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

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 35
Gots: 82 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-02-2001

"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"
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Ratings: 1,044 | Reviews: 444
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of toast, cream, vanilla bean, caramel, and floral hops are present on the nose. Displays a bit more depth than many ales of this style.

T: Notes of toast, chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and floral, citrusy hops are quick to make their presence known. The finish is gentle and satisfying with toasted malt notes mingling with caramel and floral hops. In terms of flavor, this ale is a bit more robust than many other American amber/red ales.

M: Medium bodied and dry with firm, active carbonation. Very filling for this kind of beer.

O: This is a solid American amber/red ale that is a bit more flavorful than most. Overall, it's a pretty good beer and is a decent representation of this style.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not feeling long winded so lets make it simple. Firm body with not enough carbonation to go to the creamy levels. A good if not great malt bill with hints of chocolate and toffee. There's plenty of hits but nothing that turns this to the IPA world. A good bit of citrus hops through out.

A very solid amber and if this is how you like your amber, it might be among the best. I like a bit more hops and less density in the malt, but that's a personal preference.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Neck stamped 081211. Hope that's a born on date and not an expy!

Appearance - Pours a big loose three finger pancake batter/seafoam head with great stick and good retention. Medium-dark clear amber body.

Smell - Mild malt and hop characters. Some orange. Some grassy notes. Smooth and balanced.

Taste - Mild. Smooth. Very balanced. No off characters. Some lime peel bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Head offers some texture.

Overall Drinkability - The acidic/bitter lime peel aftertaste lingers a bit too long for a beer that doesn't offer very strong hop characters in the taste.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A mahogany brown color with a pretty good looking, slightly off-white head about a quarter-inch thick. This is a pretty lively beer with plenty of bubbles darting to the surface as it awaits the first sip.

SMELL: There is a lot of toasty malt aroma in this one along with some nuttiness. It smells like a nut brown ale.

TASTE: The Full Sail Amber sure is nutty. It is also quite a bit hoppier than I expected, but the roasted malt flavor beats out the hops by the end of the sip. The malt flavors, however, are not rich and sweet, rather they are dry and a little burnt. A hint of lemony citrus creeps into the aftertaste as well and it becomes more prominent with each sip.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a strongly carbonated feel up front, but that quickly fades and the Amber becomes more oily after the middle of the sip. The citrus aftertaste also creates a bit of a pucker.

OVERALL: Aside from the slight pucker at the end of the sip, this is a pretty drinkable beer. It is a little on the heavier, maltier and darker side for an amber, but remains a very easy drinker. I would drink this one again, but I probably won't go out of my way for it.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent reddish-brown with a frothy beige head with light lacing. Good.

Smell: Roasted malts, cocoa, cracker wheat. Nutty.

Taste: Chocolate. Moist herbal hops. Bread. Fruits. apple and raisin. Considerable malt with nice bitter hop backing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-body, crisp and balanced.

Overall: Sweet and balanced flavorful ale. This is accessible and affordable.

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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gearin up for a doubleheader of Michigan footbal and the Tigers ALCS game one.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich amber with a creamy one finger slight off white top,love the creaminess of the head.Toast and fruity easters in the nose with a light shot of leafy hop in a passing whiff.Toasty and a little buttery on the palate with some caramel malt giving it mild sweetness,light fruity esters and a nice shot of leafy cone hops in the back end make this amber very drinkable.This is a great amber,for me almost a standard,well done.

Photo of NODAK
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells a lot of crystal malts to me. Sweet, toffee, perhaps a little toasty. Decent.

Taste begins in the body with a healthy sweet and fruity crystal malt profile paired with a floral taste that isn't particularly bitter. Afterwards, it turns somewhat bready and finishes with a definite grain profile along with the crystal malt. Hops are pretty absent in this one.

Good stuff. I liked it quite a bit...while it was certainly a malty beer, it wasn't over the top and it was extremely drinkable. Impressed.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice dark amber color, light vanilla head with good lacing. smells toasty and burnt with a hint of very dark fruit. great mouth feel, amazing drink-ability, nice medium to full body, lots of carbonation, and super refreshing.

The taste is slightly alcoholy and malty. There could be slight flavors of raisins but I could be wrong.

Idk why but i had a lot of trouble pin pointing exact flavors that this beer has within it but maybe thats because it's more of a simple beer which i really appreciate. When i initially tried it i instantly recognized it was a simple amber drinking beer just done extremely well and nicely balance. not too malty like others i've had.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so this is NOT some crazy imperial IPA or barrel-aged stout. Can we just get that out of the way? It's an amber ale, people. Can't hate on it cuz it doesn't taste wild and ferocious!

APPEARANCE is prototypical American amber: body is a black tea/cola brown with light off-white head which is quite thick and pillowy and then subsides. Moderate lacing was noted. Check.

THE SMELL is of hops, chocolate malt, and nice touch of sweet raisin/prune. Surprisingly complex, but still within the simple confines of an amber. Check.

THE TASTE is also representative of a proper amber with its good balance between sweetness and hoppy bitterness, while being mild and smooth overall. The chocolate malt and raisin hit the palate first, ending in a bite of hops and smoky chocolate. Check.

THE FEEL is light to medium in body, but still standard for an amber. Thicker would be nice, but I think we'd start getting into winter warmer territory if we went that route. Check.

CONCLUSION: This is what you might call a session beer, for sure. However, just one is nice if you're in the mood for a good amber. It is quite different than other leaders in this style like New Belgium, but I think it may actually be more accurate. If you're expecting something spectacular you will be disappointed, but if you're expecting a proper amber you will get just that. Hey, and I don't even really dig this style!

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was great freshly opened and lost some edge with a little time. Poured a 2.5" beige head. Color is a deep clear amber, almost auburn when held to the light. There's a nice smell of caramel and malt. Taste is fairly sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish. Less than half way through the beer though it seemed to lose some of that taste and smell and become a more average beer.

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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one from a "mom 'n' pop" grocery store in downtown Salem, OR. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Clear, amber with half finger of off-white head. I like my ambers overwhelmed with suds. Didn't get it here.

Nose: Sweet caramels malts dominate.

Taste: Caramel malts on the front with earthy, grassy almost pungently leafy hops in the middle. Finishes spicy and bitter. The carmel malts seems to hold it all together.

Mouth: Dextrinous, smooth, and easily drinkable. Add moderate carbonation and you have a recommendable sessioner.

Overall: You know...this is one hell of a session beer. I can drink this one all night. I also had this one on-tap at a hotel and I drank more than I probably should have. It sneaks up on you and its so palatable that you can totally drink it for a long evening. I don't particularly like this style all that much, but something about Oregon, this beer, and a mild evening in downtown Salem has stuck with me.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love this beer. I was very very happy to be in Portland this weekend.

Color: Amber looking almost dark but it is dark in this room.

Smell: A very nice hop to malty smell

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very nice balance beer that wiill get in me in trouble tonight. Nice hop finish.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Amber has a clear but copper color. This is very dark for an Amber beer.

Smells good. Sweet and malty with some hints of citrus hops.

Taste is malty and has a dry finish with a mild hop bitterness.

This is an excellent beer. It has a nice aroma, taste great, is well balanced and easy to drink.

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