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

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BA SCORE
84
good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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"

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002)
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd consider this an APA more than I would an American version of a british pale ale. Maybe thats because this brewery is from Oregon where they really like to aggressively hop everything.

Its done in a nice way though with a standard amber color and nice frothy head that takes a while to die down. Full sail is a new brand in our market here in Boston but I bought these in NYC thinking we didnt have them here. It doesnt really matter though as I would consider them a good addition to either NYC or Boston.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:13:11 | More by rousee
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - starts with nice white foam head and amber color very much transparent, head leaves and eventual thin lacing, lots of lively bubbles stream the glass

Smell- bready malts and faint hops form a nice balance,

Taste- really nice balance of malt and hop front, very smooth and nice balance, very easy drinking and though there is very sharp hoppyness to it the malt is there keeping it extremely well in check, not super complex flavor but balance was superb

Mouthfeel- very smooth with light carbonation, very nice feel and balance,

Drinkability- extremely drinkable pale ale, very smooth and easy drinking lacks a crazy amount of complexity but for the style its a really nice example and would certainly make a very nice session er, worth trying for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:45:30 | More by Stunner97
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of beige foam. Fine bubbles formed a collar and clung a bit to the glass. Nice combination of malt and hops in the aroma, citrusy and earthy, toasted, slightly floral. Nice flavour, moderate hop bitterness with an herbal/floral character, balanced maltiness, lingering spicy/citrus hops. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:43:48 | More by DrJay
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-02-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Amber-orange with a 1-finger white head

S - Floral, toast, spice

T - Light roasted grain, orange citrus and mild hops. It's fairly sweet, has a lingering grain taste and moderate bitterness with an underlying candy taste.

M - Medium body and carbonation yields a mildly-creamy feel.

D - Refreshing. A little too sweet for my tastes but I enjoyed it never-the-less.

Notes: The Full Sail brew pub in Hood River is one of my favorite brew pubs anywhere. Good food and beer with a friendly atmosphere and a great view of the Columbia River Gorge and mountains beyond.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:28:23 | More by Tucquan
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shand

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours a copper color with an inch and a half of head that retains poorly but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is primarily sweet malts, with just a touch of hops. The taste is some piney and slightly citrusy hops balanced with some sweet malts. It's all about balance here. Great tasting, not super-hoppy like most APAs that I love, but it still tastes quite good.

This is very smooth and drinkable. A solid pale ale here, probably a little closer to the English style than American though. It's far too malty and lightly hopped to be a real APA, but it's a very good beer for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:36:42 | More by shand
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3rdRowTailgater

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. It pours a slightly cloudy copper orange. It has a head of about a fingers width and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

The smell is mostly malty and sweet with a hint of hops. A little lacking in hop bitterness in the aroma department for my linking.

The taste starts with a sweet, bready maltiness but does end with an earthy hop bitterness. Not really what I was expecting from an APA, as I expected more citrusy and piney hop flavors, but still a nice tasting beer.

Nice mouthfeel and I could definitely spend some time drinking this beer, but overall it's nothing too spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:47:53 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:08:43 | More by DrinkingDrake
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle yanked outta New Jersey, PA does not get this, Jersey gets a bone every now and then.

Full Sail Pale comes into the glass splashing a golden tan shade with a nice bright look. Pouring real hard, I don't even get a decent cap to stare at, just a dead calm, no lace as well. Smell is mostly pale malt and some grass and light aroma hops, nothing to large though. Taste is lackluster, faint hops, earthy, hay, no citrus, no real pine no real nothing. I got more out of Full Sail's amber which is saying something. Pale malt is not to heavy which is commendable. The body seems on point, light and crisp carb, it's just lacking any taste from remaining on the palate. I drank it and thats that.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:22:01 | More by BARFLYB
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:38:07 | More by Reagan1984
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busternuggz

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Crystal clear, goldenrod/peach color with a 1/4" frothy off-white head. The head recedes to a thin film pretty quick but comes back nicely with a swirl. Leaves some soapy lacing.
Nice soft scents of orange and a little floral quality and pine.
The taste has more orange and some orange zest, finishes with some grassiness. Nicely balanced and clean, pleasant hoppy bitterness. Clean, soft aftertaste with just a bit of hop bitterness.
Soft and smooth texture, nicely carbonated. Ends just a little sticky.
Very drinkable due to its balance and cleanness and pleasant but subtle tastes.
A very nice and well made pale ale. Nothing earth shattering, but just good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 20:06:14 | More by busternuggz
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FrozenJoe

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper color. Good carbonation. Weak head that quickly dissipates, leaving behind light lacing.

Smell: Good, strong aroma. Fruity, malty smell.

Taste: This is a great tasting beer. Strong hops and malt flavor. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick, well carbonated brew. Nice.

Drinkabliity: Goes great with a nice meal or all by itself. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:07:20 | More by FrozenJoe
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange color with yellowish hues when held to a light source and a half finger foam white head that immediately fades into thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly hoppy aroma with some sweet citrus character as well as some faint earthy pine and biscuity malt notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger throughout over a biscuit malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Dry bitter pine notes with faint citrus peel as well as some slight pale, biscuit malt, crisp light fruit and slight alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:42:59 | More by corby112
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent light amber color with a dense 1 finger head white head that leaves a little lacing. Smells of light malts, sort of a grain smell, also some hops are present in the nose. Taste was very nice, just the right amount of bitterness, starts with a little bit of that light malt and finishes cleanly. Mouthfeel is average for an APA. Overall, this is a quality beer and i'll probably buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:30:30 | More by gkunkle
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almychristopher

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear light amber color with a nice head that recedes quickly to lacing. the aroma brings a quite a lot of hops to the nose for an apa, the citrus there has a nice counterpoint of sweet malt. the taste reflects the nose with the sweet malt up front, balanced by the hop flavor, finishing dry. it's a light bodied beer with adequate co2. very nice for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 15:37:42 | More by almychristopher
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 single 12 ounce bottle at Oak Tree.

Pale orange, with just a hint of haze, topped by a single finger of level dense white foam. Slight lace.

Pleasant soft lemon aroma.

Soft light sweet malt runs down the center of the tongue. Hops arrive simultaneously, both herbal and low key citrus. Very well balanced, with the hops pulling ahead by a nose at the finish. Slightly soapy aftertaste that lingers too long.

Light, kind of bubbly mouthfeel. Super easy drinking going down, the soapy aftertaste is a flaw.

A well made pale, could represent its region well, but not a challenger for SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 20:21:23 | More by RonfromJersey
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mjurney

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Aroma:
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:08:49 | More by mjurney
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guinnessnyc

New York

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw six-packs of this and their Amber for the first time at my local spot in Astoria and was drawn to a small batch American Pale Ale. Poured straight into a Sam Adams pint glass, light head with decent lacing. Definitely drinkable with balanced hops, but had a sharper aftertaste that I'm not crazy about. Would like to try it on tap, but probably would fall into the queue of desired pale ales...cheers
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BC

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 02:41:02 | More by guinnessnyc
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riversider76

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:00:11 | More by riversider76
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albern

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the reviews seem to be all over the place with this beer. It pours a very clear watery amber color. There is a very thin head, not much retention, with plenty of lacing. The nose is typical APA slightly grainy aroma, a little sharpness, a little fruitiness. It's okay.

The beer is thin and light bodied in my book, although some reviewers tagged it as medium bodied. I'm not biting on that one. The beer has a sharpness, and a hop bite, and a dryness that I'm not in love with. It's okay. There is plenty of nice maltiness underneath, but it gets compromised by the biting sharpness. This isn't prickly but neither is it smooth on the tongue either. This beer is okay, nothing great. The aftertaste is slight. Fundamentally, it just doesn't have enough of a malty middle for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:05:39 | More by albern
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, with a throwback label, boasting of 47 employees. This was easily one of the cleanest drinking beers I've had recently. Smooth, pale color, clean smell, and it went do so easy. No bitterness, but a full clear flavor. An excellent overall beer. I was sad that I had but one to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 23:40:18 | More by anotherpg
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber color and is crystal clear. Moderate head that dies to a single bubble layer. Leaves very little spotty lace on the glass.

Relatively malty aroma with a touch of hop. Pretty standard stuff here.

Stronger hop on the tongue than the smells suggests. Starts mild but becomes peppery. The swallow shows a generous amount of carbonation; yet, the body is decent. Overall, this is a run-of-the-mill APA. Good lasting aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 19:45:00 | More by smcolw
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild bitter, hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale. It's smooth and flavorful with excellent hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 22:22:57 | More by WesWes
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear, deep copper color with a 12 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a hearty malt backbone mingled with grassy hop notes.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Starts with a mild caramel malt flavoring that lends in to a pale malt and graininess. Finish has nice light grassy hop notes. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp feel at the front with a slightly slick, oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is the perfect beer to kick back with for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 16:49:43 | More by Jayli
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scottfrie

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bistro 33 in Davis. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served cold in a pint glass with about a quarter inch of white head that faded to a thick collar. Clear light amber in color. A great wall of lacing was left down the glass after every sip.
S: Notes of orange and citrus with a light grainy malt scent.
T: Follows the nose with a sweet pale malty grain taste almost like a steam beer. Bread crust aftertaste with a faint bitterness and super clear and drying finish. Hops are citrusy and have a touch of lemon juice.
M: Even carbonation over a medium body and crisp clean mouthfeel.
D: Very straight forward and well rounded pale ale. Super easy and refreshing to drink, goes great with a meal. Crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 22:09:27 | More by scottfrie
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:13:37 | More by mmmbeer
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.