Full Sail Rip Curl | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hopped with East Kent Goldings, Challenger and Fuggles.

Added by kbub6f on 03-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/05/04- Had at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass with a average foamy white head. A nice copper colored pour that left average lacing.

Smell- Malty, bitter and spicy smell. Maybe a little woodsy.

Taste- Malts and hops mainly. Tasted some nutty attributes also. A good mix of hops and malt.

Mouthfeel- Goes down a bit bitter but crisp at the same time. Leaves your mouth pretty dry afterwards.

Drinkability- A nice beer. Kind of like a Sierra Nevada with a bit less hops and more malt. Would be a nice refreshing beer that would leave you wanting another.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice and clear orange color with a good head that left some foam.

Smell – Musty citrus hops with a solid malt balance. There’s also a hint of sweetness to this one.

Taste – Did I say hint of sweetness? The sugary malt comes out much bigger at the taste. The hops are there as well, but more as a second act.

Mouthfeel – Close enough to medium-bodied to call it so. This ale is very refreshing and smooth.

Drinkability – I liked this one but felt that the desirous malt balance went a little too far. I would have liked to have seen a sharper harp flavor, but this was a good offering nevertheless.

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Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in colour, nice fluffy off-white head with loads of stick and retention. Light pine/spruce-like spice notes with hints of citrus and earth.

Surprisingly malty, rich, creamy palate with a nice balanced malt sweetness. Toasted malts, grain, apple, caramel, earth and tannins. Hops are mildly bitter, a bit coarse and provide a tasty balance. Finish is maltly and grainy.

The beers was brewed to celebrate 15 years of Full Sail brewing history, 1987-2002. Whitecap is the nickname for their pub. I'll raise this pint and say "cheers to that!"

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Photo of Jason
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an "enjoy by" date clearly marked. This beer was formerly Whitecap Ale.

Appearance: Dazzling lace that sticks all the way up the sides of the glass. Brilliant clarity with a shimmering reddish orange hue.

Smell: Fresh floral hop aroma, light toasted grain and sweetness with a clean feeling all in all though a doughy yeast creeps in to add a complexity to the aroma.

Taste: Well-built moderate body, long even crispness that shows what “refreshing crispness” is. The malt character is somewhat delicate yet rich when the pieces fall in the place. Toasted bread, light caramel and a light flour like cracker flavour in the finish. Hops are certainly there and with an even and balancing bitterness that further gets to the palate in the end with a long drawn out and fragile herbal and floral flavour. Lightly on the sweet side with a good clean up in the end from the hops.

Notes: Drinkable is one word to use, session beer is probably more apt to this beer. When they first brewed this beer it was a spring seasonal, now it is a year round brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a British-style pale ale, akin to Bass, with a darker color and less hops than Full Sail Pale. Head lasts and laces well. Pleasing, subtle aroma of intriguing malts. The malts are the dominant characteristics of the flavor, with elements of bread crust, biscuit, graham cracker, and a subtle smokiness. Hops do little to the flavor other than providing an end to the malts. Mouthfeel a little watery but very appropriate for the style. It really is very similar to Bass but it's much fresher. Nothing outstanding, but certainly appealing and drinkable, and its subtleties are worth picking out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Other than its "copper" color as noted by the label, I'm not sure if this is a re-named product (same ABV as the old "Shred Red Ale")...dark amber color, yellowish head of mostly smaller bubbles. A little cinnamon in the aroma. Medium carbonation, malt impact is spicy with a little candy tone. Respectably hopped, balanced in the American Ale kind of way. A sense of pepper at the end, and a little citrus in the aftertaste. Pretty good beer...

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper root beer color with moderate carbonation and an inch head that dissipated to an eighth of an inch.
Smell has a light malty resin hops aroma.
Taste has hints of a light cookie caramel malt with a notion of pine grapefruit/lime hops and has a light oak finish with hints of licorice.
Mouthfeel has a light body feel, a dry slightly watery texture, lively soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.
Drinkability is great for a session beer, possibly the type of hops or the oak finish may throw off the session.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It pours to a good off-white head that clings to the glass a little. Good carbonation and copper color. The aroma is malty and hoppy--balanced. The flavor is bittersweet--malt with a little alcohol warmth followed by citrusy pacific northwest hops flavor and bitterness. Leaves a nice maltiness and bitterness on the tongue. Very quaffable ale. An all around good choice--balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle...a little past it's prime with a best-by date of 070103.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a burst of warm orange down the center. It's off-white head starts out well, then quickly disappears, leaving only a tiny ring of bubbles. The aroma is fairly malty, with a nice Munich malt toasted bread sweetness. A small amount of leafy hops prevents it from too one-sided, along with a minerally component. The flavor is pretty much the same as the smell, with a good balance of Munich malt sweetness, biscuity malt, and leafy, herbal hops. A bit of caramel too. Some mineral presence, which combines with a touch of dryness to provide a bit of length on the finish. It's body is on the lighter side of medium, with a slighty hard water content. This isn't the most terribly interesting brew, but it's well brewed and would make a good session choice.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly collapsed to a thin skim. Easily observable carbonation rises lazily to the surface.
Smell was of caramel, bready malt, and enticing floral/herbal hopes notes.
Rip Curl has an earthy, malty taste up front. A light fruitiness, maybe of apple, and caramel spread across the palate before giving way to a moderately hopped finish.
Feel was light-to-medium, smooth, and rather slick.
Rip Curl is a nicely balanced, tasty, if not spectacular brew. It's quite easy to drink and one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of hyuga
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a head that's a bit off-white. Head retention is pretty decent. Oil/resin type hop aroma with biscuity malt backing it up. Taste is pretty much average pale ale type stuff. I'd like to see a bit more hoppiness in it. Malty up front, a bit biscuity and sweet. At the back, the hops do come out more in an oily character and some "English" bitterness. Hops also show a bit more on the sides of the tongue. But I still think it needs more hops. This bottle is slightly past its freshness date, so I may be more impressed with a fresher sample, but as of now it's just slightly above average in my opinion.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber to brown color, the head decent, the lace adequate, both evaporate way to fast for my liking. Nose malt, hints of caramel, sweet. Front is sweet, the top flimsy, the finish judiciously hopped, liberally acidic, conservatively dry, and a passable beer, but nothing to get excited about. Ranks #922 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear tarnished copper color with a huge off-white cloud top head, slight carbonation, and excellent thick and sticky lace. A decent head is present to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Strong notes of sweet caramel, toasted malts, and fruit with underlying mild floral hops.

Taste: Begins with a touch of smooth carbonation, toasted malt, and then sweet caramel notes. Midway through the taste, bitter citrus hops appear. Finishes dry with an earthy note

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and velvety, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A balanced, well-crafted beer with no unpleasant characteristics.

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Photo of Zorro
2.39/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper hue. 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. Very drinkable, but when compared to, say Fullers ESB this beer is a bit lacking. Still-- it's fairly well balanced.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of fastfwd
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of malt and hops. Terrific mouthfeel for a pale ale and it's got a nice hop bite. One more of the beers that I could drink many of - I typically do like to drink many beers so this isn't a hard category to fall into, but I'd mark this one down as a sure bet for a planned session.

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Photo of Mark
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer out of curiosity and because it was on a sale at a local market. I always was kind of indifferent of Full Sail beer, not that I haven't liked them, just kind of thought they were mainstream micro like Sierra Nevada. Well this beer bowled me over! I thought I was drinking an English cask bitter! Deep clear copper color was topped by a thinnish head that left intricate lacing patters all over the glass. Fresh malty aroma was inviting. malt backbone dominated the taste profile with a subtle tinge of hops that provided a nice crisp finish. Nice and drinkable to the point of just wanting to down another one. 5% abv goes down quite easily, a refreshing brew as well. I have found another session beer that will be a regular in my inventory.

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Photo of guitarmage
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok another brew from one of my staple beer suppliers :-)..
12 oz brown long neck with white label..and the Full Sail logo is prominent..says on the neck this is a "copper ale"
Ok this is a handsome looking ale as it sits in my mug....like it says nice dark copper colour , topped by a nice solid off white head..the head slowly fades but leaves some excellent lace.
Very malty smelling beer indeed..not chocolate or roasted..just fresh malty smell.
Mm malty tatse to start with as i would expect then it turns into a Ceylon tea like bitterness..very odd but its not unpleasant.
Like the way this beer feels on the tongue very refreshing
Nice drinkable "copper ale" would buy again.

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Full Sail Rip Curl from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 78 ratings