Full Sail Amber - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by HalfFull:
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
05-14-2008 05:37:08 | More by HalfFull
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4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
10-08-2011 22:50:40 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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 & Jacks 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.
11-15-2003 01:21:37 | More by RoyalT
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
07-28-2012 22:16:27 | More by MadScientist
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
09-27-2013 22:46:35 | More by Leeshka410
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
01-05-2005 04:21:33 | More by skybluewater
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
03-06-2002 09:50:35 | More by Jason
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-23-2007 18:18:40 | More by Billolick
3.1/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
01-10-2011 15:31:04 | More by tigg924
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-28-2014 11:43:39 | More by Jstewart6
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into Nonic glass.
Pours a head of 1/2" atop a reddish amber clear brew. Not much bubble action taking place otherwise.
Smell is mostly malty with some light hops. A bit skunky at first.
Taste is OK, I've had other Full Sail brews and I don't think this one is as good as the others I've had. Not bad, but nothing great either.
Finish and Mouth feel is nice. Would make a good alternative to a big three brew.
01-25-2008 05:53:50 | More by mattster
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a vibrant amber with decent, creamy head that laced fairly well on the glass. Sweet, caramel-like aroma with a well-balanced flavor of hops, malty sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of hops. Not a bad session beer, but not my favorite amber.
01-04-2003 20:55:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.89/5 rDev +30.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A. Lovely amber hue, and copper. Nice creamy head, and generous lacing left behind throughout the beer.
S. Smells of rich malts, toffee caramel.
T. Big bold malts upfront, hops come into play balancing this ale. The finish is coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes at the end.
M. Has a nice full mouthfeel, that really makes this easy to drink.
O. This is my favorite amber ale by far!! Full Sail Brewing Company puts out good solid beers, I recommend this highly!!
07-14-2013 22:55:08 | More by startreker
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
I remember drinking a Full Sail Amber in Oct. 99 during a trip to California, and loving it. However, recent tastes inform me that either my palate has changed, the beer has changed, or my memory is wrong. I got this on draft a couple times around Portland when I first moved out here, and never been pleased with it (flat and dirty tasting). Still, I decided to give this beer one more chance, away from smoky noisy bars with potentially dirty tap lines, quietly at home out of the bottle.
I still don't like it very much.
A clear amber with very good head, and lots of nice sticky lace. Aroma of caramel and banana. The beer itself goes down easy enough, but an overpowering butteriness coupled with a surprising banana flavor gets in the way. Also there are some vague, unwelcome hints of root beer. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, a nice change from the draft pours I'd previously tried, and there is a light hop spike towards the finish which is the high point of the beer. More hops would be most welcome. All in all, this has all the hallmarks of a great beer, but there is just an element I don't care for. If it had either more hops like a good Pac NW ale, or some earthy complexity like a good British ale, it would be a winner. As such, it's purely middle of the road, and next time it's offered, I'm heading for the ditch* (unless it's cask of course).
-- *apologies to Neil Young
03-21-2004 02:33:29 | More by Thrasher
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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