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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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Reviews: 361 | Hads: 632
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took awhile to get me one of these, but here goes...
Very clean malt aroma at first, followed by a gradually building hops of grassy nature, this is followed by a slightly roast/caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Not too strong or overpowering.
Very attractive beer. Once the fizzy loud head settles it forms a pretty dense cover, but alas that too leaves leaving only a ring with some spottiness. Nice lacing. Dark amber of orange. Brilliantly clear.
Flavors are balanced well just like the aroma. None overpowers the others. Hops more present in bitterness than flavors (which remain of the grassy kind with a shot of sour citrus). Touch of malt sweetness up front, with hints of the caramel, otherwise nice malt foundation. Rather long and dry finish.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Heavy enough to be smooth.
This has a high level of drinkability. Some may not like the sour quality, but today I found it rather nice. Too bad it took me so long to try this one.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper on a pint glass. 1 inch head fading to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts. Caramel malts on the nose, toffee like aroma. Some sweetness on the tongue, with a medium hop finish. Very refreshing. Malts and Hops in a very good balance.
Overall a very good American Pale Ale. I'm starting to really enjoy these North Western Ales!
Highly recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with a copper tint. Sticky, medium-sized off-cream head. Nice lacing.
Nose is made up of biscuit malt with warm caramel and a zesty, grapefruit hop bitterness. Reminds me of SNPA somewhat (that's a very good thing).
Creamy, biscuit malt flavors start out, with a flash of faintly-sweet caramel. Tangy, juicy, grapefruit hops throughout. Hops are fresh and quite tasty. Bitterness swells into the oily, appetizing finish. Hints of biscuit and butterscotch linger. Goes down effortlessly, like a good APA should. A quite citrusy (especially grapefruit) example, that's as West Coast as it can get.

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Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: This is the first I have seen of the new Full Sail packaging. Label has a very "old timey" feel to it, with a picture of Mt. Hood on the neck. There is a spot for an enjoy by date on the label, but it appears on the neck instead (at least it is there).

Appearance: Nice gold color with just a hint of red to it. Good looking head with some large bubbles in it. Nice lacing.

Smell: A mixture of fruity hops and sweet malt - definitely appetizing.

Taste: Smooth and slightly cream mouthfeel with a fairly low level of carbonation. Creamy malt gives this beer a great balance. There is a bit of bread flavor in there as well, and it finishes nice and hoppy.

Overall impression: Overwhelming drinkability. This is one of those beers that was a great gateway into better beer, and I still enjoy today. Well balanced, this is a fantastic session beer. Overall a well made product.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, satisfying ale.

Slightly pale amber, it has a small but dense off-white head that dissipates only slowly.

The aroma is very pleasant, with lemon, and flowery, apple fruitiness as well as light caramelly malt.

The taste is slightly mild, not strong, but its has full, well-rounded flavour with a little engaging complexity and nice sweet-bitter balance. It's faintly earthy and fruity, with lemon-citrus and a light flowery fruitiness over a toasted grain body and finish of grain with hop bitterness. It's faintly tart, as well. It's very easy to drink, rather refreshing and goes very well with bread and cheese.

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Photo of nem2006
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a pint glass. Was a clear yellow golden color with a nice head. I smelled the toasted malts with the mild citrus of the hops.

I am not a huge hop head, but this beer surprised me at how smooth it was. Finished well with some great flavor, not as bland as some others I have tried. I ate some cheddar cheese while drinking this beer and it went extremely well together.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big slightly off white head sits above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light pine with hints of lemony citrus hops aroma.

A nice dry citrus hops taste.

This medium bodied beer leaves a smooth dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus hops tastes lingering on.

A nice dry good tasting worthy pale ale.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Tawny, light amber with very thin head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, perhaps fig or plum with a bit of citrus character. Sweet.

T - The malt sweetness and aforementioned fruit flavors hit first, but are then quickly rounded out with a hop texture and a nutty finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves a very slight (but noticeable) sticky feeling.

D - A great pale ale, flavorful, crisp, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden colour with a fluffy white head. A very floral character on the nose. Malty comes through fairly strong for a PNW pale ale, very welcome. Smooth hop flavor moves into a faint bitterness on the finish. The light mouthfeel along with the soft hop flavor makes this an extreamly drinkable brew.

Edit: Had to knock the taste up on this after drinking a few of these. This is a damn fine pale ale!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with pale and crystal malts, and two varieties of hops. It pours a filtered golden hue, with medium carbonation and light lacing. Perfumy hops in the nose, with a light graininess and a bit of the house yeast strain. Tastes of sweet, almost toasty malts, and a touch of caramel, nicely balanced by herbal/earthy, fruity and lightly citric hops which impart a firm bitterness. Medium, crisp body, with mouth-filling carbonation and a dry finish. This is a well-crafted pale ale that makes for a nice departure from the citrus blasts of most APAs. It would be easy to drink this one all night long.

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Photo of raclark
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Appearance: Pours about two fingers with nice lacing. Light amber in color.

Smell: Very aromatic. A bit grassy with sweet hops and a strong citrus note.

Taste: Hits the tongue sweet and slightly tart with a sufficient amount of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light body and a crisp bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Completely drinkable. A few of these should definitely help you slake your thirst.

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Photo of Troyone
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly copper apple juice color with minimal carbonation action and an eighth of an inch head.
Aroma is not significant with a light doughy yeast and grass hops.
Taste has an acidic/bitter light to moderate bready malt, light grassy grapefruit hops, and an acidic finish with hints of cask wood.
Mouthfeel has a light body, a dry almost watery texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a light metallic finish.
Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of MJR
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle...best-by date of 091003.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a tight, off-white head that holds fairly well. Nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is perfectly balanced between the grainy, husky malt and leafy hops. There's a touch of bread and caramel as well. That wonderful balance is carried over into the flavor, with what appears to be a mix of Cenntenial and Columbus hops over a solid foundation of bready, husky, and slighty caramelly malt. Finishes with a flourish of spicy, herbal hops, with a touch of dryness. Medium in body, with a fair amount of residual sugars giving a somewhat rich mouthfeel. Hoppy, dry finish. This is an extremely well balanced pale ale that I could easily drink several of. Move over SNPA...

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Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a thick lingering foamy head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of juniper and wintergreen. Taste is very smooth, malty at first, followed by hints of grapefruit and finishing with a cresendo of hops. A quite wonderful pale ale, sure to please.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper color with very little foam on the head. The smell of hop's with fruity under tones was pleasant. Taste of hop's and fruit have a wonderful balance in this beer. Another great tasting beer, from a great brewery!

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Photo of ecoboy
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!"

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.