Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I remembered trying Full Sail's Wassail winter warmer a couple years ago and couldn't recall how it stacked up against the other West Coast warmers that have a special place in my heart :). For that reason I picked up a single for the sole purpose of writing this review...
Poured out, it's a very, deep brown color with a reddish tinge. It is crystal-clear with absolutely no sediment. The color actually looks a lot like an English porter. There was no head except a very thin solar eclipse-like ring of white foam around the glass. Unfortunately there is really nothing attractive about this beer.
The smell, on the other hand, is great. It's reminiscent of cherry, cotton candy/malt, and hops. Not too sweet and not too bitter or sour. Very, very nice.
The taste went like this:
sweet fruit -> malt & hops -> chocolate -> hops & espresso
This is a very complex, yet well-balanced ale. However I didn't find it to be very "warming", even with 7%. I think this beer is intended to satisfy the cravings of the hop heads in the NW, as the hops are very intense for a warmer and overpower some of its qualities. Yet there is a huge amount of malty sweetness which screams "wintertime!" I'd say this is one of the better winter seasonals from the West. It's definitely better than Deschutes', as good as Pyramid's, probably about the same as Sierra Nevada's, but not as good as Golden Valley's.
Time to go buy the rest of that 6-pack!
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2010 06:46:36 | More by MadeInOregon
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
review from yesterday:
Enjoy By 2/21/14. I guess I'm about a month out....
Very dark, nut Brown, almost transparent. Small head, tan, creamy.
Aroma is slightly nutty, some spice, although it says there isn't any.
Taste is bread and caramel up front, sweet, then some hop bitterness to follow.
Kind of thin, especially for a 7.2% abv, but decent. leaves a bitter aftertaste with some kind of spice on the roof of the mouth.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 22:32:45 | More by pkalix
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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