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

orange amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowly receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Smell was a huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. This was very nice and seemed to get better as I kept drinking.

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

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date, but coded 022412. The body was bright gold and clear. The white head persisted a while.

The smell was leafy, fresh grains, and clean.

The taste was caramel malt and crisp hops. Coarse, raspy, as spicy. Slightly drying. Well constructed, simple but solid. I will definitely seek this one out again.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and it had a smoothness that finished a bit coarse.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty golden orange hue with an offwhite head that leaves a lot of lacing. First smell is of citric fruits, lemon drop candy, floral hops, and fresh picked berries. Flavors of dry grain, grass, slight honey malt, and a hint of fruitiness to round things out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin, but overall I'd say this is underrated (likely due to the lack of in your face hops). Enjoyable and a great value.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves very nice lacing. Has a nice sweet aroma with some citrus smell. Tastes very nice, with a good compliment of hops and , very balanced, however, with enough hops to have a little bite. It has a great mouthfeel and amount of carbonation. Definitely one I could drink all night. A great beer overall.

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

Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.
Pours a very light pale amber with a nice full slightly off white head that had both average retention and side lacing.
Smell is of sharp orange and lemon citrus and floral hoppiness. Perhaps a little graininess in the distance.
Taste is sharp and, puckering, dry and bitter (all good.) Maltiness, slight but is noted by some bready notes.

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

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat clear, light copper color with a one finger of white sudsy hea.d Head recedes quickly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of a hearty malt backbone and thick earthy hops.

T: Taste is grassy notes that last through out this beer. Caramel malts hit through the middle. Mild pine notes and a hint of citrus give a bitter burst in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. This is a solid IPA.

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

Clear ice tea color with no bubbles but fair sized frothy head and very good lace. The aroma reminds me of a solid key lime hops of some sort, very edible! The flavor is a nice mellow blend of citrus hops and clean malt. A little nutmeg spice seems evident, very little carbonation but not flat at all, very drinkable. Creamy and mild but flavorful, not much alcohol here so pile 'em on. Sweet and dry blended nicely. Recommended to most anybody, a no brainer for any IPA fan.

2011 Update: A clear yellow amber with a big white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant though slightly mild pine and citrus blend. The taste has a crisp citrus bite with some herbal qualities but very little pine now. It’s medium light bodied with fine but thorough carbonation. It’s got a bit of a rye bread quality, and a slight sweet orange touch. A little dry but plenty drinkable. Not bad, not great.

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

Appearance: Nice amber color with plenty of foam and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts with pine, citrus, and floral notes.

Taste: Delicious. Plenty of hop flavor without being overly bitter, balanced with just the right amount of malts and enough spice to give it a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean aftertaste.

The Verdict: Excellent. Though some hopheads may find it lacking, the subtlety of this is nearly perfect for my palate. Since I can’t get my Sweetwater 420 and Victory is a rarity in these parts, this may become my new session IPA.

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

Pours a rich copper color with a frothy, and creamy white head. Head dies down to leave some lacing all along the side. Smell is earthy, bittering hops with little citrus, one of those shining through is grapefruit. Mouthfeeling on this one is rich and full as well as creamy. Surprising for an IPA. A slim warming sensation I can feel on this one.

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

My third and final six pack purchased in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Poured a clear, orange-gold with a nice one inch white head which slowly dissipated leaving lattice like lacing.

Subdued odor of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

The subdued odor carried over to a subdued flavor profile; slight bitterness with a slight butter taste. The taste improves as the ale warms leaving a citrusy flavor on the tongue. There is a very faint metallic taste that detracts from the other positive flavors.

More light-bodied compared to most IPAs I have tried, but still leaves a very pleasing fruity flavor on the tongue.

Nothing spectacular with this one, but it does have enough complexity to keep it interesting. It goes down easily for 6.0 ABV. A less bold interpretation of an IPA.

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

Actually a solid IPA despite rating.

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops.

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: overall a great beer and a solid IPA

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

God damned bottle cap tore as I was removing it and cut me, thank God for tetanus shots! That’s what I get for not twisting it off. Golden yellow in color with a fluffy off-white head gleaming like new snow, seriously it looked sparkling and left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is bready, the taste is juicy and quite balanced. There are some floral hops up front and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good stuff and quite drinkable.

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

Pours a nice clear golden orange with a one finger white head with nice lacing. Smell is citrus hops, grass, earthy, and some malts. The citrus smell was not of rind but of the fruit, a little different but nice. Taste followed the smell as I hoped. Tasted a little more typical hops; pine,resin, but still a lot of the citrus with good malt balance. Mouthfeel is medium that coated the mouth well. Overall a damn good brew and worth a go.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny tan/orange body, 2 finger fluffy head,
excellent lacing engulfs pint glass

S: big clean pine, lemon grass, grapefruit

T: sweet lemon grass, grapefruit, pine,
mild nut, slow smooth bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice brew, I have read/heard many
good things about Full Sail. I will be going
back for more of their brews. I know this
is technically above session level, but I could
make this all day beer.


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

A: 1/2" white head with decent retention & leaving nice lacing. Clear light-amber body.

S: A quick whiff of citric hops right off the pour, but then not much at all after that. A very feint (but pleasant) floral & citric hop aroma, but very weak.

T: Good bitterness - somewhat tangy citric hops with just enough sweetness to make it reasonably balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Tasty, hoppy finish.

D: Very drinkable. Not an elite IPA, but not a bad option at all.

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Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber colored with a frothy white head that rises up a half inch before slowly settling down.

Understated aroma of biscuity malt and citrus hops.

Initial flavor of semi-sweet malt, paired well with iced tea flavored hops, morphing to fine citrus and finishing with a spicy bitter. Hints of lemon accent throughout.

Even mouthfeel, pretty full. High drinkability, tasty without being overpowering, a good session IPA.

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Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored with a thin, but dense white head.

Some lightly sweet malt and herbal hops in the nose leads into a little bit bigger hop presence on the palate. Still earthy, floral and herbal with a British slant. Malt is clean with a little candy-type sweetness and only a small amount of toast. Bitterness seems to be on the low end of the style. Finishes quick and semi-dry.

A damn drinkable and well crafted beer. Sure, it's closer to a pale ale in hop profile, but it's still a really nice beer. Another under-noticed Full Sail ale.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 'rediscovered' local beer, thanks to Bryce repeatedly sharing a 6-pack at office softball games last summer. I've had a fair amount of this staple IPA over the years, so it surprised me I'd never sat and reviewed one; this is a 12 oz. bottle, twist-capped and laser-dated "112310".

Label: Golden 'badge' plastered across a blond wood grain. A smaller band at the neck shows historic sailing vessels at what looks like the mouth of the Columbia above a title: 'Gateway to the Pacific'.

A: Honeycomb gold, a light copper tint. Small streams of bubbles ascend with purpose though an almost-clear pour. White pockmarked cream cap dies before reaching finger-hood, but holds well and leaves strong lace in classic broad rings.

S: Good aroma of bready/crackery malt with spiced/flowery/resinous hops. Not an overpowering aroma, nor a very distinctive one, but a pleasant and judicial balance.

T: Bright flavor of citrus zest, bitter grass/greens and gingery spice set against honey biscuits. These descriptors could be used for plenty of IPAs; some skew toward hops or malts or just get plain muddy. This, however, is as balanced an IPA as I'm finding these days...doesn't rewrite the book, but suits the classic style to a T.

M: Modest coating, smooth feel, refreshingly clean(er) finish. Body is medium, carbonation is pert without being too fizzy.

D: Flavorful, hoppy but balanced. Just a great 'everyday' IPA ~ one of the 'originals', and local to boot. I neglected this one for quite a while and now gladly welcome it back into the mix. Whenever there's a party to be thrown or space in the fridge for a spare 6-pack, this is one I'm seeking. Good job, 47.

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Photo of rsawyer
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of 12oz bottles from a small store on my way home, looking for a slightly hoppy pick-me-up after a day of work. The beer poured a golden color with very good clarity. Light carbonation, almost no head. Lacy residue is left throughout the glass as I drink.

The beer smells of malt and bitters. I may have become a bit of a hop-head now though, and I must admit that I am not getting the florally, bitter smell that I have come to love in my westcoast hop bombs.

The taste is solid- right on target for an IPA. That being said- it feels like there is something missing- the hops to malt profile is perfectly balanced, but like I said, I am becoming a big fan of hop-bombs, and I think I am slowly becoming numb to the more balanced brews. Perhaps I should come back to this one later and see if taking a break from hops helps me appreciate it more.

Mouthfeel is fine. Light carbonation, nice smoothe.

Drinkability- this is an easy beer to through on ice when I have new advocates visiting. I feel like this could be a nice gate-way IPA to use while introducing others to the style.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy dark-golden beer. Pale off-white head on top, retained pretty well through the drink. A quite attractive brew.

S-Big piney hops with some strong arangey citrus character.

T-Bitter, baby! Thick with hops, resiny and bright, with a hop bitterness that sustains through it all. Bready, nearly sweet maltiness tries to balance out the hops.

M-Medium-high carbonation cuts through this medium, sticky-bodied beer.

D-Good drinkability. I think this is a pretty decent beer. It's well-representative of a solid American IPA.

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