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

1,434 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,434 |  Reviews: 562
Photo of LifeTree
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale for IPA, almost looks like a lager. Very little head

S - Not much going on with the smell. Slight hint of hops with more of a malt smell.

T - Very similar to the smell. A slight hop bite at first followed a malty flavors.

M - The best part of this beer. It is very crisp and smooth for an IPA.

D - It is smooth and somewhat satisfying with flavor.

I bought this at my local grocery store in FL. I saw a 6 pack of Full Sail from Oregon that I've never heard of. I love IPA's so I thought I'd give it a shot. At first drink I was immediately disappointed. Not bad by any means but certainly not impressed.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden in color with a fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer, pretty good lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is a citrus hops with a very faint bit of malt. Just enough hops to get you going.

T: Just like the nose the hops is right up front, very little malt here. Just a very nice hoppy beer... not over the top and not under the radar.

M: Med bodied, little more med bodied than I was expecting... Carbonation is on par with the style.

D: ABV is pretty good for a AIPA.... Went down very easy.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a bit of a rocky head, but nice lacing.
Smells like a smoked hop.
Tastes quite bitter, especially after tasting a sugar cookie. :).
That same quality in the aroma is found at the back of the tongue, the slight smoky taste. A little rough, but not bad.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden color, 1 finger of foam with a decent lacing ring, good amount of carbonation present

S - Sweet malts, orange peel, caramel

T - Medium bodied, malt flavored mixed with a lighter hop back bone

M/D - Interesting taste, malt with a sweet citrus taste but mixed caramel. Not sure if I would get this one again but it was worth trying and recommend

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Photo of dedrinker
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sorry - I've frequently been neglecting to describe appearance lately, but that's because it's for beers that have the standard/ typical appearance of the respective style.

Mild but sufficient aroma of piney hops.

Ditto flavor plus light malt and some hop bitterness on the finish that blends with a slight sour character I'm not sure I like.

All in all a pleasant if un-challenging IPA. But since when does every beer have to be a challenge? Well made, dependable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden dark-yellow colour, with a foamy, but not particularly robust head of white foam. Lacing is good, however, and a filmy residue stays with the beer. Not bad overall.

Resiny hops on the nose, quite sharp varieties - not the big tropical fruit notes I expected, and rather muted and lacking vigour. Slight twang of seltzer water acidity as well. Not bad, but not great.

Taste is reedy and thin, with a persistent but one-dimensional hop bitterness through the centre. The thinness really doesn't help, and the slight butterscotch sweetness on the finish is slightly unpleasant, and not nearly enough body to add depth to the palate. Mouthfeel is thin, but acceptably smooth otherwise.

This is really a below-par IPA, and I'm disappointed to find at last a west coast example of the style which doesn't deliver much in the way of flavour. Oh well, there are plenty more where that came from.

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Photo of aepb1
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/gold with a white head that is retained quite well

S- Not much... really light... a bit of malt

T- Ale-tasting really. A little hop aftertaste

M- Nice mouthfeel, full-bodied

D- Real nice... had I known about it earlier, I would have picked it up

I've been making an effort to try out more IPAs and this was one that was found. If it was not labeled an IPA I am sure I would have gotten this earlier and liked it! As it stands, it's not really much of an IPA from my experience for what that's worth.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light and malty...perhaps, not an IPA

Appearance: Clear golden and bubbly

Smell: Mild, faint malt, slightly bitter smell

Taste: Hops?? average ale taste; some malts

Mouthfeel: Bitter at the end with noticable CO2 up front

Drinkability: Good for swilling

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Photo of kaseydad
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with straw colored hazy yellow brew with a small foamy white head. Earthy smell with biscuit, flowers and malt. Much like their Pale Ale. Taste has some hop kick bitterness to it with a nice white grapefruit aftertaste. Very heavy on the malt kick also which seems to be a theme with their IPA and Pale Ale. More bitterness here which is my style. Thin mouthfeel and very dry. Good drinkability though I will seek my IPA's elsewhere.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a three philosophers glass. Aromas is unique. Some orangey hop aroma but something else? Hard to describe. Seems like I'm smelling pilsner malt? This IPA actally smells like a hoppy pilsner to me. Taste is again, orangey hops, with amost a pilsner like aftertaste, kinda strange. Not bad, just a bit odd that this is the way this beer strikes me.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a clear amber-gold with a nice finger or two of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit funky, some nice bitter hop flavor with some banana flavor and a nice amount of melon flavor.

The taste is smooth but fierce with some nice bitter hop flavor that gives a slight poke with letting a quenching fruit flavor come out and rub the tonge a bit. Some nice fizz gives it an airy flavor that comes after each sip.

The feel is pretty nice, some zing with a bit of a mellow hop flavor from the West coast. Good for a barbecue and would go well with a nice steak.

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

Best by date: 06/15/10

Full Sail IPA in the glass is a hazy light coppery gold and a vigorous pour produces a generous white head with oily lacing.

The aroma is of soft mellow orchard and juicy tropical fruits, oranges, lemon, star fruit, ripe pears and perhaps a bit of banana.

The flavor has a strong malt background taste of buttery caramel, sweet is perfectly balanced with bitter while aforementioned mellow orchard fruits and citrus flavors make up the somewhat herbal hop component. Fruity yeast esters are present, with a touch of banana or even bubblegum. I also pick up a hint of cocoa which may just be a slightly salty bitterness playing with my taste buds.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Full Sail IPA strikes me as more of an English style IPA than the standard West Coast hop bomb. It has plenty of hop flavor however and is very drinkable. Along with the Pale Ale I imagine this beer will make it's way into our refrigerator on a regular basis. A very good beer from a dependable brewery.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear orange, with a white sticky head well lacing head.
S: floral, pine and a sweet lemon citrus. sweet malt
T: lightly sweet citrus and pine, could stand for it to be a bit more bitter. aftertaste is malty and lightly bitter.
M: smooth and slick, carbonation is light.
D: easy, smooth, and sip and well could be pound-able

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sending some extra West coast love.

Full Sail IPA pours a clear light orange with a thin white head on top. Small patches of lacing.

The aroma consists of slightly peppery, almost salty hops. Reminds me a bit of hops soaked in sea water. Sweet, crisp malts make up the base. Not too bad, but could be a little stronger and with more hop in the nose.

Crisp, lemony citrus on the tongue, followed by sweet malts and some gentle hop bitterness. Sweet and again, almost salty. Hops have are a touch grassy and the flavor in general finishes on the dryer side. Crisp, malty, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation. Some lingering bitterness on the finish. Feels a little more robust than some standard IPA's.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and easy drinking IPA. Putting back a couple of these on a hot day would be no problem. Fairly tame and maybe a good IPA for those that are new to the style and don't want to be overrun by hops.

Overall, this is my first Full Sail brew and its pretty tasty. The hops seem to be a bit on the weak side, but the drinkability is good. This wouldn't be my go to IPA, but I'd gladly take one if it were offered to me. Worth checking out.

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Photo of spoons
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

It looks amazing. Orange, great firm sticky white head, great lacing.

Smells like your average brew pub pale ale. yes I said pale ale. If I did a blind tasting of this I would never guess it was an IPA. Not good.

Taste sweet and has a decent malty finish. No hop bitterness. I think this is pretty drinkable. However, is makes me wonder where all the hops went. I wouldnt call it an IPA by a long shot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head some pretty good lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but had traces of hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of some hops - though it's not as huge a component as in other IPAs - a grassy quality, and lemon. Not as vibrant as some IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, but not overly remarkable IPA.

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Photo of alli4051
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange with a decent head. Smells pleasantly of citrus hops. Flavor profile is what you would expect from the nose. Taste is good but a little subdued in my opinion. Not a bad IPA but not really impressive either. Definitely a drinkable brew though, I will give it that.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass.

Honey golden in color with a touch of amber, very clear. Looks effervescent with bubbles shooting to the top. Finger and a half white head that quickly dies down to a soapy looking half a finger head and already showing evidence of lacing. Good lacing as you drink with a solid layer of foam on top throughout.

Smell is malts dominated. Barley, cereal and biscuity malts on top. A floral and spicy hop aroma buried in there as well.

Biscuity, bread-y, barley malts hit the palate first. Followed by a spicy bitter (resin) hop kick with the slightest hint of citrus (lemon) and a bit of alcohol. Doesn't really bring enough hop flavor to the party to make this a noteworthy IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the higher end of medium that is fairly assertive. Fairly creamy and decently smooth.

Pretty drinkable, but plenty of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a tiny head with little retention. Hardly any lacing at all.

Aroma is mild. I can get a mild hop scent, some citrus and floral notes, but not much else.

Taste is on the milder side as well, and its hoppy with a decent malt profile to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, and carbonation is okay.

Drinkability is high due to its relatively low ABV and mild flavor profile. If one were curious about IPA's, I would suggest this as a starter..its not overpowering. I prefer mine with an aggressive hop profile.

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Photo of cichief
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six-pack at Total Wines in Chantilly, VA. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a orange gold with a thin off-white head.

S- Some floral hops aroma, a little citrus.

T- Citrusy and clean, with a nice malt backbone.

M- Medium body, nice and well carbonate without being gassy.

D- Refreshing, good for a nice summer day, not as tasty as some West Coast IPAs, but not as over-powering as others.

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Photo of Briken
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear burnt orange with a nearly white head that doesn't stick around for long. A light hoppy aroma with an almost lager-like twinge. A very crisp mouthfeel owing to it's higher carbonation. A nice albeit rather nondescript hoppy taste not at all overbearing but not to complex. The hoppy taste and bitterness does not stick around for long. This is perhaps a fine introduction to IPA's for anyone that prefers a lighter taste.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was better than most reviewers, but I am having it on tap at the Full Sail brewery (actually McCormick and Schmicks in Portland which has the Full Sail taps). Tasted next to several other examples of their beer, but this was poured into a full pint glass.

Lots of grass, herbs, and pine going on. Some citrus rounds out the nose and palate. Rather straightforward but good as far as IPAs go. Rather intense, but tasted after their Imperial IPA, seems rather restrained! I would recommend this IPA for being very good, very predictable, and easy to find (in the NW).

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light coppery red tinted color, lighter in color than most IPA's, very light white head with little retention...quickly diminishes, but leaves a mild spotted lacing down glass.

S- Sweet malt, light fruity, citrus, mild hop.

T- Clean bitterness up front, very mild...lingering grassy bitterness afterward. Slight sweet malt caramel backbone.

M- Slightly buttery, creamy, light airy texture, with substantial carbonation that delivers nicely. Slightly chalky finish.

D- Very drinkable, refreshing, light, mild, not nearly as hop forward as I would like in an IPA, but a very decent bold pale ale, coming in at 6%. Balanced nicely.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a stamp of 121109. Pours a clear, golden color with a fairly dense, off-white foam. Average retention but leaves some nice sheets of lace on the glass. Lighter color than most IPAs, but pretty decent looking overall.

Nose delightfully plays off of grapefruit, pine and mangoes. Hops are fresh and clean smelling. There is some honey drizzled malt to balance things out, but it smells like the hops will be able to shine unimpeded by a heavy malt bill.

Not a very big beer, in fact, it does not even seem to be the 6% it claims...but it drinks very fine and damn near chuggable. This is one of my favorite beers I have had so far from Full Sail. I really like the light body and juicy hops. The malts are light, sweet and slightly toasty while the hops have a pleasant split between flavoring and bittering, neither overly aggressive. This one straddles the line between a pale ale and an IPA. Very sessionable with enough punch to not become boring too quickly, I could drink a couple of these in a row.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no date of any kind poured into a shaker pint.

A-Pours golden with a somewhat thin white head that dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S-Faint citrus hops with a bit of malt. Not bad at all, but its not knocking my socks off either. I'd really like to know how old this is. Maybe when it is fresher, the nose is better.

T-Citrus hops more prominent here than in the nose, but this is certainly no hop bomb, and thats not a bad thing. A bit of caramel and some biscuity malt. Not bad at all, but not outstanding either.

M-Lots of carb, a bit thin with a somewhat (surprisingly) slick finish.

D-Easily drinkable.

There is nothing outstanding about this beer, but its not bad at all. It'll do in a pinch.

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