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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 JHendu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bshiban
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of letsgopens
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of selections from Full Sail in the fridge, ready to be reviewed. This one pours a golden/orange amber, mostly clear with no visible rising bubbles and an off white, average sized head. The foam fades pretty quickly but leaves some trails behind.

Sweet, grainy and floral with lots of toasty, buttered bread and grassy hops. Pale/crystal malt a hint of citrus. Definitely a well balanced nose.

A good deal of sweet citrus up front along with a dose of buttery, toasty grain. A hint of mellow caramel malt fades in to grassy, floral hops. Some good bitter balanced notes float in to a slightly more mellow, husky but slick finish. Mellows substantially as it warms.

Actually quite subtle in the carbonation department. I think this brew may have benefited from some crisper, bitey carbonation; the hops may have shined through more and the inherent mellowness may have been livened up a bit.

Definitely a selection I could see myself enjoying a few of but probably not the first session beer I'd reach for. A decent, well balanced APA in my opinion.

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

Great example of an American Pale Ale. Copperish gold in color with an off white head. Good aroma of floral or piney hops. This beer has a really good flavor. The hops make their presence known right away and finish very well. Generously hopped for a pale ale. Enough hop character to keep this beer interesting, but very drinkable. You can knock this one back without even blinking. This is one of my favorite American-style pale ales.

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Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of clear amber, with a small light tan head - nose of hopps , grape fruit , earth , slight bubblegum , and malts – taste of bitter hops , dirty resin , slight orange , and roasted malt - body light to medium , and slightly acidic – aftertaste of orange , hopps , and grapefruit

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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 MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HoustonTX
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish/Yellow, cream white head, nice lacing.

S - Citrus, light grains, clean refreshing smell.

T - Taste starts off crisp and almost creamy. Citrus is the first flavor that hits you followed by a nice tart hoppy bite. Goes down smooth.

M - Carbonation and mouthfeel is well-balanced.

D - Very drinkable.

This was my first Full Sail brew to try, and it was a very pleasent experience. This is a solid Pale Ale, and definitely surpassed my expectations, give it a try

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Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Topher78
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ujsplace
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep golden colored brew with a finger thick foamy head that leaves some good looking lace behind.

Smells of floral hops and a hint of biscuit like malt.

Tastes of flowery, citrus hops with a tasty malt finish that is subtle, but satisfying.

Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and crisp.

This is one of those brews that would really go down early, easy and often around the grill in the summer, at the beach, or pretty much anywhere where the weather is nice. A very satisfyingly refreshing brew that is something I'd look for in a case.

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

Hops and sweet malt greet the nose making it clear that this is definitely an American Pale Ale. Copper almost amber in color with a nice creamy light tan head. Nice assertive hop bitterness with plently of caramel and malt to smooth things out and prevent the beer from being out of balance. Crisp and quite refreshing. A pleasant surprise at the comedy club the other night where the other "exotic" brews were Labatt Blue and Redhook ESB.

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

Poured into pint glass, pours golden orange with somewhat small head. Little retention and some lacing. Smell is of hops and does seem to have that "floral" quality too it, honestly one of only a few brews that actually smell "floral" like to me. Taste is good, decent balance of malt and hops, obviously leaning toward the hops side. A nice touch of them but not too overwhelming. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with a slight oily feeling left behind. While this is no standout to me it is an easy drinker and a good session beer. Having purchased at $4.99 for a 6 pack, you cant go wrong there.

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

sept 2009, finally time for another go. cracked it open fearing skunk, but this time it seems ok.
3.5 not a great deal of head even with an assertive pour, but the ring stays around. it's a medium amber, quite clear.

3.5 smells lemony, a tiny touch of caramel, some crackers underneath. not your usual west coast hop aroma.

3.5 the lemons carry through to the flavor, with more of a mild lemon rind bitterness than a hop bite i can recognize. bit of a tannin astringency.
4 mouthfeel is light-med with moderate carbonation.

3.5 not bad, but not the beer i remember from my first encounter, but i'm not sure which of has changed (or been mishandled).

another bottle...smell is skunky? or maybe it's just that right after drinking a sn anniversary this stuff smells lousy? and the taste seems somewhat unduly tangy. may need to rethink this one. tonight it's barely a 3.5 (ended up dumping the rest of the sixer)

4 single finger head quickly drops to a ring, clear golden orange. Staggered rings of lace.
4 the usual grapefruit but accompanied by some orange and good amount of cracker-like malt
taste is fairly reserved, orange and grapefruit, not very much bitterness. What bitterness there is blends with a mild tangy sweetness and the whole thing integrates very well with the medium body and fine but somewhat sparse carbonation. The mild tang and bitterness linger.
4 mouthfeel
4.5 drinkability. Seems like this would be an excellent introductory pale ale for the uninitiated, or an incredibly friendly session beer for the experienced beer lover weary of tastebud crushing adventure. Could see drinking an absolutely unlimited number of these.

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Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A-deep copper color, 1/4 inch white head

S-slight sweet aroma, don't know what except it smells delicious

T-again, being new at this I'm having a hard time describing it. The nice flavor is even better than the nice smell. I do taste a balanced variety of different flavors

M-not watery, good carbonation

O-a good pale ale, over all good in ever sense

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

This 12 oz bottle pours an amber orange color with an off white very light brown creamy frothy head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout. Smell is hay and grain with some light hoppy presences of pine/flowers. Taste is intially bitter with a sweet follow up. Light mouthfeeling that is a little oily and slightly alcoholic.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Pours a transparent light amber color with a dense 1 finger head white head that leaves a little lacing. Smells of light malts, sort of a grain smell, also some hops are present in the nose. Taste was very nice, just the right amount of bitterness, starts with a little bit of that light malt and finishes cleanly. Mouthfeel is average for an APA. Overall, this is a quality beer and i'll probably buy it again.

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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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