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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,418
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
20.96%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
185
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,418
Photo of burkett
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden color with a thick head that stuck around

S - very subtle hops aroma

T - the taste matched the aroma, the hops are very subtle for an IPA

M - nice, crisp, very drinkable

O - refreshing and not overpowering, I could see myself drinking several of these on a hot summer day. Could be the beer aficiando's Budweiser?

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a nice billowy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus
Taste-Floral, herbal hops, toasted malt.
For an American IPA the hops are pretty muted and subtle, more like an English IPA. I expected a little more out of this beer. It's not horrible, just not great, in my opinion.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with no date

nose is wheat and hay with the hops in the background. less hop than expected. taste is subdued. more of a straight up pale than an AIPA. malt and bitter is what comes through at first. hops don't come in till later. very floral but in the background. maybe more subtle than subdued. knocking it down a bit because of a somewhat unpleasant, lingering, aftertaste. this is a very crisp beer, with the right amount of carbonation.

The taste of this beer left me puzzled, definitely not what i was expecting. It's not bad but very middle-of-the-road, especially put up against the likes of Surly, Stone, etc. Wouldn't mind finding it in a cooler on a hot day, tho.

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Photo of yamar68
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is soft - more of a malt presence than expected. Biscuits, grain... hops aren’t too agressive but neatly balanced. Pours a golden orange with a finger of creamy white head. Initial flavor is abstract and bitter, far less balanced than the nose. Not bad though. This could certainly pass as a American pale. Probably wouldn’t seek this out but I’ll likely try the rest of the line-up since they’re on sale at Zipp’s :)

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light golden straw with finger of fluffy white head. Minimal lacing.

S- muted hops blend well with tropical citrus.

T- well balanced, not overly hoppy with a good blend of citrus tropical fruits.

M- very well balanced, nice medium body and was very smooth.

O- decent beer, I prefer hoppier IPA's but this had a nice blend. Would have again, nothing special though. May be good for those who don't usually like IPAs.

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Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly faint, with notes of citrus and herbal hops....but really not much there.

Upon first drink, there is a fairly small bitterness for style...actually I'd say it's at the level of many APA's rather than IPA's. Decent sweet maltiness on the body with a note of citrus present and a small biscuit presence. A faint note of grain appears at the finish of the drink along with a little bitterness at the finish as well but pretty small here.

Definitely a tame IPA all around. Drinkable, sure....perhaps an "entry" beer for those not initiated or those who aren't feeling like a full-flavored IPA.

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Photo of Samp01
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden amber with a white head. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt some fruity and citrusy notes with some earthy piney hops. A medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is caramel malt some citrus and grapefruit notes with some bitter hops ending, can use a bit more hops. Overall an average, but drinkable IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im surprised this is rated so low here. i think its a pretty darn good ipa, if a bit less hoppy than most. poured a magnificent amber color with a thick foamy head crowning well above the rim of my english pint glass. smells more like a traditional american pale ale than an ipa, which might expain its low raitings. balanced malt bready tones with a sticky hop aroma. flavor is similar, there more subtle hops than a lot of assertive west coast ipa varieties. it has a sticky fresh hop sort of palate, but not too robust at all. mouthfeel is nice, well carbonated and a nice fuller body, but really drinkable and excellent with bbq chcken pizza. a very good daily drink, especially at 3 dollars a pint!

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

Served out of 12oz and into a pint glass.
Appearance- A- yellow, medium carbonation
S-notes of tropical fruit
Taste- drinkable, light citrus hops.
Mouthfeel- pleasant.
Overall-not too impressed with this beer, it is not a bad IPA but there are so many better selections out there, drinkable to the point of boring.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of thatruth
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an apple juice color into a dull amber with copper tint. half inch head that creeps away quicker than it presents itself. decent, frothy, coated lacing.

smells mighty wheaty, hints of oak, undertones of pear of peat.

bold, hoppy wheat. on-bringing and aftertaste are that in the same. that is, nothing to write home about.

a decent ipa, more bold than crisp or unique. more staunch than doable or enjoyable.

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Photo of bobhits
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A golden nearly yellow orange color. Far lighter than normal for the style. A thin white head that coasts the glass with lacing.

Sharp citrus notes without much malt to speak of. This seems a touch off but I can't place it.

Citrus dominate, grape fruit and orange peel, with a strange bready malt finish. This seems to miss the boat perhaps too close to a pale ale, but I'm not sure where this one is missing.

There's a bit of a bite to the finish, but beyond this it isn't anything special. Rather mild and sessionable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliantly clear amber sunshine. Modest carbonation. A thick and dense off white head about 1/2 in. tall, thats long lasting and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has a fine hop bouquet that smells of floral and fruits. Malts are light and in reserve. Taste is hoppy but not overbearingly so. Moderation is the key here. Malts are light and serve really only to act as a platform for the hops. This beer has medium weight on the palette. Its bitter but seems only around the edges. Its dry and clean, no aftertaste.
I think this is a pefect example of an IPA.
It's good to drink hop bombs. It's good to drink more malt forward English style IPA's. But, it's also good to have middle of the road. This beer is hoppy but not much, malt but not much, bitter and refreshing... it's in there.
This beer was good to the last drop.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves very nice lacing. Has a nice sweet aroma with some citrus smell. Tastes very nice, with a good compliment of hops and , very balanced, however, with enough hops to have a little bite. It has a great mouthfeel and amount of carbonation. Definitely one I could drink all night. A great beer overall.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and floral notes.

T - It tasted of pine, grasses and sweet caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. I'd like a little more bitter hop punch, though.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip. No lacing and no head.
Malt aroma ok...not amazing.
Slight hop aroma...not wowing me at all.
Its ok...I actually don't really like it. Its bland...and malty. Not an IPA in my opinion. Full sail is way better than this.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a light clear amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy white head that had really nice retention which produced some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a floral hop, a grain malt and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was lightly bitter with a hint of caramel early on, then a nice hoppy bitterness took hold with a nice fruity citrus taste at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time in which the taste of grapefruit and hops took hold of the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice hoppy brew that goes down nice and easy, leaving one with the nice taste of citrus at the end.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no apparent freshness date on the label or bottle. Mostly clear light copper body with a two-finger fluffy white head. Good lacing and retention.

Fairly light aroma of citrus hop notes and a touch of pine resin. More sweet, bready malt aroma than most IPAs I'm used to, but it's not off-putting.

The flavor follows the aroma closely, with a moderate hop punch and a solid malt balance. The citrus flavor leans more towards a grapefruit taste than I would have suspected from the aroma.

Very drinkable IPA. Not over-the-top hoppy but solid and decently balanced.

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Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear with an apricot hue and one-inch head that dissipates to a thin film rather quickly; lacing is quite nice

S: Strong bready malt bill followed by a citrus hop aroma: peach, grapefruit, and lemon with a twinge of pine; but all on top of a toasty bready--slightly burnt malt finish

T: Strong hop bitterness up front with some citrus (apricot especially) and lots of grassy, herbal bitter hops and then again lots of bready grains; fairly balanced though the bitterness does override any sweetness from the malts

F: Decent carbonation up front and enough oily viscosity to make me happy

O: An interesting IPA--though not quite the west coast hop explosion I half expected but still a nice IPA

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured in stemless wine glass.

appearance: golden straw colored with 1 inch chunky white head from aggressive pour. really nice lacing on whole glass.

smell: very clean...this is not a hop bomb trying to stuff tropical fruits up your nose....good citrus and pine, but not pungent.

taste: balanced nicely. clean hop bitterness that lingers a bit at the end. citrus and piny hops...hops aren't overpowering but there isn't a big malt presences here...just balance.

mouthfeel: full and nice. just fine...

overall: I like this beer. it doesn't satisfy a craving for a huge hop punch in the face (we all need one once and a while), but it is very balanced, drinkable, and is a crazy steal for the price. nice stuff.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation with about a 1 finger head which recedes to a white crytal-like lace.

Lots of tobacco on the nose along with some biscuit like graininess. Unimpressive unfortunately.

Alot of tobacco in the flavors as well. And this bottles only about two weeks old. Crisp and medium in body. Body is solid though, no weak points and it's held together well. Decent hop finish with a very dry cracker like feeling on the back of the tongue. The hops are very earthy rather than your normal flavors and such.

Different but not in a good way, i understand this breweries been around forever but this IPA just isnt that good. Some barnyard and horse blanket flavors are present too.

Crisp and refreshing at least.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail IPA….in a bottle


Appearance-a clear amber body pours out with a two inch head, lots of lacing and bubbles at first but then it settles down and disappears. Looks alright.

Smell-not that pungent, I did get pined hops and a little bit of fruit, grain and alcohol round it out.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hops come through early, medium mouthfeel, dry but not acrid and the hops actually give way a little bit to some malted toast bread flavors and a little fruit. Finish is actually sort of clean for an IPA, but does leave some pine and fruit notes on the tongue.

Overall-ok. Not a great IPA by any stretch and a little disappointing since I know this brewer makes some good beers.

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Photo of Luigi
4.36/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear light copper color with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top. Now that I have a new imperial pint glass this IPA will pour up to a four finger head with out pouring over the glass and the retention keeps it at a one finger head. Very impressive! Sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is classic American IPA: Citrus and pine notes are the first notes you will pick up on. But, there is some light toasted and sweet malt behind it. Nothing is over done.

Again, the taste is a very clean dry hop with bitter pine and citrus notes. But, nothing over the top just very clean. The malt does a good job of bringing a balance to this ale.

Clean finish and medium/light bodied. Very easy to drink.

This is a great example of a classic American IPA. There is a balance of flavor and nothing is over the top.

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

Falls into the "solid but unimpressive" category, which, for a session beer, is not always a bad thing. Poured a mid-tan with moderate head. Some mildly sweet grain notes in the initial aroma. Hops are adequate but restrained up front, with a mellow mid-body. Some vague caramel malt flavors at the end. As the beer warmed, it developed a bit of creamyness in the mouthfeel. Struck me as more on the hoppy end of the scale pale ale than a true AIPA.

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Photo of nazdrowie23
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is amazing for the price. I love the fact that its a smaller brewforce and employee owned. The color is pretty light for an ipa and the hoppiness is subtle. Honestly, I typically buy it because the price is $6.49 a six pack and that is a steal.

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