Full Sail Rip Curl
Full Sail Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - English
3.72 | pDev: 11.02%
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Hopped with East Kent Goldings, Challenger and Fuggles.
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice golden pour and a full inch of white head on it. Looks nice and clear.

Aroma was mildly toasted grains, like cheerios. Floral hop bitterness. An easy drinker that didn't catch on, but was worth having around for lawnmower hot weather days.

Dec 17, 2015
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard yellow gold pour, white head, 1" in depth, almost no lacing or retention. Decent clarity, full sail's stuff always looks relatively impressive. Aroma was a little bit toasty vienna type malt moreso than something i was accustomed to having in an english pale ale.

Delicate hop bitterness, generally an easy to drink beer that isn't huge in any aspect. Just light and toasty, sprinkles of tettenang and/or noble hops.

Rip curl was a short lived full sail beer, 1-2 seasonal appearances tops I would guess. It was a decent option one time when throwing disc.

Jan 23, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color. Thin head with good retention. Earthy and slightly fruity Willamette hop nose, with a pleasant caramel note as well. A bit thin in body, but a nice caramel malt flavor comes through. Mild hop bitterness, hop flavor like it smells-- earthy and floral.

May 16, 2008
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stephendr from California

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle - color of amber, with a white head - nose of sweat, some hops , and biscuit – taste is sweet, malts, red berries, and light hops- body is medium, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste is bitter , hoppy , and mild toasted malts

Jan 03, 2008
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BigJTrucker from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color. Foamy white head settled fairly quickly. Smells a bit fruity, perhaps like apricots or pears. Nice malty flavor, just a bit of hops apparent. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body. not overpowering, but then again it is an english pale ale. Alcohol is very light and almost not apparent. A fairly sessionable beer. I'd love to try it on tap.

Apr 22, 2007
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tonistruth from Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clear copper with a two finger frothy off white head, great retent on that, thin bubbly filmy lace

S- herbal, doughy, dry fruit

T- bready malt, on the sweet side, fruit flavors creep around, yeast apparent, slight orange citrus note at finish. dry yeast, bread dough spark at finish, hop flavor in background

M- light bodied, dry finish, smooth, carbonation felt throughout

D- not a fan of EPA's, but i thought this was decent, bit sweet would of liked more hop flavor, worth a try

Mar 04, 2007
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amatuerbeerguy from Oklahoma

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flowing from the bottle a clear amber color with white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aromas are a nice subtle maltiness, with some grass, pine character.

Flavors are that of a nice hop bitterness, malt, with a slight grassy character. Toastiness, with some piney character finihing out crisp and clean.

Mouth feel is a medium low carbonation, and a moderate body

Overall a very nice session style brew. Nice flavors and aromas, nothing to overwhelming lending to a nice balance.

Dec 20, 2006
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slyke from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Rip Curl is a clear amber with a white head.

Aroma is sweet with notes of grass and possibly pine.

The taste is sweet and malty in the center with a little hop bite around the edges.

Mouthfeel is buttery - a good thing in my opinion

Drinkability is good. It would be quite easy to session this one at 5% abv. Recommended.

Nov 11, 2006
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BeerSox from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Deep reddish amber color with a good light tan head, which settles to a foamy cap. Plenty of layered lacing.

Piney hops sit on top of a bready malt base. A touch of spicy notes are also present.

Biscuity malts switch with light hop bitterness, finishing off with a residual sweetness. Medium bodied with light medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish, along with light buttery notes that seems to take over the aftertaste.

This is an interesting beer, as it is almost like a hybrid between an English Pale Ale and an American Pale Ale. Recommended.

Nov 05, 2006
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alehopman from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like an American brewer that takes a stab at brewing and English style PA. Well, Full Sail, a PNW brewer, has indeed succeeded! In a nonic glass it poured w/ample carbonation which developed into a nice fine carbonation. On initial pour a nice 2 - 3 finger head was acheived which, when it subsided, left a lasting outer ring and nice enduring center. Amber as amber gets in color. A great Goldings smell and a English malt (crystal ?) aroma. Very fine.

Taste is very authentic w/a malt to hop balance acheived by very few ales. I can only describe the taste sequence as Goldings hop, crystal malt with a nice finish typical for an English bitter (Fuggles or possible Target/Challenger?). Very high on the drinkability scale. I will buy this again and again....

Oct 21, 2006
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Zorro from California

2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber colored ale with a decidedly reddish tinge to it. OK tan head that seems a little skimpy.

Smell is a little sweet with a decidedly vegetable aroma to it. But there really much scent here except vegetables and a little wood.

Taste is sweet and slightly fruity at the start. Decent English ale flavor with the expected flavors. Only problem is that the vegetable taste from the smell makes it to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not impressed at all with the drinkability. This would not make me throw up I WILL actively avoid this beer in the future.

Sep 10, 2006
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benito from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle clearly states that this an English-style pale, a rarity these days in US craftbrewing, and it certainly eschews some of the flashy flavors and aromas (that right NW hops!) that have come to characterize pale ales in the US. The result is a well-balanced and very refreshing summer ale.

It's copper in color with a mix of bread, salt, and lemon in the bouquet. The flavor is slightly thin--running watery toward the back of the tongue, but up front it has a nice balance of doughy malts and light fruit hop flavors. Curiously, the thinness as the end sort of runs on too long and makes for a less crisp finish than I would have liked. Nonetheless, this is a tasty brew in a style that's like a poor and overlooked cousin.

I also feel compelled to add that Rip Curl blows DH Shelter Pale--the only other major English pale brewed in the US that comes to mind--out of the freaking water. Worth a look.

Jul 31, 2006
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

States its an English-style pale ale & certainally seems to me its more that an APA, other than the hop varieties showcased

Pours bronze/amber with a 1' white head. some lacing & good head retention

Smell: fruitiness & crisp hops (this part lends towards the APA style)

Taste: Fruitty, followed by piney hops. Malt sweetness cuts in followed by honey notes & a crisp fruitty finish

MF: Light/medium in body with great carbonation & balance.
Drinks too easy, I could acept this an apa just an english pa, but a good summer sessioner regardless. I went away from from full sail for a while, because i thought their quality was slipping. This offering makes me think it's time to reevaluate these beers

Jun 25, 2006
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IntriqKen from California

2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange/amber color with a decent head ...lacing lasted most of the glass.
Aroma was only sweet malt and bread...I could not get any hop presence.
Taste was again, sweet malts and bread or biscuits...malts definately taste toasted to me. Only a little bite from citrus hops on the end.
Aftertaste is drying and slightly citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style and it is very drinkable if you are looking for a sweeter(English<?>) styled Pale Ale.

May 24, 2006
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guitarmage from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this into a pilsner glass, it's a nice dark orange-red, very inviting color. I couldn't get a head, and whatever was there disippated into a week lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread, plum, overall a sweet smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a very mild bourbon, sweet. Dry, herbal, hops sneak up, pleasant and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery and light in carbonation, it seems characteristic of Full Sale. It's OK and well balanced, but the ales are not creamy, they're watery and crisp.

Drinkability: A good drinkable ale, right on par with Full Sail Pale Ale, actually disappointly similar, but still a good brew. I'd like to drink it with some baby back ribs off the grill or another sweet meat.

May 22, 2006
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours clear pale red color. The head is one finger in height, off white in color, and recedes into thin lacing. The aroma is faint with a generic sweetness. The taste is of the same sweetness as the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and seems a bit watery. Overall, this beer isn't horrible, but there is nothing interesting about it.

May 12, 2006
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark copper. Clear. Dense, off-white head. Toasted caramel on the nose with a little brown sugar, a whiff of fruit, and some spicy hops. Toasty, slightly grainy malt flavors. Toffee notes, but hold the sweetness. Spicy, moderately bitter hops. Finish is fruity. Moderate body with light, cask-esque carbonation. Smooth. A nice drinker and another good session beer from Full Sail. Also, a bit more of an English pale ale if you ask me.

Apr 05, 2006
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mentor from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 012606. Obtained from Liquor Mart (Boulder). Pours a two finger light tan head over a clearish rust-brown liquid. Very fine particulates suspended through and some streamers rise to the top. Smells caramel malty sweet with oranges. Flat malt is a touch dry and some apricot esters. Hint of alcohol carries on a nice floral hop. Mild aromas, but pleasing. Tastes dry. Some malt sweet, but dry. Crystal clear flavor of apricots that seems empty or tin-like due to the dryness. Definitely not a tart sun-dried apricot, but very clear. There is a not-quite cherry flavor accompanied by a touch of iron. Hop bitter is quite low and is free of grassy co-humulone. Aftertaste has a dried hay flavor that may be from the hops. Slightest touch of chocolate. Soured caramel grain carried on a volitale floral. No lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is md-light, but has a creamy character I really enjoyed.

Apr 02, 2006
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jamesdergen from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent bronze with a very thin fizzy head that disappears as quickly as it came (3)

S: Pale malts and a mild hop profile, but not much else here. (3)

T: Pale, somewhat caramelly malts with just enough hops to make it interesting. Sweet grain taste throughout and a nice wheaty finish. (3.5)

M: Smooth, light-bodied and not overly carbonated. (4)

D: Probably the high point of this brew. This one would session well with its mild taste and smooth mouthfeel. This would be a good transition brew for BMC converts, in my opinion. (4)

Not bad, but not something I will go out of my way to pick up again.

Mar 28, 2006
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rowew from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. New style Full Sail labels, ABV and enjoy by date clearly marked (in 2 different places).

Appearance: Pours a very clear copper color with a medium sized head. Moderate retention, thin lacing.

Smell: Bready malt aroma with a bit of citrusy hops in the finish.

Taste: Malt dominated, with mostly bready flavors and a bit of sweetness. Just a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Balanced, drinkable, and well-made, but not overly exciting.

Feb 20, 2006
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rip Curl is copper with plenty of carbonation, the average-sized head is off white and creamy. Aroma is rather weak, faint perfumey hop is noted atop a mild sweetness. Taste consists of a nutty malt body that is accompanied by a lightly fruity English hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate and adds the necessary mouthfeel to this beer. Finish is a long-lasting sweet, nutty malt. Overall, this works nicely as a blend of English and American pale ale styles. Drinkability definently has a sessionable quality.

Feb 16, 2006
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67cuda from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden amber-brown color, with a small tan head. It smells slightly sweet, with some citrus notes. The taste starts off sweet and malty, and finishes with a bit of tartness from the hops, nice and balanced. The mouthfeel is good, not too heavy, and not too light either. This is a very drinkable beer, though if you like your pale ales to be hoppy, this beer wouldn't cut it for you.

Oct 19, 2005
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allengarvin from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lovely clear walnut color with a moderate head on it. Nose is malty, with light hops and a faint fruitiness. Flavor follows up with a similar toasty malt taste and moderate bitterness, though little hop flavor. Finishes clean, with the malt drying out a bit at the end. Light bodied, perhaps a little watery.

Basically, a very typical American amber.

Oct 12, 2005
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gbontrag from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little green-tinged copper, true to its name. Nice phat head perfectly fills an American pint glass. Smells of bread crumbs, and biscuits.
Tastes kinda like dry, dusty crackers, dry biscuits. Smooth, crisp and light up to the fuzzy aftertaste; like chewing on dry grain. Boring. Not sweet enough to have mass appeal, not complex enough to interest me. Why do it? It's copper. It's drinkable. It's boring.

Jun 23, 2005
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Colour is dark gold to orange. Very little head (colour is peachy) that quicky disappears. Looks like there is very little carbonation.

Smell is slighty sweet and citrusy. Inviting arrangement of malt and hops.

Taste is sweet at the start, then malty punctuated with hops at the swallow then tailing off nicely to a hoppy finish. There are some floral hop accents in the aftertaste (which I don't personally care for). Overall this has a nice well rounded taste.

I was pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel. I expected something fairly light by the appearance, but it's actually quite full. Not thick but not watery either.

This is the best I've had from Full Sail yet. It could be a very drinkable effort if it wasn't for the floral hop accent in the finish. As I said, I'm not a fan of floral hop finishes, but if you are it's a good beer. None the less, I still like this beer and would drink it on occassion if it were more available in my area.

Jun 08, 2005
Full Sail Rip Curl from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 78 ratings