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

Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale

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584 Ratings

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%

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 Shaw


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

I had this beer as part of a sampler at Full Sail Brewing Company Riverplace in Portland, Ore.

This cask-conditioned version of Full Sail's Pale Ale is much smoother and less sharp in flavor than the regular keg version. As with most beers, cask-conditioning makes it better!

Serving type: cask

01-21-2005 07:07:03 | More by Shaw
Photo of fitzy84


3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack from Table and Vine. Beer poured with a little to no head, but it has a beautiful, clear amber appearance. Aromas had a citrus and biscuit mix to it with some hints of pine. Taste had some light malt and is decently sweet and bready flavor. Great carbonation; definitely help to make this a refreshing beer. Overall, a nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:19:25 | More by fitzy84
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big slightly off white head sits above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Light pine with hints of lemony citrus hops aroma.

A nice dry citrus hops taste.

This medium bodied beer leaves a smooth dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus hops tastes lingering on.

A nice dry good tasting worthy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:30:35 | More by LXIXME
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber color with perfect clarity. Creamy off-white head settles at a quarter of an inch. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops lay in some iced tea and marmalade. Earthy and lightly grassy too.

T: Rich and complex malt flavors shift on the palate. Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops are grassy and earthy with tea-like notes and subtle tobacco. Slight citrus peel impression as well. Relatively clean fermentation. Toffee, caramel, and lingering hop oils on the finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Full and creamy impression with a sense of weight. Crisp, lively carbonation provides some bite and lift, aiding in drinkability.

O: A Pale ale that leans heavily in the English direction. Great depth of malt flavor, big-boned body. The hops are American, but not overt or aggressive. They actually have a bit of an English feel to them as well. Fermentation is cleaner than one would expect in a traditional English pale. A solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:14:28 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of hreb


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz screw top bottle, no visible date, served in pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear amber with a thick off-white head. Pleasant fresh hop aroma.

I immediately notice that the beer has a surprisingly creamy texture. Carbonation is mild enough to support a session beer. Flavor is seriously balanced between English style hop bitterness and a biscuit malt body. Unfortunately this beer just doesn't move me. A solid offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:51:21 | More by hreb
Photo of kojevergas


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. 5.5%. Reviewed live.

Served after a period of rest from being in the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger beige colour head of pretty decent cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appears well carbonated.

Sm: Pale malts, bright malts, background floral hops, nectary character, fresh hops, full-bodied barley, and some straw. A clean, enjoyable and appealing aroma. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Nectary, with floral hops, honey, pale bright malts, full barley, and even some buttery quality. Simple but clean and enjoyable. Well balanced. It lacks layering or subtlety, but it's pleasant to drink. I do like it. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Sweet nectary honey finish is a highlight.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thin. Light on the palate. Carbonation is apt. Nothing unique or special here, though it's nicely buttery.

Dr: A drinkable pale ale. Tasty and enjoyable. One of the better Full Sail offerings I've had. I might get it again at Trader Joe's; it's well priced anyway.


Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 04:44:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Jsteez


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Deep gold and borderline pale amber in color with a small and soapy head that faded into a sticky, white bubbly surface. Left some lacing on the glass.

S-Caramel malt with some hoppy, fruity undertones. I would have liked to have more of a smell just to get an idea of what I was about to taste.

T-Great balance of flavors: hoppy and fruity up front, with a smooth toasted bread and butter aftertaste. The aftertaste of toasted malt, bread, and butter lingered on for some time. This beer would really go well with a sweet bbq beef brisket sandwich.

M-Smooth and medium bodied. Nice and crisp finish for a pale ale. Perfect carbonation to quench your thirst.

Overall, this brew has a lot going on, balance, fruity, malty, hoppy, buttery, bready, toasty....shall I name more? I think I could drink this again and have another thoughtful experience. This beer could complement pretty much any type of food, or no food. It just tastes good!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:18:50 | More by Jsteez
Photo of TheRealBigC


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

This is another solid Pacific NW APA. Typical hop smell and taste, nice rush of malts on the back. It's a perfectly sessionable pale ale, but I don't think it's as good as their amber. I can't fault it, it's a solid beer. Is it an elite pale ale, though? I don't think so.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 07:44:30 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of harrymel


1.68/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Best by 27JUL12

Pours golden amber with little toasted cream foam atop the ale. Smells oxidized to be honest - cardboard and raw wood with some hints of tea and herbal hops. Very disappointed in the nose here. Flavor is also oxidized with a bit more of an old book smell flavor and some oils, reminds me of the flavor of the skin on a palm; carrying a slight salinity. Medium on thin with a moderate carb and semi dry finish. I bought this beer as a sixer on a gamble, really gonna have to be faded to drink the other five.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 06:54:54 | More by harrymel
Photo of viverlee


2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A BA rating of 84 is in the ballpark, thanks to the collective wisdom of 355 reviews. I wouldn’t normally lead with this, except that the Alström brothers seem to have gone overboard with a 94. Maybe it’s unfair for me to impose style limits, but is it not also unfair, or at the very least peculiar, to say this ok-for-a-few-pints brew is near the pinnacle of what beer can be?

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Yellowish gold, lagerish, nicely carbonated. You can see the crispness, and that much doesn’t disappoint.

NOSE: A wee bit flat. I’m a few days past the best-by date, not that I think that’s affecting the nose. There just doesn’t seem to be any, ahem, wind in the sails. Grainy, yeah, and maybe some grapefruit too.

MOUTH: There’s no questioning the drinkability. It’s clean, even crisp. Cereal, mild hops, and a surprising balance that’s clearly hiding the malty goodness and floral essence I was expecting.

BA Rating: 84

Hayward Abbey Rating: 81

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:46:47 | More by viverlee
Photo of soulfly1492


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

Aroma: Lots of pils malt, that can't be right. Also a moderate dose of pale and caramel malts. Mild sulfury and moderate grapefruit citrus. Not bold, but complex enough. Some fruity esters, nectarines mostly.

Appearance: Gold, crystal clear. Small bubbles rising steadily. White head pours small and has low retention. Little lacing.

Flavor: I taste pils malt first, perhaps it's the sulfur blending with the pale malt. I feel like I should let it warm up and try again, this is odd for a pale ale. Mild to moderate orange citrus, little grapefruit at the aftertaste. Bubblegum sweetness. No dark toasty notes, not even much caramel.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation although what is there stings quite a bit. Mostly slick and oily. Finishes about neutral, nice. Light to medium body.

Overall: Refreshing. Savory enough, but certainly not bold. Low hop flavor for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:57:08 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some notes of amber and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of pale and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn’t quite as malty because it is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness and some ever so slight hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is quite easy to drink and I would have no problem putting back a few of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 22:29:29 | More by metter98
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Pale gold color brilliant clarity bright white head which recess to a thin lace. Smells good right off the bat with an aggressive nose. Sweet citric notes with some malty sweetness on the nose, kind of like a orange marmalade covered biscuit. Bit of detectable dry grain.

Extremely crisp and clean. Sweet biscuit on the front of the tongue, semi-sweet caramel underlying on the side of the tongue. Perfumes and citric hop combine around mid palate making for a drying finish. High carbonation but the beers flavors hold up to it extremely well.

Incredible balance and great complimentary flavors. A really good american pale ale with good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:33:35 | More by jtierney89
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Pale Ale has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head and a clear, yellow-orange appearance, with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of citrus (orange) and bready barley malt, but, overall, the smell is faint. Taste is of citrus, bread, some pine notes, and a good amount of pleasant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Full Sail Pale Ale finishes easy-drinking and sort of wet. Drinkability is very high with this one. Overall, it’s a great beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:47:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of TwelveOunces


3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Fairly clear dark orange with a one finger of quickly dissapating head.
S- A light but fresh hop aroma of the citrus variety. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. A strange malt backbone that reminds me of an ESB. Pretty strange stuff.
T- This is a weird one. It doesnt hit me with much of a notable hop profile or any memorable malts to speak of. It really turns into a rather bland and tasteless beer when it comes down to it. An average amount of bitterness. Really not much to this.
M- This beer has a decently full body. Lots of carbonation and a bitter aftertase.
O- Bland is the one word I would use to describe this pale ale. Its fairly drinkable but extremely forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 10:11:04 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of ujsplace


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep golden colored brew with a finger thick foamy head that leaves some good looking lace behind.

Smells of floral hops and a hint of biscuit like malt.

Tastes of flowery, citrus hops with a tasty malt finish that is subtle, but satisfying.

Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and crisp.

This is one of those brews that would really go down early, easy and often around the grill in the summer, at the beach, or pretty much anywhere where the weather is nice. A very satisfyingly refreshing brew that is something I'd look for in a case.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:28:56 | More by ujsplace
Photo of KyleVick4


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours light amber color with one finger of head. Lacing already as the head dissipates. Head bubbles look nice and small, but no CO2 bubbles in beer.

S: Strong hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and spice in the front with a subtle malt sweetness in the background. There is a very slight undesirable smell in the nose that i cant quite place.

T: Balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary. Great hop character but poor malt finish.

M: Surprisingly carbonated but fits the style.

O: Very drinkable beer, it's good, but nothing special. I'd recommend it but not actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:09:53 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of hosehead83


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a decent head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint, flowery hops
Taste-Flowery herbal hops, faint citrus, soapy finish. Overall, pretty middle-of-the-road. Nothing to get excited about here.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:57:42 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Labeerfinder

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

Poured from bottle. Color is light amber with a slowly diminishing thick, creamy and foamy white head. Lightly hop aroma with background of sweetness. Flavor is pale malt, caramel, light citrus hops. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a well balanced pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:12:59 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

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

Excellent northwestern-style pale ale. Pours an amber gold with good carbonation but a head that dissipates fairly quickly. The herbal aroma of the hops is strong and pleasant. A pine and citrus character to the hops - there's a dry sting, but the the malt balances it out really well. It does have a slight sweetness as well, which enhances the mouthfeel. I'd recommend this is you're open to a well-balanced dose of aromatic NW hop flavor. It's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:09:45 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color and is crystal clear.Pours with a small head that is off white and dense. It seems to linger a while but has no lacing. The aroma is pretty bland with malts and grain hulls. Hops are very light. Taste is like the nose, some malts, grain hulls maybe a little toasted too in there. Hops have some flavor but I can't quite put my finger on the taste.
A medium weight on the palette and not all that smooth. Finishes clean.
Although there is nothing really bad with this beer, there really isn't anything good with it either.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 11:30:50 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Paincane


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

A: Clear amber pour with orange tinge in pint glass. Thin white head leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aromas include sweet malt, caramel and even a bit of citrus.
T: Flavors start off with a sweet malt presence, hops are there but not overpowering. Minimal hop bitterness.
M: Medium body with active carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. 

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:25:23 | More by Paincane
Photo of jkanavel


3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty amber, pure white head.

S: Very tight. A little toasty. Some pine notes.

T: Raw grain hulls, carmely malt notes, a little hop bitterness, a bit citrusy. Very smooth flavor.

M: Rich medium bodied, full carbonation.

O: Like most of Full Sail's line, this is a sessionable beer. Nothing about this beer is spontaneous or interesting, and maybe thats its charm. Like Boston Lager its tasty, satisfying, steadying, and consistent.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:59:02 | More by jkanavel
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

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

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a crystal clear sparkling light to medium amber with a slight yellow hue and a head that was average sized (1-2 finger), fizzy and white and had fair lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild of a grain malt, a citrus hop and a musty scented yeast with a hint of caramel and grapefruit.

The taste was just a tad sweet and acidic with a mild caramel note at first and then became a little bitterer and a touch hoppy with a definite note of citrus (grapefruit) at the end. The flavor hung around for a little while after the swallow leaving a bit of bitterness to linger on.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two above light in body and dry but also watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a decent Pale Ale, one that goes down easy and finishes nice...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 19:53:28 | More by KajII
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, golden copper color with a one-finger, off white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky, thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled toasty with piney hops and some citrus notes.

T - It tasted of toasted malt with some caramel notes. Nice pine and citrus hop presence to add some bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty pale ale. Another nice one from Full Sail.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:38:40 | More by zeff80
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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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