brewbattles (40) - - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 other amber ales to objectively determine which one was best. The beers were Full Sail Amber, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Lost Coast Alleycat, and Alaskan Amber. You can watch the video here to see who won:
bergstaden (2212) - RÝros, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with off white head - Sweet malt aroma - Malt body with some caramal notes and some bitterness in the back - The dark malt and hops goes into the finish - This was nice
MrBeerFanatic (977) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark caramel almost no head. aromas caramel, toffee, slight zest hop. Flavors zest/citrus hop, caramel, hidden toffee. Medium bodied. Good tasty beer as the label says. Medium sweet.
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.
Popoff91 (82) - Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12-ounce bottles. A bit darker than most ambers. Amber ales tend to be a little boring, and this one doesnít have any standout qualities, but not bad at all.
danfontaine (41) - - MAR 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ar- subtle hop aroma here, getting some cantaloupe, hints of oranges, low malt aroma,
Ap- clear, deep Amber, almost brown. Short head doesn't hang around long.
Fl- malt sweetness throughout with a hint of pie crust, well balanced hops give some citrus pine and resinous notes finishes mildly bitter.
Mf- med to full bodied, nicely carbonated, dry toward the end
Ov- good beer just unimpressed I guess. Would like more distinct malt flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JonnyMadison (87) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was a full bodied Amber, a little hoppier than I expected with a bitter finish. Looked lovely though!
mR_fr0g (8289) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home from trader Joeís. Mid amber copper coloured pour with a thin greyish head. Aroma is caramel, apple, burnt toffee, light mineral, toasted bead. Malty nose. Flavour is cloying sweet toffee malts, toffee apple, mineral, nutty, hay. Palate is sweet, medium light, mineral, moderate carbonation. Too sweet.
ChadPolenz (1629) - 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 (1431) - 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