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1,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 1,068 | Reviews: 454
Reviews by KDawg:
Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was had on cask at the Full Sail riverfront pub. Pours a nice red/amber color with a good foamy head.

Nice and balanced with malty aromas, toffee and some hops. Solid depth, but not too exciting.

Very smooth medium feel. The feel is very nice but the depth of flavor is lacking a bit with notes of malts, caramel, and some hops.

A solid amber. Nothing too exciting but drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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!).

Photo of Chessmaster
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of RobbDogg
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Photo of sloggettstrength
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Leeshka410
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of Jstewart6
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of startreker
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

Cheeers!!!

Photo of pat61
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of monkeybeer
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Amber brown With a large white Head sticky lacing

S- Sweet Very strong Hop smell

T/M- Taste of malt and hops somewhat sweet with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste a lot better than the smell.

D- Nice clean beer good flavors, not one to pound down but to enjoy with a meal of the have one or two with friends

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the darker amber ales you'll come across. Murky brown appearance. Aroma is woody.

Taste, more chocolate than you'll probably ever come across in an 'amber' . . . throw in a big load of caramel and hops too. Cascade I believe. Has been a little inconsistent the last 5 years or so, noticeably in the hop shortage.

You can score these dirt cheap in Reno. 10.99 a 12 pack at Ben's, so that's big time in the drinkability factor.

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never know what an "amber" (or "red") is supposed to be...Well, anyway, Full Sail's Amber is a decent ale, nice color and a nice but not exciting malt/hop balance. I had one excellent example on tap, one with a better body and a slightly hopped statement. My review is based on the bottles I've had more often.

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