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

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455 Reviews

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Reviews: 455
Hads: 1,128
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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 CAA
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding amber. Gorgeous color. Full bodied. Smooth with a little bite to it. Very easy to drink. Goes with anything from steak to pizza.

One of the first amber beers I ever had (back in the 1990s) and it is still great. I am not able to find it in Indiana, but had a friend pack some down from Minnesota for me. Just awesome.

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Photo of startreker
4.87/5  rDev +29.9%
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!!


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Photo of 1after909
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note to heinzdog - try this one again. Maybe you just had a bad bottle or pour.
The bottle to pint glass that I had this afternoon was ice cold and had a 4 finger head. It didn't last long in the glass as the glass went down smooth & fast.

A refreshing amber - similiar to Alakan Amber

So far my favorite beer of the summer.

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Photo of RobAlsbury1
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a nice dark & rich color with a full body.
Taste is refreshingly smooth. This is my favorite beer!!!! Nice vanilla colored head, with hints of mustyness all around. A lot of lace. Dances off the palate, try this one boys, you won't be disappointed.

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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 AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This really is a great beer. I was at the Harris Teeter (grocery store) trying to decide what to get from their huge (but depleted for Memorial day) selection. When I saw Full Sail labled their Amber "Ridiculously Tasty" I was sold, plus it was a reasonable price (under 10 for a 6er) for a true craft-brew.

Appearance is great, keeping a tight small head, with distinct lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is of hops, and malt, well balanced.

Taste too is excellent--with the sweet carmel malt perfectly matched to the hops. NOT a hop-head's beer, with probably no more than 30 or 35 IBUs, but BALANCED....the key to all good beer. This beer is what amber ales should all aspire to be...or rather their brewers' aspire to produce!

Just a good, hearty beer, extremely well crafted, filling, and refreshing.

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Photo of drety
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer rating so I will fumble through it. I try to try a new beer every week and the week I choose Full Sail Amber I was truley impressed. It poured a beautiful red amber color and had a nice fruity smell. And he best the flavor was super. It was t

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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 kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color wtih 2 fingers of head that falls very slowly to a finger over the beer. The nose is a really nice caramel malt base with a great floral and citrus hop dancing in and out. This beer smells great. The flavor is heavy caramel, almost a light coffee flavor. There is just enough hop to give it a beautiful finish. As it warms, there are some fruity tones that come out as well. The feel is moderate to thick, easy drinking and smooth. This beer is damn good. I really wish I could get it here in the middle lands.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a dark amber with perfect clarity, nice two finger head. Head retention all the way down the glass and leaves moderate lacing.

S - hops and malts with a very pleasant smell of apricot greet the nose. Strong enough, but not over-powering

T - a light bit of hops on the nose, followed by a very sweet body. I can best describe the body as tasting like apricot-strudel bread. Hops show their presence on the aftertaste and a wonderful apricot aftertaste is left on the tongue. Brilliant!!! (half a point off for a slightly bitter taste left in the mouth after the apricot taste has died away)

M - very light with moderate carbonation. Suits the style well, could be a little heavier.

D - Simply an all around great beer, I could drink these all night. This gives Great Lakes Burning River APA a run for it's money as my favorite beer. A steel at under six bucks a six here in Oregon. Kind of makes me sad I have to go back to Ohio for college...

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice dark amber color, light vanilla head with good lacing. smells toasty and burnt with a hint of very dark fruit. great mouth feel, amazing drink-ability, nice medium to full body, lots of carbonation, and super refreshing.

The taste is slightly alcoholy and malty. There could be slight flavors of raisins but I could be wrong.

Idk why but i had a lot of trouble pin pointing exact flavors that this beer has within it but maybe thats because it's more of a simple beer which i really appreciate. When i initially tried it i instantly recognized it was a simple amber drinking beer just done extremely well and nicely balance. not too malty like others i've had.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Amber has a thin-to-medium, off-white head and a slightly bubbly, clear, amber appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, fruity, brown-bread malt, and the flavor is of those elements with a pleasant hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Full Sail Amber finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. RJT

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Amber has a clear but copper color. This is very dark for an Amber beer.

Smells good. Sweet and malty with some hints of citrus hops.

Taste is malty and has a dry finish with a mild hop bitterness.

This is an excellent beer. It has a nice aroma, taste great, is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is an alluring amber hue. fantastic bubbly head that leaves lacing behind on the glass. The aroma consists of fruity esters and floral hop notes, not unlike a good IPA. The flavor of the beer is very clean with a hint of lemon, like spring water, giving way to hop flavors and a malt finish. Medium bodied with a mouth feel leaving me wanting more. Very refreshing!

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Photo of misterscooter
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail presents another bottle of liquid gold.

A nice dark amber with some red and brown hues. Lovely medium head that recedes at a good pace.

Rolling this one around in your mouth is like heaven for your tongue. An excellent balance of malt and hops, neither too strong. A little spice and citrus in the flavor to go along with the wheat and sweet finish.

Complex and simple at the same time, this beer does great things without having to aspire to it. Easy.

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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 kevinjosephlee
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass.

A: Coppery, with a tan head and some lacing; clear.

S: High maltiness and great caramel character.

T: Moderate hops bitterness, but with a great malty and caramel balance.

M: Medium full body, with good carbonation.

Notes: Delicious beer. The first beer I have had in a while that has had great caramel flavor.

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Photo of voteforgoat
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - coppery

s - nothing too surprising.

t - this is where this one wins. Slightly aggressive for an everyday amber. I could ( and have ) drunk this all night long. Easily my go-to session beer.

m- not watery, not heavy.

d - In a blind test with friends, this beat out 3 other Amber ales.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Amber poured a lovely dark reddish brown color with a nice foam head that has some good retention and left some cool sudsy lacing on the side of the glass. The aromas were hoppy and the taste was smooth. I can see this being possibly a summer session for myself.

Mouthfeel was nice and meaty. I found it to be one of best Amber's to date that I have tried in recent memory. I remember thinking this was an average beer but after visiting the brewery I realized their beers are some of best around.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark amber with off white head that has brief retention and leaves a bit of lace. Nice colour.

Aroma: Fruity caramel malt, light earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity caramel malt with hints of roastiness. Some coffee and a little hazelnut. Chocolate hints. Gentle hop bite lending some pine and distant citrus. Only a slight bitterness overall, but that's not to say that this beer is sweet. A little vinous. Some alcohol apparent when the beer is warm.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, functional.

Drinkability: A nicely balanced beer that is both easy to drink and packed with flavour. The hops offer a little extra complexity but essentially this is a malty beer. Nice.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is effin' good especially compared to usually predictable amber ales. Appears a deep amber red tone with a nice formed thicket of fine even lacing. A roasted caramel note with nuts, toffe, and herbal hops flowing, what a warming flow going on here. Flavor runs wild with smooth layers of caramel malt and wheaties like grains, really brings out depths of malt flavor with ample bittering hops making it really balanced. Great refreshing flow with bread crust caramelized sugars and an all out satisfying flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth evenly carbonated definitely could drain a few of these bad boys. Drinkability one that I will revisit next time possibly a whole sixer good stuff.

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

OK, so this is NOT some crazy imperial IPA or barrel-aged stout. Can we just get that out of the way? It's an amber ale, people. Can't hate on it cuz it doesn't taste wild and ferocious!

APPEARANCE is prototypical American amber: body is a black tea/cola brown with light off-white head which is quite thick and pillowy and then subsides. Moderate lacing was noted. Check.

THE SMELL is of hops, chocolate malt, and nice touch of sweet raisin/prune. Surprisingly complex, but still within the simple confines of an amber. Check.

THE TASTE is also representative of a proper amber with its good balance between sweetness and hoppy bitterness, while being mild and smooth overall. The chocolate malt and raisin hit the palate first, ending in a bite of hops and smoky chocolate. Check.

THE FEEL is light to medium in body, but still standard for an amber. Thicker would be nice, but I think we'd start getting into winter warmer territory if we went that route. Check.

CONCLUSION: This is what you might call a session beer, for sure. However, just one is nice if you're in the mood for a good amber. It is quite different than other leaders in this style like New Belgium, but I think it may actually be more accurate. If you're expecting something spectacular you will be disappointed, but if you're expecting a proper amber you will get just that. Hey, and I don't even really dig this style!

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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 ifnkovhg
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. For those who think Fat Tire could use some hops, try this. Very similar malty nose, but with faint hops. Nice ruby color with decent lacing. Not much head retention.

The hops are more evident in the taste. Malts are complemented by a nice, hoppy finish. Good carbonation, semi-full mouthfeel. I think maybe this is the beer many feel Fat Tire should be. Btw, I'm a fan of Fat Tire.

Drinkability might be this beer's one drawback. It's a pretty heavy beer for the style. Probably not a session beer.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.