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 raclark
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Appearance: Pours about two fingers with nice lacing. Light amber in color.

Smell: Very aromatic. A bit grassy with sweet hops and a strong citrus note.

Taste: Hits the tongue sweet and slightly tart with a sufficient amount of bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light body and a crisp bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Completely drinkable. A few of these should definitely help you slake your thirst.

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

Purchased this imported beer at the Navy Club in Seoul a few weeks ago. Well, it's imported to me... Drank it from the bottle but I think it is worthy of better glassware than that. Wonderful hoppy flavor and smooth to the palate. Have not been drinking enough of this lately but I believe I will revisit as it is a good candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Lively, clear golden hue, with a big head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell> Sweet, almost too sweet, as it hides the hoppy notes. All in all though, decent.

Taste> Sweetness. Starts sweet, doesn't really give you much in between, and then leaves a lagery hang. Not complex, but not bad. Really very average.

Mouf> slightly too carbonated, the worst part about this beer, but not offensive.

Drinkability> Sure, but I'd rather have a Stone, if you have one laying around.

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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 woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two solid fingers of foamy, bubbling, egg-shell white head. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite hoppy presence, but not an overwhelming one. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant mix of malt and hops on the tongue. Finish tended more bitter than sweet, but it was a battle to the end. For me, it was a rare opportunity to have any Full Sail beers on draft. Highly anticipated and fully welcomed on my part.

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Photo of slaintemhor
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR. The colour was golden straw with no head. The aroma was.... was.... uh... non-existent. On the palate there was cereal graininess up front and scarcely any hops until the very back of the palate. I hear that this has quite a following; can't understand why!

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Photo of Squelch
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden colored ale. Nice white head. Laces well

Aroma: malt abounds grassy hops come thru as well

Taste: a malt forward pale with nice balanced bitterness. Finishes with a slight hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light bodied.

Drinkabilityh I could have a few of these

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Photo of natelocc787
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm gonna have to agree with the bros on this one. This is a good example of the style, up there with the highly ranked examples. Nicely hoppy in the aroma and taste, mild fruit flavors and citrus notes to back up the pale malt backing. Good dose spruce in the finish. Drinkable, could have lowered the carbonation a smidgen.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint, the beer is a clear, light amber in color and topped with a light layer of carbonation

s: pale malt structure with only light caramelization, nicely grainy, light esters with perhaps some golden raisin, milder but adequate herbal hop aromas

m: body on the lighter side of medium, carbonation on the lighter side at first but blooming at the swallow to accompany the refreshingly dry finish

t: much like the aroma - pale malt base with the added complexity of lightly caramelized malt, lightly fruity - red apple and grape, hop flavors of dried citrus peel and herbs precede the moderately bitter, crisp and clean finish

d: a good pale if without anything standout, eschews the heavy hopping found in so many American pales and achieves a great balance in the process

single from the State Liquor in Moab, UT

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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 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 argock
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date. Single purchased at Stein's Deli (New Orleans, LA) for $1.49.

A: Dusky golden with 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and adequate lacing for style.

S: Grassy hops predominates with some light malt sweetness and a light citrus note

T: Pale malts are there but one-dimensional and contribute a honey-like sweetness. Hops are slightly more interesting with grassy, herbal, earthy and orange flavors both represented with some floral character.

M: Medium-body with low carbonation and grassy hops aftertaste.

D: Reasonably good but uninteresting. I wish this beer had more depth.

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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.

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Photo of thrawn208
2.22/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle, part of a sample pack.

Pours with basically no head. None or very little lace. Smells of a touch of caramel, with a slight (and I mean slight) veggie smell, possibly green bean, which is strange. Taste isn't much better. Flavors, when you can taste them at all, are light hoppiness, and ripe grass.

Mouthfeel is decent, reminds me of a full bodied lager, not really a pale ale, which should be a lot creamier than this.

Best thing this beer has going for it is drinkability. Could easily drink a few of these, but why bother?

I liked the other Full Sail I had, what happened to this one?

Edit: Had another one, decided I was being a little too harsh on taste, smell. It grows on you. That's two things going for it.

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Photo of beer348
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really sure about the appearance because I am just drinking out of the bottle. Seems a little bitter for me and not that smooth. . just too bitter - doesn't go well with food .
too much flavor.. seemed to get better as temperature changed. I think it's drinkable

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of bone white head. Nose and flavor are of pleasant caramel sweetness, citrus notes such as lemon, toasted cereal grains. Just about medium bodied with ample carbonation. Certainly worth a try if you see it around.

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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 well 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 nms1987
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, filtered looking. Gold-to-amber in color. Good looking beer.
Looks like a pale ale, duh.

Not giving me a whole lot of nose. A little citric hoppiness.

The taste? Wow. Amazing. Hoppy, but not too much. Crisp but also has enough body. A little caramel malt sweetness jumping against those clean, slightly citrusy hops.
Great stuff. Completely quenching, but also full flavored.
I love it.
Great balance.

Mouthfeel is full but crisp.

Drinkability is 100%. An amazing session beer. I drink my beer slow but I've killed this glass in a matter of minutes. It is so sessionable and tastes so good that it begs to be drank.

I love this beer

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thinned terra-cotta orange with edges of yellow. The head is fizzy, white and fades quickly. Nicely carbonated evident by the columns of bubbles streaming towards the surface.

The smell is of spicy citrus hops and moderately toasted grains. The nose seems slightly veiled but at least some of those scents make it through.

Taste is clean but like the nose slightly dulled. The citrus hops in the scent fade and become more of a musty herbal sensation balanced by a respectable malt. There is a good amount of bitterness that finishes the beer and stays with you after swallowing.

Thin but not to the point of being watered down. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a tartness to it from the hops and vibrant carbonation. This brew is a solid pale ale and worth a try but not one of my favorites.

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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 BeanBone
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of off-white head that features decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal, and nicely citrusy hops over toasty malt. The hops definitely have Pacific Northwest character.

Taste: It follows the aroma perfectly. Those citrusy and herbal Pacific NW hops on top of toasted caramel malt. The malt backbone is more than strong enough to match the hops, making it a balanced proposition. An herbal and toasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: With mild flavor, alcohol and mouthfeel, this is rather sessionable.

Verdict: While Full Sail Pale Ale may not be the most exciting Pale on the shelves, it certainly works. Overall, this seems like a nice combination of an English Pale Ale with a good dash of Pacific Northwest hop character thrown in.

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Photo of vincemvazquez
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full Sail was a suprisingly good beer. It does not have much of a smell to it. In fact in barely smells at all, but it does have a fantastic taste that follows through with an outstanding refreshing aftertaste. I drank this beer paired with a bowl of fresh baked ziti and I must say it was excellent. Overall I would defintely carry this beer in my fridge. Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a nice orange/copper color, produces a flimsy head that quickly dissipates to a thin bubble bath ring. Has medium carbonation, and it leaves some very flimsy, broken lacing. Appearance was lacking a bit. Smells of molasses, grains, wheat bread, followed by some spicy pine, citrus notes, and some lite fruity grape & pineapple. subtle hop twang, has an overall sweet, malty character.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sweet grains & malt, subtle molasses, lite fruity, pineapple & orange peel notes. Slight pine and earthy notes, the hops are there but has an overall sweet grain/fruity character. Mouthfeel is slightly silky, slightly chewy, pretty smooth and somewhat creamy, not much bite to it at all. Has a medium-full body, but far more on the medium side, very desirable feel.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well I thought this was a good example of the style, it wasn't missing anything, but it wasn't great to me either. The price on the other hand, was outstanding, as Ive noticed with most of the Full Sail 6packs, 6.99 for a 6pack in CA! All in all decent and not outrages, or exciting, but for the price you can't beat it.

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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 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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