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

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BA SCORE
82
good

614 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | 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 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
Photo of letsgopens
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

letsgopens, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of kola
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow/amber, light bubbly head that remains for quite a while

S - Newly harvested grain, malts, and a bit of citrus

T - You can taste raw grain in the malt with an acridly bitter background in the mouth and in the aftertaste. I did not get the doughy flavors that others speak of.

M - Has enough carbonation, but feels thin in the mouth.

D - The bottle was within its service date, but I did not experience many of the smells and tastes that others report. This is not a beer I will stock in my cooler.

kola, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of MYSTIKPIZZA
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a solid dark orange-yellow as clear as day. Poured some what vigorously but not much of a head to report.

Smelled of sweet honey and slight hops, super clean.

This pale ale tastes of bready malts, a tiny bit of piney hops ( almost non-existent though), finishes super clean with a bit of honey. A very refreshing pale ale.

MF: light to medium body, with a slick prick from carbonation.

Super drinkable, this is my go-to session beer when I am at Trader Joe's. Definitely going to the summer time brew of 2010 for me.

MYSTIKPIZZA, May 22, 2010
Photo of vdread
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a clear amber-orange with some thin, bubbly head, which does hold on for a while.

smells of husk/grains and faint floral hops.

the malt has a biscuity, doughy character, though there is some light floral hop notes hiding behind that. it has this husky grainy character that comes out even stronger in the taste. the bitterness is low, and barely noticeable due to the strong malt.

light to medium bodied, ends dry, leaving a crisp bready aftertaste.

i don't get the pleasant hoppiness and high bitterness as other reviewers have indicated. no, it's not past the expiration date. it's an okay beer, something to drink, but not worth writing home to mother about

vdread, May 16, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bsp77, May 14, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with light yellow/bronze hybrid ale with a nice white head that creates a film and major lacing throughout the glass. Biscuit smell with some malt and lemon zest. Taste is malty with a mild hop bitterness on the swallow. Lingering malty aftertaste. Drinkability is good, though I feel there are better Pale's out there. A little too malty for myself.

kaseydad, May 05, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly clear liquid the color of light brass emerges from the bottle and enters my perfect pint glass. Major bubbles shoot their way to the roof to a fuzzy, sticky off-white head that's going nowhere. Where you goin'? Nowhere!

The nose is grainy and earthy, with some floral hops

The hop flavor seems a bit subdued. Instead, I get a major dose of earthy lager grains with some sweet bubble gum, culminating in a super dry finish.

High assaulting carbonation, with a body a shade on the light side. A bit watery.

As pale ales go, this one's passable. Enjoyable, sure, but nothing I'd seek out.

Phelps, May 03, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a very thin head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was decent.

S: Smelled of hops, something sweet and sugary, and malt. Not an overpowering aroma.

T: Taste consisted of hops - though not in a dominant way - malt, caramel, and perhaps a little lemon. An OK flavor, but not mind-blowing.

M: A good amount of carbonation with kind of a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable APA, but nothing to write home about. It'll do in a pinch.

avalon07, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of LyonsHead
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: above average but not good. looks remarkably light in color, we'll go with very pale orange. thin head but decent lacing

S: Im getting a very light fruity nose (lemon zest comes to mind). there is also a grainy, wheat character here as well.

T: caramel mixed with cirtus and a hoppy bite. not very complex, refreshing but i like my pale ales to have a bit more to them in terms of hops and malt

M: nothing to write home about here, very thin

D: Refreshing with a dry finish but not enjoyable as there isn't a whole lot to this beer. Kinda sweet, Kinda citrusy, kinda boring

LyonsHead, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of mlrbuendia
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mlrbuendia, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden copper with a slightly yellow hue. Very clear, rising carbonation, light white 1 finger of head, leaves a consistent cobweb of lacing down glass.

S- Very mild nose, not much comes out, a light malt sweetness, and a lime/citrus orange peel spice and toffee.

T- Sweet caramel malt forward. Nice balanced fresh bitterness, finishes clean. Toasty as it warms up the toffee and roasted cashew, and butter cream comes forward, really nice beer.

M- Light to medium body. Light medium creamy character and buttery with balanced carbonation.

D- Solid drinkable beer, good medium ABV @ 5.4%, slightly higher than what I would want in a nice session pale ale, but really goes down nicely, clean follow through.

mwagner1018, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of les1721
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperarence, a light amber with a thin white head which disapears pretty quickly. Smell is citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste is off the charts, malt flavors of apple, light roasted, a little creamy and caramel. Very well hopped. A light bitterness throughout with a little citrus, piney and herbal hop flavor. A very complex ale but very drinkable and well balanced.

A great pale ale from a great brewery.

les1721, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a small white head, decent lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a small amount of malt. The taste is very similar. Bitter aftertaste, medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale, but not one that I would go out of my way to get.

hardy008, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Brewing - Pale Ale, enjoying this on a trip to Arizona, just landed.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass. Spotty lacing up and down, clear orange/copper in color.

Smell: Quite malty, bready and just a whiff of something herbal.

Taste: Biscuity malt with a light toasted edge to it. Earthy hop graces the palate quickly and then subsides leaving leafy, tobacco like flavors. Alittle bit of adjunct and/or astringent graininess but kept well in check.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with chewey malt and a clean finish.

Drinkability: This has to be one of the most easy drinking pale ales I can remember. Hop character is there but isn't too over or under stated. Well done.

Stinkypuss, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of climax
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one poured a somewhat flat amber color with a modest head that faded quickly.

Mostly citrus hops, sweet malt, and honey made up the nose. I got whiffs of some cider and vinegar, perhaps it's a bad bottle?

Taste was a bit sour, lots of citrus and green apple. Some toastiness was evident in the finish, but it was pretty pungeant in the bitter/sour category and I don't think it was the proper hop profile.

It was pretty dry and the finish was long and puckering. I hope I got a bad bottle, because I expected more out of it.

climax, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lighter orange then the ipa but still very nice looking with some clinging lacing ..the smell was citrus/pine ,floral hops with biscuit and malts..the taste was the same it was well balanced flavorful for a pale has a lower abv..i liked this one better then the ipa the hops and citrus and malts were better balanced with a nice medium+ mouth feel..i can drink a couple of these no problem..a nice easy drinking pale ale

gatornation, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden-orange color with a finger of white head which leaves a nice lace when dissipating.

Smell: citrusy hops over a slightly malty, slightly grainy base aroma. Not bad, but pretty average.

Taste: basic malt flavor with less graininess than the aroma. Hops are nice and relatively laid back though the aftertaste is nicely bitter. A pretty average pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body, thus continuing the trend of being well-crafted yet average.

Drinkability: this could be a nice session brew with high potential for being consumed during band practice. It quenches.

flagmantho, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with an orange tinge and plenty of sudsy white head that sticks all over.

Herbal and floral hops and biscuity malt in the aroma, which transitions into juicy floral and citric hops with a touch of pine on the palate. A dry malt backbone with a bit of toast and candy caramel sweetness balances it just enough. The body is medium-light and the finish nice and dry to really let the hops shine.

An often overlooked beer and a classic example of the style. I could drink these for hours and not be bored. A great session pint.

bump8628, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Gremner
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Gremner, Jan 15, 2010
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
82 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.