Full Sail Amber
Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #144
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,914
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,229
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Full Sail Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
Notes: Our Amber is a sweet, malty, medium-bodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It's brewed with 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts. And we hop it with Mt. Hoods and Cascades. We're as proud of it today as we were back in '89. And over the years it's earned more than 25 Gold Medals. Not that we're keeping track or anything.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how I hadn't had this one yet. Solid amber, no real bells or whistles. Pours standard amber ale with a finger of white bubbles. Toasty caramel malts, smoke, and nuts present in the nose. Taste has same flavors but with a biscuit malt backbone and a hint of lemon on the finish. Feel is malty and medium bodied, with decent carbonation.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 06, 2019
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3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic amber ale, always a good choice and approachable by all but the most committed AAL fans. This one pours a maple syrup dark amber. Attractive. Light head. Aroma of grain, yeast, nothing special. A mainline amber ale taste: slightly sweet, malts and a trace of bitterness. Solidly in the middle of the pack. There's a few that are better, but plenty more worse.

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NickSMpls from Washington, May 17, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep amber leaning toward brown with a creamy white head. Aromas were subtle but the chocolately malts did shine through. Signs of carmelized prunes or raisins were present in the aroma. Upon tasting the malts take the front seat in this ride with a spicy bitter hop finish. Delicious beer to serve along side some rich bbq plates.

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Photo of ZlaVydra
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite that I first tried on the west coast in the early 90s. Only recently widely available in the southeast. Fond memories of the first wave of micros- great taste without being bombarded with hops.

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ZlaVydra from Georgia, Nov 22, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2017 bottle served in a Fat Cat glass.
Pours with a copper-amber colored body that has excellent clarity and a fine bone-colored head. Good lacing.
Aroma: typical for style with mild grains and hops both evident.
Flavor: mild grains and hops both evident, but a touch more hop forward than average.
Feel: smooth, medium body and medium carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Oct 30, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep and clear copper color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of tea leaves, lemon, spices, mild chocolate and biscuit.
Likewise flavor with notes of ice tea with lemon slice, some toasted malts, tea leaves, orange drops, red berries, mild pine, chocolate, spices and caramels. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Interesting take on an American Amber Ale with chocolate, fruity and ice tea notes. Pleasant and complex, not super exciting.

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FLima from Brazil, Sep 17, 2017
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3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had high hopes when I finally found this in my area. Tried it once, and then again after a couple months, and was left disappointed. It's not awful by any means, just a very average beer. Perhaps a bit overly fruity or floral for what I personally prefer in an Amber Ale.

Won't turn it away if someone's offering, but doubtful I'll buy it again.

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davedog_7 from Georgia, Jul 18, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a semi-dark red colored body with a nice light carbonation seen rising, a nice one finger white foamy head that dies within a minute and leaves a spectacular nice looking amount of spider web lacing sticking to the glass. The smell is basically deep dark caramel malts. The taste is mainly sweet through the caramel malts with a nice sweet caramel malty aftertaste and a dry sweet finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium probably ranging closer to the lighter side and comes across pretty sessionable. Carbonation is very smooth. Overall, I say this is a pretty good amber/red ale that I would have again.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a great tan bubbly head that soon is reduced to a thin skin but leaves some decent side glass lace.
SMELL: Malts, sweet caramel and some faint citrus hops.
TASTE: A lot of toasted bread malts with some caramel, a nice combo.
Finishes drying with a little sweetness.
I will surely get some more of this Amber. Got to rank this one right up there.

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jadpsu from Georgia, May 26, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber, very tea like, up to the light. Almost no head or lacing. The aroma is a bit floral, cola, bready. The flavor is bready, caramel malt, and I'm not really picking up much else, but the beer is very balanced from sweet to bitter. Lots of carbonation in the feel, which I like, Medium body, and dry.

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matcris from Arizona, Feb 23, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having my second pint of this utterly reliable, golden-ticket brew in the sunshine (finally!), with a couple orange slices.

L orange-brown amber, with nigh zero head and subtle bubbles

S malty with mild fruit, orange foremost

Tastes like liquid sunshine, really mild, especially the hops, with a crisp, fruity aftertaste.

Feels, Overall, like one of those beers that is tasty yet it is so simple, harmonious and drinkable, that one can get through a pink in the blink of an eye.

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Stoutmaster9 from California, Feb 12, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full Sail is a very proud and confident looking Amber Ale - it's got a kind of toasty orange complexion that, while perfectly clear, almost borders on burnt sienna. Despite the darker, more serious complexion there's also a more cheerful pumpkin colour at its base that shines through when held to the light. Head is sparse and sticks mostly to the outside.

Oh yeah, this is my kind of Amber Ale. It's got character. It's got pizzazz. It's got an ample dose of Mt. Hood and Cascade hops and all the pungent, piny, floral, underlying citrusy aromatics that accompany them. There's also a heavy dose of dark, sticky-rich caramel malt in there too but its sweetness compliments the bitter hops, not clash with them.

It's somewhat surprising the presence of such dank, earthy hops doesn't result in a more intensely bitter or astringent beer. Again, we have a good amount of caramelly maltiness to thank but also a steady hand; this brewer struck the right balance not only between grain and hop but also between early (bittering) and late (aroma) hop additions...

This is symbiosis at its finest. I really can't decide which element I like better: the toffee-laden, toasted honeycomb malty flavour that lingers on my tongue or the forest-y wild flower and pine bark-like scents that continuously waft through my nose. Both persist from first drop to last and are unaffected (if anything benefit) from warmth. What a great composition!

Full Sail Amber Ale is a perfect snapshot of what makes Oregon beer special - it showcases plenty of pungent, deliciously piny hops yet is still immensely appealing to mainstream audiences. This state has more craft drinkers per capita than any other because their brewers (like this one) know how to balance big character with conventional, ever-so-easy drinkability.

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Sep 09, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker amber ale, this one straddles the line coming close to a brown ale. Nose kicks chocolate malt, somewhat woody, Cascade hops.

Taste really does confirm why this is darker, there is chocolate malt here, I'm almost sure of it. Crystal malt imparting caramel too, this does not skimp body wise, avoids the red malt feels. Sometimes they can feel hoppy, I guess just depends on how fresh maybe. Used to be pretty cheap, they got a little inconsistent for awhile, disappeared or had shelf space seriously diminished.

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Photo of erk0607
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: On the darker side of amber, almost brown. Head is there and then gone, leaving just a tiny, tiny amount of lacing.
Smell: Sweet, malty, bready, roasty, perhaps a bit caramelly.
Taste: Noticably sweet, bready and malty, subtle hop presence. Roasty.
Feel: Medium body that ends up a bit thicker than I was expecting on the palate. Maybe somewhat oily...?
Overall: A good, no frills amber ale.

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erk0607 from Colorado, Jul 11, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

EDIT: Updated 10/26/19

L - Pours a nice, clear dark copper (amber, obviously) color with a thin, white head that coats the glass. Almost iced tea in appearance. Very good amber ale representation in appearance.

S - Malt, syrup, caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, roasted coffee, very little hop presence.

T - I must be drinking a lot of IPAs or have gotten a funky batch, because it starts off with caramel malty sweetness. But it's quickly followed with a sharp vodka-like flavor that, thankfully, gets overshadowed by a nice bready malt finish I look forward to. Maybe the strong alcohol taste is the hoppy citrus rind character other reviewers are describing...or the "spicy, floral hop finish" per the commercial description. The start and finish are what makes this beer very drinkable.
2019: Biscuit malt, caramel, toffee, cracker, corn, wheat, some citrus rind, syrupy sweet with a slightly bitter finish

F - Smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, doesn't have the sticky sweet caramel quality some other ambers/dark beers have.

O - I like Full Sail IPA and now I like their amber. If the hoppy "alcohol" taste were a little less prominent, this would be one of my favorites. Still, a solid 4 with a lot of good amber characteristics.

2019 UPDATE: This is a solid amber ale, three years later. Well-balanced in malt and hops, very drinkable, and hailing from Oregon makes me pretty partial towards this brew.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Amber. Light head. Lovely smell. Awesome balance between malt and flavorful but not particularly bitter hops. Maybe just slightly more bitter than Stacey's but I bet she'd drink

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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma, May 11, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks as good as you could ask for an amber to look. Auburn-gold coloring with a moderate carbonated head. The smell is so so. Rather bitter on the nose and the taste follows suit. There are floral tones but overly hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Not a bad amber with a bitter bite on the front end that fades easy.

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gautch726 from Virginia, Mar 07, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This 6-pack was on sale for 6.99 at my local Sprouts, about the same as a sixer of Budlite. Definitely would've paid full pop for it; it's a deliciously balanced and drinkable beer of substance.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA score is too low! This is an outstanding classic Amber Ale!. Right between Bell's and Red Seal on my palate. Clean, crisp, malty, and just enough hops to keep it balanced. Cheers!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, darker copper, and with gold, brown, and pink as it dances in the light, it has an almost rye whiskey appearance. Pristine with fair bubbles slowly streaming up to help retain fluffy, pillowy tan head. Moderate, soapy lacing. Aromas of tart and dark fruits, caramel, and grain. Strong and enticing. Caramel and toasted malt backbone. Surprisingly floral and leafy throughout, rather than just in the back, even a twinge of citrus peel in there, subduing an otherwise almost harsh malt tartness. Mild peppercorn retro-olfaction. Body is medium, leaning toward full, very sloshy despite appearance of lower carbonation. Only semi-astringent.

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Photo of ksmartmx1
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid amber. Deep orange/ruby color when poured into a pint glass. Has a malty smell with hops in the background. Pretty balanced taste between the malts and hops. Very drinkable amber. Not to heavy, but by no means a lighter beer.

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ksmartmx1 from Oklahoma, Nov 05, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber/ruby in color with foamy beige head. Malty aroma with some minor hop notes. Taste is dark malt with faint hop finish. Full bodied and delicious.

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stevoj from Idaho, Oct 29, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark copper color with a decent clarity. A one finger white foamy head dissipated fairly quickly. Light stringy lacing glosses along the sides of the glass.
The smell had a toasty to sweet caramel and a light nuttiness after a bit of warming.
The taste was pretty sweet through the caramel tones. Toast comes back nicely.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation was fairly mild allowing the caramel tones to smooth things out over my tongue.
Overall, nothing wrong with this beer. It hits all of the notes to be an Amber ale. I'd have it again when looking for an Amber.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm trying this one for the second time and i'm liking it better than the first time. It still has a metallic taste which brings it down but it doesn't seem as strong as the first time (also the ABV% is 6% now and not 5.5% so maybe they tweaked the recipe too). It kinda tastes like a mix of an IPA and a porter.

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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico, Jul 29, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Unique label.

Appearance - Dark copper color. Great clarity. Big head that dissipates after a bit. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Toasty. Sweet. Mild.

Taste - Big Carmel flavor! Malty. Sweet. A mild burnt toast taste. Faint hop hit on the backend. Chugable.

Mouth - Mild carbonation. Slick.

Overall - I do appreciate smooth, big, west coast Ambers (especially after all of the hop bombs that we're subjected to out here). Full Sail Amber is a fine example of the genre. A little more carbonation/head/lacing would have been nice, however.

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T100Mark from California, Jul 09, 2015
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