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Full Sail IPA

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Full Sail makes 3 year-round beers, not including the Session’s. That’s the Pale, IPA, and an Amber. Turns out I’ve only reviewed the pale, so expect a review of the amber soon after this. I’m a big fan of Full Sail. It’s not that I think they make amazing beer, but what they do make is cheap and very solid stuff. And any brewery that wants to specialize is craft lagers is a winner in my book. This is an IPA, however. There’s so many IPA’s in this area of the country, so it’s difficult to find one that’s outstanding. RateBeer says this beer is brewed with 2-row pale and hopped with Challenger and East Kent Goldings.

Stats:
American India Pale Ale. 6.0% ABV. 60 IBUs. Oregon.

Golden yellow color. It keeps a head and little bit of lacing.

Definitely an IPA on the nose. The hops here bring a heavy citrus play with a bit of a floral component. But the citrus really shines, and it’s almost tart-like.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body. It’s got a nice crispness without being too light or heavy.

Again, you get a heavy dose of citrus. You get a grapefruit flavor often in IPAs, but this is almost exactly like grapefruit juice. There are also hints of lime and orange peel, and it actually is slightly tart. The citrus gives way slightly to some malts, but as soon as that happens you get the bitterness of the hops, which are pretty well balanced.

This is a nice, easy-going, sessionable IPA. Actually, it’s 6% so it’s as sessionable as most IPA’s get, if you can still consider it sessionable. Good choice for a BBQ this Summer. 88 points.

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