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

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok Ok I've been a relative slump lately with Pale's but this is a solid brew from top to bottom and everything in between.

Start: Nice bright, light copper color, plenty of carbonation support a solid white head that is tight and leaves ring lacing.

Middle: Floral arrangement of hops, light citrus undertone, pale malts. Deep in the background there is a grain suggestion. Light and crisp mouthfeel, and an undeniable drinkability that is near 5 range. This is the perfect summertime thirst quencher and won't get boring anytime soon.

Notes: As it warmed a bit it shows more of breaded malt and the hops tend to settle in. Really nicely balanced.

Photo of HoustonTX
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish/Yellow, cream white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus, light grains, clean refreshing smell.

T - Taste starts off crisp and almost creamy. Citrus is the first flavor that hits you followed by a nice tart hoppy bite. Goes down smooth.

M - Carbonation and mouthfeel is well-balanced.

D - Very drinkable.

This was my first Full Sail brew to try, and it was a very pleasent experience. This is a solid Pale Ale, and definitely surpassed my expectations, give it a try

Photo of tonistruth
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange/gold mix in color, with a beige head that stood maybe an inch, had decent retent, and then left lace on the glass.

S- citrus is the most dominant scent, but followed closely by a grainy hop scent. Smell of malts as well.

T- unless you let the brew linger in your mouth, the hop flavor and malt flavor cant be told from one another. Awesome balance here. Sweet orange cirtrus flavor with grainy bitter hop flavor. Kind of a sweet &sour mix.

M- very smooth, feels like it floats across my tongue and down my throat. Also noted a slight tickle.

D- Light on the palate and the stomach, wonderful balance of flavors. Cant write to put this in my fridge.

Photo of shererjt
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, deep copper with a moderate head. Nose was rick caramel and yeast with subdued hops and an earthiness in the background. Not a lot of fruit. Some citrus, but not like many of the APAs. Busy flavor, with citrusy hops, earth, and a lingering bitterness. Malt was secondary. Nice, medium body in the mouthfeel. Drinkability was about average.

Not a bad beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I'm glad to have given it a try.

Photo of guitarmage
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured an apple juice gold with a head that dissipated very quickly to a very weak lacing. The color is nice though.

Smell: Smells nice, notes of caramel malt. Piney hop notes, very inviting and sweet.

Taste: Sweet, apple and piney, dry hop bitterness that I like. The beer is well-built, and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little on the watery side compared to other pale ales it seems, but not unpleasant. Not very carbonated, almost lacking.

Drinkability: A good enough APA to live up to it's popularity. What stands out to me is how it's not as creamy as some other pale ales, a little watery. The flavor is good and the smell is better than many. It would probably be good with food that needed something light bodied to just wash down. Pizza?

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear, light amber with a full finger white head that melts to decent lacing.
Aroma is of pale malts with just a hint of citrus.
Taste is initially sweet pale malt followed by fresh citrus hops on the swallow. Lemon and grapefruit without the bitter bite of most grapefruit flavored hops.
Aftertaste of the hops with a very cleaning effect on the palette. Only the memory of the sweet hops remains.
Mouthfeel is comfortably full with tiny bubbles, a smooth drying and mild alcohol burn as you swallow.
Very, very enjoyable...very very sessionable.

Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Full Sail Pale Ale at the grocery store, to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. .

Pours a pale gold color and is clear. One finger of wispy white head is reduced quickly to a fine film on the surface of the beer. The head produces light lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong with fruity aromas and a hint of pine.

The taste is slightly sweet with the taste if citrus fruit present, lemons and grape fruit. There is a definite hop taste on the swallow. The taste of malt is hardly present. The flavors are all about citrus and hops, but reasonably well balanced among them.

The mouth feel is crisp smooth and light. The beer is moderately carbonated, and is refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It would be good any time, but especially cold on a hot day. It has a very thirst quenching characteristic. I would definitely buy Full Sail Pale Ale again.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I've yet to do a side-by-side, FSPA seems to be equally solid on tap and in the bottle. Light copper in color, clear, plenty of lacings. The aroma mostly fruity -- not just your typical bright citrus, but also faint berries as well -- and typically hoppy as an APA should be. On the palate, a moderate bitterness arrives along with a faint sweetness, until the former takes the reins into a mildly bitter finish. Along the way, a fruity, juicy hop flavor combines with some supporting malt, ever so deftly.

This is an APA that I've rediscovered recently and have enjoyed quite a bit. Nothing too outrageous, I suppose, but hey it's an APA, and stylistically, I must say that there's just about nothing I find in this beer that's unappealing.

Photo of pjwilson
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok one last review before I hit the town. this beer needs a little back story. Back when I was in 8th grade or so, we used to steal this one from my dad. (1994). God we hated it, we much prefered Olde English or Mickey's. Something tells me I'd perfer this one now. And my dad?....He drank the second half of my Pliny the Younger Growler when I left it there! so I guess life comes full circle.

appearance: looks ok light color, i bit dark for a pale. At this point I can just tell it's gonna be watery.

smell: hmmm strange. not outright bad, but certainly far from really good. IT's like you smell only the hop oil's and not the hop. Yeah, kind of interesting but particularly great.

taste: drumroll please...it's... not half bad? meaning I'd wouldn't but this by choice(this is a single i got), but yeah it's alright. of course i could name 10 pale ale's that knock this one out to the floor. same strange hop oil taste, i'm curious to know what hop's are in this...cluster.? really hard to put your finger on specific taste's.

well I wish I would have got a sixer of this instead of luau lager. Sort of ambigous beer, as in "why not buy it, but why?" It doesn't taste like anything else so I guess that make's it worth a try. However better beer's off the top of my head: negra modelo, schrimshaw pilsner, scape goat pale ale, and pliny the younger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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