Full Sail Amber - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 1,103
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 39
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-02-2001

"Our Amber is a sweet, malty, medium-bodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It's brewed with 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts. And we hop it with Mt. Hoods and Cascades. We're as proud of it today as we were back in '89. And over the years it's earned 14 Gold Medals. Not that we're keeping track or anything.

ABV 5.5% IBU 31"
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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark copper color with a decent clarity. A one finger white foamy head dissipated fairly quickly. Light stringy lacing glosses along the sides of the glass.
The smell had a toasty to sweet caramel and a light nuttiness after a bit of warming.
The taste was pretty sweet through the caramel tones. Toast comes back nicely.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation was fairly mild allowing the caramel tones to smooth things out over my tongue.
Overall, nothing wrong with this beer. It hits all of the notes to be an Amber ale. I'd have it again when looking for an Amber.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.69/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

it tastes like drinking a jar full of pennies with water added to it. very metallic tasting. i just didn't enjoy this one at all. i'm a fan of other full sail beers but not this one.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Unique label.

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Big head that dissipates after a bit. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Toasty. Sweet. Mild.

Taste - Big Carmel flavor! Malty. Sweet. A mild burnt toast taste. Faint hop hit on the backend. Chugable.

Mouth - Mild carbonation. Slick.

Overall - I do appreciate smooth, big, west coast Ambers (especially after all of the hop bombs that we're subjected to out here). Full Sail Amber is a fine example of the genre. A little more carbonation/head/lacing would have been nice, however.

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Photo of Peter_Anderson
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nicely balanced beer, that reminds me of a Sam Adams. Its aroma is very subtle with a slight citrus / grapefruit scent. Its taste was first hoppy that moves into into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by an odd hop aftertaste.

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Photo of krimsontide1
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. A pretty unique amber. At least that's how I felt after the first sip. A slightly bitter then sweet flavor at first but the drink-ability subsides after a while. Not my kinda 6 pack but it's decent and worth a try.

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Photo of KLHBB
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle to use in a recipe, but had to taste it. Yummy. I'll go after this again and revise my review, but for now -- yummy. Okay, you want more of a review than that. Sorry. I'll be back.

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Photo of ricke49
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Amber malt goodness. Very English in character. Good English Pub characteristics - earthy musty horsey Leathery taste with just a hint of hop at the end. I see the ABV has beeN bumped to 6.0. Good move. Often overlooked brewery in the abundant Oregon scene, Full Sail has done an excellent job of producing a simple, spot-on Amber to be enjoyed spring/fall. Well crafted / well balanced

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Photo of Dykemyster17
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, if you like a good amber then look no further as this is hands down the best amber I have ever tasted. If there is a better amber I would love to know but as of right now (past four years) this is king of Amberville!

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Photo of pat61
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant amber with slight copper tint under a fairly thin clingy off-white foam collar.
S: bread, not much hops, some esters, slight diacetyl, malt is moderate, slight caramel
T: biscuit, malt driven but a hop accent provides balance, bready malt sweetness finishes dry – almost a touch of chocolate, lingering caramel, bready tastes.
F: medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, no warmth, some creaminess.
O: very drinkable, well balanced the touch of diacetyl is out of style, the head is a touch short lived, but in general well put together, and worth a repeat.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somehow I kept passing over Full Sail even though it's widely available and I kept meaning to try it. So I finally did. It's your basic amber, which at this point almost seems a little boring compared to some of the experiments that are out there, but sometimes you just want a good solid beer, and this fits the bill. Nicely balanced, not heavy at all, very drinkable.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: I give it an 8-14 on the SRM. Very clear and a definite dark amber mixed with copperish color. I didn't see much head at all and not much lacing, just a little. The head in my glass was about an inch, off white and didn't persist long with decent lacing. Again very clear in a way that was immediately pleasing to the eye.

S: Definite warmth from the alcohol that was the first thing that hit me. There was a citrusy smell, but subtle not strong. Very slight caramel and not much breadiness. There seemed to be a little bit of pepperiness mixed with the definite alcohol presence.

T: A grapefruit like quality that did not linger too long. Nice. There was also a little bit of orange mixed in. A roasted like flavor with a small amount of sweetness afterwards.

F: High-ish carbonation, but not too much, there is a nice sparkle like quality at the end. Not much warmth and not astringent as far as I could feel.

O: It is a quality beer that didn't cost much comparatively and the flavor and feel were in the pocket IMO. I would recommend this one and would drink it again.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful, clear deep red/amber with fluffy white head.
S: Primarily floral/resiny hop with some malt
T: Almost a dead ringer for Sam Adams Boston Lager.
F: Crisp, clean
O: A good lager, with clean taste and piney happens.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: a lovely mahagony color with a thumb of white head.

Smell: lovely yeast-bread smell with hints of roasted malt.

Taste: really goes along with the smell, but finishes with a nice earthy hop flavor.

Feel: really smooth and crisp. Coats the mouth well. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: a great beer!

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Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slowly poured from 12 oz bottle (left out of fridge for 15 min) into a standard tumbler.

L: A gorgeous deep amber that becomes almost maroon as I walk into a more dimly lit room. Probably half-a-finger of snow-white foam. The contrast is beautiful, though a bit more foam would be nice.

S: Immediately picking up some citrus, with a lingering apple aroma and subtle notes of pine from the hops. It has the essence of some candle scents (in the best way possible).

T: The fruit hits me immediately ... there's a lovely sweetness of apple and pear, mellowed by a tart citrus kick. After the sweetness, the floral and pine notes from the hops are immediately detectable, releasing a pleasant bitterness that coats the mouth. Everything is wonderful until the finish, which I pick up on a subtle yet off-putting funk that is reminiscent of a macrobrew. Maybe it's just this particular pack.

F: Excellent medium body with high levels of carbonation, which, along with the initial fruitiness, gives this beer an almost cider-y feel as it hits my tongue.

O: There's a lot to like about this beer, and the flavors far more dynamic than I expected. The initial sip is fantastic. Unfortunately the finish is a little funky and unpleasant, which I hope is just a product of the particular bottle I was drinking. However, I will most certainly buy this again (and it's relatively cheap too!).

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Medium amber with a half inch of foamy dissipating head. Foamy lacing. A solid toasted malt scent, and the Flavors mirror the scent....malt forward. Full bodied for an ale. Solid but unremarkable.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Crystal clear and a very sexy amber color, almost no carbonation can be seen and its topped off with a nice thick fluffy tan head. The head is creamy and creates a tight layer of lacing around the glass.
Hops and mild roasted malts, floral and spiced citrus come through to make a nice mixed aroma.
Hoppy as it first hits your tongue, the taste then flows into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by a nice hop aftertaste.
This is a nice medium bodies ale with plenty of carbonation despite the fact that you don't see any after or during the pour.
Very well made and it goes down smooth, the hops are just right and the flavors are well balanced.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a pint. Copper/amber in color. About one finger of head which is not retained for long.

Smell: Fruitcake, sweet, bread, hops, citrus. VERY good smell.

Taste: Wow. Maybe this is a honeymoon phase with the taste here, but This is fantastic! A perfect blend of malts, hops, sweet citrus flavors, fruit flavors. It's about as perfect as I could imagine this style of beer. Very impressed!

Feel: Very easy drinking. Very refreshing. Carbonation is on the high side, making it thirst quenching

Overall: Why have I never had this stuff before. Very, VERY impressed with this brew. I've been obsessed with RIS's and other stouts lately and wanted to explore a bit into lighter colored ale's. Glad I picked this one at random.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured a clear amber body with a two finger white head that slowly receded leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Quite the nice looking amber ale. Scents of rich, malty, fruity esters, low levels of nuttiness and caramel aromas and an earthy hoppy and yeasty presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a very rich and malty bouquet with enough of a hop presence to provide a hint of balance. Quite nice. Flavor begins malty sweet, with heavy notes of caramel, sweet, bready malt and very light bitterness. This moves into a little bit more bitter middle with nutty malt, sweet caramel, light fruity esters and light toasted malt. The finish is malty sweet, with moderate toasted, nutty malt, light caramel, bready and biscuit-like malt with a medium-light bitterness. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt with a light breadiness and bitterness. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a pretty good amber ale that is quite rich and malty, but balanced. Rather well done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with heavy carbonation and a smooth, rich feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice session ale that is quite nice. Overall this is a pleasant little malty amber ale. It smells and tastes quite rich and pleasant and feels smooth and sessionable. A nice, though not amazing, ale.

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Photo of TheEMillerShow
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Excellent micro-style Amber Ale out of the Pacific Northwest.

A: Caramel, copper colored with minimal head.

S: English toffee, malt, caramel, fruit.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Medium mouthfeel, with a sweet but not overwhelming yeasty caramel and a fruit/floral finish with a mild hop.

O: One of my favorite Amber's, an excellent sessionable, year-round brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi clear copper/Amber, thin lace. Sweet in the nose, dark fruits, caramel, biscuity malt. Good balance in the taste; bready malts and fruity sweetness that is felt under the tongue, also, at first, caramel sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. Yet, there is a strong hops presence that is felt in the mouthfeel and takes over as the drink warms. Also, the leafy and herbal hops takes over in the finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, piercing carbonation and drinkable. A drink that does a good job balancing the sweet and bitter.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Clear bright amber with a one finger white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Mild sweet caramel notes along with clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront with a grainy sweetness. The hop flavors a very mild and clean. There is a slight bitterness throughout that fades quickly.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. Nothing about the beer is outstanding, but nothing about it is bad either. A solid American Amber.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a one inch sticky, creamy-white head. The beer is a ruddy amber with moderate carbonation. A very attractive beer.

Light fruity notes and just a touch of floral hop notes in the aroma. The malt flavor is fairly complex, with light notes of caramel, toffee, raisin and plum; maybe a little sweet tobacco as well. A good deal of perceived sweetness is balanced by the earthy bitterness of the hops.

This is an excellent example of this style and an old favorite of mine. I bought a six pack of this on sale for $6.19. It has a "best before" date of November 3, 2014, a little over two months from now.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this today at my local "Whole Paycheck (Foods)". I poured it into a pub glass. It had a very nice foamy head with some staying power. The appearance was dark colored. I could definitely taste the hops in this one. Full Sail Amber is an very good beer and Id love to have it again.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I remember Full Sail Amber being a classic example of American Amber Ale that I enjoyed several years ago and so I picked up a six pack for a refresher.

Appearance: crystal clear dark amber color with thin cream-colored head made up of tiny bubbles. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Malt-forward and dark crystal-sweet

Taste: The same crystal-sweet quality hits first, and then is balanced by a relatively classic hop dryness. For a Northwest Ale, the hopping is not that bitter, but rather crisp and noble-like. I really like its balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry, soft, medium body that resonates of dark crystal malts without being cloying. A slight alcohol warmth for its 6% ABV kicks in about a third of the way through.

Overall: Still a classic after all these years – a fine early-autumn beer for a Northeasterner like me

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Photo of Tucquan
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear, dark amber with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Light-medium toasted bread, a bit sweet, light spice and floral. Mild.

T - Bread, citrus, touch of cherry, pepper. Has the right amount of caramel sweetness and decent balancing bitterness.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Creamy. Very nice feel.

O - Reminds me a bit of the Deschutes Red Chair or a Hoppy Blonde from Columbia Kettle Works. I like that it has very nice flavor and feel at 5.5% ABV. I'll have this again.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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