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Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

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BA SCORE
86
very good

738 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle."

ABV 7% IBU 56

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights and a fluffy beige head of 2 cm foams up easily.
The aroma is sweet. There is caramel and toffee with some slight spiciness that I think is nutmeg. Also some citrus notes but not rindy, more fruity like an orange.
I take a sip and discover a finely carbonated beer with average body. The texture is a little watery.
Flavor starts of sweet caramel and toffee and rolls quickly to some bitey hops that carry some piney and rindy characteristics. The hops linger on my palate and dry out my mouth after each swallow.
The beer is easy to drink, but I was hoping for more complexity in the beer per winter warmer style. Seems to be more of a decent pale ale.
I wouldnt hunt it down to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 00:24:38 | More by sulldaddy
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tburkhart

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/mahogony with little head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smells a bit roasty with a hint of spice.

Tastes of roasted malts and slight alcohol.

Fairly creamy feel.

Not what I expected for a Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 01:00:09 | More by tburkhart
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Bfarr

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, slightly red brown with medium fuzzy head with okay retention and lacing. Caramel aroma with a bit of roasted malts. Sweet and tangy citrusy hops abound with a little pepper and roasted malts in the background woth a hint of peat. Moderate-high hop lingering. Semi-dry with sharp carbonation.

There is a lot of flavor here but the blend of flavors isn't optimal. The slight peat flavor seems to clash a bit with citrus. Not a lot just enought to give me a second pondering thought to wondering just what that flavor was. All in all, this reminds me more of a cascadian IPA than a winter warmer due to the very prominent hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 13:54:31 | More by Bfarr
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argock

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 031311 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and solid 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and woody, musty maltiness witha kiss of orange and grapefruit hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately the hoppiness is only a shadow of the nose, and the flavor is a bit too woody and cardboardy for my taste. There is a pepper type of spiciness in the middle, but mostly bland, blunt woodiness reminiscent of green, not-quite-conditioned homebrew is the dominant flavor. The sweetness is pretty muted with a little bit of brown ale sour.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation and a cardboard aftertaste without much sweetness.

D: I thought this brew would be right up my alley -- a winter warmer without spice -- but unfortunately the hops-malt mix in the brew doesn't hit it for me at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:15:37 | More by argock
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harrymel

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 23FEB12

A: deep brown with cherry hues. finger of light tan head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. spotty lace.
S: smells of metal with some malts and some herbal hops. Pretty weak.
T: Dark cherries, sweet malts, some tannins, some hops. Interesting. Nice at warmer temps.
M: Medium with fine and prickly carb.
O: I'd drink it again, but I won't stock in the house again probably.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:51:49 | More by harrymel
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Mahlik

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - As the description states, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger bubbly, khaki head. Head dissipates to leave a bubbly ring around the glass.

S - A nice holiday aroma. Very malty up front. Biscuity and sweet with some caramel and bread notes. Dark fruits, cranberries and spices really help bring out the holiday vibe. Grass and hay notes from the hops help balance it out.

T - A seemingly balanced combination of malts and hops. Toffee, biscuit and caramel blend with spices and hints of dark fruits. The grassy and piney hop profiles help balance everything out. There is a slight metallic flavor.

M - In terms of body, this beer is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers a bit. Definitely not a sipper but still not something you are just going to down with ease.

O - Not bad. I had this beer a few weeks ago and thought it was a complete failure. I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. While I don't think this beer is great, I do think it's a decent winter ale to have when you want to grab a sixer of something. I don't see myself grabbing this beer a third time though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:56:49 | More by Mahlik
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 02/28/14 69 at reefer temp into goblet.
Head virtually non-existant, off-white, completely diminishing
Lacing - virtually none.
Body reddish-brown, hazy (chill haze?)
Begins slightly bitter with something close to black cherry/date flavor and ends with the date predominating. No diacetyl, no hops, no alcohol after taste.
Medium to full body with a creamy texture.
Carbonation lively, quickly softening.

Overall, a winter warmer I can appreciate; not overspiced and not so sweet you have to chase it with insulin. Delightfully chewy. Drives, IMHO, Mad Elf back into the underbrush.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 21:57:06 | More by Ozzylizard
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hailyeast

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a tulip because I'm anticipating following this with a sour, maybe. Couldn't get a head noticed 1/2 way n poured hard to finish but just a lace of head.
S-malty and earthy , maybe vegetal herbal. Like a barley wine made with nugget or columbus or something
T-more of the same thick, sweet, malty, alcholic, herbal, vegetal all hop bitterness like no aroma hops were used.
O-not a bad beer, just not a memorable one, I like it but wouldn't want a 6er too many other good /better beers out there for me. Solid average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:42:46 | More by hailyeast
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass. Winter in July.

Pours a murky deep copper color with a finger of tan colored head that never fully dissolves and remains a heavy layer atop the glass through-out the session. The aroma is toasted malts, spices and some earthy hops. The flavor has similar notes with toasty malts and nuts, slight brown sugar and some other spices. Wassail has a creamy medium body. The hops are more present in the aroma than in the taste which actually makes sense, since this was a dry-hopped version of the Wassail. The flavor is nice but could use some more noticeable hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 04:12:16 | More by DiabolikDUB
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into standard shaker.

This beer is very clear, reddish brown with a nice, off white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is not prominent but I pick up on some darker fruits, spices and muted hops. I was a bit disappointed with the taste, because, it was just average. The flavors were not forward and kind of hidden behind the alcohol heat. I did taste some toffee, caramel, cherries, and bread. The mouthfeel was decent and a bit sticky. The drinkability was good but this beer did not make an impression.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 16:45:55 | More by OakedCanuck
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark brown in color until held closer to the light, which reveals a more deeper crimson. About a finger's worth of beige or khaki colored foam that lingers for a while. Good carbonation.

Smell - crisp, slightly hoppy-smelling brew with a fresh, fruity hint to it.

Taste - Fairly hoppy, but balanced out with the malts. So-so at the start, but an intriguing flavor hits the side of the tongue in the middle..can't really describe it unfortunately. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Texture is thicker and a little filmy.

Drinkability - Very interesting brew, not terribly complex, but complex enough. Might be worth a six-pack just to figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 02:18:57 | More by Nerudamann
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly creamy head tops a body of bright mahogany, light ruby brew. Little retention of head, a quick swirl brings it out again for a bit.
Soft hints of alcohol, nutmeg, earth-tones and malt in the nose. Caramel and nut bring up the rear. Sweetness becomes more noticeable after initial sip, so, too, the winter spices. A bit of nutmeg and ginger, but not much. Malt takes over the taste. Alcohol comes around in finish.
An average beer, would not be my choice for winter warmer

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 04:37:56 | More by Mebuzzard
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" thick tan head above the clear brown brew. Head lasts well, with layers of thick coating lace. Aroma is worty and fruity. Taste also is reminiscent of wort, with spicing and balancing bitterness near the end. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Have to admit the name had me thinking cider, not winter warmer, but I adjusted.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:07:41 | More by ppoitras
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mat5175

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a gorgeous beer. Wonderful deep reddish brown, clear. Not too thick a head, dissipates rapidly, but leaves a decent lacing.

Unremarkable nose. Rich, a little sweet, a good deal of hops in the nose.

Fairly light and silky on the palate, with a more than fair amount of carbonation. Very lively, bubbly beer.

This is a very prototypical winter warmer. Mild sweet dark flavors on the front; finishes with a good deal of hop bitter. This has a high enough ABV to serve its purpose, but this is never in the forefront. Like others of the type this becomes more intense as it warms, but can be enjoyed almost to room temperature.

i have had several of these without tiring of it, but not interesting enough to keep going through a six pack over an evening. Good offering for the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 21:51:11 | More by mat5175
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beeragent

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a very thin head that dissipated quickly. Thin spots of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is dominated by the malt, but also contains a hint of fruit aroma and hops. I expected the aroma to be a little more full and diverse. The taste was also slightly lacking in a complex flavor. The taste is very malty, creating a nutty/caramel flavor, but that is not well balanced out with the hops that complete the taste, ending in a very sharp bitter taste. The mouthfeel was very thick, but due to the hops, finished not as smooth as expected. For a winter warmer, the beer is drinkable, but not something to have all night. Overall, I am guessing that I just got a bad batch of this beer. Its not like I remember it tasting last year. However, based on what I found this beer to be this year, I would recommend another winter warmer to get you through the winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:46:57 | More by beeragent
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

latest review

the coffee quality does not seem so strong in subsequent tastings and the beer strikes me as far more drinkable than before. think i was starting to get a cold the first time. still, not as complex as i'd like and it lacks the full bodied, nourishing, spicy qualities i think it ought to possess. mouthfeel upgraded to 3, drinkability to 3.5.

3.5 opaque milk chocolate, nutty brown. thin cap, ring. occasional large chunkies.

3 smells like a porter w/ some crystal malt? fairly reserved aroma, or perhaps it's still too cold.

3 moderate to strong coffee bitterness. seems pretty astringent and alcoholic. not detecting a whole lot going on.

2.5 medium body, plenty carbonation. not enough body to support the bitterness and alcoholic presence.

2 maybe i drank it too cold. maybe my palate was off. maybe this 6-pack was mistreated. so far not my cup of coffee, er beer. next time i'll try sipping very slowly and letting it warm up more.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:59:47 | More by brewmudgeon
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured into a Duvel glass. Color is dark ruby/rich mahogany. Head is a light brown that dissipated rather quickly.

S- I love the esters in this, brown sugar, toffee, light bananas and toasted pine nuts.

T- well-balanced blend between the malts with a great hoppy finish. A little tart, that reminds me of bing cherries.

M- not the best winter warmer but not bad either. Leaves the mouth warm, which is probably due to higher alcohol content.

D- this beer is definitely drinkable, but it isn't outstanding. Honestly, I expected more from Full Sail's winter brew. Better than most, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 21:00:17 | More by paulthebeerguru
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tchenery

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a nice slightly off-white lacing head to it. The body is a deep russet color with hints of red hues.

It smells of all dark malts. I'm picking up amber malts, crystal malts, caramel malts, and on the tail end there's a bit of cranberry or cherry or some other holiday fruit.

Very malt forward beer. Wow, this one is thick. It is almost chalky. It tastes much like it smells except maybe with a bit of chocolate in there. It doesn't seem like they use spices like other winter warmers do.

Chalkiness takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:25:06 | More by tchenery
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aracauna

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, deep, deep red-brown. The head is average size and dry and sandy looking. The aroma is warm malt and is a bit spicy. The flavor is less malty than I would have thought with the appearance. A bit sour in the finish. Coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 00:42:32 | More by aracauna
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Thornlovesbeer

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really good to say about this beer... typical taste that is far from a Winter Ale.. for the most part taste like an Oktoberfest... starting to wonder if the 7.2% ABV is really true... I drank 6 of them in a 3 hour period and felt no more of a kick then if I drank 6 5.0% brews.. not impressed even with the 90 day's availability-theme on the label... one of the reason's I bought it and never will again! Not trying to be a sour puss but this brew is far from a solid brew that deserves top ratings I have had WAY better.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:14:55 | More by Thornlovesbeer
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TexIndy

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date lasered onto the neck. It was a russett brown color. Some sticky lacing. It had an average sized off white head that settled into a broken film with a collar.

The aroma was subtle. Sweet toffee malt with pine hops. Decent but weak. The flavor was stronger. The hops were more pronounced than the malt which was reverse of the aroma. Didn't really enjoy this one. Had a strange taste to it and too bitter in the finish. Winter Warmers are not one of my favorite styles and this one followed suit.

Overall, not a good beer for me. Wrong style and taste issues. One and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 01:02:29 | More by TexIndy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got down to my last one today, woops a little early before the holidays, well, I figured I better say something:

02/28/14 stamped white on the side of the bottle:

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown slightly red colored body with a half a finger white foamy head that rises just a tad and quickly dies to a thin coating on the top of the body, lacing is good and lightly speckled here and there, tries to spider web, but is just too clingy

S: malty, fair amount of caramel, little bit of cherry but in a fairly sweet sort of way

T: sweet, malty breadiness, slightly toasty; super malty aftertaste and a dry malty finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable but seems to be a little thicker for most winter warmers for the most part pretty good, nothing spectacular but nothing bad

O: for a winter warmer, this to me is only average, however, I think it does the job for its style, unsure if I would go after it again; also I put one in a beef stew and it went well (thanx Russpowell for the recommendation)

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:27:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that's somewhat opaque with a 1/2 inch off-white head that loosens and becomes an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Neat constellations of bubbles on the surface and likewise-patterned lacing.

S- Roasty and somewhat alcoholic. Also a tad sweet-smelling with some spice notes in the back.

T- Heavy onset of roast that slips into a rubbery, boozy gutter and does not recover. No hops, no spice, no balance. Just strange.

M- Sharp twangs from the alcohol on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Dry with medium carbonation.

O- I don't know if this is what a true "Wassail" is supposed to be like, but this just does not agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:15:08 | More by Immortale25
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NorCalYeti

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- sweeter beer, malty, slight hop bite

color- roasted amber

clarity- clear

smell- slight roasted character

body- medium, rounded, soft

appearance- light off-white head, active carbonation

overall impression- average

notes- not very complex and lacking interest, doesn't strike me as a winter beer. this review is for a 2008 vintage

glassware: pint

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 21:45:29 | More by NorCalYeti
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HardTarget

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nice art on label, notes best before 04 11 06 (enjoyed 02 13 06), 6.5% abv. and a brew force of 47.

Aroma: Nice light malt, tea, a little butter, and some grassy hops.

Appearance: Deep brown glass shows clarity when backlit. Head falls to a respectable light cover and laces nicely.

Flavor: Hops come out in the taste right away. They are a bit grassy with some pine notes and fairly well balanced by caramel malt. The finish is a bit slick and bittering leaving a strong hop taste to chew on for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily texture, medium low carbonation level.

Overall Impression: Not bad. Much hoppier than I expected and that cut down the drinkability for me personally. The tea flavor was a bit much as well. Just didn’t blow my sail, but you should give it a shot, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 06:31:17 | More by HardTarget
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