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

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361 Reviews
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Reviews: 361
Hads: 629
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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 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. (430 characters)

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 (439 characters)

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. (670 characters)

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. (462 characters)

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. (407 characters)

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. (816 characters)

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. (719 characters)

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. (789 characters)

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. (530 characters)

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 (644 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (498 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (903 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (350 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (506 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light or pale amber with a foamy, slightly off white head, with better than average retention. Does show some nice side lacing.
aroma leads with some acidic fruity, spicy hops and then some bready maltiness.
Taste provides a well balance of hops and maltiness. Detect some licorice in there, along with some mild spicy, bitter hops. Very dry finish, which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and then followed by the bitter dry hops.
Very good beer/ale. I liked this one alot. (481 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (831 characters)

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (753 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of grapemaster
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (365 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (732 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (436 characters)

Photo of kkoz
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of chriscolby
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (649 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (976 characters)

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