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

363 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 363 | Ratings: 642
Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, it's a very nice-looking copper with a moderate off-white head. The smell is sweet but hoppy enough to keep things interesting. It has a remarkably fresh smell and taste. Citrusy hops seem to dominate the taste at first, but it has a very pleasant sweetness that becomes more pronounced after a few gulps. And speaking of gulps, resisting the urge to drink this beer in big gulps is difficult. The sooner you give in, the better off you'll be.

 471 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is Malt, Hops and flowers in an equal balance, feng shui brew?

Taste is lots of malt and grain flavors with hops providing a dry finish. Lots of flavor mostly caramelized sugars in 20 or so different forms. Vanilla and walnuts are what my mind tastes from this. A quite good brew.

Mouthfeel is good without being over carbonated.

Very drinkable brew.

 403 characters

Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/27 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a relatively clear, deep copper color with a 12 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly leaving nice wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a hearty malt backbone mingled with grassy hop notes.

T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Starts with a mild caramel malt flavoring that lends in to a pale malt and graininess. Finish has nice light grassy hop notes. Very well balanced.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp feel at the front with a slightly slick, oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is the perfect beer to kick back with for an evening.

 704 characters

Photo of lawman834
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Copper colored with a fairly thin off white head. Moderate carbonation bubbles. Lacing through most of the glass.

S-Not as strong as expected. Mostly floral.

T-Nice! Floral, bitter hops that are not overpowering. Bready malts. Balanced.

D-Smooth and Crisp. I could drink quite a few of these, though it might get a little heavy after awhile.

 346 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light orange and clear with a healthy stream of bubbles rising throughout. The head is sticky and laces the glass. It smells decent, tastes balanced and is really insanely easy to drink. I like the 5.4 ABV which is close to a “session” beer right? Full Sail is producing some top-notch brews and I continue to find that they are not flashy but are indeed solid brews at a very good price. Buy these beers and you will not be disappointed, unless you suck.

 457 characters

Photo of usmittymc
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass from a bottle with a best by date of 9/6/08.

A: Pours a clear amber with som golden golor around the edge of the glass. A slightly off-white head forms, but quickly subsides to a tenacious lacing.

S: I personally couldn't detect much on the nose of this one. All I got was grain or grass, I was expecting more hop on the nose.

T: The hops are present on the front. Not overpowering, but present. Malt comes through on the back. A little sweetness lingers on the palate after a rather fizzy swallow.

M: Light, with decent carbonation.

D: At 5.4%, this is a good session beer. Not a bad call by any means, but my favorite APA is still (and probably always will be) Liberty Ale.

 715 characters

Photo of watermelonman
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a good pale orange and gold without much fanfair or lace. It still looks pretty decent. The smell is slightly floral with apparent malts. The taste is full of both malts and hops with nothing dominating. Malts take over the finish in a very nice fashion. Its mouthfeel is good and easy going.

This is a good beer with remarkable balance. Drinkability sits as very high.

 387 characters

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours honey to amber with a 1" white head. Good lacing & below average head retention

Smell: Slight leather & iron notes up front, followed by some fruittyness. Grapefruit comes through as the ale warms

Taste: Piney & grapefruit hop notes up front & then a little fruittyness. Finishes quenching with huge grapefruit hops bite

MF: Medium with some good spritzyness, very good carbonation. For balances sake a little more malt is desired IMO

Drinks too easy, a pretty good, not great PA. Works vey well in the summer heat, not sure I'd enjoy as much in the cold, but well worth a shot

 596 characters

Photo of Tballz420
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its a pretty amber colored brew with an inch's worth of a slightly off-white colored head. A nice floral smell emerges from the glass. Its main flavor is a nice flowery hop bitterness, with a bit of smooth malts in there somewhere. A nice sharp, crisp taste. A pretty good pale ale.

 282 characters

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy, light orange-amber colored with a decent head and a spot or 2 of lacing

S- Clean, floral hops on top of a lightly caramel, sweet malt base. Bread yeast funk and some citric hops

T- The taste is not outright bitter, but the bulk of flavor is bitter. Leaves something to be desired. Clean, but not complex beyond the bread yeast funk

M- Bitter pinch with a light body and a moderate, stinging carbonation

D- Plenty of drinkability here with no rough edges and nothing extreme.

 497 characters

Photo of sinistersteve
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For being brewed locally, it took me some time to finally go out and purchase a sixer of the Full Sail Pale, but after drinking some of this at a friends b-day party from the keg it made me want to rush out and try it again to see if it was good as it was that first night.

Poured with a thick and foamy head which laced the glass nicely. Light amber color. Flavor is nicely balanced. Not too hoppy or overly malty. Aroma seemed hard to pick up. Nothing really jumped out at the nose to give it any kind of hint as to what to expect. A nice beer but not a great one. The competition is so great out here in Portland that I may end up buying others before trying this one again (especially since the winter beer season has kicked off)..

 739 characters

Photo of JugglerPeter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, I have seen this beer numerous times and never purchased it because I don’t like the bottle. So, as soon as they changed the design I bought a six pack. It turns out I should be less superficial because this is a very good beer.

The beer poured a clear orange color with hints amber in the right light. There was a nice thick head with an average amount of lacing. There really wasn’t much odor to this beer so I wasn’t sure what to expect in the flavor. I have grown wear of American pale ales that have the hoppiness of an IPA. I like hops, but I don’t want it to be all I taste in my beer. This beer didn’t disappoint me. The flavor started out with piny and slightly citrusy hops, and then finished with a nice malty/grainy taste. It was very well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet, and went down incredibly smoothly. I could drink this beer all night.

 880 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold color with an orange hue. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with good retention. Ample lacing throughout. Decanted lightly.

S: Citrus and grass. A light sweetness.

T: Bready malts and flavoring hops up front. Citrus zest and orange in the middle. Solid bitter to clean the finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth thorugh lightly bitter finish.

D: Solid APA. Great session beer; has some charactger and goes down easy.

 458 characters

Photo of ujsplace
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep golden colored brew with a finger thick foamy head that leaves some good looking lace behind.

Smells of floral hops and a hint of biscuit like malt.

Tastes of flowery, citrus hops with a tasty malt finish that is subtle, but satisfying.

Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and crisp.

This is one of those brews that would really go down early, easy and often around the grill in the summer, at the beach, or pretty much anywhere where the weather is nice. A very satisfyingly refreshing brew that is something I'd look for in a case.

 578 characters

Photo of Jsteez
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-Deep gold and borderline pale amber in color with a small and soapy head that faded into a sticky, white bubbly surface. Left some lacing on the glass.

S-Caramel malt with some hoppy, fruity undertones. I would have liked to have more of a smell just to get an idea of what I was about to taste.

T-Great balance of flavors: hoppy and fruity up front, with a smooth toasted bread and butter aftertaste. The aftertaste of toasted malt, bread, and butter lingered on for some time. This beer would really go well with a sweet bbq beef brisket sandwich.

M-Smooth and medium bodied. Nice and crisp finish for a pale ale. Perfect carbonation to quench your thirst.

Overall, this brew has a lot going on, balance, fruity, malty, hoppy, buttery, bready, toasty....shall I name more? I think I could drink this again and have another thoughtful experience. This beer could complement pretty much any type of food, or no food. It just tastes good!

 981 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to this beer, but...alas, here we go...

Clear, deep orange appearance, decent head, whitish and long-lasting.

Aroma, distinctly hoppy, more English-style, with a bit of PacNW-style hops in there, too, making for a unique blend. A bit spicy, with citrus and other dark fruits in attendance, but no clear character, a most ingenious mix.

Taste: bitterness gets on board first, coating the tongue, then swiftly sweetening.
Lasts long on the senses, though, a sticky, potent kind of flavor, big citric twist, but unsparing in hoppiness, while never overbearing in that department. It hangs on the mouth, but remains pleasing. Very tasty.

About medium bodied, with a likable finish, for the hopheads in the crowd. Fresh and refreshing. Hard to not like this guy. A tasty, easy to drink pale, with it's own style. Hats off to it!

 893 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very small two finger but small bubbled white head is produced off the pour. A real nice crystal clear and golden brown amber body. Really like this body color. No noticeable rising carbonation and lots of nice sticky lacing of rings, impressive!

Nose is honey! with light toasted bready like malts and perhaps a little hint of hop spice. Quite nice.

Interesting on the palate. A strangely minty cool feeling with hop aromas of herbal feeling. Light malts come out in the afterfinish mixing in with a bready action and hints of the honey sweetness. Texture is solid and even a little minor just barely noticeable fizziness which doesn't take away from the pleasure but adds just a touch of interesting fun.

Overall a solid brew from these guys, love their stuff.

 816 characters

Photo of Crossmd
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a Sam Adams pint glass, probably 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a lucid gold with an amber core in the bulb. 1 finger head, some lacing around the sides.

Nose is some faintly equal parts sour breads and citrus rind. Faint.

Mouth is a rush of clean and transparently refreshing citrus hops, with the slightest malty support before being taken over by the pristinely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, but a little thin for my personal palate. For the style though, I think it's perfect. Slightly effervescent, supportive of the flavor, for sure.

This has got to be one of the most clean, refreshing pales I've tried in a while. Drinkability is high, flavor is good, overall it's something that knows what it's seeking to do and does it well. Typically Sierra Nevada is my go to, grocery store PA, but I will absolutely be returning to this one.


 863 characters

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper color with a decent 1/4 inch head that laces in incomplete rings. Citrusy aroma, maybe more tangerine than grapefruit. Wow, quite American in style, tastes of Cascade or Cascade-like hops, early and often. Orange to pale grapefruit with a dry astringency at the finish. Lighter bodied. Malt is fairly subdued, a little sense of wild honey. Refreshing for when you’re in a hop head frame of mind. I keep forgetting how solid Full Sail brews are, rarely among my all time favorites -- but good across the board (or "boardhead")...

 550 characters

Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail has been a favorite brewery, since they brewed their first beers in the late eighties, and still remains so today and I always keep a sixer or two around when I’m in the mood for a mild and pleasing to the palate beer.

The color as it sets in the glass a limpid amber with an impressive bright white head that is creamy in texture, the lace a film like veil to shade the glass. A hint of hop floral spiciness greets you first, followed by a sweet malt freshness that I find quite appealing, start is sweet and malt laden with a middling top. Finish is prickly in its acidic bite, the hops gentle and pleasing to the palate, and a dry linger aftertaste tops it off, just a damn fine drinking beer.

 710 characters

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a solid dark orange-yellow as clear as day. Poured some what vigorously but not much of a head to report.

Smelled of sweet honey and slight hops, super clean.

This pale ale tastes of bready malts, a tiny bit of piney hops ( almost non-existent though), finishes super clean with a bit of honey. A very refreshing pale ale.

MF: light to medium body, with a slick prick from carbonation.

Super drinkable, this is my go-to session beer when I am at Trader Joe's. Definitely going to the summer time brew of 2010 for me.

 537 characters

Photo of busternuggz
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Crystal clear, goldenrod/peach color with a 1/4" frothy off-white head. The head recedes to a thin film pretty quick but comes back nicely with a swirl. Leaves some soapy lacing.
Nice soft scents of orange and a little floral quality and pine.
The taste has more orange and some orange zest, finishes with some grassiness. Nicely balanced and clean, pleasant hoppy bitterness. Clean, soft aftertaste with just a bit of hop bitterness.
Soft and smooth texture, nicely carbonated. Ends just a little sticky.
Very drinkable due to its balance and cleanness and pleasant but subtle tastes.
A very nice and well made pale ale. Nothing earth shattering, but just good.

 708 characters

Photo of tbeck
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange/red with a very thin off-white/tan head. Aroma is pleasant, very hoppy scent. Taste is well balanced, mellow. Mainly malt with a hint of hops, especially in the aftertaste. Good body and texture, light and crisp. Overall an excellent choice for a session beer. The beer is light but has excellent flavor and drinkability.

 347 characters

Photo of Stunner97
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - starts with nice white foam head and amber color very much transparent, head leaves and eventual thin lacing, lots of lively bubbles stream the glass

Smell- bready malts and faint hops form a nice balance,

Taste- really nice balance of malt and hop front, very smooth and nice balance, very easy drinking and though there is very sharp hoppyness to it the malt is there keeping it extremely well in check, not super complex flavor but balance was superb

Mouthfeel- very smooth with light carbonation, very nice feel and balance,

Drinkability- extremely drinkable pale ale, very smooth and easy drinking lacks a crazy amount of complexity but for the style its a really nice example and would certainly make a very nice session er, worth trying for sure

 770 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bronze copper hue with a large off white head leaves even dispersed thin lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with a slight metallic edge blended with toffee and caramel malts a tad bit of graininess is apparent but pleasing altogether. Flavor melds light biscuit malt sweetness with a flowing herbal, floral, and citrus peel hop profile very nice and textbook for what I want in an APA. Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied carbonation is perfect carries everything well without overbearing and light streaks of hop oils stay on the palate. Drinkability is sessionable for an all nighter grab a twelve pack or a mixed variety of these brews and get happy, I am glad I can get this one in the Ohio Valley now thanks to Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville/Wintersville, OH.

 811 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.