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

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Full Sail IPAFull Sail IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,426
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
20.96%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
188
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 561 | Ratings: 1,426
Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, it is my extreme honor and privilege to welcome Hood River, OR to the Great & Mighty Commonwealth of PA! I was just in Philly yesterday and I have seen more Full Sail beers here in Lancaster than I did there. Maybe I was not looking hard enough or maybe Lancaster (City & County) has made it onto the beer map at last. Just wonderin' ,,,

From the bottle: "Ridiculously Tasty India Pale Ale"; "Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts Since 1987"; "47 Employee Owners".

Man, I was jonesin' for a beer today, especially after yesterday's Real Ale Fest at Yards. I had this as the next one to drink and I was thinking about it as the end of the day approached. I wasted no time getting from the bottle into a shaker glass and I quickly had two fingers of rocky, tawny head with very good retention for my efforts. Color was a deep-amber with NE-plus quality clarity. The nose was resinous with a pine scent and my mouth was watering. I had to wait for the foam to fall, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and I was instantly reminded of why I am a self-proclaimed hophead. Hops are the bomb, yo! I felt like an addict getting his fix and the pine sap flavor was making me feel right at home. Finish was dry, not gasping for air afterwards dry, but still dry. And hoppy. Did I mention that I like hops? I liked this beer ... a lot. More, please.

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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 Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is the standard IPA copper. Head is medium-sized, creamy, and off-white. Aroma has strong floral and citrusy smells with an underlying sweetness provided by biscuity and caramel malts. Taste has plenty of hop flavor, and a rather different hop profile. Hop taste is citrussy, yet has a distinct flavor of something else that I can't think of a comparison. Something pungent and oily. Underlying malt is caramel and sweet grain, mildly earthy. Flavors are nicely layered. Bitterness is high and privides a very active mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this IPA and found it to have an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with an orangish hue; quarter inch of head with decent retention. Bready, biscuity notes and citrusy, grassy hops aromas in the nose. Taste is malty up front; strong bread like notes. The hop character is mild for the style; citrusy and grassy hops which come mostly in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and crisp.

This one drinks more like a pale ale to me. The hop profile is not intense or bold and the malt content is good but dominates the flavor profile. A good beer, just not a good IPA.

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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 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 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 vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium grade amber honey. A vigorous pour didn't do much for the head, which quickly settled into a trace residues of foam.

S - Surprising amount of malt in the nose, and an equally surprising lack of hops. Some yeast and booze fade in and out.

T - Medium amount of piney hops. Great malt balance. French bread, touch of yeast. Nice, lightly resiny bitterness in the finish. Touch of alcohol.

M - Round with a semi-sweet finish. Very pleasant.

D - The very balanced profile lends itself to great drinkability.

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

12 ouncer , no freshness data offered on the label. Pours medium to lighter straw like amber. Off white head and leaves plentiful light/fine sheeting and lacing. Resiny hop nose, goes along with a moderate resiny opening note on the palate.Bready malts also make themselves know and add a nice attempt @ balance. Dry finish with a moderate hip bite. Nothing special going on here, just a drinkable, decent, session able, everyday IPA. Worked in a pinch while spending a weekend in a non exciting beer location.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy. Carbonation is low to moderate and the head is thin and made up of small white bubbles. The head leaves some lacing behind as it falls away. Beer is attractive.

Some citrus hop aroma, maybe a little pine. Not much hop aroma at all. There is this almost wheat-like aroma. A cereal like flavor in the smell. Reminds me the way Burt Grant's IPA used to smell like.

OK, there is some hop bitterness there. This is more like an English / American hybrid IPA. There is some malt character at the front end of the beer and the rest comes at the back in the form of bitterness. There isn't a lot of midpalate character. Beer is a little dry on the finish. There isn't much of an aftertaste but there is a kind of wheaty / acidic flavor that I can't get past. It really is Burt Grant's all over again. Mouthfeel is fine, medium body, but drinkability suffers.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04/19/06- Purchased at an airport store in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with and best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden-orange body. Full thick white head, which fades about halfway through. Nice lacing left behind.

Smell- Large presense of floral and lemon rind hops. A nice roasted malt scent as well.

Taste- Hmmm, makes me think of an English IPA or even an ESB rather than an IPA. Very bitter and somewhat stale tasting hops. Not skunky or anything, just stale. Malt seems ok, but the hops have an off taste.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the IPA for me. Maybe a decent English one though. I'll pass on this.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, sweet malt, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carboantion level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, earthy maly, and citrus (pineapple?). Overall, drinkeable, but not complex and slighlty lacking in body.

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

Poured my bottle into a pilsner glass and had clear gold ale with a fluffy white head. This is a classic American IPA that I imagine hasn't changed much since the 90s. There's a big, grassy citrus aroma and flavor backed up by dry toasty malts. The hops are rich and run from the opening, but don't expect the crisper dry-hop character. Still, tasty example of an American IPA.

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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.

cheers

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pint glass was filled with a copper color beer with a decent foamy head. Slight floral hop aroma with some noticable maltiness. Not what I expected for an IPA. This was confirmed as there was an unbalanced flavor as the malt was more prominent than the hops. The carbonation was fine, and the head slowly fizzled away as the glass emptied, leaving light lacework. Very drinkable and it is a slightly better than average IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and bisquit malt scent along with a mild hop bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale mat flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with some wonderful bisquit notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, although I'm not a huge fan of the hop selection.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic microbrew brand. I usually don't look for full Sail when I shop, but at 99 cents a bottle at Total Wine, why not? On to the beer:

Hazy pale orange appearance with a head that retains itself well and leaves good lines of lacing on the glass. My nose is greeted with sour grapefruit and musty diacetyl....that hints it will taste like an "old school" IPA. And it does. Caramel, some buttery diacetyl, and a tame slap of grapfruit. Pine-like bitterness takes a ride on the palate towards the end of the sip. A solid beer that can be found cheap, good for the broke beer geek.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet hoppy, citrusy, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, a nice touch of citrus, some caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA, would recommend.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass. My 4th from Full Sail.

Pale Ale comes out golden bright with some shades of burnt orange in the center and with a stealth pour came out with a 1/4 inch of firm white stuff that left a sparse cap. No stickage. This IPA does not smell like much, it reminds me of some Breckinridge pales i've had and it's not pretty. Old pale malt some old earth and something I cant place. Taste is a step up though, starts out with a mix of earth over citrus, slight pine with some tropics, sappy. I don't know if it's the yeast or malt (or both) but what I smelled ruins the finish on this otherwise nicely hopped single eye pee ayyy. A good start a bad finish. Feel is where it's at, light and bitter in the middle, the finish is a let down though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full Sail : IPA

LOOK: Clear copper orange, white head and leaves some rings of lace on the pint glass.

SMELL: Floral, orange, flowery herb. Just a touch of caramelized malt.

TASTE: Mild bitterness, some earthy hops with a touch of citrus. Faint pine, herb, and bit of juicy grapefruit. Pale malts lend a subtle balancing sweetness. Old school American IPA similar in style to its English brethren.

OVERALL: A simple, easy drinking IPA. Nice to see this in the PA market, and good for the price; $31.00 including tax. Should be a repeat buy.

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

Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy, yet thin, pale tan colored head. The aroma has notes of bright citrus, a grassy herbal character, a bit of astringent grain husk, toasty malt notes and perhaps a hint of caramel. The taste has a nice sharp bitterness from beginning to end. This is definitely a hop focused beer; there is a nice citrus note here that reminds me of lemons & oranges. There is only a hint of malt character here; a bit of sweet grain character, and a hint of toasted malt in the finish. This is a pretty nice, easy drinking IPA; it has a solid hop bite and a bit of hop flavor to it, and it goes down quite easily. If the malt character were a bit more complex the hop flavor might shine through a bit more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

Pillow white head that lasts forever leaving behind nice sheets of lace.... Fairly clear orange brew.

Aroma is slightly subdued citrus and earthy hops with a respectable amount of pale malts poking through.

fairly up front hop flavor.. more citrus a touch of pine and a medicinal bite. less pale malt than the noses with a significant portion of yeasty fruitiness on the finish. Appropriate body for the style and a little bit of creaminess.

Nothing that is earth shattering, but pretty standard none the less. I don't care for the fruitiness in this one... and the medicinal flavor is no standout in my mind. I respect Full Sail, but I almost never buy their 12'er... that said, most of the 22's are outstanding.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep gold to very light amber. Solid white head, leaving good lace, good retention.

S: Grassiness, toasted grain, has that "Full Sail" house character if you know what I mean.

T: Grapefruit and sweet pine, backed with a lot of bready malt, though this is very much West Coast its approach even if it isn't super hoppy.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, easy going prickly carbonation, nice aftertaste.

D: A nice middle of the road IPA, being in CA I have access to many of the best, and this isn't in their league. That being said, this is a good beer, it's well made and certainly something to give as basically a starter IPA. $6.50 a sixer doesn't hurt, and would be an excellent choice to get your hop fix on the cheap.

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Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is mild malt and a little sweet. Hops are more herbal than citrus here, definitely lacking in citrus and pine aromas. No fruit or spice aromas and lacking in dry hopping characteristics.

Taste is sweet and a bit bitter at the beginning. Mildly fruity the hops continue to be herbal in nature. Remarkably lacking in flavor depth, this is simply herbal and bitter. Nothing much to taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is unremarkable. Perhaps I expect too much from an AIPA when my everyday IPA is Stone IPA. This could have a great deal more flavor and most IPAs do unremarkable beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden color with a wisp of haze and a two-finger ivory head which leaves a nice lace as I drink. Head retention is stellar -- more than half the head remains when I've consumed half the beer.

Smell: a little malt with a nice dose of hops; mostly floral in character with a touch of earthiness thrown in. I like it.

Taste: not a bad little IPA. A pretty good malt backbone; a little sweet though a little grainy. Hops are mostly floral in character and the brewers were not as heavy-handed with the hops as is typically the case in Northwest IPAs, however, this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty standard; not bad.

Drinkability: pretty good -- a decent IPA which I bet would go quite well with a meal.

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Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,426 ratings.
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