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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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BA SCORE
84
good

584 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 584 | Reviews: 358 | Show All Ratings:
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kflorence

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:20:45 | More by kflorence
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Seanibus

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:48:37 | More by Seanibus
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Klym

California

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 07:38:24 | More by Klym
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:19:24 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:59:00 | More by Freshie
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:12:11 | More by JerzDevl2000
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:13:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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EkimGram

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:12:56 | More by EkimGram
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:42:30 | More by outdoorbrewer
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thatlongname

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:31:04 | More by thatlongname
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Halcyondays

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:50:43 | More by Halcyondays
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:34:22 | More by philbe311
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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

Arizona

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
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.