Full Sail IPAJuly 1, 2005 Hook River, OR
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 Color: 8-10 Bitterness: 60 Gravity: 1058
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.
- Charles Finkel
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.
- Charlie Papazian
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.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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