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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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium amber color and formed an off white foamy head the coated the sides with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, but not much of a hop aroma. The flavor was of malt an caramel. The body was medium light and the finish slightly astrigent. An alright pale, but not an outstanding one.

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

A: Less orange and more brown, little head but a great, bold, sticky lace.

S: Smelled like weak malt, no real pale ale scents, maybe a hint of the hops, but it seemed more malt than anything else

M: Other than average, didn't leave much an impression, a little bitter from the hops, but again, mostly the malt profile with a malt aftertaste

T: This is one sudued pale. It's less of an APA and more like the English pale ales, so for that, it gets above average. Slight grapefruit a little bitter on the edges, but again, tastes malty, but not in a bad way, just, well, like an English pale.

D: Quaffable, if it fits, but not my kind of taste profile. Too American to be a English Pale and too English to be an APA. Catch 22 I guess.

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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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Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light orange and clear with a healthy stream of bubbles rising throughout. The head is sticky and laces the glass. It smells decent, tastes balanced and is really insanely easy to drink. I like the 5.4 ABV which is close to a “session” beer right? Full Sail is producing some top-notch brews and I continue to find that they are not flashy but are indeed solid brews at a very good price. Buy these beers and you will not be disappointed, unless you suck.

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Photo of dnichols
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a cooled tulip.

A: Clear copper body with a slight off-white head. My sample was devoid of a head…just a scattered few bubbles that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

S: A mixture of fruity hops, clean citric aromas and sweet malts. Refreshing…like an orange grove after a fall shower.

T: Very refreshing. Starts with fresh hops, with a dash of orange and lemon flavors. Light sweet malt balances the hops and citric flavors. It has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish. This is a very well-balanced beer; it has lots of hoppy and malty goodness with a touch of bitterness at the back side of the tongue. However, the bitterness does not linger giving the beer a very clean, refreshing finish.

M: Smooth and slightly cream mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation. Fizzy, but not overly carbonated. Crisp and dry with a touch of zip.

D: Goes down easy. Tasty and thirst quenching. A great beer to relax with. Not a challenge and easily a beer that can be experienced in multiples.

Comment: A good relief pitcher. I like low hop, highly malty beers. This is crisp and refreshing. It packs a nice punch but is not overbearing….good balance.

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

Appearance: The pour is amber with a white head that shrinks, but sticks around.

Smell: There's a nice balance of caramel malts and citrus and pine hops in the nose.

Taste: This is a well-balanced pale ale with a clean blend caramel malt backbone, crispy citrus hops and that semi-metallic Full Sail finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This is light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: It's an easy-drinking pale ale, perfect for hot summer days.

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

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Enjoy by 060607,” consumed in early August 2007. Probably not at its prime. Into my Sam Adam’s glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s a clear coppery-golden color with a small amount of carbonation. Thick whitish cap fades slowly to a thin, clumpy cap and ring, along with great, sticky lace. Nose of pale, floral hops and a bit of sweet malt. Tastes of middle-bitter floral/piney hops, some semi-sweet malt in the back, a bit nutty, finishing a rather dry hoppy bitter. Mouth is full and well-carbonated, yet wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is solid; I can easily see me drinking a few of these.

Overall: A competent American Pale, probably better if consumed within freshness date. Worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops along with light caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of light malts, a little bit of citrus and a strong but very pale hops bitterness. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, decent kick, not the best representation of style, it's got some good qualities that make it drinkable but the taste just didn’t work for me. There are several other beers within the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of beersabound
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer but there was not enough hop characteristics. The aroma was slightly estery with some pale malt. But it's lacking a true hop character. I thought the bottle might be getting a little but it's dated 9/28/7. The bitterness is okay but the hop flavor was lacking as well. It was easy to drink with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. It had an inviting golden hue with good head retention. I prefer a Pale with more aroma and hop flavor.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn color, heckuva head that never falls below half-mast, gorgeous lacing. Smell is nice, citrus hop forward. Taste is well-balanced, but may be a bit hoppy for some seeking a Sierra-style pale. I personally prefer my hops on the piney side, but this is definitely well executed. Mouthfeel is thin, and a bit sticky. Drinkability, however is quite high.

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

A- semi-clear golden.
S- Earthy hops, pale malt
T- Hops are again earthy, maybe a bit of pine, but they also give a little astringency as well that isn't too pleasing. Maybe slightly metallic.
M- standard for pale ale
D- Not very complex, the astringency is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of ttu94
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first bottle of this APA left me unimpressed, however the next four (not all at once mind you) have caused me to rethink my first impressions.
The color is clear light gold. Solid head and solid lacing. Very nice pine hop smell. Taste is very good with a nice hop flavor to it. Very light malt flavor. Just before it starts to sour it starts to dry out. I might like a tad bit more hop flavor but then it would be an IPA for sure.

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

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle w/a clearly marked freshness date.

A: Pours w/a decent amount of head and some good lacing on the glass. Color and body are a light golden amber glow.

S: Nose is fairly mild, but good, with mostly a very nice blend of citurs flavors present.

T & M: Starts off with just a tad touch of sweetness, kind of like bubble gum, and then those awesome blend of fruity hops kick in. Some apple flavor is dominant but there are a whole lot of just awesome flavors going around. Spiciness of the hops kick in shortly after, and they actually fade a bit as the sip finishes with more of a smooth citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, but not watery.

D: This is a fantastic pale ale and without a doubt one of my new favorites. It's fairly light body makes it a very good choice for the summer. The drinkability is awesome, as nothing overwhelms.

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

Thanks to my sister-in-law for unknowingly providing from her stash! HA!

A: Pours seemingly thick, producing a rather small foam head which dissipated quickly. Against light, looks to be a transparent honey amber. Very little lace.

S: Man, the fruit profile of this is incredibly present given the style... what did I pour, an apricot ale? Seems like it... not against it by any means, but a surprise. Malty sweetness with a tinge of resiny hops... hint of passion fruit sweetness / tartness.

T: Malt forward (surprising in the face of the smell, but excellent for variety in a single beer). Finishes with the sweetness detected in the smell, yet not at all overpowering; it reminds you that it welcomed you to taste this brew.

M: Very full bodied for the style, as to be expected by the pour. Light on carbonation (I like that in nearly all styles). Very enjoyable.

D: Very much so. Though not my favorite beer style, it's nice to back off of the double IPA's and imperial stouts to enjoy the predecessor to the over-the-top styles I normally enjoy.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear dark orange amber with a thick slightly tan head.

Smell. A low level of hoppiness that is citrusy (lemon) and just slightly piney. The aroma seems to show a lot of balance with the hops and malts as i am getting a nice amount of maltiness that has a small smell of roasteness and a touch of caramel.

Taste. I think it is a very well balanced apa. The hops are present and have a nice appearance, but the malts really take control of this in my mouth. I get a little of the lemons, but it is nice and subtle. The aftertaste is a little astringent that isnt so great.

Mouthfeel is good. The body is at a medium level with nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, i think this is a very good and balanced apa. Has just enough of the flavors to make it interesting to have, but drinkable that i could glady make a session of it.

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Photo of tbone53
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the folks up in oregon really due know how to make beer.it helps that im a homebrewer and like ale.easy to read drink before date embalsed on the bottle.had a twist cap that i had to use a opener on.like the catchey label its not the one shown on this page.
a:clear ambor color moderte head that laces nicely down the glass.
s:can smell the flower aroma of hops.no doubt of what this is.
t:tas good explouds with flavor nice citrus taste.
m:good mouthfeel this is a good ale.
d:as with all ale you arent going to drink these all night long but this is a good enjoyable beverage.
needless to say i liked this one and will get more.
cheers yall

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Pale Ale pours a medium copper color with a very small ring of white foam along the edges from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice mix of hops and malt in the aroma. The flavor is also a nice mix of hops and malt, the hops have a nice bitterness that is very well balanced by the malt. This is a nice sessionable beer.

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

I kept hearing how good Full Sail's pale ale was, so I was glad to finally get a chance to taste it, and I must agree it's quite good. It's not bursting with flavor, but rather more subdued, making for a good session beer. The combo of hops and malts is spot on. There's a little bit of pine, citrus, and caramel in the mix. No one flavor outdoing the other. Tasty!

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

Pours a translucent golden-orange color. Produces a nice dense creamy white head with good retention leaving some spotty lacing along the glass. Aroma is well balanced between the hops and malts resulting in subdued notes of toasted malts, spices, herbs, caramel and some faint citrus in the background. Certainly did not get the typical NW APA citrus-dominated hop profile with this one. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin and watery side, but clean and crisp with a smooth carbonation. Taste was also well balanced with flavors of sweet caramel malts, fresh bread, herbal tea, spices, earth, and a faint citrus character. Found this APA to lean more toward the style of an English Pale Ale if anything. Comparing this to the benchmark APA SNPA, this exhibits a much different profile. Not bad all in all, but not what I expected for a NW produced APA.

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Photo of phishgator
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. A nice golden hue, with a mild carbonation and decent head. The aroma is of a mediciny smell. There is a slight floral hop. The taste is very middle of the road, IMO. The balance is toward the hop side, but the hops don't pack any punch. Probably a better fit for someone who doesn't grave the hop bitterness that I've come to expect from a NW Pale Ale. This is truly a session brew, just not best APA for that.

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Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date, poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear gold, with very little head, and light lacing. The smell is completely dominated by the sweet hop aroma. The flavor is sweet citrusy flavor, created by the hops. Medium smooth mouthfeel, without the harsh aftertaste usually associated with strong hops. Very drinkable. Overall, this is a great example of how a pale ale should taste. Recommended!

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

Different bottle than the one shown in the picture... This is finally available in Florida.

Appearance: Rather pale in color for an APA - more golden than orange. Decent head and retention, good lacing.

Smell: A very "clean" smelling APA: ale fruitiness, light bready malts, and some piney hops.

Taste: Less citrusy than most APAs and more earthy/herbal. Bitter, sticks to the tongue but in a pleasant way.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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

Appearance: clear amber / gold , with some whitish foam atop.

Smell: Floral , lightly fruity , citric , pink fruit , and slightly spicey hopiness.

Taste: Medium bready maltiness thoughout , good dose of hops that are a bit citric , raw and a bit earthy , some tea quality , hint at corn chip grain, fairly dry finish with a mild lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , moderatly dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable APA. A good quaffer with enough malt and a nice west coast hop trait. Would be a welcome sight on tap.

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