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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 31
Gots: 54 | 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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GallowsThief, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of t420o
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

t420o, May 26, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, May 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, May 16, 2011
Photo of BrianBoruma
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

BrianBoruma, May 14, 2011
Photo of sweetwaterman
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Recommended.

sweetwaterman, May 08, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

beerthulhu, May 03, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

wcintula, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of drety
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

drety, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of sj660
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sj660, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of a2marzman83
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

a2marzman83, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of thatlongname
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thatlongname, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of cyrock1
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cyrock1, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

metter98, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phelps, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

adam42381, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

spinrsx, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep amber with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. Looks nice. Mild malty aroma, brown sugar, light roasted and toasted malts. Low bitterness, malty up front with some citrus and hop spice, toasted malts. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, dry in texture. Quite tasty and easy drinking. Nicely balanced.

DrJay, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with a thin, sudsy white head.

S: Smells off of this one are really faint. I get some caramel malt and a bit of lemon and not much else.

T: Some pretty strong caramel malts with a gentle, floral hop finish. Some caramel and citrus thrown in, but not as much flavor as I feel like there should be. Pretty unremarkable.

notchucknorris, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a goblet...

The beer was a dark brownish red color, The head was thick, bubbly, off-white and faded quickly. It smells mostly of nutty, toasted malts. I could also smell an earthy hop presence. The taste first has a slight lemon bite followed by some sweet, toasted caramel malt, there is a bready undertones and a slight pine bitterness. The beer is light-medium with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this was a great amber, I don't drink very many ambers but this one had a nice bitter finish, right up my alley.

JMad, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of wahhmaster
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Alamo Drafthouse shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark red color. Has large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet, slightly nutty, and very malty. Has a slight grain smell to it as well.

Taste: Mildly bitter and slightly spicy up front. Very sweet towards the back with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Your standard amber ale: easily replaceable, easily forgettable. While there's absolutely nothing "wrong" with this beer, there's nothing to make me ever want to have it again. It's pretty much the same as the other 100 amber ales out there. You could certainly do worse, but you could easily do much, much better.

wahhmaster, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Taking a turn for the old school side tonight...

Pours a lovely copper-ish, mahogany-ish amber. A short head. Lightly carbonated. So far, it's beer...

Very malty on the nose. Lot's of caramel malt. I get some bread. A hint of hops. Not much but what there is is nice.

Flavor is a classic. Lot's of malt as in the nose. Flavor opens up with a nice tang from the malt, giving way to some unfolding carbonation. This flows seamlessly into the middle which features a wealth of goods. I get some more bread. A hint of sweetness. Some nice round flavors. Nothing sharp of overpowering. Some slight bitterness from the hops appears in the late middle and carries through to the end. Beer is a classic, as mentioned earlier. Nothing too forward, nothing too thin. Well balanced, but a bit light on the hops. Alwaysd excellently priced. 5.5% ABV. This is one of the Left Coast's all-time most drinkable beers. Nothing to run out and tell all your friends about, but a brilliantly made amber that is a gateway beer for many promising beer lovers.

What I like most: The wonderful, classic flavor profile.

What I like least: The lack of excitement.

Verdict: Perfect for any time of the year, this beer won't WOW any seasoned beer lovers, but newbies might just find this to be a standard in their fridge.

SolomonGrundy, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep orange with a good off-white foamy head. Light lacing.

Some toasted malt and bready notes.

This beer disappointed me. Bitter bread crust, toasted malt, bitter husk, boiled grain and bread in the finish. It needs some fruit and there is not any to be seen. Off balance.

Medium body. Nothing wrong here.

Overall, I had a single and was glad I just had one. Dry and mild bitterness, this one trick pony didn't really do it for me. Not horrible by any means, but just not my thing.

OtherShoe2, Feb 12, 2011
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.