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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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596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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"

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Photo of genog


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours an amber orange color with an off white very light brown creamy frothy head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout. Smell is hay and grain with some light hoppy presences of pine/flowers. Taste is intially bitter with a sweet follow up. Light mouthfeeling that is a little oily and slightly alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 18:04:02 | More by genog
Photo of tavernjef


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with a solid off-white head thats thick and creamy looking nearly an inch high fading slowly to a skim always present and thin strings of lace. Smell is a blend of sweet candyish caramel malts and floral hops, faint but present. Taste has nice sweet but light caramel malts and light floral hops, balance is welcoming, is easy and smooth, subtley blended, light fruity bitterness with a lightly crisp finish. Medium body feel and goes down easy. A soothing easy drinkin' pale.

Note: A head to head comparison with Flying Dog Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 22:59:53 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Drew966


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a medium copper color with a very small ring of white foam along the edges from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice mix of hops and malt in the aroma. The flavor is also a nice mix of hops and malt, the hops have a nice bitterness that is very well balanced by the malt. This is a nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 00:34:25 | More by Drew966
Photo of KyleVick4


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours light amber color with one finger of head. Lacing already as the head dissipates. Head bubbles look nice and small, but no CO2 bubbles in beer.

S: Strong hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and spice in the front with a subtle malt sweetness in the background. There is a very slight undesirable smell in the nose that i cant quite place.

T: Balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary. Great hop character but poor malt finish.

M: Surprisingly carbonated but fits the style.

O: Very drinkable beer, it's good, but nothing special. I'd recommend it but not actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:09:53 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of brewdoc75


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another APA to review. I was quite excited to review this beer as I enjoy many of Full Sail's offerings. This one pours nicely w/ strong carbonation (but not too much). A decent head tapers down to a nice creamy lace. Beautiful amberish orange, crystal clear color. The aroma is a little lacking but you smell a faint hint of hops and a good amount of malty smells. I like the taste of this beer alright, but there is just not enough hops in it for me. What I really like is the strong malty flavors for an APA. It is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, but hoppy enough and light enough to be an APA. The mouthfeel is crisp but smooth. Not overly bitter. This is a pretty solid APA. Not the best I've had, but a good one. I'd really like to have it on tap sometime. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 22:31:59 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of BeanBone


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of off-white head that features decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal, and nicely citrusy hops over toasty malt. The hops definitely have Pacific Northwest character.

Taste: It follows the aroma perfectly. Those citrusy and herbal Pacific NW hops on top of toasted caramel malt. The malt backbone is more than strong enough to match the hops, making it a balanced proposition. An herbal and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: With mild flavor, alcohol and mouthfeel, this is rather sessionable.

Verdict: While Full Sail Pale Ale may not be the most exciting Pale on the shelves, it certainly works. Overall, this seems like a nice combination of an English Pale Ale with a good dash of Pacific Northwest hop character thrown in.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:06:02 | More by BeanBone
Photo of josiahschlender


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale pours just a couple shades lighter than most ambers. Decent head fades in medium time, leaving a little lacing.

Right after the pour, the nose leaned strongly to the side of citric hops, but as it's warmed, the malts are more noticeable. Pleasing, subtle lemon and grapefruit with bready, carmely malts.

Taste is solid, fairly middle of the road for NW Pales. Again, pleasing, but not overpowering. Sweet grainy malts are much fuller after letting the beer warm for 20 minutes or so. Conservative bittering, but tasty citric hops. A pretty easy crossover beer, in my opinion.

I like the feel... slightly dry but pretty substantial. Not watery by any means. Right now it's my favorite thing about this beer.

My other favorite part is that this is easily acquired here in Portland, for usually a very reasonable price which factors into my drinkability score. Low bitterness doesn't punish, this a semi-sessionable beer but with a more substantial feel. I'll definitely pick a sixer up again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 03:36:30 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some notes of amber and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of pale and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn’t quite as malty because it is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness and some ever so slight hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is quite easy to drink and I would have no problem putting back a few of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:29:29 | More by metter98
Photo of roddwolff


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of the fall, on a cloudy afternoon, served in a tonic glass. Look: Deep orange, thick foamy head. Smell: Almonds, resin hops and sweet malts. Taste: Strong hops character (pine and earth) combined with toffee malt. Mouthfeel: Dry, high bitterness as carbonation, semi-rugged body. Drinkability: Too sweet for the style, but everything else very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 17:03:47 | More by roddwolff
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a light amber. A finger of head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: It's a blend of caramel, citrus, and hops. There is also a slight hint of pine and spice.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel, citrus, and hops. The hop bite is not overpowering, a plus for me, and balance well with the malts.

Drinkability: It's a tasty brew. I'm not sure what else there is to say. It's not too hoppy, and it's time to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 07:18:59 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange-red amber colour with little to no head.

Has a nice citrusy-hoppy aroma that leads you to wanting more.

The flavour varies from the swallow to the aftertaste. At the swallow, there is a strong hoppy flavour that mellows nicely until the aftertaste which is bitter, but not overpowering.

A well balanced mouthfeel adds to the overall drinkability of this beer, but while it is interesting it simply doesn't captivate the drinker. Well worth taking a look at, but I wouldn't make it a regular.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 03:39:18 | More by Noxious26
Photo of avaldivia


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist off cap my ass. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice clear copper color. Small head with little to no lacing.

S: Nondescript hop aroma. A lot of grains. Nothing special. Not bad though.

T: The strong point of this beer. Smooth hop flavor that was not there in the smell. Good grain flavor.

M: Crisp. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. What you would expect.

O: The "twist off" cap was a total lie. I tried to twist off, but to no avail. It was worth the struggle however. Totally decent Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 04:51:14 | More by avaldivia
Photo of cvfish


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an orange golden color that produced a foamy white head and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass

S - refreshing scents of hops and citrus aromas

T - moderate burst of hops and malts, some orange zest hints as well

M - light bodied with more than moderate amounts of carbonation

D - good APA, won't wow you but does hit the right notes on the tongue

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:17:12 | More by cvfish
Photo of JoeCeez


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Wasatch, thanks John!

A: pours a fairly clear bright golden amber with a very flimsy quickly fading white head and some minimal lacing

S: bready/grainy malts dominate with some spicy and piney hops, not as much hops as I normally like in my pale ales, more of an English Pale Ale

T: sweet grains and some spicy hops on the front with cereal grain coming across mid palate and just a bit of bitter juicy citrus and pine

M: medium bodied with fairly high carbonation making this beer very crisp and accentuates the hoppy bitterness

D: very tasty and sessionable, not alot in the way of hops but enough there to balance the very present malt sweetness.

At first I was surprised that this tasted more like an English Pale than a NW American Pale ale, but after looking at the best by date I see that the hops have probably faded quite a bit, I would love to try this super fresh because I'm sure it's quite hoppy

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 23:25:35 | More by JoeCeez
Photo of Magpie14


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very radiant golden orange color, average sudsy head and small splatters of lacing. Bubbles visibly active

S: clean, fresh floral hops, lemon and orange rinds, whiff of caramel malts

T: fresh grassy/flowery hops, citrus characteristics are more subtle than I smelled. Very nice hint of toasted malts makes the beer a nice complete brew, hops on the milder side, but yet very solid.

M: on the lighter side of life, bubbles very active and make it reasonably smooth.

D: The best thing about this brew is its straightforward vibe. This asset makes it very drinkable. This is the kind of beers that find a regular place in my fridge. A delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:07:29 | More by Magpie14
Photo of philbe311


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A thin half fingers worth of fizzy slightly off-white head... Minimal retention gives way to thin veil of lacing with a couple of lafge bubbles mixed in and a slightly thicker collar... Fairly still with just a couple of stray moderately paced carbonation bubbles... The color is a completely translucent pale golden color with a faint orange hue...

S - A very nice mix of malt... Sweet caramel and toffee malts are at the forefront and sit atop a solid base of warm bready malts and pizza crust... Also mixed in is a faint layer of pale crystal malts... A very subtle layer of citrus hops lurks beneath...

T - Crystal malts... Unripened oranges... Some bready malts... Subtle floral notes... A bit of piney hops rise on the finish... Some slight soapy notes on the finish as well...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp and clean... A delicate bristle of carbonation on the tongue... A very subtle creaminess... A touch on the dry side...

D - A really easy drinking American Pale Ale... Nothing spectacular or remarkable, but solid in all facets... Could easy drink this again though I wouldn't go out of my way...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:34:22 | More by philbe311
Photo of blakelive784


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden copper color. Thin white head with good retention. High carbonation, as it should be.

S - sweet malty aromas predominate. Fair balance of citrus hops as well.

T - creamy maltiness buried under a fair amount of bittering hops. Nice citric notes finish.

M - medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - full sail's offering exemplifies what a pale ale should be: balanced, smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:47:19 | More by blakelive784
Photo of stephendr


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small light tan head - nose of hopps , grape fruit , earth , slight bubblegum , and malts – taste of bitter hops , dirty resin , slight orange , and roasted malt - body light to medium , and slightly acidic – aftertaste of orange , hopps , and grapefruit

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 06:12:13 | More by stephendr
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden-orange color with a finger of white head which leaves a nice lace when dissipating.

Smell: citrusy hops over a slightly malty, slightly grainy base aroma. Not bad, but pretty average.

Taste: basic malt flavor with less graininess than the aroma. Hops are nice and relatively laid back though the aftertaste is nicely bitter. A pretty average pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body, thus continuing the trend of being well-crafted yet average.

Drinkability: this could be a nice session brew with high potential for being consumed during band practice. It quenches.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:10:51 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium amber color and formed an off white foamy head the coated the sides with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, but not much of a hop aroma. The flavor was of malt an caramel. The body was medium light and the finish slightly astrigent. An alright pale, but not an outstanding one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 02:14:38 | More by Wildman
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn color, heckuva head that never falls below half-mast, gorgeous lacing. Smell is nice, citrus hop forward. Taste is well-balanced, but may be a bit hoppy for some seeking a Sierra-style pale. I personally prefer my hops on the piney side, but this is definitely well executed. Mouthfeel is thin, and a bit sticky. Drinkability, however is quite high.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 03:50:01 | More by jeffjfindley
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with well-retained white head. Some stray beading. Resiny pine hop aroma. This beer is about hops. Citric bitterness and juicy sourness. Some earthiness, too, that matches up with the pine aroma. Even, mellow carbonation. To me, this is a decent pale ale, nothing too special. I'd like it to have some malt presence to balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 01:35:40 | More by akahn
Photo of fitzy84


3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack from Table and Vine. Beer poured with a little to no head, but it has a beautiful, clear amber appearance. Aromas had a citrus and biscuit mix to it with some hints of pine. Taste had some light malt and is decently sweet and bready flavor. Great carbonation; definitely help to make this a refreshing beer. Overall, a nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:19:25 | More by fitzy84
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable pale, light golden with tiny white head, little bit of lace. Fresh. Some citrus aroma. Easy drinking, mild IPA-like, citrusy. A fine pale. About sessionable abv. Medium mouthfeel. About suiable carbonation, perhaps a little tad above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 00:21:57 | More by Sammy
Photo of Docer


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great Oregon Pale. And a classic.

Great clear amber copper color. Not much head or lacing at all.

Smell is chewy, grainy, barley, slight bitter hop.

Taste reminds me much of Bridgeports Blue Heron Pale. Both are classics, and both stand out above many other pales.. grainy, earthy, barley... with a nice bitter dry hop. Slight pine, tiny floral.

Leaves the mouth wanting another.. would be great on a hot day fishing. Easy to drink, and less filling!

Like the "47" employees stamp on the newer bottle. Always a good reminder to support your local independent brewer.

What I really like about this number is the carbonation... small, light, and worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:18:34 | More by Docer
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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