Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an expiration date of 7/12/13. It cost $2.30 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark orange/copper hue. Mostly clear but slightly hazy. Forms an average size, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: On the earthy side with notes of pine needles and tea leaves. Perhaps a hint of citrus but itís probably stronger in a fresher bottle.
Taste: Iím pretty sure Full Sail IPA is intended to be a "British-style" India Pale Ale as it has the classic malt character found in those types of brews. Also, the hops and bitterness are restrained on this one as it drinks almost like a regular pale ale. At 60 IBUs itís not the bitter bomb you expect in beers of the style. Not that itís a bad beer since it is still plenty flavorful and easily drinkable.
Much like the nose the palette here is on the greener, earthier side. Even though the beer is brewed on the West Coast itís nothing like a "West Coast IPA" per se. Slightly rustic, almost herbal flavors of pine, black tea, and a hint of resin are prominent right away. Through the middle thereís a slight malty sweetness with flavors more commonly found in an amber ale. Dry bitterness on the finish with a light starchy flavor on the aftertaste. Itís a fine brew but this type of recipe is a bit boring for the style, though Iíd recommend it for up-and-coming IPA drinkers.
Drinkability: Whatís nice about Full Sail IPA is its easy drinkability. The mouthfeel is perfectly medium with distinct carbonation crispness throughout. It doesnít dry me out or fatigue my palate, though itís far from refreshing. At 6% ABV its light on its toes as it drinks like something more sessionable. Paired with the right meal it could be quite interesting.
VictorStr (904) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[US West Coast Trip 2013] lite beskt vatten mer eller mindre. Blir tvungen att sšga den var všlbalanserad dŚ den bara smakade beska.
alobar (2595) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with a creamy white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, caramel, and pine. Grapefruit, caramel flavor with some pine and hop ending. Easy drinker. Nice beer!
twgordon (38) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild hops out of a bottle to a glass. Dark amber color. Good head, with mild hoppy flavor. Good palate.
Beerathon (887) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very refreshing IPA that isnít that bitter. Typical hop presence in the nose, followed by a semi-sweet malt backbone. Slight sticky mouth feel, which is appealing. Light orange color and thin head with lacing.
rg1122 (15) - Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full sail just popped drinking this.. tasty..
r464 (1738) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More malt and earthiness than most IPAs, caramel nut flavor leads to a skunky dirtiness and a hoppy finish. Not a standout IPA.
njager246 (289) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the bottle... not much aroma..light golden.... not a bad...not the best... could have a few...
mvp (138) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
cloudy dark yellow appearance. pretty good aroma though. bread, hay. leaves a dry taste in my mouth. A better than average beer. Not much of a citrusey flavor.
bensonius (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Slight citrus with a hint of spruce aroma. Light mouth feel overpowered by bitterness with only a slight hop cut to it. More of a lager with more hop than your run of the mill mainstream beer.