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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 6% IBU 60

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-27-2001

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Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,430
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I swear this beer has gone through some changes, but as always, perhaps it is just a lupulin threshold shift, but I really don't think so, I used to drink a ton of this stuff.

Anyways, sometimes dark yellow, sometimes orange, it has a 1/2" white head on the top. The aroma was always pretty muted relatively speaking, c hops ya know?

Taste, at times it was a bitter bomb, other times it came across, malty, woody, earthy. Really good price on these though, you can sometimes find them for less than $1 a bottle in the 12 packs.

So I dunno, it was an old favorite, but then it seemed to just not have enough. And I mean, SNPA is still my favorite beer of all time, so I dunno, I don't think its solely bc its an old recipe with only c hops. . .

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I bought a six pack of this "IPA" because it is a local Oregon brewery and had a neat blue color. It was a normal price for a six pack of craft, around $9, so I wasn't suspicious or anything. It said "ridiculously tasty" on the label, which made me hesitate, I almost put it back. I bought it anyway, and it is disgusting. It isn't an IPA. I don't taste any hops, just nasty caramel. I'm giving it away to friends. It isn't even good enough to keep for beer bread.

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Photo of puck1225
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a clear yellow into a pint glass. Thin white head with decent lacing. Smell is citrusy as is the taste. Not a distinctive beer, but a good tasting beer.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear golden color with a lacey thin head. Some little carbonation and bubbles.

S: Strong citric smell that combines well with the malty aroma. Perhaps a hint of pine and herbs.

T: Surprising hoppiness in the front that I didn't catch from the smell. Gives way to that citric/herbal flavor and finishes with a pleasant maltiness.

F: Good mouthfeel, doesnt leave a sticky lingering in your mouth that some IPAs do. Its light bodied, very drinkable. Quaffable even, for an IPA.

O: Solid IPA. I would recommend it for people just starting to try out IPAs before moving on to something more complex.

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Photo of matcris
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Clear, orange-amber, one finger of foamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Very mild lacing down the glass. Medium carbonation rising.
AROMA: Citrus, minor pine, sweet malt, slight astringent notes.
TASTE: Sweet up front, then mild bitterness and hop astringency, Simcoe, I think.
FEEL: Medium thin body, medium carbonation. Mildly dry finish.
OVERALL: Fairly mild overall, in pale ale territory. Pleasant enough, just not a fan of that catty/Simcoe flavor/aroma, but it's on the mild side.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess my original review didn't save, in any case...

This is the first IPA I ever purchased, due to prestige of brewery and price. It makes a good starter IPA if you're wary of the super bitter, piney IPAs out there.

Poured into a Spiegelau glass:

L - reddish-orange with a good finger or two of head that dissipates quickly.

S - citrus, fruit, some biscuit malt and pine, more sweet than sharp/bitter like more pronounced IPAs.

T - Starts malty smooth, very fruity, almost like an amber, then has a slight hoppy finish to qualify it as an IPA.

M - Light/medium body, slight carbonation but a very drinkable session IPA.

O - As mentioned, a good starter IPA. Not too bitter, not too malty sweet. A good go-to IPA that's more like a pale ale, but definitely "tasty."

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Photo of Tracywithbeer24
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a plastic cup (desperate times call for desperate measures). Very beautiful color, amber with nice head. Not much of an aroma. Too carbonated. I feel like its not hoppy enough for an IPA but its drinkable and would be something that someone that doesn't normally like IPAs would like and would be able to drink. Refreshing. Had two but wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Boxer_Rebellion
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first offering from this brewery and I tend to be partial to IPA's and usually try any new one I can get my hands on. This didn't dissapoint with great color, smell and hits you with a mild hoppiness. I would pick up again.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty golden orange hue with an offwhite head that leaves a lot of lacing. First smell is of citric fruits, lemon drop candy, floral hops, and fresh picked berries. Flavors of dry grain, grass, slight honey malt, and a hint of fruitiness to round things out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin, but overall I'd say this is underrated (likely due to the lack of in your face hops). Enjoyable and a great value.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, herbal, with some light citrus tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with more floral hop notes and a touch of malt.

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Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish orange color in a Spiegelau glass. 3F head which quickly diminished to 1F.

The aroma isn't very strong: malty, light citrus, a touch of sweetness.

The taste is excellent. Citrus, piney, possibly tropical fruit. Not sure of the hops- possibly some Mosaic.

Mouth feel and finish: excellent. Tangy, hoppy finish.

Overall: at a colder temp this beer is lackluster. At a warmer temp, the citrus, pine, and tangy MF really come through. The aroma could be a bit stronger. Otherwise, lots of flavor in this beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a pale orange color with a light foamy to bubbly white head. Minimal lacing slides into the beer.
The smell had some piney and earthy notes.
The taste was basically the same with a decent caramel and bitter background. There's a quick dry caramel finish.
The mouthfeel was a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light and allows the bitterness to be the harshness adequately.
Overall, its an alright IPA, but somehow I see it more of an English one as there's not enough bitterness. I don't recommend this to hopheads.

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Photo of sashavasko
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light and crisp - easy drinking. Nice beer to have in the middle of the day. Tastes good both chilled and at room temperature. I would call it more of a session IPA.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a translucent copper/orange color; not much head and minimal lacing. Smells like malty pine needles and earth; tastes like citrus, pine, and wet sticks; finishes with a caramel and bitter backbone. There was also some peppery funk in the aftertaste as well. Felt medium to lighter bodied; crisp in a sense. Quaffable, yes! It was a decent IPA, but I've had better.

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Photo of muldersha
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of Chicowdy
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is barely an IPA to me but if it's supposed to be an English style IPA then I sort of get it. It has no overly impressive aroma and it tastes like dirt. I did not enjoy this beer at all.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden orange color with one finger head. Decent head retention.

S - Pleasant to the nose. A mixture of spice and malt with little hoppy presence; notes of grapefruit as well. Fairly straightforward scent.

T - Not too much to the taste for me; feels overwhelmed due to the carbonation. Hints of malt and hop, similar to the scent.

M - Fairly light bodied beer. Very carbonated feel.

O - An average IPA for me. The carbonation was too harsh which I feel took away from the flavor. Drinkable but an average beer overall.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden with orange tint to it. White head of fair retention. Grainy, piny, a little spicy on the nose at first, mellows to lightly floral or soapy. Makes for dank drinking. A little too light and thin, and could be smoother. Crisp with nice not overly-prickly carbonation.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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 .

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours light and blonde and golden, two finger white head, translucent.

Smell: A light perceptible hop aroma with golden malt smell.

Taste: The initial taste imparts very little in the way hop character, and as the beer opens up you pleasant sweet malt taste becomes apparent, and then it finishes with a slightly citrusy but not intensely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A fairly thin beer not only as far as hop flavor but also malt content.

Overall: I wouldn't consider this a genuine IPA. With such mild hop presence, this beer fails into the category of a slightly hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell: Faint piney hops

Taste: Moderate to mild resiny bitterness, well balanced. Some clean yeast flavor as well. Not sure if this makes sense, but the aftertaste reminds me of a lager.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, well carbonated. Has a creamy feel.

Overall: Nice easy-drinking pale ale. Probably a good place to start if you're curious about them, but don't want anything too hoppy.

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Photo of Roser
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly hazy, mostly clear. Light copper color. Pours with a finger head which fades quickly.

Smell: Aromas of citrus hops

Taste: Hops a bit more piney in flavor. A bit more bitter than the aroma suggests.

Feel: Light to medium bodied

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Photo of Filthyfloor
1.25/5  rDev -64.6%
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.

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Photo of Beergod50
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this. Friends recommended it. I love that the company is independently owned. It just didn't seem to have any outstanding characteristics.

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