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

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BA SCORE
84
good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 597
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serviceable pale, light golden with tiny white head, little bit of lace. Fresh. Some citrus aroma. Easy drinking, mild IPA-like, citrusy. A fine pale. About sessionable abv. Medium mouthfeel. About suiable carbonation, perhaps a little tad above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 00:21:57 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-19-2012 02:41:32 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:13:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-31-2013 16:11:19 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent, glimmering tangerine. The beer is capped with a large, persistent, parchment colored head that sports a rough-hewn surface. Abstract patterns of pocked lace stick to the glass, but don't last as long as they might.

The nose is moderately hoppy and is solid without being spectacular. There's a glimmer of lightly toasty malt that is superceded by citrus fruity, musky hops that caress rather than use blunt force. While it doesn't have that bright, citrus oil pungency that I prefer in my hoppy beer noses, it's more than adequate for the style.

On the palate, Full Sail is more herbal and less grapefruit-like, yet is still in the citrus family. I don't know what two varieties were used, but I doubt that any of the 4-Cs were harmed in the brewing of this ale. The malt backbone is big enough to support the hops and no more. Sessionability is increased by the light-medium body and the restrained amount of carbonation.

As so often happens with me, the choice of hops is the major determinant of how I feel about a particular APA, IPA or DIPA. I like Full Sail's version of a hoppy pale ale, but I don't love it because of the glass ceiling imposed by the choice of hops. It's still delicious beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 16:53:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some notes of amber and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of pale and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn’t quite as malty because it is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness and some ever so slight hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is quite easy to drink and I would have no problem putting back a few of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:29:29 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 21:50:54 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 18:25:20 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and tasty, Full Sail's Pale Ale proves to be crisp, clean, and less full than many comparables.

The Pale Ale pours with the classic copper-amber color and with a bright sheen that's void of haze. A light but creamy egg shell white foam stance forms on the beer and retains well with minimal lace.

Medium malt and medium hops both contribute to the clean balance of light caramel, barley malt, and citrusy hops. Low on esters and no phenolic spice- only a mild ethynol alcohol scent accompanies the simple aroma spread of hops and malt.

Crisp and clean flavors of caramel, cashew, and barley malt provide a medium intensity of flavor but only light on the sweetness that's norally associated with malt. Grapefruit, fresh cut grasses, orange zest, and soft pine emit from the hop additions and balance the beer to near perfection. Only light and non-descript fruity esters carry an almost tropical fruit flavor and appricot taste, but with no yeasty spices or off flavors. Very fresh, albeit lightly grainy.

Mediu bodied throughout, the beer has an early malty richness that fades to light and fleeting sugary texture. Malty dryness, light grain, and hop bitterness/dryness all work toward a dry and crisp finish, but leave enough sweetness on the palate to allow for a linger of malt that pushes the aftertaste a bit too far.

A tasty Pale Ale that's shy of the classy crisp taste of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. A bit more dryness, spicy hop character, and depth of malt character could easily bring the beer in line with the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:11:01 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-04-2011 23:26:38 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-16-2013 17:06:06 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-03-2012 03:50:42 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a thinner lacy white head,good rich clarity in the color.Big caramel malt mixed hebal,leafy hops,pretty straight forward.Caramel and biscuit malt with a little toastiness melds into a shot of leafy hops in the finish.This is a no frills APA but its very flavorful,not as hopped up as I thought it would be but I still liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:04:36 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden copper color with a one-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky, thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled toasty with piney hops and some citrus notes.

T - It tasted of toasted malt with some caramel notes. Nice pine and citrus hop presence to add some bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty pale ale. Another nice one from Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:38:40 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its clear, amber body rests gently beneath a short head of creamy, ivory-colored foam that holds fairly well before receeding to a collar. The nose is quite welcoming with a soft, piney hop character and light yeasty fruitiness over a delicate, biscuity malt. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine, restrained carbonation that allows all of its flavors to come through. It's piney and fruity up-front with its lightly sweet biscuity malt becoming dominant as it cross the palate into a dry finish where the pine returns and some of its firm bitterness lingers. Impeccably balanced! A smooth beer from start to finish. Refreshing and satisfying! More fruity and round than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 00:07:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-15-2012 20:06:18 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:03:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-23-2013 06:03:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper hued gold with a very sticky and bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

Taste: Smooth with a quick punch of drying bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Slight creamy malt floats under a soft yet substantial hop character. Pinch of pale malt on the palate. Citric and hop oil floral bitterness and flavour dominate with a underlying grain flavour. A touch of residual sweetness and an everlasting hop flavour faded very slowly into the finish.

Notes: Very American ... very NW. To be straight up ... Pacific North West. This brew flexes its hop character yet still lets in enough malt to keep it in check. A little bit of freshly squeezed hop juice.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 20:13:58 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to this beer, but...alas, here we go...

Clear, deep orange appearance, decent head, whitish and long-lasting.

Aroma, distinctly hoppy, more English-style, with a bit of PacNW-style hops in there, too, making for a unique blend. A bit spicy, with citrus and other dark fruits in attendance, but no clear character, a most ingenious mix.

Taste: bitterness gets on board first, coating the tongue, then swiftly sweetening.
Lasts long on the senses, though, a sticky, potent kind of flavor, big citric twist, but unsparing in hoppiness, while never overbearing in that department. It hangs on the mouth, but remains pleasing. Very tasty.

About medium bodied, with a likable finish, for the hopheads in the crowd. Fresh and refreshing. Hard to not like this guy. A tasty, easy to drink pale, with it's own style. Hats off to it!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 04:26:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours honey to amber with a 1" white head. Good lacing & below average head retention

Smell: Slight leather & iron notes up front, followed by some fruittyness. Grapefruit comes through as the ale warms

Taste: Piney & grapefruit hop notes up front & then a little fruittyness. Finishes quenching with huge grapefruit hops bite

MF: Medium with some good spritzyness, very good carbonation. For balances sake a little more malt is desired IMO

Drinks too easy, a pretty good, not great PA. Works vey well in the summer heat, not sure I'd enjoy as much in the cold, but well worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 03:37:58 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 19:21:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:22:57 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw colored golden with an average white fizzy head. smells almost like a fresh hop beer, more hoppy than most american pale ales, piney but not heavy. taste is balanced with robust malts and a really nice carbonation that encourages quick drinking. this is somehow distinct on my palate in the crowded world of APAs. just a real high quality brew that is versatile culinarily and enjoyable any time of year. starting to see more and more of their beers make their way east. good for them, this is a great six pack session.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 18:09:02 | More by StonedTrippin
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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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