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

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610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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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Ratings: 610 | Reviews: 359 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jkanavel:
Photo of jkanavel
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty amber, pure white head.

S: Very tight. A little toasty. Some pine notes.

T: Raw grain hulls, carmely malt notes, a little hop bitterness, a bit citrusy. Very smooth flavor.

M: Rich medium bodied, full carbonation.

O: Like most of Full Sail's line, this is a sessionable beer. Nothing about this beer is spontaneous or interesting, and maybe thats its charm. Like Boston Lager its tasty, satisfying, steadying, and consistent.

jkanavel, Jan 11, 2012
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.

oberon, Sep 04, 2011
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.

RoyalT, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3/5  rDev -19.1%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 19, 2013
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.

skybluewater, Dec 21, 2004
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.

orbitalr0x, Apr 12, 2009
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.

blitz134, Aug 29, 2006
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.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
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.

nem2006, Jun 24, 2008
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

LyonsHead, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of cbradio
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cbradio, Jan 29, 2014
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.

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
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.

bsp77, May 14, 2010
Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Hugh37, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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

ddgrant, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
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.

Thrasher, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Dello, Aug 01, 2014
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.

Dizzy, Aug 26, 2006
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 23, 2010
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")...

ADR, Jan 28, 2003
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7.8%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jaredseaman77
5/5  rDev +34.8%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.