Full Sail Amber Ale
Full Sail: 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 Beer Mecca (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.
Full Sail Brewing – Full Sail Amber Ale – 12oz bottle poured into a New Belguim beer glass. 5.5% abv with a drink by date of 1/8/2009 stamp.
Appearance: A dark, dull maroon with a light tan 1/2 inch head.
Aroma: Burnt sugar and apple skins.
Taste: Caramel, grain, then a moderate amount of bitter hops. A bit of sour cherry lingers after the sip, as well as hints of cinnamon spice.
Mouthfeel: Too thick to be a session, but not overly heavy.
Overall: Highly drinkable, looks beautiful, and is priced appropriately.