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

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605 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 605
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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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild bitter, hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale. It's smooth and flavorful with excellent hop character.

11-12-2010 22:22:57 | More by WesWes
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mactrail

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Very pleasant and fragrant. Nice hoppy aromas but restrained bitterness. A darker amber than typical with a modest head but well carbonated in the mouth. Tangy flavors with a good dose of malt are the best features. Floral hops provide enough bitterness in the aftertaste. This really does hit the spot for an unassuming beery brew with a nice balance of hops and malt.

For the trifecta of pleasant fragrant pale ales, stop at Trader Joe's and pick up this one along with Stone and Mission St.

11-02-2011 05:46:31 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

12 oz. twist-off ("torque off") capped bottle, best by 12-21-07 (Close, but had it a few days before that - and reviewed from notes, as is the norm for me):

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of caramel with soft citric and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel with some unusual buttery notes. A light touch of hops lend some bitterness, though it remains sweetish. Maybe the hops died on this one faster than expected - they are there but only to lend some bitter, citric/floral balance to the malt.

Medium-bodied at most. It's okay, but would fit around the middle of a line-up of APA's, IMO.

12-22-2007 23:51:58 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3%

Pours a beautiful golden amber color and is crystal clear. Moderate head that dies to a single bubble layer. Leaves very little spotty lace on the glass.

Relatively malty aroma with a touch of hop. Pretty standard stuff here.

Stronger hop on the tongue than the smells suggests. Starts mild but becomes peppery. The swallow shows a generous amount of carbonation; yet, the body is decent. Overall, this is a run-of-the-mill APA. Good lasting aftertaste.

11-21-2010 19:45:00 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a clear orange color with a 1.5" head. Nice lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is pleasant as malt and floral hops are equally recognizable, with a splash of citrus in the background. The flavor follows the nose, as a nice malt and bitterness balance is produced. Very mellow orange / lemon tones and some caramel round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a wisp of crispness from the carbonation, and finishes smooth, dry, and pretty clean. Light bitterness lasts on the tongue very briefly after swallowing. Very easy drinking, and overall an extremely enjoyable brew.

08-15-2004 16:58:57 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-18-2013 04:33:25 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

C+

10-18-2012 04:44:56 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03/03/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with some kinda code imprinted on the bottle neck. Poured into my Wyder's cider pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch head with a copper amber pour and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Both malt and hops abound. Very citrusy smelling. Like a new orange orchard. Nice!

Taste- More malt than hops, but as you drink through the glass, the hops become more bitter and apparent. Mostly citrus hops rather than pine flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation here.

Drinkability- A very nice and well rounded pale ale. I've seen this a million times and never thought to try it. This could be an excellent session brew.

03-04-2005 06:04:27 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

01-03-2011 03:42:59 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured a clear orange/copper in color. Thin white head disappears immediately. Earthy and floral hop aroma. Fair amount of biscuity caramel malt combines with seom floral hop flavors. Not much bitterness. Seems a bit thin. This was somewhat disappointing to me, not the flavors I was expecting. Not awful, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

11-19-2008 03:55:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

California

3.58/5  rDev -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.

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

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

01-18-2011 05:22:01 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-28-2013 20:22:40 | More by BillRoth
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-23-2014 21:27:20 | More by afsdan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-27-2014 22:06:58 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

11-05-2013 23:30:35 | More by LXIXME
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-26-2011 22:43:48 | More by DrJay
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-01-2012 15:29:38 | More by sendbeer
Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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