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

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BA SCORE
84
good

605 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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TNGlen

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-20-2012 16:40:35 | More by TNGlen
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-13-2014 23:45:22 | More by dbarny76
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mercatonero

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-28-2012 00:05:09 | More by mercatonero
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DoogeeZ

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

10-07-2012 00:42:13 | More by DoogeeZ
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zachgroves

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-20-2013 00:40:39 | More by zachgroves
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-03-2012 01:18:15 | More by Brushkanna
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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
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

Ah yes. Full Sail Pale Ale.

not a bad beer.

A - A lot like fresh harvested, filtered honey. In a glass, with a foamy head on it. Nice lacing. Yum.

S - There's a good amount of pine in here, Take your average bread factory, and teleport it into the middle of a sage/pine forest. The smell that you would get 300 yards downwind from that place is probably a lot like what this beer smells like. Also, there is something in there that smells a little bit Triscuits and puppy mouth.

T - Bready and hoppy, and goody.

M - Soft and chewy. like liquid velvet.

D - Drink a hundred...see if I care.

12-30-2008 07:09:22 | More by Beernoisseur
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nms1987

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%

Clear, filtered looking. Gold-to-amber in color. Good looking beer.
Looks like a pale ale, duh.

Not giving me a whole lot of nose. A little citric hoppiness.

The taste? Wow. Amazing. Hoppy, but not too much. Crisp but also has enough body. A little caramel malt sweetness jumping against those clean, slightly citrusy hops.
Great stuff. Completely quenching, but also full flavored.
I love it.
Great balance.

Mouthfeel is full but crisp.

Drinkability is 100%. An amazing session beer. I drink my beer slow but I've killed this glass in a matter of minutes. It is so sessionable and tastes so good that it begs to be drank.

I love this beer

07-21-2009 01:43:13 | More by nms1987
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Its clear, amber body rests gently beneath a short head of creamy, ivory-colored foam that holds fairly well before receeding to a collar. The nose is quite welcoming with a soft, piney hop character and light yeasty fruitiness over a delicate, biscuity malt. It's smooth across the palate with a very fine, restrained carbonation that allows all of its flavors to come through. It's piney and fruity up-front with its lightly sweet biscuity malt becoming dominant as it cross the palate into a dry finish where the pine returns and some of its firm bitterness lingers. Impeccably balanced! A smooth beer from start to finish. Refreshing and satisfying! More fruity and round than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; and certainly worth trying.

01-11-2004 00:07:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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
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grapemaster

California

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

04-05-2005 02:05:18 | More by grapemaster
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kkoz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance & Aroma: It was clear and slightly amber colored with a creamy white head, which left some good lacing. There seemed to be a pretty good amount of carbonation in it, revealing a bready-malty aroma with some hints of caramel malts.

Taste & Feel: The body was light and it had a crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation in it. There was a bready and caramel flavor in the middle, leading to a nice bit of floral-piney bitterness in the clean finish.

Food Pairing: Like a lot of clean pale ales, it makes me think of pub food. It’s light and refreshing enough to drink on its own, yet it can be a good pairing to help wash down many fried or bready foods. For me, a good solid pub burger and this beer go great together.

Overall Impression: There seemed to be a good balance between the bready, malty flavors up front and the bitterness finish. I enjoyed the mix of flavors in every sip, and found it to be very drinkable. It would be easy to have a few of these at a time, especially on a nice hot summer afternoon like this.

08-15-2011 03:44:31 | More by kkoz
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chriscolby

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

Clear beer with a deep golden to light amber color and a moderate head. The aroma nicely balanced between hops and malt and this balance follows through to the flavor. This is not quite as hoppy a beer as many American pale ales, such as Sierra Nevada or Red Seal, but shows a degree of finesse many lack. The malt character is grainy (in a good way) and slightly sweet from crystal malt. The hops show a very faint hint of mint. The aftertaste floats along, still maintaining the delicate balance of malt and hops. (Usually, one or the other comes to the front in the aftertaste.)

This is one of my favorite pale ales and a definite go-to beer.

05-28-2004 03:34:56 | More by chriscolby
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

08-12-2006 15:37:05 | More by nlmartin
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BeerAngel

Texas

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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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

03-05-2006 03:38:55 | More by VoodooBrew
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

4th of July Beer

Poured into a random glass at in-laws house

Appearance-Light goldy body with a 2 finger off white head. Pour head retention and decent lacing.

Smell-Light citrus and floral hops. Sweet honeyish malt. Very nice aroma.

Taste-Wow. Huge suprise here. Amazing fruity flavors, every sip is something different. Peach, Pear, Orange, Grapefruit, Apple. Nice sweetness and nicely balanced. Light floral and piney hops.

Mouthfeel-Crisp, Clean, Refreshing. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down so smooth. Perfect mouthfeel

Overall-Quite possibly my biggest suprise of 2011. I'm really glad that every now and then I pick up some random singles b/c this will now be one of my go to session beers. Up until now I've been dissapointed with Full Sail, but this beer was great. An excellent brew.

07-05-2011 03:19:24 | More by SWMeyer4141
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HardTarget

Texas

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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

Full Sail Pale Ale has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head and a clear, yellow-orange appearance, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of citrus (orange) and bready barley malt, but, overall, the smell is faint. Taste is of citrus, bread, some pine notes, and a good amount of pleasant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Full Sail Pale Ale finishes easy-drinking and sort of wet. Drinkability is very high with this one. Overall, it’s a great beer.

RJT

03-30-2012 23:47:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Reidrover

Oregon

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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jhtipton

Spain

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

Purchased this imported beer at the Navy Club in Seoul a few weeks ago. Well, it's imported to me... Drank it from the bottle but I think it is worthy of better glassware than that. Wonderful hoppy flavor and smooth to the palate. Have not been drinking enough of this lately but I believe I will revisit as it is a good candidate for a session beer.

12-29-2009 00:14:42 | More by jhtipton
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

Full Sail Pale Ale, ~9/30/08 tasting?, 5.4 ABV, cals = unknown
reviewed as an "American Pale Ale", bottle > large wine glass
A 4.0 - golden tea like color, good head & lacing
S 4.0 - reminds me of sun brewed iced tea with a pronounced hoppiness, hints of earthy spicy-ness
T 4.5 - very balanced for an APA, hints of sweetness with floral hops
MF 4.5 - balanced carbonation and body, you definitely "brewed to stoke"
D 4.5 - I really this for an APA, not to bitter and has a very nice balanced hoppy-ness

10-14-2008 20:27:42 | More by unclejimbay
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper hued gold with a very sticky and bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

Taste: Smooth with a quick punch of drying bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Slight creamy malt floats under a soft yet substantial hop character. Pinch of pale malt on the palate. Citric and hop oil floral bitterness and flavour dominate with a underlying grain flavour. A touch of residual sweetness and an everlasting hop flavour faded very slowly into the finish.

Notes: Very American ... very NW. To be straight up ... Pacific North West. This brew flexes its hop character yet still lets in enough malt to keep it in check. A little bit of freshly squeezed hop juice.

04-10-2002 20:13:58 | More by Jason
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marc77

California

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