-60 degrees. this beer is bright golden in color with great clarity, and a near white head that is frothy and thick. left decent hoppy laces on the glass, and a thin filmy cap stayed after head mostly dissipated. looks very nice, but color doesn't have that reddish gold you see in most american ipas. smells are herbal hoppy with a good bit of sweetness. also some earthy graininess. taste has a good citrus hop character right up front, with a good malty backbone start to end, malts are kind of honey like in sweetness. finish has a good hop kick that lingers, along with hints of grain. hops are citrusy and herbal, though not super aggressive. i like the that the hops don't completely overwhelm the malts and other flavors. the body is good for the style, right about medium, and smoothly carbonated to give it a slightly creamy feel. drinkability is average for the style. overall well balanced and a good example of an american ipa. (989 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of MVassar
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty liquid gold appearance, with a touch of amber. Attractive, somewhat reticent off-white head.

Very light citrus scent, with a hint of pine.

A slight malt flavor, followed by a solid kick of bitter hops. Short, crisp finish. Not much depth of flavor.

Very easy going down, ample but unintrusive carbonation.

Not a beer that provokes a lot of thought, but certainly easy to quaff. (397 characters)

Photo of Roser
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- decent bone white head that lasted a good bit. Light lacing. Fairly clear (a little cloudy right out of the bottle). Honey gold hue.

S- malts and spice. Clean.

T- a little sweet up front (surprisingly), then on to the bitterness. The notes on the nose don't really come through, unfortunately. Disappointing.

M- medium body.

O- okay, not great. Wouldn't go out of my way to have again. Many better options available. (426 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (313 characters)

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent but by no means amazing IPA. LIttle to no aroma from the bottle. Tastes like a classic IPA--hoppy and carbonated--although more understated that most. Silky and smooth mouthfeel after the first wave of carbonation. Not a lot of different flavors going on for me (at gunpoint I would say this is mildly piney), but pleasant and easy to drink. I wouldn't buy this again but I'll enjoy the bottles I already have. (427 characters)

Photo of dhilltop2000
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey-orange and slightly hazy. Nice foam. Starts out a little sudsy but soon reduces into a thin-tight layer which stays for the rest of this 12oz beer's life. Smells good. A distinct aroma of strong-sweet hops with some citrus in the mix. Taste is somewhat of a let down from the aroma. Not bad, just not up to par with what I was hoping. Strong hop bitterness but off-balance with sweet-tangy fruit (grapefruit maybe?). Hops linger nicely in the mouth setting up the next swallow. Worth a try. (502 characters)

Photo of thatsfine
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale orange with a one finger off-white head. Retaining pretty well. Some good lacing down the glass.

The most malty smelling IPA I have smelled before. But I do pick up a mild scent of the usual hops.

This very malty. Really not the immediate hops that we are used to in an IPA. The hops come later in the taste than other IPA's. The malts come first. The hops are very subdued. Not very bitter in the aftertaste. Many ales are more hoppy. Below average but not terrible.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. This goes down very smooth though.

This is a great session IPA. Very easy to drink and not too filling. I also think this would be a good first IPA for someone to introduce them to a higher amount of hops, of which there are not many. I drank this very fast but I won't buy it again. Glad I only bought one bottle. (872 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 silverevo9
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmmm, this IPA is good at best. I sense not a lot of hop presents here. Malts do linger. Just not a lot going on here. This is drinkable. Carbonation is high. Aftertaste is dull but clean. With all the good IPA beers out there, one can afford to be critical. The good thing is the finish. I do get a specific but shallow scent of hops. Lacing is good. This beer is doable. Okay, just had my second brew and seems to be improving. Head has taken on a deeper hue showing some purity. Lacing is a bit stickier.

Update. The beer is good. Had the beer again with a clean palate. Like the orange hue to the beer. The finish is good. Lacing is excellent. Not a lot of hop presents, but there. Went down fast. Price is right to. Not overly complex but good none the less... (768 characters)

Photo of Birmingham
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
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). (810 characters)

Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
80 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.