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 timtwoface
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer falls into the category of a "standard" IPA for me, as far as strength goes. This beer doesn't intend to be a hop-bomb and I appreciate that - it is a nice, crisp, bitter, but easy-drinking beer of which I could have many in a single sitting if I so chose. I would definitely recommend this as a good ipa to try - especially if you are not overly familiar with the style. Most of what I have tried by Full Sail has been good and I would say this is my favourite thus far.

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Photo of thaichile
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with nice head that disappears rather quickly. Malts on the nose with a whisper of hops in the background. Flavors are apple cider with a slight bitterness. Maybe this is watery or maybe its smooth. Couldn’t decide, but this is a session brew. Bottle courtesy of Zorro.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nothing wrong here, just hard to rave about this beer.

pours burnished gold/ pale copper with 1/2 inch head, med carb.

aroma is citrus with light fruity esters and malt behind.

palate is more juicy than bitter with good american hop flavor geared toward citrus and pleasant balancing caramel malt. finish is clean and balanced.

wonderfully balanced and drinkable.

pleased this beer doesn't reek of alcohol or hurt to drink. i wish the aroma were more hoppy and it could be more complex, but for $8 i'd gladly purchase it again. like a more hoppy american pale ale

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- clear amber appearance, small head, short duration
s- a hint of piney hops and citrus
t- follows suit, piney and citrusy hops but not much, an underlying sweet malt
m- mouthfeel is medium thick, probably the best aspect of this beer
d- its not bad for its price, but its not something i will ever by again unless i want good beer for 7.50

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code of 6/19/14 clearly readable on the label into a pint glass and get one finger of head.

A: Pours a yellow amber color with on finger of head that dissipates quickly to leave just a ring around my glass and about half of the top covered with a thin soapy covering. Some lacing visible.

S: A little biscuit and a little lemon grass is present. Not much going on.

T: Malt and bread first. followed by citrus. It comes off juicy at first and finishes dry.

M: This is less than medium-bodied and average carbonated. Goes down easy and finishes dry.

O: This is an easy to drink beer. I would have it again but not gravitate towards it. It is easy enough to drink but not really exciting.

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Photo of esv
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) 1/4 a head. Quickly disappeared. Clear. Medium orange color. Looks like medium carbonation.

S) Some oranges. Earthy hoppiness. Some sweet maltiness.

T) Very bitter, malty. Maybe a slightly thin finish.

M) Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sticky.

O) Good IPA. Some grapefruit but not the big grapefruit IPA's that I love. But a very good IPA.

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Photo of thatruth
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an apple juice color into a dull amber with copper tint. half inch head that creeps away quicker than it presents itself. decent, frothy, coated lacing.

smells mighty wheaty, hints of oak, undertones of pear of peat.

bold, hoppy wheat. on-bringing and aftertaste are that in the same. that is, nothing to write home about.

a decent ipa, more bold than crisp or unique. more staunch than doable or enjoyable.

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Photo of HopNelius
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of 12oz and into a pint glass.
Appearance- A- yellow, medium carbonation
S-notes of tropical fruit
Taste- drinkable, light citrus hops.
Mouthfeel- pleasant.
Overall-not too impressed with this beer, it is not a bad IPA but there are so many better selections out there, drinkable to the point of boring.

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Photo of Filthyfloor
1.25/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

at first it tasted like a standard wheat. then a bitterness starts mild. i was pleased, until the bitterness keeps expanding into horrible after taste bitter apple spray. overall i'd say they took a wheat beer and then put some dudes ass in the beer for a solid year.

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Photo of SaintPeter
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy gold-orange color with sizable off-white creamy head. When poured hard, the bubbles play in the glass like a lava lamp. Looks syrupy thick. Drape of cling on the glass; nice lacing. Mildly carbonated with some streaming bubbles. When swirled, lazy bubbles and head reform. Awesome!

Strong resiny hop aroma, bold, almost like smelling burnt wood. Earthy. I catch some oak barrels in there. The more subtle hoppy aroma emerges when beer warms.

Bold hop taste, resiny and bitter in the mouth, almost too much so. Some malt flavor but it is overshadowed by the bitter hops. Finishes bitter. The malt begin to emerge after half a glass. It was harsh at first but now it has become a beautiful IPA; more balanced.

Syrupy thick mouthfeel, full bodied and really nice for a bold IPA.

It gets better as it is consumed. It seemed harsh at first but as it warmed it mellowed an melded. For the price ($6.99/6pack) an amazing deal. Once of the best deals out there. Why can't more great breweries make quality beer and sell it for a decent price?

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess my original review didn't save, in any case...

This is the first IPA I ever purchased, due to prestige of brewery and price. It makes a good starter IPA if you're wary of the super bitter, piney IPAs out there.

Poured into a Spiegelau glass:

L - reddish-orange with a good finger or two of head that dissipates quickly.

S - citrus, fruit, some biscuit malt and pine, more sweet than sharp/bitter like more pronounced IPAs.

T - Starts malty smooth, very fruity, almost like an amber, then has a slight hoppy finish to qualify it as an IPA.

M - Light/medium body, slight carbonation but a very drinkable session IPA.

O - As mentioned, a good starter IPA. Not too bitter, not too malty sweet. A good go-to IPA that's more like a pale ale, but definitely "tasty."

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Photo of alexrichman
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A) Clear and light golden colored. Poured a small head that left a bit of lacing behind.

S) Aroma is malt forward with some dark fruits, melon, and burnt sugars. The hops are there showing a bit of pine.

T) More hops on the tongue than in the bouquet with pine, citrus, and floral flavors. Malt creeps in the finish showing sweet melon and burnt caramel. Pleasant finish that lands on the sweeter side.

M) Quite thin but fine carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

O) A pleasant tasting IPA but quite thin and a bit lacking for its style. This IPA could use a revamp.

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Photo of lawman834
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got the bottle from World Market. Stamp on the bottle said 052808. I don't know if that's a mfr date or a best by date.

A-Looks spot on for an IPA. Light copper, slightly cloudy. Thin head, but some decent lacing.

S-Decent malt smell. A little bit of an off putting sour smell. Not much going on.

T-I have only had 3 IPA's(Stone, Sierra Nevada and Broken Halo) but this one is the least impressive by far. It is suprisingly weak and boring. A little sweet and malty up front, but it finishes watery with a generally unpleasant bitter/sour taste that is in place of what should be hop bite.

Overall, not at all impressive, not horrible, but I would choosse many, many others over this one.

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Photo of BigBlacke
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is just an ok IPA. Nothing to write home about. Not good, not bad. Appearance is a golden color with a miniscule head that vanishes quickly. Smell is a slight sweet malt and some citrusy hops. Taste is really a letdown here. It smells much better than it tastes. Hops are barely noticeable. Drinkability is high cause it seems so light. Not to impressed with this one.

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Photo of muldersha
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz brown glass bottle purchased in Portland, OR with an Enjoy By date of 09/28/15

Has a clear orange body with a chunky white head that dissipates rather quickly. However, it leaves behind an acceptable white lacing.

Piney aromas of heather, bran flakes, citrus, grass, steely metallic hops, soap, and baby diaper.

Malty, medium-bodied, and a bit disjointed. Sports an assertive and dry herbal finish.

A bit out of sorts, but not terrible.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy gold with a frothy white head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Bog aromas of grapefruit, pines and some other nice sharp citrusy notes. I'm also getting some faint malt aromas.

T- The taste is very balanced ! Great clean earthy flavors with a decent hop bite. Great example of an IPA. Easy drinking as well.

M- Light/medium body with a clean refreshing finish. Could knock back a couple of these.

O- Scores top 5 on my personal favorite IPA's. Way to go Full Sail!

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden-amber body with a fluffy head. Not too impressed with this beer. Had a slight citrus like smell and a beer + a bit more hop taste. Really, this tasted somewhat like generic beer with a bit more hoppiness. Not too exciting and not one I would be rushing back to, because it is not a really true IPA.

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Photo of kennymule
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Extremely clear amber with one finger frothy head that dissipates quickly with thin lacing.

Smell: For an IPA it is absent of any hops on the nose, just a faint grassy funk.

Taste: Bitterness up front, but not overpowering at all for an IPA, then an interesting mix of malt and hops battle to a bitter finish.

Mouth feel: Medium and sticky with a semi-dry bitter finish.

Overall:For a "hop head" this is nothing to get excited about, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. I'd have another, wait...I'm on my second one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

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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 Sleestak
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the way home from work this morning I stopped at the local Stater Brothers grocery store to pick up a few things and decided to get a sixer of something "good". This particular store has a sizeable beer cooler but it's mostly macros. I did come across a few different styles of Full Sail so thought I'd give this one a shot. Pale copper with not much head and lacing. Smells citrusy and the taste follows with some honey. Not bad. This beer won't obliterate your taste buds like so many ipas and the abv % is only 6% so it's deffinately sessionable. I enjoy it just don't know if it's something I would search out again.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is nice, the way an IPA should pour. Nothing outstanding, just a nice yellow-amber pour with a little bit of head lining the top.

Smell is a little on the light side with the hops shining through nicely and a little bit of sweetness in there as well. I think I may detect a hint of pine but that may just as well not be there.

Taste is really very average. No frills, just a straight up well hopped IPA. Aftertaste is something akin to a loaf of good bread, but nothing really to write home about.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer. If you're looking for an IPA that you don't have think too much about this is your beer.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear golden color with a lacey thin head. Some little carbonation and bubbles.

S: Strong citric smell that combines well with the malty aroma. Perhaps a hint of pine and herbs.

T: Surprising hoppiness in the front that I didn't catch from the smell. Gives way to that citric/herbal flavor and finishes with a pleasant maltiness.

F: Good mouthfeel, doesnt leave a sticky lingering in your mouth that some IPAs do. Its light bodied, very drinkable. Quaffable even, for an IPA.

O: Solid IPA. I would recommend it for people just starting to try out IPAs before moving on to something more complex.

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

12 oz. twist off bottle into a 16 oz. Imperial pint glass. Clear copper color with spirals of tiny bubbles rising to a 1 finger, buttery colored head. Decent lacing through the glass.

S ~ Earthy, piney hops & sweet citrus rind with the slightest whiff of malt. As the brew warmed to room temperature I detected a little wet dog.

T ~ Smooth & crisp with a mildly bitter, citrusy back. Lemon, orange, & grapefruit.
A subtle, malty presence. Not too complicated or deep.

M ~ Clean & refreshing with a nice little carbonation zip & a peppery bite in the finish.

D ~ Probably better than I rated it. I'm still trying to develop an appreciation for this style. Worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of jizdepski
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into tall harpoon ipla glass. served at 55-60 degrees. this beer is bright golden in color with great clarity, and a near white head that is frothy and thick. left decent hoppy laces on the glass, and a thin filmy cap stayed after head mostly dissipated. looks very nice, but color doesn't have that reddish gold you see in most american ipas. smells are herbal hoppy with a good bit of sweetness. also some earthy graininess. taste has a good citrus hop character right up front, with a good malty backbone start to end, malts are kind of honey like in sweetness. finish has a good hop kick that lingers, along with hints of grain. hops are citrusy and herbal, though not super aggressive. i like the that the hops don't completely overwhelm the malts and other flavors. the body is good for the style, right about medium, and smoothly carbonated to give it a slightly creamy feel. drinkability is average for the style. overall well balanced and a good example of an american ipa.

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Photo of youngs11
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and honey-colored in appearance. A nice and fluffy quarter-inch cap forms after normal pouring and hangs out for most of the beer's glass life.

A bit of a subdued aroma for an AIPA. Nothing bad going on, just not the in-your-face spiciness that I expect from the West Coast. Mildly hoppy, a little grainy, pine and grass notes.

Surprisingly boozy on the tongue upon first contact. The hop flavor does kick in pretty quickly, and is followed by a nutty, doughy component that creates a temporary balance. I will say, however, even into the aftertaste the skunk/booze is still a little present.

I think the MF is this one's best quality. It is light to medium bodied, and has a lightly moderate carbonation level. What I like is the smooth texture left on the palate. I expected some silkiness based on the creaminess of the cap and was not disappointed.

Overall this is not a bad choice for an AIPA, especially since my store sells it cheaper than most crafts. I don't think it's incredibly exciting in terms of flavor profile, and in fact the booze/skunk factor I mentioned may be a turn-off for some that are still discovering the style. If you want an AIPA with a surprisingly fluffy cap and creamy texture, give this one a shot. There are, however, a TON of versions from the PNW that are much better.

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