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

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BA SCORE
84
good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
97
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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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

metter98, May 22, 2012
Photo of roddwolff
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

roddwolff, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

TheQuietMan22, May 09, 2009
Photo of Noxious26
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Noxious26, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of avaldivia
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

avaldivia, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of cvfish
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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

cvfish, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of JoeCeez
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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

JoeCeez, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Magpie14, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

philbe311, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

blakelive784, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of stephendr
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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

stephendr, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

flagmantho, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Wildman, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

jeffjfindley, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of akahn
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

akahn, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of fitzy84
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

fitzy84, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Docer
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Docer, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Labeerfinder
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Color is light amber with a slowly diminishing thick, creamy and foamy white head. Lightly hop aroma with background of sweetness. Flavor is pale malt, caramel, light citrus hops. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a well balanced pale ale.

Labeerfinder, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, pours golden orange with somewhat small head. Little retention and some lacing. Smell is of hops and does seem to have that "floral" quality too it, honestly one of only a few brews that actually smell "floral" like to me. Taste is good, decent balance of malt and hops, obviously leaning toward the hops side. A nice touch of them but not too overwhelming. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a slight oily feeling left behind. While this is no standout to me it is an easy drinker and a good session beer. Having purchased at $4.99 for a 6 pack, you cant go wrong there.

bunnyhustle, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber color and is crystal clear. Moderate head that dies to a single bubble layer. Leaves very little spotty lace on the glass.

Relatively malty aroma with a touch of hop. Pretty standard stuff here.

Stronger hop on the tongue than the smells suggests. Starts mild but becomes peppery. The swallow shows a generous amount of carbonation; yet, the body is decent. Overall, this is a run-of-the-mill APA. Good lasting aftertaste.

smcolw, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Paincane
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber pour with orange tinge in pint glass. Thin white head leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aromas include sweet malt, caramel and even a bit of citrus.
T: Flavors start off with a sweet malt presence, hops are there but not overpowering. Minimal hop bitterness.
M: Medium body with active carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. 

Paincane, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jbakajust1
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle Poured Into a Pint Glass

A - Very Clear Copper w/ 2 finger white head, great lacing, and lively carbonation

S - Smells of bread and yeast, biscuits, earthy hops, spicy, a very light hint of dark fruits.

T - Tastes of rich breads and toasty biscuits. Very light bitterness, spicy. Very light citrus, mild hopiness. Very malt forward beer.

M - Light on the tongue and palate, nice and dry.

O - Refreshing, malty, earthy and dry. Good beer, but not great. Would give it a second go if I had the chance, but wouldn't seek it out.

EDIT: Would like another shot at this one with a brand new bottle if possible. After looking at others reviews, I wonder if I got an old batch seeing as the hops were not pronounced at all in the bottle I had, but ohters talk about lots of juicy hop presence.

jbakajust1, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of natelocc787
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm gonna have to agree with the bros on this one. This is a good example of the style, up there with the highly ranked examples. Nicely hoppy in the aroma and taste, mild fruit flavors and citrus notes to back up the pale malt backing. Good dose spruce in the finish. Drinkable, could have lowered the carbonation a smidgen.

natelocc787, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of WetCoaster
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale ale indeed, a pale copper with a thin white head. Very calm carbonation with a bit of thin lacing. Pretty typical for a pale ale.

Smell: Hoppy, with hints of citrus, pineapple and pine. Mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good news and bad news. Starts nice, with a good fruit hoppiness, a bit of pepper and an underlying sweet malt richness. Unfortunately, finishes with a somewhat grainy metallic bitterness that I find a bit unpleasant. Still, pretty good overall. The mouthfeel is thinner and sharper than I'd like.

Drinkability: Good, light and decent flavor.

Honestly, not their best brew or the best pale ale out there, but solid and drinkable. I wish it were a bit more substantial, but you could do a lot worse.

WetCoaster, May 14, 2004
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.