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 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! mR_fr0g (14405) - 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. 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.
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
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.
Amber clear pour from 12 oz bottle. Pretty lean. Some mild malts. Some hops, mostly earthy hops. Pretty carbonated. Oh hum brew.
AgentAle (1889) - Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
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 (547) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle from jerrys wedding. Weak and not that impressive. Sugar and smooth but somewhat weak. burg326 (5672) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
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 wouldn’t actively seek it out. northropfrye (3748) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
I bought this (without wifi access to ratebeer) thinking it was their elusive polotmovy, one of the few styles I haven’t tried. Ooops. Was pleasantly surprised it was at least a highly rated amber. However, I don’t see why it’s so highly rated. Red amber body, white head, spotty lacing, looks nice. Sweet fruity malt aroma, but rather faint. Taste is sweet, fruity, malty, don’t get much hops at all in this. Overall, a pretty average amber. rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Tap. Amber with small head. Mild caramel body. Light sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Pretty bland, but not bad.