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

Dark amber body with copper borders and a nice, thick, light tan head.
Smells of rich, chewy caramel/butterscotch, fruity malts, and moderate, spicy hops. Nice.
Lightly sweet, fruity malt flavors start off. Has a kind of herbal-cherry quality that's quite good (due to the yeast?). Caramel notes mix in with the cherry, right before a modest surge of floral, herbal hops comes in. Also an enjoyable yeasty flavor throughout (like in Bell's amber). I was expecting more of a hoppy PacNW-style amber, but this leans more toward the fruity (cherry) malts. Interesting and good. Finish is faintly bitter with lingering fruity malt. Medium-bodied, yet mouth-coating and creamy feel. Yum. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a drink by date of 2-12-05. Has a clear copper hue with a tan head. Caramel spicy smell. Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Taste is dark caramel sticky sweet . Finishes with a zesty spice hop tang.
A solid, no nonsense Oregon craft brew.

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Photo of henrysunset
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep red color fills the glass, a bit too dark for an amber, but what do I know. Poured with a big head of medium sized bubbles, but it died quick and left only a medium amount of lace.

Smell is sweet and malty, with some floral hoppiness too. I can guess already that this beer will not be dry enough for my taste. There is no bitterness in the smell which worries me too.

Taste is malty, almost like my homebrew tastes when racking to a second carboy and too much sugar still remains. Hops are underimpressive, though fresh.

Mouthfeel is pretty full but not terribly impressive. No amazing flavors linger. Maybe a bit of roastiness, but even that doesn't last long.

It's drinkable, but why bother. There are better beers to try.

P.S. I think my problem is that i'm used to Mac & Jacks and Fat Tire, both are hoppier and dryer, as I like it.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@ The Edinborough Castle, San Fransisco. fairly simple, but very drinkable. Nutty soft malts, with aromtic US hops in the finish, this is one of the better ambers you’ll find. Not bad. ([email protected] Pilsner Room (Full Sail), Portland. Same opinion as a bove.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a big head this beer is under a lot of peoples radar as a great session beer. Lots of malt and a decent hit of hops this is easy to drink and yet makes one consider what one is drinking. An amber ale should really be that perfect drinking beer that complements food and friends. I will search out more of this beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy copper body is topped by a small and short-live head. Sweet and fruity I’m getting bits of tea and melon and a little caramel. The flavor is sweet, but light. Lightly malty, but very little in the way of hops. There is a slightly floral character to the aroma, but it’s not striking me so much as hops as with some beers.

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Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a wood-like color mahogany? (I guess). Forms into a small 1 finger head and diminishes to 1-2mm within 60 seconds. Exceptionally nice --well organized lace is left on glass-especially for a bottled beer. Taste is the way an amber should be nicely balanced -- floral/hoppy - with slight malt. Maybe a touch of licorice or chocolate too. Finishes dry and clean, and a little fruity. Mouthfeel is very smooth, also surprisingly so for a bottled beer. Drinkabilty is dangerous --easy to get used to and this is not my favorite style. This is probably one of the better ambers I have tried.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a slightly dry, yet sweet malt scent with a bit of hops in the background to round out the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a watery crystal/pale malt flavor with some hops and a bitter, grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This would be a much better beer if it had a bit more body and carbonation. It drinks decent despite it's flaws.

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Photo of Hunter
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is somewhere between iced tea and whiskey in color. Able to build a nice light brown head but it fades fast. Some lacing.

Amora is one of carmel malt.

Taste is flavorful - malt up front, followed by floral hops and some spice.

Mouthfeel slightly more substantial than a pale or pilsner, but not over the top. I would take this over a Fat Tire.

Light, refreshing offering from Full Sail. They continue to impress.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at The Viking as part of their "Tour de Beers."

Poured a dark copper color with a thick off-white head. Head stuck around for awhile. Lots of lace.

The first smell to greet the nose was a camel sweetness, but this was coupled with a mild fruitiness and a very slight hoppiness.

This an amber ale with substance. Nice caramel sweetness coupled with a mild fruitiness, and finishes off with a slight tart hoppiness.

This is somewhere between light and medium bodied. Not quite a lawnmower beer, but not a bad one for a warm day.

This goes down pretty easy. It would be a pretty decent session beer

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

This amber pours a dark copper color. The head is thick and foamy. It laces the glass and lasted till the last drop.
The smell was floral and very mellow.
The first sip started out malty and thick that slowly turned to a nice bitter hoppiness. In the very end it left a smokey taste lingering in my mouth. A nice bodied beer that is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the darker ambers out there, but remains fairly light in the mouth. The head and lace are plain and subdued, but I still like the overall look.

Flavor is full and malty. Hops come through in the finish, just enough to replace the malts that came through in the smell and in the beginning of the taste.

Readily drinkable, this is a great crowd pleaser.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off white head sits atop a deep amber body. Malt fills the nasal cavities. Mellow carmal malt flavors up front. The hop flavor takes a back seat to the dominating malt character. This is overall a great lightbodied, easy drinking, session brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Attractive coppery appearance, with a good, plush cushion of off-white foam floating above, eventually settling into a tight ring. Aroma, quite a pleasant thing, fruity, malty, mellow. Hops are seldom seen so far in this one, but it's plenty estery, and very nice.
These features return in the taste, with a perfect balance, to boot. Seamless integration, mellow, smooth, but with enough taste to make this easy-quaffer a joy to slide down the throat. A benchmark example of this style.
I hadn't had Full Sail Amber in so long, I'd taken it for granted and forgot how good it is. I still personally prefer the hoppier brews, but this is just right for food, parties, or just drinkin'.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a coppery rust, thin off-white top quickly disappears, lacing in bits of glaring spots. Aroma is soft and biscuity with a subdued dulled fruity sense, some lighter caramel and roasted malt within and a bit of grassy spiced hop underneath. Taste is a bit roasty but mostly dulled and sweet with a bit of a biscuit malt tone, milder hops with fresh cut grassy notes. Dull, chewy, nutty finish. A bit heavy on the malt end but sufficient hop spice and bittering help keep a yielding taste. The feel however does come across mostly malty, with a smooth medium body and a bit of chewy finish, getting close to cloying in some areas, but this does favor a good drinkability. Full Sail has themselves a pretty good amber here.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of jtfest
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper with reddish hues, the smallish but creamy head is off-white to tan. The aroma is mildly hoppy. The taste is interesting -- subtle with a slight spiciness and a mild bitter finish and aftertaste -- though there was a touch of unpleasantness in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall an enjoyable and fairly drinkable amber.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a deep red with gold undertones; it's darker than a typical amber and quite appealing. The pure white head is thin and vanishes almost instantly. No lacing that I noticed.

Smell: Despite its robust appearance, the nose is surprisingly weak. It hints of bourbon and sweet malt, and there is a faint trace of hops, but not much going on otherwise.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like the smell, the taste is surprisingly mild. It starts malty, moves to smoke and finishes at the last minute with a trace of bitter hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the carbonation is quite sharp; a bit fizzier than I'd like.

Drinkability: This is the classic session beer. I'm sure you could enjoy these all day without much trouble, a great tailgate brew.

A bit timid for me, but probably a great beer for a macro drinker looking to take a walk on the micro side.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear deep mahogany color with a mediocre light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture with the lace forming a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of caramel, citrus crisp and clean quite appealing to this old schnozzle with the start sweet and laced with malt, top is light in its feel. Finish is moderate in its carbonation, hops a delectable, aftertaste dry and lingering, another fine session beer from a “Great brewery.

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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.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heavy pour gives a smallish, tan head. Color is a dark, clear, amber/brown. The smell is fruity, malty, with a little chocolate. The sweet, fruity front gives way to a smooth, malty middle. Finish is nutty, hoppy bitter with a touch of alcohol. There's a slight hint of some medicinal quality, but otherwise, this is just delicious.

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Photo of bridgeporter
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this beer on cask for quite awhile so made a point of ordering a pint while visiting the brewery in Hood River recently. I was pleasantly surprised as this beer seems quite average from the bottle. Out of a handpump the malty lightly hopped taste came through quite nicely.

This is one of those beers that actually is not damaged by use of a sparkler to give it a creamier head. I get funny looks at Bridgeport when asking that this device be taken off for the IPA. When my pint was finished the glass had a nice creamy coating that made me want to have another. I-84 awaited so will have to wait for next time...

If you can find this ale on cask give it a try. I think you'll be surprised at the extra flavor this handpumped Amber can supply!

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Photo of gnaussea
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I cant give this beer a good review. I can compare it to beers I enjoy drinking, where it does not stand a chance, or compare it to widely available plain crap, in which case, it is on the upper echelon of not much. The nose is composed entirely of sweet malt, much like the flavor, which consists also of different faint hints thats are undistinguishable. It does at least produce a malty character, but the malt is not intriguing and it certainly leaves you will unfulfilled desire. Not a high recommendation from me certainly. On the other hand, as this is probably thir most available brew, the fact that they could adequately compose at least one flavor bodes fairly well for the brewery.

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Photo of MJR
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm reddish amber with perfect clarity. It’s light tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a small ring around the edge. Fair amount of lacing. Nice aroma with the balanced slightly tilted towards the sweet, fruity malt. A bit of green hops (dry-hopped?) as well as a hint of earthiness and minerals. Some caramel/crystal malt presence. The flavor is well balanced between the sweet, caramelly malt, the spicy and green hops, and earthy yeast. There’s a significant amount of mineral taste and hardness from an over-eager water treatment. Interestingly enough, the fruity esters and earthy yeast combine to take on an almost spice-like character. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with the aforementioned mineral dryness and chalkiness. Lots of carbonation. This is surprisingly good, and a very solid example of an undefined style.

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Photo of Realale
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before date of 9/19/03

Deep clear copper brown. Nice fine 1/2" beige head settles to a solid 1/3" and stays.

Nose is floral, slightly citric hops over toffee supported by rich toasty malt. Tiny whiff of sulpher adds complexity. Well-balanced and interesting.

Much less interesting in the mouth. Medium-bodied with the crystal leading the way (bias disclosure - I can't stand the flavor of crystal malt). Some supporting maltiness, but not as much as the nose promised. Some leafy hop notes come out with time. The water treatment is a bit extreme and really makes itself known on the palate - sulphur city. The carbonation is a bit harsh as well. Thanks to MJR for the bottle!

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.