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

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80
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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
Ratings:
1,431
Reviews:
561
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
189
For Trade:
1
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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Light yellow gold, clear with a 1-finger sudsy head. Head has poor retention but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of fruity hops, pine and malt. Somehow, this is not particularly pleasant even though I am fond of the aroma of a typical IPA.

The flavor is pretty much balanced, which is OK if unsuitable for a beer of this style. The hops are fruity without being very citrus. With limited hoppiness, this IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one. The malt is lightly toasted and nutty, and doesn't blend as well with the hops as I would hope.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation and medium body.

O - Full Sail IPA is more of English-style IPA that is not bad for the price point.

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

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden-brown color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops bitterness along with a good background of citrus and caramel sweetness.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of pale hops, which is quickly followed up by fruity citrus and caramelized malt sweetness. However, the sweetness fades very quickly and there isn't as much balance as I would like. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, decent representation of style, it's not bad, I could drink a few of these; however there are definitely better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a little over a finger of frothy off-white head. This retains with a soapy looking ½ finger that has a nice flare-up to it, leaving back some foamy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is herbal and floral, with some bright citrus notes that leaning very heavily towards the lemony side of things. Flat smelling sweet grains add some tang underneath.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose, with bitter citrus rind and a smack of lemon zest being balanced by a mix of sugars and tight toasted malts. At least there is some more sweetness here than there was in the aroma. This finishes with a raw veggie quality that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creamy feel that is cut by some underlying slickness. To its credit, there is no alcohol present and this is mostly easy feeling for its size.

I just wasn't a fan of the Full Sail offering. Both the malt and hop profile just had an all around flat feel to them with no robustness of any kind going on. Freshness wasn't an issue with this bottle either. It just didn't give up enough flavors for a Pale Ale, much less an IPA. Points go to this for the easy feeling body on it but I would not revisit this beer again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another IPA with reviews all over the place-- but having just had IPAs by Aftershock (wretched), Peak Organic (unpleasant), and Rough Draft (average)-- this doesn't seem bad at all.

This starts out with a citrus and resin combination on top of a browned English muffin. The aftertaste is both bitter and resiny. Pours a clear golden amber with hints of brown in the Duvel tulip. Quite thin and quite bitter at the end, but that interesting roasted pine-pitch flavor saves the day.

Nice suds with every pour and a bubbly mouthfeel. A mellow pumpkin hint with a warm malty mouthfeel. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. Another decent beer in the Full Sail line-up.

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

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

Radiant tangerine with banana peel borders. The lid consists of three fingers of eggshell colored foam that picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath. A reasonable amount of soapy lace finds it way to the glass, giving IPA a better than average look in the end.

The aroma is pretty much balanced, which is not a positive in beer of this style. The malt smells moderately butter caramel-like and the Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops are fruity without being especially citrus fruity. In some ways, IPA is more of an English-style IPA than an American one.

When it comes to assessing flavor, it's probably best to forget the stated style. There's no way in hell this is an IPA. Maybe circa 1998, but not circa 2008. Having said that, the beer is becoming cumulatively more bitter as the ounces pass. The stated 60 IBUs might not be too far off the mark after all.

The malt is lightly toasted, with a buttery nuttiness that seems out of place. That said, the flavor profile is growing on me with each successive sip. As in the nose, the choice of hops says Union Jack rather than Stars and Stripes. Hop flavor is herbal and earthy, possibly even grapefruit zesty, and is incredibly fresh and vibrant.

The mouthfeel seemed a fraction too light initially, but has firmed up with warming and is actually decently creamy now. The carbonation, which was too buzzy at first, is keeping things on the lively side.

Full Sail IPA is different from most Pacific Northwest beer. Even though it wasn't great right out of the hopper, it began to win me over at the midway point and succeeded by the final few ounces. Bottom line: this is a well-crafted, American-brewed, English-style IPA that does enough to deserve your hard-earned money.

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Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive fluffy head that leaves some chunky lace. The beer is clear with a beautifully golden amber color

Soured grain aroma with a nearly imperceptible hop smell. Is this an IPA?

Much better hop in the flavor: tastes peppery. The malt is very dry, almost astringent. Not a smooth IPA. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is all hop, lasting a very long time.

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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 Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mom for bringing this back from the West coast. Decanted cool into a Nonic. I shared this with my Grandma.

A - A light to medium shade of amber w/ 3 fingers of off white foam resulting from a vigorous pour. A dishsoap pattern of lace forms on the pint glass.

S - Slightly citrus and lemon zest w/ a pleasant blend of pine and woody scents. A light malt and gentle odor of alcohol are noted.

M - A medium body w/ a light acidity and full carbonation. A gently sweet and citrus juiced feel.

T - A crisp mildly astringent flavor w/ a malty backbone is the initial taste. The alcoholic esters are apparent in the taste w/ a NW hop flavor. Gentle malt sweetness has a round finish that is semi-dry. A tangy sort of spice and pine that lingers on in the aftertaste.

D - A pleasant but ordinary IPA for me, not much to set it apart, comes across as a little less than subtle, just average drinkability IMO.

S -

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive tower of head with great retention. Clear golden color. Citric floral hop nose with a hint of blond tobacco, some fruitiness and graininess in the aroma as well. Smooth with a medium sized creamy body. Hop bitterness is there but more of a puckering pull rather than sharpness. Sweet floral to herbal to citric to mint is where the hop flavor brings the taste buds. Maltiness never jumps out with any sort of aggressive character, more of the foundation with simply complexities in tow. Bready to start then more of a nutty cracker grain flavor in the drying semi-bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit underrated IMO for an American IPA. Its not of the "in your face" kind of IPA but the hoppiness is there to let you know it is an IPA. As for the lighter cleaner side of malt, this is where the American IPA started so it is good to know some breweries have stuck with their old school roots.

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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 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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear with vibrant bubbles filling the glass. The color is a light golden hue. While the head is only a half inch thick, it leaves a generous sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, toast, slight hint of alcohol, as well as an odd aroma I have difficulty describing.

T: First, I would prefer more of a hop presence and less malt flavors. Secondly, the malt has a slightly toasted flavor, which is not befitting of a west coast IPA. The flavor consists of fruit and floral notes, but is overshadowed by a weird taste or astringency.

M: I find it difficult to accurately describe the feel of a beer when I find it to have major flaws or shortcomings. The astringency really clouds my judgment. The carbonation level is average and the feel is ok.

D: I don't recommend this beer. There are so many quality IPAs out there, many of which are easily attainable, that I just can't imagine choosing this beer again.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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 WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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