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

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936 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | 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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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Nice burnt copper color with touches of red. One finger of head that dissipated rather quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light with some caramel sweetness. Slightly floral hop scent as well.

Taste: Light flavor with a little bit of caramel malts, some nutty and fruity undertones, and some (surprisingly) chocolate toward the back. Very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: It's OK, nothing special.

Final Notes: Would make a good beer to step up into the world of better beers, and honestly, makes a great cooking beer. Nothing special though.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:57:18 | More by bagpiper2005
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taigor

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint.

A - Poured clear amber brown color with slight head and almost no lacing.

S - Roasted sweet malts, figs and some other undetermined fruits.

T - Sweet caramel upfront with nutty flavor and slightly hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation and crisp dry finish.

D - Very good amber ale that I would love to have in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 17:28:53 | More by taigor
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Sudsy89

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a brown-amber color, thick two-finger head that leaves lacing, has a high level of carbonation. I find it a very attractive beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Has a sweet, malty aroma, bit of roasted hop smell to it. Has a slight hop aftertaste, not very bitter. Overall has a malty taste, I find it similar to an Irish Red Ale.
Seems to be a bit sweet, but with a decent amount of hop taste, I find it to be nicely balanced. At 5.5% ABV I could see it being a decent session beer, a few bottles would be OK for me!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:30:35 | More by Sudsy89
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

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

A- Reddish-copper color with high clarity and a nice, tight head that leaves a smudge of lace

S- Roasty toasty malt with a solid dark grain presence and a fruity smell alike the crispness of cherries and apples

T- The flavor is all about the smooth, refined caramel malt. Some flowery and earthy hops keep it balanced

M- Pretty light body but with a sticky effect and some bubbly carbonation

D- Amber isn't one of my favorite styles, but Full Sail keeps it interesting

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:44:23 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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vdread

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail Amber pours a dark amber with a fizzy little head.
within moments, it's totally flat.

smell is dominated by husky, sour grains.

taste isn't as offensive as the smell. slightly fruity, with a grainy sourness. a slight floral hop note. lacking in much flavor, and nothing to get excited about.

mouthfeel ok, if a little on the flat side.

drinkability ok i guess. it's a pretty easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 22:43:10 | More by vdread
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keithmurray

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - dark mahogany with tan head

smell - caramel, molasses, malt, cocoa

taste - malt, molasses, caramel, hint of cherries

mouthfeel - hearty body, lively carbonation, slightly sweet in the beginning and aftertaste

drinkability - this is a good football game watching kind of beverage, goes down fairly easily.

At 5.99 a sixer (I factor price into all of my rankings), this is good value, I would drink this again at this price for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:17:23 | More by keithmurray
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark amber with off white head that has brief retention and leaves a bit of lace. Nice colour.

Aroma: Fruity caramel malt, light earthy hop.

Taste: Fruity caramel malt with hints of roastiness. Some coffee and a little hazelnut. Chocolate hints. Gentle hop bite lending some pine and distant citrus. Only a slight bitterness overall, but that's not to say that this beer is sweet. A little vinous. Some alcohol apparent when the beer is warm.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, functional.

Drinkability: A nicely balanced beer that is both easy to drink and packed with flavour. The hops offer a little extra complexity but essentially this is a malty beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 05:16:21 | More by lumikuuro
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dwarvenfriend

Montana

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a nice head with light lacing

S-I got prune and a lot of caramel.

T-Lots of malt. I get a twinge of unwanted bitterness; nothing that sticks out more than anything else.

M-Nice mouthfeel with a twinge of unpleasantness on the back

D-Decent but there are other ambers I would drink before this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:33:28 | More by dwarvenfriend
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

A - Pours an clear amber chestnut color with a tight off-white head. Retention holds up

S - Toasted caramel, citrus hops

T - Sweet and tart fruit, grainy hops, sweet malt, with a hint of roasted nuts.

M - Medium body.

The finish on this beer is stellar. The grainy hops and roasted maltiness synergize well together. Aftertaste is a roasted caramel flavor. A great beer for any season.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:20:27 | More by StaveHooks
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, mahogany body.
S) Light caramel. Brown sugar.
T) Mellow caramel malts with some nutty tones. Shifts to a dry grain flavor towards to the end. Finishes with a sour hop bite. Lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Fizz. Medium body on the light side. Slightly dry.
D) An alright amber. Grows on you as you get to the bottom.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 03:17:12 | More by u2carew
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JosiahS

California

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

g: Pint

a: Amber, a little more brown though. Clear, filtered. 2 finger, somewhat fizzy head. Spotty lacing.

s: Typical amber aroma. Grapes, dates, somewhat medicinal. Cracker, caramel malts. Nice hop aroma, adding citrus and herb.

t: Pretty much the same as the aroma. Nice citrus and herbal hop notes. raisin and date throughout, not that sweet though. Caramel and bread-like malts. A little toast.

m:Velvet-like mouthfeel, very smooth and light on the pallate.

d: Good amber, very drinkable. Wouldn't go out of my way to get this again but for a cheap six-er, it works.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 23:02:46 | More by JosiahS
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blackc5

Washington

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

A - Expected copper red with a light head and minimal lacing.

S - Deep aromas of sweet caramel and a background of mild hops.

T - Just like it smells and pretty good for style. Very malty and the caramel is strong. Nutty. A bit of citrusy/grassy hops to help balance it. Not too complex but very satisfying nevertheless.

M - Pretty rich and chewy for the style, and nicely smooth. Medium carbonation is spot on.

D - An easily sessionable beer and one that delivers on flavor despite its simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 18:23:08 | More by blackc5
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark brownish copper hue, with one finger of thin foamy off-white head, which melts away quickly, leaving some sparse blots of lace around the glass. It smells of dry roasted caramel malt, ashy biscuit, and subdued earthy hops. The taste is nice straightforward biscuity malt, some nuttiness, and mild musty hops hanging out in a corner somewhere. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body full, smooth, and a wee bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt persisting.

A nice malty, but not overly sweet amber ale. Simple, but good stuff - I could see sessioning these.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 23:05:18 | More by biboergosum
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thatsfine

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A dark amber, coppery color. Minimal head and lacing.

To the nose it is sweet and malty. Some caramel. Definitely have to hunt for the hops.

Very sweet and malty. Really nothing complicated with the taste. Leaves an ever so slightly bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue. I like it.

Medium-light bodied and is normally carbonated.

I only had one 12 oz bottle on hand, but I feel like I could drink a few of these. I enjoyed this beer. While nothing extraordinary, a reliable and quite solid brew. Good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 06:30:06 | More by thatsfine
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100floods

California

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

This was one of my first true loves in the world of craft beer. This review marks the first time I've had it in a while. Cheers!

Dark copper hue, no head and little to no visible signs of carbonation. Excellent malt aroma with a wee bit of hop scents cutting through. Mellow body, mellow malt bite. After a few sips I can really taste the malts cutting through. There's a little spice in there, just a little. I almost want to say there's some burnt malt flavors running around, too. There's some hop presence in there, but they aren't doing much of the talking. About half way through my 12oz pour I start to notice some sugary textures lingering in my mouth, but not over powering. Perfectly crisp, always refreshing. Take that Boont! This is a perfect beer for heavy meals, as I've made this my bbq beer of choice in the past.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:18:28 | More by 100floods
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a bubbly skim. Broken lacing.

S: Primarily sweet caramel malt. Mild grassy/earthy hops. Pretty straightforward.

T: Consistent with smell; caramel, slightly nutty . Even, bitter crisp finish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nicely balanced bitter finish with malty flavors pleasantly lingering.

D: Easily drinkable. Well done in what can be a pretty average category.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 14:12:12 | More by Haybeerman
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Nice copper color, about a finger and 1/2 of off white head... that settles to a nice thin layer of head... very nice lacing throughout the session.

S: First thing I'm getting is a very nice sweet malt with a hint of caramel, with this dull lemony hop aroma

T: Wow the sweet malt is right up front with a lingering caramel floating around... I'm not getting a lot of hops here... Just a little touch, this on is more on the malt side.

M: Med bodied brew.... the mix of sweet malt and caramel, make this one fell a little thicker... Carbonation is pretty light.

D: Low ABV, great taste... Great session beer...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 03:38:05 | More by mralphabet
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GarrettMD

New York

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

A - Pours a rich red/brown with minimal head. Settles to a few bubbles quickly. Good lacing.

S - Very malty smell, caramel, and some mild hops.

T - Standard Amber taste, same malts as in the smell, roasted nutty flavor, caramel undertones. Very slight chocolate taste, not sure if its all that prominent or if I was looking for it from other reviews.

M - Standard mouthfeel, medium body with some slight bitterness from finishing hops to complement the sweet nutty aftertaste.

D - Good drinkability. Well-rounded beer that prepares you for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 19:32:40 | More by GarrettMD
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dwilson01

California

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into my eastern sierra lager pint glass, head is an off white tan coloring, about a finger on a standard pour dissipates quite fast and leaves lacing which retains itself well. Body is the color of caramel were it clear, looks more brown ale than amber ale to me, speaks for a malty brew I think.

The scent is pretty standard to be honest, woody hops and toffee combined with some sweet maple syrup mostly. Very mellow and refreshing on the nostrils although it does have the American Lager smell reminiscent as well.

The flavor profile is definitely standard amber ale leaning heavily on the malt for taste, spicing imparts a small contribution, curiously I don't pick up much cinnamon I get more nutmeg and Italian herbs (would go well with pasta I think). The malt gives it a sweeter more earthy toffee taste although its very subtle you can barely tell it's there.

The mouthfeel is the american lager with an added spiciness to it that keeps the palate refreshed and ready for the next sip. Definitely a sessionable brew with more flavoring than the standard macro-brew, I guess the overall grade is basically that it's O.K. and for about $7/6er it's not a bad deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 05:36:17 | More by dwilson01
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treehugginslug

California

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

A - Of course, red amber color

S - Light caramel smell

T - Taste is very subtle but good

M - Carbonation level is perfect with metalic aftertaste

D - Drinkability is good on this. Counld have a couple but not too much.

Whould I buy it again - Maybe not
Would I recommend it to a friend to try - Yes
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party - Of course
Overall - good, but not my favorite. However, I did enjoy drinking it. In short, it was subltly good.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 03:34:10 | More by treehugginslug
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drpimento

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Think I got some bad luck here: Poured with almost no head; at first a few soap bubbles then a very thin read rose. Color is a hazy dark amber. Aroma is malty fruity hops. Flavor metalic malt hop bittersweet. Can tell that it would be a pretty good beer if whatever happened to it hadn't. Body is ok, but flat. Finish is at first sweet then bitter in not such a good way. Dang, was looking forward to this. From the Everything Shop on Canal near the Quarter.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 17:16:11 | More by drpimento
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Bfarr

Washington

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A straight up brown with a good tan head. There's not much but a thin malty aroma. The taste is a good caramel malty sweetness that is accented by a floral hop flavor. Balance begins to tip toward the hops after the first few sips. A sharp carbonated feel makes a fairly robust amber very easy to drink.

The hops give this amber a bit of an edge for me making it an easy amber to have a few of. It's refreshing but not watery and a subtle and quick hop bittering in the finish means I don't have to wait too long to have another sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 21:22:16 | More by Bfarr
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the darker amber ales you'll come across. Murky brown appearance. Aroma is woody.

Taste, more chocolate than you'll probably ever come across in an 'amber' . . . throw in a big load of caramel and hops too. Cascade I believe. Has been a little inconsistent the last 5 years or so, noticeably in the hop shortage.

You can score these dirt cheap in Reno. 10.99 a 12 pack at Ben's, so that's big time in the drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 05:26:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tchenery

Virginia

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

Poured into a regular pint glass. Beer looks very clear and a dark brown color with a slight reddish hue. Low head on pour and good lacing on glass.

Beer smells sweet and malty. Tastes similar to smell. There is a roasted malt flavor that hints of brown sugar, and maybe chocolate raisins, but only slightly. Just enough bitterness to balance the malt in this beer.

It's actually quite good I think. There are no harsh aftertastes or anything really that would turn me away from this beer except it may be just a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:06:19 | More by tchenery
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ballz50401

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint. A nice clear dark amber appearance with slight carbonation and no head retention. Aroma of toasty sweet malt with caramel. Some hop bitterness with sweet caramel malts that linger on the palate. Could drink no more than 2 or 3 in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 05:36:04 | More by ballz50401
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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