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Full Sail Pale Ale | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not to be confused with their English Style Pale.

"Our Pale Ale has a fresh, hoppy aroma that comes from two (top secret) Northwest hop varieties, while two-row Pale and Crystal malt give it a mild sweetness that finishes clean and crisp. Feeling out of whack? Put on some music, crack a Pale Ale, and readjust your balance.

ABV 5.4% IBU 37"

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops along with light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of light malts, a little bit of citrus and a strong but very pale hops bitterness. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it's got some good qualities that make it drinkable but the taste just didn’t work for me. There are several other beers within the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of spoons
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow with a hint of brown. Very clear.

Some malt comes through on the nose but not much hops. A faint citrus.

It is easy to drink with some malt notes and a little touch of hops. No finishing bitterness. There is not too much not going on with this brew...

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Fairly clear dark orange with a one finger of quickly dissapating head.
S- A light but fresh hop aroma of the citrus variety. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. A strange malt backbone that reminds me of an ESB. Pretty strange stuff.
T- This is a weird one. It doesnt hit me with much of a notable hop profile or any memorable malts to speak of. It really turns into a rather bland and tasteless beer when it comes down to it. An average amount of bitterness. Really not much to this.
M- This beer has a decently full body. Lots of carbonation and a bitter aftertase.
O- Bland is the one word I would use to describe this pale ale. Its fairly drinkable but extremely forgettable.

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Photo of shivtim
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a mostly clear golden color. Has a small foamy and dense off-white head. Nose was smoky hops, and some sharp bitterness. Taste was mild, sweet, and hoppy. A little alcohol comes through on the end. Mouthfeel is even with ok carbonation, and drinkability is fine. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with a standard, smallish, white head.

Smell: Grainy pale malt scent with citrusy, lightly herbal hop notes.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a bare grainy taste to it that, as you go along, develops into a slight husk astringency. Citric hop quality with a medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those basic, average attempts at a basic, average style that does get the job done but doesn't really thrill you, captivate you, or even hold your attention beyond that last sip.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber colored with white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is all grassy hops. Flavor is mostly hop flavor, some malt and finish with bitterness. Medium body with carbonation on the lighter side, but there still a little bite. Not my favorite APA, but its tasty.

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Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange color with yellowish hues when held to a light source and a half finger foam white head that immediately fades into thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly hoppy aroma with some sweet citrus character as well as some faint earthy pine and biscuity malt notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of bitter, earthy hops that linger throughout over a biscuit malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Dry bitter pine notes with faint citrus peel as well as some slight pale, biscuit malt, crisp light fruit and slight alcohol.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pretty amber, pure white head.

S: Very tight. A little toasty. Some pine notes.

T: Raw grain hulls, carmely malt notes, a little hop bitterness, a bit citrusy. Very smooth flavor.

M: Rich medium bodied, full carbonation.

O: Like most of Full Sail's line, this is a sessionable beer. Nothing about this beer is spontaneous or interesting, and maybe thats its charm. Like Boston Lager its tasty, satisfying, steadying, and consistent.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail- Pale Ale

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light copper orange with a small light lacing head.
S- Not much detected; slight grainy malt with earthy hops.
T- Slight sweet honey malt with a mild dry earthy hop. Some orange rind detected.
M- Light with the slightest touch of sweetness. Mild dryness and the faintest bitterness.

Overall- Flavors just weren't there. Too weak.

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Photo of Cavery
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz pack left over from a family gathering purchase on July 4th.

Poured into a Stone Nonic.

Review from notes 7/18/11.

A: Lofty three finger ivory soap sud foam head. Some off red/orange body coloration with some remarkable transparency. This thing really is crystal clear. Very much an orange/tangerine piece of stained glass.

S: Smells like a mix of pilsner malt and some slightly less-than-pale uncooked malts. Sugary wheat cereals, caked in powdered sugar. Sweet sugars dominate the nose. Some almost fresh doughnut type sugars in here.

T: Sugary sweet with a light milk toffee note. Sweet cereal starch dominates like soggy wheat cereals in nonfat milks.This really is a sweet bomb that offers little to no contrast. This is definitely tasting like a "take it or leave it" beer.

M: Light bodied in the mouth with relatively flat wateriness that spreads through the mouth like distilled fluids. Light and slick like mercury with no real strong sense of carbonation. Some light prickling here and there, but generally an underwhelming mouth for any beer.

O: Sugary sweet brew that begs for a cutting contrast. I'm writhing in a diabetic coma, begging for a hop contrast or a transitional flavor. The sugary cereal malt has too light of a roast, one that contributes to a feeling of sogginess in the ingredients. At it's most complex I tasted waterlogged quinoa, where seediness overtakes excessive sugars for a momentary release. Personally, this is a difficult mix of flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting darker than usual almost amber color to this pale ale. Aroma was malty and not hoppy.

Too much caramel for a pale ale. Brings on the woodiness instead of the hoppiness. Used to be affordable and hoppy, enjoyable. Now, seems more like a chore and malty.

For the supposed secret hop varieties, they pretty much just taste like Cascade and Chinook if you ask me.

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Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color with a quickly fading head. Smell is light hops, mainly, and a bit chemically. Taste is of mild hops, and some sweetness, but not very much. Very lightly flavored and a bit thin and watery with a light chemical tasting hop flavor to it as well. Decent but not as good as I hoped, and I probably won't get this one again.

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Photo of Gremner
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typically I break a review down into appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability descriptions, but this beer didn't really have anything notable in any category. This was exactly average. Not great, not terrible. It was okay. Hoppy, med/light body, drinkable. I don't know. It was okay.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this one a little sour and overripe, with an excessively toasty, nutty malt, giving it a tight, wry flavor that falls somewhere short of refreshing.

Pours clear and relatively still, with a mediocre head The smell is hoppy, but overripe, like roses past their prime, with a strong, flat graniness behind it. The flavor is quite toasty and nutty- excessively so, like specialty grains gone wild. The hops are broad and earthy and overripe, with an unpleasant vegetable edge. The finish is slightly sour and a bit prickly, which is surprising given the relatively still pour.

This is not a horrible beer, but nowhere near the top of the pack in good pale ales.

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Photo of dgilks
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden hue with a creamy white head. Decent head retention. Good lacing.

Light, grainy malt with no real hop aroma. A touch disappointing.

Crisp, grainy malt with a hint of caramel. Lacking in hop flavour but there is some bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay pale ale but lacking the crisp, hoppy edge expected on an APA.

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Photo of teejay76
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden hue, amber pour.

Smell - Sweet hops smell.

Taste - Very mild, but full flavored hops taste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly high carbonation balances the hops bitterness.

Drinkability - More like a pilsner than a pale...easy to drink.

Overall, not sure I'd buy this again.

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Photo of brewintheLou
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours the deep golden color with a nice white head that goes down to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smells of malt. Also has a dirty smell that I am not fond of.

Taste is malty flavor that goes down smooth, but doesn't have much after that. Mouthfeel about like any good pale ale. This beer is not something that I want many of.

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: above average but not good. looks remarkably light in color, we'll go with very pale orange. thin head but decent lacing

S: Im getting a very light fruity nose (lemon zest comes to mind). there is also a grainy, wheat character here as well.

T: caramel mixed with cirtus and a hoppy bite. not very complex, refreshing but i like my pale ales to have a bit more to them in terms of hops and malt

M: nothing to write home about here, very thin

D: Refreshing with a dry finish but not enjoyable as there isn't a whole lot to this beer. Kinda sweet, Kinda citrusy, kinda boring

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Photo of uabigdaz
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light amber color with little head, which dissipates quickly. Smell is strong hops, with a faint hint of... caramel malts. Clean smell. Yep, caramel malts. Taste is too heavily balanced toward the malts in my opinion for a pale ale, needs more hops. Good mouthfeel, very smooth, not too thick, but not watery either, good balance here. Drinkability... well, I bought a sixer a few weeks ago and had two on two separate occasions, not my favorite. I figured I'd review it before I finish the last two, because it wont be in my fridge again anytime soon. I can't buy beer based on how good it looks and smells... Try it out if you like more malt in your pale ale, reminds me of JW Dundee's pale ale, which is not a good thing.

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Photo of kola
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear yellow/amber, light bubbly head that remains for quite a while

S - Newly harvested grain, malts, and a bit of citrus

T - You can taste raw grain in the malt with an acridly bitter background in the mouth and in the aftertaste. I did not get the doughy flavors that others speak of.

M - Has enough carbonation, but feels thin in the mouth.

D - The bottle was within its service date, but I did not experience many of the smells and tastes that others report. This is not a beer I will stock in my cooler.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is consistent with west coast pale ales, citrus and lots of malt. Pours to a golden color with an off white head and nice lacing. Taste is different than expected. Bitterness starts it out but it isn't a floral crisp bitterness but more like a deep dull bitterness. Hoppy all the way through from start to finish with a strong bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh. I think this beer is more along the lines of an english ale almost an ESB. Tasty but not what I expected for an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of vdread
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a clear amber-orange with some thin, bubbly head, which does hold on for a while.

smells of husk/grains and faint floral hops.

the malt has a biscuity, doughy character, though there is some light floral hop notes hiding behind that. it has this husky grainy character that comes out even stronger in the taste. the bitterness is low, and barely noticeable due to the strong malt.

light to medium bodied, ends dry, leaving a crisp bready aftertaste.

i don't get the pleasant hoppiness and high bitterness as other reviewers have indicated. no, it's not past the expiration date. it's an okay beer, something to drink, but not worth writing home to mother about

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Photo of viverlee
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A BA rating of 84 is in the ballpark, thanks to the collective wisdom of 355 reviews. I wouldn’t normally lead with this, except that the Alström brothers seem to have gone overboard with a 94. Maybe it’s unfair for me to impose style limits, but is it not also unfair, or at the very least peculiar, to say this ok-for-a-few-pints brew is near the pinnacle of what beer can be?

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

LOOK: Yellowish gold, lagerish, nicely carbonated. You can see the crispness, and that much doesn’t disappoint.

NOSE: A wee bit flat. I’m a few days past the best-by date, not that I think that’s affecting the nose. There just doesn’t seem to be any, ahem, wind in the sails. Grainy, yeah, and maybe some grapefruit too.

MOUTH: There’s no questioning the drinkability. It’s clean, even crisp. Cereal, mild hops, and a surprising balance that’s clearly hiding the malty goodness and floral essence I was expecting.

BA Rating: 84

Hayward Abbey Rating: 81

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Photo of dgallina
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle dated 06/2007 on the neck.

Transparent gold in the glass, with a flimsy white finger of head that disappears quickly. Smells husky and dextrin sweet; almost a creamed corn aroma. Super-bland flavor mirrors the nose. Very little happening other than rough grain and vegetal sweetness. A bit of inoffensive mixed pineapple and pine bite at the finish from the hops. Body is medium-thick, nearly flat and pretty dull. Pass this one by for sure. A thoroughly generic american pale ale.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A: light copper color with maybe a centimeter head despite a pretty hard pour

S: slight smell of sweet pale malt. Maybe a little bit of floral hops, but that just might be my expectations

T: leads with vague malt sweetness. Floral hops quickly follow. Oddly, the flavors suddenly disappear shortly afte the brew touches my tongue, leaving only a slight metallic taste.

M: like a very watered down soda. Very thin, but what body it does have is like a light sludginess.

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.7 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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