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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The best selling Amber in the Northwest. It’s a great tasting malty sweet beer that has rich amber hue, a full body, and a spicy floral hop finish. This American style amber ale is brewed with: 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and is hopped with Mt. Hood and Cascade hops

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3.6
klaing (282) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Dark Amber with moderate head and carbonation. Sweet nutty malts, very smooth, with some herby hopping for a dry finish. On the brown side of Amber. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
drjoeng (1481) - SINGAPORE - AUG 6, 2016
5.5%ABV. Amber ale. Poured out light clear brown. 21ºSRM Nose is nutty and has for me that odor of old well-conditioned leather. Mouthfeel is light soap. Palate is actually very sweet and has a bunch of nice toasted malt, but smoother and more mellow than the other ambers I’ve had. Ambers always have an abruptness to the palates that always struck me as a little rude. Full sail’s brew has a very nice smooth easy going palate that has the malt of a malted milkshake, with vanilla beans and a nice creamy finish. Goes on Favorites List !

3.2
cmacklin (1414) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2016
355ml bottle. (6.0% ABV) Pours a clear amber with a thin, beige head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt with a hint of chocolate. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, chocolate, biscuit, peach and grass with a mildly bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. This was actually pretty tasty (as the label states)... for a boring style.

3.1
bergstaden (3388) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2016
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

3.5
MrBeerFanatic (1076) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2016
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.

2.8
Popoff91 (124) - Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2016
12-ounce bottles. A bit darker than most ambers. Amber ales tend to be a little boring, and this one doesn’t have any standout qualities, but not bad at all.

3.4
danfontaine (41) - - MAR 24, 2016
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

3.2
JonnyMadison (94) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Was a full bodied Amber, a little hoppier than I expected with a bitter finish. Looked lovely though!

2.8
mR_fr0g (14242) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle at home from trader Joe’s. 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.

3.2
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
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 it’s a style I rarely enjoy by a brewery I rarely enjoy. And it’s not that this is a terrible beer by any means, just that it’s 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 doesn’t 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, there’s light malty sweetness and a bit of floral or piney hop flavor and bitterness – but again, it’s quite mild. This bottle probably has some age on it, but it’s still well within its freshness window. Additionally, there does seem to be a faint buttery flavor or maybe even yellow lollipop. It’s 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). There’s 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 doesn’t 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 that’s not too intensely flavored.

RATING: 5/10


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