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

very good
465 Reviews

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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Reviews: 465 | Ratings: 1,181
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Amber Ale is a bit hoppier than I expected it to be, which for me is a plus, although it was not devoid of malt character either. Of course this is not a major problem, nor should it be too much of a surprise since the "Amber Ale" category itself can be fairly open.

This is a decently tasty (perhaps not "ridiculously tasty" as the label proclaims) entry by Full Sail, worth a try if you see it available somewhere, but I can think of too many other great beers out there to make FSAmber a mainstay in my fridge.

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

A medium-dark amber pacific NW ale. It is very clear sith an off-white one finger head that lasts quite a long time and leaves some lace. The nose is fruit and toffee. The taste of the hop blend is nice. it is not just citrus, there is also some woody and subdued bitterness. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel for an amber. There does seem to be a slight astringency to the finish that become somewhat more noticalbe as it warmed. Overall a very drinkable amber and one of the better PNW examples.

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Photo of atomicbwax
2.49/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Brown with a hint of red.

Smell - Not much of an aroma at all. Slight hint of hops in the aroma.

Taste - Kind of like the arome there is not much of a tatse at all. What is there is a very mild, non-descript taste with a hint of hops. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Drinkability - Because there is not too much taste this is very drinkable. This could easily be a session beer.

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

12oz bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a dark amber color with some reddish hues. Head starts four fingers thick, very pale tan in color, and stays about one finger thick for the entire drink, mainly thanks to the champagne-like fountain of bubbles that rise from the liquid. Foam is light and fluffy. Very pretty. However, a few other people I was drinking with had mixed results from the same six-pack, so it seems that glass cleaning procedure is particularly important for head retention with this beer.

The smell was a little lacking. Some sweet malts with a little hop in the background. Wasn't very exciting.

I didn't find the taste to be very complex, with not much more than some layers of sweet and sour that shift a bit as the beer warms, but it’s a good flavor overall. Rich and pleasant. The alcohol that is present comes across with a bit of a fruity tinge. Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft despite the prodigious release of carbonation.

A nice American Amber Ale. Attractive, tasty, and very drinkable. I could see myself enjoying several in a sitting. Only lacks somewhat in the olfactory area.

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Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided to me as a reward for cleaning up the day after GABF. The stamp on the bottle reads 093005 12:26. Pours a one finger slightly yellowish head over a crystal clear dark amber colored liquid. The head slowly settled until it reached a thin layer that nver went away. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Smells caramel, oranges, woody hops, some citrus pith, a tinge of alcohol, toasted grains, and pine sol. Some of these aromas were only found with deep searching. Wet sweet smelling and a little bit of chocolate. Tastes, yeah, chocolatey with a nice toffee/caramel beneath to sweeten things up. Nice tasting amber, but the carbonation is a bit more than I care for personally. A little bit of soured grains and what I think is hops comes in the aftertaste rough like I'm holding a grassy drab cottonball in my mouth. Esters are present, but I can't nail down any particular fruit. Maybe squash. Overall, sweet in the mouth, but dry grainy in the aftertaste. Could this sour and dour end be partly from tannins? Md-thick mouthfeel and tiny sharp carb is just a touch too strong. Gorgeous looking beer with a nice aroma profile. Thumbs up.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail presents another bottle of liquid gold.

A nice dark amber with some red and brown hues. Lovely medium head that recedes at a good pace.

Rolling this one around in your mouth is like heaven for your tongue. An excellent balance of malt and hops, neither too strong. A little spice and citrus in the flavor to go along with the wheat and sweet finish.

Complex and simple at the same time, this beer does great things without having to aspire to it. Easy.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice looking medium copper-amber with minimal head. Aroma is slightly sweet malt bread. Flavor is malty, but witha much stronger hop profle than expected. However, it's a little cold, adn as it warms, the malt does become more dominant. Hops are floral but also oily. Balance isn't what I would hope for. Mouthfeel is ok, but the hop profile does not make this one as drinkable as I like. I guess, bottom line, this one just doesn't grab me.

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

When poured, it was of a copperish red color with little foam and not lace. The smell of hops, roasted malts and a hint of citrus filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was no surprise. The taste and aroma almost matched, except for just a hint of caramel mixted with the hops and citrus for a very good flavor. Mark another good beer for Full Sail!

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Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep copper, foam is beige with some lace. Aroma consists of roasted grain, malt, and grapefruit hops. Initial taste is a nice clean lightly carbonated mouthful of delicious malty beer with citrus hops. The middle is yeast bread, unsweetened chocolate and malt. Finish is neat, dry and slightly sweet. Delicious!

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Photo of beertaster13
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice solid offering. Pours a nice amber color with yellow/gold highlights. The smell has a nice floral scent, the subtle hints of molasses malts is refreshing. The taste is a light balance of citrus lemon/ and peanuts covered with honey. The alcohol is distant while the mouthfeel is dry. A nice solid beer, goes great as a marinade to london broil or other steak cuts.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this beer on a long road trip to Oregon this May. Was recommended this beer by the guy at their shop in Hood River.

Colour is a dark red amber. Smell is interesting and inviting. Malty and slightly sweet.

The taste at initial contact and at the swallow are an excellent malty flavour. The alcohol stays right where it should be in this style, behind the scene and hardly noticed.

The aftertaste (after swallow) leaves a bit to be desired. The floral hop flavour turns me off this beer.

It's a split decision, great aroma and initial taste, bad aftertaste.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking clear dark brown body, some visible carbonation. Head has excellent retention, settling at 1/3” and remaining. Smell is very hoppy, just like I like it, also slightly sweet. Those flavors are both reflected in the taste, as this is a nice and hoppy brew, floral and satisfying, with some sweet caramel malts to boot. An excellent amber ale offering, hopped as much as you could expect for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember as a young drinker thinking that Amber meant "Full Sail". Recently, after branching out into some more "unusual" styles, I thought I had decided that amber/red was not for me; not because I do not like it as such, but because of the relatively unremarkable character of so many ambers, even those I do like did I think this.
As with all things, beer thinking is cyclical, and so I did decide perhaps I had better reevaluate my thoughts on the generic term "amber" as meaning: between a pale and wherever; a middle of the road for (pseudo)snob/hipsters interested in cache rather than style.
But hey!, this Full Sail Amber is very good after all. Reminds me that an amber can have a kick and mellow back rather than just a breadiness approaching brown status.
Way to go Full Sail!

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Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (natch). Slowly receding head doesn't leave much lace. Smells okay, mostly of typical, sweet malt. I really like the tast (although not as much as FS Pale). While it's nothing over the top, it's plain, good maltiness, backed up with a nice bit of spicy hops to keep things from being cloying.

Overall, great Amber here. Nothing too sweet, but nothing IPA-like hoppy either. This one is just right for a cold winter's night.

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

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, poured a true amber maybe root beer color with a three inch head with a miniscule evidence of carbonation and very clear. The label says employee owned.
The smell is not significant maybe a hint of malty sweetness.
I just had an IPA so the taste seems bland with a unique sweetness of a crisp malt.
The mouthfeel is in no way syrupy with a balance of carbonation. This is a session beer that has good quality and very drinkable for the 5.5 abv. The carbonation is balanced throughout with a sweet malty aftertaste.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color wtih 2 fingers of head that falls very slowly to a finger over the beer. The nose is a really nice caramel malt base with a great floral and citrus hop dancing in and out. This beer smells great. The flavor is heavy caramel, almost a light coffee flavor. There is just enough hop to give it a beautiful finish. As it warms, there are some fruity tones that come out as well. The feel is moderate to thick, easy drinking and smooth. This beer is damn good. I really wish I could get it here in the middle lands.

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Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber body with copper borders and a nice, thick, light tan head.
Smells of rich, chewy caramel/butterscotch, fruity malts, and moderate, spicy hops. Nice.
Lightly sweet, fruity malt flavors start off. Has a kind of herbal-cherry quality that's quite good (due to the yeast?). Caramel notes mix in with the cherry, right before a modest surge of floral, herbal hops comes in. Also an enjoyable yeasty flavor throughout (like in Bell's amber). I was expecting more of a hoppy PacNW-style amber, but this leans more toward the fruity (cherry) malts. Interesting and good. Finish is faintly bitter with lingering fruity malt. Medium-bodied, yet mouth-coating and creamy feel. Yum. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a drink by date of 2-12-05. Has a clear copper hue with a tan head. Caramel spicy smell. Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Taste is dark caramel sticky sweet . Finishes with a zesty spice hop tang.
A solid, no nonsense Oregon craft brew.

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Photo of henrysunset
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep red color fills the glass, a bit too dark for an amber, but what do I know. Poured with a big head of medium sized bubbles, but it died quick and left only a medium amount of lace.

Smell is sweet and malty, with some floral hoppiness too. I can guess already that this beer will not be dry enough for my taste. There is no bitterness in the smell which worries me too.

Taste is malty, almost like my homebrew tastes when racking to a second carboy and too much sugar still remains. Hops are underimpressive, though fresh.

Mouthfeel is pretty full but not terribly impressive. No amazing flavors linger. Maybe a bit of roastiness, but even that doesn't last long.

It's drinkable, but why bother. There are better beers to try.

P.S. I think my problem is that i'm used to Mac & Jacks and Fat Tire, both are hoppier and dryer, as I like it.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@ The Edinborough Castle, San Fransisco. fairly simple, but very drinkable. Nutty soft malts, with aromtic US hops in the finish, this is one of the better ambers you’ll find. Not bad. ([email protected] Pilsner Room (Full Sail), Portland. Same opinion as a bove.

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

Dark brown with a big head this beer is under a lot of peoples radar as a great session beer. Lots of malt and a decent hit of hops this is easy to drink and yet makes one consider what one is drinking. An amber ale should really be that perfect drinking beer that complements food and friends. I will search out more of this beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy copper body is topped by a small and short-live head. Sweet and fruity I’m getting bits of tea and melon and a little caramel. The flavor is sweet, but light. Lightly malty, but very little in the way of hops. There is a slightly floral character to the aroma, but it’s not striking me so much as hops as with some beers.

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Photo of rousee
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a wood-like color mahogany? (I guess). Forms into a small 1 finger head and diminishes to 1-2mm within 60 seconds. Exceptionally nice --well organized lace is left on glass-especially for a bottled beer. Taste is the way an amber should be nicely balanced -- floral/hoppy - with slight malt. Maybe a touch of licorice or chocolate too. Finishes dry and clean, and a little fruity. Mouthfeel is very smooth, also surprisingly so for a bottled beer. Drinkabilty is dangerous --easy to get used to and this is not my favorite style. This is probably one of the better ambers I have tried.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a slightly dry, yet sweet malt scent with a bit of hops in the background to round out the aroma. The taste is decent. It has a watery crystal/pale malt flavor with some hops and a bitter, grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This would be a much better beer if it had a bit more body and carbonation. It drinks decent despite it's flaws.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,181 ratings.
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