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

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979 Ratings

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | 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 walshclimb
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red brown with thick off white bubbly head that leaves thin lines of lace. Basic malty aroma that is maybe a little earthy. Mild malty IF that quickly transitions into a nicely balanced malt and lightly bitter, long lived aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a very good session beer, not overpowering, with a clean flavor that stays good as it warms up a little.

walshclimb, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of FatCaster
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--A dark sort of amber with an underwhelming head that fades to a ring quickly.

S--Sweet breadiness and berries, with an undertone of hops with maybe a hint of...coffee?

T--Instantly enjoyable with sweetness and grains and a bit of toastiness and just enough hops. A good solid amber.

M--Fairly thick with medium to low carbonation, pretty solid.

D--Seems pretty drinkable to me. No in your face bitterness and low carbonation makes it easy to have a few.

FatCaster, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail is a very reliable beer. Always consistent, and they spit out some great sessionals... a very good fishing beer.. the pale, and this. Kind of like Bridgeports Blue Heron. Now I am wondering if Bridgeport makes an Amber like this... hmmm...

- Awesome color... like a rich sun-tea or A&W rootbeer.. this is amber. Minimal head to none, as i always tilt the glass.. but nice lace and float.

- Hard to smell now as i have a cold... but it resembles the pale.. a mild and heart barley and corn type scent w/ mild alcohol.. w/ some caramel sweet notes.

- Taste is very smooth and crystal clear 'n' clean. It's a Full Sail for sure. More sweetness and malt notes with the same splash of hops that the pale delivers.

- Great sessional, and easy on the gut.. not dry by any means.. no bad aftertaste at all.

Not one of my top dogs... and I usually don't drink Ambers anyway... but my gf picked up a sixer of this for me when I really asked for a bomber of their Slipknot IIPA. Shhhh!

Docer, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into a 16 oz. pint glass. Clear amber-red with a small bubble and little carbonation. Medium-light malt aroma. Good balance for the style, maybe leaning a bit toward the bitter/hoppy side. Medium body, slight graininess and a very small hint of sourness iin finish.

All-in-all a middle of the pack good beer. Nothing to make it stand out from the crowd, good or bad.

LittleDon, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown, copper and amber tones with head dissipating to a ring that leaves webs of lace behind. Sweet malts, floral hops and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Taste is sweet malts finishing in minimal, but balanced, floral hops. Taste and balance are somewhat reminiscent of a brown ale. Light to medium bodied and slick down the throat leaving very little hoppy residue. It's easy on the palate and is well-balanced, more so than other ambers I've enjoyed. This beer begs to be enjoyed with any number of meals!

washburnkid, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice off white 2 finger head, amber brown in color with lively carbonation. Head retention was above average and lacing was pretty good

First smell is of copper malt, also a bit of sweet citrus malt.

Taste is of sweet, light, roasted malt, slight hops are also present. Nothing very complex going on here

Mouth feel is light, smooth, not too over carbonated.

Very session able beer, high drink ability, simple but overall very good

angelmonster, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of beeristhefuture
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color with almost no head but very large bubbles, light alcohol flavor, and very flavorful carmels gave the beer that breadlike feeling usually found in dopplebocks. While it's not striking, the weighty feeling in the mouth certainly make this a beer worth remembering.

beeristhefuture, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of danadeny
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown body with practically no head. Smell is malty fresh, no real indication of hops. The taste is interesting, a bit sweeter than I expected in a good way, almost a hint of cherry on the finish. Hops are hard to detect, but a hint of bitterness is present. Mouthfeel is watery refreshing, and releases a bit more carbonation than the body initially displays. Drinkability is good, this you could drink all night and be happy.

danadeny, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Full Sail pint glass.

Dark amber brown with mostly diminishing light brown head. Chocolate malt in the nose with a grassy herb note. Fairly sweet flavor front and back, and the alcohol isn't real noticeable. This used to be my amber of choice and a favorite session beer, but it seems like the chocolate malt has been lightened up a bit. Despite this, if you can find this on cask re The Harborside it is absolutely divine!

EDIT- This was my entry into the world of craft beers. While the chocolate malt has been given a lighter hand, this is one of the Pacific Northwest best session beers, IMHO. While my taste has turned toward its more hoppy compatriots, this is a solid, sessionable brew. Cheers, John Harris!

jdense, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber color with decent white head that left decent lacing around my glass. The aroma was of of fruit and toasted malt. The flavor was the same, but there was just a bit of hop presence providing some balance. Mouthfeel was okay. This was a decent beer, nothing flashly, but definitely drinkable.

biggmike, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color, almost no head. Hoppy, slightly bitter and sweet. Nice overall balance. A little on the bitter side. Plenty of hops. I picked up on some crystal malts perhaps and a biscuity flavor all the way through. A decet amber overall.

barleywinefiend, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of IceEyes
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say this is a great beer, but it's a very cheap beer that's easy to find and I enjoy drinking it from time to time. Its got a simple amber body with caramel malt flavor and enough bittering to keep you aware of it, without being too hoppy. The body is full enough and I have no problem drinking lots of these with a meal, while watching a ball game, at a BBQ, etc. It doesn't really steel your attention away from other things when you really don't need a complicated beer. If simple is good, this is good enough.

IceEyes, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I typically like the full sail beers, I was a little dissapointed in this one, mainly because I love ambers, and I really like the full sail beers they offer. This one was a little to much for me I like a more floral hoppy taste in an amber. NOt bad overall.

skeetermoses, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jyeast101
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a non-existent head. A sweet yet tart smell with a slight odor of hops. A very easy drinking taste with that bit of tartness as mentioned before. It's interesting that there's a bite from the carbonation yet there was no head on the beer. I like this beer. Very unassuming, good taste and drinkable.

jyeast101, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of bataround
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first had a Full Sail Amber in 2003 during a WSP show in Oregon. Now that I have tried it again something is different.

I still don't like it very much.

A clear amber with very good head, and heaps of nice sticky lace. Aroma of caramel and banana. The beer itself goes down easy enough.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy and there is a light hop spike towards the finish which is the high point of the beer.

bataround, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Amber has a dark amber appearance with an off-white medium head. Smell is not real apparent--some hops. Taste is mainly citrusy hops with some faint caramel malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too much carbonation. This is a very drinkable, sessionable amber.

theghost3, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The color was a nice amber and slightly orange. The head was about one finger and it left lace down the sides of the glass as it disappeared.

The malt came through as being a nice caramel and the aroma was pretty decent. Pretty nice flaovr to this beer, plenty of grains break through. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Good for a hot sunny day.

rgrholmes168, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured from a 12 oz bottle and has a nice rich amber/brown color but with only a thin head that dissipates quickly. Some minor lacing was left on the glass. Aroma is malty, sweet and has a definite roasted characteristic.

Flavor is initially roasted malts followed by some dark caramel flavors and then finishing with a bittersweet aftertaste. In the aftertaste there's also a bit of a burnt caramel flavor that is a bit offensive. Body is a little weak and the carbonation could be a touch more bubbly. Not my favorite amber but fair none the less.


SickBrew, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of cvfish
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark amber color that produced a white foamy head that retained moderately and left a small amount of lacing around the glass

S - a mix of hops and malts, with some light fruits

T - some toasted malts with with a moderate hoppy bite and grapefruit

M - light bodied with moderate carbonation

D - good example of an amber

cvfish, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of racer2k
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color with a finger nail sized cake batter colored head which dissipates but leaves nice lacing on the side of my glass. Nice dark interpretation of an amber style.

S - Hops, malt, caramel, toffee, bicuity. A very complex set of aromas indeed

T - Very nice taste to this one with hops, malt, pine, and even a hint of chocolate. This is not your average amber and will surprise you at first taste..!

M - Medium body to this beer with a caramel, chewy, biscuity mouth feel with some moderate hoppiness.

D - This is a great beer. I tried this a few years back while visiting Seattle and have been searching for it ever since. Tracked some down during a recent visit to Seattle.

racer2k, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a go figure amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has a nice malt scent with some fruity hops

T - Starts off with some good caramel malt then gets balanced out well with a hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I could definitely session this brew ambers are a favorite of mine and Full Sail come through pretty well with this one worth trying sometime

armock, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite fond of this style, let's see what Full Sail has done with it.

Appearance: Red tinted honey in color, one-finger head that fades fairly quickly, but leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Appealing aromas of toast, ale fruitiness, and a very round hops notes. Really quite fruity.

Taste: Reminiscent of English cask ale in its fruitiness and balance. A little caramel, floral hops, and a crisp finish. Hints of toast toward the end, but not as much as I prefer in the style.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, light-medium body, appropriately carbonated.

Drinkability: Who says American beers can be balanced and sessionable? 5.5% abv and smooth, very drinkable.

hunteraw, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light amber orange color, off-white colored head, blobs of lacing. Looks rich and warm in the glass

S: sweet and dry roasted and toasty maltiness, whiff of fruit hops. Standard affair for an amber.

T: toasted sweet caramel malts and a firm push of hops that leads to slight lemon zing flavor (cascade hops). Nicely balanced overall, initially I thought it to be a bit thin and then once it warmed it was better. I had this sucker to cold! I dig a little more malts in my amber ales, but this baby is tasty

M: good body characteristics and feel. Mild body and carbonation is spot on, nice touch of sugar cookie in the finish...just the right sweet!

D: yup! keep'em coming glad I tried this one. Easy drinker and great straightforward brew, nothing tiresome about it.

Magpie14, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/1/2005 (bottle):

Pours a body that is a nice dark brown-red in color. Has a good sized head that is off white in color. Aroma is hoppy but mild, not the strongest. Okay flavor that is sweet but balanced, and has a pale aftertaste in the palate.

jujubeast6000, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright amber color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are spicy, malty, biscuit like, and with a bit of brewed tea.

Taste is clean, crisp, malty, and tea like. Beer settles into some sweet creamy malt flavors, and a light pine hop bite on the finish. This is a well balanced and flavorful amber.

Mouthfeel is good. Full enough, with nice carbonation, and a long finish.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a great session beer. Lots of flavor, but not too heavy, and with a relatively low ABV. This is a beer I will buy again.

flexabull, Oct 20, 2008
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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