Full Sail Amber Ale

Oregon
United States
Full Sail Amber Ale Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

OREGON'S ORIGINAL AMBER
Anyone remember the grocery store cooler back before it turned into a kaleidoscopic fantasy world of beer options? You pretty much had two choices: Regular or Light. In 1989, when we brewed our first batch of Full Sail Amber, not only was it the first Amber ale here in Beervana (aka Oregon) -- it was the first craft beer to go into a bottle. And two things became immediately apparent. It wasn’t Regular and it sure as heck wasn’t Light. Our Amber is a sweet, malty, medium-bodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It’s brewed with Two-Row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts. And we hop it with Mt. Hoods and Cascades. We’re as proud of it today as we were back in ’89. Over the years our flagship Amber has earned many awards and accolades including over 20 gold medals and was recently named "World's Best Dark Beer" at the World Beer Awards. Not that we’re keeping track or anything.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
31
Hops: 
Mt. Hood, Cascade
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A classic example of the style, Full Sail Amber ale is arguably the American Amber Ale's style archetype, garnering countless awards since it first came to market more than 20 years ago. Full Sail's flagship pours a deep, burnished copper with flashes of chestnut highlights. Aromas of freshly baked bread, light caramel, rosemary and lemon balm leap from the glass. While Pete and Tom both liked the rich caramel and English toffee notes, Lee was especially impressed with the exceptionally clean, cinnamon-spice-tinged aroma. Malt may dominate the nose, but spicy, floral and ocassionally piney hop aromas abound as well. Flavor leans more toward toastiness than actual caramel, with teases of toffee and light cocoa. Rick praised the complex mineral, spicy bitterness and its give-and-take with the rich toast, caramel and toffee-like malt flavors. Tom's note that "hop bitterness make a strong statement in the finish" resonated with the other judges, who all complimented the masterful integration of malt and hop, especially in the pleasantly dry finish. Lee summed it up perfectly, calling the beer a "robust, warming, full-bodied ale that gives the palate a bear hug of flavors." Once again, Jamie Emmerson and Full Sail deliver a truly singular drinking experience, offering up what is the quintessential American Amber Ale.

Brewery Introduction

Stoked to Brew, Brewed to Stoke

The reason we started Full Sail in the first place was to build a company that was completely different from the ones where we’d previously worked. It wasn’t about business as usual. It was about finding our calling in life — about truly appreciating our... Read More

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