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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: 22
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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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

03-13-2014 23:45:22 | More by dbarny76
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:30:30 | More by gkunkle
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-01-2013 17:21:14 | More by Zach122
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ATXRyan

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.9%

04-25-2012 21:42:16 | More by ATXRyan
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-30-2011 04:43:03 | More by Jamstone714
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Arborescence

Finland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2012 02:50:10 | More by Arborescence
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yokken

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.9%

02-27-2012 20:55:04 | More by yokken
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mpyle

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Caveat up front - beer had been sitting in a fridge for months, and proved to be a few DAYS beyond the best before date. That being said...

Crystal clear with a deep golden color. Minimal head with very little retention, but was white and fine bubbled while it lasted.

Vegetal aroma, perhaps a bit musty - something of a dirty blanet smell. No distinct hop aroma, which I like to smell in this style.

Harsh bitterness up front, but also has a musty flavor that matches the aroma. Well attenuated, but missing a nice balance of malt and hops. The heart of the style is not here (due to the age and off flavors in the sample?)

Mouthfeel quite thin, and carbonation moderate - enhanced the hops. Some slight harshness and astringency, but some smoothness is hidden beneath the flaws.

Sample I tried was almost undrinkable - hard to speak to a fresher sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 03:48:05 | More by mpyle
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MJR

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle...best-by date of 091003.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a tight, off-white head that holds fairly well. Nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is perfectly balanced between the grainy, husky malt and leafy hops. There's a touch of bread and caramel as well. That wonderful balance is carried over into the flavor, with what appears to be a mix of Cenntenial and Columbus hops over a solid foundation of bready, husky, and slighty caramelly malt. Finishes with a flourish of spicy, herbal hops, with a touch of dryness. Medium in body, with a fair amount of residual sugars giving a somewhat rich mouthfeel. Hoppy, dry finish. This is an extremely well balanced pale ale that I could easily drink several of. Move over SNPA...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 05:32:59 | More by MJR
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-10-2013 19:30:21 | More by Carl_R
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4th of July Beer

Poured into a random glass at in-laws house

Appearance-Light goldy body with a 2 finger off white head. Pour head retention and decent lacing.

Smell-Light citrus and floral hops. Sweet honeyish malt. Very nice aroma.

Taste-Wow. Huge suprise here. Amazing fruity flavors, every sip is something different. Peach, Pear, Orange, Grapefruit, Apple. Nice sweetness and nicely balanced. Light floral and piney hops.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, Clean, Refreshing. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down so smooth. Perfect mouthfeel

Overall-Quite possibly my biggest suprise of 2011. I'm really glad that every now and then I pick up some random singles b/c this will now be one of my go to session beers. Up until now I've been dissapointed with Full Sail, but this beer was great. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:19:24 | More by SWMeyer4141
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brokentee

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

02-05-2012 18:03:45 | More by brokentee
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Realale

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous deep clear gold, with just the slightest blush of copper. Fine off-white 1/2" head settles to a thin full cap.

Nose is a lovely mix of citric and earthy/musty hop over slightly sweet crackery malt. Very complex and balanced.

Medium weight in the mouth. The balance tilts a bit towards malt initially, but the hops come to dominate - a bit too much so for my palate. There is a nice chalkiness from the mid-palate on, and a long mouth-watering finish.

The carbonation level is quite low which gives the beer a real thirst-quenching property, but more carb might have helped balance the beer more. Overall, its still a very nice brew, and one I'd like to sample on cask.

Many thanks to MJR for bringing this souvenir of his vacation to St. Louis for me!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 14:15:19 | More by Realale
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Wortman1998

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-25-2014 17:58:12 | More by Wortman1998
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BlackBearForge

Florida

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

Pours a bright clear coppery amber with a small head that fades quickly but has nice lacing.

Smell is fresh clean and grassy with a nice hop and yeast tone, quite nice.

Flavors are of yeasty biscuity malts and grassy hop bitterness. Hops are only a tad on the citrusy side with just a bit of orange peel and and the malt has a touch of caramel and it's all very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied, a bit slick on the finish and the carbonation seems just right.

Very drinkable, will probably become my standby pale ale as it's readily avaialble at the grocery store. I was very impressed by the Wassail ale of theirs and will have to try their other beers available to me, the IPA and Amber now too!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 22:38:44 | More by BlackBearForge
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden copper color. Thin white head with good retention. High carbonation, as it should be.

S - sweet malty aromas predominate. Fair balance of citrus hops as well.

T - creamy maltiness buried under a fair amount of bittering hops. Nice citric notes finish.

M - medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - full sail's offering exemplifies what a pale ale should be: balanced, smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:47:19 | More by blakelive784
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Topher78

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-06-2013 20:47:52 | More by Topher78
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palliko

California

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

Appearance is a light red amber with white foam and lace that lasts. Aroma is apricot hops, fragrant with notes of roasted malt. Initial taste greets your palate with a silky yet bitter experience with plenty of hops and malt nicely balanced with floral and barley. Finish leaves a lingering caress of lovely hops that makes you want more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:30:27 | More by palliko
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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

Another APA to review. I was quite excited to review this beer as I enjoy many of Full Sail's offerings. This one pours nicely w/ strong carbonation (but not too much). A decent head tapers down to a nice creamy lace. Beautiful amberish orange, crystal clear color. The aroma is a little lacking but you smell a faint hint of hops and a good amount of malty smells. I like the taste of this beer alright, but there is just not enough hops in it for me. What I really like is the strong malty flavors for an APA. It is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, but hoppy enough and light enough to be an APA. The mouthfeel is crisp but smooth. Not overly bitter. This is a pretty solid APA. Not the best I've had, but a good one. I'd really like to have it on tap sometime. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 22:31:59 | More by brewdoc75
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mttdls

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-19-2012 18:30:57 | More by mttdls
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-05-2012 23:23:18 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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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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tylerstravis

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-17-2014 05:13:52 | More by tylerstravis
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-12-2012 16:00:10 | More by dlin0sbb
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SMITHAND

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-01-2013 21:01:34 | More by SMITHAND
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.