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

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Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber

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961 Ratings

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance. Pours a clear deep amber with a little brown with a finger of frothy off white head that doesnt last too long and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Grassy, floral hops and caramel. Some light grains.

Taste. Caramel and some grassy hops with a little cirtus tang. A little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Decent amber with a decent hop presence.

07-24-2011 23:42:43 | More by Rutager
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.85/5  rDev -23.6%

A-Pours a dark amber hue. Head is tight and leaves bits of lacing. The liquid doesn't display any noticeable sediment, and the head is off-white.

S-A pretty weak nose. Lacking the hops I desire. Grainy. Simple sweetness. Just a disappointment. I love how different the American Amber/ Red Ale can smell and taste, but this one almost refuses to leave any mark on my olfactory system.

T-Moderately bitter and sweet. Some herbal/ tea qualities. Flavor just kinda dies on the palate. Starts and then it falters. Mellow taste. Just is not cutting it.

M-Ample amount of carbonation. Pretty unmemorable beyond the bubbles.

O/D-Not a big fan. I absolutely love Amber/Red ales that are big and bold. This is the opposite. Just bland and boring. Nothing else to say.

07-22-2011 04:31:52 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of 1after909


4.78/5  rDev +28.2%

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.

07-11-2011 01:57:12 | More by 1after909
Photo of heinzdog9


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

The beers that I poured from the bottles were lightly carbonated with little to no head. It did leave sporadic bits of lace on the glass while being drunk. The taste was somewhat disappointing for me. A little bit harsh for an amber I thought. The bitterness was a little strong and quite unexpected. It did have a nice mouth feel to it. This beer would probably go well with grilled red meats or BBQ. I was hoping for a little more from this beer but thought it was ok.

06-22-2011 01:35:56 | More by heinzdog9
Photo of socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a dark amber with minimal carbonation. A swirling clear look with no lacing.

S - Smells of bread and berries, with a lingering hoppy scent.

T - You can tell this is a west coast beer. The up front sweetness gives to a hoppy bitter finish. A little unbalanced, but it is an interesting amber.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant feel, and smooth enough to have a second.

O - A nice deviation from the ambers of the northeast. Certianly worth a try.

06-21-2011 00:55:12 | More by socon67
Photo of TheHopMonster

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Its got a nice deep Amber color (no kidding) with a fluffy white foam head and hues of green lining the rim of the head.

Fresh baked bread with slight fruity characteristics. Dominate fruit characteristics is citrus thanks to the west coast hops.

Malty up front with a very satisfying bitter aftertaste. I can say confidently I can pick out the cascade hops that were most likely used. Dry bready notes follow after the bitterness subsides.

Very satisfying, even if it is a bitter Amber. It just feels so right.

Everything an Amber should be with a west coast spin with the hop choice. I'm in love.

06-18-2011 00:34:38 | More by TheHopMonster
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a firm toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light toasted caramel, earthy malts and a balancing herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and finished dry.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale.

06-12-2011 03:15:32 | More by plaid75
Photo of GallowsThief


3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured a fairly dark reddish brown with a two inch tan head. Left just a bit of lacing.

S – Mild hop smell. Bit of caramel sweetness. Toffee.

T – Malty taste immediately. Has some spicy hops. Taste a bit of chocolate and toffee with the caramel. Smells and tastes much the same. Little bitter as well with some fruit flavors like apple and grape.

M – Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy.

O – Middle of the river amber red to me. It has some flavor but is not as assertive as I like. All told this is a drinkable brew but I was not blown away.

06-08-2011 00:46:12 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of t420o


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

A- Pours a beautiful chestnut-amber color with a 1 finger semi frothy white head. Great looking beer.

S- Caramel, cooked veggies, slight bitterness, spicy grainy smell. Smell stings the nostrils kind of. Slight metallic smell also like a euro macro. Not the best smelling beer ever.

T- caramel malt, toasted Hawaiian bread, light hop presence. Pretty sessionable beer. Glad the wierd smell didn't carry over to the taste.

M- A bit thin and over-carbonated

O- A good beer to have if your at a BBQ or something. A good session beer but far from a top tier amber.

05-26-2011 16:51:09 | More by t420o
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev -19.6%

A: The beer pours copper in color with a large, fluffy, off-white head.

S: Doesn't smell like I was anticipating. Corn and butter with overcooked grains are the initial aromas. Some light floral and grass hops and some fruity esters to the beer. A mild toffee aroma comes through as the beer warms up.

T: Luckily a bit better in terms of the flavor as there is some toffee and toasted bread to it. A hint of bitterness and some grassy hops in the background to detract from the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Like a lot of Full Sail beers I've had, this was a let down.

05-23-2011 22:30:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of mactrail


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Very pretty coppery amber in the glass with appropriate head and nice lacing. Fine carbonation gives it a pleasant trip over the tongue. Roast barley nose.

Light body. Watery and refreshing. Lightly browned malt is the main flavor. Crisp with sharp tones overwhelm the initial bit of sweetness. Enough hops to balance the warmth of caramel and bready flavors. Slight bitterness holds up the aftertaste with a dirty Perfectly drinkable example of this catch-all style.

05-16-2011 05:00:26 | More by mactrail
Photo of BrianBoruma


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Amber liquid with light colored thin head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty caramelly goodness, some mild fruity esters, or furity hops can't determine which

Taste: Malty. Predominant taste is malt, but the hops are there and keeping things well balanced over all.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Carbonation prickles a bit so I know it's there but not full. Good over all though.

Overall: Quite drinkable and refreshing.

05-14-2011 00:28:32 | More by BrianBoruma
Photo of sweetwaterman

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

(Growler from Whole Foods ~May 2011)

Appearance: Dark rich caramel brown. Clear. Modest head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Mix of full malty-goodness and fruity hops. Very well balanced. Malted grapefruit?

Taste: This one delivers. Full on mix of malt and fruit hops. Very close to the nose. Sweet(ish) but not overly so. Hops assert themselves enough to keep experience "fresh".

Mouthfeel: Not terribly crisp, but fine for the style.

Overall: A great West Coast amber. This one is a must-get when it's on tap.


05-08-2011 01:00:43 | More by sweetwaterman
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4%

A: Burgundy pour with a good clarity reveals an abundance of macro-bubbles adhering to the glass wall before a slow release. A parchment colored head that was slight in size and hold, diminished rather quickly to a patchy topping. Lacing is weak, leaving but a few whisper lashes sticking around.

S: Light touch of crystal malt provides a sweetness along with a soft scent of fresh flower hops.

T: Sweet crystal malt, a bit of fresh wet citrus, and lemon flavors starts things off. The malting is sweet but offers up a good counter-balance of fresh wet citrus hops on the close. I thought I detected a slight cocoa powder touch, but may have been the sweet caramelized grains. A bit of flowery hops close things out.

M: softly carbonated, smooth with a light to medium body and warming of fresh wet citrus.

D: very accessible to drink, especially in numbers. A bit sweet at times but 3-4 will go down without much thought. Good casual pub style amber.

05-02-2011 23:03:37 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

This is one bangin' beer, I had high expectations going in and the beer impressed me even further. Poured nice and amber with big thick tan head, thick lace drags down the glass. Big malt smell with light fruity aromas mingled in. The taste is great, biscuity, light leaf and citrus hopping. Again, big malt occurring in the taste, with some definite, caramel malts to chew on. The body of the beer is where I become further impressed, it's so thick, so smooth, so creamy, it's almost as if it's on nitro, but it's not. Feels like a big boozer as well, but it's only 5.5%. Excellent amber.

04-27-2011 19:22:05 | More by wcintula
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.43/5  rDev -8%

Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with a nice 2 inch beige head that fades to a thin cap on the top of the beer. Nice puffy rings of lace settle around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasty malts and citrus zest hops. A fairly standard amber beer smell. Taste is a bit better with bready malt and citrus zest flavors. Very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. Beer has a pretty good level of carbonation and is somewhat clean and smooth. Overall, an above average amber beer but nothing too special.

04-22-2011 01:23:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of drety


4.72/5  rDev +26.5%

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

04-06-2011 19:51:52 | More by drety
Photo of sj660


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Maybe it was the pour (40F into a chimay glass) but I saw only a very small head, very small amount of lacing, and not much retention. It was a beautiful Irish Setter red.

I didn't smell anything until it warmed up a bit and then I detected some faint malt.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. The flavor was strongly malt forward with toasty, nutty with a hit after of piney hops, like Cascades. I think I got a hint of diacetyl.

It was well carbonated and has stayed so, even though not much head remains. Medium to full bodied, not creamy but not slippery.

I liked it.

03-22-2011 23:08:28 | More by sj660
Photo of a2marzman83


3.88/5  rDev +4%

A deep reddish brown beer with two fingers of thick sticky head that sticks around for a wile. This beer is darker than some brown ales out there.

This beer has a sweet beady aroma with hints of caramel mixed and a faint fruity hop smell.

Yum. Good balance of sweet malts to hops. All the aromas in the nose come through in the flavor especially the caramel grains. Hops add a nice fruity character without overpowering bitterness (not that that would always be a bad thing).

Creamy light to medium body

As a style, I often find amber ales to be a little boring. Full Sail has corrected my misconception. Not with a big hop infusion or high ABV% but by craftily blending flavors together in a way that shows the brewers true talents. This sixer won't last long.

03-22-2011 17:17:50 | More by a2marzman83
Photo of thatlongname


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Beautiful red/amber color. Medium white head. Quick dissipating.

Smell: Fruity and citrusy. Can smell some toastiness. Pleasant.

Taste: Very well balanced. Mild hops. I could use a little more kick. Maybe a tad more hop bitterness. I feel like this beer was leading me somewhere with the taste and I never found it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- full bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall: Very solid beer. It's mild hop bitterness and balance makes it a highly drinkable beer.

03-22-2011 03:06:31 | More by thatlongname
Photo of cyrock1


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Medium amber with a 1/2" fluffy white head.

Smell: Fruity and estery with a hint of malt in the background. Light floral hop aromas.

Taste: Medium malt with a touch of sweetness and a mild hop background.

Mouthfeel: Mild with a slow building carbonation and hop bitterness.

Overall: This is a really good sessionable amber.

03-20-2011 04:49:06 | More by cyrock1
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and earthy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit, caramel and nutty malts along with a bit of sweetness. There are slight hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

03-12-2011 23:40:12 | More by metter98
Photo of Phelps


4.03/5  rDev +8%

Enjoyed on tap, inside a chilled shaker pint.

Perfectly clear dark purplish-amber, topped with a creamy one-finger head of frothy tan foam with great retention. Nice speckled walls of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is filled with a nice citric hoppiness balanced by nutty malts, caramel, peanut skins and popcorn.

The aroma translates nicely to the flavor. Substantial hops, both spicy and citrusy. Honey, caramel, peanuts, toasty bread and some floral notes also make appearances.

Medium carbonation produces moderate fizziness amidst a smooth medium-light body. Crisp finish.

Good balance. This is one of Full Sail's more palatable and drinkable brews.

03-09-2011 22:16:05 | More by Phelps
Photo of adam42381


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger foamy off-white head. Beautiful color. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Nice balance of caramel and toasted malts with floral hops. There is just a hint of chocolate malt in the background.

Taste: Toasted malt up front followed by caramel malt in the middle and a light amount of hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. This is a beer you could enjoy multiples of without much difficulty.

Overall: Solid beer overall. It's not going to knock your socks off, but I don't think that's what is intended. It is a well-balanced amber ale that is very drinkable. I wouldn't hesitate to try this one again.

02-28-2011 20:38:33 | More by adam42381
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear reddish brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hops, toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly watery on the palette. Most of the taste is made up of toffee/caramel mixed with hops and malts. I can also pick up on notes of pine and the beer finishes with a malty/hoppy bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - While the beer won't knock your socks off, it has a pleasant taste and would be highly sessionable. I'm happy I tried it and wouldn't mind trying it fresh on tap.

02-28-2011 19:32:16 | More by spinrsx
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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