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

Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale
642 Ratings
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This Oregon Pale Ale is a winner. I have looked at it on the shelves for a while and finally decided to give it a go. The new packaging had a lot to do with it, it is 2.4 million times better than the old label and 6 carrier.
The beer poured out a copper color with a decent white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing as the liquid dissapeared from my pint glass.
The aroma is nice a mild hoppy nose and a rich buttery/caramel smell.
The flavor followed closely with the aroma. Nicely balanced beer. Good malt flavor with about a medium hop bite. Rich buttery(maybe not the exact best description but it is late!) taste or is it caramelly? Something like that! Nice finish, stayed around a while with no bad aftertaste or sweet film.
I guarantee you I was pleasently surprised with this one. For an American Pale Ale I would put it up there with Sierra Nevada or any of the better producers. A definite session beer, give it a try.

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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.

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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 tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- orange/gold mix in color, with a beige head that stood maybe an inch, had decent retent, and then left lace on the glass.

S- citrus is the most dominant scent, but followed closely by a grainy hop scent. Smell of malts as well.

T- unless you let the brew linger in your mouth, the hop flavor and malt flavor cant be told from one another. Awesome balance here. Sweet orange cirtrus flavor with grainy bitter hop flavor. Kind of a sweet &sour mix.

M- very smooth, feels like it floats across my tongue and down my throat. Also noted a slight tickle.

D- Light on the palate and the stomach, wonderful balance of flavors. Cant write to put this in my fridge.

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

Poured a light copper color with a creamy one finger head which disappeared shortly after. This left a good amount of lacing in my glass.

Had a pretty good earthy aroma with a slight malt presence.

This Full Sail seemed slightly on the watery side. Maybe it was just it's light body that I detected compared to the Rogue Dead Guy Ale I had consumed about an hour before.

Just after pouring there were a good amount of bubbles present in my glass, however they left after a few minutes and I could not detect any at all after that.

This was a very easy to drink beer, I could see knocking down a few at one sitting. Not my favorite beer of this style, but a good choice for the money. (On sale for $4.99 a six pack at Lee's in Henderson).

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cvfish
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured an orange golden color that produced a foamy white head and left a decent amount of lacing around the glass

S - refreshing scents of hops and citrus aromas

T - moderate burst of hops and malts, some orange zest hints as well

M - light bodied with more than moderate amounts of carbonation

D - good APA, won't wow you but does hit the right notes on the tongue

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Photo of dgallina
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle dated 06/2007 on the neck.

Transparent gold in the glass, with a flimsy white finger of head that disappears quickly. Smells husky and dextrin sweet; almost a creamed corn aroma. Super-bland flavor mirrors the nose. Very little happening other than rough grain and vegetal sweetness. A bit of inoffensive mixed pineapple and pine bite at the finish from the hops. Body is medium-thick, nearly flat and pretty dull. Pass this one by for sure. A thoroughly generic american pale ale.

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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

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Photo of Shanty76
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of blitz134
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear light amber/orange body. Small white head on the pour, quite fizzy, reduced to a thin layer on top with a ring around the glass.

Biscuit maltyness and lots of herbal, earthy hops in the nose, more of an english style pale ale to me. Nice strong aroma though, doesn't really hold back.

Taste is a bit more subdued than the aroma would suggest but is still loaded with malts, needs a bit more hops to balance this out like what I would expect in a true pale ale. Lots of biscuit malts and the earthy hops come through again.

Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied. Coats the mouth fairly well and the flavor lingers. Bitterness doesn't linger for too long. Just okay drinkability. Really too malty for the style in my opinion. Good overall in the flavor and aroma department but its just a little too straightforward.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light or pale amber with a foamy, slightly off white head, with better than average retention. Does show some nice side lacing.
aroma leads with some acidic fruity, spicy hops and then some bready maltiness.
Taste provides a nice balance of hops and maltiness. Detect some licorice in there, along with some mild spicy, bitter hops. Very dry finish, which I like.
Mouthfeel is creamy and then followed by the bitter dry hops.
Very good beer/ale. I liked this one alot.

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Photo of mpyle
2.49/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Caveat up front - beer had been sitting in a fridge for months, and proved to be a few DAYS beyond the best before date. That being said...

Crystal clear with a deep golden color. Minimal head with very little retention, but was white and fine bubbled while it lasted.

Vegetal aroma, perhaps a bit musty - something of a dirty blanet smell. No distinct hop aroma, which I like to smell in this style.

Harsh bitterness up front, but also has a musty flavor that matches the aroma. Well attenuated, but missing a nice balance of malt and hops. The heart of the style is not here (due to the age and off flavors in the sample?)

Mouthfeel quite thin, and carbonation moderate - enhanced the hops. Some slight harshness and astringency, but some smoothness is hidden beneath the flaws.

Sample I tried was almost undrinkable - hard to speak to a fresher sample.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a large cream-colored head that is lasting. The aroma of citrusy hops and light sweet fruit will make your mouth water. The flavor mirrors the smell with the light sweet fruitiness with a perfect amount of citrus flavored hops, and faint roasted malt. It is light-bodied and finishes just with a hint of sweetness. Superb beer in my opinion! Cheers!

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Photo of Quaffer
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this somewhere. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured amber-orange in color and had a light chill haze. The head rose up perfectly to two fingers and settled down quickly, but became dense and somewhat fluffy as it did so. A thin layer of foam stuck around for most of the drink, and there was quite a bit of lace left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour, the amount of sweetness on the nose was almost unbearable. It was sickly sweet to the point of reminding me of rotting vegetables. This did calm down after a few minutes, though. And while the sweetness persisted, it was joined in equal portions by other aromas: crackers, roasted malt, butter, vanilla, cherries, and strawberries. The fruit smells were very candy-like in nature. Just the slightest, slightest hint of hops was detectable if I really concentrated on the aroma. I might have just been fooling myself, though.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium bodied and smooth upfront. Some carbonation kicks in on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Not much malt presence at all in this one. A lot of fruitiness and too much diacetyl upfront. What little roasted malt there was emerged on the finish, where it was joined by a light herbal hoppiness.

Nothing special here.

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Photo of theghost3
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a light amber with a moderate white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is quite strong of citrusy hops. Taste is hoppy but not real bitter. It's a little sweeter than most APAs I've had--definite malty character. Mouthfeel is smooth but chewier than I would like in an APA. This is a drinkable beer but not quite what I would expect in an APA in that it's just not bitter and hoppy enough.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of beertaster13
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around. Pours a nice copper/orange with a nice white head that is nice to look at, lacing will coat the glass. Smell is of caramelized malts and cinnamon toast. Molasses and butterscotch are present, light hops bring up the rear. The taste is a nice light floral/citrus up front, with the sweet molasses and cinnamon filling the middle, the hops in the end clean the palate and refresh, a perfectly blended beer. All components come together magically. Good solid beer, very drinkable

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail Pale Ale, ~9/30/08 tasting?, 5.4 ABV, cals = unknown
reviewed as an "American Pale Ale", bottle > large wine glass
A 4.0 - golden tea like color, good head & lacing
S 4.0 - reminds me of sun brewed iced tea with a pronounced hoppiness, hints of earthy spicy-ness
T 4.5 - very balanced for an APA, hints of sweetness with floral hops
MF 4.5 - balanced carbonation and body, you definitely "brewed to stoke"
D 4.5 - I really this for an APA, not to bitter and has a very nice balanced hoppy-ness

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Photo of rousee
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd consider this an APA more than I would an American version of a british pale ale. Maybe thats because this brewery is from Oregon where they really like to aggressively hop everything.

Its done in a nice way though with a standard amber color and nice frothy head that takes a while to die down. Full sail is a new brand in our market here in Boston but I bought these in NYC thinking we didnt have them here. It doesnt really matter though as I would consider them a good addition to either NYC or Boston.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This excellent American brew pours a wonderful burnt golden color. There is a nice tan head that is satisfactory in life. The nose is very hoppy, There are fruity undertones as well. The flavors are very complex with fruity malt that is not so dry as to match the nose. There is a strong well balanced hop flavor here and notes of spice. Very satisfying and hearty beer.

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Photo of Kevin72
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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