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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 32
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 tempest
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, it's like this is to the American Amber Ale, what SNPA is to the American Pale Ale. This pours an amber orange color with a short white head - decent retention and white lacing until the end. The aroma could be a touch richer, but it previews the malt and herbal hops mixture to come. The flavor starts with slightly sweet, bready caramel malts with note of toffee. The hops kick in midway with citrus and herbal flavors that slowly fade into the aftertaste. This is a full-flavored and very sessionable beer. Sort of sets the standard for the style.

tempest, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Tobacco brown, clear, and topped off with a creamy, 3/4" off-white head; lots of carbonation bubbles; leaves thick lacing

Smell
Hoppy! Reminds me somewhat of Full Sail's IPA; the hops are both floral and lemony, and once the beer warms a bit, it takes on a dried apricot aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
It starts off with a delightful creamy texture, lending way to a brown sugar-like maltiness followed by a mild-to-medium hop bitterness; it finishes weak and somewhat watery; it has a really smooth texture with just the right level of carbonation (I was expecting more based on the appearance)

Overall
This is a great session beer. It's flavorful and light at the same time, providing a good balance of hops and malts without leaning too far in either direction or being too heavy.

JEdmund, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean copper beer with red highlights. Has a small off white head. This smells like a ringwood beer (you know a Shipyard export or a Magic hat #9)* but is not I emailed the brewery to check. there is a light caramel malt note in with a strong butterscotch character. The light caramel malt note starts the taste. Followed by a snappy, peppery hop character. A buttery note seems to linger on the middle of your tongue after the finish.

ybnorml, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a clear amber color with a tan head that receded quickly leaving some nice lacing.

the smell of this beer is nice. i detect a bit of spice in the nose as well as some citrusy hops. a bit of malty sweetness in there as well.

this beer seems to be a bit on the bitter side as it seems to be missing the malty characteristic up front but finishes rather sweetly. a weird balance, but not unpleasant.

good mouthfeel here. a lot fuller than i actually expected. carbonation is just right.

overall, this is not my favorite style of beer, but it's certainly a drinkable brew. this would go well with some nice spicy crawfish on a sunday afternoon out in the sun.

deepsouth, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a clear amber orange color. Has a smooth, light, off-white head. Malty aroma with a bit of light spices. Light, spicy aroma. Similar flavor with a bit of a citrus element. Smooth and light bodied with minimal carbonation. Though not a very exciting offering, still very drinkable and a nice beer.

mithrascruor, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle

Appearance - Pours a see through amber color, and comes to a 1/2 finger fluffy white head.

Smell - malty with some citrusy hops

Taste & Mouthfeel - A very malty taste. Crisp and smooth on the tongue. Citrusy hops lend to a lite bitterness. Smooth caramel malt leads to a mild sweet finish.

Drinkability - Decent offering from full sail, but not enough to make it a staple for regular drinking.

ryrust5301, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes at a moderate pace into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of caramel and grapefruit. The taste is very balanced with a nice long, lively finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine amber that I would drink again.

KarlHungus, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red color. A small white head forms that leaves a touch of lace down the glass.
S: I do not like the smell of this beer. It is kind of fruity, some hops, some malt. Mostly though, a nasty vegetable aroma is present.
T: The taste is much better. Malt and hops are well balanced with some brown sugar. I can taste the vegetable characteristic that I detected in the nose, but it is much less pronounced.
D: Nothing to complain about here. An easy and quaffable beer.

This seems out of wack. The vegetable aroma and taste really makes this an unenjoyable beer for me.

champ103, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a recent trade with racerx.

A: The amber is aptly named, a darker brew that aims for equal parts brown and red but trends more towards the ruby red side. A small band of head atop the ale is the remnant of a more vigourous pour.

S: The aroma is focused on the graininess, biscuity with a vegetal flavor. Hops add a touch of flavor but for the most part are ancillary to the malts.

T: The taste mirrors the nose, focusing on the soft malt flavors and allowing the hops to sit in the background. The graininess is biscuity with caramel and vegetal flavors. The hops add a touch of bite midway through a sip and again near the end before allowing the vegetal malts to come through again on the way out.

M: The mouthfeel is clean and full, a relaxing drink that I could enjoy for several hours.

D: The low abv and pleasing taste can't be beat. This is a nice session ale.

akorsak, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clearish maroon to brown pour with no lasting head. Looked darker than a standard amber, and the smell was mostly a light metal to it at first followed by light malt. Not too impressive on the pour or smell, but the taste was better, however. Good rich sweet maltiness, with very light hop flavor and bitterness to it. Overal, not bad, but not my favorite amber either. Worth a try if you like ambers.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light amber color with 1 finger head which quickly dissipated to thin ring with minimal lacing. Hoppy, fresh and slightly fruity aroma which turns to malt the deeper into the glass you get. Taste is hoppy, kind of peach like with medium body and moderately dry finish. Pretty easy to drink but just a bit on the fruity side for my taste.

Kingdom4aPint, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: dark amber color with a nice 1/2" off white head...unfortunately this reminded me of a pop on the pour

Smell: pine, hops, citrus

Taste: kinda watery, slight citrus (maybe cascade hops)

Mouthfeel: thin

Drinkability: could do two in a night, but i'd rather drink something that tastes better

Applesauce1, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a solid 2 finger head of foam. I'm near the end of my session and the head retention is excellent!

The smell is of malt and fruit but it's on the light side.

The taste is nice and malty. Lots of chewy caramel malt hits my tastebuds first followed by some bready notes and a citric fruit kick that hits the back of my throat nicely. It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly light. After a few more sips the hops become a little more assertive but it's still a nicely balanced Amber. It finishes slightly sweet and leaves a fairly long lasting aftertaste. Good stuff!

Bitterbill, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a dark amber but unfortunately it has a rather thin head and had almost no retention. Very little lacing left on the glass surface.

The smell is sweet and sour fruit, musty basement, and caramel malt. No hops noted in the nose.

The taste is sweet malt, buttered bread with some fruit added in the mix. It has a medium body with low carbonation. An interesting amber but just too sweet for me. More carbonation wouldn't hurt either.

morimech, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of ccrida
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Full Sail Amber is a dark brownish orange with a medium sized off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Served at fridge temp.

Smell is on the robust side, bread and leafy hops.

Taste is grainy cereals, bread, a little sour, a touch of alcohol and slightly bitter, wet grass finish. I've never been a big fan of the rough assertion of this particular amber...

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and a bit slick.

Drinkability is on the lower side, this is one of my least favorite Full Sails, grainy and grassy, and just not something I enjoy or what I look for in an amber.

ccrida, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Nonic glass.

Pours a head of 1/2" atop a reddish amber clear brew. Not much bubble action taking place otherwise.

Smell is mostly malty with some light hops. A bit skunky at first.

Taste is OK, I've had other Full Sail brews and I don't think this one is as good as the others I've had. Not bad, but nothing great either.

Finish and Mouth feel is nice. Would make a good alternative to a big three brew.

mattster, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to bwatson for this beer. Pours a nice light caramel (trying to be creative not using the word...amber) that leaves only 1/2 inch of head. After a few minutes, there's only a white ring that sticks to the side of the glass. You can definitely pick up on the toasted malts with some fruit smells and a hint of malts. The taste is extremely well balanced: smooth (if that's even a taste) malts, then wait, hops at the end. The hops aren't kick in your teeth, they are very balanced in the use. Mouthfeel is medium and lacks some carbonation. With the balance and the low alcohol content, this is a very drinkable beer that I will search for in the future. Great job!

wardough, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is effin' good especially compared to usually predictable amber ales. Appears a deep amber red tone with a nice formed thicket of fine even lacing. A roasted caramel note with nuts, toffe, and herbal hops flowing, what a warming flow going on here. Flavor runs wild with smooth layers of caramel malt and wheaties like grains, really brings out depths of malt flavor with ample bittering hops making it really balanced. Great refreshing flow with bread crust caramelized sugars and an all out satisfying flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth evenly carbonated definitely could drain a few of these bad boys. Drinkability one that I will revisit next time possibly a whole sixer good stuff.

WVbeergeek, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very woody dark amber with lighter, rusty orange highlights. Decanting hastily results in a tall rocky head of thick foam that is very light tan in color. Some spotty lace hangs around on the walls of the glass.

Pungently sweet with tons of caramel malt. Honey, molasses, nuttiness, some half & half, sweet yeastiness, mild toffee, and sweet bright vanilla. The hops aren't really well pronounced enough for me, but very nice regardless. Mostly a sweet crystal malt fest.

Lots of buttery, biscuit goodness. A little bit yeastier and not quite as sweet as the nose implies but still primarily malt. Again lots of crystal malt and a mild flowery hops. Nutty and clean but with a slight yeasty dryness. Mellow notes of citrus as well. Sweet and very malty throughout. Like a buttery, slightly sweet dinner roll. Fairly characteristic but on the sweeter side of the style.

Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish but clean. Lots of bready, doughy, yeast in the texture. Tasty and well constructed. Very good; could be mistaken for a sweeter Brown Ale.

letsgopens, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-orange color with a medium off-white head with decent staying power. Thin rings of lacing. The aroma is evenly hoppy and malty. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with subtle malt undertones. Some tart fruit and caramel flavors as well. The finish is somewhat hoppy with touches of caramel malt and fruit in the aftertaste. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Coop for about $1.50... shared with a coworker/carpool buddy .. mine from a shaker pint.

Nice 1" head... very suprising lacing... beer itself is a definate brown side of amber... very clear.

Smells very good.. toasted pale malts and low PNW hops... restrained yeast fruitiness... some chocolate???

Flavor is better than the aroma by a step or two.. This beer is dialed in. Good body with proper carbonation.. toasted malts and a little bit of caramel sweetness... good earthy hops with a touch of citrus rind.. chocolate is definately there mid-palate.

I must say, I almost always skip over the Full Sail 12oz when going for fridge beers, but enjoying this one tonight will definately make me think twice... very drinkable and it has much more going on than I remember and from previous notes. also, the color is much better than expected.. nice brews and glad I decided to do an amber ale flight that included Full Sail.

JohnGalt1, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Amber poured a lovely dark reddish brown color with a nice foam head that has some good retention and left some cool sudsy lacing on the side of the glass. The aromas were hoppy and the taste was smooth. I can see this being possibly a summer session for myself.

Mouthfeel was nice and meaty. I found it to be one of best Amber's to date that I have tried in recent memory. I remember thinking this was an average beer but after visiting the brewery I realized their beers are some of best around.

cswhitehorse, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice full head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. A true American Amber. Smells of some noble hops and off cherry flavors. Awesome looking beer. The body, however is very light. Needs more syrup in it, to make it a great beer, not just a good one. Can probably session out on these, nice abv, but again, just needs a little more draw to it on the body.

bigdeuce, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden Amber brown With a large white Head sticky lacing

S- Sweet Very strong Hop smell

T/M- Taste of malt and hops somewhat sweet with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste a lot better than the smell.

D- Nice clean beer good flavors, not one to pound down but to enjoy with a meal of the have one or two with friends

monkeybeer, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of les1721
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is a nice amber with a light tan head.
Smell is sweet and a little hoppy, especially for this style.
Taste is very complex. The malt profile has caramel and fruit flavors, complex but very well balanced. Also a hint of chocolate in the sweetness. The hops are citrusy and fruity and add complexity to the overall taste. This is definetly one of the more interesting beers of this style.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy.
Drinkabilty is great, a good session beer or everyday beer.

les1721, Nov 15, 2007
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
85 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.