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

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944 Ratings

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 40 | 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 Zorro


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my glass this is a clear reddish brown colored ale with a better than expected puffy tan head.

Smell is sweetish malty and grainy. Hops smell is mainly fuggles with prominent chewing tobacco aroma that it is famous for. Aromas of oak, tobacco, caramel, vanilla and nuts.

Taste is slightly sweet with lots of woody and caramel flavors at the start. Good assertive hop character in the taste, slight tobacco flavor but mostly woody dry. After a while you can detect a slight tartness to the beer, I can't nail what is from, possibly a little bit of citrus hops. There is a lot of BPA flavor here, a good mild dry ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. Mild and dry without anything harsh about it yet it isn't really dumbed down either. If this lacks anything it might be in complexity but this certainly nails all the necessary attributes of a good beer. VERY good beer for the $5.99 I paid for the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 02:28:12 | More by Zorro
Photo of goschool


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had several brown ales that are the same dark copper color as this one. The nose has fruity and toasty malts and equal levels with hops. The hop bitterness just barely overtakes the sweet, toasty caramel malts in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Overall this is a solid, slightly atypical, example of an amber ale. For what it's worth, I think the old label had more character.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 04:50:51 | More by goschool


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" beige head. Clear, glowing amber. Head retains at 1/4" and then falls to a cap. Thin wisps of lace.

S - Toasted grain. Caramel. Lightly hopped.

T - Toasty malts. Bready. Caramel. Floral hops in the finish that provide a nice light bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Relatively dry finish.

D - Good drinkability combined with great flavor make this a prime sessioning candidate.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 01:51:45 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of scottoale


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a newly labeled 12oz. brown bottle with a picture on the neck label dipicting Castle Rock on the Columbia River. This pours a beautiful red-coppery color with a two-finger tan foam head. The gives way and settles to a ring, with some nice lace initially.

Hice sweet malty nose, the malted milk kind of malt , some fruity scents and hops pulling through in the end, as well as an alcoholic note as it warms. Really smells nice.

Very tasty malt intro, kind of rich and a tad chewy that pans to a citric sweetness and finishes with a hop bittery dryness. Lots of fantastic flavors that are balanced perfectly.

Full bodied with nice carbonation and the alcohol even shines through a bit. The mouthfeel is quenching at first and quite bitter and dry in the end.

Highly drinkable stuff, it's one of the best of this style that I have tasted !

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 13:17:23 | More by scottoale
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a one finger head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: brown sugar sweetness with some nuts and fruits. More aroma than most other ambers.

Taste: strong fruitiness here, with toasted nuts, brown sugar, wrapped in a nice bready malt. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: a great session amber. This can be enjoyed all alone or with a meal. Worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2006 23:39:16 | More by Gavage
Photo of beertastegood


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep red. Two-finger head that collapses quickly and leaves a thin cap on the beer. Aromas of bread/biscuits laden with sweet caramel malt (smells like munich malt to me). No hop aroma at all. There is also an odd roasted aroma that is just barely detectable. It doesn't really detract from the beer other than seeming a bit out of place in an amber.

Taste: Big munich-like sweetness up front...the malt flavor is quite intense for an amber. Following this is more toasty/biscuit-like flavors, and then just a hint of hops towards the end. Finishes slightly slick and brown-sugar sweet with just a hint of spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low carbonation (this really helps this beer's drinkability)

Drinkability: Very good quaffing beer...I would be able to enjoy this for some time.

Overall: This would be a solid yet not noteworthy beer, if it weren't for the intensity of the malt flavor. IMO, amber ales should be showcasing the complexities of the lightly kilned malt varieties, and this one definitely comes through in that regard. It would have been nice to have a bit more hop character (not bitterness, but flavor). An above average amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 21:57:43 | More by beertastegood
Photo of veech


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the witty comments on the full sail packaging as much as I did the beer. A: Amber copper color that looked promising flavorwise. S: Mildly citrus infused with hints of slightly spicy and floral undertones. T: Milder than expected, a slight carmelized maltiness that was trumped by the hoppy finish M: Med to thin but appropriate. D: Quite good, as it was a milder, smoother beer than I had anticipated. I hope to visit Oregon on a beer pilgrimage in the reasonably near future, and I will compare and contrast the draft version whilst there.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 05:38:44 | More by veech
Photo of malthead


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark copper color, but very little lasting head. Not much of a characteristic aroma, just a straight-forward, almost 'bitter' smell. Very balanced taste, nice compromise between a clean, hoppy sensation that aids in the great drinkability and a solid malt backbone - caramel notes, reminds me more of a decent bitter than the hoppy amber/red I was expecting. Hops present on the finish, just begging you to take the next sip. Could definitely have a few of these. Not a flavor bomb, but sometimes this is just what I want.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 02:38:57 | More by malthead
Photo of DogFood11


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to brown color, forming a tan head that leaves behind spotty lace. Medium carbonation.

Softly malted brew, some toasted quality towards the middle and enough of a citrus hoppy finish to rinse away the finish. Deep in the malt profile I can even get a touch of coffee/cocoa mostly in the aftertaste.

Notes: An easy drinking, soft brew that does what it is designed to do. Light enough to make a day of it, enough goodness to keep you interested, and the price is right just like most of the full sail lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 01:13:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of pweis909


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a typical amber. Mine poured with a moderate tawny head that didn't last. There is a moderate maltiness to the taste that I found enjoyable. The smell and hoppiness are restrained. This is worth trying, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 02:44:36 | More by pweis909
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of wildflower honey, caramel, and a bit of floral hops. Flavors are of light caramel, and a bit of cinnamon-like spice. A bit of an earthy hop undertone as well. Medium bodied, and slightly bitte. Better than average, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 19:01:36 | More by fisherman34
Photo of Wasatch


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark golden color/amber, nice carbonation, tiny head, very slight lacing.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet and of slight caramel.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, but not sure if I will buy again, since there are so many other better one's in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 22:46:28 | More by Wasatch
Photo of IntriqKen


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Golden Amber color with a thick cream colored head fading to nice thick lacing.
Aroma is toasted malt and mild chocolate with citrusy hops coming on the backend.
Taste is sweet toasted malt and again the light touch of bitter chocolate fading slightly to a drying hops.
Aftertaste continues with the bitter chocolate/citrus hops mixture.
Pleasant and surprising, but I like a little more bite in my Ambers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 02:16:26 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucent burnt orange with honey-colored edges; one of the darker versions of the style that you'll see. High-quality head of very slightly toasted marshmallow froth that's firm enough to last and sticky enough to deposit a fair amount of lace. Like most all Full Sail brews, this one is a looker.

The nose is pretty evenly balanced between toasty malt and hops. The Mt. Hood hops (a Hallertau variant) make more of a statement than the Cascade. It's hard to believe that Crystal and Chocolate malt are part of the malt bill, especially given the style. Considering the appearance and the aroma, I'd say that not much of either--in particular Chocolate--was used.

This is a solid Amber Ale, no doubt about it. It's tough for beer of this style to impress unless generous quantities of ingredients are added (personal bias). My favorites, of course, are those that contain heavy-handed amounts of hops, but a well-brewed, balanced Amber is just fine as well. Count this one as a member of the balanced club.

Still nothing that hints at Chocolate malt, but firm, semi-sweet, generously toasted caramel is in the house. Sweet makes a valiant effort, but is ultimately slapped down by bitter. Maybe there's more hoppiness here than the first few ounces led me to believe. Overall, I'm still going with balanced. On the palate, the grapefruitiness of the Cascade pulls even with the floral-spiciness of the Mt. Hood.

The body is firm rather than creamy, but still has a well-polished feel about it. There's no hint of a thinning out during the entirety of the medium-long finish. No complaints about the carbonation either; it's right in my comfort zone.

Full Sail Brewing Company ('specialists in the liquid refreshment arts since 1987') comes through again. While this isn't the most spectacular Amber Ale that I've ever had, it's more than solid and is well deserving of the many gold medals that have been earned in world beer championships over the years.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 13:31:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, dark copper, very nearly the color of a four- or five-year-old penny. Beige-ish ivory head.

Smell: Very fruity/estery hops - grapefruit, orange, roses, yum! Apple juice, grape juice/red wine, pine wood, grass, nutty malts (almonds/peanuts), and DMS are also present.

Taste: Very toasty, especially nearing the finish. Malts are also quite nutty, like roasted almonds. Hops are sharp but not overwhelming, a fabulous grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit light, with some chewability and a clean, dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a great relaxation beer, profound in its simplicity!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 04:59:33 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked up a sixer in NoCal on a trip last week. brough back one bottle

dark copper color. head was kinda nice at first, but went south. lacing looks decent. all the bubbles rising to the top suggest ample carbonation. roasty, slightly nutty aroma, with a touch of musky hops (something british...BC?). fairly nutty up front with some caramel, but the beer lacks backbone. slight blackcurrant bitterness


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 03:20:21 | More by bruachan
Photo of Winter


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that didn't bother sticking around. Aroma consists of toasted grain with a nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. Things start off with a nice caramel and toasted malt flavor. There's a touch of fruitiness to it also. Noticeable hop bitterness arrives midway and lingers into the finish. Overall, this a pleasant and easy drinking amber.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:02:49 | More by Winter
Photo of RJLarse


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Full Sail Amber Ale at the grocery store, to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. .

Pours a chestnut brown with a red-ish hue when held up to the light. The beer is clear and appears mildly effervescent. One finger of off-white head is reduced quickly to a fine film on the surface of the beer. The head produces light lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is faint and mild with some fruit presence and smoky aromas of roasted grains and malt.

The taste is fairly robust and is also smoky and slightly sweet. It tastes of roasted grains and malt with a moderate hop finish. The flavors are reasonably well balanced. The aftertaste is taken over by the hops and is slightly bitter.

The mouth feel is crisp and moderately thin. The full-bodied rich flavors suggest a thicker brew than this is. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. It’s typical, perhaps slightly above average, for an American Amber. If you are looking for a well balanced beer, a little hoppy and a little malty, you’ll like this one. I would definitely buy Full Sail Amber Ale again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 04:45:15 | More by RJLarse
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Amber Ale is a bit hoppier than I expected it to be, which for me is a plus, although it was not devoid of malt character either. Of course this is not a major problem, nor should it be too much of a surprise since the "Amber Ale" category itself can be fairly open.

This is a decently tasty (perhaps not "ridiculously tasty" as the label proclaims) entry by Full Sail, worth a try if you see it available somewhere, but I can think of too many other great beers out there to make FSAmber a mainstay in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 00:08:52 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of Gagnonsux


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a solid amber with good carbonation. The creamy head is average-sized and off-white. Aroma is of sweet, toasted malt with an underlying smell of piney hop. The taste is definently a step or two up from the standard microbrew amber. Plenty of malt flavor here, toasted bready flavors are joined by caramel. A moderate level of piney hop hits midway through a sip and really helps set this beer apart from the competion. A little spiciness rounds the flavor out. This is one of the top ambers I've sampled, this is something that will find it's way back into my fridge sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:29:00 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of brendon


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium-dark amber pacific NW ale. It is very clear sith an off-white one finger head that lasts quite a long time and leaves some lace. The nose is fruit and toffee. The taste of the hop blend is nice. it is not just citrus, there is also some woody and subdued bitterness. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel for an amber. There does seem to be a slight astringency to the finish that become somewhat more noticalbe as it warmed. Overall a very drinkable amber and one of the better PNW examples.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 17:22:00 | More by brendon
Photo of atomicbwax


2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Brown with a hint of red.

Smell - Not much of an aroma at all. Slight hint of hops in the aroma.

Taste - Kind of like the arome there is not much of a tatse at all. What is there is a very mild, non-descript taste with a hint of hops. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Drinkability - Because there is not too much taste this is very drinkable. This could easily be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 05:08:38 | More by atomicbwax
Photo of UberWasser


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues. Head starts four fingers thick, very pale tan in color, and stays about one finger thick for the entire drink, mainly thanks to the champagne-like fountain of bubbles that rise from the liquid. Foam is light and fluffy. Very pretty. However, a few other people I was drinking with had mixed results from the same six-pack, so it seems that glass cleaning procedure is particularly important for head retention with this beer.

The smell was a little lacking. Some sweet malts with a little hop in the background. Wasn't very exciting.

I didn't find the taste to be very complex, with not much more than some layers of sweet and sour that shift a bit as the beer warms, but it’s a good flavor overall. Rich and pleasant. The alcohol that is present comes across with a bit of a fruity tinge. Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft despite the prodigious release of carbonation.

A nice American Amber Ale. Attractive, tasty, and very drinkable. I could see myself enjoying several in a sitting. Only lacks somewhat in the olfactory area.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 05:13:50 | More by UberWasser
Photo of mentor


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided to me as a reward for cleaning up the day after GABF. The stamp on the bottle reads 093005 12:26. Pours a one finger slightly yellowish head over a crystal clear dark amber colored liquid. The head slowly settled until it reached a thin layer that nver went away. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells caramel, oranges, woody hops, some citrus pith, a tinge of alcohol, toasted grains, and pine sol. Some of these aromas were only found with deep searching. Wet sweet smelling and a little bit of chocolate. Tastes, yeah, chocolatey with a nice toffee/caramel beneath to sweeten things up. Nice tasting amber, but the carbonation is a bit more than I care for personally. A little bit of soured grains and what I think is hops comes in the aftertaste rough like I'm holding a grassy drab cottonball in my mouth. Esters are present, but I can't nail down any particular fruit. Maybe squash. Overall, sweet in the mouth, but dry grainy in the aftertaste. Could this sour and dour end be partly from tannins? Md-thick mouthfeel and tiny sharp carb is just a touch too strong. Gorgeous looking beer with a nice aroma profile. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 05:18:09 | More by mentor
Photo of misterscooter


4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail presents another bottle of liquid gold.

A nice dark amber with some red and brown hues. Lovely medium head that recedes at a good pace.

Rolling this one around in your mouth is like heaven for your tongue. An excellent balance of malt and hops, neither too strong. A little spice and citrus in the flavor to go along with the wheat and sweet finish.

Complex and simple at the same time, this beer does great things without having to aspire to it. Easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 04:20:03 | More by misterscooter
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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