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

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Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber

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BA SCORE
85
very good

450 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 450
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 36
Gots: 112 | 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"
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 450 | Hads: 1,088
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering a trip up to Portland for the O.B.F. this July and picked up this familiar brew at a local Trader Joe's.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber/copper with a luscious malty nose. Carbonation and lacing are unusually light.

Taste offers a slightly too rich malty sweetness with some hops in the background and a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and drink are solid, a nice example of the style.

Now I guess I'll have to hike back up Multnomah Falls on my way to the brewery again, to pay my dues. (539 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another one of my favorites that took me by surprise a bit. Heftier than you think it'll be but my goodness is it tasty. (120 characters)

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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance:
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.
Smell:
Hops and mild roasted malts, floral and spiced citrus come through to make a nice mixed aroma.
Taste:
Hoppy as it first hits your tongue, the taste then flows into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by a nice hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel:
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.
Overall:
Very well made and it goes down smooth, the hops are just right and the flavors are well balanced. (696 characters)

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!). (1,390 characters)

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. (234 characters)

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. (196 characters)

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! (353 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gearin up for a doubleheader of Michigan footbal and the Tigers ALCS game one.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich amber with a creamy one finger slight off white top,love the creaminess of the head.Toast and fruity easters in the nose with a light shot of leafy hop in a passing whiff.Toasty and a little buttery on the palate with some caramel malt giving it mild sweetness,light fruity esters and a nice shot of leafy cone hops in the back end make this amber very drinkable.This is a great amber,for me almost a standard,well done. (544 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear and brownish-orange in color with a gorgeous, giant head that went down slowly and laced the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The citrus hops are balanced nicely with a toasted malt compliment. There are also some light sweets in here, principally table and brown sugar.

Taste – The sweet malts come out bigger at the taste. This reminds me of Mac & Jack’s African Ale. The aroma is hops balanced with sweet malt and the taste is sweet malt balanced with hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very refreshing. Full Sail did a terrific job of getting all the flavors together.

Drinkability – A very good Amber/Red. Nothing outstanding, but very nice. (691 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pour a medium amber with amazing clarity. The long lasting head is off-white with compact bubbles settling to about half a finger in height.
S: Moderate American hops and malt aromas dominate with the hops aroma being mostly citrusy with a little pine. There is some carmel with a slight toasty mixed in with the malt aromas. I keep wanting to say there is slight orange ester in the nose.
T: There is a moderately-high hops flavor and bitterness balanced with an initial malt sweetness. There is a hint of fruitiness in the flavor mostly orange.
M: This beer has a lively mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and moderately-high carbonation.
O: This is just a wonderful beer with a great balance of hops flavor, bitterness and malt sweetness. It's a moderately rich beer with a nice weight but I'd gladly throw back several pints of this. (853 characters)

Photo of Leeshka410
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a good amber ale, and this one was simply okay. There was relatively little head to it which disappointed right off the bat. The color is a deeper, true amber with caramel-ish, toffee-ish aroma. I felt the taste was a bit flat but would not refuse one of these poured from a tap. Perhaps it was the bottle pour but the label says "ridiculously tasty" which I did not get from this beer. (401 characters)

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (natch). Slowly receding head doesn't leave much lace. Smells okay, mostly of typical, sweet malt. I really like the tast (although not as much as FS Pale). While it's nothing over the top, it's plain, good maltiness, backed up with a nice bit of spicy hops to keep things from being cloying.

Overall, great Amber here. Nothing too sweet, but nothing IPA-like hoppy either. This one is just right for a cold winter's night. (451 characters)

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bellce0
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Dark reddish amber with a light tan lace.

Smell: Mild fruity esters, toasted malt and hints of fruity/citric hop.

Taste: Crisp and smooth with a moderately full mouthfeel. Lots of malt on the palate with a pungent fruity alcoholic ester and spicy/citric hop character. Hop bitterness is merely just enough with more flavour middle to end. Little bit of fat chewy caramel malt with a drying chocolate which gives a cookie like malt flavour. Finishes off with a drying grain, hop leaf and a touch of residual sweetness.

Notes: A big and impressive Amber Ale ... All American Micro Style. One of the best Amber Ales to come out of the PNW. (724 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours typical semi cloudy amber, medium almond, with an equally typical tan head, thas leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. The nose here is all about the malt. This is well put together malty brew, smooth notes of vanilla, honey, and bready sweetness. Easy drinking, balanced and thoroughly sessionable. Middle of the road style, but this one was enjoyable, a crowd pleaser. (395 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark caramel brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: greenhouse and citrusl hops

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, greenhouse, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: A slightly hoppy average amber ale. I like the greenhouse aromas, but this is nothing I would go out of my way for. A decent non-offensive beer. (421 characters)

Photo of Jovo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Jstewart6
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coming from a person who doesn't like ales too much, this is a good beer. Very balanced taste. The hops are noticeable but not overwhelming, perhaps less so than Boston Lager. It has a nice dark amber color (imagine that). The smell is what bothers me. To me the smell isn't very attractive for a beer but besides that its a fine beer. (335 characters)

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