Full Sail Pale Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4.8/5 rDev +29.4%
This excellent American brew pours a wonderful burnt golden color. There is a nice tan head that is satisfactory in life. The nose is very hoppy, There are fruity undertones as well. The flavors are very complex with fruity malt that is not so dry as to match the nose. There is a strong well balanced hop flavor here and notes of spice. Very satisfying and hearty beer.
03-20-2003 15:27:29 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.78/5 rDev +28.8%
12oz brown bottle, with a throwback label, boasting of 47 employees. This was easily one of the cleanest drinking beers I've had recently. Smooth, pale color, clean smell, and it went do so easy. No bitterness, but a full clear flavor. An excellent overall beer. I was sad that I had but one to drink.
11-23-2010 23:40:18 | More by anotherpg
4.75/5 rDev +28%
the folks up in oregon really due know how to make beer.it helps that im a homebrewer and like ale.easy to read drink before date embalsed on the bottle.had a twist cap that i had to use a opener on.like the catchey label its not the one shown on this page.
a:clear ambor color moderte head that laces nicely down the glass.
s:can smell the flower aroma of hops.no doubt of what this is.
t:tas good explouds with flavor nice citrus taste.
m:good mouthfeel this is a good ale.
d:as with all ale you arent going to drink these all night long but this is a good enjoyable beverage.
needless to say i liked this one and will get more.
05-31-2007 01:18:27 | More by tbone53
4.72/5 rDev +27.2%
Full Sail Pale Ale (January 2003)
Malts: two row pale and crystal
Hops: Centennial and Columbus
Full Sail Pale Ale is the epitome of the American Pale Ale style, in my humble opinion. Having tasted probably hundreds of examples of the style, this is my favorite so far. I drink this stuff frequently, so I've got a fair idea of what to expect and this beer always exceeds those expectations.
The textbook amber body is brilliantly clear and supports a perfectly white cap of foam. The lace-prone head actually lasts throughout the whole drinking experience--a rarity in the style. The aroma is simply out of this world--a perfect combination of malt and hops existing in unity to produce a citric, then sweet aroma that instantly makes my tongue float on my mouth's watering... The best is still to come though, because the flavor is the pinnacle of this beer's exceptional existence. Full Sail Pale Ale is the definition of balanced beer. The crisp, sweet, biscuity malt is chased almost instantly by the grapefruity-orange presence of American hops. Not to be overdone, the malt returns almost as quickly as it gave way, easing back into the awareness of my palate. The hops also linger enticingly, weaving complexity and subtlety into the malt backbone. The crisp, but longish finish is almost dry, but at the same time sweet and hoppy--with neither flavor ever even coming close to dominating. If I was a novice beer drinker, I'd have no idea this APA had more ingredients than just beer sweet beer, because no ingredient's flavor ever dominates long enough to establish itself as obvious. Its almost impossible for me not to drink this beer in about 2 minutes because the flavor is so perfect and the taste is so addictive.
Simply an amazing beer. This is the epitome of brewing as a careful, loving, highly-demanding craft. I'd give this beer all 5's if I didn't worry that someday, I might just find better...
01-28-2003 20:41:51 | More by TXHops
4.72/5 rDev +27.2%
Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Good head and lacing, also good carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell is great!! Very fruity, maybe some apricot scent as well has hoppy. Taste is even better, nicely balanced malty at first with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good as well, I would say carbonation is moderate to heavy, has a good bite to it. Overall, one of the better pale ale's I've had in quite some time.
08-25-2005 00:04:49 | More by loren01
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is darkish blue. Listed as 5.4% By Vol.
Appearance: Pours easily into my Pint Glass, the head stopping just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.
Nose: PALE ALE! This has just the perfect nose for this style. Fresh hops mixed with clean lemon-citric aromas all intermingled into a light malt nose. Very nice.
Taste: Wow, this beer totally surprises me all round, maybe the rather plain label does this beer an injustice. Starts with a very refreshing quality that is initially extremely thirst quenching. Fresh hops, with a lemon & lime character. Light malt intermingles and threads through all of these flavors. Has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish that does not detract from the supremeness of this beer at all. Extremely well-balanced, so much so nothing is really dominant, nor is it left out how do they do this?
Mouthfeel: Above average, the high carbonation lends help to a beer that already has a solid backbone.
Drinkability: Very high, maybe the hot weather aids my drinkability marks, I sometimes feel it does, so I have had two bottles, and the Drinkability is for the second, after my thirst was well quenched. Yet I still found this to be a great beer to knock back, probably because it is just so well-balanced.
Overall: I cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joes so many times without ever picking it up! A superb Pale Ale that does not cost the Earth, it is advertised I note on the neck label as ...balanced to perfection. I agree totally, this is no marketing BS. Extremely well-balanced, clean, and very, very, very quaffable. Investing in a 6-Pack of this from Trader Joes is Highly Recommended. Bloody Good.
07-05-2003 15:00:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
A nose biting hoppiness and a faint aroma of pine. Quite a refreshing sensation, it made my eyes open a little wider. The palate is immediately spicey up front with fresh and grainey hops cruising along till the end(it never really stops). Very well balanced start to finish. Skillfully rounded character. Excellent beer!
02-14-2002 21:42:08 | More by Jordan
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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