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.