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

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625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 625 | Reviews: 360
Photo of Freshie
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of EkimGram
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of LoganMc
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of introvertedone
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Pale Ale had a nice amber color, but slightly cloudy. This pale ale presented a flowery, sweet aroma with a slight nutty taste. Not too shabby of a pale ale. The Full Sail Pale Ale was pretty drinkable.

This bottle of Full Sail Pale Ale was included in a "Beers of the World" package (Apparently from World Market) I received as a Christmas gift. If I saw a sixer of this I'd probably try it again.

Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of beige foam. Fine bubbles formed a collar and clung a bit to the glass. Nice combination of malt and hops in the aroma, citrusy and earthy, toasted, slightly floral. Nice flavour, moderate hop bitterness with an herbal/floral character, balanced maltiness, lingering spicy/citrus hops. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry and pretty drinkable.

Photo of mlrbuendia
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of nicholasdes
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.

Photo of SickBrew
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of gkunkle
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Mustard
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of cooncat
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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 !

Photo of mjurney
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

From a 12oz. brown bottle with new labels which look pretty cool. The neck label has a picture of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River and the main label states that Full Sail is "Independant Employee Owned" and have a "Brewforce of 47". Kind of fancy compared to the older labelling.

The ale itself is an orange-amber with a 1/2 inch white foamy head that settles to a ring, but laces very little.

Very mild sweetness to the smell, grainy malt followed by a balanced hopness to the finish.

Nice earthy malt flavor like the smell and then the citric floral hops take over and turn quite bitter in the end...almost seems more IPA like it this respect and rather tasty.

A medium body with crispness to the mouthfeel, an easy drinker that goes down like a Pale Ale should, think I'll have another, cheers.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a nice copper color with light off-white head. Mild, slightly spicy aroma. Flavor has a nice malt body with a enjoyable mild spicyness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable; would work well as a session beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger+ of white foamy head. Light amber color with nice clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Some nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is almost exclusively toasted malt. Some fruity aromas as well.

More hop flavor vs. The aroma. Quite a bit of light fruit mixing with the toasted malt flavors. Like toasted bread crust. Delicate bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied and slightly astringent on your tongue.

Decent little beer. Pretty straight forward but its on point for the style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light copper/orange with a thick head that dissipates to large bubbly puddles.

Mild but zesty earth hops sit on top of a tangy sweet bread. Toffee and caramel add a lot to the malt character.

A very light malt character upfront that moves to a subtle pine and citrus fruit. Finishes dry with a tingle.

Very light and crisp with a fresh hop characteristic. Drinks smooth and is thirst quenching.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A-deep copper color, 1/4 inch white head

S-slight sweet aroma, don't know what except it smells delicious

T-again, being new at this I'm having a hard time describing it. The nice flavor is even better than the nice smell. I do taste a balanced variety of different flavors

M-not watery, good carbonation

O-a good pale ale, over all good in ever sense

Photo of jonworth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsener glass (because it was handy). Moderate lacing, pleasing, rich amber coloration. Very high in IBUs--closer to an American IPA. Fairly complex flavor; I'll avoid esoteric gyrations over my own subjective flavor impressions and just say that this beer reminds me of Hazed and Infused a little. I would probably buy it again.

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different bottle than the one shown in the picture... This is finally available in Florida.

Appearance: Rather pale in color for an APA - more golden than orange. Decent head and retention, good lacing.

Smell: A very "clean" smelling APA: ale fruitiness, light bready malts, and some piney hops.

Taste: Less citrusy than most APAs and more earthy/herbal. Bitter, sticks to the tongue but in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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