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: 1,201 |  Reviews: 472
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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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear deep amber with a little brown with a finger of frothy off white head that doesnt last too long and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Grassy, floral hops and caramel. Some light grains.

Taste. Caramel and some grassy hops with a little cirtus tang. A little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Decent amber with a decent hop presence.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark amber hue. Head is tight and leaves bits of lacing. The liquid doesn't display any noticeable sediment, and the head is off-white.

S-A pretty weak nose. Lacking the hops I desire. Grainy. Simple sweetness. Just a disappointment. I love how different the American Amber/ Red Ale can smell and taste, but this one almost refuses to leave any mark on my olfactory system.

T-Moderately bitter and sweet. Some herbal/ tea qualities. Flavor just kinda dies on the palate. Starts and then it falters. Mellow taste. Just is not cutting it.

M-Ample amount of carbonation. Pretty unmemorable beyond the bubbles.

O/D-Not a big fan. I absolutely love Amber/Red ales that are big and bold. This is the opposite. Just bland and boring. Nothing else to say.

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Photo of 1after909
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note to heinzdog - try this one again. Maybe you just had a bad bottle or pour.
The bottle to pint glass that I had this afternoon was ice cold and had a 4 finger head. It didn't last long in the glass as the glass went down smooth & fast.

A refreshing amber - similiar to Alakan Amber

So far my favorite beer of the summer.

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Photo of heinzdog9
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beers that I poured from the bottles were lightly carbonated with little to no head. It did leave sporadic bits of lace on the glass while being drunk. The taste was somewhat disappointing for me. A little bit harsh for an amber I thought. The bitterness was a little strong and quite unexpected. It did have a nice mouth feel to it. This beer would probably go well with grilled red meats or BBQ. I was hoping for a little more from this beer but thought it was ok.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with minimal carbonation. A swirling clear look with no lacing.

S - Smells of bread and berries, with a lingering hoppy scent.

T - You can tell this is a west coast beer. The up front sweetness gives to a hoppy bitter finish. A little unbalanced, but it is an interesting amber.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant feel, and smooth enough to have a second.

O - A nice deviation from the ambers of the northeast. Certianly worth a try.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Its got a nice deep Amber color (no kidding) with a fluffy white foam head and hues of green lining the rim of the head.

Fresh baked bread with slight fruity characteristics. Dominate fruit characteristics is citrus thanks to the west coast hops.

Malty up front with a very satisfying bitter aftertaste. I can say confidently I can pick out the cascade hops that were most likely used. Dry bready notes follow after the bitterness subsides.

Very satisfying, even if it is a bitter Amber. It just feels so right.

Everything an Amber should be with a west coast spin with the hop choice. I'm in love.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a firm toasted malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a light toasted caramel, earthy malts and a balancing herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and finished dry.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured a fairly dark reddish brown with a two inch tan head. Left just a bit of lacing.

S – Mild hop smell. Bit of caramel sweetness. Toffee.

T – Malty taste immediately. Has some spicy hops. Taste a bit of chocolate and toffee with the caramel. Smells and tastes much the same. Little bitter as well with some fruit flavors like apple and grape.

M – Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy.

O – Middle of the river amber red to me. It has some flavor but is not as assertive as I like. All told this is a drinkable brew but I was not blown away.

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Photo of t420o
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a beautiful chestnut-amber color with a 1 finger semi frothy white head. Great looking beer.

S- Caramel, cooked veggies, slight bitterness, spicy grainy smell. Smell stings the nostrils kind of. Slight metallic smell also like a euro macro. Not the best smelling beer ever.

T- caramel malt, toasted Hawaiian bread, light hop presence. Pretty sessionable beer. Glad the wierd smell didn't carry over to the taste.

M- A bit thin and over-carbonated

O- A good beer to have if your at a BBQ or something. A good session beer but far from a top tier amber.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours copper in color with a large, fluffy, off-white head.

S: Doesn't smell like I was anticipating. Corn and butter with overcooked grains are the initial aromas. Some light floral and grass hops and some fruity esters to the beer. A mild toffee aroma comes through as the beer warms up.

T: Luckily a bit better in terms of the flavor as there is some toffee and toasted bread to it. A hint of bitterness and some grassy hops in the background to detract from the sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Like a lot of Full Sail beers I've had, this was a let down.

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Full Sail Amber from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,201 ratings