Full Sail Amber
Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #136
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,556
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,226
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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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Reviews by tgoldian:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of biegaman
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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Photo of Chessmaster
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 theIPAman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 Jason
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 colingaiser
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 macbethkid84
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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 sloggettstrength
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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 bullywee
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep nearly-brown amber color, clear, with a finger of tan foam which dissipated somewhat rapidly. Looks pretty good.

Smell: aroma is a little caramely, a little nutty and a little toasty. The hops do not really express themselves here. Overall, pretty good, but could be better.

Taste: flavor is somewhat light. The malt has a little hint of caramel to it and there is a nice bitterness, though hop flavor isn't particularly notable beyond simply bitter. This is a solid and reasonably good beer, but it doesn't push any of my buttons in a good way.

Mouthfeel: on the thin side of medium. The carbonation is pretty good, however.

Drinkability: I wavered a bit on the drinkability score, but in this case I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. While Full Sail Amber doesn't blow me away, it would make a very solid session beer. It might have to start making appearances at band practice.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Peter_Anderson
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nicely balanced beer, that reminds me of a Sam Adams. Its aroma is very subtle with a slight citrus / grapefruit scent. Its taste was first hoppy that moves into into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by an odd hop aftertaste.

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Photo of becktone
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10-28-09

Eye: This beer is extremely clear and copper in color, amber and orange hues are easily seen. Head formation starts out decent enough but then quickly falls to a thin blanket over the top of the beer. Retention could use some work.

Nose: Nice malt aroma upfront. Grainy tones and some floral hops. Light roasted grain comes through. Light caramel tones. Not much more than that, pretty laid back.

Tongue: Grainy with a touch of malt sweetness. Hops are in just the right amount to balance out the sweetness. Hints at floral notes from the hops. Just a real laid back beer that is very easy to drink.

Feel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with fine carbonation that refreshes the palate. Lingering aftertaste on this beer, very clean and almost a mineral like quality found in here. This beer is very easy to drink and one that I can see myself sessioning. Nothing special, just simple and straight forward.

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Photo of luchris80
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass.

Aroma: Citrusy hop nose with a bit of malty sweetness.

Appearance: Deep amber with red highlights. Three finger (plus), light brown head that has good retention and leaves some trail. Good clarity with a few rising bubbles visible.

Flavor: Slight hop flavor that becomes stronger near the finish. Moderate maltiness with slight caramel/roasted flavor. Good malt-hop balance. More prominent hops at finish with some lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low carbonation (towards flat). Very smooth and slightly creamy.

Overall Impressions: Less hop flavor than the aroma suggests. Enjoyable, but would be better with a slightly stronger flavor (it is there, but I wanted more).

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ems_backpack
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noxious26
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this beer on a long road trip to Oregon this May. Was recommended this beer by the guy at their shop in Hood River.

Colour is a dark red amber. Smell is interesting and inviting. Malty and slightly sweet.

The taste at initial contact and at the swallow are an excellent malty flavour. The alcohol stays right where it should be in this style, behind the scene and hardly noticed.

The aftertaste (after swallow) leaves a bit to be desired. The floral hop flavour turns me off this beer.

It's a split decision, great aroma and initial taste, bad aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JBtheDrizzle
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1226 ratings