Saturday, July 17, 2010

Full Sail IPA (2010 original review)

What is likely the last beer review I'll shoot while in Key West, which is a bit ironic since this beer comes all the way from Oregon. Full Sail is an "employee-owned" brewery of 47 people who, from what I can tell, each own 1/47th of the company equally. So they're a socialist corporation?

Anyway, I never heard of this brewery before, so I couldn't help but pick it up at the local liquor store.

Here's my 2013 text review:
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (911) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2013
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 it’s probably stronger in a fresher bottle.

Taste: I’m 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 it’s not the bitter bomb you expect in beers of the style. Not that it’s 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 it’s 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 there’s 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. It’s a fine brew but this type of recipe is a bit boring for the style, though I’d recommend it for up-and-coming IPA drinkers.

Drinkability: What’s nice about Full Sail IPA is its easy drinkability. The mouthfeel is perfectly medium with distinct carbonation crispness throughout. It doesn’t dry me out or fatigue my palate, though it’s 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. 
Grade: 7/10

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