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

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BA SCORE
84
good

959 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 43 | 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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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured bottle into a standard pint glass. Drank 2 of these back to back, the first had no head whatsoever... on the second beer I used a much more aggressive pour. Still, little to no head and very little lacing. Smell is very faint, some sweet caramel and corn. Taste has quite a bit of sweetness, very little hop bitterness. Some malt & caramel. Goes down fairly smooth and leaves little aftertaste, but just enough sweetness remains. I would say this is an average beer, I was expecting much more from it, however I will have to try the Full Sail Pale next time. The Amber get's a B- or C+, somewhere in that range.

04-18-2007 18:09:16 | More by beeroclock
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kgotcher

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a dark amber color with a nice looking offwhite head that leaves a lot of lacings.

Aroma is hearty toasteds malt and grassy hops.

Medium mouthfeel with a caramel and buscuit malt flavor that is nicely balanced by grassy hops. There is a slight minerally taste that I am not sure about. Pretty dry finish for an amber.

Overall a decent session beer but thats a pretty competitive area and this beer does not really stand out.

04-18-2007 01:27:15 | More by kgotcher
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beeragent

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 1/2 inch head, leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is very thin. Maybe consisting of light malt sweetness, with a hint of hops. Not too much present. The taste is about the same. Nothing really complex. Sweet malt up front, followed by a light hop finish. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, this just seems like an average beer. Nothing really interesting.

04-14-2007 07:56:34 | More by beeragent
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Had this on tap at kinfolks after a fairly lengthy hike

Poured caramel/chestnut with 1 finger of offwhite head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Sweet malt & breadyness

T: Sweey malt, a hint of choclate & caramel up front. Earthy hops surface along with a little grainyness as this warms. Finishes bready, sweet & a little hoppy & dry

Medium bodied, great balance & near perfect carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, another winner from a pretty good oregon brewery. Nothing earthshattering, here, just solid across the board

03-05-2007 05:21:53 | More by russpowell
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utahbeerdude

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Visual: Appealing mahogany, almost brown, color. Decent head that falls to a thin persistent layer. Weak carbonation.

Aroma: Hint of roasty malt initially with some other darker malts, plus some hop aroma (but not citrusy), slight alcohol.

Flavor: Malty to start (Munich plus darker crystal?), although not as dark in taste as the color might indicate. It then turns over to some hop flavor and then a nice, moderate bitterness is added on. It finishes rather cleanly with this hop bitterness, which slowly fades, leaving a firm hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for the style.

Overall: This is almost more like an American Brown than an American Amber, certainly on the border between the two styles. The beer pull one's taste buds in different directions. While this makes the beer interesting, it detracts from the cohesiveness, and makes it less drinkable than expected.

03-04-2007 00:24:18 | More by utahbeerdude
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cbak999

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Picked up a sixer at Publix grocery store - I knew Full Sail had recently hit FL, but surprised to see this in the grocery store.
Poured a nice, deep amber color. The head was a dark tan, but quickly disappeared. I immediately smelled the caramel malts - typical of an amber. Not too hoppy, and good balance over all. Not a bad pick - and a decent bet at $6.99/6-pack. Recommended.

03-01-2007 21:00:20 | More by cbak999
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

12 ounce bottle, pours typical semi cloudy amber, medium almond, with an equally typical tan head, thas leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. The nose here is all about the malt. This is well put together malty brew, smooth notes of vanilla, honey, and bready sweetness. Easy drinking, balanced and thoroughly sessionable. Middle of the road style, but this one was enjoyable, a crowd pleaser.

02-23-2007 18:18:40 | More by Billolick
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largadeer

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

Full Sail's Amber has a filtered amber appearance and a short-lived white head that reduces to a ring of foam, leaving no lacing behind. The nose is fruity and citric, characters that are also present in the taste. Malt-heavy with a decent hop backbone. I can't really pick out any subtlety in the flavor - it's a fairly inoffensive albeit unexciting beer. Drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

02-13-2007 02:36:17 | More by largadeer
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stephendr

California

3.43/5  rDev -8%

12 oz. glass bottle- color of medium brown , with stark white head - nose of bitter hopps , floral , tasted , malts and bubble gum – taste of hopps , malts , tar , citrus , and slight skunk - body crisp , and bright – aftertaste of hopps , earthy and citrus

12-27-2006 06:47:49 | More by stephendr
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tcfishler

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Clear medium brown-amber, with a sticky tan head.

Big, expressive nose of dry malt accented by citrus.

Light-bodied yet intensely flavored, with flavors that are similar in character to the nose. There's a salty/acid sensation that makes the mouth water, but little real bitterness. Finishes fairly long and uncompromisingly dry.

Proves you can have flavor without heaviness, and interest without bitterness. Good sessioner.

12-23-2006 18:46:21 | More by tcfishler
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

A- clear copper with red hues, 1/2" white head little retent and lace, head settles to a little o-ring.

S- mellow, some sweetness, dry fruit, caramel and citrus

T- unique, bitter but not ridicously hoppy. pine, caramel, dry semi-sweet fruit, sweet molasses. all flavors blended well throughout

M- light body, prickly, smooth

D- i've never had an amber like this, modest easy drinker without being boring. may feel a bit awkward at times, but enjoyable. make a session out of this one, truly unique.

11-13-2006 01:57:56 | More by tonistruth
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mghotbi

California

3.43/5  rDev -8%

Poured a clear red with quarter inch off white head and moderate lacing. Carbonation is prominent to the eye.

There are the usual bready malt scents, but something else pokes through - faintly woodsy or earthy, I can't really place it, but is mildly unpleasant. Another reviewer referred to it as tobacco, and that may be the closest analogy.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness with mild malty flavor sandwiched in the middle of citrus and piney notes. The bready/biscuity flavors just poke out a bit before a long hoppy finish.

Smooth and easy to drink, flavorful but a little too light on the malt to be one of my favorite amber ales.

09-24-2006 01:48:56 | More by mghotbi
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a very deep amber color, almost red, crystal clear. Not much head, maybe one finger high but dissapears quickly. Spotty lacing.

Sweet fruit scents rise from a malty base.

Berry style fruit comes up first then gives way to brad like malts. Very light hop bitterness trails at the end, but the malty flavors are what lingers.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth finish, which helps with the drinkability.

Not a bad beer at all. Good for sessioning. Try this one and see if you like it.

09-21-2006 04:10:27 | More by BeerSox
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wolffman17

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Full Sail Amber pours a crystal clear copper. The big, creamy head holds itself for quite a while and leaves lots of lace. A great looking beer.
Bready and biscuity aroma much like Fat Tire. Caramel malt and some hops in the background.
In the taste, I actually notice the bitterness before the malts come through. It's toasty, fruity, and well balanced.

This is a solid Amber that's perfect on this cool, early-fall evening. Would be a hit on a fall camping trip.

09-20-2006 02:13:22 | More by wolffman17
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rgrace99

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper color with a decent one-finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma was a mild citrusy hop smell. Flavor was moderately bitter finishing with a good malty finish. Nothing spectacular but very easy to put back while sitting by the barbecue.

09-11-2006 15:51:54 | More by rgrace99
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Zorro

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

California

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

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 !

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +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.

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

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

07-13-2006 02:44:36 | More by pweis909
Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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