Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hook River, OR
Available: AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, MN, NV, NM, OK, OR, TX, WA, WY
The Full Sail brewery, founded in 1987, is now independent and employee-owned. It overlooks “the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world,” which is the inspiration for the brewery’s labels and artwork.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.78
Alcohol (vol.): 6.0
Paler in color than classic IPAs, the beer is brilliant gold with bronze highlights and a bountiful and beautiful head. A restrained, but delightful nose hints of hops, and it is on the expansive palate and in the bitter aftertaste, that humulus lupulus lets loose. I would like a little more malt flavor to balance the hops, but found this IPA to be good with foods like spicy potato and onion empanadas, fried cod fritters, and raw-milk cave aged Gruyere.
Yowser! Introducing yet another unique hop aroma! Floral and spicy unlike anything that’s preceded it. Almost a lavender-like floral flavor. Quite elegant and distinctive. Hop flavor lingers a bit aggressively, but then remember this is from the Northwest. Classically fruity and classically NW. Hops predominate. Malt takes a backseat. With food it refreshes the palate. Indulge yourself in the pleasures this American IPA offers.
Tempting gold color with deep head of foam. The aroma recalls walking into a London “sweet shop” (candy store) of my youth: gooseberries, melons, pear drops and acid drops clamber out of the glass, with sappy malt and earthy hop resins. Iron-like bitterness coats the tongue with tart fruit and biscuity malt. The finish lingers, becomes dry and bitter with a quinine-like note, with continuing tart fruit and juicy malt. Superb.