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Full Sail Amber | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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85
very good
462 Reviews
Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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 14 Gold Medals. Not that we're keeping track or anything.

ABV 5.5% IBU 31"

Added by Bitterbill on 12-02-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
1,157
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
18.93%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
162
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty aggressive pour gives me a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is a little fluffy and pillowy, but mostly soapy looking. There are a fair amount of medium sized bubbles, and the whole look just seems a bit soapy. Not a terrible looking head, it does have some creamyness to it, but not amazing either. Head retention isn't that great, the head is pretty much already gone, but it has left a decent amount of bubbles on top of the body that don't seem to be going anywhere. The lacing actually looks very nice, but we will have to see how that goes. The body is pretty much your standard amber ale color. I mean the color is pretty much amber, dark red, somewhat brown and orange to be exact, but overall pretty much just amber. Not cloudy at all, if the beer were lighter it would be completely see through. As it is though, the beer is pretty dang dark, so I can't see a whole lot on the other side of the beer. The carbonation looks very nice, it looks about exactly medium. Overall it's not a bad looking beer, the body isn't too shabby, and the head was somewhat soapy, but not that bad. The smell is actually pretty promising. I say that because sooo many amber ales these days have little to no hops in them, this smells like it might have some. Not a lot by any means, but a decent amount, for an amber ale that is. The smell is mostly dominated by the malts, dark, fruity, very sweet smelling, caramel - like. There is also that distinct Full Sail carbonation smell, it kinda blends in with the hop smell, because Full Sail also has a distinct hop smell. It's weird, not necessarily a bad smell, just distinct. The more and more I smell this beer the more I think the hops are going to be more and more present. I mean it's not an IPA, or even a pale ale on the nose, but it smells like it will be a legitimate amber ale, which is hard to come by these days. The smell isn't really wowing me that much overall, I'm just very happy I'm smelling hops. I'm kinda a stickler when it comes to amber ales, but the fact of the matter is that this isn't more than a 3.5 on the smell. It's a good smell, but I'm really more excited about the hops, than the "amazing" smell. Not a bad beer, not a bad beer at all. Really, the hops are almost more dominating on the taste, they hit my tongue first, which is very surprising. It's an interesting taste, because first a get the hops, and then only a nanosecond later I get the malts, dark, fruity, rich, very nice, but also somewhat watery. It's funny, it's like the beer isn't watered down, but the malts are, haha. I guess it's just that I get the water and the malts at the exact same moment. Very bitter up front, the hops aren't that citrusy, piny, spicy, or anything lively, they are just very bland, and bitter. Frankly I don't like them that much, but any hops are good hops. As most Full Sail beers go, it's a good taste, but a bit watery. Somewhat woody tasting, and carbonated tasting. I mean there are a fair amount of flavors going on here, but it's more of a chaotic, mess up, than a well laid out beer. It's not a bad taste overall, but the hops are rough, and the beer is a little watery. 3.5 for sure, it gets that grade right off the bat simply for having hops, and when I drink it more and more, it deserves it. the mouthfeel is interesting, you get a hop bite, but like I said it's not all that citrucy or anything, it's just bitter. You get it, it's there, and I would call it a "bite", but it's more bitter than anything. That bitterness is accompanied by the carbonation which is actually damn high, probably too high. Really....it's a very unique mouthfeel, I haven't had hops that are just bitter, and that's it, in a long time. I also haven't had a beer this carbonated in a long time. Not a terrible mouthfeel, it's a 3.5, but that is a bit generous. I guess it's not all that generous, after taking another swig, the thickness of the body (which isn't bad for a amber ale) makes up for the carbonation. The drinkability is very high, it's a low ABV beer, it's also light, and tasty enough that I'm already almost done with my glass. Overall it's a very unique beer, strange bitterness, extreme carbonation, and overall a weird taste, and weird everything. It's not a bad beer, but it's not outstanding either. As I keep drinking this beer I think the problem is that there isn't enough of a malt character to balance out the weird and powerful hop taste. I can't believe I'm saying that because I'm always advocating for more hops in my amber ales, but you still need a balanced beer, even if it's super hoppy, and this beer isn't very well balanced.

The appearance turned out nice. The lacing followed me all the way down the glass, it was a little patchy, but overall it was pretty full. The body was nice, and the head wasn't bad. I'll give it a 4 because the lacing was damn good, and everything else wasn't too bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another one of my favorites that took me by surprise a bit. Heftier than you think it'll be but my goodness is it tasty.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured a clear amber body with a two finger white head that slowly receded leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Quite the nice looking amber ale. Scents of rich, malty, fruity esters, low levels of nuttiness and caramel aromas and an earthy hoppy and yeasty presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a very rich and malty bouquet with enough of a hop presence to provide a hint of balance. Quite nice. Flavor begins malty sweet, with heavy notes of caramel, sweet, bready malt and very light bitterness. This moves into a little bit more bitter middle with nutty malt, sweet caramel, light fruity esters and light toasted malt. The finish is malty sweet, with moderate toasted, nutty malt, light caramel, bready and biscuit-like malt with a medium-light bitterness. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt with a light breadiness and bitterness. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a pretty good amber ale that is quite rich and malty, but balanced. Rather well done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with heavy carbonation and a smooth, rich feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice session ale that is quite nice. Overall this is a pleasant little malty amber ale. It smells and tastes quite rich and pleasant and feels smooth and sessionable. A nice, though not amazing, ale.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance:
Crystal clear and a very sexy amber color, almost no carbonation can be seen and its topped off with a nice thick fluffy tan head. The head is creamy and creates a tight layer of lacing around the glass.
Smell:
Hops and mild roasted malts, floral and spiced citrus come through to make a nice mixed aroma.
Taste:
Hoppy as it first hits your tongue, the taste then flows into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by a nice hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel:
This is a nice medium bodies ale with plenty of carbonation despite the fact that you don't see any after or during the pour.
Overall:
Very well made and it goes down smooth, the hops are just right and the flavors are well balanced.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slowly poured from 12 oz bottle (left out of fridge for 15 min) into a standard tumbler.

L: A gorgeous deep amber that becomes almost maroon as I walk into a more dimly lit room. Probably half-a-finger of snow-white foam. The contrast is beautiful, though a bit more foam would be nice.

S: Immediately picking up some citrus, with a lingering apple aroma and subtle notes of pine from the hops. It has the essence of some candle scents (in the best way possible).

T: The fruit hits me immediately ... there's a lovely sweetness of apple and pear, mellowed by a tart citrus kick. After the sweetness, the floral and pine notes from the hops are immediately detectable, releasing a pleasant bitterness that coats the mouth. Everything is wonderful until the finish, which I pick up on a subtle yet off-putting funk that is reminiscent of a macrobrew. Maybe it's just this particular pack.

F: Excellent medium body with high levels of carbonation, which, along with the initial fruitiness, gives this beer an almost cider-y feel as it hits my tongue.

O: There's a lot to like about this beer, and the flavors far more dynamic than I expected. The initial sip is fantastic. Unfortunately the finish is a little funky and unpleasant, which I hope is just a product of the particular bottle I was drinking. However, I will most certainly buy this again (and it's relatively cheap too!).

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful, clear deep red/amber with fluffy white head.
S: Primarily floral/resiny hop with some malt
T: Almost a dead ringer for Sam Adams Boston Lager.
F: Crisp, clean
O: A good lager, with clean taste and piney happens.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Medium amber with a half inch of foamy dissipating head. Foamy lacing. A solid toasted malt scent, and the Flavors mirror the scent....malt forward. Full bodied for an ale. Solid but unremarkable.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: a lovely mahagony color with a thumb of white head.

Smell: lovely yeast-bread smell with hints of roasted malt.

Taste: really goes along with the smell, but finishes with a nice earthy hop flavor.

Feel: really smooth and crisp. Coats the mouth well. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: a great beer!

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gearin up for a doubleheader of Michigan footbal and the Tigers ALCS game one.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich amber with a creamy one finger slight off white top,love the creaminess of the head.Toast and fruity easters in the nose with a light shot of leafy hop in a passing whiff.Toasty and a little buttery on the palate with some caramel malt giving it mild sweetness,light fruity esters and a nice shot of leafy cone hops in the back end make this amber very drinkable.This is a great amber,for me almost a standard,well done.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear and brownish-orange in color with a gorgeous, giant head that went down slowly and laced the hell out of my Ruination glass.

Smell – The citrus hops are balanced nicely with a toasted malt compliment. There are also some light sweets in here, principally table and brown sugar.

Taste – The sweet malts come out bigger at the taste. This reminds me of Mac & Jack’s African Ale. The aroma is hops balanced with sweet malt and the taste is sweet malt balanced with hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very refreshing. Full Sail did a terrific job of getting all the flavors together.

Drinkability – A very good Amber/Red. Nothing outstanding, but very nice.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pour a medium amber with amazing clarity. The long lasting head is off-white with compact bubbles settling to about half a finger in height.
S: Moderate American hops and malt aromas dominate with the hops aroma being mostly citrusy with a little pine. There is some carmel with a slight toasty mixed in with the malt aromas. I keep wanting to say there is slight orange ester in the nose.
T: There is a moderately-high hops flavor and bitterness balanced with an initial malt sweetness. There is a hint of fruitiness in the flavor mostly orange.
M: This beer has a lively mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and moderately-high carbonation.
O: This is just a wonderful beer with a great balance of hops flavor, bitterness and malt sweetness. It's a moderately rich beer with a nice weight but I'd gladly throw back several pints of this.

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Photo of Leeshka410
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a good amber ale, and this one was simply okay. There was relatively little head to it which disappointed right off the bat. The color is a deeper, true amber with caramel-ish, toffee-ish aroma. I felt the taste was a bit flat but would not refuse one of these poured from a tap. Perhaps it was the bottle pour but the label says "ridiculously tasty" which I did not get from this beer.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (natch). Slowly receding head doesn't leave much lace. Smells okay, mostly of typical, sweet malt. I really like the tast (although not as much as FS Pale). While it's nothing over the top, it's plain, good maltiness, backed up with a nice bit of spicy hops to keep things from being cloying.

Overall, great Amber here. Nothing too sweet, but nothing IPA-like hoppy either. This one is just right for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of RoninBirdman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bellce0
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Easton70
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Dark reddish amber with a light tan lace.

Smell: Mild fruity esters, toasted malt and hints of fruity/citric hop.

Taste: Crisp and smooth with a moderately full mouthfeel. Lots of malt on the palate with a pungent fruity alcoholic ester and spicy/citric hop character. Hop bitterness is merely just enough with more flavour middle to end. Little bit of fat chewy caramel malt with a drying chocolate which gives a cookie like malt flavour. Finishes off with a drying grain, hop leaf and a touch of residual sweetness.

Notes: A big and impressive Amber Ale ... All American Micro Style. One of the best Amber Ales to come out of the PNW.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours typical semi cloudy amber, medium almond, with an equally typical tan head, thas leaves nice, fine and scattered lacing. The nose here is all about the malt. This is well put together malty brew, smooth notes of vanilla, honey, and bready sweetness. Easy drinking, balanced and thoroughly sessionable. Middle of the road style, but this one was enjoyable, a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of tigg924
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark caramel brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: greenhouse and citrusl hops

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, greenhouse, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium carbonation

Drinkability: A slightly hoppy average amber ale. I like the greenhouse aromas, but this is nothing I would go out of my way for. A decent non-offensive beer.

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Photo of Jovo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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