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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 shererjt


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured a clear, deep copper with a moderate head. Nose was rick caramel and yeast with subdued hops and an earthiness in the background. Not a lot of fruit. Some citrus, but not like many of the APAs. Busy flavor, with citrusy hops, earth, and a lingering bitterness. Malt was secondary. Nice, medium body in the mouthfeel. Drinkability was about average.

Not a bad beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I'm glad to have given it a try.

05-28-2006 18:54:07 | More by shererjt
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Very much clarified deep bronze color body. See-through clear. Fat sticky cream haze piles up unevenly. Nose is salty and a little bit smelly and stank, medium malt background.

Sweet appley malts. Sour overtones. Carbonation is smooth and mild, one of the only things making this beer seem not like a macro. Clean, mild hop finish, Feels more like a macro amber to me than a West Coast pale ale, which was my expectation. Disappointing.

04-30-2005 04:28:16 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Ricochet


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

A: Less orange and more brown, little head but a great, bold, sticky lace.

S: Smelled like weak malt, no real pale ale scents, maybe a hint of the hops, but it seemed more malt than anything else

M: Other than average, didn't leave much an impression, a little bitter from the hops, but again, mostly the malt profile with a malt aftertaste

T: This is one sudued pale. It's less of an APA and more like the English pale ales, so for that, it gets above average. Slight grapefruit a little bitter on the edges, but again, tastes malty, but not in a bad way, just, well, like an English pale.

D: Quaffable, if it fits, but not my kind of taste profile. Too American to be a English Pale and too English to be an APA. Catch 22 I guess.

10-01-2007 05:39:38 | More by Ricochet
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Crystal clear golden orange with a soapy, bubbly sheet of a head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of caramel, grain and herbal/flowery hops. Spicy, somewhat juicy citrus and leafy hop sweetness with a slightly grainy finish. Slight veggie-ness. Not the most easy-drinking pale ale in the world. Medium bodied. I'm not crazy about the hop choices in this one. Not bad, but probably not something I'll want to purchase again any time soon.

11-25-2011 23:48:08 | More by wedge
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

I liked this beer but there was not enough hop characteristics. The aroma was slightly estery with some pale malt. But it's lacking a true hop character. I thought the bottle might be getting a little but it's dated 9/28/7. The bitterness is okay but the hop flavor was lacking as well. It was easy to drink with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. It had an inviting golden hue with good head retention. I prefer a Pale with more aroma and hop flavor.

07-29-2007 23:40:28 | More by beersabound
Photo of illidurit


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Honeyed amber color with a fluffy cascading beige head. Aroma is pale and crystal malty with faint accents of grapefruit rind. Not very robust. Flavor is dominated by light bready malts with a touch of sweetness. Hops are overly subdued, only barely detectable as an herbal piney note. Mouthfeel is standard, drinkability is fine, but what's the point of a west coast pale ale if there isn't any hoppiness?

03-23-2009 03:12:33 | More by illidurit
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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... shared with my brother... my half poured into my New Belgium Globe... listening to the iPod RIS party mix... Cowboy Junkies "Misguided Angel".

Good head that left no lacing... atop a hazy orange brew.

Pale toasted malts and grassy hops are the only real aroma components.

Flavor is mirrored to the smell... some fruitness is mid palate with a citrus hop finish.

Full Sail standard 12's are not something I buy that often, just because I can find better brews for about the same price... not a bad beer.. just average. It could use a little more PNW hops in the nose and palate.

12-13-2007 08:30:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of jwc215


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

12 oz. twist-off ("torque off") capped bottle, best by 12-21-07 (Close, but had it a few days before that - and reviewed from notes, as is the norm for me):

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of caramel with soft citric and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel with some unusual buttery notes. A light touch of hops lend some bitterness, though it remains sweetish. Maybe the hops died on this one faster than expected - they are there but only to lend some bitter, citric/floral balance to the malt.

Medium-bodied at most. It's okay, but would fit around the middle of a line-up of APA's, IMO.

12-22-2007 23:51:58 | More by jwc215
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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

This 12 oz bottle of Full Sail Pale Ale poured a brilliantly clear orange. It had a fluffy white head which collapsed quickly leaving a thin white veil, which laced itself nicely on the glass. Fine bubbles evolved from the bottom of the glass throughout.

The aroma of this pale ale contained elements of biscuity, toasty malt and spicy hops.

Full Sail Pale Ale has a flavor which is balanced nicely between malt and hops. Earthy toasted malt notes blend nicely with spicy hop flavor and solid, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness. It finishes relatively dry and the bitterness lingers nicely.

Medium bodied with a light mouth coat and crisp carbonation.

Altogether this Full Sail product is a nice well balanced pale ale… definitely worth a shot.

01-24-2007 23:56:42 | More by biergeniesser
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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

12oz bottle yanked outta New Jersey, PA does not get this, Jersey gets a bone every now and then.

Full Sail Pale comes into the glass splashing a golden tan shade with a nice bright look. Pouring real hard, I don't even get a decent cap to stare at, just a dead calm, no lace as well. Smell is mostly pale malt and some grass and light aroma hops, nothing to large though. Taste is lackluster, faint hops, earthy, hay, no citrus, no real pine no real nothing. I got more out of Full Sail's amber which is saying something. Pale malt is not to heavy which is commendable. The body seems on point, light and crisp carb, it's just lacking any taste from remaining on the palate. I drank it and thats that.

01-18-2011 05:22:01 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of TechMyst


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

A nice little pale ale actually. Purchased at safeway just to try something new while on vacation. Citrus/mild bittering hops. decently balanced medium mouth feel. nice to see the slightly higher alcohol content. I would definitely recommend this and try again as well. This was crisp and refreshing. I'd like to try more from this brewer, but they are way out from where I live.

01-01-2007 23:06:14 | More by TechMyst
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a crystal clear sparkling light to medium amber with a slight yellow hue and a head that was average sized (1-2 finger), fizzy and white and had fair lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild of a grain malt, a citrus hop and a musty scented yeast with a hint of caramel and grapefruit.

The taste was just a tad sweet and acidic with a mild caramel note at first and then became a little bitterer and a touch hoppy with a definite note of citrus (grapefruit) at the end. The flavor hung around for a little while after the swallow leaving a bit of bitterness to linger on.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two above light in body and dry but also watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a decent Pale Ale, one that goes down easy and finishes nice...

01-04-2012 19:53:28 | More by KajII
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold with very light head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Very faint grainy malts, orange and spice.

Taste: Mostly grainy malts, while the hops are more herbal and spicy with a light orange flavor. Ends just slightly bitter, spicy and almost metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is too watery. Slight dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but definitely too watery with a strange hop character. Not an APA that I would seek out again.

05-14-2010 21:12:29 | More by bsp77
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-21-2013 20:09:29 | More by Hugh37
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-22-2013 22:44:48 | More by bshiban
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-11-2012 20:12:43 | More by Gtotango
Photo of mtrain237


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-01-2012 06:56:48 | More by mtrain237
Photo of sd123


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-16-2012 18:00:46 | More by sd123
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-31-2013 04:07:06 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a very clear honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of biscuit-like malt, cooked vegetables, and herbal hops. Nothing too exciting. Taste is somewhat better with the herbal hops up front with a biscuit like malt aftertaste. Low hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation levels make this one a tiny bit thick feeling. Overall, a decent beer that walks the middle of the road. I wouldn't get this one again.

04-22-2011 01:13:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-03-2012 02:43:25 | More by hilgart1
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

10-31-2012 15:15:21 | More by Cark
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-12-2014 01:42:03 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Not really sure about the appearance because I am just drinking out of the bottle. Seems a little bitter for me and not that smooth. . just too bitter - doesn't go well with food .
too much flavor.. seemed to get better as temperature changed. I think it's drinkable

09-12-2009 05:53:41 | More by beer348
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Got a couple of selections from Full Sail in the fridge, ready to be reviewed. This one pours a golden/orange amber, mostly clear with no visible rising bubbles and an off white, average sized head. The foam fades pretty quickly but leaves some trails behind.

Sweet, grainy and floral with lots of toasty, buttered bread and grassy hops. Pale/crystal malt a hint of citrus. Definitely a well balanced nose.

A good deal of sweet citrus up front along with a dose of buttery, toasty grain. A hint of mellow caramel malt fades in to grassy, floral hops. Some good bitter balanced notes float in to a slightly more mellow, husky but slick finish. Mellows substantially as it warms.

Actually quite subtle in the carbonation department. I think this brew may have benefited from some crisper, bitey carbonation; the hops may have shined through more and the inherent mellowness may have been livened up a bit.

Definitely a selection I could see myself enjoying a few of but probably not the first session beer I'd reach for. A decent, well balanced APA in my opinion.

06-12-2010 04:43:22 | More by letsgopens
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