Note: This is a series I call Caveman Beer Reviews, because I like to drink beer but am a caveman when it comes to beer knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the beers on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.
Beer: Full Sail Classic IPA (India Pale Ale)
Bottom Line: A sharply bitter brew that’s quite good, though too sour to be truly great.
Price: About $7.99 for a 6-pack of 12 ounce bottles.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I had no idea that this beer even existed before my wife brought it home for me to try. It’s from a relatively young company (born in 1987), from the always-interesting state of Oregon. It’s also an IPA, which made me eager to try it because I usually like IPAs (even though I don’t really know what being an IPA means, I just know I normally like them). It also says on the label that it’s “ridiculously tasty”, so I was ridiculously hopeful.
Looks: A dark glass standard beer bottle with some cool blue labeling featuring some mountains, trees, and a sail. I can’t make out a boat, though. The side of the label has some geographic coordinates, which I couldn’t resist looking up:
The beer itself is light brown.
Smell: Light malt smell.
Taste: The Full Sail is indeed ridiculously tasty, but not necessarily a great kind of tasty. Don’t get me wrong; it’s good. It’s got a sharply bitter taste which will appeal to those that like bitter beer.
However, it also has a sour taste, which I thought was taken to an extreme. It’s so sour as to feel like somebody put a huge orange peel or some grapefruit extract in there. Once you swallow it, the sourness lingers for a long time on the roof of your mouth.
Other than that, it’s extremely gaseous. It’s also refreshing, but hard to drink if you don’t like the pronounced sourness.
Hangover Factor: Nothing unusual. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.
This is a good beer that I would have called excellent if not for the excessive sourness. It’s also expensive. If you’re drawn to brews with extremely strong taste, give it a try. Otherwise, don’t.
Credit: GIF from Giphy.