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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 ToddKehoe
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of creez
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of ecoboy
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the last of the old labelled bottles with the more organic logo.

A wee bit more yellow in color than the classic British pale. Plenty of delectable carbonation and a nice thick head cropped up before receding to a manageable 1mm that hung out through the length of the glass.

Assertive leafy hop aroma. Round malt sweetness becomes apparent in the first attack. Very round mouthfeel, almost syrupy, like a light caramel melting on the tongue. Carbonation that is very apparent in the glass is far less apparent in the mouth.

Pleasant lack of subtlety: big sweet, big bitter for the style, and yet decidedly a pale. Just a pale that screams out its west coast origins, "I was made really really far from the UK!"

Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a thick lingering foamy head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of juniper and wintergreen. Taste is very smooth, malty at first, followed by hints of grapefruit and finishing with a cresendo of hops. A quite wonderful pale ale, sure to please.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper color with very little foam on the head. The smell of hop's with fruity under tones was pleasant. Taste of hop's and fruit have a wonderful balance in this beer. Another great tasting beer, from a great brewery!

Photo of Troyone
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.

Photo of MJR
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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...

Photo of raclark
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of nem2006
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of NefariousR
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of rowew
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.

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

Quite a surprise here...not that I don't like full Sail products but the Full Sail IPA was a bit of a letdown for me...this blows the shit out of that...

One of the best APA's I've had if not the best....reminds me of Summit in some regards but better..more flavorful..

Pours a light copper with a big ol frothy white puffy head....the lace rims the glass nicely as you drink....Nose is both citrus and florall...definitely juicy hop profile...surprisingly the tast is very balalnced...a nice carateml like malt backbone to offset thispretty hopped up APA...the hops are wonderful...very citrus like on the buds...finishes tight and dry....

The malt balance really makes this a very drinkable but full flavored APA....medium to full bodied....highly recommended for the style...quite a treat...

Photo of Offa
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

Photo of Spikester
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
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.

Photo of leokbelo
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.

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

Picked up a bottle of this at AJ's for $1.39.

This is a very fine looking APA. It poured a deep golden color with a well defined head that is lasting all the way down my glass. Nose is very good, very strong on the malts. Taste is a very good blend of malts and hops, quite tasty! Mouthfeel is nice and full and lively. Overall drinkability is very good. This is one of the better APA's I have had in awhile!

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

Bright golden body with a copper tint. Sticky, medium-sized off-cream head. Nice lacing.
Nose is made up of biscuit malt with warm caramel and a zesty, grapefruit hop bitterness. Reminds me of SNPA somewhat (that's a very good thing).
Creamy, biscuit malt flavors start out, with a flash of faintly-sweet caramel. Tangy, juicy, grapefruit hops throughout. Hops are fresh and quite tasty. Bitterness swells into the oily, appetizing finish. Hints of biscuit and butterscotch linger. Goes down effortlessly, like a good APA should. A quite citrusy (especially grapefruit) example, that's as West Coast as it can get.

Photo of rugger
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of misterscooter
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.