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

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599 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 599
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"

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002)
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xgabe

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my sister-in-law for unknowingly providing from her stash! HA!

A: Pours seemingly thick, producing a rather small foam head which dissipated quickly. Against light, looks to be a transparent honey amber. Very little lace.

S: Man, the fruit profile of this is incredibly present given the style... what did I pour, an apricot ale? Seems like it... not against it by any means, but a surprise. Malty sweetness with a tinge of resiny hops... hint of passion fruit sweetness / tartness.

T: Malt forward (surprising in the face of the smell, but excellent for variety in a single beer). Finishes with the sweetness detected in the smell, yet not at all overpowering; it reminds you that it welcomed you to taste this brew.

M: Very full bodied for the style, as to be expected by the pour. Light on carbonation (I like that in nearly all styles). Very enjoyable.

D: Very much so. Though not my favorite beer style, it's nice to back off of the double IPA's and imperial stouts to enjoy the predecessor to the over-the-top styles I normally enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:52:23 | More by xgabe
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creez

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-20-2012 23:36:12 | More by creez
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-21-2013 16:30:09 | More by Localdrinklax
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Troyone

California

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly copper apple juice color with minimal carbonation action and an eighth of an inch head.
Aroma is not significant with a light doughy yeast and grass hops.
Taste has an acidic/bitter light to moderate bready malt, light grassy grapefruit hops, and an acidic finish with hints of cask wood.
Mouthfeel has a light body, a dry almost watery texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a light metallic finish.
Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 07:23:27 | More by Troyone
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light or pale amber with a foamy, slightly off white head, with better than average retention. Does show some nice side lacing.
aroma leads with some fruity, spicy hops and then some bready maltiness.
Taste provides a well balance of hops and maltiness. Detect some licorice in there, along with some mild spicy, bitter hops. Very dry finish, which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and then followed by the bitter dry hops.
Very good beer?ale. I liked this one alot.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:01:42 | More by jadpsu
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raclark

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Appearance: Pours about two fingers with nice lacing. Light amber in color.

Smell: Very aromatic. A bit grassy with sweet hops and a strong citrus note.

Taste: Hits the tongue sweet and slightly tart with a sufficient amount of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light body and a crisp bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Completely drinkable. A few of these should definitely help you slake your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 07:59:58 | More by raclark
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with pale and crystal malts, and two varieties of hops. It pours a filtered golden hue, with medium carbonation and light lacing. Perfumy hops in the nose, with a light graininess and a bit of the house yeast strain. Tastes of sweet, almost toasty malts, and a touch of caramel, nicely balanced by herbal/earthy, fruity and lightly citric hops which impart a firm bitterness. Medium, crisp body, with mouth-filling carbonation and a dry finish. This is a well-crafted pale ale that makes for a nice departure from the citrus blasts of most APAs. It would be easy to drink this one all night long.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:13:37 | More by mmmbeer
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nem2006

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Was a clear yellow golden color with a nice head. I smelled the toasted malts with the mild citrus of the hops.

I am not a huge hop head, but this beer surprised me at how smooth it was. Finished well with some great flavor, not as bland as some others I have tried. I ate some cheddar cheese while drinking this beer and it went extremely well together.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 19:22:39 | More by nem2006
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Spikester

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a six-pack at the Full Sail Brewery last week. Cool place to visit. The Seahawks were busy losing to Green Bay in the snow on many big screen t.v.'s in the bar area. Nothing new for Seahawks fans.

Poured into a tumbler left about 1" head which very slowly went away. Good amount of lacing.

Tastes crisp and fairly light for an ale. The hops win the malt/hop balance by a slight amount. Mouthfeel is good just slightly thin. The finish is mildly bitter hops.

Highly recommended as a session ale. Not an IPA., an American Pale Ale.

The only downside was a minor mustiness to the smell. Could just be a normal hop thing. I could (and will) drink more of this beer. Can't wait to try it on tap at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 01:11:07 | More by Spikester
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MJR

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle...best-by date of 091003.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a tight, off-white head that holds fairly well. Nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is perfectly balanced between the grainy, husky malt and leafy hops. There's a touch of bread and caramel as well. That wonderful balance is carried over into the flavor, with what appears to be a mix of Cenntenial and Columbus hops over a solid foundation of bready, husky, and slighty caramelly malt. Finishes with a flourish of spicy, herbal hops, with a touch of dryness. Medium in body, with a fair amount of residual sugars giving a somewhat rich mouthfeel. Hoppy, dry finish. This is an extremely well balanced pale ale that I could easily drink several of. Move over SNPA...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 05:32:59 | More by MJR
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NefariousR

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Tawny, light amber with very thin head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, perhaps fig or plum with a bit of citrus character. Sweet.

T - The malt sweetness and aforementioned fruit flavors hit first, but are then quickly rounded out with a hop texture and a nutty finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves a very slight (but noticeable) sticky feeling.

D - A great pale ale, flavorful, crisp, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 17:25:25 | More by NefariousR
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big slightly off white head sits above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light pine with hints of lemony citrus hops aroma.

A nice dry citrus hops taste.

This medium bodied beer leaves a smooth dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus hops tastes lingering on.

A nice dry good tasting worthy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:30:35 | More by LXIXME
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mzwolinski

California

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper with a very thin head. Aroma is a blend of caramel malt and citric hops, though the hops are by far dominant. Nice quick, crisp taste. Oily hop body undergirded (but just barely) by pale malt. Citric hop finish which leaves a long lasting, tangy orange-peel-like aftertaste. Nice beer, hoppy but not unbalanced. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 11:31:59 | More by mzwolinski
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden colour with a fluffy white head. A very floral character on the nose. Malty comes through fairly strong for a PNW pale ale, very welcome. Smooth hop flavor moves into a faint bitterness on the finish. The light mouthfeel along with the soft hop flavor makes this an extreamly drinkable brew.

Edit: Had to knock the taste up on this after drinking a few of these. This is a damn fine pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 03:34:14 | More by MrNuggets
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rowew

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: This is the first I have seen of the new Full Sail packaging. Label has a very "old timey" feel to it, with a picture of Mt. Hood on the neck. There is a spot for an enjoy by date on the label, but it appears on the neck instead (at least it is there).

Appearance: Nice gold color with just a hint of red to it. Good looking head with some large bubbles in it. Nice lacing.

Smell: A mixture of fruity hops and sweet malt - definitely appetizing.

Taste: Smooth and slightly cream mouthfeel with a fairly low level of carbonation. Creamy malt gives this beer a great balance. There is a bit of bread flavor in there as well, and it finishes nice and hoppy.

Overall impression: Overwhelming drinkability. This is one of those beers that was a great gateway into better beer, and I still enjoy today. Well balanced, this is a fantastic session beer. Overall a well made product.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 02:57:53 | More by rowew
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Offa

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, satisfying ale.

Slightly pale amber, it has a small but dense off-white head that dissipates only slowly.

The aroma is very pleasant, with lemon, and flowery, apple fruitiness as well as light caramelly malt.

The taste is slightly mild, not strong, but its has full, well-rounded flavour with a little engaging complexity and nice sweet-bitter balance. It's faintly earthy and fruity, with lemon-citrus and a light flowery fruitiness over a toasted grain body and finish of grain with hop bitterness. It's faintly tart, as well. It's very easy to drink, rather refreshing and goes very well with bread and cheese.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 17:41:16 | More by Offa
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange amber with a half inch of creamy white head that sticks firmly atop the beer and leaves some patchwork lacing. Great retention. A few yeast chunks on the bottom. Aromas start out with a mix of caramel and toasted malts intertwined with floral / herbal hops. Some green citric accents and a touch of spice.

First sip brings smooth caramel and toasted malt across the palate with a nice mix of fruit flavor as well. Herbal, floral hops make their way in and bring in a nice dose of bitterness. Slightly spicy on the way down with a touch of yeast kick. Well balanced and tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, juicy and medium bodied. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing. An APA is still my personal favorite session brew and this one fits the bill quite nicely. Good balance of malt, hops and drinkability. Good show.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 04:47:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is Malt, Hops and flowers in an equal balance, feng shui brew?

Taste is lots of malt and grain flavors with hops providing a dry finish. Lots of flavor mostly caramelized sugars in 20 or so different forms. Vanilla and walnuts are what my mind tastes from this. A quite good brew.

Mouthfeel is good without being over carbonated.

Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 03:56:50 | More by Zorro
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rugger

Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I picked up in Tulsa that I have never tried or even seen before. I was kind of unsure about the fact that the brewery is employee owned, however you can tell that these guys take pride in their beers. There were only two styles avaiable in Tulsa, the amber the pale which is the one I picked up. I wish I had picked up the amber as well.
The pale was a nice coppery clear with a white head that left some nice lace, and the smell had a nice malty/floery hop balance. The hops were not overwhelming like some pale ale's. The next thing I knew this beer was gone, I then had to have another. Good thing I am not to far from Tulsa.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 14:19:58 | More by rugger
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misterscooter

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail has changed their bottle since I first tried their beers 10 years ago. Now you can look at the appealing label and a picture of Oregon and imagine you are on the river while drinking this beer. While on your couch. Watching reruns.

But this is a good beer from the folks in the great Northwest, ye olde beer country. Copper gold with very little head but the amount of carbonation provides ample bubbles that form a thin layer of foam and just a little lacing on the sides, mostly wet.

A little sharpness in the nose, it smells like a crisp beer with no other fuss and muss.

The beer is maltier than I expect but just a little more than your typical pale ale. It is nice because it balances well with the superb hops that hover in there, adding a bitterness and dryness that are bliss. This is a no nonsense pale ale and it is good stuff. Thank you Easter Bunny.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 04:06:06 | More by misterscooter
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DogFood11

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok Ok I've been a relative slump lately with Pale's but this is a solid brew from top to bottom and everything in between.

Start: Nice bright, light copper color, plenty of carbonation support a solid white head that is tight and leaves ring lacing.

Middle: Floral arrangement of hops, light citrus undertone, pale malts. Deep in the background there is a grain suggestion. Light and crisp mouthfeel, and an undeniable drinkability that is near 5 range. This is the perfect summertime thirst quencher and won't get boring anytime soon.

Notes: As it warmed a bit it shows more of breaded malt and the hops tend to settle in. Really nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 01:11:57 | More by DogFood11
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took awhile to get me one of these, but here goes...
Very clean malt aroma at first, followed by a gradually building hops of grassy nature, this is followed by a slightly roast/caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Not too strong or overpowering.
Very attractive beer. Once the fizzy loud head settles it forms a pretty dense cover, but alas that too leaves leaving only a ring with some spottiness. Nice lacing. Dark amber of orange. Brilliantly clear.
Flavors are balanced well just like the aroma. None overpowers the others. Hops more present in bitterness than flavors (which remain of the grassy kind with a shot of sour citrus). Touch of malt sweetness up front, with hints of the caramel, otherwise nice malt foundation. Rather long and dry finish.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Heavy enough to be smooth.
This has a high level of drinkability. Some may not like the sour quality, but today I found it rather nice. Too bad it took me so long to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 18:32:08 | More by garymuchow
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear, deep copper color with a 12 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a hearty malt backbone mingled with grassy hop notes.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Starts with a mild caramel malt flavoring that lends in to a pale malt and graininess. Finish has nice light grassy hop notes. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp feel at the front with a slightly slick, oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is the perfect beer to kick back with for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 16:49:43 | More by Jayli
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leokbelo

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper on a pint glass. 1 inch head fading to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts. Caramel malts on the nose, toffee like aroma. Some sweetness on the tongue, with a medium hop finish. Very refreshing. Malts and Hops in a very good balance.
Overall a very good American Pale Ale. I'm starting to really enjoy these North Western Ales!
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:49:56 | More by leokbelo
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lawman834

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper colored with a fairly thin off white head. Moderate carbonation bubbles. Lacing through most of the glass.

S-Not as strong as expected. Mostly floral.

T-Nice! Floral, bitter hops that are not overpowering. Bready malts. Balanced.

D-Smooth and Crisp. I could drink quite a few of these, though it might get a little heavy after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 23:49:29 | More by lawman834
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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