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

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622 Ratings
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
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 nms1987
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with an orange tinge and plenty of sudsy white head that sticks all over.

Herbal and floral hops and biscuity malt in the aroma, which transitions into juicy floral and citric hops with a touch of pine on the palate. A dry malt backbone with a bit of toast and candy caramel sweetness balances it just enough. The body is medium-light and the finish nice and dry to really let the hops shine.

An often overlooked beer and a classic example of the style. I could drink these for hours and not be bored. A great session pint.

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, bright, clear orange in color with a beautiful head that foamed up good, pitted, and laced.

Smell – Terrific aroma of complex hops, mostly floral with some pine and citrus aspects, along with a noticeable malt balance.

Taste – The floral hops come out big time in the taste, with the citrus close behind and the pine bringing up the rear. There’s a hint of fruity sweetness as well, mostly grapefruit and oranges, but this one is all about the fine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium in the body and flat with a dry mouth. Very nice. I would have likee to have seen this a little smoother and better blended, but overall a terrific ale.

Drinkability – This is one of Full Sail’s better offerings, IMO. It hits the style nail on the head and is a great bargain at seven buck a sixer.

Photo of goatgoat
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold. A fizzy white head builds to about a finger and falls quickly. A little lighter than other pales, but still good.

Aroma is nicely crisp and balanced. Honey, toast, citrus, a little herbal. Tempting and pleasant.

This is a nicely balanced APA. Malt is toasty, grainy, with a honey sweetness. Hops come in with a citrus, somewhat herbal kick. Maybe a little grassy, very complementary. Finish is lightly bitter, just enough to remind you that you're drinking a tasty brew.

Just enough body to avoid watery. But that means it's light enough to be very quaffable. The good amount of carbonation helps, but it may be a little too much.

A down right tasty brew and surprisingly underrated here.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 AustinBeerLvr
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle w/a clearly marked freshness date.

A: Pours w/a decent amount of head and some good lacing on the glass. Color and body are a light golden amber glow.

S: Nose is fairly mild, but good, with mostly a very nice blend of citurs flavors present.

T & M: Starts off with just a tad touch of sweetness, kind of like bubble gum, and then those awesome blend of fruity hops kick in. Some apple flavor is dominant but there are a whole lot of just awesome flavors going around. Spiciness of the hops kick in shortly after, and they actually fade a bit as the sip finishes with more of a smooth citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, but not watery.

D: This is a fantastic pale ale and without a doubt one of my new favorites. It's fairly light body makes it a very good choice for the summer. The drinkability is awesome, as nothing overwhelms.

Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hobbes2112
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sockeye101
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail produces one of the, if not the best, American pale ales I've ever ahd the pleasure to drink. Colors are golden with amber hues and a nice white head and medium carbonation. Lacing was beautiful. Smells were floral, sweet and a bit fruity, very refreshing. Tastes bitter up front, but clean and slightly sweet and a very smooth finish with lingering hoppy bitterness. An excellent beer that I could drink all night long.

Photo of tigerpaws
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only had the pleasure of drinking this brew once when I was in Idaho and I wish I could get it here in SC. Pours a nice amber/gold color and nice creamy head. You can for sure taste the Pacific NW hops influence in this beer which Iove. Enough hops to keep us hopheads happy but also malty enough to keep the total bitterness in check. Drink one of these beers for me because I can't get it and how I wish I could...........CHEERS

Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of les1721
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperarence, a light amber with a thin white head which disapears pretty quickly. Smell is citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste is off the charts, malt flavors of apple, light roasted, a little creamy and caramel. Very well hopped. A light bitterness throughout with a little citrus, piney and herbal hop flavor. A very complex ale but very drinkable and well balanced.

A great pale ale from a great brewery.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Full Sail beer I got in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a nice 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is hoppy but not overly so. Just about right for the style.

The taste right off the bat is a nice balance between some good bitter(grassy) hoppiness and malty sweetness. Yum. Very quaffable as well. Go figure.

A few more sips in and I notice the hop character does have some citrus and it works really well along side the grass and both work really well with the malt. Dang, this is a tasty brew and very drinkable. It has a medium mouthfeel and carbonation and it finishes both slightly sweet and slightly bitter...again with the balance!

I really liked this APA and I think it's one of the better examples of the style that I've tried. I recommend it.

Photo of xgabe
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my sister-in-law for unknowingly providing from her stash! HA!

A: Pours seemingly thick, producing a rather small foam head which dissipated quickly. Against light, looks to be a transparent honey amber. Very little lace.

S: Man, the fruit profile of this is incredibly present given the style... what did I pour, an apricot ale? Seems like it... not against it by any means, but a surprise. Malty sweetness with a tinge of resiny hops... hint of passion fruit sweetness / tartness.

T: Malt forward (surprising in the face of the smell, but excellent for variety in a single beer). Finishes with the sweetness detected in the smell, yet not at all overpowering; it reminds you that it welcomed you to taste this brew.

M: Very full bodied for the style, as to be expected by the pour. Light on carbonation (I like that in nearly all styles). Very enjoyable.

D: Very much so. Though not my favorite beer style, it's nice to back off of the double IPA's and imperial stouts to enjoy the predecessor to the over-the-top styles I normally enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.