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

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BA SCORE
84
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620 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 620
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 beeragent
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date, poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear gold, with very little head, and light lacing. The smell is completely dominated by the sweet hop aroma. The flavor is sweet citrusy flavor, created by the hops. Medium smooth mouthfeel, without the harsh aftertaste usually associated with strong hops. Very drinkable. Overall, this is a great example of how a pale ale should taste. Recommended!

beeragent, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different bottle than the one shown in the picture... This is finally available in Florida.

Appearance: Rather pale in color for an APA - more golden than orange. Decent head and retention, good lacing.

Smell: A very "clean" smelling APA: ale fruitiness, light bready malts, and some piney hops.

Taste: Less citrusy than most APAs and more earthy/herbal. Bitter, sticks to the tongue but in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

hunteraw, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / gold , with some whitish foam atop.

Smell: Floral , lightly fruity , citric , pink fruit , and slightly spicey hopiness.

Taste: Medium bready maltiness thoughout , good dose of hops that are a bit citric , raw and a bit earthy , some tea quality , hint at corn chip grain, fairly dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , moderatly dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable APA. A good quaffer with enough malt and a nice west coast hop trait. Would be a welcome sight on tap.

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small light tan head - nose of hopps , grape fruit , earth , slight bubblegum , and malts – taste of bitter hops , dirty resin , slight orange , and roasted malt - body light to medium , and slightly acidic – aftertaste of orange , hopps , and grapefruit

stephendr, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist off 12er. Best if drunk by 04.27.2007, at precisely 11.40

Brown amber color, clear. Moderate-nice head with good retention and sticky lace. Mild carbonation.

American hops jump out, floral and citric. Sweet malt, nutty and caramel/toffee. Has that Amber Ale smell.

Medium bodied. American hops, floral and citric with mild spice, significant bitterness. Shadowy malt base, nutty and sweet like caramel. Next to no carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter and tart. Mild warmth.

Refreshing. Stronger than average American Pale Ale, borderline Amber. Great for food accompaniment.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of utahbeerdude
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Light to medium amber color. Moderate, but fairly persistent head, low to medium carbonation.

Aroma: Malt mostly, including a bit of unidentifiable sulphur, and a bit of hops. Slight ethanol, also.

Flavor: Mild bitterness to start, then malt, then some hop flavor, followed by hop bitterness with a bit of persistence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation provides only a tough of creaminess; medium mouthfeel.

Overall: This in many ways is more like a British pale ale than an American pale. While quite drinkable, itis really not that notable.

utahbeerdude, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of biergeniesser
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Full Sail Pale Ale poured a brilliantly clear orange. It had a fluffy white head which collapsed quickly leaving a thin white veil, which laced itself nicely on the glass. Fine bubbles evolved from the bottom of the glass throughout.

The aroma of this pale ale contained elements of biscuity, toasty malt and spicy hops.

Full Sail Pale Ale has a flavor which is balanced nicely between malt and hops. Earthy toasted malt notes blend nicely with spicy hop flavor and solid, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness. It finishes relatively dry and the bitterness lingers nicely.

Medium bodied with a light mouth coat and crisp carbonation.

Altogether this Full Sail product is a nice well balanced pale ale… definitely worth a shot.

biergeniesser, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice little pale ale actually. Purchased at safeway just to try something new while on vacation. Citrus/mild bittering hops. decently balanced medium mouth feel. nice to see the slightly higher alcohol content. I would definitely recommend this and try again as well. This was crisp and refreshing. I'd like to try more from this brewer, but they are way out from where I live.

TechMyst, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of mpyle
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

mpyle, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange/copper in color. Thin white head disappears immediately. Earthy and floral hop aroma. Fair amount of biscuity caramel malt combines with seom floral hop flavors. Not much bitterness. Seems a bit thin. This was somewhat disappointing to me, not the flavors I was expecting. Not awful, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Bierguy5, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of boblog
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: None cloudy light amber hue with a medium size frothy head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty scent with hints of hops

Taste: Begins with nice hop taste that fades away into matly finish. Nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body good amount of carbonation.

Good refreshing brew. I recommend a try of this beer.

boblog, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of shivtim
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear golden color. Has a small foamy and dense off-white head. Nose was smoky hops, and some sharp bitterness. Taste was mild, sweet, and hoppy. A little alcohol comes through on the end. Mouthfeel is even with ok carbonation, and drinkability is fine. Not a bad brew.

shivtim, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into mug. Best by my dad's birthday 2006 (Nov 26).

Pours a crystal clear light amber hue with a frothy one finger head. Stringy lacing.

Sweet fruit is paired with floral hops and a touch of maltiness. Sweet diacetyl can be detected.

Good balance of malts and hops. The hops can be detected first, which is very refreshing. The malts finish it off.

Light bodied and medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

I liked this one. Very well balanced American version Pale Ale. Try it for yourself on a warm day.

BeerSox, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a head that comes and then goes. Moderate carbonation and no lacing. Smells of malt with some buttery diacetyl and really grassy hops. There's an odd faint aroma along with the hops that smells like somebody got a perm. Not good. But otherwise, this smelled nice. Toasted malt flavors mixed with diacetyl get a kick in the pants from some citrus hops. Finishes a bit more sweet than bitter, but the bitterness is ever present. Kind of a lightweight even as far as APAs go. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery with a somewhat harsh carbonation on the tongue. Not feeling it. Overall, this is an average drinker as the mouthfeel just kind of kills it for me. Really, aside from the awful mouthfeel and the fact that the aroma makes me think of hanging with Al Sharpton in a hair salon, this is pretty decent.

goochpunch, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail produces one of the, if not the best, American pale ales I've ever ahd the pleasure to drink. Colors are golden with amber hues and a nice white head and medium carbonation. Lacing was beautiful. Smells were floral, sweet and a bit fruity, very refreshing. Tastes bitter up front, but clean and slightly sweet and a very smooth finish with lingering hoppy bitterness. An excellent beer that I could drink all night long.

sockeye101, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear light amber/orange body. Small white head on the pour, quite fizzy, reduced to a thin layer on top with a ring around the glass.

Biscuit maltyness and lots of herbal, earthy hops in the nose, more of an english style pale ale to me. Nice strong aroma though, doesn't really hold back.

Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma would suggest but is still loaded with malts, needs a bit more hops to balance this out like what I would expect in a true pale ale. Lots of biscuit malts and the earthy hops come through again.

Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied. Coats the mouth fairly well and the flavor lingers. Bitterness doesn't linger for too long. Just okay drinkability. Really too malty for the style in my opinion. Good overall in the flavor and aroma department but its just a little too straightforward.

blitz134, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber colored with white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is all grassy hops. Flavor is mostly hop flavor, some malt and finish with bitterness. Medium body with carbonation on the lighter side, but there still a little bite. Not my favorite APA, but its tasty.

Dizzy, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

garymuchow, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an orange-amber color with a modest head and good lacing. Pleasantly hoppy aroma (new-mown grass), with light touch of sweet malt. Hops take center stage with flavor, though it's not particularly bitter by America PA standards. Lots of citrusy, lemon-grass hop flavor with an underpinning of light malt, faintly fruity, ending dry. Body is light and crisp.

Quite a good session beer, refreshing and tasty.

allengarvin, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in trade from loren01. Thanks man this is another dam fine beer!

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a golden orange coloration. The beer has a long lasting whitish colored head. The head resolved fairly fast. The beer left thin streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a quick bursting citrus juicy smell with a bit of zest. The beer has a good supporting malty sweet smell. The beer has the suggestion of fruityness in the smell.

Taste: This is a extremly well balanced hoppy and malty beer. The hops come forth with a crisp lemony citrus hit. The beer goes malty sweet briefly. The beer flashes bitter and dries out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The beer is very well balanced. This was a easy beer to drink. I am glad I received another in the trade. This would make a dam fine sessionable beer. This will please both the BMC drinker and the beer geek.

nlmartin, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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

russpowell, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. brown bottle with new labels which look pretty cool. The neck label has a picture of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River and the main label states that Full Sail is "Independant Employee Owned" and have a "Brewforce of 47". Kind of fancy compared to the older labelling.

The ale itself is an orange-amber with a 1/2 inch white foamy head that settles to a ring, but laces very little.

Very mild sweetness to the smell, grainy malt followed by a balanced hopness to the finish.

Nice earthy malt flavor like the smell and then the citric floral hops take over and turn quite bitter in the end...almost seems more IPA like it this respect and rather tasty.

A medium body with crispness to the mouthfeel, an easy drinker that goes down like a Pale Ale should, think I'll have another, cheers.

scottoale, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this one. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear copper color. Nice looking white head that has pretty decent retention. Decent lace follows down the glass.
S: Floral and citrus fruit notes hit the nose first. Wheaty malt notes in the background.
T/M: Good biscuity maltyness up front--not what I was expecting. Flowery, grassy, with a strawlike mouthfeel and taste. Slight bitterness in the end. Buttery with a semi dry finish. Smooth and glides down well. Easy drinking.
D: Drinkable west coast pale, but was expecting a bit more from this one. All in all, I'm glad I've got a couple more and would get this on tap if it was available.

bjohnson, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden yellow, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, slight citrus.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy and kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a very nice APA from Full Sail, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange hue topped by a half inch of creamy white head that doesn't stay around for very long. Well-balanced aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt and light fruity hops, with a slight underlying hint of roasted malt. Palate is again well-balanced, with caramel malt blending with lighty citrusy hops. Notes of orange peel and biscuit linger subtly in the background, yielding a slightly sweet finish. Body is slightly creamy, yielding a bit of a velvety character. Easily drinkable, great for a warm evening after a long day of moving in to my new house.

ElGordo, Jul 14, 2006
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.