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

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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Vlaminck
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Rob315
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Topher78
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MJR
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle...best-by date of 091003.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a tight, off-white head that holds fairly well. Nice amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is perfectly balanced between the grainy, husky malt and leafy hops. There's a touch of bread and caramel as well. That wonderful balance is carried over into the flavor, with what appears to be a mix of Cenntenial and Columbus hops over a solid foundation of bready, husky, and slighty caramelly malt. Finishes with a flourish of spicy, herbal hops, with a touch of dryness. Medium in body, with a fair amount of residual sugars giving a somewhat rich mouthfeel. Hoppy, dry finish. This is an extremely well balanced pale ale that I could easily drink several of. Move over SNPA...

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of jadpsu
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light or pale amber with a foamy, slightly off white head, with better than average retention. Does show some nice side lacing.
aroma leads with some acidic fruity, spicy hops and then some bready maltiness.
Taste provides a well balance of hops and maltiness. Detect some licorice in there, along with some mild spicy, bitter hops. Very dry finish, which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and then followed by the bitter dry hops.
Very good beer/ale. I liked this one alot.

Photo of brokentee
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Realale
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous deep clear gold, with just the slightest blush of copper. Fine off-white 1/2" head settles to a thin full cap.

Nose is a lovely mix of citric and earthy/musty hop over slightly sweet crackery malt. Very complex and balanced.

Medium weight in the mouth. The balance tilts a bit towards malt initially, but the hops come to dominate - a bit too much so for my palate. There is a nice chalkiness from the mid-palate on, and a long mouth-watering finish.

The carbonation level is quite low which gives the beer a real thirst-quenching property, but more carb might have helped balance the beer more. Overall, its still a very nice brew, and one I'd like to sample on cask.

Many thanks to MJR for bringing this souvenir of his vacation to St. Louis for me!

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sept 2009, finally time for another go. cracked it open fearing skunk, but this time it seems ok.
3.5 not a great deal of head even with an assertive pour, but the ring stays around. it's a medium amber, quite clear.

3.5 smells lemony, a tiny touch of caramel, some crackers underneath. not your usual west coast hop aroma.

3.5 the lemons carry through to the flavor, with more of a mild lemon rind bitterness than a hop bite i can recognize. bit of a tannin astringency.
4 mouthfeel is light-med with moderate carbonation.

3.5 not bad, but not the beer i remember from my first encounter, but i'm not sure which of has changed (or been mishandled).

another bottle...smell is skunky? or maybe it's just that right after drinking a sn anniversary this stuff smells lousy? and the taste seems somewhat unduly tangy. may need to rethink this one. tonight it's barely a 3.5 (ended up dumping the rest of the sixer)

4 single finger head quickly drops to a ring, clear golden orange. Staggered rings of lace.
4 the usual grapefruit but accompanied by some orange and good amount of cracker-like malt
taste is fairly reserved, orange and grapefruit, not very much bitterness. What bitterness there is blends with a mild tangy sweetness and the whole thing integrates very well with the medium body and fine but somewhat sparse carbonation. The mild tang and bitterness linger.
4 mouthfeel
4.5 drinkability. Seems like this would be an excellent introductory pale ale for the uninitiated, or an incredibly friendly session beer for the experienced beer lover weary of tastebud crushing adventure. Could see drinking an absolutely unlimited number of these.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This excellent American brew pours a wonderful burnt golden color. There is a nice tan head that is satisfactory in life. The nose is very hoppy, There are fruity undertones as well. The flavors are very complex with fruity malt that is not so dry as to match the nose. There is a strong well balanced hop flavor here and notes of spice. Very satisfying and hearty beer.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear coppery amber with a small head that fades quickly but has nice lacing.

Smell is fresh clean and grassy with a nice hop and yeast tone, quite nice.

Flavors are of yeasty biscuity malts and grassy hop bitterness. Hops are only a tad on the citrusy side with just a bit of orange peel and and the malt has a touch of caramel and it's all very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied, a bit slick on the finish and the carbonation seems just right.

Very drinkable, will probably become my standby pale ale as it's readily avaialble at the grocery store. I was very impressed by the Wassail ale of theirs and will have to try their other beers available to me, the IPA and Amber now too!

Photo of blakelive784
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden copper color. Thin white head with good retention. High carbonation, as it should be.

S - sweet malty aromas predominate. Fair balance of citrus hops as well.

T - creamy maltiness buried under a fair amount of bittering hops. Nice citric notes finish.

M - medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - full sail's offering exemplifies what a pale ale should be: balanced, smooth and drinkable.

Photo of cdog707yo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of palliko
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light red amber with white foam and lace that lasts. Aroma is apricot hops, fragrant with notes of roasted malt. Initial taste greets your palate with a silky yet bitter experience with plenty of hops and malt nicely balanced with floral and barley. Finish leaves a lingering caress of lovely hops that makes you want more.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another APA to review. I was quite excited to review this beer as I enjoy many of Full Sail's offerings. This one pours nicely w/ strong carbonation (but not too much). A decent head tapers down to a nice creamy lace. Beautiful amberish orange, crystal clear color. The aroma is a little lacking but you smell a faint hint of hops and a good amount of malty smells. I like the taste of this beer alright, but there is just not enough hops in it for me. What I really like is the strong malty flavors for an APA. It is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, but hoppy enough and light enough to be an APA. The mouthfeel is crisp but smooth. Not overly bitter. This is a pretty solid APA. Not the best I've had, but a good one. I'd really like to have it on tap sometime. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Photo of bshiban
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Paincane
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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. 

Photo of mttdls
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of almychristopher
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear light amber color with a nice head that recedes quickly to lacing. the aroma brings a quite a lot of hops to the nose for an apa, the citrus there has a nice counterpoint of sweet malt. the taste reflects the nose with the sweet malt up front, balanced by the hop flavor, finishing dry. it's a light bodied beer with adequate co2. very nice for the style.

Photo of BoRaeCho
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GMB
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kflorence
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.