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

Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber

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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%

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:
"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"

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-02-2001)
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Photo of RenoZymurgist


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a tan head and aroma of spicy hops and chocolate. Flavor is a very nice balance of malty sweetness and hop citrus. There is a lazy carbonation that tingles the tastebuds without diminishing the clear deep color of this brew. Overall this beer is one worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 04:53:53 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of Tballz420


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is about an inch of a light brown head on top of this cola colored amber body, which leaves a fair amount of lacing around. The smell of this brew is a bit flowery. Its got a fairly sweet malt taste topped off with a spicy hop backround. This is a pretty nice amber ale, worth your while if you run into it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 20:43:04 | More by Tballz420
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is a grassy green color. Listed as 5.5% By Vol.

Appearance: Slips easily into the Pint Glass, like the Pale Ale I had last night, the head stops just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white light tan head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.

Nose: Restrained at first. Malts were mainly evident with a very feint hop aroma.

Taste: Another surprising beer, again the rather plain label does this beer an injustice I feel. Lots of malts in the beginning, some roast aspects that have a mild sweetness towards the end, but this beer has a lovely crisp bitter finish. Very nice indeed, half of my six-pack disappeared tonight whilst reviewing this beer. Nicely malt dominant, but still a balanced offering that drinks well.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Above average, very smooth and slick. It does just enough to remind you that are drinking an Amber beer. Carbonation lends a helping hand.

Drinkability: Excellent easy going beer with enough malty flavors to keep you interested. I sank a few of these small 12 oz bottles in no time before I realized that half of my Six-Pack was gone.

Overall: I just cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joe’s so many times without ever picking it up! A well priced solid Amber Pale Ale that goes down well. Worth the price of a Six-Pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 21:53:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of jreitman


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a rather frothy head. Didn't notice if it faded as it was gone fast. Hops and a sweet, grainy maltiness in the nose. Hops are definitely the backbone of the beer leaving a dry, bitter finish, but not in a harsh way. Grain and malt sweetness come through in the middle of the tongue with barely a trace of caramel. A little light in body for my liking. Could easily see making a session beer out of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 22:17:43 | More by jreitman
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Amber pours a...well...amber. Actually, there's tints of red and brown but let's just call it an amber (duh). The off-white head is not substantial and disappears after a couple of minutes. Some lacing is apparent.

The aroma is of roasted malt and hints of caramel. The taste continues with malt, a little subdued for my taste, but not bad. The flavor is good but not spectacular. in other words, there really is nothing that sets this beer apart. There's something to be said for being "good" but there should be no praise given for not reaching that next level.

I expected more from Full Sail Amber, not that it's a bad beer, but not something I would search out.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 06:39:47 | More by kindestcut
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12oz bottle on 4/17/03 with an Enjoy by date 02/15/03. A bit passed the date, but still good IMHO.

Pours a reddish brown like a cherrywood, more than an amber color, with a 1/2 inch head that fades quickly.

The nose presents roasted malt.

Taste is crisp and clean with malt and a hop finish. Medium body with light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 19:03:27 | More by Loki
Photo of Reidrover


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok bought a sixer of this to share with the wife ( she likes it very much, I for some reason had not tasted this before).
Comes in a 12oz brown long neck with the usual Full Sail label ( orange sail).
Now when I pour this ale out I am very surprised to see how dark this looks..I was expecting a amber..but this is a dark red almost brown colour..it has lovelly ruby accents when held up to the light.The head is pretty small but leaves some half descent lacing down the glass.
Love the smell of this beer..like most Full Sail products its a hearty aroma of malts and strong hops.
Nice taste for an amber..its got the usual amber malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue then at the back some rather tasty hop bitterness..all very good indeed.

Very smooth on the tongue sweet but never cloying
Very drinkable amber have to thank the wife for this..well done Carmen!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 22:24:11 | More by Reidrover
Photo of EagleTalon


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent choice. If i could homebrew a beer this good, I'd consider going pro. This would be a good beer to have around. It pours to a thin white head that clings to the glass. It has a somewhat dry fresh malt smell. The flavors are less intense than the aroma suggests. It starts out dryish and malty and resolves to a balance of maltiness balanced by hop flavor and bitterness. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Yes, aftertaste can be a good thing to a Beer Advocate. Very drinkable stuff. The flavor could stand to have a little more "impact" to it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 11:52:21 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of BigHead


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A groovy looking ruby red amber with a rice white thin head. The aroma was not strong on this brew, but I could detect some spices and sweet maltiness floating off the top. The floral bouquet of the hops comes well with the sweet malts. The hops do seize your tongue initially but the flavor was not intense enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 21:56:58 | More by BigHead
Photo of mzwolinski


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with a thin head. Sweet, full malty aroma with hints of floral hops. Flavor is very smooth, caramel malt develops toasty toffee notes mid-palate. Tingly citric hop finish is quite nice. Very drinkable; I'd love to try it on draught. Fullish side of medium bodied, with a dry finish which practically begs you to take another sip quick.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 19:50:43 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Fabric8r


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought one of those mixed cases from Full Sail at Costco and this one was by far the best of the batch. I really liked the flavor. Wierd though, it tasted best ice cold, and not as good when above 42 degrees. Just my opinion. This beer's smell seemed different than the taste. Nice spice and malt flavor. They did a good job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 11:31:57 | More by Fabric8r
Photo of elmocoso


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color with little head action - what head was there quickly disipated to 30% lace covor and a slight bright ring around the glass.

It had a good balanced aroma that was at the same time malty and floral, with a underlying tone of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good and the taste is also well rounded.

This ends up beeing a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 21:23:51 | More by elmocoso
Photo of zacharius


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic NW amber ale with a very hoppy taste. For some reason I have never had it before probably because I've never seen anybody drinking it. Aroma very mild and doesn't reveal hoppy nature beer. Taste is of malt with a substantial body for the style. Hops are also present in the taste and linger into the aftertaste.

Very drinkable but some non microbrew drinkers may find it a bit on the bitter side. A great session beer, drinking 6 or 8 of these in a sitting is a must.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 14:34:24 | More by zacharius
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 20:55:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Mark


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard pacific northwest offering from a employee owned brewery. I had this in a restaurant and it came essentially headless, lace was very sparse. Deep color is attractive and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Nice hoppy taste in the west coast tradition and drinkability was good. Could see knocking back a few of these under the right circumstances.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2002 08:00:20 | More by Mark
Photo of Morris729


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish copper color with a thin tan colored head. Nose is sweet malts and a touch of fruit. Sweet spices come through upfront in the taste followed by a caramel like taste of roasted malts and grains. Finish is dry with a mild hop bitterness. A nice amber, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 21:08:23 | More by Morris729
Photo of BeerAngel


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a full 2 1/2 finger head that hangs in there quite nicely. The smell is a malty spicy aroma with a little hint of hops. The taste is quite nice and crisp and consists of fruit, caramel, malt, and a nice balance of hops. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a semi-dry hop. Good brew! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 18:14:21 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep clear burgandy tone. A small soft beige head tops the brew and sticks around for a while. A nice malt aroma is blended nicely with floral hop notes. If you take the nice deep malt taste from a good barleywine (like Hog Heaven) and cut the intensity of it in half, you've got the malt taste for this brew. Pretty nice for an amber ale. Good caramel tones. It's balanced nicely with a good dose of floral, spicy hops. The body of this beer is about medium and it is a very easy to drink, tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 20:08:17 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Pegasus


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber brown with a thick off-white head that fades to a paper thin layer fairly quickly. Quite decent lace and some carbonation.

Aroma: Very pleasant malt aroma with fruit notes as well.

Taste: Smooth flavor with malt sweetness at the start, spiciness and hints of citrus and chocolate towards the middle, finishes with a mild hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 11:38:43 | More by Pegasus
Photo of garymuchow


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap and it's always harder to remember then write. Not much of a head. Amber color. Both malt and hops quite noticable with the bitterness of the hops the greater flavor and the lingering taste. Mouthfeel maybe a litte thin. I certainly don't regret trying it, but may order something else next time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2002 20:00:48 | More by garymuchow
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber with a lot of carbonation with an unusual mix of sweetness with the hops. A different amber.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2002 16:47:25 | More by jdhilt
Photo of proc


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out to a very dark amber. What a nice aroma! A malty-sweet smell. Nice taste, average in the mouth, but with a smooth finish that gives you some hops, but doesn't blast you with bitterness. I like it

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 05:34:55 | More by proc
Photo of Jason


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 09:50:35 | More by Jason
Photo of marc77


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep garnet hue that's crystal clear with no haze. Pleasant Willamette hop nose accompanied by subtle fruity esters. Mild hop bitterness well balanced by a pronounced caramel malt sweetness. A bit of earthy hop flavor as well. Finishes with just a touch of roasted grain bitterness on the back of the tongue as well as a tad of alcohol warmth. This is amber has more character than expected for the norm, as well as more alcohol. At 6.0% ABV, I would've liked more body to this beer. Still-- a fairly tasty above average amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2002 21:25:50 | More by marc77
Photo of ADR


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 11:23:44 | More by ADR
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