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

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BA SCORE
84
good

595 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 595
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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tylerstravis

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-17-2014 05:13:52 | More by tylerstravis
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LSx

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-24-2013 19:47:22 | More by LSx
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palliko

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light red amber with white foam and lace that lasts. Aroma is apricot hops, fragrant with notes of roasted malt. Initial taste greets your palate with a silky yet bitter experience with plenty of hops and malt nicely balanced with floral and barley. Finish leaves a lingering caress of lovely hops that makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:30:27 | More by palliko
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-13-2014 23:46:33 | More by DaveMiller
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-23-2014 21:27:20 | More by afsdan
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-25-2012 00:14:04 | More by NCStateAE
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-10-2013 19:30:21 | More by Carl_R
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2012 05:11:11 | More by tripledbrew
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jdavidk93

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-05-2013 14:15:29 | More by jdavidk93
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "enjoy by" date stamped dot-matrix style atop the barcode on the bottom label's right, rear corner; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a fairly perky tangerine hue with good to very good clarity; batter-like, orange-tinged head which hung around for about a minute; b-cup's worth of lace.

Aroma: Richly of sweet citrus, caramel and floral hops.

Taste: Unlike the nose, decidedly dry -- albeit with a touch of fruity, malty sweetness; not nearly as bitter as I was expecting; citrusy, piney hop flavors; fairly grainy; rich, almost chewy, mouthfeel.

Notes: Quality West Coast style APA; probably in the class of SNPA and Ruedrich's Red Seal, though I'd still opt for the other two in a pick em' contest.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 07:41:24 | More by Mustard
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always like to see "independently owned" on a label so I picked this one up. Also, a fan of sailing. Not necessarily a good reason to buy a beer, but it is what it is.

Pours a nice golden and clear hue, but the light and wispy head is uneven, with pockets of large bubbles. Laces are weak.

Smells of citrus, grassy hops, and other floral aromas. Hmm, Oregon right? Smells like it.

Taste is upfront biting, with strong hop notes and very active carbonation, but aftertaste is watery and loose. Yet, it does not stick to the palate, so it balances out. Again flavors of citrus fruit and grassy hops.

As I drink this on a warm spring evening, I dream of summer nights where this beer would be ideal for a refreshing but not too heavy option on a New England beach or roof-top party.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:59:00 | More by Freshie
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild bitter, hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale. It's smooth and flavorful with excellent hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:22:57 | More by WesWes
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant and fragrant. Nice hoppy aromas but restrained bitterness. A darker amber than typical with a modest head but well carbonated in the mouth. Tangy flavors with a good dose of malt are the best features. Floral hops provide enough bitterness in the aftertaste. This really does hit the spot for an unassuming beery brew with a nice balance of hops and malt.

For the trifecta of pleasant fragrant pale ales, stop at Trader Joe's and pick up this one along with Stone and Mission St.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 05:46:31 | More by mactrail
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light amber color with a dense 1 finger head white head that leaves a little lacing. Smells of light malts, sort of a grain smell, also some hops are present in the nose. Taste was very nice, just the right amount of bitterness, starts with a little bit of that light malt and finishes cleanly. Mouthfeel is average for an APA. Overall, this is a quality beer and i'll probably buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:30:30 | More by gkunkle
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nicholasdes

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Full Sail poured smooth in the glass with a one finger white head that disappated quickly leaving lots of good lacing. The beer is a clear golden color in the glass. Its smell is heavy with hops and sweet alcohol. At first taste it is perfect, great mouth feel, nice sweetness and malt up front. As it rolls back through your mouth it tastes a little washed out and watered down but has a nice strong bitter after taste. It is the mouth feel and slight creaminess that gives this beer its high drinkability. A good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:02:07 | More by nicholasdes
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber color with perfect clarity. Creamy off-white head settles at a quarter of an inch. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops lay in some iced tea and marmalade. Earthy and lightly grassy too.

T: Rich and complex malt flavors shift on the palate. Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops are grassy and earthy with tea-like notes and subtle tobacco. Slight citrus peel impression as well. Relatively clean fermentation. Toffee, caramel, and lingering hop oils on the finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Full and creamy impression with a sense of weight. Crisp, lively carbonation provides some bite and lift, aiding in drinkability.

O: A Pale ale that leans heavily in the English direction. Great depth of malt flavor, big-boned body. The hops are American, but not overt or aggressive. They actually have a bit of an English feel to them as well. Fermentation is cleaner than one would expect in a traditional English pale. A solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:14:28 | More by ryan1788a5
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riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a frothy white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Nose is nice but a bit weak. Grainy malts dominate,with a hint of grassy hops.Light bodied. Crisp with some carbonation. Taste is a really nice blend of hops and malt.Leans slighty to the malty side,with a hoppy finish. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:00:11 | More by riversider76
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cooncat

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, dated 12/07 and decanted into a standard pint glass. Might be a little past prime at 6 months old, but the specialty store where purchased refridgerates all brews, so my sample is probably okay.

On the pour I got a bit less than a finger's head, white in color, topping a light copper hued brew. Head retention is a bit short and lacing is minimal but evident.

The nose is citrus and pine hops predominant, but a hint of malt is noticeable.

Taste follows the nose, with big citrus & pine hop taste up front. Mild biscuit maltiness is detectable but easily outdone by the hops, as should be. A general dry character prevails as well as the hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light and refreshing. Drinkability is high, as the modest 5.5 abv and refreshing dry character and hop profile make this an excellent session brew.

Recommended as a great session brew which you can enjoy all day (or night) long. Worth seeking out.

Na Zdravje !

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 23:51:02 | More by cooncat
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EkimGram

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12pz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Pours a light, hazy amber brown colour. Head is a finger-width. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Faint smell of malts and hops.

Taste: Nice refreshing burst of hops and malt to start - very nicely balanced. The taste doesn't linger very long, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall: I could see myself drinking several of these in a session. Nice and light, very refreshing, not too intense but just flavourful enough to keep me sipping throughout the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:12:56 | More by EkimGram
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mlrbuendia

Utah

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

appearance: pours a nice reddish caramel hue, two-finger head which lingers. fine lacing.

smell: malty, hint of honey, bready. there is a citrus sense.

taste: malt is very good, some bitterness, nice complexity and finish with some hop.

mouthfeel: light-to-medium, good carb.

drinkability: very nice, great drinker. i had four of these the other night and didn't even realize it. good abv. admitted fan of full sail, and this pale ale is one of the reasons.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 03:19:44 | More by mlrbuendia
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mjurney

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pale amber color, clear. Few little bubbles. Head looks small.

Aroma:
Sweet maltiness, fruity, nutty, mild floral hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Sweet pale malts up front, slight nutty and caramelly. Fresh peaches in the middle. Clean hoppiness at the end. Medium bodied, slight creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very smooth, crisp hoppiness in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet floral.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:08:49 | More by mjurney
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Byeast

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / gold , with some whitish foam atop.

Smell: Floral , lightly fruity , citric , pink fruit , and slightly spicey hopiness.

Taste: Medium bready maltiness thoughout , good dose of hops that are a bit citric , raw and a bit earthy , some tea quality , hint at corn chip grain, fairly dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , moderatly dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable APA. A good quaffer with enough malt and a nice west coast hop trait. Would be a welcome sight on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 04:43:16 | More by Byeast
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cjgator3

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma features a really nice malt base (which I think a lot of APAs and IPAs lack) in addition to a moderate dose of American citrusy hops. The taste features a pretty good dose of hops (not at all overpowering) that last well into the aftertaste. The lack of malt in the taste leads it to be a little thin in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good APA that is unquestionably American. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 02:36:35 | More by cjgator3
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cear copper color, a little foam, just a thin layer of white bubbles.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, toasty malt in the background.

Taste: Well balanced between hop bitterness and malt. Toasty and bitter, this would be a good intro APA, but I like mine a little hoppier, but very drinkable, and a good session beer.

Drinkability: A good not great pale ale, fine for sessioning or with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 03:39:21 | More by TastyTaste
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SickBrew

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden hue with a bit of amber highlights and is quite clear. Head is thin and does not stick around. Nose is mild, an yet a robust malty note is the principal component followed by a fair sweetness and some mild hopiness. Flavor is sweet, malty and just a touch of roasted malts comes through. Mouthfeel is light to medium light and carbonation is light. Overall this is a good beer with a medium to high degree of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 01:16:14 | More by SickBrew
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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