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

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bataround
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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.

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.


Photo of cvfish
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bone white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of caramel with a faint roast note and slight earthiness.

Taste: Pale and dark caramel maltiness with a light toastiness and the tiniest hint of chocolate. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly decent amber. I wouldn't turn down a second chance at it.

Photo of funkyspunk87
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail Amber
Full Sail Brewing Company
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
ABV: 5.50 %

Not a big fan of ambers in general...but here goes:

I was surprised by this beer...I am not really a big fan of Full Sail, but the amber was a solid effort and this is coming from someone who doesn't usually enjoy Ambers.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Amber, ~9/30/08 tasting, 5.5 ABV
Reviewed as an American Amber / red Ale = ~balanced beer focused on malts w/ range of hoppiness, bottle poured to a tapered pilsner glass
A 4.5 - very nice copper amber color, cloudy, 1 finger head with great lacing & retention, head seems to "grow" in the glass
S 4.0 - super malty, minor notes of hops in background, hints of coffee, very balanced beer
T 4.5 Malty amber taste as it should be, great balance w/ hops
MF 3.5 - mediocre body, a mark down for watery finish
D 4.5 If you are in an amber mood this is a must try, congrats to the staff of "47" @ Full Sail for a job WELL DONE!!!

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

Aroma is malty and inviting, with just a touch of sweetness and a hint of fresh bread. Color is clear, orangy-brown-amber; head is fairly thick and persistent, and a nice pale tan. Flavor is crisp and smooth, malty and satisfying, only a teensy bit bitter - not complex, but rather tasty. Texture is smooth and lively.

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of six pack purchased in Panama City Beach, Florida. The bottle has a stamped date on it.

Poured a clear, reddish copper color with very little head or lacing; extremely attractive.

Right from the opening of the bottle, the smell of tangy, sweet malts promised a satisfying, smooth flavor.

Not a very complex drink; the sweet malt lingers on the lips and tongue briefly before giving way to a brief hop bit. A very faint buttery aftertaste and some bitterness on the tongue occurs after the ale warms. The ale is now exhibiting a little more interplay between the hops and heavy malt flavor.

Medium-bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. The first aftertaste of malty flavors is overcome by hop bitters.

Of the few ambers I have had this one comes out at the top (below my favorite amber, Bell's Amber) though I would not likely seek this one out even if it became available in my area. Still worth trying a freshing example of the style.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Part of a six-pack purchase. Date stamped on neck of bottle 09 05 08.

Appearance: copper colored body with soapy off-white head which slowly breaks down to form a creamy 1/8" layer and sticky lacing.

Smell: slightly sweet scent of caramel and malts followed by hops. Alcohol can barely be detected.

Taste: Hop bitterness is upfront followed by a crusty bread and dry cracker flavor. I thought this flavor profile would be the other way around with hops taking a backseat. Aftertaste is slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: the hops slightly overpower the malts and leave a dryness on the tongue. Carbonation is very satisfying and compliments the flavors. Body is medium to light-medium range.

Drinkability: flavors are moderate. Overall, this beer is easily drinkable. Nothing offensive and definitely worth drinking two or three at any one session.

Photo of Offa
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not great to me, being rather bland, a common problem with "amber" ales, but it's pretty good and better than many.

It looks pretty good, dark red-amber with a thin but long-lasting off-white head.

The aroma is pretty nice, caramelly bread crust, hints of spices and flowers, with a grapefruit-citrus quality becoming more prominent after a moment.

The taste is less pleasing, being mostly winey apples with a little toast and hint of earth with light citrus and spicey bitterness. There is a little complexity at first but this soon fades and it becomes basically a mix of darkly toasted bread and grapefruit, steadily becoming even more bland except for increasing bitter grapefruit and a little toast in the finish.

Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a nice fluffy off-white head.

Mellow malty smell with some light fruit in the background.

Taste is a crisp/light malty caramel with very light hop to balance.

Mouthfeel is very full and as well balanced as any american beer as I have had. Very drinkable.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep clear amber color with little head.

Smells of hops and... I can't put my finger on what the other smell is. Kind of fruity, I'm gonna go with grapefruit. Whatever it is, it's not very appealing.

Much better than the smell. To be honest, the scent made me question how this was going to taste; and the taste was leaps and bounds ahead of the scent. Not bad at all. Hops and malts dominate with an underlying hints of that mystery flavor.

A bit dry, but otherwise well balanced.

Photo of beersheppard
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark amber with a fleeting white head.

Smell: faint malt and hops, not very aromatic.

Taste: benign, not very malty with a floral hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light, slightly watery, decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This amber was decent, it lacked the wow factor for me.

Photo of elniko
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Deep amber, very little head. Average looking brew.

S: Grassy tones, very light on the nose. Not objectionable but terribly strong either.

T & M: Almost a sweet quality in the malt but just a small touch of hoppiness. An almost watery mouthfeel.

D: It is drinkable as there is nothing objectionable about this beer but then again there is nothing that really makes it stand out either. Overall very average in all aspects.

Photo of flipshevanel
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A surprisingly well-balanced beer. Appearance started with huge off-white, rocky, creamy, and frothy head that was fully lasting. The body was clear and sparkling with a reddish brown hue. The aroma was a balance of moderate malts, hops, and yeast (I smelled them all equally) that made me think of roasted nuts. The body was medium to full, very watery and somewhat oily; the carbonation was oddly soft with a sweet finish. Overall the flavor was sweet with light bitterness and acidic qualities. The finish was long.

Photo of Bockrules
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a dark amber with perfect clarity, nice two finger head. Head retention all the way down the glass and leaves moderate lacing.

S - hops and malts with a very pleasant smell of apricot greet the nose. Strong enough, but not over-powering

T - a light bit of hops on the nose, followed by a very sweet body. I can best describe the body as tasting like apricot-strudel bread. Hops show their presence on the aftertaste and a wonderful apricot aftertaste is left on the tongue. Brilliant!!! (half a point off for a slightly bitter taste left in the mouth after the apricot taste has died away)

M - very light with moderate carbonation. Suits the style well, could be a little heavier.

D - Simply an all around great beer, I could drink these all night. This gives Great Lakes Burning River APA a run for it's money as my favorite beer. A steel at under six bucks a six here in Oregon. Kind of makes me sad I have to go back to Ohio for college...

Photo of lawman834
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Amber.

S - Toasted Malts. That's about it.

T - Everyone else said this was sweet. Maybe something wasn't right with mine. It was actually quite dry. I can taste malts, but they are more of a smokey, toasty variety. I didn't taste much bite either. Just really kinda bland to me. I didn't check the date, but maybe mine was old or they had a bad day.

D - Fairly drikable, but I wouldn't be all that inclined to do so.

I have had the APA and IPA and liked them. This one was not as good...and I like Amber Ales.

Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.