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

On tap at Mt. Hood Meadows, served in a shaker pint glass, the IPA is a slightly hazy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head. The aroma was very bright floral hops and a bit of earthy must. The taste was fairly robust in the west coast American IPA style, dominated by the pungent grapefruit citrus of amarillo hops, with a firm malt backbone, a bit of tang and a bitter, slightly dry finish. The Full Sail had a creamy, medium body with light carbonation that went down pretty well, nothing super enticing, but a fine example of this regional style, which are best served fresh.

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Photo of theopholis
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice honey color, just a tad hazy. Has a small white head that dissappears quickly. Some lace, but not much.

Aroma- Nice, clean, malty sweetness. Good mix of floral hops with overtones of pine and citrus

Taste- Nicely hoppy in the fore-taste. Just a nice hint of malt sweetness, pine, and some toasted grains. Not quite as hoppy as I like my IPAs, but very nice melange for an IPA.

Mouthfeel- Slightly light mouthfeel for the style, but it works!!! Good carbonation level. Clings to your mouth well to give you a very nice hoppy after-taste.

Drinkability- Pretty sessionable for an IPA.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- honey colored, two finger fluffy white head that will not go away, thin bubbly lace

S- sweet and tangy, citric, pine, hoppy, biscuit

T- starts with mellow sweet honey biscuit malts, then hops take their place, grapefruit and pine, some toasty notes throughout. Flavor is very fine and mellow, not all in your face and palate crushing

M- silky smooth, full light bodied, velvety

D- nice mellow, sessionable IPA, bit balanced for an American but i'm not complaining, highly enjoyable, memorable, and recommendable.

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Photo of MVassar
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty liquid gold appearance, with a touch of amber. Attractive, somewhat reticent off-white head.

Very light citrus scent, with a hint of pine.

A slight malt flavor, followed by a solid kick of bitter hops. Short, crisp finish. Not much depth of flavor.

Very easy going down, ample but unintrusive carbonation.

Not a beer that provokes a lot of thought, but certainly easy to quaff.

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Photo of shamus
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep gold colour with a thick fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles lend a slightly fizzy texture without being over carbonated. A really fresh and pleasant taste. Floral green taste with a very good balance between the malt and hops and just the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of leechungsr
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable beer.
S: Clean citrus dominates with some floral scents and a hint of malts.
T: Starts moderately malty, then hops take over. Fairly bitter, maybe a little nutty. Not too heavy; enjoyable.
M/D: Nice and clean; light to moderate carbonation goes very well with the taste.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Tall bubbly head that lasts longer than expected on top of a slighly cloudy amber hue. The head is light colored, and slowly settles to a bubbly cap. Thick lacing that contains spekles from the tiny bubbles in the head.

Strong spicy and piney hops making a grapefruit like smell.

Bitter hops lend a citrus flavor while the medium-thick malts give off a bread like flavor that lingers along with the spicy hops. Low carbonation prevents this beer from having a bite, but the amount of hops gives it a crispness that lasts until the dry finish.

Decent overall beer. Perfect for the hopheads. Try one for yourself.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fine appearance, with pillowy foam atop a rich copper brew. The aroma is weak, with a light, rain-like hoppiness. Not particularly inviting. The taste is lightly nutty, with some weak hops. The flavor is basically tangy, and instead of a bitter finish it is more of a light sourness that isn't too appealing. The carbonation is decent, but the mouthfeel is quite thin/watery. I probably could finish this glass, but for an IPA it's very boring and more like mass-produced macro garbage...

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze & effervescent with a fluffy 2 fingers+ head. Insane lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit

T: Grapefruitty hops & hints of honey, Slight hints of grainyness & lemon as it warms. Finishes crisp & quenching

MF: Medium body with efferevescence & skewing slightly too hoppy or is it just not malty enough?

Drinks very easy. Not a super complex IPA, but not a bad one to session on

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

Pours a bright golden-orange color topped by an inch of bubbly white head that leaves some nice lacing in its descent to a thin, quarter-inch ring. Aroma of piney floral hops, a touch of light sweet malt, and a dash of honey. Palate is tasty, yet holds back a bit on the hops. Some medium-profile hops are evident, with a touch of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Light sweet malt provides a nice balancing foil, with some dry hoppy bitterness emerging at the finish. Body is a little thin. Overall, decent, but probably not near what I would grab for given a full range of Oregon IPAs to choose from.

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey-orange and slightly hazy. Nice foam. Starts out a little sudsy but soon reduces into a thin-tight layer which stays for the rest of this 12oz beer's life. Smells good. A distinct aroma of strong-sweet hops with some citrus in the mix. Taste is somewhat of a let down from the aroma. Not bad, just not up to par with what I was hoping. Strong hop bitterness but off-balance with sweet-tangy fruit (grapefruit maybe?). Hops linger nicely in the mouth setting up the next swallow. Worth a try.

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Photo of rgrace99
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a single-finger head with some lacing. Aroma was very mildly hoppy. Taste was crisp with some bitterness and a sweet backbone. Went down very nicely. Not a great IPA but very drinkable nevertheless.

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

Pours copper colored with fluffy white head. Aroma is floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is malty,fruity, and some citrus hop bitterness. The alcohol is evident in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a good IPA and wouldn't make a bad session beer.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber, large off white head. Nice lacing clings, and good retention.

S - Grapefruit, florals, and a hint of malt.

T - Surge of bitterness at first, with a faint malt backbone. Notes of earthy citrus flavors. Finishes with a strong grapefruit note. Quite strong, but tasty none the less. Mid bodied, with average drinkability.

A decent IPA, and one that's perfect for sessions.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail is one of my favorite breweries in the Northwest region of Oregon, always makes consistant quality bottled brews.

This is no exception, great IPA

A - not an extremely dark IPA, high amber

S - dark roasted smell

T - excellent taste, very crisp, high in hops but not over the top

M - exceptional, but it does have a slight bitter after taste, that leaves me wanted more and more

very drinkable, will purchase again, even consider a 1/4 barrel.

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Photo of goschool
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is gold approaching amber with a white head that has good retention and leaves more the average lacing. The nose has earthy, herbal hops with a touch of orange. This stuff tastes like Lagunitas IPA would if it was stale and you poured lemon juice in it. There's a British character along with the PNW in this, but musty hops and too much lemon ruin anything tasty or drinkable.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 08 10 06 and 10:16, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear honey amber with an impressive 1 ½ inch bone white marshmallow looking head, fades away in ten minutes or so, thick full lacing is produced

S—spicy, fruity hops, peppery, light citrus fades in and out as well, very fragrant

T—not as bold a the smell led me to believe, mostly floral in the taste, pretty mild overall

M—smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

T—Not as hoppy as some other IPAs, but still very good. A good session beer, but a little higher ABV than I like in a session.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright golden amber with some brown highlights. The head was just a frothy film of off white.

Smelled of pasty wheat, flour and rye with a sweet fruity pine.

It tasted like there was a base of sweet and sour apple juice and a little peach with a nice dry pine on top. In the finish, there was a little more peach and a bit of popcorn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a tingly dry carbonation.

This was a very aggressive hoppy beer, but not in an offensive manner and it was easy to drink.

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Photo of jamesdergen
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice foamy off-white head.

S: Very faint, can't pick much up here. Some grassy hops and something else in the background that I can't quite put my finger on...

T: Nicely hopped, not too sticky or resiny making this a very drinkable IPA. Flowery, grassy hops with a crystal malt background that balanced nicely.

M&D: Light-bodied and easy drinking!

I've had other Full Sail brews but never seen this one until today, so I had to try it. It's a nice effort and something I might pick up a sixer of if I am feeling too poor for some Two Hearted ;)

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Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of Full Sail IPA at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. A thick foamy white head forms, and is fairly resilient. The head laces the glass nicely, and doesn’t disappear until near the end.

The smell is typical of an IPA, evergreen scents and citrus fruit fragrances, mostly lemon and grapefruit. A bit of a new carpet smell as well, which is interesting.

The taste is also typical of the style. Citrus flavors and a hop presence abound, but there is also a distinct malt base in the taste as well. The flavors are reasonably well balanced, and it’s a good tasting beer. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste.

The mouth feel is very crisp, clean and refreshing. The beer is well carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer and a good example of the style. I would certainly have Full Sail IPA again, and probably will.

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

Appearance: Pours a somewhat dull amber with a slight chill and almost a yellow tint. Head is reluctant to form but there's a nice lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt and nice grassy hops. A little bit toasty.

Taste: Biscuity malt quickly overtaken by a good blast of grassy hops. Balanced flavor and refreshing. Very green tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, clean, not sticky, medium carbonation. Very Full Sail.

Drinkability: A tasty well built IPA. Full Sail brews seem to be lacking mouthfeel in my personal opinion, but this is nice because it's refreshing and not overwhelmingly rich for an IPA. Not a huge hoppy beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber hue, bone white head, smallish but staying.

Aroma: soft, and slightly hoppy, mostly soapy. Minor citrus, but any hoppy kick is muted, at best.

Tasting it: nice hop attack on the palate, dry and brittle in the mouthfeel, before slowly fading back. Returns with each sip. Medium bodied, lingering hoppy finish.

Gets juicier and brighter toward the end. Enjoyable texture. Nice taste. Feels dry-hopped, and I imagined if it weren't, it wouldn't be quite so enjoyable. Not bad, though, not bad at all.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to re-evaluate this beer after tasting probably hundreds of IPA's
Poured a pretty golden orange with a nice one finger craggy head that melty to glass-sticking lacing.
Aroma slightly of pale malts with an orange hop scent...clean and bright but not necessarily a fresh hop scent.
Taste is only slightly sweet for a brief instant then definately hops...first orange, then a citrus bitterness. Not quite grapefruit...but nicely bitter and very clean. Hops are not overpowering but nicely sweet and bitter at the same time.
Mouthfeel has nice carbonation.
Aftertaste is actually clean and nicely drying.
Originally I described this as a brew with slightly stale or extract tasting ingredients. With a more mature palette (I would like to think) I find this a very qua-fable IPA...not overpowering and not too over the top West Coast. A nice balance has been achieved between the malts and the hops to make a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, I have come across another excellent PNW India Pale Ale. Nice burnt orange colour, with a well blended hoppy, malt smell with almost a woody, smoked overtone.

Citrus, woody taste with a nice malt hint to it and a strong hop flavour. Sweet, but this is controlled by the hops. A little heavy on the hops, and this perhaps contributes to the "overdone" taste, but still quite nice nonetheless.

Good mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright golden yellow and sits a beaming golden amber with a large, soft, creamy head. Fades slowly to good layer of foam and lots of lacings around the glass.

Smells of bright citrusy hops; oranges, grapefruit and lime all come through nicely. Soft caramel tones and subtle hints of spice and nuttiness.

Tastes fruity and well-bittered up front, a torrent of hops lob buckets of bittering orange peel and grapefruit rinds. Sharp grassy notes wave over top the light malty background that provides a crisp, crackery platform. Finish is equally bitter, with lots of continuing fruitiness.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, moderate carbonation and a medium-light body.

Extremely flavorful and completely hop-geared. Not your well-balanced IPA, this one speaks of the NW harvest. Tasty all the way.

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