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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Ratings: 1,218 |  Reviews: 475
Photo of BigHead
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A groovy looking ruby red amber with a rice white thin head. The aroma was not strong on this brew, but I could detect some spices and sweet maltiness floating off the top. The floral bouquet of the hops comes well with the sweet malts. The hops do seize your tongue initially but the flavor was not intense enough for me.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with a thin head. Sweet, full malty aroma with hints of floral hops. Flavor is very smooth, caramel malt develops toasty toffee notes mid-palate. Tingly citric hop finish is quite nice. Very drinkable; I'd love to try it on draught. Fullish side of medium bodied, with a dry finish which practically begs you to take another sip quick.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought one of those mixed cases from Full Sail at Costco and this one was by far the best of the batch. I really liked the flavor. Wierd though, it tasted best ice cold, and not as good when above 42 degrees. Just my opinion. This beer's smell seemed different than the taste. Nice spice and malt flavor. They did a good job with this one.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color with little head action - what head was there quickly disipated to 30% lace covor and a slight bright ring around the glass.

It had a good balanced aroma that was at the same time malty and floral, with a underlying tone of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good and the taste is also well rounded.

This ends up beeing a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of zacharius
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic NW amber ale with a very hoppy taste. For some reason I have never had it before probably because I've never seen anybody drinking it. Aroma very mild and doesn't reveal hoppy nature beer. Taste is of malt with a substantial body for the style. Hops are also present in the taste and linger into the aftertaste.

Very drinkable but some non microbrew drinkers may find it a bit on the bitter side. A great session beer, drinking 6 or 8 of these in a sitting is a must.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant amber with decent, creamy head that laced fairly well on the glass. Sweet, caramel-like aroma with a well-balanced flavor of hops, malty sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of hops. Not a bad session beer, but not my favorite amber.

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Photo of Mark
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard pacific northwest offering from a employee owned brewery. I had this in a restaurant and it came essentially headless, lace was very sparse. Deep color is attractive and mouthfeel was slightly creamy. Nice hoppy taste in the west coast tradition and drinkability was good. Could see knocking back a few of these under the right circumstances.

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Photo of Morris729
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish copper color with a thin tan colored head. Nose is sweet malts and a touch of fruit. Sweet spices come through upfront in the taste followed by a caramel like taste of roasted malts and grains. Finish is dry with a mild hop bitterness. A nice amber, but nothing special.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a full 2 1/2 finger head that hangs in there quite nicely. The smell is a malty spicy aroma with a little hint of hops. The taste is quite nice and crisp and consists of fruit, caramel, malt, and a nice balance of hops. It has a light to medium body and finishes with a semi-dry hop. Good brew! Cheers!

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

This beer has a deep clear burgandy tone. A small soft beige head tops the brew and sticks around for a while. A nice malt aroma is blended nicely with floral hop notes. If you take the nice deep malt taste from a good barleywine (like Hog Heaven) and cut the intensity of it in half, you've got the malt taste for this brew. Pretty nice for an amber ale. Good caramel tones. It's balanced nicely with a good dose of floral, spicy hops. The body of this beer is about medium and it is a very easy to drink, tasty beverage.

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

Appearance: Deep amber brown with a thick off-white head that fades to a paper thin layer fairly quickly. Quite decent lace and some carbonation.

Aroma: Very pleasant malt aroma with fruit notes as well.

Taste: Smooth flavor with malt sweetness at the start, spiciness and hints of citrus and chocolate towards the middle, finishes with a mild hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap and it's always harder to remember then write. Not much of a head. Amber color. Both malt and hops quite noticable with the bitterness of the hops the greater flavor and the lingering taste. Mouthfeel maybe a litte thin. I certainly don't regret trying it, but may order something else next time.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber with a lot of carbonation with an unusual mix of sweetness with the hops. A different amber.

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

This poured out to a very dark amber. What a nice aroma! A malty-sweet smell. Nice taste, average in the mouth, but with a smooth finish that gives you some hops, but doesn't blast you with bitterness. I like it

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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 marc77
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep garnet hue that's crystal clear with no haze. Pleasant Willamette hop nose accompanied by subtle fruity esters. Mild hop bitterness well balanced by a pronounced caramel malt sweetness. A bit of earthy hop flavor as well. Finishes with just a touch of roasted grain bitterness on the back of the tongue as well as a tad of alcohol warmth. This is amber has more character than expected for the norm, as well as more alcohol. At 6.0% ABV, I would've liked more body to this beer. Still-- a fairly tasty above average amber.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never know what an "amber" (or "red") is supposed to be...Well, anyway, Full Sail's Amber is a decent ale, nice color and a nice but not exciting malt/hop balance. I had one excellent example on tap, one with a better body and a slightly hopped statement. My review is based on the bottles I've had more often.

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

One of my favorite ambers. A darker amber (not sure I see any red, though) color with a nice light tan head. Very distinctive flavor, with a pronounced malt/fruitiness up front fading to a good hop finish. There's a real segregation to the mix of flavors. I wish Full Sail made more of their beers available in Texas -- I've only seen their amber and pale ales.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings