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

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic a clear medium golden with a thinner lacy white head,good rich clarity in the color.Big caramel malt mixed hebal,leafy hops,pretty straight forward.Caramel and biscuit malt with a little toastiness melds into a shot of leafy hops in the finish.This is a no frills APA but its very flavorful,not as hopped up as I thought it would be but I still liked it.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a light amount of hops. There is also a very light orange/citrus flavour. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Overall - Nothing earth shattering going taste wise with this beer, but it's still highly drinkable and has a nice balanced flavour. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again however.

Photo of Cavery
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz pack left over from a family gathering purchase on July 4th.

Poured into a Stone Nonic.

Review from notes 7/18/11.

A: Lofty three finger ivory soap sud foam head. Some off red/orange body coloration with some remarkable transparency. This thing really is crystal clear. Very much an orange/tangerine piece of stained glass.

S: Smells like a mix of pilsner malt and some slightly less-than-pale uncooked malts. Sugary wheat cereals, caked in powdered sugar. Sweet sugars dominate the nose. Some almost fresh doughnut type sugars in here.

T: Sugary sweet with a light milk toffee note. Sweet cereal starch dominates like soggy wheat cereals in nonfat milks.This really is a sweet bomb that offers little to no contrast. This is definitely tasting like a "take it or leave it" beer.

M: Light bodied in the mouth with relatively flat wateriness that spreads through the mouth like distilled fluids. Light and slick like mercury with no real strong sense of carbonation. Some light prickling here and there, but generally an underwhelming mouth for any beer.

O: Sugary sweet brew that begs for a cutting contrast. I'm writhing in a diabetic coma, begging for a hop contrast or a transitional flavor. The sugary cereal malt has too light of a roast, one that contributes to a feeling of sogginess in the ingredients. At it's most complex I tasted waterlogged quinoa, where seediness overtakes excessive sugars for a momentary release. Personally, this is a difficult mix of flavors.

Photo of kkoz
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of Crossmd
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Sam Adams pint glass, probably 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a lucid gold with an amber core in the bulb. 1 finger head, some lacing around the sides.

Nose is some faintly equal parts sour breads and citrus rind. Faint.

Mouth is a rush of clean and transparently refreshing citrus hops, with the slightest malty support before being taken over by the pristinely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but a little thin for my personal palate. For the style though, I think it's perfect. Slightly effervescent, supportive of the flavor, for sure.

This has got to be one of the most clean, refreshing pales I've tried in a while. Drinkability is high, flavor is good, overall it's something that knows what it's seeking to do and does it well. Typically Sierra Nevada is my go to, grocery store PA, but I will absolutely be returning to this one.

88.

Photo of avaldivia
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist off cap my ass. Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice clear copper color. Small head with little to no lacing.

S: Nondescript hop aroma. A lot of grains. Nothing special. Not bad though.

T: The strong point of this beer. Smooth hop flavor that was not there in the smell. Good grain flavor.

M: Crisp. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. What you would expect.

O: The "twist off" cap was a total lie. I tried to twist off, but to no avail. It was worth the struggle however. Totally decent Pale Ale.

Photo of drowninginhops
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Westbrook pint glass.

A: Copper hued gold with a one finger white head. No lacing.

S: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

T: Very smooth, smooth malts and citrus hops slightly dry. Slight sweetness round out the palate.

M: Well constructed fantastically carbonated.

D: UM... where can I get a case?

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice medium amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of earthy piney hops with some nice sweet malt and nice fruity esters. Taste is good piney earthy hops with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. Nice medium body with good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet maltiness followed by a nice balanced earthy piney hoppiness, ending with a nice light fruity and nutty flavor. A very good drinkable Pale Ale.

Photo of barrenbane
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden and slightly hazy. Looks like most APAs.

S: slight hoppiness and bitterness.

T: tastes like a good APA. There is a good amount of hops, but not overwhelming like and IPA. Goes down smooth with some bitterness from the hops.

M: pretty thick and somewhat carbonated.

This was a nice treat to have with my cheeseburger at a local dive bar. I will definitely order another pint of this again in the future.

Photo of jbakajust1
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle Poured Into a Pint Glass

A - Very Clear Copper w/ 2 finger white head, great lacing, and lively carbonation

S - Smells of bread and yeast, biscuits, earthy hops, spicy, a very light hint of dark fruits.

T - Tastes of rich breads and toasty biscuits. Very light bitterness, spicy. Very light citrus, mild hopiness. Very malt forward beer.

M - Light on the tongue and palate, nice and dry.

O - Refreshing, malty, earthy and dry. Good beer, but not great. Would give it a second go if I had the chance, but wouldn't seek it out.

EDIT: Would like another shot at this one with a brand new bottle if possible. After looking at others reviews, I wonder if I got an old batch seeing as the hops were not pronounced at all in the bottle I had, but ohters talk about lots of juicy hop presence.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this recently at one of my local watering holes. A decent pale ale but nothing really outstanding.

Appearance is more light gold than pale. Active carbonation but not much in the way of head.

Aroma was a little citrusy but I wanted there to be more hop smell.

Flavor as well was more pale than anything else but not enough of that.

Overall a decent pale ale but nothing too exciting.

Photo of kflorence
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from ratebeer.com - AUG 12, 2008

Poured a lovely gold-amber color with a small amount of head that lasted for awhile. The prominent smell of this brew is definitely the hops, but there are also some notes of honey, grapefruit and caramel in there. The taste is also very hop oriented, slightly bitter up front with a very mild caramel and malt sweetness. Finishes crisp and slightly bitter, but the lingering flavor in the mouth is more on the grapefruit or citrus side. A pretty good brew for this style, which I am not too fond of.

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this one a little sour and overripe, with an excessively toasty, nutty malt, giving it a tight, wry flavor that falls somewhere short of refreshing.

Pours clear and relatively still, with a mediocre head The smell is hoppy, but overripe, like roses past their prime, with a strong, flat graniness behind it. The flavor is quite toasty and nutty- excessively so, like specialty grains gone wild. The hops are broad and earthy and overripe, with an unpleasant vegetable edge. The finish is slightly sour and a bit prickly, which is surprising given the relatively still pour.

This is not a horrible beer, but nowhere near the top of the pack in good pale ales.

Photo of Klym
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pretty transparent, but not pale, gold with a nice white head and mostly sliding, curtain lacing.

S: Wheat, banana, and dried apples dominate the nose. Fruits are mellow, not sweet, and the wheat is pronounced.

T: Comes in with a somewhat strong wheat and hoppish kick, banana smooths everything out and there is a pinch of dried fruit (especially apple) sweetness in the finish with a mellow wheat carrying out the finish.

M: Light-medium boddied with decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little oily and granular. Could go without the slickness.

O: Enjoyable pale ale. Nothing outstanding about it but very easy drinking.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of Freshie
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always like to see "independently owned" on a label so I picked this one up. Also, a fan of sailing. Not necessarily a good reason to buy a beer, but it is what it is.

Pours a nice golden and clear hue, but the light and wispy head is uneven, with pockets of large bubbles. Laces are weak.

Smells of citrus, grassy hops, and other floral aromas. Hmm, Oregon right? Smells like it.

Taste is upfront biting, with strong hop notes and very active carbonation, but aftertaste is watery and loose. Yet, it does not stick to the palate, so it balances out. Again flavors of citrus fruit and grassy hops.

As I drink this on a warm spring evening, I dream of summer nights where this beer would be ideal for a refreshing but not too heavy option on a New England beach or roof-top party.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up via the single bottle from Totowa earlier this week. I liked the Wassail from Full Sail and thought that this would be enjoyable as well. After finishing my glass of this, there's no doubt that this is the most underwhelming beer that I've had in a long time and I still feel like the hops were missing from this. Maybe I was just accustomed to Pale Ales that were more aggressive than this since this was about as mellow a beer that I've had in this style.

Poured a decent copper hue with some head and nearly no lacing to be seen. Carbonation was light and there wasn't much of an aroma to this either. The taste was quite malty with a hint of metallic copper and some floral and citrus notes way underneath everything. This reminded me of Bass Ale in terms of the taste and appearance but with just a bit more body to it.

This is light on alcohol too so it's possible to have more than one in a sitting. Others rated this higher but I'm not sure what the appeal is to this. This was quite bland and unless I got stuck with an old or skunked bottle, I'd have to consider this a disappointment. It's not a bad beer but with so many other Pale Ales out there, why go with this one?

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of biscuit-like malt, cooked vegetables, and herbal hops. Nothing too exciting. Taste is somewhat better with the herbal hops up front with a biscuit like malt aftertaste. Low hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation levels make this one a tiny bit thick feeling. Overall, a decent beer that walks the middle of the road. I wouldn't get this one again.

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.

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured straight down into glass for optimum head which did well and lasted awhile. Nice lacing. Aroma is lightly grain/malt with a slight citrus presence. Initial crystal malt and earthy hop flavor that slides a bitterness in the middle which lasts til the finish. A malty sweetness gives way to a mouth watering sensation that is rather pleasant. Light to medium body, satisfying texture, lively carbonation contribute to a nice feel in this beer.

Photo of thatlongname
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden color like apple juice with carbonation. Thin and quick dissipating head.

Smell: Oranges, citrus, light malts, faint spice. Pretty complex here.

Taste: Well balanced hops and malts. The taste starts with the malts and then leads to the hops. Faint fruit/citrus flavors accompany the whole way. Ends with the alcohol cleansing the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a good APA but I might pass up it for an untried one.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, good lace and head retention.

S: Grapefruit, pine, falling leaves, and green peppers.

T: Light crystal malt, dominated by the hops. Very piney, oily, there is an astringency for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, with a thin finish, light carbonation.

D: This is a value pale ale, it's often less than $6 a six-pack, but there's a ton better in this category.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A thin half fingers worth of fizzy slightly off-white head... Minimal retention gives way to thin veil of lacing with a couple of lafge bubbles mixed in and a slightly thicker collar... Fairly still with just a couple of stray moderately paced carbonation bubbles... The color is a completely translucent pale golden color with a faint orange hue...

S - A very nice mix of malt... Sweet caramel and toffee malts are at the forefront and sit atop a solid base of warm bready malts and pizza crust... Also mixed in is a faint layer of pale crystal malts... A very subtle layer of citrus hops lurks beneath...

T - Crystal malts... Unripened oranges... Some bready malts... Subtle floral notes... A bit of piney hops rise on the finish... Some slight soapy notes on the finish as well...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp and clean... A delicate bristle of carbonation on the tongue... A very subtle creaminess... A touch on the dry side...

D - A really easy drinking American Pale Ale... Nothing spectacular or remarkable, but solid in all facets... Could easy drink this again though I wouldn't go out of my way...

Photo of rousee
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.