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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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84
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582 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%


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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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is Malt, Hops and flowers in an equal balance, feng shui brew?

Taste is lots of malt and grain flavors with hops providing a dry finish. Lots of flavor mostly caramelized sugars in 20 or so different forms. Vanilla and walnuts are what my mind tastes from this. A quite good brew.

Mouthfeel is good without being over carbonated.

Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 03:56:50 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden yellow, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, slight citrus.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy and kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a very nice APA from Full Sail, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 00:25:19 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 14:37:15 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They put so much effort into being creative with their bottle label, but I honestly can't understand the sell by date on the bottle. Let's move on to the beer itself:

Short compact head (with good retention) on top of a pale orange amber. The nose brings slight grains with a dominate hop aroma and subtle toasted malt. I was expecting a hoppy pale ale, but this tasted more English to me. That's not a bad thing though, but it switches my expectations around. Diacteyl, toasted malt, and a dash of hops in then flavor. Good smooth mouthfeel in this one. Solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 05:14:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 17:33:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 19:58:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Gusler

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail has been a favorite brewery, since they brewed their first beers in the late eighties, and still remains so today and I always keep a sixer or two around when I’m in the mood for a mild and pleasing to the palate beer.

The color as it sets in the glass a limpid amber with an impressive bright white head that is creamy in texture, the lace a film like veil to shade the glass. A hint of hop floral spiciness greets you first, followed by a sweet malt freshness that I find quite appealing, start is sweet and malt laden with a middling top. Finish is prickly in its acidic bite, the hops gentle and pleasing to the palate, and a dry linger aftertaste tops it off, just a damn fine drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 17:40:29 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... shared with my brother... my half poured into my New Belgium Globe... listening to the iPod RIS party mix... Cowboy Junkies "Misguided Angel".

Good head that left no lacing... atop a hazy orange brew.

Pale toasted malts and grassy hops are the only real aroma components.

Flavor is mirrored to the smell... some fruitness is mid palate with a citrus hop finish.

Full Sail standard 12's are not something I buy that often, just because I can find better brews for about the same price... not a bad beer.. just average. It could use a little more PNW hops in the nose and palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 08:30:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very small two finger but small bubbled white head is produced off the pour. A real nice crystal clear and golden brown amber body. Really like this body color. No noticeable rising carbonation and lots of nice sticky lacing of rings, impressive!

Nose is honey! with light toasted bready like malts and perhaps a little hint of hop spice. Quite nice.

Interesting on the palate. A strangely minty cool feeling with hop aromas of herbal feeling. Light malts come out in the afterfinish mixing in with a bready action and hints of the honey sweetness. Texture is solid and even a little minor just barely noticeable fizziness which doesn't take away from the pleasure but adds just a touch of interesting fun.

Overall a solid brew from these guys, love their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:38:25 | More by smakawhat
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze with an off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, marmalade.

T: Biscuity malt, earthy, hints of citrus, assertive bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an earthy, dry finish.

D: It's alright, though I'm not fond of the earthyness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 03:32:16 | More by Derek
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beertunes

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light amber color with a thin, off-white head that had surprisingly good retention.

The aroma was a nice mix of malt and hop, nothing outstanding either way, but very pleasant. The taste followed along the trail blazed the aromas, again a nice mix of the grain and vine.

The body was medium, typical for the style, and smooth. As expected, nicely drinkable, having several would be easy. Overall a pleasant surprise from a brewery that rarely thrills me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 09:47:05 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, , some pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, crisp, refreshing, good flavor, and nice mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:08:12 | More by Tone
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with a solid off-white head thats thick and creamy looking nearly an inch high fading slowly to a skim always present and thin strings of lace. Smell is a blend of sweet candyish caramel malts and floral hops, faint but present. Taste has nice sweet but light caramel malts and light floral hops, balance is welcoming, is easy and smooth, subtley blended, light fruity bitterness with a lightly crisp finish. Medium body feel and goes down easy. A soothing easy drinkin' pale.

Note: A head to head comparison with Flying Dog Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 22:59:53 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Color is a fairly typical orange-golden clear amber with a bit of a white head. Aroma is fairly strong and malty, and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor is not complex but still pleasing, mainly malty with some hops and a little bitterness. Texture is tingly and smooth, going down nicely. Not spectacular, but rather pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:25:23 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 14:43:35 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Full Sail beer I got in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a nice 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is hoppy but not overly so. Just about right for the style.

The taste right off the bat is a nice balance between some good bitter(grassy) hoppiness and malty sweetness. Yum. Very quaffable as well. Go figure.

A few more sips in and I notice the hop character does have some citrus and it works really well along side the grass and both work really well with the malt. Dang, this is a tasty brew and very drinkable. It has a medium mouthfeel and carbonation and it finishes both slightly sweet and slightly bitter...again with the balance!

I really liked this APA and I think it's one of the better examples of the style that I've tried. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 15:15:17 | More by Bitterbill
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, bright, clear orange in color with a beautiful head that foamed up good, pitted, and laced.

Smell – Terrific aroma of complex hops, mostly floral with some pine and citrus aspects, along with a noticeable malt balance.

Taste – The floral hops come out big time in the taste, with the citrus close behind and the pine bringing up the rear. There’s a hint of fruity sweetness as well, mostly grapefruit and oranges, but this one is all about the fine hop flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium in the body and flat with a dry mouth. Very nice. I would have likee to have seen this a little smoother and better blended, but overall a terrific ale.

Drinkability – This is one of Full Sail’s better offerings, IMO. It hits the style nail on the head and is a great bargain at seven buck a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 05:22:06 | More by RoyalT
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise here...not that I don't like full Sail products but the Full Sail IPA was a bit of a letdown for me...this blows the shit out of that...

One of the best APA's I've had if not the best....reminds me of Summit in some regards but better..more flavorful..

Pours a light copper with a big ol frothy white puffy head....the lace rims the glass nicely as you drink....Nose is both citrus and florall...definitely juicy hop profile...surprisingly the tast is very balalnced...a nice carateml like malt backbone to offset thispretty hopped up APA...the hops are wonderful...very citrus like on the buds...finishes tight and dry....

The malt balance really makes this a very drinkable but full flavored APA....medium to full bodied....highly recommended for the style...quite a treat...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 04:46:52 | More by ZAP
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flagmantho

Washington

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 05:10:51 | More by flagmantho
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is darkish blue. Listed as 5.4% By Vol.

Appearance: Pours easily into my Pint Glass, the head stopping just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.

Nose: PALE ALE! This has just the perfect nose for this style. Fresh hops mixed with clean lemon-citric aromas all intermingled into a light malt nose. Very nice.

Taste: Wow, this beer totally surprises me all round, maybe the rather plain label does this beer an injustice. Starts with a very refreshing quality that is initially extremely thirst quenching. Fresh hops, with a lemon & lime character. Light malt intermingles and threads through all of these flavors. Has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish that does not detract from the supremeness of this beer at all. Extremely well-balanced, so much so nothing is really dominant, nor is it left out – how do they do this?

Mouthfeel: Above average, the high carbonation lends help to a beer that already has a solid backbone.

Drinkability: Very high, maybe the hot weather aids my drinkability marks, I sometimes feel it does, so I have had two bottles, and the Drinkability is for the second, after my thirst was well quenched. Yet I still found this to be a great beer to knock back, probably because it is just so well-balanced.

Overall: I cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joe’s so many times without ever picking it up! A superb Pale Ale that does not cost the Earth, it is advertised I note on the neck label as “...balanced to perfection”. I agree totally, this is no marketing BS. Extremely well-balanced, clean, and very, very, very quaffable. Investing in a 6-Pack of this from Trader Joes is Highly Recommended. Bloody Good.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 15:00:09 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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dgilks

Australia

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden hue with a creamy white head. Decent head retention. Good lacing.

Light, grainy malt with no real hop aroma. A touch disappointing.

Crisp, grainy malt with a hint of caramel. Lacking in hop flavour but there is some bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay pale ale but lacking the crisp, hoppy edge expected on an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 07:09:29 | More by dgilks
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champ103

Texas

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

A: A clear gold/amber color. A large head forms, but fades fast. A nice coat of lace down the glass.
S: Some nice floral hops up front, but and odd funky/chemical smell as well.
T: A good hop bitterness, but is balanced well with some malt. A bit of citrus and some pine as well. Overall, a pleasant and flavorful taste, but not a lot of depth.
D: This could make a good session brew during the summer months. A light and easy drinking beer.

This is a good beer. Nothing over the top, but a light beer with enough flavor to enjoy outside when the weather is hot. I can easily see myself quaffing this at a bbq, or while listening to a baseball game.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 04:04:37 | More by champ103
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