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 | website

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
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
641
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
18.38%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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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 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 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 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 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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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 BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle yanked outta New Jersey, PA does not get this, Jersey gets a bone every now and then.

Full Sail Pale comes into the glass splashing a golden tan shade with a nice bright look. Pouring real hard, I don't even get a decent cap to stare at, just a dead calm, no lace as well. Smell is mostly pale malt and some grass and light aroma hops, nothing to large though. Taste is lackluster, faint hops, earthy, hay, no citrus, no real pine no real nothing. I got more out of Full Sail's amber which is saying something. Pale malt is not to heavy which is commendable. The body seems on point, light and crisp carb, it's just lacking any taste from remaining on the palate. I drank it and thats that.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... shared with my brother... my half poured into my New Belgium Globe... listening to the iPod RIS party mix... Cowboy Junkies "Misguided Angel".

Good head that left no lacing... atop a hazy orange brew.

Pale toasted malts and grassy hops are the only real aroma components.

Flavor is mirrored to the smell... some fruitness is mid palate with a citrus hop finish.

Full Sail standard 12's are not something I buy that often, just because I can find better brews for about the same price... not a bad beer.. just average. It could use a little more PNW hops in the nose and palate.

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

Full Sail Brewing - Pale Ale, enjoying this on a trip to Arizona, just landed.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass. Spotty lacing up and down, clear orange/copper in color.

Smell: Quite malty, bready and just a whiff of something herbal.

Taste: Biscuity malt with a light toasted edge to it. Earthy hop graces the palate quickly and then subsides leaving leafy, tobacco like flavors. Alittle bit of adjunct and/or astringent graininess but kept well in check.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with chewey malt and a clean finish.

Drinkability: This has to be one of the most easy drinking pale ales I can remember. Hop character is there but isn't too over or under stated. Well done.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, good lace and head retention.

S: Grapefruit, pine, falling leaves, and green peppers.

T: Light crystal malt, dominated by the hops. Very piney, oily, there is an astringency for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, with a thin finish, light carbonation.

D: This is a value pale ale, it's often less than $6 a six-pack, but there's a ton better in this category.

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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.

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

A: Bronze with an off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, marmalade.

T: Biscuity malt, earthy, hints of citrus, assertive bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an earthy, dry finish.

D: It's alright, though I'm not fond of the earthyness.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange/copper in color. Thin white head disappears immediately. Earthy and floral hop aroma. Fair amount of biscuity caramel malt combines with seom floral hop flavors. Not much bitterness. Seems a bit thin. This was somewhat disappointing to me, not the flavors I was expecting. Not awful, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber/copper color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma features a really nice malt base (which I think a lot of APAs and IPAs lack) in addition to a moderate dose of American citrusy hops. The taste features a pretty good dose of hops (not at all overpowering) that last well into the aftertaste. The lack of malt in the taste leads it to be a little thin in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good APA that is unquestionably American. Recommended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light amber color with a thin, off-white head that had surprisingly good retention.

The aroma was a nice mix of malt and hop, nothing outstanding either way, but very pleasant. The taste followed along the trail blazed the aromas, again a nice mix of the grain and vine.

The body was medium, typical for the style, and smooth. As expected, nicely drinkable, having several would be easy. Overall a pleasant surprise from a brewery that rarely thrills me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Full Sail beer I got in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a nice 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is hoppy but not overly so. Just about right for the style.

The taste right off the bat is a nice balance between some good bitter(grassy) hoppiness and malty sweetness. Yum. Very quaffable as well. Go figure.

A few more sips in and I notice the hop character does have some citrus and it works really well along side the grass and both work really well with the malt. Dang, this is a tasty brew and very drinkable. It has a medium mouthfeel and carbonation and it finishes both slightly sweet and slightly bitter...again with the balance!

I really liked this APA and I think it's one of the better examples of the style that I've tried. I recommend it.

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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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a light amount of hops. There is also a very light orange/citrus flavour. The beer finishes with a malty sweet aftertaste with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Overall - Nothing earth shattering going taste wise with this beer, but it's still highly drinkable and has a nice balanced flavour. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again however.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant pale amber gold under a cream to off-white 1” moderately persisting head with multi-sized bubbles that produces thick lacing on the glass.
S: Citrusy-grassy American hop aromas with bread to slight biscuit malt lurking in the background.
T: Very light caramel from the malt. finishes dry with a touch of sweet and hops. The hops linger. A little grapefruit from the hops. Light fruit in the aftertaste.
F: medium body to a little less, medium to medium low carbonation, smooth
O: clean, refreshing, and very drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a thin cap of beige foam. Fine bubbles formed a collar and clung a bit to the glass. Nice combination of malt and hops in the aroma, citrusy and earthy, toasted, slightly floral. Nice flavour, moderate hop bitterness with an herbal/floral character, balanced maltiness, lingering spicy/citrus hops. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, off-dry and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a very thin head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was decent.

S: Smelled of hops, something sweet and sugary, and malt. Not an overpowering aroma.

T: Taste consisted of hops - though not in a dominant way - malt, caramel, and perhaps a little lemon. An OK flavor, but not mind-blowing.

M: A good amount of carbonation with kind of a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable APA, but nothing to write home about. It'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak brown, amber and caramel color, pillowy head. Aroma ain't what it used to be in this beer (like many factors), comes off a little too much industrial if that makes sense.

Tons of caramel, decent enough hops and a lot of wood flavor often. I dunno, this stuff has been $10 a 12er for awhile in Reno, everytime I get it, its very close to the drink by date, I've had this stuff excellent, but lately, not so much. Does stay true to style and does not encroach on ipa land. One dimensional townie hopheads won't like this one. Does have a substantial malt amount to it, again, another turn off to those who don't like that kind of thing.

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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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