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

Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
BA SCORE
58.4%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 1,191 ratings
Full Sail AmberFull Sail Amber
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,584
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
1,191
Liked:
696
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
12%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
181
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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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 FrancisM12
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cheesyd64
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fakedeadgirlfriend
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paleoplant
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monk2021
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 kinmundy77
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kobland
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 brlelievre
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amp
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gator1992
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKG
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerdrinking
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billg1967
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peachy-tay
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 NeilSilber1
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 58.4% out of 100 with 1,191 ratings
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