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"

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Photo of utahbeerdude
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Light to medium amber color. Moderate, but fairly persistent head, low to medium carbonation.

Aroma: Malt mostly, including a bit of unidentifiable sulphur, and a bit of hops. Slight ethanol, also.

Flavor: Mild bitterness to start, then malt, then some hop flavor, followed by hop bitterness with a bit of persistence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation provides only a tough of creaminess; medium mouthfeel.

Overall: This in many ways is more like a British pale ale than an American pale. While quite drinkable, itis really not that notable.

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Photo of Onslow
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"had this at the Remington (richmond) Arms the day man u won the carling cup 4-0...this is your average pale, crisp and some foamers...honeyish smell.pales r going down on my like list...

(4-20-09) somewhat of a rerate, a while back i had straight from a 1/6 keg in the back, this is an awesome brew, nice hop touch, very clean, ..when this is fresh, beware: drinkable is just a word!..."

..all and all.. a great little session of a pale ale...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weak brown, amber and caramel color, pillowy head. Aroma ain't what it used to be in this beer (like many factors), comes off a little too much industrial if that makes sense.

Tons of caramel, decent enough hops and a lot of wood flavor often. I dunno, this stuff has been $10 a 12er for awhile in Reno, everytime I get it, its very close to the drink by date, I've had this stuff excellent, but lately, not so much. Does stay true to style and does not encroach on ipa land. One dimensional townie hopheads won't like this one. Does have a substantial malt amount to it, again, another turn off to those who don't like that kind of thing.

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Photo of Reino
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Expiration date of 012309.

Appearance- A fairly aggressive pour produces nearly 2 fingers of white head that quickly settles into a thin, creamy film on top of a light orange-gold beer with a thin blond bottom. A nice lacing crawls its way all the way down the glass.

Smell- Initially, the nose is dominated by lemon and citrus hops with a bit of a malt backing. As it warmed, a sweetness came out along with much more graininess. The last fourth of my beer started to smell borderline offensive. The hops and malt formed this rotten orange type of sent that I was not a fan of. I think I should have taken fewer notes and put this beer down the hatch while it was colder.

Taste- The hops in the flavor are a mix of floral, and citrus (lemon, orange rind), with the floral taking the lead. A decent amount of nice maltiness sweeps in towards the end and smooths everything out. This beers flavors are pretty straight forward and not all that exciting. I'm not a huge fan of the types of hops used, but the malts are pretty solid.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin in the mouth without a lot of carbonation. I'll say the low end of medium. Not much wearing on the tongue from the hops with the good malt balance.

Drinkability- If I enjoyed the hop flavors more, this beer would score much higher as it goes down quick and easy. As it is, I could definitely put down a few when they are nice and cold, but the flavors really don't do it for me, and there are many better options out there.

Note: Full Sail doesn't get a lot of hype for some of their outstanding Reserve beers (BA Top Sail for example), and I think it's probably due to incredibly mediocre year round offerings like this. I wish they could supply me with some quality everyday beers instead of just limited releases/seasonals.

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Photo of D11
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into tulip

A- medium copper color, with not too much of a head that doesnt last that long.

S- malty , hops, but mainly citrus.

T- some hops that are dominated by citrus, but not in a bad way or too strong of citrus. balanced well imo.

M- mouthfeel was about average. crisp. wet finish. not bad.

O- this is one to try but dont expect too much. tasted like an average pale ale imo. the citrus overpowerd the hops a little more than i prefer. but good.

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Photo of MartinVanBrewin
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a light copper color, there was a constant supply of carbonation from the bottom serving the head which lasted about 2 minutes for me. No lacing, though.

Smell was of lightly dispersed aromatic hops. Some citrus, mainly ripe grapefruit.

Taste was very good kick of carbonation and citrus. Light on the taste of hops.

Mouthfeel was light, crisp, and "bitey". The sensations from the beer last for you though and the carbonation cleans the palette.

Overall a good example of an American Pale Ale for the price point. Pairs very well with either burgers or pizza since the carbonation, as mentioned before, clears the palette for other tastes. Enjoy!

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

12oz screw top bottle, no visible date, served in pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear amber with a thick off-white head. Pleasant fresh hop aroma.

I immediately notice that the beer has a surprisingly creamy texture. Carbonation is mild enough to support a session beer. Flavor is seriously balanced between English style hop bitterness and a biscuit malt body. Unfortunately this beer just doesn't move me. A solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of grs8313
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle with a screw cap, no bottling date. Pours golden with a red tint. Two fingers of very fine head that dissolve down to one finger quickly.

Smell: Malt and citrus scents with a slight hops note as well.

Taste: Watery hops flavors to start with a slight bitterness. Malt comes through after that and the aftertaste is malty as well.

Mouthfeel: Feels like water in the mouth, not much carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: This would be a great session beer or a great everyday beer. This will not replace my current everyday beer though, due to the malty aftertaste being a little more than I would have liked.

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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 UberWasser
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stein

Pours a dark straw, pale amber. Three finger head dissipates quickly into a one finger. Just like their Full Sail Amber, a magnificent shower of bubbles rises to the top as you drink it, which, while attractive alone, also helps keep the head rather thick and promotes generous lacing. Great looking beer.

The smell was a little empty, but what is there is good. Sweet malts, some banana or other fruits, a little spice.

This was a surprisingly sweet beer. Lots of sweet malt flavor, very little hop taste. What is there makes its presence mostly in the mild aftertaste. A little bit of banana flavor seemed to be present. A good tasting brew. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a little fizz.

A nice pale ale. What it lacks in kick it makes up for, at least partly, with a nice clean taste that you could drink all night.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. It pours a slightly cloudy copper orange. It has a head of about a fingers width and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

The smell is mostly malty and sweet with a hint of hops. A little lacking in hop bitterness in the aroma department for my linking.

The taste starts with a sweet, bready maltiness but does end with an earthy hop bitterness. Not really what I was expecting from an APA, as I expected more citrusy and piney hop flavors, but still a nice tasting beer.

Nice mouthfeel and I could definitely spend some time drinking this beer, but overall it's nothing too spectacular.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a head that comes and then goes. Moderate carbonation and no lacing. Smells of malt with some buttery diacetyl and really grassy hops. There's an odd faint aroma along with the hops that smells like somebody got a perm. Not good. But otherwise, this smelled nice. Toasted malt flavors mixed with diacetyl get a kick in the pants from some citrus hops. Finishes a bit more sweet than bitter, but the bitterness is ever present. Kind of a lightweight even as far as APAs go. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and watery with a somewhat harsh carbonation on the tongue. Not feeling it. Overall, this is an average drinker as the mouthfeel just kind of kills it for me. Really, aside from the awful mouthfeel and the fact that the aroma makes me think of hanging with Al Sharpton in a hair salon, this is pretty decent.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange/copper in color. Thin white head disappears immediately. Earthy and floral hop aroma. Fair amount of biscuity caramel malt combines with seom floral hop flavors. Not much bitterness. Seems a bit thin. This was somewhat disappointing to me, not the flavors I was expecting. Not awful, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a camouflaged freshness stamp of 032310. Pours a very clear, medium gold color with a small off-white head that fades pretty fast but does leave a few nice streaks of lacing behind. Lack of foam and subsequent retention are a bit of a bummer.

The nose strikes a nice malt/hop balance with the hops being a little bit citric and a touch piney. Malt hints at sweetness due to some crystal malt and has a touch of toffee. Not an aroma that will blow you away, but pleasant enough.

Taste is biscuity maltiness with a bittering finish. Does not do much in the way of hop flavor, but comes in on the back end pretty strong. Malts are a bit dull, earthy even and the beer is carbonated pretty low. I usually like the feel to be a bit brighter, but this is a pretty easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Buttered bread, caramel with some leafy hop notes on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with the bready caramel dominating and the leafy hop notes coming through on the finish. A prominent bitterness is also present and some caramel corn lingers on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty pale ale, but nothing mind blowing. Easily drinkable and worth taking for a spin but there's some better options available.

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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 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 hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a small white head, decent lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a small amount of malt. The taste is very similar. Bitter aftertaste, medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. A decent American Pale Ale, but not one that I would go out of my way to get.

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Photo of jtfest
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Funny -- I was expecting more from this brew. It poured a clean orange-yellow, with a virtually non-existent white head. It had a very light aroma with just a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery, with a taste that reminded me initially of macros before it settled into a somewhat fuller, bitter aftertaste. It's good and definitely easy drinking, but for a Pale Ale that is rated higher than Mirror Pond on this site, I felt a little disappointed.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale gold and is topped my a miniscule head that vanishes, and leaves only a ring around the glass to ever indicate it was there; no lacing to speak of. The appearance is lackluster, however, it has its redeeming aspects.

S: Sweet caramel backed by piney and floral hops. Nothing much here but solid nonetheless.

T: Definite biscuit in the nose followed by caramel. There also seems to be an adjuncty aspect in the taste. The hops are there but they are restrained to create balance, and are largely floral in nature. Not as bitter as I would like, again though, it is solid drinking.

M: creamy and medium bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing I would intentionally seek out again.

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Photo of KeefD
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with an off-white head that settles quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Smell is of some grainy malts with a not-over-the-top hop fruitiness. Taste is much the same. Not much hop action going on in flavor, lots of grainy, biscuit-like malts, some floral and citrus notes, but nothing out of the ordinary or overwhelmingly good. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very easy to drink and is definitely a good session pale ale, although I would probably revert to my standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale if given the choice. An average at-best APA.

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Photo of iSip
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dinner at the in-laws and Full Sail was served. Once in teh glass it temps you with a deep copper color, thin off-white head that fades and a mild aroma. The flavor has a good malt base with a bit (or bite) of bitter right up front. The flavor lasts and makes a smooth exit. Overall, very middle of the road for a pale ale.

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Photo of thatlongname
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden color like apple juice with carbonation. Thin and quick dissipating head.

Smell: Oranges, citrus, light malts, faint spice. Pretty complex here.

Taste: Well balanced hops and malts. The taste starts with the malts and then leads to the hops. Faint fruit/citrus flavors accompany the whole way. Ends with the alcohol cleansing the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a good APA but I might pass up it for an untried one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange/copper in color. Thin white head disappears immediately. Earthy and floral hop aroma. Fair amount of biscuity caramel malt combines with seom floral hop flavors. Not much bitterness. Seems a bit thin. This was somewhat disappointing to me, not the flavors I was expecting. Not awful, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a decent head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint, flowery hops
Taste-Flowery herbal hops, faint citrus, soapy finish. Overall, pretty middle-of-the-road. Nothing to get excited about here.

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