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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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours orange with slightly yellow folds. Minimal off white crown with minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Tangelo orange, earthy hops, and a biscuit malt. Not spectacular.

Taste: Hops taste a bit of the English persuasion to me, but I'm getting a slight cold. Tangelo flavor again over a lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. I'd give it a 5.0 if it tasted better.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LSx
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NCStateAE
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PJBeav
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice medium amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of earthy piney hops with some nice sweet malt and nice fruity esters. Taste is good piney earthy hops with a nice sweet caramel maltiness. Nice medium body with good carbonation and a nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet maltiness followed by a nice balanced earthy piney hoppiness, ending with a nice light fruity and nutty flavor. A very good drinkable Pale Ale.

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lighter orange then the ipa but still very nice looking with some clinging lacing ..the smell was citrus/pine ,floral hops with biscuit and malts..the taste was the same it was well balanced flavorful for a pale has a lower abv..i liked this one better then the ipa the hops and citrus and malts were better balanced with a nice medium+ mouth feel..i can drink a couple of these no problem..a nice easy drinking pale ale

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Great light copper color with a good head that stays and decent lacing, a little hazy for a APA but maybe it is dry hopped? I hope so!

S- Smells like NW hops, a bit earthy and a tad bit of citrus. nothing special but good.

T- definetely bitter but not overpouring by any means, well balanced with some crystal malt and sweetness. Hops stay with you but they are just enough to make you want more.

M- This beer is drinkable, average carbonation and a lighter body than would be expected of the style.

D- a good Beer, overall it is very easy to drink and would be a great session beer but I like my pales to be a tad bit more exciting. I could see how this would be a great go to easy drinker though.

Edit: some of the other posts said grassy and toasty in the smell and taste, after reading this and taking another sip I definetely agree with. good descriptions my fellow BAs!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale.

A: Clear medium amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt and citrus hops. Fruit aromas.

T: Light sweetness and light hop bitterness. Very toasted and caramel-like flavor. Citrus and spice as well. Toasty finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth. Not bad.

O: The flavor was pretty balanced. Not the smoothest or best looking beer though. I like this one only slightly better than the Smuttynose.

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Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Enjoy by 060607,” consumed in early August 2007. Probably not at its prime. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a clear coppery-golden color with a small amount of carbonation. Thick whitish cap fades slowly to a thin, clumpy cap and ring, along with great, sticky lace. Nose of pale, floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. Tastes of middle-bitter floral/piney hops, some semi-sweet malt in the back, a bit nutty, finishing a rather dry hoppy bitter. Mouth is full and well-carbonated, yet wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is solid; I can easily see me drinking a few of these.

Overall: A competent American Pale, probably better if consumed within freshness date. Worth a try.

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Photo of palliko
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light red amber with white foam and lace that lasts. Aroma is apricot hops, fragrant with notes of roasted malt. Initial taste greets your palate with a silky yet bitter experience with plenty of hops and malt nicely balanced with floral and barley. Finish leaves a lingering caress of lovely hops that makes you want more.

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Photo of Klym
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very pretty transparent, but not pale, gold with a nice white head and mostly sliding, curtain lacing.

S: Wheat, banana, and dried apples dominate the nose. Fruits are mellow, not sweet, and the wheat is pronounced.

T: Comes in with a somewhat strong wheat and hoppish kick, banana smooths everything out and there is a pinch of dried fruit (especially apple) sweetness in the finish with a mellow wheat carrying out the finish.

M: Light-medium boddied with decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little oily and granular. Could go without the slickness.

O: Enjoyable pale ale. Nothing outstanding about it but very easy drinking.

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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Overlord
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Significantly better than their IPA, and also a good bit cheaper.

Pours an orange amber. Smells like citrus. Small white head. Taste is juicy citrus (mostly grapefruit), some herbally hops, and a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a decent pale ale, particularly for 6.49 at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is an ale that I cut my teeth on as an undergrad. In all honesty, it's been a few years since my last sixer of this stuff, but it was the most appealing selection at TJ's this evening. I am quickly reminded as to why this is one of my favorite "go-to" beers.

Pours an orangey/copper color that imparts a ceratain warmth. Produces an average, somewhat beige head that leaves nice residual rings on the glass as I quaff. Very nice to look at.

The smell here is a little bit of a challenge for me to pick up. A fleeting sweetness, as of nectarine, presents itself only to be overwhelmed by a sharp note of hops which goes as quickly as it came. Nice frutiness, but the smell lacks a certain complexity I appreciate.

The taste is above average insofar as PNW Pales are concerned. A sweetness reminiscent of fresh,doughy, yeasty sweetbread asserts itself immediately, and is backed up in no time by a well-crafted bitter/sour frutiness hinting at nectarines and Meyer lemons. And yet...not enough hops for the hopmonkey in me.

The mouthfeel is just fine on this one, nice and chewy, if a little alcoholic on the follow-through. Carbonation was of perfect prominence.

Excellent hot-day beer, and something to sate the hopmonster until something with higher IBUs can be attained. Average session beer due to the slightly higher-than-average ABV.

I'll be coming back to this one, and feel that it can go toe-to-toe with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very pale amber or golden color, with a massive, creamy off-white head. Good lace.

Smell - Maybe it's my nose, but I hardly smell anything. I can detect a faint blend of malt and maybe grassy hop aroma. I would prefer that this beer had more nose on it.

Tasta - Quite bitter, with a husky/grainy malt taste. The graininess is almost astringent. Grassy hops flavor sort of lingers on the palate for a while. What the beer may lack in aroma is made up for somewhat by the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low to medium carbonation. Body seems to be somewhat lacking, but not so much that it is

Drinkability - Highly quaffable. This beer goes down easily, and is not mind clobbering in terms of alcohol content.

Comments - After drinking so many big beers, this beer is a reminder to me that really appreciating a realtively "simple" pale ale takes some work and thought.

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.7 out of 5 based on 642 ratings.
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