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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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BA SCORE
84
good

613 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
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 viverlee
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A BA rating of 84 is in the ballpark, thanks to the collective wisdom of 355 reviews. I wouldn’t normally lead with this, except that the Alström brothers seem to have gone overboard with a 94. Maybe it’s unfair for me to impose style limits, but is it not also unfair, or at the very least peculiar, to say this ok-for-a-few-pints brew is near the pinnacle of what beer can be?

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Yellowish gold, lagerish, nicely carbonated. You can see the crispness, and that much doesn’t disappoint.

NOSE: A wee bit flat. I’m a few days past the best-by date, not that I think that’s affecting the nose. There just doesn’t seem to be any, ahem, wind in the sails. Grainy, yeah, and maybe some grapefruit too.

MOUTH: There’s no questioning the drinkability. It’s clean, even crisp. Cereal, mild hops, and a surprising balance that’s clearly hiding the malty goodness and floral essence I was expecting.

BA Rating: 84

Hayward Abbey Rating: 81

viverlee, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of uabigdaz
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber color with little head, which dissipates quickly. Smell is strong hops, with a faint hint of... caramel malts. Clean smell. Yep, caramel malts. Taste is too heavily balanced toward the malts in my opinion for a pale ale, needs more hops. Good mouthfeel, very smooth, not too thick, but not watery either, good balance here. Drinkability... well, I bought a sixer a few weeks ago and had two on two separate occasions, not my favorite. I figured I'd review it before I finish the last two, because it wont be in my fridge again anytime soon. I can't buy beer based on how good it looks and smells... Try it out if you like more malt in your pale ale, reminds me of JW Dundee's pale ale, which is not a good thing.

uabigdaz, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of kola
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow/amber, light bubbly head that remains for quite a while

S - Newly harvested grain, malts, and a bit of citrus

T - You can taste raw grain in the malt with an acridly bitter background in the mouth and in the aftertaste. I did not get the doughy flavors that others speak of.

M - Has enough carbonation, but feels thin in the mouth.

D - The bottle was within its service date, but I did not experience many of the smells and tastes that others report. This is not a beer I will stock in my cooler.

kola, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is consistent with west coast pale ales, citrus and lots of malt. Pours to a golden color with an off white head and nice lacing. Taste is different than expected. Bitterness starts it out but it isn't a floral crisp bitterness but more like a deep dull bitterness. Hoppy all the way through from start to finish with a strong bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh. I think this beer is more along the lines of an english ale almost an ESB. Tasty but not what I expected for an American Pale Ale.

mooseisloose, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of LyonsHead
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: above average but not good. looks remarkably light in color, we'll go with very pale orange. thin head but decent lacing

S: Im getting a very light fruity nose (lemon zest comes to mind). there is also a grainy, wheat character here as well.

T: caramel mixed with cirtus and a hoppy bite. not very complex, refreshing but i like my pale ales to have a bit more to them in terms of hops and malt

M: nothing to write home about here, very thin

D: Refreshing with a dry finish but not enjoyable as there isn't a whole lot to this beer. Kinda sweet, Kinda citrusy, kinda boring

LyonsHead, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of brewintheLou
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours the deep golden color with a nice white head that goes down to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smells of malt. Also has a dirty smell that I am not fond of.

Taste is malty flavor that goes down smooth, but doesn't have much after that. Mouthfeel about like any good pale ale. This beer is not something that I want many of.

brewintheLou, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of teejay76
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden hue, amber pour.

Smell - Sweet hops smell.

Taste - Very mild, but full flavored hops taste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly high carbonation balances the hops bitterness.

Drinkability - More like a pilsner than a pale...easy to drink.

Overall, not sure I'd buy this again.

teejay76, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3/5  rDev -19.1%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of OatmattStout
3/5  rDev -19.1%

OatmattStout, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -19.1%

bigbeers84, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -19.1%

DrMindbender, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of yokken
3/5  rDev -19.1%

yokken, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -19.1%

JohnBender, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -19.1%

KevMo84, May 30, 2014
Photo of Cavery
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz pack left over from a family gathering purchase on July 4th.

Poured into a Stone Nonic.

Review from notes 7/18/11.

A: Lofty three finger ivory soap sud foam head. Some off red/orange body coloration with some remarkable transparency. This thing really is crystal clear. Very much an orange/tangerine piece of stained glass.

S: Smells like a mix of pilsner malt and some slightly less-than-pale uncooked malts. Sugary wheat cereals, caked in powdered sugar. Sweet sugars dominate the nose. Some almost fresh doughnut type sugars in here.

T: Sugary sweet with a light milk toffee note. Sweet cereal starch dominates like soggy wheat cereals in nonfat milks.This really is a sweet bomb that offers little to no contrast. This is definitely tasting like a "take it or leave it" beer.

M: Light bodied in the mouth with relatively flat wateriness that spreads through the mouth like distilled fluids. Light and slick like mercury with no real strong sense of carbonation. Some light prickling here and there, but generally an underwhelming mouth for any beer.

O: Sugary sweet brew that begs for a cutting contrast. I'm writhing in a diabetic coma, begging for a hop contrast or a transitional flavor. The sugary cereal malt has too light of a roast, one that contributes to a feeling of sogginess in the ingredients. At it's most complex I tasted waterlogged quinoa, where seediness overtakes excessive sugars for a momentary release. Personally, this is a difficult mix of flavors.

Cavery, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -19.1%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Thedrizzle, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Fairly clear dark orange with a one finger of quickly dissapating head.
S- A light but fresh hop aroma of the citrus variety. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. A strange malt backbone that reminds me of an ESB. Pretty strange stuff.
T- This is a weird one. It doesnt hit me with much of a notable hop profile or any memorable malts to speak of. It really turns into a rather bland and tasteless beer when it comes down to it. An average amount of bitterness. Really not much to this.
M- This beer has a decently full body. Lots of carbonation and a bitter aftertase.
O- Bland is the one word I would use to describe this pale ale. Its fairly drinkable but extremely forgettable.

TwelveOunces, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color with a quickly fading head. Smell is light hops, mainly, and a bit chemically. Taste is of mild hops, and some sweetness, but not very much. Very lightly flavored and a bit thin and watery with a light chemical tasting hop flavor to it as well. Decent but not as good as I hoped, and I probably won't get this one again.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Hedonismbott, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

NinetyNineBottles, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -19.1%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of monnik
3/5  rDev -19.1%

monnik, Jun 12, 2012
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.