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

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610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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 Tupperwolf
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a pint glass a very clear apple cider amber full of tiny streams of bubbles and topped with a pinky-thick soda-pop fizz head that faded after a few moments but managed to leave soft curves of lacing.

Sweet, honeyish malts, muted floral hops; Pale ale thru-n-thru.

Honey, slightly citric flavors; Gently piney hops balance. Little to say except that this was tasty, had a nice body, and was unoffensive. Very pleasant to drink, a good session beer or with food.

Tupperwolf, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cear copper color, a little foam, just a thin layer of white bubbles.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, toasty malt in the background.

Taste: Well balanced between hop bitterness and malt. Toasty and bitter, this would be a good intro APA, but I like mine a little hoppier, but very drinkable, and a good session beer.

Drinkability: A good not great pale ale, fine for sessioning or with dinner.

TastyTaste, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale, shiny copper with plenty of carbonation. Head is off-white and below average in size. Aroma is of a dry, fruity hop with a touch of sweetness. The taste is very fresh with a resinous, fruity hop flavor dominating. A underlying sweet, grainy malt provides a nice balance. Finish is sweet. Overall, this is a very good pale ale, hop flavor isn't one of my favorites, but it works well here. Drinkability is high. Pale ale fans won't be disapointed.

Gagnonsux, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with well-retained white head. Some stray beading. Resiny pine hop aroma. This beer is about hops. Citric bitterness and juicy sourness. Some earthiness, too, that matches up with the pine aroma. Even, mellow carbonation. To me, this is a decent pale ale, nothing too special. I'd like it to have some malt presence to balance things out.

akahn, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Fabric8r
1.33/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow, I must have got a bad batch. This is the worst beer I have ever had, (except for Schmit). Bitter bitter pucker you up bitter. No malt flavors at all, hops, I assume there are some, with the bitterness and all, but man is this horribly bitter. Mixing it with a Full Sail Amber ruins the Amber. I tried two bottles, and threw the other 4 away. Horrible. Never again.

Fabric8r, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, golden orange with a small, fizzy head.

Smell: Slightly floral/hoppy aroma. Not much here.

Taste: This is a very well-balanced brew with plenty of hop deliciousness, but enough caramelly malt presence to even it all out. Lots of citrusy, wheaty goodness and a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, but not overly carbonated. Light-body brew, as one would expect from an APA.

Drinkability: I could definitely have another one of these. Very tasty and complex and it goes down easy.

This is a very nice brew from Full Sail. Complex and well balanced, with a decent alcohol kick, but still very drinkable. Pick up a sixer if you get the chance!

jamesdergen, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a dark straw, pale amber. Three finger head dissipates quickly into a one finger. Just like their Full Sail Amber, a magnificent shower of bubbles rises to the top as you drink it, which, while attractive alone, also helps keep the head rather thick and promotes generous lacing. Great looking beer.

The smell was a little empty, but what is there is good. Sweet malts, some banana or other fruits, a little spice.

This was a surprisingly sweet beer. Lots of sweet malt flavor, very little hop taste. What is there makes its presence mostly in the mild aftertaste. A little bit of banana flavor seemed to be present. A good tasting brew. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a little fizz.

A nice pale ale. What it lacks in kick it makes up for, at least partly, with a nice clean taste that you could drink all night.

UberWasser, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail has changed their bottle since I first tried their beers 10 years ago. Now you can look at the appealing label and a picture of Oregon and imagine you are on the river while drinking this beer. While on your couch. Watching reruns.

But this is a good beer from the folks in the great Northwest, ye olde beer country. Copper gold with very little head but the amount of carbonation provides ample bubbles that form a thin layer of foam and just a little lacing on the sides, mostly wet.

A little sharpness in the nose, it smells like a crisp beer with no other fuss and muss.

The beer is maltier than I expect but just a little more than your typical pale ale. It is nice because it balances well with the superb hops that hover in there, adding a bitterness and dryness that are bliss. This is a no nonsense pale ale and it is good stuff. Thank you Easter Bunny.

misterscooter, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later. Hard pour to get a 1.5 finger head (nearly white) over a crystal clear light rust (somewhat golden) liquid. Smells piney and pithy hops wiht gentle malt sweet. Honey. Oranges are now in the hops, with some woody qualities. Tastes too bitter for an APA? Sharp hop bitter and overcarbonated sting. Sweet comes in then as a lightly fruity (canteloupe and apricot) finish dries out, helped by carbonation sting on the tongue. The aftertaste is soured grains in the back of the throat. OVerall, the hop flavor is oranges and orange skins with a grassy hay dryness. Light body and a touch too much carbonation. Great summer relaxer.

mentor, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

feloniousmonk, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at AJ's for $1.39.

This is a very fine looking APA. It poured a deep golden color with a well defined head that is lasting all the way down my glass. Nose is very good, very strong on the malts. Taste is a very good blend of malts and hops, quite tasty! Mouthfeel is nice and full and lively. Overall drinkability is very good. This is one of the better APA's I have had in awhile!

arizcards, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of loren01
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Good head and lacing, also good carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell is great!! Very fruity, maybe some apricot scent as well has hoppy. Taste is even better, nicely balanced malty at first with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good as well, I would say carbonation is moderate to heavy, has a good bite to it. Overall, one of the better pale ale's I've had in quite some time.

loren01, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

canucklehead, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

palliko, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of JugglerPeter
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, I have seen this beer numerous times and never purchased it because I don’t like the bottle. So, as soon as they changed the design I bought a six pack. It turns out I should be less superficial because this is a very good beer.

The beer poured a clear orange color with hints amber in the right light. There was a nice thick head with an average amount of lacing. There really wasn’t much odor to this beer so I wasn’t sure what to expect in the flavor. I have grown wear of American pale ales that have the hoppiness of an IPA. I like hops, but I don’t want it to be all I taste in my beer. This beer didn’t disappoint me. The flavor started out with piny and slightly citrusy hops, and then finished with a nice malty/grainy taste. It was very well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet, and went down incredibly smoothly. I could drink this beer all night.

JugglerPeter, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very pale amber or golden color, with a massive, creamy off-white head. Good lace.

Smell - Maybe it's my nose, but I hardly smell anything. I can detect a faint blend of malt and maybe grassy hop aroma. I would prefer that this beer had more nose on it.

Tasta - Quite bitter, with a husky/grainy malt taste. The graininess is almost astringent. Grassy hops flavor sort of lingers on the palate for a while. What the beer may lack in aroma is made up for somewhat by the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low to medium carbonation. Body seems to be somewhat lacking, but not so much that it is

Drinkability - Highly quaffable. This beer goes down easily, and is not mind clobbering in terms of alcohol content.

Comments - After drinking so many big beers, this beer is a reminder to me that really appreciating a realtively "simple" pale ale takes some work and thought.

mgdeth, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange-red amber colour with little to no head.

Has a nice citrusy-hoppy aroma that leads you to wanting more.

The flavour varies from the swallow to the aftertaste. At the swallow, there is a strong hoppy flavour that mellows nicely until the aftertaste which is bitter, but not overpowering.

A well balanced mouthfeel adds to the overall drinkability of this beer, but while it is interesting it simply doesn't captivate the drinker. Well worth taking a look at, but I wouldn't make it a regular.

Noxious26, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This Oregon Pale Ale is a winner. I have looked at it on the shelves for a while and finally decided to give it a go. The new packaging had a lot to do with it, it is 2.4 million times better than the old label and 6 carrier.
The beer poured out a copper color with a decent white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing as the liquid dissapeared from my pint glass.
The aroma is nice a mild hoppy nose and a rich buttery/caramel smell.
The flavor followed closely with the aroma. Nicely balanced beer. Good malt flavor with about a medium hop bite. Rich buttery(maybe not the exact best description but it is late!) taste or is it caramelly? Something like that! Nice finish, stayed around a while with no bad aftertaste or sweet film.
I guarantee you I was pleasently surprised with this one. For an American Pale Ale I would put it up there with Sierra Nevada or any of the better producers. A definite session beer, give it a try.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, May 21, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

As the warm season approaches it is time for the Pale Ales to came back to my radar.

Pours a clear copper/orange with a medium (1-1.5 finger) head. Retention is on the lower side of medium, lots of lacing. Very inviting looking brew. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet and citrus. Good amount of hop going on here, not IPA hoppy but high for the style. Taste is malt and grain up front with a dry hop finish. A little fruit in the middle makes this one really balanced brew.

This is a really well done Pale Ale that stands by itself for a session beer or could match with food quite well.

The best thing about this beer in Texas is the price. I don't think people have noticed it too much yet, so you can pick it up cheaper than its peers.

hobbes2112, May 01, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much clarified deep bronze color body. See-through clear. Fat sticky cream haze piles up unevenly. Nose is salty and a little bit smelly and stank, medium malt background.

Sweet appley malts. Sour overtones. Carbonation is smooth and mild, one of the only things making this beer seem not like a macro. Clean, mild hop finish, Feels more like a macro amber to me than a West Coast pale ale, which was my expectation. Disappointing.

donnebaby, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: This is the first I have seen of the new Full Sail packaging. Label has a very "old timey" feel to it, with a picture of Mt. Hood on the neck. There is a spot for an enjoy by date on the label, but it appears on the neck instead (at least it is there).

Appearance: Nice gold color with just a hint of red to it. Good looking head with some large bubbles in it. Nice lacing.

Smell: A mixture of fruity hops and sweet malt - definitely appetizing.

Taste: Smooth and slightly cream mouthfeel with a fairly low level of carbonation. Creamy malt gives this beer a great balance. There is a bit of bread flavor in there as well, and it finishes nice and hoppy.

Overall impression: Overwhelming drinkability. This is one of those beers that was a great gateway into better beer, and I still enjoy today. Well balanced, this is a fantastic session beer. Overall a well made product.

rowew, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of grapemaster
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh, the pure unmitigated joy that belongs to this beer. Oh how I do enjoy this brew. It pours out and I shed a tear, not of sorrow but delight. This beer is by far one of my favorites. It is not heavy, or has special, exotic ingredients, instead this beer is simply one of the tastiest beers I have ever had. What are you still reading for? Go buy one for yourself.

grapemaster, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/03/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with some kinda code imprinted on the bottle neck. Poured into my Wyder's cider pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch head with a copper amber pour and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Both malt and hops abound. Very citrusy smelling. Like a new orange orchard. Nice!

Taste- More malt than hops, but as you drink through the glass, the hops become more bitter and apparent. Mostly citrus hops rather than pine flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation here.

Drinkability- A very nice and well rounded pale ale. I've seen this a million times and never thought to try it. This could be an excellent session brew.

GClarkage, Mar 04, 2005
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.