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

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Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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 14 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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Wackyfoot for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear amber, with 2 sturdy fingers of dirty off-white foamy head. Very rich look to this, with a smooth creamy retention that leaves some big frothy patches of lacing back. The aroma is freshly floral in the nose, along with some spice and hoppy resins. This is nicely backed by sticky, and a bit smokey, smelling toasted caramel malts.

The taste is very nicely balanced here, with pine and spice packing a moderate hop bite but being evened by toasty notes of caramel and bread. Finishes with a steady dry spicy nature that sticks to the roof of the mouth. The mouthfeel has a lighter medium bodied feel, with a softer bubbly feel to the carbonation. This is especially easy in the mouth.

More than just your typical Amber Ale, this packed some lovely West Coast hop character into an extremely easy drinking package. I could have easily drank two of these in the sitting, as I was rabidly losing liquid for this review. Very nice for the style.

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

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramelized malt, tea, a little fruit and a good amount of hops in the background.

T: The taste starts out malty and fruity with flavors of caramel, tea, citrus and some spice. A strong hops presence quickly comes in next, giving the beer a good balance and a bit more complexity than you normally get from beer in this style. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, this is a good beer to drink continuously. I could see myself sticking with this beer for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty coppery amber in the glass with appropriate head and nice lacing. Fine carbonation gives it a pleasant trip over the tongue. Roast barley nose.

Light body. Watery and refreshing. Lightly browned malt is the main flavor. Crisp with sharp tones overwhelm the initial bit of sweetness. Enough hops to balance the warmth of caramel and bready flavors. Slight bitterness holds up the aftertaste with a dirty Perfectly drinkable example of this catch-all style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, bone white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of caramel with a faint roast note and slight earthiness.

Taste: Pale and dark caramel maltiness with a light toastiness and the tiniest hint of chocolate. Earthy, citrusy hop character with a medium bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly decent amber. I wouldn't turn down a second chance at it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucent burnt orange with honey-colored edges; one of the darker versions of the style that you'll see. High-quality head of very slightly toasted marshmallow froth that's firm enough to last and sticky enough to deposit a fair amount of lace. Like most all Full Sail brews, this one is a looker.

The nose is pretty evenly balanced between toasty malt and hops. The Mt. Hood hops (a Hallertau variant) make more of a statement than the Cascade. It's hard to believe that Crystal and Chocolate malt are part of the malt bill, especially given the style. Considering the appearance and the aroma, I'd say that not much of either--in particular Chocolate--was used.

This is a solid Amber Ale, no doubt about it. It's tough for beer of this style to impress unless generous quantities of ingredients are added (personal bias). My favorites, of course, are those that contain heavy-handed amounts of hops, but a well-brewed, balanced Amber is just fine as well. Count this one as a member of the balanced club.

Still nothing that hints at Chocolate malt, but firm, semi-sweet, generously toasted caramel is in the house. Sweet makes a valiant effort, but is ultimately slapped down by bitter. Maybe there's more hoppiness here than the first few ounces led me to believe. Overall, I'm still going with balanced. On the palate, the grapefruitiness of the Cascade pulls even with the floral-spiciness of the Mt. Hood.

The body is firm rather than creamy, but still has a well-polished feel about it. There's no hint of a thinning out during the entirety of the medium-long finish. No complaints about the carbonation either; it's right in my comfort zone.

Full Sail Brewing Company ('specialists in the liquid refreshment arts since 1987') comes through again. While this isn't the most spectacular Amber Ale that I've ever had, it's more than solid and is well deserving of the many gold medals that have been earned in world beer championships over the years.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at kinfolks after a fairly lengthy hike

Poured caramel/chestnut with 1 finger of offwhite head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Sweet malt & breadyness

T: Sweey malt, a hint of choclate & caramel up front. Earthy hops surface along with a little grainyness as this warms. Finishes bready, sweet & a little hoppy & dry

Medium bodied, great balance & near perfect carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, another winner from a pretty good oregon brewery. Nothing earthshattering, here, just solid across the board

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence until it started to fade

very light, which to be honest kinda dissapointed me. What I could pick up was very grainy and boring with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops were present way in the back but to be honest were really a non issue as this was dominate by a musty bread like malt. big time musky bready like flavor that just was too strong to really get anything else to come out from behind it. There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expect from the style but thats neither here not there.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice coating lace from a one-finger head. The color of the broth is dark amber (like maple syrup). Crystal clear.

Good caramel smell, although it is not sweet. Light hop pellet aroma. In a word: balanced.

A traditional amber with no notable flaws. Good caramel base--again, this is not sweet. The finish is hoppy bitterness, but it doesn't last that long. Again, this is a well-balanced beer. The body is on the richer side and the carbonation is on the lower side. Overall, I think this is one of the nicer Ambers.

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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 womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours copper in color with a large, fluffy, off-white head.

S: Doesn't smell like I was anticipating. Corn and butter with overcooked grains are the initial aromas. Some light floral and grass hops and some fruity esters to the beer. A mild toffee aroma comes through as the beer warms up.

T: Luckily a bit better in terms of the flavor as there is some toffee and toasted bread to it. A hint of bitterness and some grassy hops in the background to detract from the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Like a lot of Full Sail beers I've had, this was a let down.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hockey & beer = great times! The collegiate men's games leading up to next week's Frozen Four have been airing today and I have been sailing along with them, thanks to the arrival of Hood River, OR's finest beer. I despaired that they may limit themselves to the PHL area, but everywhere that I turn here in S/C PA has them in some form. I could hardly restrain my excitement at our single/bottle shops and am now reaping what I sowed.

From the bottle: "Ridiculously tasty original Amber Ale"; "Specialists in the Liquid Refreshment Arts Since 1987".

I want my beers to jump out of the bottle and into the glass and as such, I am heavy-handed with my pour. This was no exception and I quickly had two fingers of dense, tawny head head with great retention staring at me. Color was the dictionary definition of deep-amber, plus NE-plus quality, to boot. They certainly know how to clarify their beers in Hood River. Nose was nutty, not nutty like me, but more like pecans, walnuts, almonds, that sort of thing. Say, don't I remember something untoward about a bitter almond smell in liquids? Nah, I must be mistaken. Mouthfeel was medium and it really had a nutty flavor to it on the tongue. Finish had a minty hoppiness to go along with the nuttiness noted previously. I am not a huge fan of ambers, unless they are the hot redhead giving me a lap dance, but this was eminently drinkable. Now, if they would just CAN their beers, I would be a total fan ...

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

This is effin' good especially compared to usually predictable amber ales. Appears a deep amber red tone with a nice formed thicket of fine even lacing. A roasted caramel note with nuts, toffe, and herbal hops flowing, what a warming flow going on here. Flavor runs wild with smooth layers of caramel malt and wheaties like grains, really brings out depths of malt flavor with ample bittering hops making it really balanced. Great refreshing flow with bread crust caramelized sugars and an all out satisfying flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth evenly carbonated definitely could drain a few of these bad boys. Drinkability one that I will revisit next time possibly a whole sixer good stuff.

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a mountain of off-white, thick, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has notes of caramel and very faint bread. The taste is caramelly, faintly bready, sweet, and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, and medium bodied.

This is quite average. The flavor profile is pretty subdued and mellow, and the nose and mouthfeel do nothing to change the experience. I probably won't ever seek this out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass.

A small one finger uniform head of cream color consistency, almost brown. Body is not so much amber, more darker brown but still fairly clear with some visible carbonation. Some lacing is visible as well.

Bouquet is a sweet malt, almost caramel. Gets into Marzen banana territory for me, with a dry airy somewhat hop feel. Simple and good.

Taste is real easy drinking, with big malt body. Once again almost slight Marzen quality and some bread chew to it. However, flavor profile on the nose seems bigger than the taste but still quite good. Real good bodied beer, no carbonation, doughy almost. Some slight hops.

Drinkability is real easy on this one, not exactly bold, but a real easy drink beer with good qualities to detect.

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