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

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600 Ratings

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
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 akahn


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
Photo of Sammy

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
Photo of Labeerfinder

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:12:59 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 06:03:11 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:45:00 | More by smcolw
Photo of Paincane


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:25:23 | More by Paincane
Photo of jbakajust1


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 16:53:22 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of natelocc787


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 09:11:22 | More by natelocc787
Photo of WetCoaster


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 04:44:21 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:22:24 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of mentor


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 07:50:32 | More by mentor
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 03:32:16 | More by Derek
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 21:50:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of DoubleJ


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 05:14:39 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2006 05:56:17 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of boblog


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 08:37:14 | More by boblog
Photo of blitz134


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 02:33:40 | More by blitz134
Photo of jbphoto88


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thinned terra-cotta orange with edges of yellow. The head is fizzy, white and fades quickly. Nicely carbonated evident by the columns of bubbles streaming towards the surface.

The smell is of spicy citrus hops and moderately toasted grains. The nose seems slightly veiled but at least some of those scents make it through.

Taste is clean but like the nose slightly dulled. The citrus hops in the scent fade and become more of a musty herbal sensation balanced by a respectable malt. There is a good amount of bitterness that finishes the beer and stays with you after swallowing.

Thin but not to the point of being watered down. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a tartness to it from the hops and vibrant carbonation. This brew is a solid pale ale and worth a try but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 22:24:31 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of theghost3


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a light amber with a moderate white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is quite strong of citrusy hops. Taste is hoppy but not real bitter. It's a little sweeter than most APAs I've had--definite malty character. Mouthfeel is smooth but chewier than I would like in an APA. This is a drinkable beer but not quite what I would expect in an APA in that it's just not bitter and hoppy enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:13:38 | More by theghost3
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sept 2009, finally time for another go. cracked it open fearing skunk, but this time it seems ok.
3.5 not a great deal of head even with an assertive pour, but the ring stays around. it's a medium amber, quite clear.

3.5 smells lemony, a tiny touch of caramel, some crackers underneath. not your usual west coast hop aroma.

3.5 the lemons carry through to the flavor, with more of a mild lemon rind bitterness than a hop bite i can recognize. bit of a tannin astringency.
4 mouthfeel is light-med with moderate carbonation.

3.5 not bad, but not the beer i remember from my first encounter, but i'm not sure which of has changed (or been mishandled).

another bottle...smell is skunky? or maybe it's just that right after drinking a sn anniversary this stuff smells lousy? and the taste seems somewhat unduly tangy. may need to rethink this one. tonight it's barely a 3.5 (ended up dumping the rest of the sixer)

4 single finger head quickly drops to a ring, clear golden orange. Staggered rings of lace.
4 the usual grapefruit but accompanied by some orange and good amount of cracker-like malt
taste is fairly reserved, orange and grapefruit, not very much bitterness. What bitterness there is blends with a mild tangy sweetness and the whole thing integrates very well with the medium body and fine but somewhat sparse carbonation. The mild tang and bitterness linger.
4 mouthfeel
4.5 drinkability. Seems like this would be an excellent introductory pale ale for the uninitiated, or an incredibly friendly session beer for the experienced beer lover weary of tastebud crushing adventure. Could see drinking an absolutely unlimited number of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 01:09:30 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with 'breity' (thanks!).

Pours a darker gold with a good 2-finger white head resting on top. Decent amount of bubbles rising up. Retention is ok; great lacing. Smells of sweet malt and honey-kissed breads. Some light floral tones present as well.

Decent enough flavoring, but I had to mark this point as the lower one due to the slight beef-stew like quality to it. Tastes meaty to me. I love meat, but it's kind of weird in my beer. Otherwise it's wonderfully balanced. Slight hop bite at the finish. Pair that with a nice crisp mouthfeel, and you got yourself a good drinker. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 18:57:29 | More by Onenote81
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw colored golden with an average white fizzy head. smells almost like a fresh hop beer, more hoppy than most american pale ales, piney but not heavy. taste is balanced with robust malts and a really nice carbonation that encourages quick drinking. this is somehow distinct on my palate in the crowded world of APAs. just a real high quality brew that is versatile culinarily and enjoyable any time of year. starting to see more and more of their beers make their way east. good for them, this is a great six pack session.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 18:09:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another solid Pacific NW APA. Typical hop smell and taste, nice rush of malts on the back. It's a perfectly sessionable pale ale, but I don't think it's as good as their amber. I can't fault it, it's a solid beer. Is it an elite pale ale, though? I don't think so.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 07:44:30 | More by TheRealBigC
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