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

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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 chriscolby
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear beer with a deep golden to light amber color and a moderate head. The aroma nicely balanced between hops and malt and this balance follows through to the flavor. This is not quite as hoppy a beer as many American pale ales, such as Sierra Nevada or Red Seal, but shows a degree of finesse many lack. The malt character is grainy (in a good way) and slightly sweet from crystal malt. The hops show a very faint hint of mint. The aftertaste floats along, still maintaining the delicate balance of malt and hops. (Usually, one or the other comes to the front in the aftertaste.)

This is one of my favorite pale ales and a definite go-to beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in trade from loren01. Thanks man this is another dam fine beer!

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a golden orange coloration. The beer has a long lasting whitish colored head. The head resolved fairly fast. The beer left thin streaks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a quick bursting citrus juicy smell with a bit of zest. The beer has a good supporting malty sweet smell. The beer has the suggestion of fruityness in the smell.

Taste: This is a extremly well balanced hoppy and malty beer. The hops come forth with a crisp lemony citrus hit. The beer goes malty sweet briefly. The beer flashes bitter and dries out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The beer is very well balanced. This was a easy beer to drink. I am glad I received another in the trade. This would make a dam fine sessionable beer. This will please both the BMC drinker and the beer geek.

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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 kindestcut
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a revelation. As someone who is not a huge pale ale fan, although I do appreciate a crisp P A once in awhile, I can truthfully say that this is not only my favorite pale ale I've ever had, it's also a damn good beer in it's own right.

The Full Sail Pale Ale pours a clear gold with a substantial white head. The head stays suspended for several moments before receding very slowly.

The aroma is hoppy, of course, floral and fruity, a clean nose that predicts bitterness. However, there is a malt characteristic evident that also leads me to the glass hoping for a balanced flavor some PA's lack.

The flavor of this beer is what sets it apart from other American pale ales, especially the more common Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. What tingles in hop bitterness, lacking in a sweet release in the Sierra Nevada, the Full Sail delivers on the promised balance. The dry hoppiness seems to rise and then descend at first taste, giving way to a subtle sweetness that finishes like a setting sun...with light shimmering but not blinding. It's hardfor me to place every flavor...I know there are specific ones that pass me by but every taste is an invitation to try again.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes. Full Sail Pale Ale.

not a bad beer.

A - A lot like fresh harvested, filtered honey. In a glass, with a foamy head on it. Nice lacing. Yum.

S - There's a good amount of pine in here, Take your average bread factory, and teleport it into the middle of a sage/pine forest. The smell that you would get 300 yards downwind from that place is probably a lot like what this beer smells like. Also, there is something in there that smells a little bit Triscuits and puppy mouth.

T - Bready and hoppy, and goody.

M - Soft and chewy. like liquid velvet.

D - Drink a hundred...see if I care.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is darkish blue. Listed as 5.4% By Vol.

Appearance: Pours easily into my Pint Glass, the head stopping just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.

Nose: PALE ALE! This has just the perfect nose for this style. Fresh hops mixed with clean lemon-citric aromas all intermingled into a light malt nose. Very nice.

Taste: Wow, this beer totally surprises me all round, maybe the rather plain label does this beer an injustice. Starts with a very refreshing quality that is initially extremely thirst quenching. Fresh hops, with a lemon & lime character. Light malt intermingles and threads through all of these flavors. Has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish that does not detract from the supremeness of this beer at all. Extremely well-balanced, so much so nothing is really dominant, nor is it left out – how do they do this?

Mouthfeel: Above average, the high carbonation lends help to a beer that already has a solid backbone.

Drinkability: Very high, maybe the hot weather aids my drinkability marks, I sometimes feel it does, so I have had two bottles, and the Drinkability is for the second, after my thirst was well quenched. Yet I still found this to be a great beer to knock back, probably because it is just so well-balanced.

Overall: I cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joe’s so many times without ever picking it up! A superb Pale Ale that does not cost the Earth, it is advertised I note on the neck label as “...balanced to perfection”. I agree totally, this is no marketing BS. Extremely well-balanced, clean, and very, very, very quaffable. Investing in a 6-Pack of this from Trader Joes is Highly Recommended. Bloody Good.

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Photo of Jordan
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nose biting hoppiness and a faint aroma of pine. Quite a refreshing sensation, it made my eyes open a little wider. The palate is immediately spicey up front with fresh and grainey hops cruising along till the end(it never really stops). Very well balanced start to finish. Skillfully rounded character. Excellent beer!

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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 loren01
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Good head and lacing, also good carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell is great!! Very fruity, maybe some apricot scent as well has hoppy. Taste is even better, nicely balanced malty at first with a nice hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good as well, I would say carbonation is moderate to heavy, has a good bite to it. Overall, one of the better pale ale's I've had in quite some time.

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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 anotherpg
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, with a throwback label, boasting of 47 employees. This was easily one of the cleanest drinking beers I've had recently. Smooth, pale color, clean smell, and it went do so easy. No bitterness, but a full clear flavor. An excellent overall beer. I was sad that I had but one to drink.

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Photo of TXHops
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full Sail Pale Ale (January 2003)

Malts: two row pale and crystal
Hops: Centennial and Columbus
ABV: 5.4%

Full Sail Pale Ale is the epitome of the American Pale Ale style, in my humble opinion. Having tasted probably hundreds of examples of the style, this is my favorite so far. I drink this stuff frequently, so I've got a fair idea of what to expect and this beer always exceeds those expectations.

The textbook amber body is brilliantly clear and supports a perfectly white cap of foam. The lace-prone head actually lasts throughout the whole drinking experience--a rarity in the style. The aroma is simply out of this world--a perfect combination of malt and hops existing in unity to produce a citric, then sweet aroma that instantly makes my tongue float on my mouth's watering... The best is still to come though, because the flavor is the pinnacle of this beer's exceptional existence. Full Sail Pale Ale is the definition of balanced beer. The crisp, sweet, biscuity malt is chased almost instantly by the grapefruity-orange presence of American hops. Not to be overdone, the malt returns almost as quickly as it gave way, easing back into the awareness of my palate. The hops also linger enticingly, weaving complexity and subtlety into the malt backbone. The crisp, but longish finish is almost dry, but at the same time sweet and hoppy--with neither flavor ever even coming close to dominating. If I was a novice beer drinker, I'd have no idea this APA had more ingredients than just beer sweet beer, because no ingredient's flavor ever dominates long enough to establish itself as obvious. It’s almost impossible for me not to drink this beer in about 2 minutes because the flavor is so perfect and the taste is so addictive.

Simply an amazing beer. This is the epitome of brewing as a careful, loving, highly-demanding craft. I'd give this beer all 5's if I didn't worry that someday, I might just find better...

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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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