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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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,112
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
642
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 363
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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent, glimmering tangerine. The beer is capped with a large, persistent, parchment colored head that sports a rough-hewn surface. Abstract patterns of pocked lace stick to the glass, but don't last as long as they might.

The nose is moderately hoppy and is solid without being spectacular. There's a glimmer of lightly toasty malt that is superceded by citrus fruity, musky hops that caress rather than use blunt force. While it doesn't have that bright, citrus oil pungency that I prefer in my hoppy beer noses, it's more than adequate for the style.

On the palate, Full Sail is more herbal and less grapefruit-like, yet is still in the citrus family. I don't know what two varieties were used, but I doubt that any of the 4-Cs were harmed in the brewing of this ale. The malt backbone is big enough to support the hops and no more. Sessionability is increased by the light-medium body and the restrained amount of carbonation.

As so often happens with me, the choice of hops is the major determinant of how I feel about a particular APA, IPA or DIPA. I like Full Sail's version of a hoppy pale ale, but I don't love it because of the glass ceiling imposed by the choice of hops. It's still delicious beer though.

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Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper hued gold with a very sticky and bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

Taste: Smooth with a quick punch of drying bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Slight creamy malt floats under a soft yet substantial hop character. Pinch of pale malt on the palate. Citric and hop oil floral bitterness and flavour dominate with a underlying grain flavour. A touch of residual sweetness and an everlasting hop flavour faded very slowly into the finish.

Notes: Very American ... very NW. To be straight up ... Pacific North West. This brew flexes its hop character yet still lets in enough malt to keep it in check. A little bit of freshly squeezed hop juice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one sitting in the fridge and decided it was time to give it a try. Served cold with dinner and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
 
Very average pours here. Light golden orange in color with a clear and even color to it. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top but no real head formed, instead just about a quarter inch of light lacing around the sides that left it bare after a minute or so. Light herbal hops, touches of pine and light bready notes all converge, but nothing really taking the lead here though. Warming throws it a bit towards the hops, but again nothing really pulling me apart for this one. Clean, even taste, bready up front with hints of caramel and light grassy notes. A bit clingy in the feel, but the carbonation breaks it apart rather quickly. Smooth and even and easy to drink I would have no problem throwing down a few, but the flavor was just not all that interesting to me.
 
Overall a nice and smooth, session able pale ale, albeit forgettable. Still you could do worse.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of imbibehour
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

12 oz. twist-off ("torque off") capped bottle, best by 12-21-07 (Close, but had it a few days before that - and reviewed from notes, as is the norm for me):

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of caramel with soft citric and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel with some unusual buttery notes. A light touch of hops lend some bitterness, though it remains sweetish. Maybe the hops died on this one faster than expected - they are there but only to lend some bitter, citric/floral balance to the malt.

Medium-bodied at most. It's okay, but would fit around the middle of a line-up of APA's, IMO.

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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!

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

03/03/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with some kinda code imprinted on the bottle neck. Poured into my Wyder's cider pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch head with a copper amber pour and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Both malt and hops abound. Very citrusy smelling. Like a new orange orchard. Nice!

Taste- More malt than hops, but as you drink through the glass, the hops become more bitter and apparent. Mostly citrus hops rather than pine flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation here.

Drinkability- A very nice and well rounded pale ale. I've seen this a million times and never thought to try it. This could be an excellent session brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark golden yellow, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, slight citrus.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy and kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a very nice APA from Full Sail, highly recommended.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a 1.5" head. Nice lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is pleasant as malt and floral hops are equally recognizable, with a splash of citrus in the background. The flavor follows the nose, as a nice malt and bitterness balance is produced. Very mellow orange / lemon tones and some caramel round out the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a wisp of crispness from the carbonation, and finishes smooth, dry, and pretty clean. Light bitterness lasts on the tongue very briefly after swallowing. Very easy drinking, and overall an extremely enjoyable brew.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a mild bitter, hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor with a dry, bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pale ale. It's smooth and flavorful with excellent hop character.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They put so much effort into being creative with their bottle label, but I honestly can't understand the sell by date on the bottle. Let's move on to the beer itself:

Short compact head (with good retention) on top of a pale orange amber. The nose brings slight grains with a dominate hop aroma and subtle toasted malt. I was expecting a hoppy pale ale, but this tasted more English to me. That's not a bad thing though, but it switches my expectations around. Diacteyl, toasted malt, and a dash of hops in then flavor. Good smooth mouthfeel in this one. Solid pale ale.

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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