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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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606 Ratings

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Ratings: 606
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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Photo of Gremner


3/5  rDev -19.1%

Typically I break a review down into appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability descriptions, but this beer didn't really have anything notable in any category. This was exactly average. Not great, not terrible. It was okay. Hoppy, med/light body, drinkable. I don't know. It was okay.

01-15-2010 06:05:50 | More by Gremner
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-18-2013 04:33:25 | More by beernads
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

I find this one a little sour and overripe, with an excessively toasty, nutty malt, giving it a tight, wry flavor that falls somewhere short of refreshing.

Pours clear and relatively still, with a mediocre head The smell is hoppy, but overripe, like roses past their prime, with a strong, flat graniness behind it. The flavor is quite toasty and nutty- excessively so, like specialty grains gone wild. The hops are broad and earthy and overripe, with an unpleasant vegetable edge. The finish is slightly sour and a bit prickly, which is surprising given the relatively still pour.

This is not a horrible beer, but nowhere near the top of the pack in good pale ales.

07-21-2011 00:48:37 | More by Seanibus
Photo of poppyjohn


3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-24-2012 03:58:34 | More by poppyjohn
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-18-2014 04:25:06 | More by Beerlover
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-31-2013 01:24:02 | More by morningthief
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-27-2011 02:57:38 | More by Amp
Photo of dgilks


3/5  rDev -19.1%

Clear golden hue with a creamy white head. Decent head retention. Good lacing.

Light, grainy malt with no real hop aroma. A touch disappointing.

Crisp, grainy malt with a hint of caramel. Lacking in hop flavour but there is some bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay pale ale but lacking the crisp, hoppy edge expected on an APA.

10-08-2011 07:09:29 | More by dgilks
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%

Full Sail- Pale Ale

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light copper orange with a small light lacing head.
S- Not much detected; slight grainy malt with earthy hops.
T- Slight sweet honey malt with a mild dry earthy hop. Some orange rind detected.
M- Light with the slightest touch of sweetness. Mild dryness and the faintest bitterness.

Overall- Flavors just weren't there. Too weak.

06-27-2008 00:05:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours amber colored with white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is all grassy hops. Flavor is mostly hop flavor, some malt and finish with bitterness. Medium body with carbonation on the lighter side, but there still a little bite. Not my favorite APA, but its tasty.

08-26-2006 01:52:16 | More by Dizzy
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

A: Pretty amber, pure white head.

S: Very tight. A little toasty. Some pine notes.

T: Raw grain hulls, carmely malt notes, a little hop bitterness, a bit citrusy. Very smooth flavor.

M: Rich medium bodied, full carbonation.

O: Like most of Full Sail's line, this is a sessionable beer. Nothing about this beer is spontaneous or interesting, and maybe thats its charm. Like Boston Lager its tasty, satisfying, steadying, and consistent.

01-11-2012 02:59:02 | More by jkanavel
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured a mostly clear golden color. Has a small foamy and dense off-white head. Nose was smoky hops, and some sharp bitterness. Taste was mild, sweet, and hoppy. A little alcohol comes through on the end. Mouthfeel is even with ok carbonation, and drinkability is fine. Not a bad brew.

10-08-2006 19:31:23 | More by shivtim
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a clear golden orange color with yellowish hues when held to a light source and a half finger foam white head that immediately fades into thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly hoppy aroma with some sweet citrus character as well as some faint earthy pine and biscuity malt notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger throughout over a biscuit malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Dry bitter pine notes with faint citrus peel as well as some slight pale, biscuit malt, crisp light fruit and slight alcohol.

01-03-2011 03:42:59 | More by corby112
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with a standard, smallish, white head.

Smell: Grainy pale malt scent with citrusy, lightly herbal hop notes.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a bare grainy taste to it that, as you go along, develops into a slight husk astringency. Citric hop quality with a medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those basic, average attempts at a basic, average style that does get the job done but doesn't really thrill you, captivate you, or even hold your attention beyond that last sip.

08-25-2008 16:51:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -17%

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops along with light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of light malts, a little bit of citrus and a strong but very pale hops bitterness. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it's got some good qualities that make it drinkable but the taste just didn’t work for me. There are several other beers within the style that I would choose first.

08-02-2007 03:03:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of spoons


3.08/5  rDev -17%

Pours a dark yellow with a hint of brown. Very clear.

Some malt comes through on the nose but not much hops. A faint citrus.

It is easy to drink with some malt notes and a little touch of hops. No finishing bitterness. There is not too much not going on with this brew...

04-11-2010 06:59:09 | More by spoons
Photo of 1759Girl


3.08/5  rDev -17%

Appearance> Lively, clear golden hue, with a big head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell> Sweet, almost too sweet, as it hides the hoppy notes. All in all though, decent.

Taste> Sweetness. Starts sweet, doesn't really give you much in between, and then leaves a lagery hang. Not complex, but not bad. Really very average.

Mouf> slightly too carbonated, the worst part about this beer, but not offensive.

Drinkability> Sure, but I'd rather have a Stone, if you have one laying around.

12-15-2009 20:45:49 | More by 1759Girl
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3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, good lace and head retention.

S: Grapefruit, pine, falling leaves, and green peppers.

T: Light crystal malt, dominated by the hops. Very piney, oily, there is an astringency for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, with a thin finish, light carbonation.

D: This is a value pale ale, it's often less than $6 a six-pack, but there's a ton better in this category.

03-08-2011 03:50:43 | More by Halcyondays
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3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

poured into a pint glass. A nice golden hue, with a mild carbonation and decent head. The aroma is of a mediciny smell. There is a slight floral hop. The taste is very middle of the road, IMO. The balance is toward the hop side, but the hops don't pack any punch. Probably a better fit for someone who doesn't grave the hop bitterness that I've come to expect from a NW Pale Ale. This is truly a session brew, just not best APA for that.

04-23-2007 13:17:06 | More by phishgator
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured a light amber hue into a pint glass, with less than a finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Decently visible carbonation. Smelled of caramel, biscuit, grain, hay, and grass; not much bitterness or fruitiness. The taste confirmed a distinct lack of balance; caramel/malt/hay combine midpalate and then finishes on a grassy/nutty note. Was looking for either more fruit or more bitter in the flavor; too one-dimensional. More carbonated than it appeared, yet medium-bodied. Bottom line is that this beer would benefit greatly from more balance.

07-23-2010 20:58:10 | More by donniecuffs
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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. 5.5%. Reviewed live.

Served after a period of rest from being in the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of pretty decent cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appears well carbonated.

Sm: Pale malts, bright malts, background floral hops, nectary character, fresh hops, full-bodied barley, and some straw. A clean, enjoyable and appealing aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Nectary, with floral hops, honey, pale bright malts, full barley, and even some buttery quality. Simple but clean and enjoyable. Well balanced. It lacks layering or subtlety, but it's pleasant to drink. I do like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Sweet nectary honey finish is a highlight.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thin. Light on the palate. Carbonation is apt. Nothing unique or special here, though it's nicely buttery.

Dr: A drinkable pale ale. Tasty and enjoyable. One of the better Full Sail offerings I've had. I might get it again at Trader Joe's; it's well priced anyway.


10-18-2012 04:44:56 | More by kojevergas
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Good appearance--nice foam head that clings and stays to the last drop. Aroma/flavor is of pacific northwest hops maybe centennial or columbus variety--kinda harsh and catty. Not terrible but could be better. it could stand to have a little more maltiness. Good, but not something I'll go back to much. It is a Pyramid IPA with less bittering hops and much less malt. Dissapointing, but still better than half of the beers available.

04-05-2003 21:17:38 | More by EagleTalon
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South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Saw this one sitting in the fridge and decided it was time to give it a try. Served cold with dinner and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
Very average pours here. Light golden orange in color with a clear and even color to it. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top but no real head formed, instead just about a quarter inch of light lacing around the sides that left it bare after a minute or so. Light herbal hops, touches of pine and light bready notes all converge, but nothing really taking the lead here though. Warming throws it a bit towards the hops, but again nothing really pulling me apart for this one. Clean, even taste, bready up front with hints of caramel and light grassy notes. A bit clingy in the feel, but the carbonation breaks it apart rather quickly. Smooth and even and easy to drink I would have no problem throwing down a few, but the flavor was just not all that interesting to me.
Overall a nice and smooth, session able pale ale, albeit forgettable. Still you could do worse.

03-02-2010 18:25:20 | More by mikesgroove
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Brown gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and slightly sweet. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. A mild flavor with a good malt hop balance. Mouthfeel is full. Fnish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

08-16-2003 02:42:49 | More by beerguy101
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a crystal clear orange amber into a pint glass. A dense half inch of head settles to a surface cap after a few minutes, yielding some casual lacing.

Quite lagerish on the smell intiially, and stays that way. Some hops upon a swirl but otherwise rather vacant. Some orange notes when really kicked up.

Taste follows suit. Has a decent body but is nonetheless a bit void in flavor. What's there is a bit chewy and cumbersome, obviously trying to cover things from behind. An intersting beer, but not my favorite from Full Sail...

03-09-2009 05:32:56 | More by HalfFull
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