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

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BA SCORE
84
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624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | 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 scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a light orange coper color, nice white head.
Smells of toasted caramel malt, and lemony hops.
Taste has more lemony hops, a little bready, followed by piney bitterness.
Feels light-medium, and leaves the mouth nice and dry.
This is a very good pale ale, has smooth bitterness. Highly Drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak brown, amber and caramel color, pillowy head. Aroma ain't what it used to be in this beer (like many factors), comes off a little too much industrial if that makes sense.

Tons of caramel, decent enough hops and a lot of wood flavor often. I dunno, this stuff has been $10 a 12er for awhile in Reno, everytime I get it, its very close to the drink by date, I've had this stuff excellent, but lately, not so much. Does stay true to style and does not encroach on ipa land. One dimensional townie hopheads won't like this one. Does have a substantial malt amount to it, again, another turn off to those who don't like that kind of thing.

Photo of roddwolff
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of the fall, on a cloudy afternoon, served in a tonic glass. Look: Deep orange, thick foamy head. Smell: Almonds, resin hops and sweet malts. Taste: Strong hops character (pine and earth) combined with toffee malt. Mouthfeel: Dry, high bitterness as carbonation, semi-rugged body. Drinkability: Too sweet for the style, but everything else very well.

Photo of eatabagofbooger
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A: light copper color with maybe a centimeter head despite a pretty hard pour

S: slight smell of sweet pale malt. Maybe a little bit of floral hops, but that just might be my expectations

T: leads with vague malt sweetness. Floral hops quickly follow. Oddly, the flavors suddenly disappear shortly afte the brew touches my tongue, leaving only a slight metallic taste.

M: like a very watered down soda. Very thin, but what body it does have is like a light sludginess.

Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color with white head, fine lacing that sticks around nicely. About what I'd expect from a pale ale.

S: Not a whole lot doing. Smells of caramel with very slight hop and citrus underneath.

T: Caramel and citrus up front with mild hops and bitterness following. Nothing too exceptional, but still a good beer.

M: Medium to light body, very easy to drink and refreshing.

D: It's a pretty solid pale ale. Good with pizza and one I'd have again.

Photo of tchenery
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, already lacing as it subsides. This beer shines a light orange, deep yellow color.

Smells of sweet malts, maybe a little toast and fruit, but not much.

Taste is very malt forward with a slight risidual sweetness on the end accompanied by a dry bitter finish. Not much doing on the hops, but it's nice to have a pale that is true to style and not bordering an IPA.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Full Sail has a nice way of making beers super smooth without being silky or overly oily.

Very drinkable, but not exactly a session.

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

Pours a clear copper on a pint glass. 1 inch head fading to a 1/2 inch lacing that lasts. Caramel malts on the nose, toffee like aroma. Some sweetness on the tongue, with a medium hop finish. Very refreshing. Malts and Hops in a very good balance.
Overall a very good American Pale Ale. I'm starting to really enjoy these North Western Ales!
Highly recommended.

Photo of ddgrant
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper in color with a lingering head that remained for the entire session

S - Very little aroma that would be expected

T - A sweet, fruity taste hits first that leads to a bitter finish that is somewhat nutty

M - The carbonation makes this a crisp APA with light-medium body

D - It might not be the most distinct APA, but it is very refreshing and has enough character to keep me interested. It's a good session beer

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves plenty of splashy lace

Smell: Biscuity, with toffee and a bit of diacetyl; the earthy, fruity hops provide a bit of an English character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the toffee/buttery elements arriving at the same time as the earthy/fruity hops; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely and, if you don't mind the touch of diacetyl, it provides a nice Englishy alternative to the typical APA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA with a nod across the pond

Photo of donniecuffs
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber hue into a pint glass, with less than a finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Decently visible carbonation. Smelled of caramel, biscuit, grain, hay, and grass; not much bitterness or fruitiness. The taste confirmed a distinct lack of balance; caramel/malt/hay combine midpalate and then finishes on a grassy/nutty note. Was looking for either more fruit or more bitter in the flavor; too one-dimensional. More carbonated than it appeared, yet medium-bodied. Bottom line is that this beer would benefit greatly from more balance.

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

Pours a light amber with a moderate and quickly dissipating head. Aroma is slight caramel and hops. Taste is well balanced, smooth malts coupled with good carbonation and strong hoppiness. The mouthfeel here is good, very substantial brew yet just refreshing and satisfying enough for a pale ale, like many of Full Sail's brews this has a distinct hops profile. Full Sail is one of my favorite breweries and this beer is one reason why.

Photo of NefariousR
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Tawny, light amber with very thin head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Dark fruit, perhaps fig or plum with a bit of citrus character. Sweet.

T - The malt sweetness and aforementioned fruit flavors hit first, but are then quickly rounded out with a hop texture and a nutty finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Leaves a very slight (but noticeable) sticky feeling.

D - A great pale ale, flavorful, crisp, and highly drinkable.

Photo of letsgopens
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of selections from Full Sail in the fridge, ready to be reviewed. This one pours a golden/orange amber, mostly clear with no visible rising bubbles and an off white, average sized head. The foam fades pretty quickly but leaves some trails behind.

Sweet, grainy and floral with lots of toasty, buttered bread and grassy hops. Pale/crystal malt a hint of citrus. Definitely a well balanced nose.

A good deal of sweet citrus up front along with a dose of buttery, toasty grain. A hint of mellow caramel malt fades in to grassy, floral hops. Some good bitter balanced notes float in to a slightly more mellow, husky but slick finish. Mellows substantially as it warms.

Actually quite subtle in the carbonation department. I think this brew may have benefited from some crisper, bitey carbonation; the hops may have shined through more and the inherent mellowness may have been livened up a bit.

Definitely a selection I could see myself enjoying a few of but probably not the first session beer I'd reach for. A decent, well balanced APA in my opinion.

Photo of kola
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow/amber, light bubbly head that remains for quite a while

S - Newly harvested grain, malts, and a bit of citrus

T - You can taste raw grain in the malt with an acridly bitter background in the mouth and in the aftertaste. I did not get the doughy flavors that others speak of.

M - Has enough carbonation, but feels thin in the mouth.

D - The bottle was within its service date, but I did not experience many of the smells and tastes that others report. This is not a beer I will stock in my cooler.

Photo of MYSTIKPIZZA
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a solid dark orange-yellow as clear as day. Poured some what vigorously but not much of a head to report.

Smelled of sweet honey and slight hops, super clean.

This pale ale tastes of bready malts, a tiny bit of piney hops ( almost non-existent though), finishes super clean with a bit of honey. A very refreshing pale ale.

MF: light to medium body, with a slick prick from carbonation.

Super drinkable, this is my go-to session beer when I am at Trader Joe's. Definitely going to the summer time brew of 2010 for me.

Photo of vdread
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a clear amber-orange with some thin, bubbly head, which does hold on for a while.

smells of husk/grains and faint floral hops.

the malt has a biscuity, doughy character, though there is some light floral hop notes hiding behind that. it has this husky grainy character that comes out even stronger in the taste. the bitterness is low, and barely noticeable due to the strong malt.

light to medium bodied, ends dry, leaving a crisp bready aftertaste.

i don't get the pleasant hoppiness and high bitterness as other reviewers have indicated. no, it's not past the expiration date. it's an okay beer, something to drink, but not worth writing home to mother about

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kaseydad
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of spoons
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of LyonsHead
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of mlrbuendia
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.