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

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642 Ratings
Full Sail Pale AleFull Sail Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#28,260
Reviews:
363
Ratings:
642
pDev:
14.05%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 363
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 mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one sitting in the fridge and decided it was time to give it a try. Served cold with dinner and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010.
 
Very average pours here. Light golden orange in color with a clear and even color to it. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top but no real head formed, instead just about a quarter inch of light lacing around the sides that left it bare after a minute or so. Light herbal hops, touches of pine and light bready notes all converge, but nothing really taking the lead here though. Warming throws it a bit towards the hops, but again nothing really pulling me apart for this one. Clean, even taste, bready up front with hints of caramel and light grassy notes. A bit clingy in the feel, but the carbonation breaks it apart rather quickly. Smooth and even and easy to drink I would have no problem throwing down a few, but the flavor was just not all that interesting to me.
 
Overall a nice and smooth, session able pale ale, albeit forgettable. Still you could do worse.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance--nice foam head that clings and stays to the last drop. Aroma/flavor is of pacific northwest hops maybe centennial or columbus variety--kinda harsh and catty. Not terrible but could be better. it could stand to have a little more maltiness. Good, but not something I'll go back to much. It is a Pyramid IPA with less bittering hops and much less malt. Dissapointing, but still better than half of the beers available.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear orange amber into a pint glass. A dense half inch of head settles to a surface cap after a few minutes, yielding some casual lacing.

Quite lagerish on the smell intiially, and stays that way. Some hops upon a swirl but otherwise rather vacant. Some orange notes when really kicked up.

Taste follows suit. Has a decent body but is nonetheless a bit void in flavor. What's there is a bit chewy and cumbersome, obviously trying to cover things from behind. An intersting beer, but not my favorite from Full Sail...

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Photo of donnebaby
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much clarified deep bronze color body. See-through clear. Fat sticky cream haze piles up unevenly. Nose is salty and a little bit smelly and stank, medium malt background.

Sweet appley malts. Sour overtones. Carbonation is smooth and mild, one of the only things making this beer seem not like a macro. Clean, mild hop finish, Feels more like a macro amber to me than a West Coast pale ale, which was my expectation. Disappointing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.40... shared with my brother... my half poured into my New Belgium Globe... listening to the iPod RIS party mix... Cowboy Junkies "Misguided Angel".

Good head that left no lacing... atop a hazy orange brew.

Pale toasted malts and grassy hops are the only real aroma components.

Flavor is mirrored to the smell... some fruitness is mid palate with a citrus hop finish.

Full Sail standard 12's are not something I buy that often, just because I can find better brews for about the same price... not a bad beer.. just average. It could use a little more PNW hops in the nose and palate.

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Photo of TechMyst
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice little pale ale actually. Purchased at safeway just to try something new while on vacation. Citrus/mild bittering hops. decently balanced medium mouth feel. nice to see the slightly higher alcohol content. I would definitely recommend this and try again as well. This was crisp and refreshing. I'd like to try more from this brewer, but they are way out from where I live.

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Photo of shererjt
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, deep copper with a moderate head. Nose was rick caramel and yeast with subdued hops and an earthiness in the background. Not a lot of fruit. Some citrus, but not like many of the APAs. Busy flavor, with citrusy hops, earth, and a lingering bitterness. Malt was secondary. Nice, medium body in the mouthfeel. Drinkability was about average.

Not a bad beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I'm glad to have given it a try.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a crystal clear sparkling light to medium amber with a slight yellow hue and a head that was average sized (1-2 finger), fizzy and white and had fair lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild of a grain malt, a citrus hop and a musty scented yeast with a hint of caramel and grapefruit.

The taste was just a tad sweet and acidic with a mild caramel note at first and then became a little bitterer and a touch hoppy with a definite note of citrus (grapefruit) at the end. The flavor hung around for a little while after the swallow leaving a bit of bitterness to linger on.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two above light in body and dry but also watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a decent Pale Ale, one that goes down easy and finishes nice...

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

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Honeyed amber color with a fluffy cascading beige head. Aroma is pale and crystal malty with faint accents of grapefruit rind. Not very robust. Flavor is dominated by light bready malts with a touch of sweetness. Hops are overly subdued, only barely detectable as an herbal piney note. Mouthfeel is standard, drinkability is fine, but what's the point of a west coast pale ale if there isn't any hoppiness?

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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 BeerAndFilm
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden orange with a soapy, bubbly sheet of a head. Nice webby lacing. Aromas of caramel, grain and herbal/flowery hops. Spicy, somewhat juicy citrus and leafy hop sweetness with a slightly grainy finish. Slight veggie-ness. Not the most easy-drinking pale ale in the world. Medium bodied. I'm not crazy about the hop choices in this one. Not bad, but probably not something I'll want to purchase again any time soon.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle of Full Sail Pale Ale poured a brilliantly clear orange. It had a fluffy white head which collapsed quickly leaving a thin white veil, which laced itself nicely on the glass. Fine bubbles evolved from the bottom of the glass throughout.

The aroma of this pale ale contained elements of biscuity, toasty malt and spicy hops.

Full Sail Pale Ale has a flavor which is balanced nicely between malt and hops. Earthy toasted malt notes blend nicely with spicy hop flavor and solid, but not overwhelming, hop bitterness. It finishes relatively dry and the bitterness lingers nicely.

Medium bodied with a light mouth coat and crisp carbonation.

Altogether this Full Sail product is a nice well balanced pale ale… definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lacing around the glass on the drink down. Smells of biscuit-like malt, cooked vegetables, and herbal hops. Nothing too exciting. Taste is somewhat better with the herbal hops up front with a biscuit like malt aftertaste. Low hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation levels make this one a tiny bit thick feeling. Overall, a decent beer that walks the middle of the road. I wouldn't get this one again.

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Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

12 oz. twist-off ("torque off") capped bottle, best by 12-21-07 (Close, but had it a few days before that - and reviewed from notes, as is the norm for me):

Pours light orange/amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of caramel with soft citric and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel with some unusual buttery notes. A light touch of hops lend some bitterness, though it remains sweetish. Maybe the hops died on this one faster than expected - they are there but only to lend some bitter, citric/floral balance to the malt.

Medium-bodied at most. It's okay, but would fit around the middle of a line-up of APA's, IMO.

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Photo of Gtotango
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mtrain237
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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 RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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