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

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 24
Gots: 133 | 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: 1,336 | Reviews: 553
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-blond, white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, spice, candied pineapple.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, rind, pine, hint of grainy biscuits, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carboantion level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, earthy maly, and citrus (pineapple?). Overall, drinkeable, but not complex and slighlty lacking in body.

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a wisp of haze and a two-finger ivory head which leaves a nice lace as I drink. Head retention is stellar -- more than half the head remains when I've consumed half the beer.

Smell: a little malt with a nice dose of hops; mostly floral in character with a touch of earthiness thrown in. I like it.

Taste: not a bad little IPA. A pretty good malt backbone; a little sweet though a little grainy. Hops are mostly floral in character and the brewers were not as heavy-handed with the hops as is typically the case in Northwest IPAs, however, this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty standard; not bad.

Drinkability: pretty good -- a decent IPA which I bet would go quite well with a meal.

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of whitish foam. Fine bubbles coated the beer and a delicate collar left quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass. Spicy and citrusy hop aroma, plenty of toasted malt too. Bitterness was sturdy and lingered in the finish. Hop flavours floated between herbal, citrus, and floral, spicy in the finish. Malt sweetness provided some balance, but was in the backseat. Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness, decent texture. Pretty good overall, nicely balanced and tasty.

Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hazy amber-orange beer throws a thin white head that is well retained. There is some earthiness and herbalness to the nose of this one. A bit musty and some sweet aromas here and there as well. The taste is pretty citric. Almost get a tinge of Pine Sol. Quite bitter also, but for some reason, this bitterness here does not appeal to me as the bitterness in other IPAs. Maybe there is just not enough malt in this beer to give it sufficient balance. Or maybe it is just that the hop variety used is not one of my favorites. In any case, this is a pretty average IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was acquired in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

It pours from 12oz bottle(best by 070507) a clear medium gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with some good notes of grapefruit and grass.

The taste is also very hoppy. I'm getting some citrus and grass with even a bigger presence of floral hops. There's *some* malt there in the background but it doesn't have the strength to even come close to balancing out the hop bitterness and now, more noticeable, a pungency that's making my mouth pucker; more malt is something I think this brew needs. I'm finding this IPA just too bitter for my liking. I'll say that the mouthfeel and carbo is up to snuff. I just wish there was more malt influence. Still, I'm glad I got to try this puppy.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold with a very thin head into my glass.

Aroma consists of piney hops and some biscuit malt. Pretty simple

The malt show smore than the hops on the tongue. Balanced. Crisp

Mouthfeel isn't much to write about. Not offensive though.

An excellent ipa that should please fans of the style

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

A: Citrus, grapefruit and earthy hops. Caramel malts come through.

T: Earthy, floral hops and citrus up front. Roasted caramel malts in the foundation. Sharply bitter in the finish. Very balanced for an IPA.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Lightly coating and smooth to a bitterfinish.

D: Very sessionable IPA thats more balanced than most.

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a light copper color with a two-finger white head. Pretty clear, and the head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells mostly of bready malt, with some floral and citrus hop scents.

Tastes much the same as it smells, but with more bitterness. There's a taste that comes through as it warms that I can't put my finger on. Kind of sweet with a yeast-like flavor. Not bad but not great.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, but the carbonation is just about right. Kind of flattens out as the beer warms.

Drinkability is good. There's nothing really bad about this beer, just a lot of little things that could be better.

Overall this is a slightly above average IPA. There are a lot of better ones out there, but give this one a shot if you're into IPA's.

Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 030911-15:09-FL. Sampled on January 16, 2011. The pour is orange-amber with good clarity for an IPA. It rises to a thin, fizzy, beige head that slowly settles and goes away. The aroma is hopped but there are bits of bready malts on the side. The body has a slick, creaminess to it. The taste ends hopped and bitter.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is the standard IPA copper. Head is medium-sized, creamy, and off-white. Aroma has strong floral and citrusy smells with an underlying sweetness provided by biscuity and caramel malts. Taste has plenty of hop flavor, and a rather different hop profile. Hop taste is citrussy, yet has a distinct flavor of something else that I can't think of a comparison. Something pungent and oily. Underlying malt is caramel and sweet grain, mildly earthy. Flavors are nicely layered. Bitterness is high and privides a very active mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this IPA and found it to have an interesting take on the style.

Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as slightly thin feeling. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also taste notes of pine and grapefruit. The beer finishes with a mild lingering hop/pine aftertaste.

Drink - An above average IPA but there are lots of other beers within this category that I'd rather be drinking. Still happy I gave it a try though.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright amber orange tint. Head is a 1/4 inch but seems to stick around for a bit with decent lacing. Bubbles feeding the carbonation.
S+T - Smell is to be desired with some moderate gram cracker, bread, and piney hops but taste is way better than expected. Very balanced citrus hop bitterness, some bready gram cracker crust, and a finish with some piney hops that cling to the palate. Not blown away but I am impressed.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, hides the 60 IBU's well.

Overall I would drink this again. In a way it reminds me of 60 minute IPA with less carbonation in a way helping drink ability. I would buy it again if I found it.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head some pretty good lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but had traces of hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of some hops - though it's not as huge a component as in other IPAs - a grassy quality, and lemon. Not as vibrant as some IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, but not overly remarkable IPA.

Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Decent head retention.

Light citrus aroma with no malt. Well crafted but lacking in punch.

Sharp citrus and grapefruit flavour with moderate bitterness and some light caramel malts.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nicely balanced IPA. For me it lacks something to bring it all together as a true IPA though. Nonetheless, it is quite refreshing.

Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mt. Hood Meadows, served in a shaker pint glass, the IPA is a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head. The aroma was very bright floral hops and a bit of earthy must. The taste was fairly robust in the west coast American IPA style, dominated by the pungent grapefruit citrus of amarillo hops, with a firm malt backbone, a bit of tang and a bitter, slightly dry finish. The Full Sail had a creamy, medium body with light carbonation that went down pretty well, nothing super enticing, but a fine example of this regional style, which are best served fresh.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice orangy amber with a decent white head, fairly appetizing. Aroma is not particularly strong, and is surprisingly malty, almost more malty than hoppy. Flavor is not typical of an IPA - there is not a whole lot of hoppiness - but the texture is good, and the taste nicely balances malt and hops and pleases. Finish is a little bitter and has just a whisper of fruit.

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ice tea color with no bubbles but fair sized frothy head and very good lace. The aroma reminds me of a solid key lime hops of some sort, very edible! The flavor is a nice mellow blend of citrus hops and clean malt. A little nutmeg spice seems evident, very little carbonation but not flat at all, very drinkable. Creamy and mild but flavorful, not much alcohol here so pile 'em on. Sweet and dry blended nicely. Recommended to most anybody, a no brainer for any IPA fan.

2011 Update: A clear yellow amber with a big white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant though slightly mild pine and citrus blend. The taste has a crisp citrus bite with some herbal qualities but very little pine now. It’s medium light bodied with fine but thorough carbonation. It’s got a bit of a rye bread quality, and a slight sweet orange touch. A little dry but plenty drinkable. Not bad, not great.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with voluminous head that died quickly and left some lace. Basic citric hop smell w/ mix of floral notes and minor sweet malt. Not as powerful as other IPAs, little sweeter w/ a medium body that goes down smooth and finishes only slightly dry. Citric hops are there w/ a little herbal bitterness but it is also almost evenly balanced w/ some sweet and bread malt. Not my first choice for this style but I'd recommend trying one.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a stamp of 121109. Pours a clear, golden color with a fairly dense, off-white foam. Average retention but leaves some nice sheets of lace on the glass. Lighter color than most IPAs, but pretty decent looking overall.

Nose delightfully plays off of grapefruit, pine and mangoes. Hops are fresh and clean smelling. There is some honey drizzled malt to balance things out, but it smells like the hops will be able to shine unimpeded by a heavy malt bill.

Not a very big beer, in fact, it does not even seem to be the 6% it claims...but it drinks very fine and damn near chuggable. This is one of my favorite beers I have had so far from Full Sail. I really like the light body and juicy hops. The malts are light, sweet and slightly toasty while the hops have a pleasant split between flavoring and bittering, neither overly aggressive. This one straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Very sessionable with enough punch to not become boring too quickly, I could drink a couple of these in a row.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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