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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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609 Ratings

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 13 | 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 philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -3%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of bone white head. Nose and flavor are of pleasant caramel sweetness, citrus notes such as lemon, toasted cereal grains. Just about medium bodied with ample carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you see it around.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later. Hard pour to get a 1.5 finger head (nearly white) over a crystal clear light rust (somewhat golden) liquid. Smells piney and pithy hops wiht gentle malt sweet. Honey. Oranges are now in the hops, with some woody qualities. Tastes too bitter for an APA? Sharp hop bitter and overcarbonated sting. Sweet comes in then as a lightly fruity (canteloupe and apricot) finish dries out, helped by carbonation sting on the tongue. The aftertaste is soured grains in the back of the throat. OVerall, the hop flavor is oranges and orange skins with a grassy hay dryness. Light body and a touch too much carbonation. Great summer relaxer.

mentor, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Bronze with an off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, marmalade.

T: Biscuity malt, earthy, hints of citrus, assertive bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an earthy, dry finish.

D: It's alright, though I'm not fond of the earthyness.

Derek, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves plenty of splashy lace

Smell: Biscuity, with toffee and a bit of diacetyl; the earthy, fruity hops provide a bit of an English character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the toffee/buttery elements arriving at the same time as the earthy/fruity hops; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, if you don't mind the touch of diacetyl, it provides a nice Englishy alternative to the typical APA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA with a nod across the pond

brentk56, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

They put so much effort into being creative with their bottle label, but I honestly can't understand the sell by date on the bottle. Let's move on to the beer itself:

Short compact head (with good retention) on top of a pale orange amber. The nose brings slight grains with a dominate hop aroma and subtle toasted malt. I was expecting a hoppy pale ale, but this tasted more English to me. That's not a bad thing though, but it switches my expectations around. Diacteyl, toasted malt, and a dash of hops in then flavor. Good smooth mouthfeel in this one. Solid pale ale.

DoubleJ, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Received in a pint glass a very clear apple cider amber full of tiny streams of bubbles and topped with a pinky-thick soda-pop fizz head that faded after a few moments but managed to leave soft curves of lacing.

Sweet, honeyish malts, muted floral hops; Pale ale thru-n-thru.

Honey, slightly citric flavors; Gently piney hops balance. Little to say except that this was tasty, had a nice body, and was unoffensive. Very pleasant to drink, a good session beer or with food.

Tupperwolf, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of boblog
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: None cloudy light amber hue with a medium size frothy head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty scent with hints of hops

Taste: Begins with nice hop taste that fades away into matly finish. Nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body good amount of carbonation.

Good refreshing brew. I recommend a try of this beer.

boblog, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.