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

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BA SCORE
84
good

969 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 46 | 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:
"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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4/5  rDev +7%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

OtisCampbell007, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kfirestone, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ChrisFurlowLSU, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 25, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this today at my local "Whole Paycheck (Foods)". I poured it into a pub glass. It had a very nice foamy head with some staying power. The appearance was dark colored. I could definitely taste the hops in this one. Full Sail Amber is an very good beer and Id love to have it again.

BeerLovinWoman87, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

seanchai, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of etoimazo
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I remember Full Sail Amber being a classic example of American Amber Ale that I enjoyed several years ago and so I picked up a six pack for a refresher.

Appearance: crystal clear dark amber color with thin cream-colored head made up of tiny bubbles. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Malt-forward and dark crystal-sweet

Taste: The same crystal-sweet quality hits first, and then is balanced by a relatively classic hop dryness. For a Northwest Ale, the hopping is not that bitter, but rather crisp and noble-like. I really like its balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry, soft, medium body that resonates of dark crystal malts without being cloying. A slight alcohol warmth for its 6% ABV kicks in about a third of the way through.

Overall: Still a classic after all these years – a fine early-autumn beer for a Northeasterner like me

etoimazo, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

wiscokid920, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

j0hnc2468, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Metaltildeath, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Moose90, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear, dark amber with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Light-medium toasted bread, a bit sweet, light spice and floral. Mild.

T - Bread, citrus, touch of cherry, pepper. Has the right amount of caramel sweetness and decent balancing bitterness.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Creamy. Very nice feel.

O - Reminds me a bit of the Deschutes Red Chair or a Hoppy Blonde from Columbia Kettle Works. I like that it has very nice flavor and feel at 5.5% ABV. I'll have this again.

Tucquan, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

jrohrbacher, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

wrightst, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

TX-Badger, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with mild lemon. Nice.
The taste has mild lemon bitterness with a malty backbone. Good balance.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
It's an easy drinking and enjoyable amber.

Fatehunter, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

theteleman, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MGodduclan5, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

pimpsicle, May 22, 2014
Photo of garten
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an appealing amber hue, similar to that of table syrup. Settles nicely in a glass with a two-finger beige-cream head that dissipates somewhat slowly. Minor lacing present all-round.

Smell: A subtle presence of sweet, malty scents and a bit of hoppiness, but nothing overpowering. Would describe the hop aspect as 'ambiguous'. Some notes of pine and a smoky character about at times.

Taste: Possibly the strongest aspect of this particular one. Some flavors of burnt caramel, floral hops, and toasted bread. The hops comes through stronger than anything, but it is not especially 'hoppy'. Mildly bitter, subtly sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and doesn't linger particularly. Well-balanced and a respectable entry in this style of beer.

Mouth-feel: Definitely not watery, but not particularly heavy either. Feels somewhat thin, with a minor amount of carbonation - just enough to let the drinker know it's there.

Overall: An excellent, easy-drinking brew, but far from perfect. It's not especially notable for anything, but it is not bad at all. It receives my approval and I may just be drinking this again quite soon.

Notes: Poured into a clean U.S.-style tumbler from a glass bottle, served chilled.

garten, May 17, 2014
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.