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

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | 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 climax
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one poured a somewhat flat amber color with a modest head that faded quickly.

Mostly citrus hops, sweet malt, and honey made up the nose. I got whiffs of some cider and vinegar, perhaps it's a bad bottle?

Taste was a bit sour, lots of citrus and green apple. Some toastiness was evident in the finish, but it was pretty pungeant in the bitter/sour category and I don't think it was the proper hop profile.

It was pretty dry and the finish was long and puckering. I hope I got a bad bottle, because I expected more out of it.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours with a frothy head that quickly disappears.

Uninspired looking beer, that has no real smell except cut grass.

Uninspired taste, quickly fades into water with a little hoppy taste. If it werent for a touch of flavorful malts, this beer would be a low grade budweiser.

I dont like this beer or much of what this brewery does.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden orange in color with 1.5 finger sticky white head. EDIT: Poured this into an over-sized wine glass (11/23/08). Bright copper with thin white head. Very sticky - great lacing! Steady, gentle, carbonation allows head to retain throughout session. Looks very good.

Smell: Grapefruit and malts hit me first. Maybe a little bit of apple; smells a bit like cider. Crisp hops and some alcohol round it out.

Taste: This tastes like an all-malt lager. We no likey. When we think unbalanced, it's usually favoring the hops. Some may like this style, but not us. Taste really isn't much to speak of anyway: citrus, bread, alcohol, salt, and a weee bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium-bodied... [sigh].

Drinkability: I'm done reviewing this one. What a letdown.

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Photo of mpyle
2.49/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
2.42/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. This beer just didn't do it for me. There seemed to be something missing that left me flat, so to speak. The carbonation was mild, which is good, but the taste was nothing to write home about. It lacked character and a roundness in flavor. I've had three from a sixer, and I don't really look forward to the rest. Compared to other pale ales (Sierra Nevada, Stone, Sam Adams, even Red Hook ESB) this beer just doesn't tast that great. It's not bad; I just can't really recommend it. I'll finish the next three bottles and see if I change my mind.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.39/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of flipshevanel
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A little dissapointing after the nice amber Full Sail brews. Poured with virtually no head. The body was clear with virtually no carbonation. The hue was a dark amber to light brown. The aroma was dominated by hops but had a walnutty malt to it with hints of toffee and brown sugar. My palate did not enjoy this beer. The body was light to medium, dry, moderately astringent, and lively carbonation. Didn't balance very well. The flavor was weak for a Pale Ale. Lightly sweet, heavily acidic, and moderately bitter to begin with a luckily short finish that heavily bitter and acidic.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
2.36/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail Pale Ale
Full Sail Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 5.40 %


I love Pale Ales and hated this beer. It must have been a bad batch or something because it seemed flat and tasteless. Did not even come close to satisfying my expectations. For the first time in a while I started a beer I couldn't finish. WOULD NOT buy again.

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Photo of thrawn208
2.22/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle, part of a sample pack.

Pours with basically no head. None or very little lace. Smells of a touch of caramel, with a slight (and I mean slight) veggie smell, possibly green bean, which is strange. Taste isn't much better. Flavors, when you can taste them at all, are light hoppiness, and ripe grass.

Mouthfeel is decent, reminds me of a full bodied lager, not really a pale ale, which should be a lot creamier than this.

Best thing this beer has going for it is drinkability. Could easily drink a few of these, but why bother?

I liked the other Full Sail I had, what happened to this one?

Edit: Had another one, decided I was being a little too harsh on taste, smell. It grows on you. That's two things going for it.

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Photo of harrymel
1.69/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Best by 27JUL12

Pours golden amber with little toasted cream foam atop the ale. Smells oxidized to be honest - cardboard and raw wood with some hints of tea and herbal hops. Very disappointed in the nose here. Flavor is also oxidized with a bit more of an old book smell flavor and some oils, reminds me of the flavor of the skin on a palm; carrying a slight salinity. Medium on thin with a moderate carb and semi dry finish. I bought this beer as a sixer on a gamble, really gonna have to be faded to drink the other five.

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Photo of Fabric8r
1.39/5  rDev -62.4%
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.

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