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

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | 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:
"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 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.

Photo of JEdmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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