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 blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, the beer is a clear, light amber in color and topped with a light layer of carbonation

s: pale malt structure with only light caramelization, nicely grainy, light esters with perhaps some golden raisin, milder but adequate herbal hop aromas

m: body on the lighter side of medium, carbonation on the lighter side at first but blooming at the swallow to accompany the refreshingly dry finish

t: much like the aroma - pale malt base with the added complexity of lightly caramelized malt, lightly fruity - red apple and grape, hop flavors of dried citrus peel and herbs precede the moderately bitter, crisp and clean finish

d: a good pale if without anything standout, eschews the heavy hopping found in so many American pales and achieves a great balance in the process

single from the State Liquor in Moab, UT

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Photo of flexabull
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a bright gold color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are off hard candies, pine like hops, and some malty tea like notes.

Taste is malty up front. With a tea like flavor, some sweetness, and creamy malts. Finish is crisp with some pine like hop bitterness, but the hops are pretty subtle.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full feeling up front, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A pretty tasty, yet easy drinking Pale Ale. Nothing special, but a worthy choice that is easily sessionable.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, , some pine, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, crisp, refreshing, good flavor, and nice mouth feel.

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Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours an amber orange color with an off white very light brown creamy frothy head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout. Smell is hay and grain with some light hoppy presences of pine/flowers. Taste is intially bitter with a sweet follow up. Light mouthfeeling that is a little oily and slightly alcoholic.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with a solid off-white head thats thick and creamy looking nearly an inch high fading slowly to a skim always present and thin strings of lace. Smell is a blend of sweet candyish caramel malts and floral hops, faint but present. Taste has nice sweet but light caramel malts and light floral hops, balance is welcoming, is easy and smooth, subtley blended, light fruity bitterness with a lightly crisp finish. Medium body feel and goes down easy. A soothing easy drinkin' pale.

Note: A head to head comparison with Flying Dog Pale and Town Hall Columbus Pale.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a medium copper color with a very small ring of white foam along the edges from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice mix of hops and malt in the aroma. The flavor is also a nice mix of hops and malt, the hops have a nice bitterness that is very well balanced by the malt. This is a nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of KyleVick4
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours light amber color with one finger of head. Lacing already as the head dissipates. Head bubbles look nice and small, but no CO2 bubbles in beer.

S: Strong hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and spice in the front with a subtle malt sweetness in the background. There is a very slight undesirable smell in the nose that i cant quite place.

T: Balanced beer, but nothing extraordinary. Great hop character but poor malt finish.

M: Surprisingly carbonated but fits the style.

O: Very drinkable beer, it's good, but nothing special. I'd recommend it but not actively seek it out.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another APA to review. I was quite excited to review this beer as I enjoy many of Full Sail's offerings. This one pours nicely w/ strong carbonation (but not too much). A decent head tapers down to a nice creamy lace. Beautiful amberish orange, crystal clear color. The aroma is a little lacking but you smell a faint hint of hops and a good amount of malty smells. I like the taste of this beer alright, but there is just not enough hops in it for me. What I really like is the strong malty flavors for an APA. It is reminiscent of an English Pale Ale, but hoppy enough and light enough to be an APA. The mouthfeel is crisp but smooth. Not overly bitter. This is a pretty solid APA. Not the best I've had, but a good one. I'd really like to have it on tap sometime. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An orange-red amber colour with little to no head.

Has a nice citrusy-hoppy aroma that leads you to wanting more.

The flavour varies from the swallow to the aftertaste. At the swallow, there is a strong hoppy flavour that mellows nicely until the aftertaste which is bitter, but not overpowering.

A well balanced mouthfeel adds to the overall drinkability of this beer, but while it is interesting it simply doesn't captivate the drinker. Well worth taking a look at, but I wouldn't make it a regular.

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Photo of Squire123
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeanBone
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of off-white head that features decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal, and nicely citrusy hops over toasty malt. The hops definitely have Pacific Northwest character.

Taste: It follows the aroma perfectly. Those citrusy and herbal Pacific NW hops on top of toasted caramel malt. The malt backbone is more than strong enough to match the hops, making it a balanced proposition. An herbal and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: With mild flavor, alcohol and mouthfeel, this is rather sessionable.

Verdict: While Full Sail Pale Ale may not be the most exciting Pale on the shelves, it certainly works. Overall, this seems like a nice combination of an English Pale Ale with a good dash of Pacific Northwest hop character thrown in.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale pours just a couple shades lighter than most ambers. Decent head fades in medium time, leaving a little lacing.

Right after the pour, the nose leaned strongly to the side of citric hops, but as it's warmed, the malts are more noticeable. Pleasing, subtle lemon and grapefruit with bready, carmely malts.

Taste is solid, fairly middle of the road for NW Pales. Again, pleasing, but not overpowering. Sweet grainy malts are much fuller after letting the beer warm for 20 minutes or so. Conservative bittering, but tasty citric hops. A pretty easy crossover beer, in my opinion.

I like the feel... slightly dry but pretty substantial. Not watery by any means. Right now it's my favorite thing about this beer.

My other favorite part is that this is easily acquired here in Portland, for usually a very reasonable price which factors into my drinkability score. Low bitterness doesn't punish, this a semi-sessionable beer but with a more substantial feel. I'll definitely pick a sixer up again at some point.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some notes of amber and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of pale and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but isn’t quite as malty because it is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness and some ever so slight hints of citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is quite easy to drink and I would have no problem putting back a few of these in one night.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a light amber. A finger of head developed and dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the outside.

Smell: It's a blend of caramel, citrus, and hops. There is also a slight hint of pine and spice.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel, citrus, and hops. The hop bite is not overpowering, a plus for me, and balance well with the malts.

Drinkability: It's a tasty brew. I'm not sure what else there is to say. It's not too hoppy, and it's time to drink more.

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Photo of akahn
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with well-retained white head. Some stray beading. Resiny pine hop aroma. This beer is about hops. Citric bitterness and juicy sourness. Some earthiness, too, that matches up with the pine aroma. Even, mellow carbonation. To me, this is a decent pale ale, nothing too special. I'd like it to have some malt presence to balance things out.

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Photo of JoeCeez
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Wasatch, thanks John!

A: pours a fairly clear bright golden amber with a very flimsy quickly fading white head and some minimal lacing

S: bready/grainy malts dominate with some spicy and piney hops, not as much hops as I normally like in my pale ales, more of an English Pale Ale

T: sweet grains and some spicy hops on the front with cereal grain coming across mid palate and just a bit of bitter juicy citrus and pine

M: medium bodied with fairly high carbonation making this beer very crisp and accentuates the hoppy bitterness

D: very tasty and sessionable, not alot in the way of hops but enough there to balance the very present malt sweetness.

At first I was surprised that this tasted more like an English Pale than a NW American Pale ale, but after looking at the best by date I see that the hops have probably faded quite a bit, I would love to try this super fresh because I'm sure it's quite hoppy

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Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very radiant golden orange color, average sudsy head and small splatters of lacing. Bubbles visibly active

S: clean, fresh floral hops, lemon and orange rinds, whiff of caramel malts

T: fresh grassy/flowery hops, citrus characteristics are more subtle than I smelled. Very nice hint of toasted malts makes the beer a nice complete brew, hops on the milder side, but yet very solid.

M: on the lighter side of life, bubbles very active and make it reasonably smooth.

D: The best thing about this brew is its straightforward vibe. This asset makes it very drinkable. This is the kind of beers that find a regular place in my fridge. A delicious beer!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear golden-orange color with a finger of white head which leaves a nice lace when dissipating.

Smell: citrusy hops over a slightly malty, slightly grainy base aroma. Not bad, but pretty average.

Taste: basic malt flavor with less graininess than the aroma. Hops are nice and relatively laid back though the aftertaste is nicely bitter. A pretty average pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body, thus continuing the trend of being well-crafted yet average.

Drinkability: this could be a nice session brew with high potential for being consumed during band practice. It quenches.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium amber color and formed an off white foamy head the coated the sides with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, but not much of a hop aroma. The flavor was of malt an caramel. The body was medium light and the finish slightly astrigent. An alright pale, but not an outstanding one.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn color, heckuva head that never falls below half-mast, gorgeous lacing. Smell is nice, citrus hop forward. Taste is well-balanced, but may be a bit hoppy for some seeking a Sierra-style pale. I personally prefer my hops on the piney side, but this is definitely well executed. Mouthfeel is thin, and a bit sticky. Drinkability, however is quite high.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable pale, light golden with tiny white head, little bit of lace. Fresh. Some citrus aroma. Easy drinking, mild IPA-like, citrusy. A fine pale. About sessionable abv. Medium mouthfeel. About suiable carbonation, perhaps a little tad above average.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack from Table and Vine. Beer poured with a little to no head, but it has a beautiful, clear amber appearance. Aromas had a citrus and biscuit mix to it with some hints of pine. Taste had some light malt and is decently sweet and bready flavor. Great carbonation; definitely help to make this a refreshing beer. Overall, a nice pale ale.

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Photo of Labeerfinder
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Color is light amber with a slowly diminishing thick, creamy and foamy white head. Lightly hop aroma with background of sweetness. Flavor is pale malt, caramel, light citrus hops. Palate is medium bodied. Overall a well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first beer of the fall, on a cloudy afternoon, served in a tonic glass. Look: Deep orange, thick foamy head. Smell: Almonds, resin hops and sweet malts. Taste: Strong hops character (pine and earth) combined with toffee malt. Mouthfeel: Dry, high bitterness as carbonation, semi-rugged body. Drinkability: Too sweet for the style, but everything else very well.

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Photo of Paincane
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber pour with orange tinge in pint glass. Thin white head leaves moderate lacing.
S: Aromas include sweet malt, caramel and even a bit of citrus.
T: Flavors start off with a sweet malt presence, hops are there but not overpowering. Minimal hop bitterness.
M: Medium body with active carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. 

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