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

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 34
Gots: 66 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
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
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with Wasatch, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - deep amber color with a small tan head that fell to a light layer.

S - sweet caramel and chocolate aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor with a light bitterness on the back end, good balance.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - a most enjoyable brew.

Photo of cooncat
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample dated 12-27-07 and reviewed on 7-3-08. Decanted into standard pint glass.

On the pour you get a nice amber/garnet colored brew, with a light tan head of modest size. Head retention is not great, and little or no lacing observed.

The nose is slightly fruity, with citrus/grapefruit hop aromas coming to the fore. Mild bready malts perceptible.

The taste follows the nose closely, in that the dominant flavor is from the citrus/grapefruit hops. The bready malt sweetness is a bit more pronounced in the taste, leaving a sweetness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, about what I expected for an amber ale - correct for the style. The finish is a balance between the dryness of the hops and sweetness of the malt. Easily quaffable, with a moderate 5.5% ABV, this is right in the session beer 'ballpark'.

Summary: A good example of the Amber Ale style and a great session beer. Pair this up with about any food, but I enjoyed mine with some pasta marinara. Recommended.

Na Zdravje

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail- Amber

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Deep copper amber with a big solid head. Spotty lacing.
S- Slight earthy toffee malt with a touch of floral hops.
T- Sweet and chewy mossy malt, the slightest of brown sugar with bits of grain and floral hops.
M- Sweet and chewy, with a solid malty finish.

Overall- A bit sweet and possibly cloying but tasty and defintiely worthy of a 6er.

Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full amber color, like a red ale, with a creamy fluffy white head.

Fruity sweet smell with toffee and a citric hoppiness.

Bready toffee taste up front with citrusy hops and a bit of a floral note.

Medium body with a nice smooth crispness.

Quite tasty and sessionable. I wish I could get it here in Chicago, it'd be a nice everyday beer.

Tasted on 5/2/08.

Photo of joshwlt
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 13th 08. Pours a clear...amber color... who would've guessed? Barely any head. Laces but it doesn't last. Gave it an average for appearance but makes up for it in other respects. Very light piney hop smell. The crystal and chocolate malts give it a toffee, cocoa smell. The flavor has just the right balance. Not overly complex. Flavor lingers for a while... all I can really say is that it has a great balance of hops and malt that creates a good tingly mouthfeel that smooths out to silk. The hops are present but more prominent in the smell, plus the chocolate malt effects the smell more than the taste as well, but they provide a toffee smoothness. Very drinkable. The flavor isn't too strong in any direction, but I like that about this beer. I've had the IPA and the pale. I'd say the pale was much better than the IPA, wish I had another pale around to compare to the amber to determine which is best from this brewery. Suggested

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering a trip up to Portland for the O.B.F. this July and picked up this familiar brew at a local Trader Joe's.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber/copper with a luscious malty nose. Carbonation and lacing are unusually light.

Taste offers a slightly too rich malty sweetness with some hops in the background and a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel and drink are solid, a nice example of the style.

Now I guess I'll have to hike back up Multnomah Falls on my way to the brewery again, to pay my dues.

Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, cystal clear with minimal head.

Hop aromas jump out with the first sniff followed by a faint malt aroma.

Very hoppy initial taste along with an oily mouthfeel. That is followed up by a roasted malt flavor. The brew finishes off with a dry pine flavor.

This is a fine brew, nothing fancy just a solid example of a beer staying true to form.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the ancient American microbrews...

Pours a lovely amber color w/ orangish hues. A soft white head crowns the top. Lively carbonation throughout, but not too much. The aroma is light and full of toffee, maltiness, and a hint of hops. The flavor is much of the same with definite toffee, caramel, and toasty malts. There is a good hop presence as well w/ some slightly citrusy and floral hops, w/ an underlying subtle bitterness. Very mild and relaxing. Not really exciting, but not really boring, somewhere in between. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.

I can see why this beer has been around for a while. It is a very solid beer w/ a great balance of malts and hops. Unfortunately there wasn't anything overly exciting about this beer. This is still a great amber to have around.

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this on sale at a Dave's supermarket for around $7.50. A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear amber brown color. head is about 1/3 inch when poured and quickly fades to a fairly thin surface layer and a decent sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Ok lacing, but nothing great. Has a malty, light caramel aroma with a bit of citrus hops. Somewhat sweet malt flavors with hints of caramel and a touch of brown sugar upfront followed by moderate citrus hops. Great balance of flavors. Has sort of a chewy, crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A damn good solid brew indeed, but not mindblowing. I would certainly drink this again.


Photo of RedBeerHead
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


This beer pours a very rich amber brown with a small one finger white head.

Very hoppy aroma. almost a little fruity.

Sophisticated taste. Pretty light but still a good hoppy and very matly flavor. A little sweet but not overpowering.

Good mouthfeel and overall very smooth. pretty drinkable.

Thank god for hops

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.

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