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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

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 garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took awhile to get me one of these, but here goes...
Very clean malt aroma at first, followed by a gradually building hops of grassy nature, this is followed by a slightly roast/caramel malt. Nicely balanced. Not too strong or overpowering.
Very attractive beer. Once the fizzy loud head settles it forms a pretty dense cover, but alas that too leaves leaving only a ring with some spottiness. Nice lacing. Dark amber of orange. Brilliantly clear.
Flavors are balanced well just like the aroma. None overpowers the others. Hops more present in bitterness than flavors (which remain of the grassy kind with a shot of sour citrus). Touch of malt sweetness up front, with hints of the caramel, otherwise nice malt foundation. Rather long and dry finish.
Nicely carbonated with lots of soft and fine bubbles. Heavy enough to be smooth.
This has a high level of drinkability. Some may not like the sour quality, but today I found it rather nice. Too bad it took me so long to try this one.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this recently at one of my local watering holes. A decent pale ale but nothing really outstanding.

Appearance is more light gold than pale. Active carbonation but not much in the way of head.

Aroma was a little citrusy but I wanted there to be more hop smell.

Flavor as well was more pale than anything else but not enough of that.

Overall a decent pale ale but nothing too exciting.

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

Pours out an orange-amber color with a modest head and good lacing. Pleasantly hoppy aroma (new-mown grass), with light touch of sweet malt. Hops take center stage with flavor, though it's not particularly bitter by America PA standards. Lots of citrusy, lemon-grass hop flavor with an underpinning of light malt, faintly fruity, ending dry. Body is light and crisp.

Quite a good session beer, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours orange with slightly yellow folds. Minimal off white crown with minimal retention and lace.

Smell: Tangelo orange, earthy hops, and a biscuit malt. Not spectacular.

Taste: Hops taste a bit of the English persuasion to me, but I'm getting a slight cold. Tangelo flavor again over a lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. I'd give it a 5.0 if it tasted better.

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Photo of harrymel
1.69/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Best by 27JUL12

Pours golden amber with little toasted cream foam atop the ale. Smells oxidized to be honest - cardboard and raw wood with some hints of tea and herbal hops. Very disappointed in the nose here. Flavor is also oxidized with a bit more of an old book smell flavor and some oils, reminds me of the flavor of the skin on a palm; carrying a slight salinity. Medium on thin with a moderate carb and semi dry finish. I bought this beer as a sixer on a gamble, really gonna have to be faded to drink the other five.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in Portland this last week and had several of these tasty brews. The color is a light copper. Beer pours a nice two inch head that never completely vanishes. Smell is of hops and citrus.

Very refreshing blast of hops on the first sip. Notes of pine and citrus also are in the background and push forward at times. The balance on this beer seems just slightly off, I can't put my finger on why this is. Still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid and you can drink this all night long. This beer went very well with the smoked salmon I had as an appetizer.

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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 Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a thick lingering foamy head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of juniper and wintergreen. Taste is very smooth, malty at first, followed by hints of grapefruit and finishing with a cresendo of hops. A quite wonderful pale ale, sure to please.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color and is crystal clear.Pours with a small head that is off white and dense. It seems to linger a while but has no lacing. The aroma is pretty bland with malts and grain hulls. Hops are very light. Taste is like the nose, some malts, grain hulls maybe a little toasted too in there. Hops have some flavor but I can't quite put my finger on the taste.
A medium weight on the palette and not all that smooth. Finishes clean.
Although there is nothing really bad with this beer, there really isn't anything good with it either.

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Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Cooke's in El Segundo for seven bucks

Poured into my Ballast Point glass with a golden orange color that had a light amber tint, head was 1/2 inch, foamy and white, this one did not leave lacing

Smell was a little bit of grapefuit and lemon, some faint hoppiness, small amount of malty aromas

Taste was very one dimensional, the hops gave it a straw-like taste that faded fast, could barely taste the citrus I found in the aroma, hops outweighed the malt too much, nothing really going on, too chewy for its style of beer

Good amount of carbonation but it had a weak body and the taste went away very quickly

Could drink a lot of this based on its low ABV and overall lightness, but it is not as smooth as it should be and the taste gets old after a while

Definitely not one of Full Sail's best, I do not recommend this with all the other great pale ales out there

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Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lighter orange then the ipa but still very nice looking with some clinging lacing ..the smell was citrus/pine ,floral hops with biscuit and malts..the taste was the same it was well balanced flavorful for a pale has a lower abv..i liked this one better then the ipa the hops and citrus and malts were better balanced with a nice medium+ mouth feel..i can drink a couple of these no problem..a nice easy drinking pale ale

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A thin half fingers worth of fizzy slightly off-white head... Minimal retention gives way to thin veil of lacing with a couple of lafge bubbles mixed in and a slightly thicker collar... Fairly still with just a couple of stray moderately paced carbonation bubbles... The color is a completely translucent pale golden color with a faint orange hue...

S - A very nice mix of malt... Sweet caramel and toffee malts are at the forefront and sit atop a solid base of warm bready malts and pizza crust... Also mixed in is a faint layer of pale crystal malts... A very subtle layer of citrus hops lurks beneath...

T - Crystal malts... Unripened oranges... Some bready malts... Subtle floral notes... A bit of piney hops rise on the finish... Some slight soapy notes on the finish as well...

M - Light to medium bodied... Crisp and clean... A delicate bristle of carbonation on the tongue... A very subtle creaminess... A touch on the dry side...

D - A really easy drinking American Pale Ale... Nothing spectacular or remarkable, but solid in all facets... Could easy drink this again though I wouldn't go out of my way...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full Sail- Pale Ale

Thanks to Wasatch for this 1.

A- Light copper orange with a small light lacing head.
S- Not much detected; slight grainy malt with earthy hops.
T- Slight sweet honey malt with a mild dry earthy hop. Some orange rind detected.
M- Light with the slightest touch of sweetness. Mild dryness and the faintest bitterness.

Overall- Flavors just weren't there. Too weak.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown gold color, small white foamy head. Aroma is malty, nutty and slightly sweet. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. A mild flavor with a good malt hop balance. Mouthfeel is full. Fnish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

I was a bit disappointed by this beer. Maybe it's skunky. I bought it at a cheap grocery store (Winco Foods in Kent, WA). It seemed promising enough that if I find it on tap somewhere I trust, I'll try it again.

Good texture, good carbonation, and a nice pour. Starts out with a nice bready flavor I want to chew. Then it tastes somewhat metallic, finishing finally with the hops that are a little downplayed for my tastes.

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Photo of Overlord
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Significantly better than their IPA, and also a good bit cheaper.

Pours an orange amber. Smells like citrus. Small white head. Taste is juicy citrus (mostly grapefruit), some herbally hops, and a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a decent pale ale, particularly for 6.49 at Trader Joe's.

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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 youÂ’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")...

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Photo of GilGarp
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date on bottle: 5/19/09.

Pours into a pint glass with redish amber color, great clarity and thin white head. Not much in the way of retention but still a nice looking beer.

Aroma is sweet and mildly hoppy but overall not much there.

Flavor is well done with good malty sweetness up front followed by a solid, but far from powerful, punch of hop bitterness. Malts are slightly roasted with a bit of a carmel taste. The hops are definately in the pacific NW family. Overall nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style with medium-light body and good carbonation. It's clean and crisp - definately a good session beer - it has drinkability written all over it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 single 12 ounce bottle at Oak Tree.

Pale orange, with just a hint of haze, topped by a single finger of level dense white foam. Slight lace.

Pleasant soft lemon aroma.

Soft light sweet malt runs down the center of the tongue. Hops arrive simultaneously, both herbal and low key citrus. Very well balanced, with the hops pulling ahead by a nose at the finish. Slightly soapy aftertaste that lingers too long.

Light, kind of bubbly mouthfeel. Super easy drinking going down, the soapy aftertaste is a flaw.

A well made pale, could represent its region well, but not a challenger for SNPA.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with 'breity' (thanks!).

Pours a darker gold with a good 2-finger white head resting on top. Decent amount of bubbles rising up. Retention is ok; great lacing. Smells of sweet malt and honey-kissed breads. Some light floral tones present as well.

Decent enough flavoring, but I had to mark this point as the lower one due to the slight beef-stew like quality to it. Tastes meaty to me. I love meat, but it's kind of weird in my beer. Otherwise it's wonderfully balanced. Slight hop bite at the finish. Pair that with a nice crisp mouthfeel, and you got yourself a good drinker. Recommend.

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, satisfying ale.

Slightly pale amber, it has a small but dense off-white head that dissipates only slowly.

The aroma is very pleasant, with lemon, and flowery, apple fruitiness as well as light caramelly malt.

The taste is slightly mild, not strong, but its has full, well-rounded flavour with a little engaging complexity and nice sweet-bitter balance. It's faintly earthy and fruity, with lemon-citrus and a light flowery fruitiness over a toasted grain body and finish of grain with hop bitterness. It's faintly tart, as well. It's very easy to drink, rather refreshing and goes very well with bread and cheese.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up via the single bottle from Totowa earlier this week. I liked the Wassail from Full Sail and thought that this would be enjoyable as well. After finishing my glass of this, there's no doubt that this is the most underwhelming beer that I've had in a long time and I still feel like the hops were missing from this. Maybe I was just accustomed to Pale Ales that were more aggressive than this since this was about as mellow a beer that I've had in this style.

Poured a decent copper hue with some head and nearly no lacing to be seen. Carbonation was light and there wasn't much of an aroma to this either. The taste was quite malty with a hint of metallic copper and some floral and citrus notes way underneath everything. This reminded me of Bass Ale in terms of the taste and appearance but with just a bit more body to it.

This is light on alcohol too so it's possible to have more than one in a sitting. Others rated this higher but I'm not sure what the appeal is to this. This was quite bland and unless I got stuck with an old or skunked bottle, I'd have to consider this a disappointment. It's not a bad beer but with so many other Pale Ales out there, why go with this one?

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden amber color with perfect clarity. Creamy off-white head settles at a quarter of an inch. Lacing is spotty and patchy.

S: Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops lay in some iced tea and marmalade. Earthy and lightly grassy too.

T: Rich and complex malt flavors shift on the palate. Shortbread, grain, toffee, caramel, toast. Hops are grassy and earthy with tea-like notes and subtle tobacco. Slight citrus peel impression as well. Relatively clean fermentation. Toffee, caramel, and lingering hop oils on the finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Full and creamy impression with a sense of weight. Crisp, lively carbonation provides some bite and lift, aiding in drinkability.

O: A Pale ale that leans heavily in the English direction. Great depth of malt flavor, big-boned body. The hops are American, but not overt or aggressive. They actually have a bit of an English feel to them as well. Fermentation is cleaner than one would expect in a traditional English pale. A solid offering.

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Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow gold with very light head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Very faint grainy malts, orange and spice.

Taste: Mostly grainy malts, while the hops are more herbal and spicy with a light orange flavor. Ends just slightly bitter, spicy and almost metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body that is too watery. Slight dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but definitely too watery with a strange hop character. Not an APA that I would seek out again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of hops, strong, inviting with some lemon tones.
Appearance: Clear, dirty blond, good head and carbonation, but settled down and laced nicely.
Flavor: Crisp, bitter, yet refreshing. Bit of grapefruit? Classic pale ale style in my book.
Mouthfeel: Clean, a bittering pucker that’s expected given the style. Some carbonation prickle, but average body.
Overall Impression: As pale ales go, this is toward the top of my list. Clean, smooth, well made. A nice example of an American Beer.

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.7 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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