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

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BA SCORE
84
good

610 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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 gkunkle
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

gkunkle, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear light amber color with a nice head that recedes quickly to lacing. the aroma brings a quite a lot of hops to the nose for an apa, the citrus there has a nice counterpoint of sweet malt. the taste reflects the nose with the sweet malt up front, balanced by the hop flavor, finishing dry. it's a light bodied beer with adequate co2. very nice for the style.

almychristopher, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 single 12 ounce bottle at Oak Tree.

Pale orange, with just a hint of haze, topped by a single finger of level dense white foam. Slight lace.

Pleasant soft lemon aroma.

Soft light sweet malt runs down the center of the tongue. Hops arrive simultaneously, both herbal and low key citrus. Very well balanced, with the hops pulling ahead by a nose at the finish. Slightly soapy aftertaste that lingers too long.

Light, kind of bubbly mouthfeel. Super easy drinking going down, the soapy aftertaste is a flaw.

A well made pale, could represent its region well, but not a challenger for SNPA.

RonfromJersey, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mjurney, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of guinnessnyc
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw six-packs of this and their Amber for the first time at my local spot in Astoria and was drawn to a small batch American Pale Ale. Poured straight into a Sam Adams pint glass, light head with decent lacing. Definitely drinkable with balanced hops, but had a sharper aftertaste that I'm not crazy about. Would like to try it on tap, but probably would fall into the queue of desired pale ales...cheers
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BC

guinnessnyc, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

riversider76, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the reviews seem to be all over the place with this beer. It pours a very clear watery amber color. There is a very thin head, not much retention, with plenty of lacing. The nose is typical APA slightly grainy aroma, a little sharpness, a little fruitiness. It's okay.

The beer is thin and light bodied in my book, although some reviewers tagged it as medium bodied. I'm not biting on that one. The beer has a sharpness, and a hop bite, and a dryness that I'm not in love with. It's okay. There is plenty of nice maltiness underneath, but it gets compromised by the biting sharpness. This isn't prickly but neither is it smooth on the tongue either. This beer is okay, nothing great. The aftertaste is slight. Fundamentally, it just doesn't have enough of a malty middle for my liking.

albern, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of anotherpg
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, with a throwback label, boasting of 47 employees. This was easily one of the cleanest drinking beers I've had recently. Smooth, pale color, clean smell, and it went do so easy. No bitterness, but a full clear flavor. An excellent overall beer. I was sad that I had but one to drink.

anotherpg, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber color and is crystal clear. Moderate head that dies to a single bubble layer. Leaves very little spotty lace on the glass.

Relatively malty aroma with a touch of hop. Pretty standard stuff here.

Stronger hop on the tongue than the smells suggests. Starts mild but becomes peppery. The swallow shows a generous amount of carbonation; yet, the body is decent. Overall, this is a run-of-the-mill APA. Good lasting aftertaste.

smcolw, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

WesWes, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear, deep copper color with a 12 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a hearty malt backbone mingled with grassy hop notes.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Starts with a mild caramel malt flavoring that lends in to a pale malt and graininess. Finish has nice light grassy hop notes. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp feel at the front with a slightly slick, oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is the perfect beer to kick back with for an evening.

Jayli, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bistro 33 in Davis. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served cold in a pint glass with about a quarter inch of white head that faded to a thick collar. Clear light amber in color. A great wall of lacing was left down the glass after every sip.
S: Notes of orange and citrus with a light grainy malt scent.
T: Follows the nose with a sweet pale malty grain taste almost like a steam beer. Bread crust aftertaste with a faint bitterness and super clear and drying finish. Hops are citrusy and have a touch of lemon juice.
M: Even carbonation over a medium body and crisp clean mouthfeel.
D: Very straight forward and well rounded pale ale. Super easy and refreshing to drink, goes great with a meal. Crisp.

scottfrie, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with pale and crystal malts, and two varieties of hops. It pours a filtered golden hue, with medium carbonation and light lacing. Perfumy hops in the nose, with a light graininess and a bit of the house yeast strain. Tastes of sweet, almost toasty malts, and a touch of caramel, nicely balanced by herbal/earthy, fruity and lightly citric hops which impart a firm bitterness. Medium, crisp body, with mouth-filling carbonation and a dry finish. This is a well-crafted pale ale that makes for a nice departure from the citrus blasts of most APAs. It would be easy to drink this one all night long.

mmmbeer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light orange coper color, nice white head.
Smells of toasted caramel malt, and lemony hops.
Taste has more lemony hops, a little bready, followed by piney bitterness.
Feels light-medium, and leaves the mouth nice and dry.
This is a very good pale ale, has smooth bitterness. Highly Drinkable.

JMad, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak brown, amber and caramel color, pillowy head. Aroma ain't what it used to be in this beer (like many factors), comes off a little too much industrial if that makes sense.

Tons of caramel, decent enough hops and a lot of wood flavor often. I dunno, this stuff has been $10 a 12er for awhile in Reno, everytime I get it, its very close to the drink by date, I've had this stuff excellent, but lately, not so much. Does stay true to style and does not encroach on ipa land. One dimensional townie hopheads won't like this one. Does have a substantial malt amount to it, again, another turn off to those who don't like that kind of thing.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of roddwolff
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of the fall, on a cloudy afternoon, served in a tonic glass. Look: Deep orange, thick foamy head. Smell: Almonds, resin hops and sweet malts. Taste: Strong hops character (pine and earth) combined with toffee malt. Mouthfeel: Dry, high bitterness as carbonation, semi-rugged body. Drinkability: Too sweet for the style, but everything else very well.

roddwolff, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of eatabagofbooger
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A: light copper color with maybe a centimeter head despite a pretty hard pour

S: slight smell of sweet pale malt. Maybe a little bit of floral hops, but that just might be my expectations

T: leads with vague malt sweetness. Floral hops quickly follow. Oddly, the flavors suddenly disappear shortly afte the brew touches my tongue, leaving only a slight metallic taste.

M: like a very watered down soda. Very thin, but what body it does have is like a light sludginess.

eatabagofbooger, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color with white head, fine lacing that sticks around nicely. About what I'd expect from a pale ale.

S: Not a whole lot doing. Smells of caramel with very slight hop and citrus underneath.

T: Caramel and citrus up front with mild hops and bitterness following. Nothing too exceptional, but still a good beer.

M: Medium to light body, very easy to drink and refreshing.

D: It's a pretty solid pale ale. Good with pizza and one I'd have again.

zhanson88, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, already lacing as it subsides. This beer shines a light orange, deep yellow color.

Smells of sweet malts, maybe a little toast and fruit, but not much.

Taste is very malt forward with a slight risidual sweetness on the end accompanied by a dry bitter finish. Not much doing on the hops, but it's nice to have a pale that is true to style and not bordering an IPA.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Full Sail has a nice way of making beers super smooth without being silky or overly oily.

Very drinkable, but not exactly a session.

tchenery, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of leokbelo
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper on a pint glass. 1 inch head fading to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts. Caramel malts on the nose, toffee like aroma. Some sweetness on the tongue, with a medium hop finish. Very refreshing. Malts and Hops in a very good balance.
Overall a very good American Pale Ale. I'm starting to really enjoy these North Western Ales!
Highly recommended.

leokbelo, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of ddgrant
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color with a lingering head that remained for the entire session

S - Very little aroma that would be expected

T - A sweet, fruity taste hits first that leads to a bitter finish that is somewhat nutty

M - The carbonation makes this a crisp APA with light-medium body

D - It might not be the most distinct APA, but it is very refreshing and has enough character to keep me interested. It's a good session beer

ddgrant, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves plenty of splashy lace

Smell: Biscuity, with toffee and a bit of diacetyl; the earthy, fruity hops provide a bit of an English character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the toffee/buttery elements arriving at the same time as the earthy/fruity hops; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, if you don't mind the touch of diacetyl, it provides a nice Englishy alternative to the typical APA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA with a nod across the pond

brentk56, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

donniecuffs, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a moderate and quickly dissipating head. Aroma is slight caramel and hops. Taste is well balanced, smooth malts coupled with good carbonation and strong hoppiness. The mouthfeel here is good, very substantial brew yet just refreshing and satisfying enough for a pale ale, like many of Full Sail's brews this has a distinct hops profile. Full Sail is one of my favorite breweries and this beer is one reason why.

appenzeller, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of NefariousR
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Tawny, light amber with very thin head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, perhaps fig or plum with a bit of citrus character. Sweet.

T - The malt sweetness and aforementioned fruit flavors hit first, but are then quickly rounded out with a hop texture and a nutty finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves a very slight (but noticeable) sticky feeling.

D - A great pale ale, flavorful, crisp, and highly drinkable.

NefariousR, Jul 01, 2010
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