Full Sail Amber | Full Sail Brewing Company

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Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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 more than 25 Gold Medals. Not that we're keeping track or anything.

IBU 31

Added by Bitterbill on 12-02-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with a nice 2 inch beige head that fades to a thin cap on the top of the beer. Nice puffy rings of lace settle around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasty malts and citrus zest hops. A fairly standard amber beer smell. Taste is a bit better with bready malt and citrus zest flavors. Very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. Beer has a pretty good level of carbonation and is somewhat clean and smooth. Overall, an above average amber beer but nothing too special.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and earthy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit, caramel and nutty malts along with a bit of sweetness. There are slight hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

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

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

This beer pours a clear dark brownish copper hue, with one finger of thin foamy off-white head, which melts away quickly, leaving some sparse blots of lace around the glass. It smells of dry roasted caramel malt, ashy biscuit, and subdued earthy hops. The taste is nice straightforward biscuity malt, some nuttiness, and mild musty hops hanging out in a corner somewhere. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body full, smooth, and a wee bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt persisting.

A nice malty, but not overly sweet amber ale. Simple, but good stuff - I could see sessioning these.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweeter and stronger than the average Pale Ale, Full Sail's Amber Ale hits the style squarely on the head with a firm caramel malt flavor with understated balance of citrusy American hops- all built nearly to perfection.

Pouring a deep amber hue with the sheen that gives a bronze-like color. Brilliant clarity and a thin but creamy off white head round out the rich looking appearance.

Malty rich aromas seem of deeply caramelized sugars, medium kilned barley, and spicy yeast. A balance of citrusy hops take on a grapefruit and sprucy scent. Simple in variety but its lack of challenge makes it very appealing to the nose.

Flavors behave similarly- caramel rich flavors stop shy of toffee character and carry medium to full sweetness. Lightly grainy, medium malt, and nutty flavors further round out the malt-forward flavor profile. The timid rebuttal of citrusy hops also carry a grassy or piney flavor that develops into a lighlty resiny bitterness in finish that almost balances the strong malt flavor. Lightly yeasty with a note of light bread, bread dough, and bread crust- this is the only noteworthy complexity that exceeds the malt and hop contributions.

Medium bodied, but the weight of the beer seems higher because of the sweetness from unresolved barley sugars. But the sweetness waivers just a bit into cola-like flavors and textures just before the hop bitterness assists in dryness. Light alcohol warmth and evaporative cooling further attempt to crispen the mouthfeel, but a lingering sweetness lasts well into aftertaste.

A very tasty Amber Ale that does all that the style perscribes. But more malt richness and less one-dimensional sweetness could have resulted in a better balanced American Amber Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a modest head that leaves a few squiggles of lace

Smell: Grainy bitterness with some toasty malt underneath

Taste: Starts out rather toasty, with a quick nod to caramel and chocolate powder as well as to the grainy bitterness; after the swallow, the bitter and sweeter flavors are balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just not my favorite style and not my favorite example of it, either; too little on the hops for me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt is about medium with some dry hops also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some caramel malt as well as some dry hops. Body is above average with some good carbonation. Not bad but nothing extraordinary either.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A off big white to light tan head leaves a nice lacing above a crystal clear reddish golden colored beer.

A balanced lightly roasted malts with citrus hops aroma.

A lightly roasted caramel malts taste.

A slightly dry aftertaste with a bit of the caramel malts tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

Another good Amber, give it a try.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a solid amber with good carbonation. The creamy head is average-sized and off-white. Aroma is of sweet, toasted malt with an underlying smell of piney hop. The taste is definently a step or two up from the standard microbrew amber. Plenty of malt flavor here, toasted bready flavors are joined by caramel. A moderate level of piney hop hits midway through a sip and really helps set this beer apart from the competion. A little spiciness rounds the flavor out. This is one of the top ambers I've sampled, this is something that will find it's way back into my fridge sooner rather than later.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful crimson tinted amber beneath a creamy head of off-white. Hundreds of fine bubbles can clearly be seen rising towards the surface. The head retention is quite good, but it lacks a bit in the lacing department.

S: The nose clearly expresses a sweet, caramelish malt that's carried over as the main component in the flavor.

T: It starts lightly sweet and caramelish, but grassy and leafy hops emerge across the middle, eventually turning a bit spicy in the finish. The bitterness is firm, and balances the maramelish malt nicely.

M: The body is dextrinous, and its fine bubbled, moderate carbonation lends a tingle to the tongue, leaving it smooth and somewhat creamy.

D: It's rich and satisfying, yet far from overwhelming, and it's highly drinkable pint after pint.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail's Amber has a filtered amber appearance and a short-lived white head that reduces to a ring of foam, leaving no lacing behind. The nose is fruity and citric, characters that are also present in the taste. Malt-heavy with a decent hop backbone. I can't really pick out any subtlety in the flavor - it's a fairly inoffensive albeit unexciting beer. Drinkable but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,217 ratings