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

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 629
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002

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"
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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a fairly typical orange-golden clear amber with a bit of a white head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty, and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor is not complex but still pleasing, mainly malty with some hops and a little bitterness. Texture is tingly and smooth, going down nicely. Not spectacular, but rather pleasant. (319 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear gold/amber color. A large head forms, but fades fast. A nice coat of lace down the glass.
S: Some nice floral hops up front, but and odd funky/chemical smell as well.
T: A good hop bitterness, but is balanced well with some malt. A bit of citrus and some pine as well. Overall, a pleasant and flavorful taste, but not a lot of depth.
D: This could make a good session brew during the summer months. A light and easy drinking beer.

This is a good beer. Nothing over the top, but a light beer with enough flavor to enjoy outside when the weather is hot. I can easily see myself quaffing this at a bbq, or while listening to a baseball game. (650 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise here...not that I don't like full Sail products but the Full Sail IPA was a bit of a letdown for me...this blows the shit out of that...

One of the best APA's I've had if not the best....reminds me of Summit in some regards but better..more flavorful..

Pours a light copper with a big ol frothy white puffy head....the lace rims the glass nicely as you drink....Nose is both citrus and florall...definitely juicy hop profile...surprisingly the tast is very balalnced...a nice carateml like malt backbone to offset thispretty hopped up APA...the hops are wonderful...very citrus like on the buds...finishes tight and dry....

The malt balance really makes this a very drinkable but full flavored APA....medium to full bodied....highly recommended for the style...quite a treat... (803 characters)

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

Pale yellow color with a solid off-white head thats thick and creamy looking nearly an inch high fading slowly to a skim always present and thin strings of lace. Smell is a blend of sweet candyish caramel malts and floral hops, faint but present. Taste has nice sweet but light caramel malts and light floral hops, balance is welcoming, is easy and smooth, subtley blended, light fruity bitterness with a lightly crisp finish. Medium body feel and goes down easy. A soothing easy drinkin' pale.

Note: A head to head comparison with Flying Dog Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale. (579 characters)

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

Light orange and clear with a healthy stream of bubbles rising throughout. The head is sticky and laces the glass. It smells decent, tastes balanced and is really insanely easy to drink. I like the 5.4 ABV which is close to a “session” beer right? Full Sail is producing some top-notch brews and I continue to find that they are not flashy but are indeed solid brews at a very good price. Buy these beers and you will not be disappointed, unless you suck. (457 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, bright, clear orange in color with a beautiful head that foamed up good, pitted, and laced.

Smell – Terrific aroma of complex hops, mostly floral with some pine and citrus aspects, along with a noticeable malt balance.

Taste – The floral hops come out big time in the taste, with the citrus close behind and the pine bringing up the rear. There’s a hint of fruity sweetness as well, mostly grapefruit and oranges, but this one is all about the fine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium in the body and flat with a dry mouth. Very nice. I would have likee to have seen this a little smoother and better blended, but overall a terrific ale.

Drinkability – This is one of Full Sail’s better offerings, IMO. It hits the style nail on the head and is a great bargain at seven buck a sixer. (816 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Honeyed amber color with a fluffy cascading beige head. Aroma is pale and crystal malty with faint accents of grapefruit rind. Not very robust. Flavor is dominated by light bready malts with a touch of sweetness. Hops are overly subdued, only barely detectable as an herbal piney note. Mouthfeel is standard, drinkability is fine, but what's the point of a west coast pale ale if there isn't any hoppiness? (434 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is darkish blue. Listed as 5.4% By Vol.

Appearance: Pours easily into my Pint Glass, the head stopping just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.

Nose: PALE ALE! This has just the perfect nose for this style. Fresh hops mixed with clean lemon-citric aromas all intermingled into a light malt nose. Very nice.

Taste: Wow, this beer totally surprises me all round, maybe the rather plain label does this beer an injustice. Starts with a very refreshing quality that is initially extremely thirst quenching. Fresh hops, with a lemon & lime character. Light malt intermingles and threads through all of these flavors. Has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish that does not detract from the supremeness of this beer at all. Extremely well-balanced, so much so nothing is really dominant, nor is it left out – how do they do this?

Mouthfeel: Above average, the high carbonation lends help to a beer that already has a solid backbone.

Drinkability: Very high, maybe the hot weather aids my drinkability marks, I sometimes feel it does, so I have had two bottles, and the Drinkability is for the second, after my thirst was well quenched. Yet I still found this to be a great beer to knock back, probably because it is just so well-balanced.

Overall: I cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joe’s so many times without ever picking it up! A superb Pale Ale that does not cost the Earth, it is advertised I note on the neck label as “...balanced to perfection”. I agree totally, this is no marketing BS. Extremely well-balanced, clean, and very, very, very quaffable. Investing in a 6-Pack of this from Trader Joes is Highly Recommended. Bloody Good. (2,001 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear bronze color with reddish hues. The head is two-fingers in height, and lasts a while. The aroma fruity and citric with almost no bitterness. The taste is fruity with mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew. It is on the smaller side of the APA spectrum, and is a good beer if you are not looking for something huge. (418 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant pale amber gold under a cream to off-white 1” moderately persisting head with multi-sized bubbles that produces thick lacing on the glass.
S: Citrusy-grassy American hop aromas with bread to slight biscuit malt lurking in the background.
T: Very light caramel from the malt. finishes dry with a touch of sweet and hops. The hops linger. A little grapefruit from the hops. Light fruit in the aftertaste.
F: medium body to a little less, medium to medium low carbonation, smooth
O: clean, refreshing, and very drinkable. (536 characters)

Photo of blackie
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 (830 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger+ of white foamy head. Light amber color with nice clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Some nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is almost exclusively toasted malt. Some fruity aromas as well.

More hop flavor vs. The aroma. Quite a bit of light fruit mixing with the toasted malt flavors. Like toasted bread crust. Delicate bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied and slightly astringent on your tongue.

Decent little beer. Pretty straight forward but its on point for the style. (511 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real English style pale at heart but with the souped up PNW twist. Very drinkable with great finish and balance, this is a fantastic session beer that is wasily gotten at most PNW grocery stores. The hop notes are fairly floral with a good malt backbone. Works well with food as well. (294 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with a copper tint. Sticky, medium-sized off-cream head. Nice lacing.
Nose is made up of biscuit malt with warm caramel and a zesty, grapefruit hop bitterness. Reminds me of SNPA somewhat (that's a very good thing).
Creamy, biscuit malt flavors start out, with a flash of faintly-sweet caramel. Tangy, juicy, grapefruit hops throughout. Hops are fresh and quite tasty. Bitterness swells into the oily, appetizing finish. Hints of biscuit and butterscotch linger. Goes down effortlessly, like a good APA should. A quite citrusy (especially grapefruit) example, that's as West Coast as it can get. (616 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
2.39/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordinarily, I take it for granted that draught beers served at a brewpub have a greater potential for freshness than beers compelled to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous warehousing and distribution networks. ‘Tis nobler to drink at the source. But I suspect that Full Sail emphasizes their pale ale as a bottled product and may not give their own tap lines the care they deserve. That’s a shame. I’ve drunk their pale casually in its bottled form and encountered none of the problematic issues that arose for me at Full Sail’s auxiliary brewpub in Portland.

I’ve now given this ale several opportunities to prove its worth and I still don’t care for it. My pint last night at the Riverside delivered the same flawed attributes as the cask-conditioned version I drank there several months ago. Visually, it’s a beautiful ale. It possesses the pure golden clarity of most Full Sail beers with smiling white suds and a wide swathe of lace. The aroma is minimal though initially spry and hoppy.

But the taste is meaty and foul – nearly undrinkable – and the smell soon turns to dishwater. Much of the rest is routine. A shame. (1,150 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Buttered bread, caramel with some leafy hop notes on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with the bready caramel dominating and the leafy hop notes coming through on the finish. A prominent bitterness is also present and some caramel corn lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty pale ale, but nothing mind blowing. Easily drinkable and worth taking for a spin but there's some better options available. (526 characters)

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

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the simple yet effective Full Sail type label.
Wow I must have shook this baby up..as it pours with a massive head that overflows the glass..requiring some "Brawny" papper towels!!..when it settles down it is indeed an attractive beer..nice clear copper colour and the head though shrunk from "taking over the world" proportions is good.
Great floral hop aroma here wonderfully fruity ..very fresh.
Wow this Pale has one great taste to it,,very balanced yet its spicy, sweet and bitter at the same time..sweetness predominates though..but the malt bitterness is always in the background..I am pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Very nice on the tongue well balanced indeed ( as it says on the neck label)
Wow Ive seen this beer for 4 years now this is the first time I have had it..its exceptionally drinkable..a great North West Pale..i prefer this to SN Pale (903 characters)

Photo of argock
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. (672 characters)

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this recently at one of my local watering holes. A decent pale ale but nothing really outstanding.

Appearance is more light gold than pale. Active carbonation but not much in the way of head.

Aroma was a little citrusy but I wanted there to be more hop smell.

Flavor as well was more pale than anything else but not enough of that.

Overall a decent pale ale but nothing too exciting. (404 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden orange with a soapy, bubbly sheet of a head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of caramel, grain and herbal/flowery hops. Spicy, somewhat juicy citrus and leafy hop sweetness with a slightly grainy finish. Slight veggie-ness. Not the most easy-drinking pale ale in the world. Medium bodied. I'm not crazy about the hop choices in this one. Not bad, but probably not something I'll want to purchase again any time soon. (431 characters)

Photo of koopa
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. (491 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took awhile to get me one of these, but here goes...
Very clean malt aroma at first, followed by a gradually building hops of grassy nature, this is followed by a slightly roast/caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Not too strong or overpowering.
Very attractive beer. Once the fizzy loud head settles it forms a pretty dense cover, but alas that too leaves leaving only a ring with some spottiness. Nice lacing. Dark amber of orange. Brilliantly clear.
Flavors are balanced well just like the aroma. None overpowers the others. Hops more present in bitterness than flavors (which remain of the grassy kind with a shot of sour citrus). Touch of malt sweetness up front, with hints of the caramel, otherwise nice malt foundation. Rather long and dry finish.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Heavy enough to be smooth.
This has a high level of drinkability. Some may not like the sour quality, but today I found it rather nice. Too bad it took me so long to try this one. (991 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.69/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Best by 27JUL12

Pours golden amber with little toasted cream foam atop the ale. Smells oxidized to be honest - cardboard and raw wood with some hints of tea and herbal hops. Very disappointed in the nose here. Flavor is also oxidized with a bit more of an old book smell flavor and some oils, reminds me of the flavor of the skin on a palm; carrying a slight salinity. Medium on thin with a moderate carb and semi dry finish. I bought this beer as a sixer on a gamble, really gonna have to be faded to drink the other five. (524 characters)

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