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

A: Golden-blond, white head, good retention, some lace.

S: Tangerine, nectarine, spice, candied pineapple.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, rind, pine, hint of grainy biscuits, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with voluminous head that died quickly and left some lace. Basic citric hop smell w/ mix of floral notes and minor sweet malt. Not as powerful as other IPAs, little sweeter w/ a medium body that goes down smooth and finishes only slightly dry. Citric hops are there w/ a little herbal bitterness but it is also almost evenly balanced w/ some sweet and bread malt. Not my first choice for this style but I'd recommend trying one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer comes across as slightly thin feeling. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also taste notes of pine and grapefruit. The beer finishes with a mild lingering hop/pine aftertaste.

Drink - An above average IPA but there are lots of other beers within this category that I'd rather be drinking. Still happy I gave it a try though.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. Citrus flavored hops come out in the nose along with some malt. The taste is a little short on the malt and does not possess as much balance as I would like, the hops are cetainly not lacking. Overall, I think this is a pretty underrated IPA. It certainly is not the best IPA out there, but it is definately worth a shot.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was acquired in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

It pours from 12oz bottle(best by 070507) a clear medium gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with some good notes of grapefruit and grass.

The taste is also very hoppy. I'm getting some citrus and grass with even a bigger presence of floral hops. There's *some* malt there in the background but it doesn't have the strength to even come close to balancing out the hop bitterness and now, more noticeable, a pungency that's making my mouth pucker; more malt is something I think this brew needs. I'm finding this IPA just too bitter for my liking. I'll say that the mouthfeel and carbo is up to snuff. I just wish there was more malt influence. Still, I'm glad I got to try this puppy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden dark-yellow colour, with a foamy, but not particularly robust head of white foam. Lacing is good, however, and a filmy residue stays with the beer. Not bad overall.

Resiny hops on the nose, quite sharp varieties - not the big tropical fruit notes I expected, and rather muted and lacking vigour. Slight twang of seltzer water acidity as well. Not bad, but not great.

Taste is reedy and thin, with a persistent but one-dimensional hop bitterness through the centre. The thinness really doesn't help, and the slight butterscotch sweetness on the finish is slightly unpleasant, and not nearly enough body to add depth to the palate. Mouthfeel is thin, but acceptably smooth otherwise.

This is really a below-par IPA, and I'm disappointed to find at last a west coast example of the style which doesn't deliver much in the way of flavour. Oh well, there are plenty more where that came from.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Laced in thin rings.

A: Citrus, grapefruit and earthy hops. Caramel malts come through.

T: Earthy, floral hops and citrus up front. Roasted caramel malts in the foundation. Sharply bitter in the finish. Very balanced for an IPA.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Lightly coating and smooth to a bitterfinish.

D: Very sessionable IPA thats more balanced than most.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orangey-copper color with a fluffy white head that went away pretty quickly. Hops aroma is evident as soon as you pop the top on the bottle. Hoppy, but the taste is balanced by the malt, this is an english-style IPA. Pretty smooth and high on the drinkability scale. I would have again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I swear this beer has gone through some changes, but as always, perhaps it is just a lupulin threshold shift, but I really don't think so, I used to drink a ton of this stuff.

Anyways, sometimes dark yellow, sometimes orange, it has a 1/2" white head on the top. The aroma was always pretty muted relatively speaking, c hops ya know?

Taste, at times it was a bitter bomb, other times it came across, malty, woody, earthy. Really good price on these though, you can sometimes find them for less than $1 a bottle in the 12 packs.

So I dunno, it was an old favorite, but then it seemed to just not have enough. And I mean, SNPA is still my favorite beer of all time, so I dunno, I don't think its solely bc its an old recipe with only c hops. . .

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this certainly an average example of the style. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean, very light golden yellow, with an inch of white head that very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is dominantly hops, mostly pine, with a bit of malt in the background. The flavors were also mostly piney hops. The body was this, but even. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great.

Go ahead try it, it won't kill ya. But if you don't, you won't have really missed anything.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Kwak glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a bright gold color with a 1/4 inch head that retains well but has very little lacing.

S- Smells a bit funky and has no discernible hop/malt aroma. Searching for a wet cardboard taste if it may be a case of oxidation, but I'm not finding one. A strange-smelling beer indeed.

T- Dry, fruity hops but not overly bitter or flavorful for that matter. Malt is hardly there. Easy to drink but not very fun to drink. Has a unique smell and flavor as I sip but nothing that pushes my buttons.

M- Medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn.

O- I don't know if it's the hops that were used, the lack of malt or if my palate is just used to heavier flavors but I was kind of bored by this one. First Full Sail I've ever had and all I have to say is "Eh."

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Floral notes, herbal, with some light citrus tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with more floral hop notes and a touch of malt.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head some pretty good lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but had traces of hops and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of some hops - though it's not as huge a component as in other IPAs - a grassy quality, and lemon. Not as vibrant as some IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, but not overly remarkable IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright amber orange tint. Head is a 1/4 inch but seems to stick around for a bit with decent lacing. Bubbles feeding the carbonation.
S+T - Smell is to be desired with some moderate gram cracker, bread, and piney hops but taste is way better than expected. Very balanced citrus hop bitterness, some bready gram cracker crust, and a finish with some piney hops that cling to the palate. Not blown away but I am impressed.
M - Light to medium, easy to drink, hides the 60 IBU's well.

Overall I would drink this again. In a way it reminds me of 60 minute IPA with less carbonation in a way helping drink ability. I would buy it again if I found it.

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

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of whitish foam. Fine bubbles coated the beer and a delicate collar left quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass. Spicy and citrusy hop aroma, plenty of toasted malt too. Bitterness was sturdy and lingered in the finish. Hop flavours floated between herbal, citrus, and floral, spicy in the finish. Malt sweetness provided some balance, but was in the backseat. Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a bit of dryness, decent texture. Pretty good overall, nicely balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold with a very thin head into my glass.

Aroma consists of piney hops and some biscuit malt. Pretty simple

The malt show smore than the hops on the tongue. Balanced. Crisp

Mouthfeel isn't much to write about. Not offensive though.

An excellent ipa that should please fans of the style

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Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow with a small white cap with decent retention. Fine lace at the top but it tapers off.

S- Slight malty sweetness with some floral and citrus hop notes. Fairly faint overall.

T- A fair amount of hop flavor but not a ton, it comes in as floral and citrus zest mostly. Slight caramel and bread.

MF- Light body with moderate creaminess and carbonation. Fairly bitter finish.

DB- Not bad but doesn't satisfy me as much as many other IPAs in the same bracket.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hazy amber-orange beer throws a thin white head that is well retained. There is some earthiness and herbalness to the nose of this one. A bit musty and some sweet aromas here and there as well. The taste is pretty citric. Almost get a tinge of Pine Sol. Quite bitter also, but for some reason, this bitterness here does not appeal to me as the bitterness in other IPAs. Maybe there is just not enough malt in this beer to give it sufficient balance. Or maybe it is just that the hop variety used is not one of my favorites. In any case, this is a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is definitely different from what it was 10 years ago. I recall the old version being about .5% stronger and hoppier.

This was dark gold, instead of the old tiger label of this beer when it was orange. Aroma was woody, cigar/tobacco feel.

More of the tobacco in the taste, wood, a little bit of hops. The pale recipe from 10 years ago basically feels like it worked its way to become today's ipa, with an ashtray to change the color, taste etc. . . still isn't a bad beer, but full sail of a decade ago was so superior to this stuff. Instead of tons of varieties well distributed in my area, now its just cheap 12 packs of 2 varieties, the occasional 6 pack. Sometimes you find some seasonal bombers.

This beer isn't bad, just plain, and has that irritation factor because its been around so long, and has been played down in every way.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a citrus hop of lemon and grapefruit with a strong cracker smell. Along with these smells are some sweeter aromas of an orange nature and some other hop aromas of an herbal and spicy pepper nature. Overall the aroma is quite inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a light caramel sweetness and a bit of a cracker taste. Upfront there is also some hop of a grassy and grapefruit nature. As the taste moves on, it dries out with the caramel leaving the taste profile. The grapefruit grows more intense more toward the end with an increase in the grassy flavors and a new presence of a bit of herb. In the end, a dry, bitter, and slightly unbalanced hop flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The thinner body is quite nice for the drier and crisp tastes of the brew, but a higher carbonation level would have been slightly more appropriate.

Overall – Not really anything too special here. A little too unbalanced in its bitter and dry flavors for me.

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Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Decent head retention.

Light citrus aroma with no malt. Well crafted but lacking in punch.

Sharp citrus and grapefruit flavour with moderate bitterness and some light caramel malts.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nicely balanced IPA. For me it lacks something to bring it all together as a true IPA though. Nonetheless, it is quite refreshing.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An average to a little better than average IPA.
In a pint glass a golden color beer with a tiny head and just a whisp of lace.
Not much aroma: sweet malt, floral and citrus hops. Not that fragrant.
More flavorful than the aroma promised. The hops and malt all came through much better.
Decent balance.
OK beer.

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

Fruity nose...some citrus like oranges rather than grapefuit...also some apple and pear smell...pours a hazy golden with litle lace...medium body...not tremendously hopped up but they are noticable..some cidery(apple/pear) notes in the taste...I expected more citrus hop notes from this West Coast IPA but overall this is pretty good...

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