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 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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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice malt and caramel flavor with a hint of bread. Appearance- Pours a bright amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Has a lightly sweet malt flavor with a bit of hops tossed in Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A very good beer, I would definitely drink this again and i highly recommend it

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Photo of theIPAman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 +6.7%

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.
Hops and mild roasted malts, floral and spiced citrus come through to make a nice mixed aroma.
Hoppy as it first hits your tongue, the taste then flows into a sweet grapefruit flavor followed up by a nice hop aftertaste.
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.
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 EvoRich
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a pint. Copper/amber in color. About one finger of head which is not retained for long.

Smell: Fruitcake, sweet, bread, hops, citrus. VERY good smell.

Taste: Wow. Maybe this is a honeymoon phase with the taste here, but This is fantastic! A perfect blend of malts, hops, sweet citrus flavors, fruit flavors. It's about as perfect as I could imagine this style of beer. Very impressed!

Feel: Very easy drinking. Very refreshing. Carbonation is on the high side, making it thirst quenching

Overall: Why have I never had this stuff before. Very, VERY impressed with this brew. I've been obsessed with RIS's and other stouts lately and wanted to explore a bit into lighter colored ale's. Glad I picked this one at random.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 TheEMillerShow
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Excellent micro-style Amber Ale out of the Pacific Northwest.

A: Caramel, copper colored with minimal head.

S: English toffee, malt, caramel, fruit.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Medium mouthfeel, with a sweet but not overwhelming yeasty caramel and a fruit/floral finish with a mild hop.

O: One of my favorite Amber's, an excellent sessionable, year-round brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi clear copper/Amber, thin lace. Sweet in the nose, dark fruits, caramel, biscuity malt. Good balance in the taste; bready malts and fruity sweetness that is felt under the tongue, also, at first, caramel sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. Yet, there is a strong hops presence that is felt in the mouthfeel and takes over as the drink warms. Also, the leafy and herbal hops takes over in the finish and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, piercing carbonation and drinkable. A drink that does a good job balancing the sweet and bitter.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Clear bright amber with a one finger white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S- Mild sweet caramel notes along with clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront with a grainy sweetness. The hop flavors a very mild and clean. There is a slight bitterness throughout that fades quickly.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. Nothing about the beer is outstanding, but nothing about it is bad either. A solid American Amber.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a one inch sticky, creamy-white head. The beer is a ruddy amber with moderate carbonation. A very attractive beer.

Light fruity notes and just a touch of floral hop notes in the aroma. The malt flavor is fairly complex, with light notes of caramel, toffee, raisin and plum; maybe a little sweet tobacco as well. A good deal of perceived sweetness is balanced by the earthy bitterness of the hops.

This is an excellent example of this style and an old favorite of mine. I bought a six pack of this on sale for $6.19. It has a "best before" date of November 3, 2014, a little over two months from now.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this today at my local "Whole Paycheck (Foods)". I poured it into a pub glass. It had a very nice foamy head with some staying power. The appearance was dark colored. I could definitely taste the hops in this one. Full Sail Amber is an very good beer and Id love to have it again.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I remember Full Sail Amber being a classic example of American Amber Ale that I enjoyed several years ago and so I picked up a six pack for a refresher.

Appearance: crystal clear dark amber color with thin cream-colored head made up of tiny bubbles. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Malt-forward and dark crystal-sweet

Taste: The same crystal-sweet quality hits first, and then is balanced by a relatively classic hop dryness. For a Northwest Ale, the hopping is not that bitter, but rather crisp and noble-like. I really like its balance.

Mouthfeel: Dry, soft, medium body that resonates of dark crystal malts without being cloying. A slight alcohol warmth for its 6% ABV kicks in about a third of the way through.

Overall: Still a classic after all these years – a fine early-autumn beer for a Northeasterner like me

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Photo of Tucquan
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-06-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear, dark amber with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lace.

S - Light-medium toasted bread, a bit sweet, light spice and floral. Mild.

T - Bread, citrus, touch of cherry, pepper. Has the right amount of caramel sweetness and decent balancing bitterness.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Creamy. Very nice feel.

O - Reminds me a bit of the Deschutes Red Chair or a Hoppy Blonde from Columbia Kettle Works. I like that it has very nice flavor and feel at 5.5% ABV. I'll have this again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with mild lemon. Nice.
The taste has mild lemon bitterness with a malty backbone. Good balance.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
It's an easy drinking and enjoyable amber.

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Photo of garten
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an appealing amber hue, similar to that of table syrup. Settles nicely in a glass with a two-finger beige-cream head that dissipates somewhat slowly. Minor lacing present all-round.

Smell: A subtle presence of sweet, malty scents and a bit of hoppiness, but nothing overpowering. Would describe the hop aspect as 'ambiguous'. Some notes of pine and a smoky character about at times.

Taste: Possibly the strongest aspect of this particular one. Some flavors of burnt caramel, floral hops, and toasted bread. The hops comes through stronger than anything, but it is not especially 'hoppy'. Mildly bitter, subtly sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and doesn't linger particularly. Well-balanced and a respectable entry in this style of beer.

Mouth-feel: Definitely not watery, but not particularly heavy either. Feels somewhat thin, with a minor amount of carbonation - just enough to let the drinker know it's there.

Overall: An excellent, easy-drinking brew, but far from perfect. It's not especially notable for anything, but it is not bad at all. It receives my approval and I may just be drinking this again quite soon.

Notes: Poured into a clean U.S.-style tumbler from a glass bottle, served chilled.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark amber with a reddish tint and very minimal head. Smells of sweet toasted caramel and a bit of roast. Maybe slightly oxidized. The taste is pleasant with perceivable earthy hoppiness, a medium amount a maltiness from crystal malt and definitely some roasted malt in there too. A small taste of cola. Nice and refreshing carbonation but thin body. Overall a nice take on an Amber, but could possibly fit in Brown Ale category too.

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Photo of marzenfannm
2.34/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much aroma. Pretty bitter ... Overhopped for my taste. Presents well with a nice amber color and nice head.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much soapy off-white head collects atop a pretty dark amber colored body. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

The bottle is 3 mo. Before its best by date. Smells like orange jam. Floral. Plenty of bready malt.

Taste follows through with that slightly sweet orange jam hop and malt mix. Toasty bread. Mild hop bitterness. Ends spicy and bready. Smooth drinking with medium carbonation and body.

Nice flavors, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of Jstewart6
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coming from a person who doesn't like ales too much, this is a good beer. Very balanced taste. The hops are noticeable but not overwhelming, perhaps less so than Boston Lager. It has a nice dark amber color (imagine that). The smell is what bothers me. To me the smell isn't very attractive for a beer but besides that its a fine beer.

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Photo of brewbattles
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:


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Photo of Redneckwine
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just went down the store and picked this up after drinking (and reviewing) Fat Tire because I wanted to see how they compare. Right away I noticed this is quite a different animal...

Appearance - 12oz bottle into pint glass. Two fingers of head dissipates into a whispy, clingy lace and is sticking around around for the long haul. Crystal clear, deep amber hue.

Smell/Taste - Aroma is more hop-centric than anticipated for an amber, caramely malts are playing nice with some citrusy, spicy hops. Taste follows the nose for me and starts with some mild citrusy, floral, grassy hops and some faint bitterness that soon gives way to a nutty, slightly caramel malt backbone. A gentle bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium/light body, crisp, dry, carb level is effervescent and scrubbing, maybe a touch more than I'd prefer.

Overall - A damn fine beer. Compared to Fat Tire (the motivation for this review), this has a bit more complexity that I feel comes from more substantial hopping. I wouldn't say this is a "better" beer than Fat Tire by any means, both have their place. However, it certainly lets the hops come out and play more assertively yet still maintains good balance.

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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 vkv822
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a foamy, off white head.

Floral, spicey hop notes, with a solid malty, lightly sweet backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done amber ale. Nicely balanced hop and malt notes. I had passed by this for years now, and finally realized I hadn't tried it. I'm glad I gave it a shot!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer, as the name would suggest, pours a deep amber color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a persistent film left floating atop the brew.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall consisting of some smells of caramel and a little bit of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter smells of an earthy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and caramel flavor with some notes of roasted malt and a brown bread flavor. As the taste advances flavors of hop join in. The hop is initially entirely of a more earthy nature , but others of a citrus and more floral hop taste come in as the flavors advance to the end. Along with the hop coming to the tongue, so too comes some spice flavors as well as a bit more sweetness from brown sugar and molasses, leaving a pleasant sweet and lightly hopped malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite nice for the style and make for a nice easy drinker.

Overall – A rather balanced amber overall. Not too sweet, not too malty, and not too hoppy. Overall an enjoyable brew.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,184 ratings.
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