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

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,300 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 20
Gots: 103 | 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
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Ratings: 1,300 | Reviews: 543
Photo of Blaze5445
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of LarryMyers
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kaseydad
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with straw colored hazy yellow brew with a small foamy white head. Earthy smell with biscuit, flowers and malt. Much like their Pale Ale. Taste has some hop kick bitterness to it with a nice white grapefruit aftertaste. Very heavy on the malt kick also which seems to be a theme with their IPA and Pale Ale. More bitterness here which is my style. Thin mouthfeel and very dry. Good drinkability though I will seek my IPA's elsewhere.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent amber color with a 2cm white foamy head.

Sweet grapefruit, nice malt tone and sweet orange peel.

Great flavor balance. Good semi-sweet maltiness up front balanced well with mild citrussy hops on the back end and a smooth aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smotth and crisp mouth with good carbonation.

Overall this is a solid very easy drinking IPA. This is an IPA I'd like to crush a six pack this summer.

Photo of Ngntjp
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DerrickW
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jettjon
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Enjoy by 081608,” consumed on 8/4/07. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), a coppery orange clear color with a small amount of carbonation. Thick one-finger head of off-white foam, slow to fade leaving a heavy cap and ring. Good, sticky lace. Nose of firm (noble?) hops, biting and peppery. Tastes of piney and floral-citrusy hops; middle bitter. Tea. Biting pine finish. Mouth is rich and creamy with middle carbonation. Very smooth and slick. Thirst quenching. Drinkability is very good, a bit bitter if you like that. Very smooth and refreshing. I could enjoy a few of these.

Overall: A good piney-hoppy IPA. Smells and tastes good with plenty of bitterness. Recommended.

Photo of MiScusi
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a really lovely amber/yellow to copper/orange gradient with a medium fine white head.

S - Well, it's got some citrus and bitter hops, but there's this peculiar malty scent which I've learned to associate with some funky yeast. Not usually a good sign. Fingers crossed for the taste.

T - The hops are powerful! Bitter most of all, and then dry. There's a light malty sweetness to balance it all out, and thankfully, the funk from the nose is not coming across in the taste. *wipes sweat from brow* That was a close one. This is pretty good. There's a great citrus character that emerges with a bit of warming.

M - Light, kind of thin, a bit dry, but it's serious. The mouthfeel feels intentional and well-crafted. Maybe not my favorite, but it feels right.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I like the taste quite a bit, but as with any beer that's quite bitter, you need some time off. It's still quite good though.

Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of billshmeinke
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass.

Honey golden in color with a touch of amber, very clear. Looks effervescent with bubbles shooting to the top. Finger and a half white head that quickly dies down to a soapy looking half a finger head and already showing evidence of lacing. Good lacing as you drink with a solid layer of foam on top throughout.

Smell is malts dominated. Barley, cereal and biscuity malts on top. A floral and spicy hop aroma buried in there as well.

Biscuity, bread-y, barley malts hit the palate first. Followed by a spicy bitter (resin) hop kick with the slightest hint of citrus (lemon) and a bit of alcohol. Doesn't really bring enough hop flavor to the party to make this a noteworthy IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the higher end of medium that is fairly assertive. Fairly creamy and decently smooth.

Pretty drinkable, but plenty of better IPAs out there.

Photo of mcdsports
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz twist-off bottle to pint glass at The Red Lion.

A - The beer pours a golden clear color with 2 solid fingers of white head with very good retention and lacing.

S - Rather disappointed in the lack of aroma here. Very slight to detect a lot of hop character or caramel malts or anything. Not what I would expect from a west coast AIPA.

T/M - The beer starts clean with the cistrus hop flavors I missed in the aroma. The middle of the beer emerges with a grain/bready character in the specialty malts that balances out the beer.
The beer finishes crisp and clean and medium bodied with a slight bitterness that lingers for a short while.

D - Drinkable.

Overall this beer wasn't what I expected in a lack of aroma. It's certainly not bad but and better than average but only slightly so. Don't think I will be coming back - too many other great IPAs available.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-31-2011 02:49:16

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured a clear golden body with a half-finger white head. A very true to style IPA appearance. Scents of dank, earthy herbal hops, floral hop aromas with notes of jasmine, grass clippings and tea-like aromas with a bit of biscuit-like malt in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of an earthy, English hop sort of IPA. Very nice for the style, earthy and herbal. Flavor begins with medium bitterness and flavors of floral hops, earthy, herbal hops and notes of grapefruit peel and pith and hints of pine resin. Middle is bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith and medium notes of floral and herbal hops. Finish is bitter with notes of resinous hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith, light alcohol and earthy hops. Aftertaste is pine resin, grainy, biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, earthy, dank IPA that also has a nice citrus presence with pine. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a resinous, drying mouthfeel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA that is easy to drink. Overall this is a good IPA. Strong, bitter, resinous, herbal, floral and citrusy in aroma and flavor. A nice mouthfeel aids the experience. A good IPA well worth drinking.

Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of rallison
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not a very impressive IPA. More like a semi-hoppy amber ale. Somewhat boring malt profile, without much complexity. Light hoppiness, without much real bitterness. Just not at all that impressive.

Would I buy again? No. Would I drink this if offered? Yes, but it wouldn't be very memorable.

Overall, not recommended.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LoganMc
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hunteraw
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fairly light golden/amber in color. Big white head that exhibits good retention and excellent lacing. Color a little lighter than I expect in an IPA, but good otherwise.

Smell: Maltier/grainier nose than I would expect. Earthy hops. Not nearly as hoppy as I'd expect in an IPA.

Taste: Slightly astringent, grapefruity hops - especially in the finish. Before that, much lighter flavor than I'd prefer in an IPA: some herbal hops, but not aggressive enough. Malts are a little sweet at the front of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, but nothing notable.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking, I suppose, but that's about it. There are many better IPAs out there.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks for absolutesites for this one....
Golden copper, almost orange in color with a full finger and a half of white head...sticks around for quite a bit w/ decent lace that slides back into the glass rapidly...very little remains on the side of the shaker glass.
Floral and spiced hops dominate the nose...very faint sweet malt in the background.
Bitter hops galore...reminding me of an English IPA more than the West Coast IPA's I tend to gravitate towards. Buttery toffee mixed in...and a hefty malt backbone keeping this one very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is average...definitely not too thin and the carbonation is where it should be.
I could enjoy a sixer of this in an evening no problem...very drinkable and a nice first for me from Full Sail.

Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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