ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There are certain styles that I am rarely impressed by. There are also a few breweries who seldom impress me as well. I guess Full Sail Amber Ale was doomed from the start with me since itís a style I rarely enjoy by a brewery I rarely enjoy. And itís not that this is a terrible beer by any means, just that itís not nearly the good one it should be.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. It had an enjoy by date of 1/19/16 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Definitely a beautiful deep amber/magenta red hue. Body is mostly clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a thumb-width, white foamy head which retains well but doesnít lace the glass.
Smell: Amber malts for sure, though they are mild. A bit of a floral scent, but equally mild. Seems to smell a little buttery, too.
Taste: If you go over a list of amber ale characteristics, this beer would seem to live up to every check point on the list. Yes, thereís light malty sweetness and a bit of floral or piney hop flavor and bitterness Ė but again, itís quite mild. This bottle probably has some age on it, but itís still well within its freshness window. Additionally, there does seem to be a faint buttery flavor or maybe even yellow lollipop. Itís not bad, in fact, both are in line with the base palette so as not to be distracting (or even discernable by less nuanced palates). Thereís even some nutty flavor as well, which is nice. Still, this beer could use a little more of pretty much everything.
Drinkability: I always get frustrated when a beer doesnít live up to its potential. At 6% ABV, Full Sail Amber Ale should be a fairly big-bodied and complex brew; yet it drinks like something lighter and more simplistic. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, wet, and flat. The hops do linger, but leave a dry, pasty sensation. This would be fine with a meal thatís not too intensely flavored.
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber clear pour from 12 oz bottle. Pretty lean. Some mild malts. Some hops, mostly earthy hops. Pretty carbonated. Oh hum brew.
AgentAle (1496) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasty malts , caramel and light earthy malt. Taste is rich malts with light basic hops. Finishes pretty flat. Appearance is a clear amber with a
Evolutionary (469) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from jerrys wedding. Weak and not that impressive. Sugar and smooth but somewhat weak.
burg326 (5266) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with aromas of todfee, malt, light earth and pine. Flavors match the aromas big malt backbone with caramel and toffee with subtle pine. Decent amber ale but wouldnít actively seek it out.
northropfrye (3214) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bought this (without wifi access to ratebeer) thinking it was their elusive polotmovy, one of the few styles I havenít tried. Ooops. Was pleasantly surprised it was at least a highly rated amber. However, I donít see why itís so highly rated. Red amber body, white head, spotty lacing, looks nice. Sweet fruity malt aroma, but rather faint. Taste is sweet, fruity, malty, donít get much hops at all in this. Overall, a pretty average amber.
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Amber with small head. Mild caramel body. Light sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Pretty bland, but not bad.
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.A: Amber bordering on brown with a foamy white head. Lacing.N: Toast, peppercorn, earth, pine, some toffee and red licorice, biscuit, hint of orange zest.T: Solidly bitter and sweet.M: Light body, fizzing carbonation, hint of alcohol burn.O: This is a flavorful amber, maybe the best I have had. Prime example, well worth your time.
OnTheTrail (336) - Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another amber ale I enjoyed. A solid offering, I want to try more by Full Sail.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice amber. Quite smooth. Good malty backbone. Copper in color. Recommended.