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

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 13 | 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 kbub6f

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

Sticky, foamy lacing is left behind by the medium-sized, cream-colored, densish head. Beer is clear amber. There's a great smell of fresh, sweet, juicy hops. Fruit, hops (tobacco) in the front. Nice fruity, caramel, sweet middle. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish. Plenty of grains, too. This is just right for an American pale ale, I think.

09-10-2003 00:24:12 | More by kbub6f
Photo of tavernjef


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-03-2003 22:59:53 | More by tavernjef
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

What a revelation. As someone who is not a huge pale ale fan, although I do appreciate a crisp P A once in awhile, I can truthfully say that this is not only my favorite pale ale I've ever had, it's also a damn good beer in it's own right.

The Full Sail Pale Ale pours a clear gold with a substantial white head. The head stays suspended for several moments before receding very slowly.

The aroma is hoppy, of course, floral and fruity, a clean nose that predicts bitterness. However, there is a malt characteristic evident that also leads me to the glass hoping for a balanced flavor some PA's lack.

The flavor of this beer is what sets it apart from other American pale ales, especially the more common Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. What tingles in hop bitterness, lacking in a sweet release in the Sierra Nevada, the Full Sail delivers on the promised balance. The dry hoppiness seems to rise and then descend at first taste, giving way to a subtle sweetness that finishes like a setting sun...with light shimmering but not blinding. It's hardfor me to place every flavor...I know there are specific ones that pass me by but every taste is an invitation to try again.

An excellent beer.

09-02-2003 14:45:35 | More by kindestcut
Photo of Rumrunner


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz. bottle.

A pale worth its full sail name.

A light golden amber color. Weak small head with a small amount of lacing. The scents are moslty malt and grain. There is some hop fruit scents and a very dry feel to the nose.

The flavors are also strong in grain and malt. A medium hop bitterness adds some bite for a balance. There are some floral and grapefruit flavors as well. A very dry grapefruit flavor in the aftertaste with a mild grain added in. Nicely done.

There is a dry crispness to this ale. A good strong body and a smooth finish. This ale I would guess would go great with a meal. I can't wait to try it with some food. Give this ale a try. An easy drinking ale.

09-02-2003 06:36:29 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of putnam


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Aromas of brandy, orange flesh, smoked nuts and grilled flowers. Clean, well organized, silky scented beer.
On the palate it relies just as much on ripe, soft citric acidity as it does on bitter hop resin to provide structure. Fresh and tart for an ale ... in a way that works. Super polished, energetic, flexible... Not brawny, obvious or arrogant. Not thin either. The wonderfully balanced, lengthy finish features ascendant, roasted hop bitterness and hard, baked sugar. Well crafted and very drinkable.

08-28-2003 03:21:14 | More by putnam
Photo of Realale


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

08-20-2003 14:15:19 | More by Realale
Photo of beerguy101


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Brown gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and slightly sweet. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. A mild flavor with a good malt hop balance. Mouthfeel is full. Fnish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

08-16-2003 02:42:49 | More by beerguy101
Photo of jreitman


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

Hops and sweet malt greet the nose making it clear that this is definitely an American Pale Ale. Copper almost amber in color with a nice creamy light tan head. Nice assertive hop bitterness with plently of caramel and malt to smooth things out and prevent the beer from being out of balance. Crisp and quite refreshing. A pleasant surprise at the comedy club the other night where the other "exotic" brews were Labatt Blue and Redhook ESB.

08-09-2003 21:41:15 | More by jreitman
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

One of the last of the old labelled bottles with the more organic logo.

A wee bit more yellow in color than the classic British pale. Plenty of delectable carbonation and a nice thick head cropped up before receding to a manageable 1mm that hung out through the length of the glass.

Assertive leafy hop aroma. Round malt sweetness becomes apparent in the first attack. Very round mouthfeel, almost syrupy, like a light caramel melting on the tongue. Carbonation that is very apparent in the glass is far less apparent in the mouth.

Pleasant lack of subtlety: big sweet, big bitter for the style, and yet decidedly a pale. Just a pale that screams out its west coast origins, "I was made really really far from the UK!"

08-07-2003 16:35:44 | More by ecoboy
Photo of HardTarget


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

Aroma: Lots of hops, strong, inviting with some lemon tones.
Appearance: Clear, dirty blond, good head and carbonation, but settled down and laced nicely.
Flavor: Crisp, bitter, yet refreshing. Bit of grapefruit? Classic pale ale style in my book.
Mouthfeel: Clean, a bittering pucker that’s expected given the style. Some carbonation prickle, but average body.
Overall Impression: As pale ales go, this is toward the top of my list. Clean, smooth, well made. A nice example of an American Beer.

08-04-2003 03:50:47 | More by HardTarget
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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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...

07-22-2003 04:46:52 | More by ZAP
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4.08/5  rDev +10%

Its a pretty amber colored brew with an inch's worth of a slightly off-white colored head. A nice floral smell emerges from the glass. Its main flavor is a nice flowery hop bitterness, with a bit of smooth malts in there somewhere. A nice sharp, crisp taste. A pretty good pale ale.

07-16-2003 20:46:31 | More by Tballz420
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

07-05-2003 15:00:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

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

04-13-2003 16:12:55 | More by Reidrover
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4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

Golden copper with a very thin head. Aroma is a blend of caramel malt and citric hops, though the hops are by far dominant. Nice quick, crisp taste. Oily hop body undergirded (but just barely) by pale malt. Citric hop finish which leaves a long lasting, tangy orange-peel-like aftertaste. Nice beer, hoppy but not unbalanced. Quite drinkable.

04-07-2003 11:31:59 | More by mzwolinski
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Good appearance--nice foam head that clings and stays to the last drop. Aroma/flavor is of pacific northwest hops maybe centennial or columbus variety--kinda harsh and catty. Not terrible but could be better. it could stand to have a little more maltiness. Good, but not something I'll go back to much. It is a Pyramid IPA with less bittering hops and much less malt. Dissapointing, but still better than half of the beers available.

04-05-2003 21:17:38 | More by EagleTalon
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4.8/5  rDev +29.4%

This excellent American brew pours a wonderful burnt golden color. There is a nice tan head that is satisfactory in life. The nose is very hoppy, There are fruity undertones as well. The flavors are very complex with fruity malt that is not so dry as to match the nose. There is a strong well balanced hop flavor here and notes of spice. Very satisfying and hearty beer.

03-20-2003 15:27:29 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of Morris729


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a bright orange amber color with a foamy white head that fades into a bubbly lace that lasts until the glass in empty. Nose is a bit subdued, but there are notes of floral hops and a hint of malt. Medium in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet biscuity malts up front nicely balanced by just the right amount of bitter hop oils in the end leaving a citrus rind flavor. A very nice American pale ale that makes for an excellent session beer. A real winner.

03-09-2003 11:16:50 | More by Morris729
Photo of Redrover


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

I was in Portland this last week and had several of these tasty brews. The color is a light copper. Beer pours a nice two inch head that never completely vanishes. Smell is of hops and citrus.

Very refreshing blast of hops on the first sip. Notes of pine and citrus also are in the background and push forward at times. The balance on this beer seems just slightly off, I can't put my finger on why this is. Still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid and you can drink this all night long. This beer went very well with the smoked salmon I had as an appetizer.

03-01-2003 17:29:56 | More by Redrover
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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Copper in hue with crystal clear, lager like clarity. Covered by a well retained one fingered off white head that leaves Belgian lace. Rounded citrusy, juicy, vitamin C rich Centennial hops hit the nose at first, then are followed by a lightly herbal tinge of Columbus and mellow medium caramel malt. Whiffs of bready pale malt and butterscotch surface as the beer breathes. Quintessential in appearance and aroma. Smooth and lightly buttery caramel malt sweetness is perceived at first, then is ensued by a judicious and balancing hop bitterness along with a pleasant citrus rind hop flavor. The neutral yeast strain lends few qualities of its own, and lets the simple, yet balanced hop and malt profile to shine. Subdued diacetyl complements the mellow caramel malt presence. Moderate in body, with plenty residual dextrins for a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant lingering light bready sweetness and marmalade impression. Full Sail Pale is nearly the perfect embodiment of the style. A marriage of simple malt character and citric hops. It's as close to a 1:1 malt : hop balance I've encountered in an APA. Clean, light, delicious and highly drinkable. Superior to the ubiquitous standard that is SNPA. Big thanks to TXhops for reuniting me with this fine brew.

02-11-2003 19:40:13 | More by marc77
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a large cream-colored head that is lasting. The aroma of citrusy hops and light sweet fruit will make your mouth water. The flavor mirrors the smell with the light sweet fruitiness with a perfect amount of citrus flavored hops, and faint roasted malt. It is light-bodied and finishes just with a hint of sweetness. Superb beer in my opinion! Cheers!

02-09-2003 16:24:18 | More by BeerAngel
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4.72/5  rDev +27.2%

Full Sail Pale Ale (January 2003)

Malts: two row pale and crystal
Hops: Centennial and Columbus
ABV: 5.4%

Full Sail Pale Ale is the epitome of the American Pale Ale style, in my humble opinion. Having tasted probably hundreds of examples of the style, this is my favorite so far. I drink this stuff frequently, so I've got a fair idea of what to expect and this beer always exceeds those expectations.

The textbook amber body is brilliantly clear and supports a perfectly white cap of foam. The lace-prone head actually lasts throughout the whole drinking experience--a rarity in the style. The aroma is simply out of this world--a perfect combination of malt and hops existing in unity to produce a citric, then sweet aroma that instantly makes my tongue float on my mouth's watering... The best is still to come though, because the flavor is the pinnacle of this beer's exceptional existence. Full Sail Pale Ale is the definition of balanced beer. The crisp, sweet, biscuity malt is chased almost instantly by the grapefruity-orange presence of American hops. Not to be overdone, the malt returns almost as quickly as it gave way, easing back into the awareness of my palate. The hops also linger enticingly, weaving complexity and subtlety into the malt backbone. The crisp, but longish finish is almost dry, but at the same time sweet and hoppy--with neither flavor ever even coming close to dominating. If I was a novice beer drinker, I'd have no idea this APA had more ingredients than just beer sweet beer, because no ingredient's flavor ever dominates long enough to establish itself as obvious. It’s almost impossible for me not to drink this beer in about 2 minutes because the flavor is so perfect and the taste is so addictive.

Simply an amazing beer. This is the epitome of brewing as a careful, loving, highly-demanding craft. I'd give this beer all 5's if I didn't worry that someday, I might just find better...

01-28-2003 20:41:51 | More by TXHops
Photo of ADR


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Slightly hazy copper color with a decent 1/4 inch head that laces in incomplete rings. Citrusy aroma, maybe more tangerine than grapefruit. Wow, quite American in style, tastes of Cascade or Cascade-like hops, early and often. Orange to pale grapefruit with a dry astringency at the finish. Lighter bodied. Malt is fairly subdued, a little sense of wild honey. Refreshing for when you’re in a hop head frame of mind. I keep forgetting how solid Full Sail brews are, rarely among my all time favorites -- but good across the board (or "boardhead")...

01-28-2003 06:58:34 | More by ADR
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

This beer pours a light tarnished coppor color with a little head that quickly dissipates to a doily like web of lace floating on the top of the beverage and a white ring around the glass.

I noticed right away the nice and crisp citrusy aroma, with a nice malty smell tucked just below the hops. If i had to guess i would say that atleast the finishing hops used were cascade.

This beer strikes a nice balance between the bitterness of the hopps and the sweetness from the malt. A good well rounded beer that -i just found- also produces well rounded and flavorfull burps.

the mouthfeel is decent, it is definatly not bad.

and the overall drinkablity is good. I could see myself puting a few of these down with little or no trouble at all. This is my favorite of the Full Sail line so far. A good pale ale.

01-18-2003 20:53:08 | More by elmocoso
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Great example of an American Pale Ale. Copperish gold in color with an off white head. Good aroma of floral or piney hops. This beer has a really good flavor. The hops make their presence known right away and finish very well. Generously hopped for a pale ale. Enough hop character to keep this beer interesting, but very drinkable. You can knock this one back without even blinking. This is one of my favorite American-style pale ales.

12-19-2002 23:08:21 | More by PhantomVodoo
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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