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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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608 Ratings

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Firgy, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale.

A: Clear medium amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt and citrus hops. Fruit aromas.

T: Light sweetness and light hop bitterness. Very toasted and caramel-like flavor. Citrus and spice as well. Toasty finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth. Not bad.

O: The flavor was pretty balanced. Not the smoothest or best looking beer though. I like this one only slightly better than the Smuttynose.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

elglueckert, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Peller80, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours orange with slightly yellow folds. Minimal off white crown with minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Tangelo orange, earthy hops, and a biscuit malt. Not spectacular.

Taste: Hops taste a bit of the English persuasion to me, but I'm getting a slight cold. Tangelo flavor again over a lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. I'd give it a 5.0 if it tasted better.

koopa, Dec 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Enjoy by 060607,” consumed in early August 2007. Probably not at its prime. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a clear coppery-golden color with a small amount of carbonation. Thick whitish cap fades slowly to a thin, clumpy cap and ring, along with great, sticky lace. Nose of pale, floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. Tastes of middle-bitter floral/piney hops, some semi-sweet malt in the back, a bit nutty, finishing a rather dry hoppy bitter. Mouth is full and well-carbonated, yet wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is solid; I can easily see me drinking a few of these.

Overall: A competent American Pale, probably better if consumed within freshness date. Worth a try.

jettjon, Aug 10, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tylerstravis, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

LSx, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

palliko, Jul 14, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DaveMiller, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

afsdan, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

NCStateAE, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Carl_R, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tripledbrew, Apr 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PJBeav, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jdavidk93, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jscal10, Aug 11, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Mustard, Oct 02, 2003
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Freshie, Jun 01, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

WesWes, Nov 12, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

mactrail, Nov 02, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

gkunkle, Jan 01, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

nicholasdes, Oct 10, 2008
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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

ryan1788a5, Nov 04, 2013
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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