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

1,433 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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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 KEL
5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

Light by most IPA standards, Full Sail's IPA provides a light malty sweetness with assertive citrusy hops for a mild session that ends somewhere between a dry and crisp Pale Ale and biting citrus focused American IPAs.

The fully filtered IPA gives a brilliant clear, medium amber color with a thick sheet of white foam that retains well and laces equally. A very good IPA appearance that meets all the criteria.

Citrusy aromas take precedence with white grapefruit, orange pith, and an herbal/grassy note promises a bit of bite. Light caramel and grainy sweet scent lurks in the backdrop and gives a slight drippy sweet scent to the fruity hop dominance.

Hop flavor also governs as the citrusy bitterness of white grapefruit pulp, orange peel and pith, fresh cut grasses, freshly picked herbs, and a light peppery bite all come alive in strong and sharp flavors. Malty support provides a mild caramel sweetness but with minimal sweetness that's normally associated with the grains. Low on esters, low on phenols, and moderate on alcohol flavor- the beer is very much simplified but tasty in its focus of taste.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the beer's early creaminess is short lived as the malty textures early develop quickly into full dryness, crispness, and light graininess. Only a linger of moderate bitterness lasts into aftertaste.

Albeit a nice IPA, after the beer's well suited attenuation, there's not the malty-dry character that prevents it from cola-like film or grainy astringency. But these are mild off flavors and the bulk of the session performs very well.

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

Color is a perfectly clear amber with a nice white head. The smell upon opening was surprisingly malty, with just a subtle grapefruit scent. This is not a highly hopped IPA - or at least it doesn't smell or taste like one. Malts are quite prominent in the taste. There are some bitter floral and grapefruit notes, but are weak compared to many other top IPAs. It is balanced, but I prefer my IPAs with a stronger hop presence, which is why I'm deducting a bit from the Overall score.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Golden/orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S- Lots of piney hops aroma

T- Lots of piney bitterness and grapefruit taste that lingers.

M- Light to medium body and some nice dryness.

O- A decent IPA. Lots of hop bitterness without a lot of malt backbone to balance it out. Worth a try.

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Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a little less than a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much completely white. It's a pretty standard looking head, somewhat fluffy, not too creamy, a little soapy looking. The lacing looks like it will be nice, but we'll have to see how that goes as I get to the bottom of the glass. Head retention isn't all that great, the head is pretty much gone now, but it has left a very nice amount of foam on top of the body. The body is just a hair away from looking like a lager. It's pretty much just completely yellow, with a little bit of orange in it. Pretty much completely see through too, very light color, and not cloudy at all. The carbonation looks low-medium. Overall...not a very good looking beer, the body is pretty bad any way you slice it. The head wasn't terrible, and we'll see how the lacing goes, but it's still not great in that area either. The smell is...man, as mediocre as the appearance. It smells like a pale ale, and a weak one at that. I get some sour malts, also some decent medium malts. A tiny bit of hops of the nose. I mean....this really smells absolutely nothing like an IPA, there are almost no hops, and the aroma all around is just ridiculously small. I mean there just isn't anything to talk about with this beer, no citrus, no pine, no floral notes. It's so freaking BORING. I mean it's not a bad smelling beer, but it's not like....good, and it's boring as all hell. This beer deserves a 3 for smell, but I'm going to give it a 2.5 because I am so offended that they could even call this an IPA (at least the smell). Well the taste is slightly better. The biggest difference are the hops, this isn't an IPA, it shouldn't be called an IPA, it's almost insulting that they call this an IPA. Still, there are more hops than there were on the smell. I mean...it's almost like it could be an IPA, but then they watered it down like no other, I dunno. It has that IPA taste, but pretty watery, and not enough hop flavor for it to be an IPA. The malts are sour, mostly medium malts, not a huge contributor to the beer, but I guess they are there non the less. The more I drink this beer the better it's tasting actually...I'm officially confused. There isn't really any citrus, pine, or floral notes, maybe a tiny bit of citrus, but that's it. It's not a bad tasting beer now that it's growing on me. I was originally going to give it a 3 for taste, I'm going to give it a 3.5, but it's BARELY making that grade, I mean BARELY. Overall not a bad taste. The mouthfeel isn't too great, really a highly carbonated beer, way too high for the style. On top of that the body is pretty dang thin and a little watery. A 3 is pretty generous. The drinkability isn't bad, it's somewhat low ABV, it's light, and it's tasty enough that it's not hard to drink at all. Overall this isn't a bad beer, and maybe it deserves better than a 3 overall, but it's not going to get it, because the taste just barely got a 3.5, and the mouthfeel and smell were definitely not above a 3. Not a bad beer, but a pretty bad interpretation of an IPA. It has PLENTY of areas that could be improved a whole lot.

The appearance turned out to be not that bad. The lacing followed me pretty far down the glass, almost to the bottom. The body was pretty horrible, and the head wasn't that great at all. A 3.5 is generous, but what the heck, the lacing was nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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