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

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Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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"

Added by Bitterbill on 12-02-2001

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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 1,149
Photo of tucson_brewson
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

L - Pours a nice, clear copper (amber, obviously) color with a thin, white head that coats the glass. Very good amber ale representation in appearance.

S - I must have gotten an off batch because the smell was kind of weak. Faint earthy biscuit malt, some citrus hops.

T - I must be drinking a lot of IPAs or have gotten a funky batch, because it starts off with caramel malty sweetness. But it's quickly followed with a sharp vodka-like flavor that, thankfully, gets overshadowed by a nice bready malt finish I look forward to. Maybe the strong alcohol taste is the hoppy citrus rind character other reviewers are describing...or the "spicy, floral hop finish" per the commercial description. The start and finish are what makes this beer very drinkable.

F - Smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, doesn't have the sticky sweet caramel quality some other ambers/dark beers have.

O - I like Full Sail IPA and now I like their amber. If the hoppy "alcohol" taste were a little less prominent, this would be one of my favorites. Still, a solid 4 with a lot of good amber characteristics.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Amber. Light head. Lovely smell. Awesome balance between malt and flavorful but not particularly bitter hops. Maybe just slightly more bitter than Stacey's but I bet she'd drink

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Photo of gautch726
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks as good as you could ask for an amber to look. Auburn-gold coloring with a moderate carbonated head. The smell is so so. Rather bitter on the nose and the taste follows suit. There are floral tones but overly hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Not a bad amber with a bitter bite on the front end that fades easy.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This 6-pack was on sale for 6.99 at my local Sprouts, about the same as a sixer of Budlite. Definitely would've paid full pop for it; it's a deliciously balanced and drinkable beer of substance.

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

BA score is too low! This is an outstanding classic Amber Ale!. Right between Bell's and Red Seal on my palate. Clean, crisp, malty, and just enough hops to keep it balanced. Cheers!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, darker copper, and with gold, brown, and pink as it dances in the light, it has an almost rye whiskey appearance. Pristine with fair bubbles slowly streaming up to help retain fluffy, pillowy tan head. Moderate, soapy lacing. Aromas of tart and dark fruits, caramel, and grain. Strong and enticing. Caramel and toasted malt backbone. Surprisingly floral and leafy throughout, rather than just in the back, even a twinge of citrus peel in there, subduing an otherwise almost harsh malt tartness. Mild peppercorn retro-olfaction. Body is medium, leaning toward full, very sloshy despite appearance of lower carbonation. Only semi-astringent.

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Photo of ksmartmx1
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid amber. Deep orange/ruby color when poured into a pint glass. Has a malty smell with hops in the background. Pretty balanced taste between the malts and hops. Very drinkable amber. Not to heavy, but by no means a lighter beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber/ruby in color with foamy beige head. Malty aroma with some minor hop notes. Taste is dark malt with faint hop finish. Full bodied and delicious.

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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 ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice malt and caramel flavor with a hint of bread. Appearance- Pours a bright amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Has a lightly sweet malt flavor with a bit of hops tossed in Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A very good beer, I would definitely drink this again and i highly recommend it

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