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 dubman003
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA just a bit to thick, I like a crisp IPA, so it's a bit preference, but it just popped into 3rd in my giant beer bottle collection. I suppose that's a giant victory. It arrived in Market Basket today so I had to give it a shot. I figure it must be fresh to have a tag reading "new."

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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 Johnny_Muir
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce into pint glass. Extremely clear, fun to look through. Head fizzles out rather quickly though. Flavor is really nice, wish they went a little bigger and bolder, but a balanced brew, and at only 6% ABV, a very session worthy beer. I also greatly respect the fact that they are an employee-owned brewery. Cheers!

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

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Pours a pale copper with a quarter inch of head. Absolutely clear and transparent.

S: I smelled hops even before I poured it. Piney and citrusy with significant malt smell to it. Smells very fresh.

T: Somewhat more malt-forward than the smell would lead you to believe. A little yeastiness in there. Hops accentuate but do not dominate in this one. Heavy malt on the finish with a bit of a bitterness bite. Very good.

M: Feels significantly thick and weighty in the mouth. Good.

O: Very well done IPA. Would drink this until I fell off my chair, and at 6% I might last for a few.

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

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of grapefruit, apricot, cereal, and grass. Tastes fruity up front of apricot, oranges, and a little bit of grapefruit juice and rind. Cereal malts and honey follow then a lightly bitter dry grass finish with a touch of pine. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and pleasantly fruity with a nice bitter finish. Not as potent as most West Coast IPAs, but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Sessionable and something I could see drinking often during the summer to combine both the hop presence I like and some fruits.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was acquired through a beer trade with Colts9016 - thank you much Benjamin!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is a sparkling clear amber gold color with great lacing.

The smell is a lightly hopped and heavily malted. There is a unique fruity aroma that I'm picking up almost like grape skins or strawberries - somewhat unexpected.

The fruit motif remains upon first taste; I can taste grapefruit and lemon along side a heavy helping of hops (cascade?) Beautiful pine in the mouth and reduces to a fine smooth malty contrast.

The mouthfeel is delicate but the carbonation is perfect for the alcohol content. Upons first taste I guess around 6.6 or so and find myself astonished to see only 6.0% alcohol (this is a huge difference - usually I'm pretty good at determining alcohol based on viscosity).

The drinkability is very good. I would love to have several more of these waiting on me, but alas, I do not. If you have extra please BM for an address - I'll pay shipping!

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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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Photo of dhd1491
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really solid IPA overall. Most noticeable to me was a grassy, mellon under-current of taste, in addition to the usual hoppy-sour and sweet-malt balance that I love in a good IPA. Some flintiness is in there, too. Otherwise, it pours clear with a decent white head, nothing spectacular. Sweetwater IPA, a local brew, is my go-to IPA, but sometimes I want an IPA that's a little less sweet-floral. Full Sail would definitely fit the bill (though, frankly, I wouldn't pick it over my backup IPA, Dogfish Head.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle to my Rogue pint glass.

A: very nice copper color with no haze/cloudiness to it only color variation from its density. small white head that's puffy, leaves an interesting lacing, very clumpy and bubbly.

S: smells of strong hops with grapefruit, bread/yeast, and a slight caramel scent.

T: amazing for a $1 IPA! Has a good hop/malt balance with a slightly bitter finish. Very strong citrus flavor with grapefruit being the strongest. There's also a small yeast/bread flavor with hints of caramel as well.

Overall I was very impressed by this IPA, I find it very reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted IPA but half the price at Trader Joe's.
Note: becomes dryer and more bitter at times, more towards the middle but finishes slightly sweeter. Amazing for the price!

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Photo of mikegreen138
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly out of bottle into pint glass, pours a dark yellow with slight tint of amber, smells a little mild for an IPA but it does not have a high IBU so i cannot expect much hoppy smell.

Taste is very refreshing, many hints of fruit and floral hop flavor all while not being overpowered with pure hops like other IPAs. i am not usually a huge fan of IPAs but on this one the flavors really shine through, and mix well with the hoppy flavors. overall a great refreshing beer that is packed with flavor, and is really great on any day hot or cold.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist off ("That a way" and an arrow) bottle...Good thing it pointed in the direction I should turn it in...

Pours golden with a white head that has good retention. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is piney/citric/lemony/grapefruity with a carmelish/grainy background.

The taste is of plenty of citric/piney hops with a caramelish balance.

Medium-bodied, with something of a dusty/gritty texture.

Overall, a good IPA - hoppy but balance. Not an extreme IPA, but "sessionable", despite the somewhat odd texture.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one a go based on the strength of Ding's review. So, it is here I find myself at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, GA at 1:00 AM sitting four seats down from someone espousing the benefits of caramel apple martinis. I was unaware those were still 'in'.

Some sort of code on the bottle, 032409, presumably a Best Before date.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Faintly grainy pale malt nose with a scent of sweaty, sun drenched citrus rinds.

Taste: Pale maltiness, again with some light hints of grain, and a very minimal caramel sweetness. Fruity lemon and grapefruit citrus character precedes a medium bitterness that lasts until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant. A fine drinking India Pale Ale, it's neither overly malty nor is it overpowering in its bitterness.

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Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a big, super creamy off-white head. Abundant lacing that clings to the glass. I smell a bit of honey, and some citrus fruit. Taste begins with a light honey flavor, then some grapefruit rind, then a bit of pine cone, and finishes with a clean bitter finish. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Overall an excellent IPA that I plan to get again.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pour a hazy light copper with a fair amount of individual bubbles isotropically distributed, rising to a creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact till the end and paints an impressive portrait of concentric rings and sticky blobs of lace down almost the entire glass.

S - A fair amount of cascade hops on a caramel malt and biscuit background. Fades quite a bit in the glass.

T - Smooth carmel malt upfront. The body is a solid blend of pine and grapefruit notes from the Cascade hops on a chewy caramel malt and biscuit background. More aggressive grapefruit and pine as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a lingering caramel, biscuit and grapefruit finish.

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a slight creaminess and enough chewiness to make it interesting. Well crafted mouthfeel.

Even though this beer is about 2 years old, it still is a tasty concoction that seems to get even better with every sip. Simple, straight ahead PNW IPA with pine and grapefruit notes melded nearly seamlessly with biscuit and carmel notes courtesy of the caramel malt, make for a classic brew indeed. The chewy, yet slightly creamy mouthfeel hits the spot as well. A benchmark northwest IPA from one of the PNW's classic microbreweries - the fact that a fresh six of this can be had in Oregon for less than $6, only makes it sweeter.

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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 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 DarrellK
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a wide variety of opinion in the reviews but I would err on the high side.

Appearance is typical for the style but with a bigger head (larger style bubbles) and a slightly cloudy appearance.

Nose is flowery to fruity and sustain through the drink

Taste is again typical for an IPA but on the more forceful hop side. Mouth is full and dry.

The finish is dry and hoppy but not so much that it is a turn off.

Strangely some of my less beer educated friends seem to prefer this brew when it comes time for them to stry from the Macro stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A solid simple amber colored body, with a nice foam off white cap for lacing. Lots of good retention for the head, sitting without going anywhere. Some nice slow crawling tiny carbonation rising from the bottom. More of that great clumpy stickiness and lacing

More of that great honey sweetness on the nose, mixing with a citrus like grapefruit hop. Subtle yet easily present and not taking over. Real nice.

Taste is a subtle pine hop bent, mixing a nice bitter that lingers with some toasty malt. Malt presence hides in the background but compliments well. Medium like carbonation that gives some prickly action on the palate but not jarring.

Overall just a solid brew and tasty, perhaps not my favorite but could have any time with much enjoyment. I like what the gang up at Full Sail does, they seem to know what they are doing.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's been a while since I had this one. Previous review was on tap a while ago. Since then I've drank my share of IPAs and DIPAs and beer in general. What I like about this one is it's not over the top, hop loaded. A nice light copper color and moderate head that can be summoned with a quick swirl. A touch light on the aroma, some pine and resin, a bit floral and very light caramel. A good taste of pine, resin and orange zest, pine is light though. Good bite to it, and is mellowed a tad at the end with a slight rush of malt and caramel.
This is a good IPA. 6.99 a sixer, I'm sticking with this one as my "it's always in the fridge" beer, and am happy with it.


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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice looking golden color with a shade of orange. The only drawback was the lack of a big head and lacing that didn't retain. Malty, bready and raw grain in both aroma and taste.The hops element is prominent but not as aggressive as other IPAs. The hops felt leafy and oily. Very smooth, medium bodied and slightly slick. A nice solid and more subtle ipa that I'd like to get to know more of.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

When I first had this, they had the old labels, with a stylized sailboat, sails billowing. The IPA's sail was tiger-striped, a witty reference I assumed to IPA's heritage as an overly-hopped ale to preserve it on the long, hot passage to quench the thirst of the British troops in India. Now it's just a ho-hum yellow label. But do NOT let that fool you; the beer within is still aggressively hopped, spicy, sweet, and bitter. A handsome deep amber in the glass. Do not pass this beer up if you see it in the case. I recommend it.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear honey color with a white, finger width head, poor retention, and a resulting spotty lace.

Smell - Spicy, peppery hops.

Taste - Follows the nose, and then some. Spicy, peppery notes. Citrus undertones. Floral. Decent malt backbone. Aftertaste is a touch sweet, and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Despite the appearance, has a wonderful carbonation which leads to a crisp, clean finish.

Overall - This isn't quite a top tier IPA, but it's exceptional in it's uniqueness. It's not especially bitter, but it's certainly hop forward and delicious as all hell. Will buy again!

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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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured a clear golden body with a half-finger white head. A very true to style IPA appearance. Scents of dank, earthy herbal hops, floral hop aromas with notes of jasmine, grass clippings and tea-like aromas with a bit of biscuit-like malt in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of an earthy, English hop sort of IPA. Very nice for the style, earthy and herbal. Flavor begins with medium bitterness and flavors of floral hops, earthy, herbal hops and notes of grapefruit peel and pith and hints of pine resin. Middle is bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith and medium notes of floral and herbal hops. Finish is bitter with notes of resinous hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel and pith, light alcohol and earthy hops. Aftertaste is pine resin, grainy, biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, earthy, dank IPA that also has a nice citrus presence with pine. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a resinous, drying mouthfeel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA that is easy to drink. Overall this is a good IPA. Strong, bitter, resinous, herbal, floral and citrusy in aroma and flavor. A nice mouthfeel aids the experience. A good IPA well worth drinking.

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