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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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606 Ratings

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 25
Gots: 13 | 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 bsp77


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold with very light head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Very faint grainy malts, orange and spice.

Taste: Mostly grainy malts, while the hops are more herbal and spicy with a light orange flavor. Ends just slightly bitter, spicy and almost metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is too watery. Slight dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but definitely too watery with a strange hop character. Not an APA that I would seek out again.

05-14-2010 21:12:29 | More by bsp77
Photo of kaseydad


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pint glass pour and I am met with light yellow/bronze hybrid ale with a nice white head that creates a film and major lacing throughout the glass. Biscuit smell with some malt and lemon zest. Taste is malty with a mild hop bitterness on the swallow. Lingering malty aftertaste. Drinkability is good, though I feel there are better Pale's out there. A little too malty for myself.

05-05-2010 00:52:06 | More by kaseydad
Photo of Phelps


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

A perfectly clear liquid the color of light brass emerges from the bottle and enters my perfect pint glass. Major bubbles shoot their way to the roof to a fuzzy, sticky off-white head that's going nowhere. Where you goin'? Nowhere!

The nose is grainy and earthy, with some floral hops

The hop flavor seems a bit subdued. Instead, I get a major dose of earthy lager grains with some sweet bubble gum, culminating in a super dry finish.

High assaulting carbonation, with a body a shade on the light side. A bit watery.

As pale ales go, this one's passable. Enjoyable, sure, but nothing I'd seek out.

05-03-2010 06:08:22 | More by Phelps
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a very thin head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was decent.

S: Smelled of hops, something sweet and sugary, and malt. Not an overpowering aroma.

T: Taste consisted of hops - though not in a dominant way - malt, caramel, and perhaps a little lemon. An OK flavor, but not mind-blowing.

M: A good amount of carbonation with kind of a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable APA, but nothing to write home about. It'll do in a pinch.

04-11-2010 14:43:35 | More by avalon07
Photo of spoons


3.08/5  rDev -17%

Pours a dark yellow with a hint of brown. Very clear.

Some malt comes through on the nose but not much hops. A faint citrus.

It is easy to drink with some malt notes and a little touch of hops. No finishing bitterness. There is not too much not going on with this brew...

04-11-2010 06:59:09 | More by spoons
Photo of LyonsHead


2.93/5  rDev -21%

A: above average but not good. looks remarkably light in color, we'll go with very pale orange. thin head but decent lacing

S: Im getting a very light fruity nose (lemon zest comes to mind). there is also a grainy, wheat character here as well.

T: caramel mixed with cirtus and a hoppy bite. not very complex, refreshing but i like my pale ales to have a bit more to them in terms of hops and malt

M: nothing to write home about here, very thin

D: Refreshing with a dry finish but not enjoyable as there isn't a whole lot to this beer. Kinda sweet, Kinda citrusy, kinda boring

03-25-2010 19:04:11 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of mlrbuendia


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

03-21-2010 03:19:44 | More by mlrbuendia
Photo of mwagner1018


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

A- Pours a light golden copper with a slightly yellow hue. Very clear, rising carbonation, light white 1 finger of head, leaves a consistent cobweb of lacing down glass.

S- Very mild nose, not much comes out, a light malt sweetness, and a lime/citrus orange peel spice and toffee.

T- Sweet caramel malt forward. Nice balanced fresh bitterness, finishes clean. Toasty as it warms up the toffee and roasted cashew, and butter cream comes forward, really nice beer.

M- Light to medium body. Light medium creamy character and buttery with balanced carbonation.

D- Solid drinkable beer, good medium ABV @ 5.4%, slightly higher than what I would want in a nice session pale ale, but really goes down nicely, clean follow through.

03-05-2010 03:03:33 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Saw this one sitting in the fridge and decided it was time to give it a try. Served cold with dinner and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
Very average pours here. Light golden orange in color with a clear and even color to it. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top but no real head formed, instead just about a quarter inch of light lacing around the sides that left it bare after a minute or so. Light herbal hops, touches of pine and light bready notes all converge, but nothing really taking the lead here though. Warming throws it a bit towards the hops, but again nothing really pulling me apart for this one. Clean, even taste, bready up front with hints of caramel and light grassy notes. A bit clingy in the feel, but the carbonation breaks it apart rather quickly. Smooth and even and easy to drink I would have no problem throwing down a few, but the flavor was just not all that interesting to me.
Overall a nice and smooth, session able pale ale, albeit forgettable. Still you could do worse.

03-02-2010 18:25:20 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of les1721


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

02-27-2010 02:45:25 | More by les1721
Photo of hardy008


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

Amber color with a small white head, decent lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a small amount of malt. The taste is very similar. Bitter aftertaste, medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale, but not one that I would go out of my way to get.

02-26-2010 21:06:16 | More by hardy008
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-19-2010 19:58:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of climax


2.58/5  rDev -30.5%

This one poured a somewhat flat amber color with a modest head that faded quickly.

Mostly citrus hops, sweet malt, and honey made up the nose. I got whiffs of some cider and vinegar, perhaps it's a bad bottle?

Taste was a bit sour, lots of citrus and green apple. Some toastiness was evident in the finish, but it was pretty pungeant in the bitter/sour category and I don't think it was the proper hop profile.

It was pretty dry and the finish was long and puckering. I hope I got a bad bottle, because I expected more out of it.

02-17-2010 02:40:50 | More by climax
Photo of gatornation


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

pours a lighter orange then the ipa but still very nice looking with some clinging lacing ..the smell was citrus/pine ,floral hops with biscuit and malts..the taste was the same it was well balanced flavorful for a pale has a lower abv..i liked this one better then the ipa the hops and citrus and malts were better balanced with a nice medium+ mouth feel..i can drink a couple of these no problem..a nice easy drinking pale ale

02-14-2010 20:37:39 | More by gatornation
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden-orange color with a finger of white head which leaves a nice lace when dissipating.

Smell: citrusy hops over a slightly malty, slightly grainy base aroma. Not bad, but pretty average.

Taste: basic malt flavor with less graininess than the aroma. Hops are nice and relatively laid back though the aftertaste is nicely bitter. A pretty average pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body, thus continuing the trend of being well-crafted yet average.

Drinkability: this could be a nice session brew with high potential for being consumed during band practice. It quenches.

02-14-2010 05:10:51 | More by flagmantho
Photo of bump8628


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

01-23-2010 21:47:42 | More by bump8628
Photo of Gremner


3/5  rDev -19.1%

Typically I break a review down into appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability descriptions, but this beer didn't really have anything notable in any category. This was exactly average. Not great, not terrible. It was okay. Hoppy, med/light body, drinkable. I don't know. It was okay.

01-15-2010 06:05:50 | More by Gremner
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle with a camouflaged freshness stamp of 032310. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a small off-white head that fades pretty fast but does leave a few nice streaks of lacing behind. Lack of foam and subsequent retention are a bit of a bummer.

The nose strikes a nice malt/hop balance with the hops being a little bit citric and a touch piney. Malt hints at sweetness due to some crystal malt and has a touch of toffee. Not an aroma that will blow you away, but pleasant enough.

Taste is biscuity maltiness with a bittering finish. Does not do much in the way of hop flavor, but comes in on the back end pretty strong. Malts are a bit dull, earthy even and the beer is carbonated pretty low. I usually like the feel to be a bit brighter, but this is a pretty easy drinking pale ale.

01-14-2010 00:53:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

12-31-2009 07:59:58 | More by raclark
Photo of jhtipton


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

12-29-2009 00:14:42 | More by jhtipton
Photo of 1759Girl


3.08/5  rDev -17%

Appearance> Lively, clear golden hue, with a big head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell> Sweet, almost too sweet, as it hides the hoppy notes. All in all though, decent.

Taste> Sweetness. Starts sweet, doesn't really give you much in between, and then leaves a lagery hang. Not complex, but not bad. Really very average.

Mouf> slightly too carbonated, the worst part about this beer, but not offensive.

Drinkability> Sure, but I'd rather have a Stone, if you have one laying around.

12-15-2009 20:45:49 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours orange with slightly yellow folds. Minimal off white crown with minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Tangelo orange, earthy hops, and a biscuit malt. Not spectacular.

Taste: Hops taste a bit of the English persuasion to me, but I'm getting a slight cold. Tangelo flavor again over a lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. I'd give it a 5.0 if it tasted better.

12-06-2009 17:44:07 | More by koopa
Photo of woodychandler


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Two solid fingers of foamy, bubbling, egg-shell white head. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite hoppy presence, but not an overwhelming one. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. Finish tended more bitter than sweet, but it was a battle to the end. For me, it was a rare opportunity to have any Full Sail beers on draft. Highly anticipated and fully welcomed on my part.

11-27-2009 14:37:15 | More by woodychandler
Photo of slaintemhor


2.68/5  rDev -27.8%

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was golden straw with no head. The aroma was.... was.... uh... non-existent. On the palate there was cereal graininess up front and scarcely any hops until the very back of the palate. I hear that this has quite a following; can't understand why!

11-18-2009 02:53:35 | More by slaintemhor
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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

11-15-2009 23:43:39 | More by Squelch
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