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

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Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale

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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | 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"

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden with a frothy white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Nose is nice but a bit weak. Grainy malts dominate,with a hint of grassy hops.Light bodied. Crisp with some carbonation. Taste is a really nice blend of hops and malt.Leans slighty to the malty side,with a hoppy finish. Recommended!

riversider76, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of cooncat
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, dated 12/07 and decanted into a standard pint glass. Might be a little past prime at 6 months old, but the specialty store where purchased refridgerates all brews, so my sample is probably okay.

On the pour I got a bit less than a finger's head, white in color, topping a light copper hued brew. Head retention is a bit short and lacing is minimal but evident.

The nose is citrus and pine hops predominant, but a hint of malt is noticeable.

Taste follows the nose, with big citrus & pine hop taste up front. Mild biscuit maltiness is detectable but easily outdone by the hops, as should be. A general dry character prevails as well as the hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light and refreshing. Drinkability is high, as the modest 5.5 abv and refreshing dry character and hop profile make this an excellent session brew.

Recommended as a great session brew which you can enjoy all day (or night) long. Worth seeking out.

Na Zdravje !

cooncat, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of EkimGram
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12pz bottle poured into Sam Adams "Perfect Pint". Pours a light, hazy amber brown colour. Head is a finger-width. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Faint smell of malts and hops.

Taste: Nice refreshing burst of hops and malt to start - very nicely balanced. The taste doesn't linger very long, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall: I could see myself drinking several of these in a session. Nice and light, very refreshing, not too intense but just flavourful enough to keep me sipping throughout the night.

EkimGram, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of mlrbuendia
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

appearance: pours a nice reddish caramel hue, two-finger head which lingers. fine lacing.

smell: malty, hint of honey, bready. there is a citrus sense.

taste: malt is very good, some bitterness, nice complexity and finish with some hop.

mouthfeel: light-to-medium, good carb.

drinkability: very nice, great drinker. i had four of these the other night and didn't even realize it. good abv. admitted fan of full sail, and this pale ale is one of the reasons.

mlrbuendia, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mjurney
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, clear. Few little bubbles. Head looks small.

Sweet maltiness, fruity, nutty, mild floral hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Sweet pale malts up front, slight nutty and caramelly. Fresh peaches in the middle. Clean hoppiness at the end. Medium bodied, slight creamy.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very smooth, crisp hoppiness in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet floral.

mjurney, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Byeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber / gold , with some whitish foam atop.

Smell: Floral , lightly fruity , citric , pink fruit , and slightly spicey hopiness.

Taste: Medium bready maltiness thoughout , good dose of hops that are a bit citric , raw and a bit earthy , some tea quality , hint at corn chip grain, fairly dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , moderatly dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable APA. A good quaffer with enough malt and a nice west coast hop trait. Would be a welcome sight on tap.

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma features a really nice malt base (which I think a lot of APAs and IPAs lack) in addition to a moderate dose of American citrusy hops. The taste features a pretty good dose of hops (not at all overpowering) that last well into the aftertaste. The lack of malt in the taste leads it to be a little thin in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good APA that is unquestionably American. Recommended.

cjgator3, May 20, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cear copper color, a little foam, just a thin layer of white bubbles.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, toasty malt in the background.

Taste: Well balanced between hop bitterness and malt. Toasty and bitter, this would be a good intro APA, but I like mine a little hoppier, but very drinkable, and a good session beer.

Drinkability: A good not great pale ale, fine for sessioning or with dinner.

TastyTaste, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden hue with a bit of amber highlights and is quite clear. Head is thin and does not stick around. Nose is mild, an yet a robust malty note is the principal component followed by a fair sweetness and some mild hopiness. Flavor is sweet, malty and just a touch of roasted malts comes through. Mouthfeel is light to medium light and carbonation is light. Overall this is a good beer with a medium to high degree of drinkability.

SickBrew, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. brown bottle with new labels which look pretty cool. The neck label has a picture of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River and the main label states that Full Sail is "Independant Employee Owned" and have a "Brewforce of 47". Kind of fancy compared to the older labelling.

The ale itself is an orange-amber with a 1/2 inch white foamy head that settles to a ring, but laces very little.

Very mild sweetness to the smell, grainy malt followed by a balanced hopness to the finish.

Nice earthy malt flavor like the smell and then the citric floral hops take over and turn quite bitter in the end...almost seems more IPA like it this respect and rather tasty.

A medium body with crispness to the mouthfeel, an easy drinker that goes down like a Pale Ale should, think I'll have another, cheers.

scottoale, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of jonworth
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsener glass (because it was handy). Moderate lacing, pleasing, rich amber coloration. Very high in IBUs--closer to an American IPA. Fairly complex flavor; I'll avoid esoteric gyrations over my own subjective flavor impressions and just say that this beer reminds me of Hazed and Infused a little. I would probably buy it again.

jonworth, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a nice copper color with light off-white head. Mild, slightly spicy aroma. Flavor has a nice malt body with a enjoyable mild spicyness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable; would work well as a session beer.

mithrascruor, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger+ of white foamy head. Light amber color with nice clarity and quite a bit of visible carbonation. Some nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is almost exclusively toasted malt. Some fruity aromas as well.

More hop flavor vs. The aroma. Quite a bit of light fruit mixing with the toasted malt flavors. Like toasted bread crust. Delicate bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied and slightly astringent on your tongue.

Decent little beer. Pretty straight forward but its on point for the style.

Reagan1984, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BrettMRogers
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A-deep copper color, 1/4 inch white head

S-slight sweet aroma, don't know what except it smells delicious

T-again, being new at this I'm having a hard time describing it. The nice flavor is even better than the nice smell. I do taste a balanced variety of different flavors

M-not watery, good carbonation

O-a good pale ale, over all good in ever sense

BrettMRogers, May 07, 2014
Photo of Squelch
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden colored ale. Nice white head. Laces well

Aroma: malt abounds grassy hops come thru as well

Taste: a malt forward pale with nice balanced bitterness. Finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied.

Drinkabilityh I could have a few of these

Squelch, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of mdg59
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

mdg59, Wednesday at 02:33 AM
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light copper/orange with a thick head that dissipates to large bubbly puddles.

Mild but zesty earth hops sit on top of a tangy sweet bread. Toffee and caramel add a lot to the malt character.

A very light malt character upfront that moves to a subtle pine and citrus fruit. Finishes dry with a tingle.

Very light and crisp with a fresh hop characteristic. Drinks smooth and is thirst quenching.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different bottle than the one shown in the picture... This is finally available in Florida.

Appearance: Rather pale in color for an APA - more golden than orange. Decent head and retention, good lacing.

Smell: A very "clean" smelling APA: ale fruitiness, light bready malts, and some piney hops.

Taste: Less citrusy than most APAs and more earthy/herbal. Bitter, sticks to the tongue but in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

hunteraw, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Rumrunner
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A pale worth its full sail name.

A light golden amber color. Weak small head with a small amount of lacing. The scents are moslty malt and grain. There is some hop fruit scents and a very dry feel to the nose.

The flavors are also strong in grain and malt. A medium hop bitterness adds some bite for a balance. There are some floral and grapefruit flavors as well. A very dry grapefruit flavor in the aftertaste with a mild grain added in. Nicely done.

There is a dry crispness to this ale. A good strong body and a smooth finish. This ale I would guess would go great with a meal. I can't wait to try it with some food. Give this ale a try. An easy drinking ale.

Rumrunner, Sep 02, 2003
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This Oregon Pale Ale is a winner. I have looked at it on the shelves for a while and finally decided to give it a go. The new packaging had a lot to do with it, it is 2.4 million times better than the old label and 6 carrier.
The beer poured out a copper color with a decent white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing as the liquid dissapeared from my pint glass.
The aroma is nice a mild hoppy nose and a rich buttery/caramel smell.
The flavor followed closely with the aroma. Nicely balanced beer. Good malt flavor with about a medium hop bite. Rich buttery(maybe not the exact best description but it is late!) taste or is it caramelly? Something like that! Nice finish, stayed around a while with no bad aftertaste or sweet film.
I guarantee you I was pleasently surprised with this one. For an American Pale Ale I would put it up there with Sierra Nevada or any of the better producers. A definite session beer, give it a try.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale, shiny copper with plenty of carbonation. Head is off-white and below average in size. Aroma is of a dry, fruity hop with a touch of sweetness. The taste is very fresh with a resinous, fruity hop flavor dominating. A underlying sweet, grainy malt provides a nice balance. Finish is sweet. Overall, this is a very good pale ale, hop flavor isn't one of my favorites, but it works well here. Drinkability is high. Pale ale fans won't be disapointed.

Gagnonsux, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Brewing - Pale Ale, enjoying this on a trip to Arizona, just landed.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass. Spotty lacing up and down, clear orange/copper in color.

Smell: Quite malty, bready and just a whiff of something herbal.

Taste: Biscuity malt with a light toasted edge to it. Earthy hop graces the palate quickly and then subsides leaving leafy, tobacco like flavors. Alittle bit of adjunct and/or astringent graininess but kept well in check.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with chewey malt and a clean finish.

Drinkability: This has to be one of the most easy drinking pale ales I can remember. Hop character is there but isn't too over or under stated. Well done.

Stinkypuss, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear dark orange amber with a thick slightly tan head.

Smell. A low level of hoppiness that is citrusy (lemon) and just slightly piney. The aroma seems to show a lot of balance with the hops and malts as i am getting a nice amount of maltiness that has a small smell of roasteness and a touch of caramel.

Taste. I think it is a very well balanced apa. The hops are present and have a nice appearance, but the malts really take control of this in my mouth. I get a little of the lemons, but it is nice and subtle. The aftertaste is a little astringent that isnt so great.

Mouthfeel is good. The body is at a medium level with nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this is a very good and balanced apa. Has just enough of the flavors to make it interesting to have, but drinkable that i could glady make a session of it.

acrawf6, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden yellow, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, slight citrus.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy and kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a very nice APA from Full Sail, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is amber with a white head that shrinks, but sticks around.

Smell: There's a nice balance of caramel malts and citrus and pine hops in the nose.

Taste: This is a well-balanced pale ale with a clean blend caramel malt backbone, crispy citrus hops and that semi-metallic Full Sail finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: It's an easy-drinking pale ale, perfect for hot summer days.

goschool, Aug 27, 2007
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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