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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA
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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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Photo of cdizinno
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle with a date of 041411.

A: Golden yellow. Clear. Decent, fluffy white head. Light lacing.

S: Mild citrus hops with some underlying floral scents.

T&M: Nice mouthfull. Medium bodied. Nothing spectacular or original. Well-balanced IPA that is slightly floral and mainly citrus hopped.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an English-style IPA at least. Smells like a bitter really. Woodsy, clementine-pine, with a little toasty grain husk aroma cutting through.

Booming sudsy off-white head, settling to a sticky spongy foam residue, stains all over the glass. Ultra clean-filtered, brownish light-amber.

The body seems vacuumed out a bit. Real clean but not watery. Sharp carb slips on by, vurping when you least expect. Tastes much like the aroma but with the balance tipped toward the sweetish toasty malt. Real peppery bitter spice scrubbing the tongue. Malt sweetness and vaguely lemon oil or canned-pineapple syrupy fruity tones lingering in the finish. Gives way to the peppery burn, however.

Not bad for what it is. Not what I would consider an IPA or what is standard for an "American" IPA. Comes off a little drier due to the bitterness? Reminds me of the Goose Island Honkers Ale I had recently, only a touch maltier, fruitier, sweeter, bitterier.

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Photo of notalagerlugger
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - good eventhough I do not care to much about color in a low light bar

S - light malt and a hint of hop

T - balanced like the smell. A little light on th hops for a hophead like me but overall a nice beer that even people new to the IPA world could enjoy.

M - medium a light chew from malt and the correct amount of carbonation

D - at 6% and light hops it would not kill your taste buds allowing the enjoyment of many food items

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Photo of kagent777
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah State store poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Almost clear dark yellow, light golden, slightly lighter than other IPAs I have had. The head was tall, white, billowy, and lasted a while leaving good lacing.

Smell: Slight sweetness from the malts mixed with mild citric and metallic hops.

Taste: Really mirrors the smell. Pale malts up front with some medium hops bitterness on the finish. This is not a hop bomb, nice to find an IPA that is not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and body, coats the mouth nicely with flavor.

Drinkibiity: This is a very drinkable IPA. The flavors are somewhat subdued for an IPA. The 6 ABV means I could drink several in a row. Very good.

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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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear and golden with a white foamy cap.

S: Kind of strange for an IPA. More malt than hops. A sweet smell comes off of this one.

T: Sweet malts upfront and a bitter finish from the hops. This isn't really like any IPA I've had so far in that it doesn't taste hoppy. It's not bad, just different. My only real complaint was that the mouthfeel was way too syrupy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 3/29/11 lasered onto the neck. It was a clear golden yellow with lots of micro floaters. It had a very small and fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin collar. Slight lacing with none sticking.

For an IPA, the aroma was disappointing. Moderate floral hops with a bit of citric hops and a lot of malt. The flavor was a little better but again too malty for an IPA. Not really enjoying this one. Medium mouthfeel with a touch of watery. Decent aftertaste.

Overall, disappointed with this one and I wouldn't call it an IPA. Avail here in TX. Rotation - was a little better than average if you ignore the style so one is enough. [N;N]

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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.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: FS IPA has a beautiful pale amber body, great head retention, and outstanding lacing. The bottom on my Perfect Pint is a storm of pinhead bubbles, forming swirling torrents of bubbles. Clarity is good, with only a touch of haze.

S: The lively bouquet is marked by juniper, grapefruit, and rosemary.

T: Dry, with a nice bread-like flavor that is dominated by Pacific Northwest hops. Light, dry, and refreshing.

M: Light, heavily effervescent, and clean on the finish.

D: A highly sessionable IPA in a world dominated by boozy hop-bombs. It's nice to see people sticking to the classics in an era where it's taboo to do so.

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Photo of uustal
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with bit of a redness to it. Bright white, one-finger head. Little lacing or retention. Not much of an aroma, faint notes of citrus and pine. Biggest taste than aroma. Citrus hops, solid amount of pine bitterness in the front. Followed by a little sweet, toasty malt and some more pine bitterness.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.49/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a little over a finger of frothy off-white head. This retains with a soapy looking ½ finger that has a nice flare-up to it, leaving back some foamy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is herbal and floral, with some bright citrus notes that leaning very heavily towards the lemony side of things. Flat smelling sweet grains add some tang underneath.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose, with bitter citrus rind and a smack of lemon zest being balanced by a mix of sugars and tight toasted malts. At least there is some more sweetness here than there was in the aroma. This finishes with a raw veggie quality that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy feel that is cut by some underlying slickness. To its credit, there is no alcohol present and this is mostly easy feeling for its size.

I just wasn't a fan of the Full Sail offering. Both the malt and hop profile just had an all around flat feel to them with no robustness of any kind going on. Freshness wasn't an issue with this bottle either. It just didn't give up enough flavors for a Pale Ale, much less an IPA. Points go to this for the easy feeling body on it but I would not revisit this beer again.

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Photo of budgood1
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a sun drenched light copper colour with a off white thin head. the thin head retains itself quite well...lending to some clinging lace. muted vegetal and metallic nose...some herbal hop notes and sugary malts. upon tasting, the first thing that comes to mind is that there is no way that this is an IPA. i've had pale ales with more hop character than this offering. the malt bill is suspiciously and seemingly adjunct ridden with no real hop flavour except for some raw bitterness in the back end. it really doesn't even taste that good. full bodied but in a bad way...it has a slick and syrupy mouthfeel with a less than optimal sweet finish. drinkability suffers because after two bottles, this is really disappointing.

not sure what's going on here. freshness dating has a best by date of 03/09/2011. maybe it was mishandled in some manner? this is not a high quality ale, let alone an IPA.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a really lovely amber/yellow to copper/orange gradient with a medium fine white head.

S - Well, it's got some citrus and bitter hops, but there's this peculiar malty scent which I've learned to associate with some funky yeast. Not usually a good sign. Fingers crossed for the taste.

T - The hops are powerful! Bitter most of all, and then dry. There's a light malty sweetness to balance it all out, and thankfully, the funk from the nose is not coming across in the taste. *wipes sweat from brow* That was a close one. This is pretty good. There's a great citrus character that emerges with a bit of warming.

M - Light, kind of thin, a bit dry, but it's serious. The mouthfeel feels intentional and well-crafted. Maybe not my favorite, but it feels right.

D - Pretty good drinkability. I like the taste quite a bit, but as with any beer that's quite bitter, you need some time off. It's still quite good though.

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

Pours a clear copper amber with a dense one finger off white head. Left a very good amount of fine bubble lacing. Aroma is piney hops and some caramel. Taste is earthy bitter hops with a modest amount of malts. About halfway the bitterness becomes more pronounced and the grapefruit rind takes over. Carbonation is just right and the finish is dry bitterness.

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Photo of JMad
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It comes out golden, light copper, with a nice rocky white head that clung to the glass.

The aroma is strong hoppy lemon, grapefruit and some sweet malt.

I tasted some sweet malt, lemony hops with just a subtle bitterness.

The beer is medium bodied, soft and very smooth going down.

This is a good IPA but I need to revisit this one, it may have been sitting for too long.

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

Poured my bottle into a pilsner glass and had clear gold ale with a fluffy white head. This is a classic American IPA that I imagine hasn't changed much since the 90s. There's a big, grassy citrus aroma and flavor backed up by dry toasty malts. The hops are rich and run from the opening, but don't expect the crisper dry-hop character. Still, tasty example of an American IPA.

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

another one courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. grapefruit and orange. touch of pine. light alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. orange and grapefruit. tangerine. bit of pine. bit of caramel. the caramel and fruit carry a slight sweetness. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. right around medium body. just over medium carbonation level and carrying a touch of sting.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced, leaning just a touch toward sweetness. decent hop depth. a nice ipa.

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

Clear gold body with tiny, lazy babbles floating to greet a dense 2-finger, white head. Excellent retention and beautiful lacing all the way down. Clean malt in the nose, rather subdued, with a hint of earth and bread.

No real carbonation to speak of, but a medium body with a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel. Clean malt up front gives way to citrus with a slight bread note. Finishes with pine and bread fully emerging.

Easy to drink and very sessionable. Seems very subdued relative to very hoppy West Coast IPAs, but complex in an enjoyable way.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Clear yellowish golden, almost no head, very bubbely.

S- Smells of strong hops and lots of citrus.

T- The taste did not live up to the smell. Tasted very bland, weak hops, very bitter on the end. Tasted very waterery and metallic, almost like having a mouth full of pennies, not very desirable.

M- Dry, and sweet, metal-ly.

D- Its drinkable, no doubt, if it were given to me for free. I wouldn't spend money on it again.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist off bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. 02 12 11 stamped on neck of bottle.

pours out a clear golden slight orange color with 2 fingers of white very creamy head. great retention and lots of thick sticky lace. lots of bubbles rushing to the top. very nice head, looks ideal.

not a huge hop aroma. lots of citrus, mostly orange or tangerine peel, a bit of a dank skunky hop aroma. hardly any malt detectable.

a very clean, simple ipa. citrus hops rule with just a bit of a dankness. just a very slight hint of a bready malt.

a very clean mouthfeel. medium bodied. lingering bitterness is there, but not very aggresive at all, more like a pale ale. decent feeling carbonation. i was expecting a sparkly carb from all the bubbles.

goes down super easy, a great session beer, and a nice drinkable ipa. $8 a six pack is a deal, ill be back for more.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass. My 4th from Full Sail.

Pale Ale comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. No stickage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

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Photo of wmcneill26
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely underwhelming IPA. In fact the hops taste was so underwhelming, I wonder if I just got a bad batch. Bubbliness was also underwhelming. I had a hard time even considering this to be an IPA. It came off as a very weak pale ale. Again, it was so marked, I wonder if I just didn't get a good bottle. Smell was nice and pleasant, but again, not as strong or distinct with hops or fruit compared to many other IPAs. Aftertaste was pleasant but again, not strong in any way. Appearance was good in color and head retention, but I don't really care about those as much as taste.

Edit: poured another bottle and this one was just as bed. In fact there was no head to speak of thus nothing to cling to the sides.

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Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This is one awesome looking beer! Pours a transparent amber colour with two and a half fingers of head that just won't quit. It also leaves beautiful lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is a pretty equal balance between bready malts and sharp citrus hops. The taste is also pretty good, although I wouldn't consider the hop levels to be IPA-caliber. The citrus is really the star of the show. There's a little bit of hop sharpness in the finish and a faint bready malt backbone, but really I get lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of orange here. Not really that much of an IPA, but still good tasting.

The mouthfeel is smooth, light, and medium carbonation - goes well with the refreshing citrus taste. It is also quite drinkable, it's a very refreshing beer that masks the (moderate) ABV quite well. A solid brew from Full Sail, just don't come in here looking for a traditional IPA hop assault. It's probably closer to a APA.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium grade amber honey. A vigorous pour didn't do much for the head, which quickly settled into a trace residues of foam.

S - Surprising amount of malt in the nose, and an equally surprising lack of hops. Some yeast and booze fade in and out.

T - Medium amount of piney hops. Great malt balance. French bread, touch of yeast. Nice, lightly resiny bitterness in the finish. Touch of alcohol.

M - Round with a semi-sweet finish. Very pleasant.

D - The very balanced profile lends itself to great drinkability.

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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.

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 1,439 ratings
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