PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - World Market - 12 0z bottle - probably passed this by a dozen times thinking I had had it. Medium copper pour, light snow white head, nice film of lacing Aroma has some wort-like accents, a hint of spice and muskiness. Flavor has some light molasses hints, some bready spiciness, a touch of date-like frutiiness, some nuttiness in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Solid. Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Sweetish malty aroma with caramel, leather, tea and a little vanilla. Mostly clear, orange-tan brew. Standard 12 oz longneck, Full Sail labels make it hard to tell the difference between beers. Incredibly bland. A little bitter, a little tannic, dry, tangy. Vague harkening to the things I like about UK pales, but it just doesn’t come off. Medium body, woody aftertaste. World Market. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - NOV 30, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of a white color. The head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mostly of a fruity and lighter bready smell mixed with some other aromas of an earthy and herbal hop smell and just the faintest hint of a caramel aroma.
Taste – The taste begins slightly bready and moderately caramel sweetened flavor. As the taste advances the caramel transitions to a more toffee like flavor taking on some slightly more buttery tastes. All the while some lighter hop flavors develop on the tongue with a bit of an herbal and earthy hop coming to the tongue. Along with the hop come some stronger fruitier flavors of an apple and peach nature which mix with the rest to leave a moderately sweeter pale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the more moderate and middle ground flavors of the brew the thinner body and moderate carbonation are just right, creating a very easy drinking brew overall.
Overall – A decent rather easy drinking pale ale. Nothing to go out of your way for, but a rather decent session or party style brew.
bkurtz (1134) - LITHUANIA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle - Pours a clear copper with a smallish head. Aromas of bread malts. Tastes like an English ale with some caramel sweetness. Not bad. bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2014
A nice English Pale Ale out of Hood River, Oregon. Captain Cook explored the Oregon coast back in the day, so I guess there is some connection here. Still, it’s hard to ignore the Northwest hop presence.
EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bread crust/light caramel malt aroma. Some English ale fruit. Bread crust/toast, caramel malt flavor. Lightly sweet. Fruity yeast, and herbal hops. Pretty similar to Full Sail’s APA, with some English ale character. maekchu (4054) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2014
Tap at Full Sail in Hood River, listed at 5% and 30 IBU. Crisp, tasty malt, and minerals. Light copper color. Gentle, tingling maltiness balanced right away with bittering. Some light caramel notes, with raisins and candy. Thin-medium body. Definitely in the British mode. Very malty and satisfying. TannerMidd (5) - jenks, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
Very interesting aroma, it has a sweet malty smell. The taste is a sweet sugary malt flavor that I personally do not find appealing. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 3, 2014
This has an enjoy by date of "10/12/14."
Since it is an English pale ale by style, this was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a fairly decent looking amber and somewhat bronze clear color. There was some sharp carbonated bubbles seen rising. Don’t ask me about the lacing - there was barely any.
The smell, well, at least this made up for it. There was a good amount of the right styled English malts overcoating a super light somewhat piney hoppiness.
The taste was mainly sweet and was more than definitely an English Pale ale in the flavor. Perhaps soapy to the uneducated English beer drinker, but I understand these beers and this is right one par. There’s a nice light sweet malty aftertaste that leads to a fairly decent dry finish.
Overall, this is about a light to medium on the body with a fairly good sessionable quality about it. The carbonation is perhaps one of the smoothest feels I’ve ever had for an English Pale ale, hey kudos to you, Full Sail.
Overall, for the style and by an American brewer, these guys knocked it out of the park. However, I’m sorry, I’m not a true English Pale ale fan, if anything, I certainly hope that if anyone is reading this from Full Sail, I would be more than happy to have this with some fish n’ chips and after a hard day’s work here in SE Alaska and a gentle rolling cold fog that rolled in this evening, I would be more than welcoming this fine brew on a day like today. Argh, if I sound like a pirate. Ah, its sounded nice as it came across my fingers on this keyboard. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Style chasing, from a 12 oz bottle. A bit past its best by date, but not obscenely so. I’m going ahead. Pours clear copper with frothy offwhite head. Malt-forward aroma of toffee, light caramel, and bread dough. Taste: biscuit, toast, very lightly bitter, short crisp finish. Light body, thin texture, dry toast in the finish.