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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Ratings: 1,211 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of toast, cream, vanilla bean, caramel, and floral hops are present on the nose. Displays a bit more depth than many ales of this style.

T: Notes of toast, chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and floral, citrusy hops are quick to make their presence known. The finish is gentle and satisfying with toasted malt notes mingling with caramel and floral hops. In terms of flavor, this ale is a bit more robust than many other American amber/red ales.

M: Medium bodied and dry with firm, active carbonation. Very filling for this kind of beer.

O: This is a solid American amber/red ale that is a bit more flavorful than most. Overall, it's a pretty good beer and is a decent representation of this style.

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Photo of rrock44
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of djbreezy
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bobhits
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not feeling long winded so lets make it simple. Firm body with not enough carbonation to go to the creamy levels. A good if not great malt bill with hints of chocolate and toffee. There's plenty of hits but nothing that turns this to the IPA world. A good bit of citrus hops through out.

A very solid amber and if this is how you like your amber, it might be among the best. I like a bit more hops and less density in the malt, but that's a personal preference.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Neck stamped 081211. Hope that's a born on date and not an expy!

Appearance - Pours a big loose three finger pancake batter/seafoam head with great stick and good retention. Medium-dark clear amber body.

Smell - Mild malt and hop characters. Some orange. Some grassy notes. Smooth and balanced.

Taste - Mild. Smooth. Very balanced. No off characters. Some lime peel bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Head offers some texture.

Overall Drinkability - The acidic/bitter lime peel aftertaste lingers a bit too long for a beer that doesn't offer very strong hop characters in the taste.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A mahogany brown color with a pretty good looking, slightly off-white head about a quarter-inch thick. This is a pretty lively beer with plenty of bubbles darting to the surface as it awaits the first sip.

SMELL: There is a lot of toasty malt aroma in this one along with some nuttiness. It smells like a nut brown ale.

TASTE: The Full Sail Amber sure is nutty. It is also quite a bit hoppier than I expected, but the roasted malt flavor beats out the hops by the end of the sip. The malt flavors, however, are not rich and sweet, rather they are dry and a little burnt. A hint of lemony citrus creeps into the aftertaste as well and it becomes more prominent with each sip.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a strongly carbonated feel up front, but that quickly fades and the Amber becomes more oily after the middle of the sip. The citrus aftertaste also creates a bit of a pucker.

OVERALL: Aside from the slight pucker at the end of the sip, this is a pretty drinkable beer. It is a little on the heavier, maltier and darker side for an amber, but remains a very easy drinker. I would drink this one again, but I probably won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Transparent reddish-brown with a frothy beige head with light lacing. Good.

Smell: Roasted malts, cocoa, cracker wheat. Nutty.

Taste: Chocolate. Moist herbal hops. Bread. Fruits. apple and raisin. Considerable malt with nice bitter hop backing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-body, crisp and balanced.

Overall: Sweet and balanced flavorful ale. This is accessible and affordable.

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

Smells a lot of crystal malts to me. Sweet, toffee, perhaps a little toasty. Decent.

Taste begins in the body with a healthy sweet and fruity crystal malt profile paired with a floral taste that isn't particularly bitter. Afterwards, it turns somewhat bready and finishes with a definite grain profile along with the crystal malt. Hops are pretty absent in this one.

Good stuff. I liked it quite a bit...while it was certainly a malty beer, it wasn't over the top and it was extremely drinkable. Impressed.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very nice dark amber color, light vanilla head with good lacing. smells toasty and burnt with a hint of very dark fruit. great mouth feel, amazing drink-ability, nice medium to full body, lots of carbonation, and super refreshing.

The taste is slightly alcoholy and malty. There could be slight flavors of raisins but I could be wrong.

Idk why but i had a lot of trouble pin pointing exact flavors that this beer has within it but maybe thats because it's more of a simple beer which i really appreciate. When i initially tried it i instantly recognized it was a simple amber drinking beer just done extremely well and nicely balance. not too malty like others i've had.

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

OK, so this is NOT some crazy imperial IPA or barrel-aged stout. Can we just get that out of the way? It's an amber ale, people. Can't hate on it cuz it doesn't taste wild and ferocious!

APPEARANCE is prototypical American amber: body is a black tea/cola brown with light off-white head which is quite thick and pillowy and then subsides. Moderate lacing was noted. Check.

THE SMELL is of hops, chocolate malt, and nice touch of sweet raisin/prune. Surprisingly complex, but still within the simple confines of an amber. Check.

THE TASTE is also representative of a proper amber with its good balance between sweetness and hoppy bitterness, while being mild and smooth overall. The chocolate malt and raisin hit the palate first, ending in a bite of hops and smoky chocolate. Check.

THE FEEL is light to medium in body, but still standard for an amber. Thicker would be nice, but I think we'd start getting into winter warmer territory if we went that route. Check.

CONCLUSION: This is what you might call a session beer, for sure. However, just one is nice if you're in the mood for a good amber. It is quite different than other leaders in this style like New Belgium, but I think it may actually be more accurate. If you're expecting something spectacular you will be disappointed, but if you're expecting a proper amber you will get just that. Hey, and I don't even really dig this style!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was great freshly opened and lost some edge with a little time. Poured a 2.5" beige head. Color is a deep clear amber, almost auburn when held to the light. There's a nice smell of caramel and malt. Taste is fairly sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish. Less than half way through the beer though it seemed to lose some of that taste and smell and become a more average beer.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one from a "mom 'n' pop" grocery store in downtown Salem, OR. Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Clear, amber with half finger of off-white head. I like my ambers overwhelmed with suds. Didn't get it here.

Nose: Sweet caramels malts dominate.

Taste: Caramel malts on the front with earthy, grassy almost pungently leafy hops in the middle. Finishes spicy and bitter. The carmel malts seems to hold it all together.

Mouth: Dextrinous, smooth, and easily drinkable. Add moderate carbonation and you have a recommendable sessioner.

Overall: You know...this is one hell of a session beer. I can drink this one all night. I also had this one on-tap at a hotel and I drank more than I probably should have. It sneaks up on you and its so palatable that you can totally drink it for a long evening. I don't particularly like this style all that much, but something about Oregon, this beer, and a mild evening in downtown Salem has stuck with me.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love this beer. I was very very happy to be in Portland this weekend.

Color: Amber looking almost dark but it is dark in this room.

Smell: A very nice hop to malty smell

Taste and Mouthfeel: A very nice balance beer that wiill get in me in trouble tonight. Nice hop finish.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Amber has a clear but copper color. This is very dark for an Amber beer.

Smells good. Sweet and malty with some hints of citrus hops.

Taste is malty and has a dry finish with a mild hop bitterness.

This is an excellent beer. It has a nice aroma, taste great, is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear red amber hue with nice off white head. Caramel malt and fruity esters fill the nose. Taste is sweet caramel malt some light fruitiness and some yeast. Palate is a nice medium body with good carbonation. Has a nice caramel malt finish with some nice fruity notes and some yeast followed by nice hoppiness with a light lingering nutty flavor. Overall a very nice and solid amber ale

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

Clear amber colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Nutty toasted malt with a touch of spicy hop. Okay.

Smooth and flavourful malt without being overly sweet. Nice floral finish. Good.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation.

A really quite solid amber ale with good flavour and a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with light bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Decent lacing.

S: Grains, caramel, and nuts. Light floral hop aroma.

T: Light sweetness and a moderate bitterness. Caramel up front. Floral and nutty finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Looks and smells just okay. The taste is alright. Has the right amount of hop flavor and I get a nice toasted finish, but there's not enough there overall.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Colour is a nice amber-brown. Pours a thin but hearty head. Very light amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Light aromas of malts and slight hops. A little bit of caramel as well.

Taste: As the aromas, malty and hoppy - mostly malty with some floral hops. Very slight roastiness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied. Very mild carbonation. Finishes sticky.

Overall: A solid amber/red ale. The smell is lacking and the taste could be a little stronger or interesting. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A pleasant reddish hue. A full frothy head that dissipates very quickly, with practically no lacing.

S- Malty aroma with some floral hop note...a slight nutty aroma in the background

T- Taste mimics the aroma. A little more roast in the middle, with the hops more prevalent at the end.

M- lighter bodied with a nice level of carbonation

O- A nice representation of the style, but I felt like something was missing to really draw me in.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist off cap my ass. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very nice dark red color. Little head with no retention and almost nomlacing. Would have scored higher, had there been better lacing.

S: Light floral and caramel notes.

T: Same as nose, but with a roasty note that elevates the flavor. This has a nice sweetness, but not too strong.

M: Good, medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Solid amber. Good flavor. Not a twist off regardless of what the bottle cap says.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, citrus hops and a faint nutty note. Taste is caramel malts, leafy citrus hops, a bit of toasted grain and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Tasty beer, but probably not something I would buy all the time.

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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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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,211 ratings