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

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BA SCORE
84
good

595 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 19:58:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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climax

Missouri

2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:40:50 | More by climax
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:37:39 | More by gatornation
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flagmantho

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:10:51 | More by flagmantho
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:47:42 | More by bump8628
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Gremner

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 06:05:50 | More by Gremner
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a camouflaged freshness stamp of 032310. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a small off-white head that fades pretty fast but does leave a few nice streaks of lacing behind. Lack of foam and subsequent retention are a bit of a bummer.

The nose strikes a nice malt/hop balance with the hops being a little bit citric and a touch piney. Malt hints at sweetness due to some crystal malt and has a touch of toffee. Not an aroma that will blow you away, but pleasant enough.

Taste is biscuity maltiness with a bittering finish. Does not do much in the way of hop flavor, but comes in on the back end pretty strong. Malts are a bit dull, earthy even and the beer is carbonated pretty low. I usually like the feel to be a bit brighter, but this is a pretty easy drinking pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:53:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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raclark

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Appearance: Pours about two fingers with nice lacing. Light amber in color.

Smell: Very aromatic. A bit grassy with sweet hops and a strong citrus note.

Taste: Hits the tongue sweet and slightly tart with a sufficient amount of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light body and a crisp bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Completely drinkable. A few of these should definitely help you slake your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 07:59:58 | More by raclark
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jhtipton

Spain

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this imported beer at the Navy Club in Seoul a few weeks ago. Well, it's imported to me... Drank it from the bottle but I think it is worthy of better glassware than that. Wonderful hoppy flavor and smooth to the palate. Have not been drinking enough of this lately but I believe I will revisit as it is a good candidate for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:14:42 | More by jhtipton
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1759Girl

California

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 20:45:49 | More by 1759Girl
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koopa

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours orange with slightly yellow folds. Minimal off white crown with minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Tangelo orange, earthy hops, and a biscuit malt. Not spectacular.

Taste: Hops taste a bit of the English persuasion to me, but I'm getting a slight cold. Tangelo flavor again over a lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. I'd give it a 5.0 if it tasted better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:44:07 | More by koopa
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two solid fingers of foamy, bubbling, egg-shell white head. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite hoppy presence, but not an overwhelming one. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. Finish tended more bitter than sweet, but it was a battle to the end. For me, it was a rare opportunity to have any Full Sail beers on draft. Highly anticipated and fully welcomed on my part.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 14:37:15 | More by woodychandler
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slaintemhor

Oregon

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was golden straw with no head. The aroma was.... was.... uh... non-existent. On the palate there was cereal graininess up front and scarcely any hops until the very back of the palate. I hear that this has quite a following; can't understand why!

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 02:53:35 | More by slaintemhor
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden colored ale. Nice white head. Laces well

Aroma: malt abounds grassy hops come thru as well

Taste: a malt forward pale with nice balanced bitterness. Finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied.

Drinkabilityh I could have a few of these

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:43:39 | More by Squelch
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natelocc787

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm gonna have to agree with the bros on this one. This is a good example of the style, up there with the highly ranked examples. Nicely hoppy in the aroma and taste, mild fruit flavors and citrus notes to back up the pale malt backing. Good dose spruce in the finish. Drinkable, could have lowered the carbonation a smidgen.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 09:11:22 | More by natelocc787
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blackie

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, the beer is a clear, light amber in color and topped with a light layer of carbonation

s: pale malt structure with only light caramelization, nicely grainy, light esters with perhaps some golden raisin, milder but adequate herbal hop aromas

m: body on the lighter side of medium, carbonation on the lighter side at first but blooming at the swallow to accompany the refreshingly dry finish

t: much like the aroma - pale malt base with the added complexity of lightly caramelized malt, lightly fruity - red apple and grape, hop flavors of dried citrus peel and herbs precede the moderately bitter, crisp and clean finish

d: a good pale if without anything standout, eschews the heavy hopping found in so many American pales and achieves a great balance in the process

single from the State Liquor in Moab, UT

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 05:17:16 | More by blackie
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, marmalade.

T: Biscuity malt, earthy, hints of citrus, assertive bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an earthy, dry finish.

D: It's alright, though I'm not fond of the earthyness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 03:32:16 | More by Derek
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Tone

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, , some pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, crisp, refreshing, good flavor, and nice mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:08:12 | More by Tone
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argock

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.49.

A: Dusky golden with 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and adequate lacing for style.

S: Grassy hops predominates with some light malt sweetness and a light citrus note

T: Pale malts are there but one-dimensional and contribute a honey-like sweetness. Hops are slightly more interesting with grassy, herbal, earthy and orange flavors both represented with some floral character.

M: Medium-body with low carbonation and grassy hops aftertaste.

D: Reasonably good but uninteresting. I wish this beer had more depth.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:20:08 | More by argock
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy, light orange-amber colored with a decent head and a spot or 2 of lacing

S- Clean, floral hops on top of a lightly caramel, sweet malt base. Bread yeast funk and some citric hops

T- The taste is not outright bitter, but the bulk of flavor is bitter. Leaves something to be desired. Clean, but not complex beyond the bread yeast funk

M- Bitter pinch with a light body and a moderate, stinging carbonation

D- Plenty of drinkability here with no rough edges and nothing extreme.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:13:42 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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thrawn208

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle, part of a sample pack.

Pours with basically no head. None or very little lace. Smells of a touch of caramel, with a slight (and I mean slight) veggie smell, possibly green bean, which is strange. Taste isn't much better. Flavors, when you can taste them at all, are light hoppiness, and ripe grass.

Mouthfeel is decent, reminds me of a full bodied lager, not really a pale ale, which should be a lot creamier than this.

Best thing this beer has going for it is drinkability. Could easily drink a few of these, but why bother?

I liked the other Full Sail I had, what happened to this one?

Edit: Had another one, decided I was being a little too harsh on taste, smell. It grows on you. That's two things going for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:51:13 | More by thrawn208
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beer348

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 05:53:41 | More by beer348
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of bone white head. Nose and flavor are of pleasant caramel sweetness, citrus notes such as lemon, toasted cereal grains. Just about medium bodied with ample carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:22:24 | More by ClockworkOrange
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light or pale amber with a foamy, slightly off white head, with better than average retention. Does show some nice side lacing.
aroma leads with some fruity, spicy hops and then some bready maltiness.
Taste provides a well balance of hops and maltiness. Detect some licorice in there, along with some mild spicy, bitter hops. Very dry finish, which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and then followed by the bitter dry hops.
Very good beer?ale. I liked this one alot.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:01:42 | More by jadpsu
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nms1987

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, filtered looking. Gold-to-amber in color. Good looking beer.
Looks like a pale ale, duh.

Not giving me a whole lot of nose. A little citric hoppiness.

The taste? Wow. Amazing. Hoppy, but not too much. Crisp but also has enough body. A little caramel malt sweetness jumping against those clean, slightly citrusy hops.
Great stuff. Completely quenching, but also full flavored.
I love it.
Great balance.

Mouthfeel is full but crisp.

Drinkability is 100%. An amazing session beer. I drink my beer slow but I've killed this glass in a matter of minutes. It is so sessionable and tastes so good that it begs to be drank.

I love this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:43:13 | More by nms1987
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.