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Full Sail Pale Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be confused with their English Style Pale.

"Our Pale Ale has a fresh, hoppy aroma that comes from two (top secret) Northwest hop varieties, while two-row Pale and Crystal malt give it a mild sweetness that finishes clean and crisp. Feeling out of whack? Put on some music, crack a Pale Ale, and readjust your balance.

ABV 5.4% IBU 37"

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002)
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat unagressive pour give me a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is pretty much completely white, and is pretty standard looking for the most part, except for the medium sized bubbles, there are a fair amount of those. About half of the head is medium sized bubbles. The head is pretty much already gone, not very good head retention. Lacing looks like it will be decent, but I wont know for sure until I get to the the bottom of the glass. The body pretty much looks like a lager to me, pretty much completely yellow. The only different in color from this and a standard lager is that this has some orange in it, it's a hair darker than your standard lager. The carbonation started out very high, now it's gone down a little bit, but it's still medium-high, and on the higher end of that scale. Visibility through the beer is almost 100%, I mean it can't get much clearer than this, I'll say it's 99% see through. Overall not the best looking beer, to the credit of the head, it did leave some bubbles on top of the body after the head disappeared, but they aren't good bubbles, they are bit and unattractive. We'll see how the lacing goes, but overall the look isn't all that great. The smell is pretty interesting. First off, I kinda get that distinct Full Sail smell, it's hard to say exactly what it smells like, it's just the hops the generally use, or the way they brew it, or the barely, something about it, it has a distinct smell. You also get a kinda cheap beer smell, it's kinda part of the distinct Full Sail smell, but not always because some Full Sail beers don't smell cheap at all. This one smells a tiny bit cheap, light, and not all that big. Very light malts on the nose. Some hops are here too, Not very big either, but for sure the "dominating" smell. I mean it's good that the hops are the biggest smell in a pale ale, but it's not by much. And on top of that the whole aroma is pretty small, so it's not that hard for the hops to be dominating the aroma. The hops do have a very distinct smell, which is nice and interesting. Somewhat sour smelling, probably part of that cheap beer smell. Overall the smell just isn't very big. It's hard to detect the smells because there isn't a very big aroma, and because there aren't a lot of different smells here, it's not very complex. Still, it's not a bad smelling beer, and it smells pretty unique. I'll give it a 3.5, but that's a little generous. Actually that's very generous. The taste isn't bad, but it's not much above average. Really the first taste I get is that sour taste, which you usually get in cheap, adjunct beers. It really actually stays with you the whole way through the taste. It's not a taste I generally hate, but it's not that great either, and it's a sign that it's not made that well. It also is possible that it's from the hops, but it doesn't really taste like a hop sour, it tastes like a corn sour, or something. I do get some hops, and it's interesting, because in the beer, it feels like a decent amount of hops, but that's just because the flavor isn't that big. On any other beer this amount of hops would seem small, and it is, it's a small hop amount. I also get some light malts in this beer, not very present, they kinda just guide the flavor along. Then finally it's finished off with water. This beer isn't as watery as I remember it, but it's still got a significant watery taste to it, especially at the end. It's a very unique beer, maybe because of the "classified" hops they use, I don't know. Still, just cause it's unique doesn't mean it's that good, and it's not. It has some nice qualities to it, but the fact of the matter is that it's just not above a 3. It's an interesting beer, but it's not what a pale ale should be, there aren't nearly enough hops for a pale ale, and there really isn't enough flavor all around for it to be more than a 3, regardless the style. With all that being said, it's not a terrible flavor, but it's not more than a 3. On some sips I feel like giving it a 3.5, but I just can't bring myself to do that, it's not quite there. The mouthfeel actually isn't all that bad. The carbonation is smaller than I thought it would be, it's medium. Frankly the carbonation and the small hop bite actually create a nice feel in my mouth when combined. The body is a little thin, but it's not a huge deal, I like a pale ale to be thicker than this, but it's not required. Not a bad mouthfeel, I'm considering giving it a 4, but I think it's more around a 3.5. The drinkability is obviously super high, it's pretty dang light, it's watery, it's low ABV, and it doesn't taste all that bad, so it's not hard to drink at all. Overall it's a beer that really ended up right in between a 3 and a 3.5 on a lot of the main areas, so I'll give it a 3.5 overall.

Like I said, the appearance turned out to be better than I thought it would be, 3.5.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a thinner lacy white head,good rich clarity in the color.Big caramel malt mixed hebal,leafy hops,pretty straight forward.Caramel and biscuit malt with a little toastiness melds into a shot of leafy hops in the finish.This is a no frills APA but its very flavorful,not as hopped up as I thought it would be but I still liked it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, bright, clear orange in color with a beautiful head that foamed up good, pitted, and laced.

Smell – Terrific aroma of complex hops, mostly floral with some pine and citrus aspects, along with a noticeable malt balance.

Taste – The floral hops come out big time in the taste, with the citrus close behind and the pine bringing up the rear. There’s a hint of fruity sweetness as well, mostly grapefruit and oranges, but this one is all about the fine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium in the body and flat with a dry mouth. Very nice. I would have likee to have seen this a little smoother and better blended, but overall a terrific ale.

Drinkability – This is one of Full Sail’s better offerings, IMO. It hits the style nail on the head and is a great bargain at seven buck a sixer.

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of skybluewater
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale honey color, some lacing, but not much. Smell is at first quite grapefruity, and then floral and other fruit aromas emerge. Taste is very nice, with a pleasing fruitiness backed up by some biscuity malt. Very well balanced. It tastes a bit like SNPA, but without the Cascade hoppiness.

Over all, this is a highly drinkable pale, very sessionable. Definitely one of my new faves.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange amber with a half inch of creamy white head that sticks firmly atop the beer and leaves some patchwork lacing. Great retention. A few yeast chunks on the bottom. Aromas start out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts intertwined with floral / herbal hops. Some green citric accents and a touch of spice.

First sip brings smooth caramel and toasted malt across the palate with a nice mix of fruit flavor as well. Herbal, floral hops make their way in and bring in a nice dose of bitterness. Slightly spicy on the way down with a touch of yeast kick. Well balanced and tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, juicy and medium bodied. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing. An APA is still my personal favorite session brew and this one fits the bill quite nicely. Good balance of malt, hops and drinkability. Good show.

Photo of blitz134
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear light amber/orange body. Small white head on the pour, quite fizzy, reduced to a thin layer on top with a ring around the glass.

Biscuit maltyness and lots of herbal, earthy hops in the nose, more of an english style pale ale to me. Nice strong aroma though, doesn't really hold back.

Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma would suggest but is still loaded with malts, needs a bit more hops to balance this out like what I would expect in a true pale ale. Lots of biscuit malts and the earthy hops come through again.

Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied. Coats the mouth fairly well and the flavor lingers. Bitterness doesn't linger for too long. Just okay drinkability. Really too malty for the style in my opinion. Good overall in the flavor and aroma department but its just a little too straightforward.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper hued gold with a very sticky and bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

Taste: Smooth with a quick punch of drying bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Slight creamy malt floats under a soft yet substantial hop character. Pinch of pale malt on the palate. Citric and hop oil floral bitterness and flavour dominate with a underlying grain flavour. A touch of residual sweetness and an everlasting hop flavour faded very slowly into the finish.

Notes: Very American ... very NW. To be straight up ... Pacific North West. This brew flexes its hop character yet still lets in enough malt to keep it in check. A little bit of freshly squeezed hop juice.

Photo of nem2006
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Was a clear yellow golden color with a nice head. I smelled the toasted malts with the mild citrus of the hops.

I am not a huge hop head, but this beer surprised me at how smooth it was. Finished well with some great flavor, not as bland as some others I have tried. I ate some cheddar cheese while drinking this beer and it went extremely well together.

Photo of LyonsHead
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: above average but not good. looks remarkably light in color, we'll go with very pale orange. thin head but decent lacing

S: Im getting a very light fruity nose (lemon zest comes to mind). there is also a grainy, wheat character here as well.

T: caramel mixed with cirtus and a hoppy bite. not very complex, refreshing but i like my pale ales to have a bit more to them in terms of hops and malt

M: nothing to write home about here, very thin

D: Refreshing with a dry finish but not enjoyable as there isn't a whole lot to this beer. Kinda sweet, Kinda citrusy, kinda boring

Photo of cbradio
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Byeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / gold , with some whitish foam atop.

Smell: Floral , lightly fruity , citric , pink fruit , and slightly spicey hopiness.

Taste: Medium bready maltiness thoughout , good dose of hops that are a bit citric , raw and a bit earthy , some tea quality , hint at corn chip grain, fairly dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , moderatly dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable APA. A good quaffer with enough malt and a nice west coast hop trait. Would be a welcome sight on tap.

Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold with very light head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Very faint grainy malts, orange and spice.

Taste: Mostly grainy malts, while the hops are more herbal and spicy with a light orange flavor. Ends just slightly bitter, spicy and almost metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is too watery. Slight dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but definitely too watery with a strange hop character. Not an APA that I would seek out again.

Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ddgrant
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color with a lingering head that remained for the entire session

S - Very little aroma that would be expected

T - A sweet, fruity taste hits first that leads to a bitter finish that is somewhat nutty

M - The carbonation makes this a crisp APA with light-medium body

D - It might not be the most distinct APA, but it is very refreshing and has enough character to keep me interested. It's a good session beer

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thrasher
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite session beer of mine and luckily it's available pretty much everywhere in town. A cask pint is preferable but the bottle will do in a pinch. It pours a clear bronze-gold, just a shade darker than I remember, but still pretty light colored, with good sticky head and lace. Broad, buttery aroma that just approaches diacetyl but is fortunately not a detriment to the beer. The flavor is bready and grainy, with a punctuative helping of juicy, citric hops. The yeast adds a buttery flavor which doesn't overwhelm the beer and adds a fraction more character than many of the West Coast breweries and their invisible-tasting Chico yeast. Full Sail Pale is a fine, drinkable beer, versatile and appetizing. It is refreshing in warm weather, and accompanies simple meals, as well as being the sort of brew one can hoist throughout the evening.

Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Dizzy
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber colored with white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is all grassy hops. Flavor is mostly hop flavor, some malt and finish with bitterness. Medium body with carbonation on the lighter side, but there still a little bite. Not my favorite APA, but its tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak brown, amber and caramel color, pillowy head. Aroma ain't what it used to be in this beer (like many factors), comes off a little too much industrial if that makes sense.

Tons of caramel, decent enough hops and a lot of wood flavor often. I dunno, this stuff has been $10 a 12er for awhile in Reno, everytime I get it, its very close to the drink by date, I've had this stuff excellent, but lately, not so much. Does stay true to style and does not encroach on ipa land. One dimensional townie hopheads won't like this one. Does have a substantial malt amount to it, again, another turn off to those who don't like that kind of thing.

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper color with a decent 1/4 inch head that laces in incomplete rings. Citrusy aroma, maybe more tangerine than grapefruit. Wow, quite American in style, tastes of Cascade or Cascade-like hops, early and often. Orange to pale grapefruit with a dry astringency at the finish. Lighter bodied. Malt is fairly subdued, a little sense of wild honey. Refreshing for when you’re in a hop head frame of mind. I keep forgetting how solid Full Sail brews are, rarely among my all time favorites -- but good across the board (or "boardhead")...

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

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jaredseaman77
5/5  rDev +34.8%

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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