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

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621 Ratings

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002

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 tripledbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PJBeav
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jdavidk93
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jscal10
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice medium amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of earthy piney hops with some nice sweet malt and nice fruity esters. Taste is good piney earthy hops with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. Nice medium body with good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet maltiness followed by a nice balanced earthy piney hoppiness, ending with a nice light fruity and nutty flavor. A very good drinkable Pale Ale.

Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lighter orange then the ipa but still very nice looking with some clinging lacing ..the smell was citrus/pine ,floral hops with biscuit and malts..the taste was the same it was well balanced flavorful for a pale has a lower abv..i liked this one better then the ipa the hops and citrus and malts were better balanced with a nice medium+ mouth feel..i can drink a couple of these no problem..a nice easy drinking pale ale

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Great light copper color with a good head that stays and decent lacing, a little hazy for a APA but maybe it is dry hopped? I hope so!

S- Smells like NW hops, a bit earthy and a tad bit of citrus. nothing special but good.

T- definetely bitter but not overpouring by any means, well balanced with some crystal malt and sweetness. Hops stay with you but they are just enough to make you want more.

M- This beer is drinkable, average carbonation and a lighter body than would be expected of the style.

D- a good Beer, overall it is very easy to drink and would be a great session beer but I like my pales to be a tad bit more exciting. I could see how this would be a great go to easy drinker though.

Edit: some of the other posts said grassy and toasty in the smell and taste, after reading this and taking another sip I definetely agree with. good descriptions my fellow BAs!

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale.

A: Clear medium amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt and citrus hops. Fruit aromas.

T: Light sweetness and light hop bitterness. Very toasted and caramel-like flavor. Citrus and spice as well. Toasty finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth. Not bad.

O: The flavor was pretty balanced. Not the smoothest or best looking beer though. I like this one only slightly better than the Smuttynose.

Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Enjoy by 060607,” consumed in early August 2007. Probably not at its prime. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a clear coppery-golden color with a small amount of carbonation. Thick whitish cap fades slowly to a thin, clumpy cap and ring, along with great, sticky lace. Nose of pale, floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. Tastes of middle-bitter floral/piney hops, some semi-sweet malt in the back, a bit nutty, finishing a rather dry hoppy bitter. Mouth is full and well-carbonated, yet wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is solid; I can easily see me drinking a few of these.

Overall: A competent American Pale, probably better if consumed within freshness date. Worth a try.

Photo of palliko
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light red amber with white foam and lace that lasts. Aroma is apricot hops, fragrant with notes of roasted malt. Initial taste greets your palate with a silky yet bitter experience with plenty of hops and malt nicely balanced with floral and barley. Finish leaves a lingering caress of lovely hops that makes you want more.

Photo of Klym
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pretty transparent, but not pale, gold with a nice white head and mostly sliding, curtain lacing.

S: Wheat, banana, and dried apples dominate the nose. Fruits are mellow, not sweet, and the wheat is pronounced.

T: Comes in with a somewhat strong wheat and hoppish kick, banana smooths everything out and there is a pinch of dried fruit (especially apple) sweetness in the finish with a mellow wheat carrying out the finish.

M: Light-medium boddied with decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little oily and granular. Could go without the slickness.

O: Enjoyable pale ale. Nothing outstanding about it but very easy drinking.

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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Overlord
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Significantly better than their IPA, and also a good bit cheaper.

Pours an orange amber. Smells like citrus. Small white head. Taste is juicy citrus (mostly grapefruit), some herbally hops, and a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a decent pale ale, particularly for 6.49 at Trader Joe's.

Photo of MobBarley
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is an ale that I cut my teeth on as an undergrad. In all honesty, it's been a few years since my last sixer of this stuff, but it was the most appealing selection at TJ's this evening. I am quickly reminded as to why this is one of my favorite "go-to" beers.

Pours an orangey/copper color that imparts a ceratain warmth. Produces an average, somewhat beige head that leaves nice residual rings on the glass as I quaff. Very nice to look at.

The smell here is a little bit of a challenge for me to pick up. A fleeting sweetness, as of nectarine, presents itself only to be overwhelmed by a sharp note of hops which goes as quickly as it came. Nice frutiness, but the smell lacks a certain complexity I appreciate.

The taste is above average insofar as PNW Pales are concerned. A sweetness reminiscent of fresh,doughy, yeasty sweetbread asserts itself immediately, and is backed up in no time by a well-crafted bitter/sour frutiness hinting at nectarines and Meyer lemons. And yet...not enough hops for the hopmonkey in me.

The mouthfeel is just fine on this one, nice and chewy, if a little alcoholic on the follow-through. Carbonation was of perfect prominence.

Excellent hot-day beer, and something to sate the hopmonster until something with higher IBUs can be attained. Average session beer due to the slightly higher-than-average ABV.

I'll be coming back to this one, and feel that it can go toe-to-toe with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Photo of mgdeth
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very pale amber or golden color, with a massive, creamy off-white head. Good lace.

Smell - Maybe it's my nose, but I hardly smell anything. I can detect a faint blend of malt and maybe grassy hop aroma. I would prefer that this beer had more nose on it.

Tasta - Quite bitter, with a husky/grainy malt taste. The graininess is almost astringent. Grassy hops flavor sort of lingers on the palate for a while. What the beer may lack in aroma is made up for somewhat by the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low to medium carbonation. Body seems to be somewhat lacking, but not so much that it is

Drinkability - Highly quaffable. This beer goes down easily, and is not mind clobbering in terms of alcohol content.

Comments - After drinking so many big beers, this beer is a reminder to me that really appreciating a realtively "simple" pale ale takes some work and thought.

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

a: standard pint, the beer is a clear, light amber in color and topped with a light layer of carbonation

s: pale malt structure with only light caramelization, nicely grainy, light esters with perhaps some golden raisin, milder but adequate herbal hop aromas

m: body on the lighter side of medium, carbonation on the lighter side at first but blooming at the swallow to accompany the refreshingly dry finish

t: much like the aroma - pale malt base with the added complexity of lightly caramelized malt, lightly fruity - red apple and grape, hop flavors of dried citrus peel and herbs precede the moderately bitter, crisp and clean finish

d: a good pale if without anything standout, eschews the heavy hopping found in so many American pales and achieves a great balance in the process

single from the State Liquor in Moab, UT

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

Beer pours a bright gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are off hard candies, pine like hops, and some malty tea like notes.

Taste is malty up front. With a tea like flavor, some sweetness, and creamy malts. Finish is crisp with some pine like hop bitterness, but the hops are pretty subtle.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full feeling up front, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A pretty tasty, yet easy drinking Pale Ale. Nothing special, but a worthy choice that is easily sessionable.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, , some pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, crisp, refreshing, good flavor, and nice mouth feel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

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