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

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BA SCORE
84
good

965 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | 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 Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Bfarr, May 23, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 22, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

tchenery, May 17, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

ballz50401, May 16, 2010
Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice amber color with a fluffy two finger beige head. The head falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice caramel sweetness with light underlying hop herbal notes.

Taste is malty light metallic flavor with herbal/minty hops mingled through out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good a decent enjoyable amber ale, wont replace my got to amber but tasty.

mntlover, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +11%

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a clear dense garnet brown body with a light tan head and a sea of tiny bubbles.
S- There is a rich perfumed caramel malt flows even during the pour with a cream note and a dark malt hint adds depth to this rich aroma.
T- The dry toasted malt has a faint caramel note with a soft bitter hint in the finish with a slight sweetness. There is a dry slight astringent grain note that blends with the malt flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This amazing aroma is wonderful but the taste just doesn't follow through with the same richness and depth. It still has a good flavor but fizzy finish takes a lot of the flavors away.

rhoadsrage, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a thin, almost nonexistent head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops and some sort of sweets.

T: Taste consisted of bitter hops, caramel, sweet malt, and a fruitiness. Not the most complex of flavors (hey, it's an amber after all), but still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: As ambers go, this is a drinkable example.

avalon07, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -7%

12 oz. bottle, bought for $1.09 at Trader Joe's,

A: Pours a dark amber with a couple fingers of white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Earthy hops, soil, amber malt.

T: Light crystal malt, not too sweet. Good balance with the piney hops.

M: Creamy, moderate light body, soft carbonation.

D: A solid version of this Northwest pub style. For around $6.50 a sixer, certainly a value, there's a lot of $9 ambers where you're not going to get any better.

Halcyondays, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Full Sail Amber into chalice

Pours a clear, deep amber (duh), with a nice one finger tan head that leaves some pretty solid lacing.

Aroma is honey, toasted bread, seltzer water, and herbal/spicy hops.

Soft caramel, raw honey, toast, malty sweetness, lightly roasted almonds, herbal hop finish. More on the sweet side with only a small herbal hop flavor on the finish to provide some semblance of balance.

Light-medium body with a slick feel and a low level carbonation. Not particularly impressive, but works well for the beer, and for ample quaffing. Slightly creamy as it warms.

A pretty understated and yet intensely easy to drink beer. This is nice and cheap, and with an ABV of 5.5% it makes a sixer disappear with ease.

Flashsp2, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a modest head that leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Grainy bitterness with some toasty malt underneath

Taste: Starts out rather toasty, with a quick nod to caramel and chocolate powder as well as to the grainy bitterness; after the swallow, the bitter and sweeter flavors are balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just not my favorite style and not my favorite example of it, either; too little on the hops for me

brentk56, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours out to a deep reddish brown with a very small head that goes away immediately... fairly anticlimactic.

Going to the smell, I can pick out the breadiness and and the slight touch of honey. The hops are fairly acidic smelling, but very faint. On the whole, it promises a great taste...

Which this beer certainly delivers. The bitterness of the hops is noticeable right away, and it fades out to the bready malts, which lingers on the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin with a whole lot of carbonation. I felt like maybe this could be a bit thicker.

Drinkability is pretty good on this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this considering the appearance wasn't so interesting.

I will probably get this again some other time.

Boneheadmx, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 062210 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Musky dark amber with creamy 1-2 finger beige head with decent retention but spectacular, sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is earthy and malty with lightly roasted caramel malts and herbal hops note

T: A fairly robust amber ale with complex maltiness, roasted and sweet caramel, finished with estery herbal, earthy hops flavor with some husky grain in the finish as well.

M: Great body for the style, firmly medium, with crisp finish and woody, malty aftertaste.

D: A pleasant surprise as I've found Full Sail's beers to be a bit hit or miss. This is a definite hit, especially if you like ales with a sweet, English herbal hops spin.

argock, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
3.33/5  rDev -11%

No bottle date found but Bottle #s 062210 14:15 FL.

Appearance: pours into my Ommegang glass a reddish copper with very little tan head.

Smell: I get a malty grain smell, I cant detect any hop aromas.

Taste: a slightly sweet grain taste quickly overpowered by a more dominate bitter hop, not bad but there could be more flavor in this one.

Mouthfeel: good amount of carbonation for the beer.

Drinkability: its got a good drinkability for a warm day. Not my favorite example of the style buts not bad.

mcann2pu, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of n00tz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

A - Red/gold body, active carbonation, thin tan head.

S - Peanuty roast and some slight grain

T - Earthy malts, detectable bready yeast, and some caramel sweetness. Light citrusy hops manage to poke through every once in awhile.

M - Med-light body, frothy carbonation, and a herbal/floral hops that sticks to the palate.

D - Me and a friend managed to pack away a 6er of these without too much trouble, so they're easy to drink and keep on without meaning to.

n00tz, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Poured a clear brown color. Visible carbonation. One finger white foamy head with minimal retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Very nutty and biscuity malts, on the darker end. An odd sweet fruit flavor intermixed as well.

Taste: Incredibly nutty tasting roasted malts. Similar to peanuts, almost. Moderate sweetness, and not much in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a middle carbonation bite. Smooth.

Drinkability: A very nutty and malty amber ale. I would have guessed a brown ale by the taste profile. Otherwise, very good.

Buy Again? Yes, but not as an amber ale.

jonziefle, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep nearly-brown amber color, clear, with a finger of tan foam which dissipated somewhat rapidly. Looks pretty good.

Smell: aroma is a little caramely, a little nutty and a little toasty. The hops do not really express themselves here. Overall, pretty good, but could be better.

Taste: flavor is somewhat light. The malt has a little hint of caramel to it and there is a nice bitterness, though hop flavor isn't particularly notable beyond simply bitter. This is a solid and reasonably good beer, but it doesn't push any of my buttons in a good way.

Mouthfeel: on the thin side of medium. The carbonation is pretty good, however.

Drinkability: I wavered a bit on the drinkability score, but in this case I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. While Full Sail Amber doesn't blow me away, it would make a very solid session beer. It might have to start making appearances at band practice.

flagmantho, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.3/5  rDev +15%

Bottle poured into glass.

A: Coppery, with a tan head and some lacing; clear.

S: High maltiness and great caramel character.

T: Moderate hops bitterness, but with a great malty and caramel balance.

M: Medium full body, with good carbonation.

Notes: Delicious beer. The first beer I have had in a while that has had great caramel flavor.

kevinjosephlee, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of WwRGSwW
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Purs dark with a nice amber color thick cream head that lingers, strong malt & hops hit your nose right away... It can taste thin in the mouth but still has a overall crisp feeling to it, so the drinkability is good, as it does have character, I gave it a 2.5 for "D" because I have not found a food that this beer goes good with, and thats a requirement for me.

WwRGSwW, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

12 twist-off with best by date of 4/7/2010.

A rich red/amber color with an almost white head that hangs around for the whole session.

Light toast and breadiness, a bit of caramel, and a hint of fruitiness and earthy hops in the aroma. Its quite pleasant and hints of the balance in this ale.

Taste is expertly balanced between malt and hops. The malt is lightly toasty with nice caramel/toffee accent that isn't overwhelming. Some yeast esters and earthy/spicy hops are the counterpoint. There's a drying roast and a bit of hop bitterness to the finish that really adds to the complexity and dries out the caramel character.

A great Amber Ale. Nothing over-the-top, but just a solid, well-balanced, and flavorful beer. A good benchmark for the style. Drinkable? Definitely, this one was gone in less than 10 minutes and I want another.

bump8628, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

This one poured a red/brown with very good clarity. Head was a finger or two, and faded pretty slowly.

The nose was mainly toasted sweet caramel. Ripened fruit, faint chocolate and hop spiciness rounded it off.

Flavor was a bit bland I thought. It consisted of mostly caramel, ripe fruit, some dark sugar and spice.

The body seemed a bit thin, and none too lively. Creamy and watery in the same sentence if that's possible... carbonation had just enough oomph.

The drinkability is very good, I would have no problem quaffin back 1 or 10 more. However it seems more reserved for a newbie than someone expecting more.

climax, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of becktone
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

From notes 10-28-09

Eye: This beer is extremely clear and copper in color, amber and orange hues are easily seen. Head formation starts out decent enough but then quickly falls to a thin blanket over the top of the beer. Retention could use some work.

Nose: Nice malt aroma upfront. Grainy tones and some floral hops. Light roasted grain comes through. Light caramel tones. Not much more than that, pretty laid back.

Tongue: Grainy with a touch of malt sweetness. Hops are in just the right amount to balance out the sweetness. Hints at floral notes from the hops. Just a real laid back beer that is very easy to drink.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with fine carbonation that refreshes the palate. Lingering aftertaste on this beer, very clean and almost a mineral like quality found in here. This beer is very easy to drink and one that I can see myself sessioning. Nothing special, just simple and straight forward.

becktone, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
3.48/5  rDev -7%

Amber body with an antique white head. Nose is biscuity, toasted malts and toffee, and big time ruby grapefruit. Caramel notes from the malt is prominent in the flavor category as well as biscuits basted in honey, some bitterness from the hops shows up towards the end in the form of ripe grapefruit and citrus peels. Nice pine presence as well even though it is farely well hidden in the background, it does show up to lend it's nuances to the beer. Mouthfeel almost earned a higher score, but just above average with a medium body, and a crisp dryness. Overall a good Amber Ale.

natelocc787, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of voteforgoat
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

A - coppery

s - nothing too surprising.

t - this is where this one wins. Slightly aggressive for an everyday amber. I could ( and have ) drunk this all night long. Easily my go-to session beer.

m- not watery, not heavy.

d - In a blind test with friends, this beat out 3 other Amber ales.

voteforgoat, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jeranbrews
4/5  rDev +7%

A - Less than one finger of beige head. Mild carbonation, deep clear, amber color. Some medium lacing.

S - Straw, sweet crystal malts, some mild fruity esters. And an amber ale hop. Afterwards the smells were a bit airly, with a bit of bread. Not yeasty.

T - In three words, hoppy but sweet. In more detail, I'd say, simple but pleasant. There are a few estery fruit flavors and hops mixed in. The overall balance is very drinkable. A touch less filtering might bring some yeast character into this beer, or it might just clutter up a good thing. Aftertaste was acceptably mild and hoppy.

M - Medium bodied, good mouth coating.

D - Drinkable. No single flavor dominates, but the balance is good. Not too hoppy or sour. Pleasant for it's sense of balance.

jeranbrews, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of tang3nt
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

This poured an amber cherry color with a decent amount of head and good carbonation.
It is not much on the nose, a bit of sweet caramel malt aromas.
Nice bold caramel malt flavors, sweet cherry a nice hop finish to balance it out.
Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. This all makes for a solid, well balanced, drinkable amber ale.

tang3nt, Dec 18, 2009
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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