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

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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:
464
Ratings:
1,167
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
18.93%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
167
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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into English pint glass.

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

S - I must have gotten an off batch because the smell was kind of weak. Faint earthy biscuit malt, some citrus hops.

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.

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.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of gautch726
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +20%
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 -4.3%
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 +8%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -22.4%
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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Photo of T100Mark
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Peter_Anderson
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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 krimsontide1
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. A pretty unique amber. At least that's how I felt after the first sip. A slightly bitter then sweet flavor at first but the drink-ability subsides after a while. Not my kinda 6 pack but it's decent and worth a try.

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Photo of KLHBB
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle to use in a recipe, but had to taste it. Yummy. I'll go after this again and revise my review, but for now -- yummy. Okay, you want more of a review than that. Sorry. I'll be back.

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Photo of ricke49
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Amber malt goodness. Very English in character. Good English Pub characteristics - earthy musty horsey Leathery taste with just a hint of hop at the end. I see the ABV has beeN bumped to 6.0. Good move. Often overlooked brewery in the abundant Oregon scene, Full Sail has done an excellent job of producing a simple, spot-on Amber to be enjoyed spring/fall. Well crafted / well balanced

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Photo of Dykemyster17
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, if you like a good amber then look no further as this is hands down the best amber I have ever tasted. If there is a better amber I would love to know but as of right now (past four years) this is king of Amberville!

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Photo of pat61
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant amber with slight copper tint under a fairly thin clingy off-white foam collar.
S: bread, not much hops, some esters, slight diacetyl, malt is moderate, slight caramel
T: biscuit, malt driven but a hop accent provides balance, bready malt sweetness finishes dry – almost a touch of chocolate, lingering caramel, bready tastes.
F: medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, no warmth, some creaminess.
O: very drinkable, well balanced the touch of diacetyl is out of style, the head is a touch short lived, but in general well put together, and worth a repeat.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somehow I kept passing over Full Sail even though it's widely available and I kept meaning to try it. So I finally did. It's your basic amber, which at this point almost seems a little boring compared to some of the experiments that are out there, but sometimes you just want a good solid beer, and this fits the bill. Nicely balanced, not heavy at all, very drinkable.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: I give it an 8-14 on the SRM. Very clear and a definite dark amber mixed with copperish color. I didn't see much head at all and not much lacing, just a little. The head in my glass was about an inch, off white and didn't persist long with decent lacing. Again very clear in a way that was immediately pleasing to the eye.

S: Definite warmth from the alcohol that was the first thing that hit me. There was a citrusy smell, but subtle not strong. Very slight caramel and not much breadiness. There seemed to be a little bit of pepperiness mixed with the definite alcohol presence.

T: A grapefruit like quality that did not linger too long. Nice. There was also a little bit of orange mixed in. A roasted like flavor with a small amount of sweetness afterwards.

F: High-ish carbonation, but not too much, there is a nice sparkle like quality at the end. Not much warmth and not astringent as far as I could feel.

O: It is a quality beer that didn't cost much comparatively and the flavor and feel were in the pocket IMO. I would recommend this one and would drink it again.

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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 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 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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