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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

783 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 34
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer.

notsoprobeer, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chunkified head laces stringy all the way down. Amber to copper in color.

Hops, toast,dough, take charge in this winter warmer. Alcohol is warming for sure and a nice combo with the bready characteristics. spices are an afterthought when it gets bitter towards the middle and end. The finish is an unexpected but welcomed mellow light malt a bit citrusy that quickly gives way to the dry hop aftertaste.

another fine brew from full sail. One of the more underrated breweries in my opinion.

DogFood11, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured out a dark burgundy color with flecks of red. It had a small, white head that left some nice lace on the glass.

S – It smelled of grassy hops and light caramel malt.

T – The dominant taste was hops (Cascade?). There was a good roasted malt flavor with a hint of spices.

M – It was crisp and sharp with a subtle warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D – This is a very good beer. It was the first that I’ve had from Full Sail and I am quite impressed.

zeff80, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasatch threw this brew into our recent trade as an extra. Thanks a lot John!

Full Sail Wassail has a brown body with orange and ruby highlights. The light brown head is thick and creamy looking, but doesn't have a whole lot of staying power. It does manage to lay down some lacing though.

The aroma is definitely on the malty side, with rich toffee, caramel and a bit of toasted malt. The spices are muted, but I can just pick them out (or maybe I imagined them, because I'm pretty sure those are hops, not spices!).

The malt flavors are richer and even more powerful than what the aroma suggests. Rich toffee and a touch of caramel mix with toasted malt some cocoa. After the initial malt burst I realize that there weren't any spices in the aroma at all, just malt and hops. Underneath the malt is a powerful hop profile that adds a solid amount of bitterness, citrus fruit and a good bit of pine. Although I say that the hops are "underneath" the malt, I really mean that the malt comes first, because this is a beer with equally large amounts of hop and malt flavors. Somewhere toward the finish is a hint of tobacco and muted flavors of dark fruits.

The bitterness from the hops attack the tongue. The body is fairly light due to zesty carbonation.

Honestly, I opened this beer thinking that I would drink half of it and use the other half as a marinade because I expected something heavily spiced. That did not happen, I drank the whole thing. Argentinians use dry rub anyway.

Hojaminbag, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A longtime PNW winter beer, one of the first offered by a regional brewer, iirc. For whatever reason, I've never had one until now. 12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane, with freshness date indicating good until March 10, 2008. Different label than the one featured on BA, and has a lower abv (6.5%) than that listed here.

Poured a murky, reddish brown, with a tight tan head that dropped fairly quickly, but is easily re-agitated. Spotty lace.

Initially, there wasn't much of a nose to this beer, just a weak citrusy hop aroma. As it warmed up, some spiciness and dark fruit scents became more obvious and balance out the hops. It doesn't smell like a massive flavor bomb, but giving this few minutes to warm up is a good idea, as it does get more interesting.

As noted above, not a flavor bomb. There is a citrusy hoppiness of no great strength that is matched by a mild, raisiny flavor. A very mild "holiday" spiciness is in evidence, as well. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent beer, not earth shattering, but solid. While I don't regret finally trying it, I don't feel I've missed anything by not hitting it before. This would be a decent winter ale for people not used to them. Someone looking for a rich spiciness or a more robust hop flavor would probably want to look elsewhere.

woemad, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Running4beer
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out reddish/amberish color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, fruity and slightly malty. Taste was sweet, malt and a bit of fruit a light hoppy backround as well. Didn't really notice a high carbonation but there was a bit of bubbles. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Pretty good winter brew.

Running4beer, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, ruby-mahogany hue, with minimal head, head retention, and lacing. A tame, almost dormant looking beer, but perhaps that's fitting for a winter ale in a way.

S - Smell is on the faint side, but is of toffee, molasses, pine, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is a solid blend of biscuity toffee/molasses maltiness, with somewhat pronounced fruit flavors of apricot, cherry, and prune, and finishes with a slight coffee/pine bitterness.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with only very light carbonation. A bit lighter than usual for this style.

D - Above average drinkability for the style, the ABV could sneak up on your with this one.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have tried it. Those looking for a winter warmer with less pine/coffee flavors should give this one a try.

Flightoficarus, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of 1759Girl
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite a pretty beer Full Sail has concocted for their 2007 Christmas Ale...
It pours almost garnet-colored, a dark reddish brown. Balanced carbonation makes it not too lively, but far from flat. Small head, but lacing for days.

The smell oddly enough reminds me of pine trees and cinammon... but thankfully there is a rich aroma of malty-goodness that save the beer from smelling like Glade airfreshener.

The taste is sweet, nutty, and malty (of the goodness previously described). There is a strong resin and cinnamon finish that softens but hangs for well... a very long time. Lots of complexity, but not as much balance as I like.

The feeling in your mouth, however is gorgeous! Smooth, silky, incredible.. So incredibly good that I actually said 'incredible' in a french accent because it deserved such smoothness...

I'm not going to lie, as for drinkability.. I'm not as into this as Anchor's or even Sierra Nevada's, Christmas offerings this year, but it is still very drinkable to this lass.

1759Girl, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of fisherman34
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark red in colour. Stunning aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and nutmeg. More lemongrass in the flavor, along with heather, hops, and some grainy malts. I tend to expect seasonals like this to be syrupy and thick, but this one was a nice change of pace. You could actually drink a few of these and still be able to stand up afterwards. Unique!

fisherman34, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some holiday spices: mainly nutmeg but a few other spices are mixed in as well. The flavor is full of holiday spices and caramel, as well as quite a bit of grassy and piney hops. This is definitely a highly-hopped winter warmer. The alcohol is also present and seems like it is higher than 7 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

Mora2000, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark clear garnet with a fluffy light tan head that laces very nicely. Attractive brew.

S-Sweet malts with some hops in the background. Not what I would generally look for in a winter warmer but more of a robust ESB. Decent nose, just a bit underwhelming.

T-Rich, sweet caramel malts give way to a bitter midrange, some citrus pine hops and a very dry lingering astringent finish. I don't detect any spicing in this other than the hopping. An oaky, earthy thing going on here as well.

M-On the richer side of medium with balanced carbonation. Slighly creamy.

D-Good solid winter ale, but not one that I would label a warmer, or certainly not a wassail. A nice switchup from most seasonal offerings but it would be a bit boring to drink another back to back.

caddybuyer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again.

spinrsx, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice dark reddish brown color with a thinnish head that never really goes away and leaves spotty lacing.

Nice nose, roasted malt, biscuity aroma. Tastes the way it smells, but nicely balanced, even if it is a bit thin. I know that the style is not supposed to be that thick, but with the nice toasty flavor it is nice.

Not a fan of the spiced winter warmers, so this is a nice departure. Will pick this one up again.

ProudBeerSnob, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 12oz bottle @ O-Bar & Grill, Eugene, OR. Pours a dark mahogany color similar to cola. Very small head dissipates quickly. Pleasant hop taste and odor. Tastes of toasted malt. Leaves mouth feeling a bit dry. Hoppyness becomes more apparent as it warms. A bit heavy for a lunch beer, But would be great on a cool winter night or as a nightcap.

BigJTrucker, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a dark brown beer, clear with highlighting. Dark tan head reduced slowly to a consistent layer. Nice splotched lacing.

S-Spices overtake the aromas, with hints of malts underneath. Christmasy.

T-Spicey and bitter, seemingly with complex contributions from both spices and hops. Some earthiness comes through, as well. A malt backbone is present underneath all of this, not quite a sweet character, but more in line with biscuity with hints of nuttiness. Finishes clean, bitter and spicey.

M-Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Moves sluggishly around my mouth.

D-A nice beer over which to watch the snow fall. This one makes me feel in the winter and holiday mood. Good, but not great.

CHSLBrew, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very enjoyable wintery brew, lacking in spice and sweet, which makes me happy. pours really dark brown with a faint orangey glow, inch of fading khaki head on top. the aroma is really malt forward, dark and well toasted, maybe some unmalted barley in here too, its got that roasty bitter aromatic. flavor is more balanced than the nose, less bitter than expected, and the malts take on more of a breakfast cake character, molassas without the sweetness, gentle and distinct, easily on of the better full sail beers ive had. the feel works too, really lazy carbonation contributes to a heavier vibe, but the body is fairly light despite its color, slides right down no problem. sessionable id day, but the well hidden abv might sneak up on you after a few. either way i really enjoyed this as a slow sipper, letting it come up to room temperature to let the full malt complexity unfold. well done, i know its hard to resist spicing the bejeezus out of these winter seasonals.

StonedTrippin, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of tonistruth
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brown with copper hues, 1/4" of off white foam with like retent, soda like foam

S- chocolate, toasted malts, cookie and hops

T- toasted and rich chocolate malts dominate, chocolate cookie aftertaste

M- rich and smooth body with a dry after

D- too rich to session, solid winter warmer, recommended

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. There's a grassy whiff to it. It's thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. It's powerful and untamed.

yesyouam, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Tolann
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark, nearly opaque brown in color. Has a thick, dense head that leaves behind a tight lace.

S - Spices and sweet chocolate

T - Chocolate taste in the back. Hops bitterness on the front. Some roasty characteristic that is hidden in there in between.

M - Lively and medium/light mouth-feel. Some warming and dryness that would be expected from this style of beer. Some boozyness hangs on your breath.

D - This 6pack was enough of an experience, at least for this season. It's not an every day beer and it's not a beer that you want to have several of in an evening. Not bad tho if you're in the mood for it.

Tolann, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one.

gskitt, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short lasing head and good lacing.

Scent pf some fruits, spices and a hint of chocolate. Pretty good, and balanced well, I like it.

Taste of spices, some malts, and a slight burnt character with a hint of alcohol. Not bad, but this one could use a little work.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat robust.

paco1029384756, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of notoriousdav
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice winter brew from this small brewery. Pours a deep mohagany with a two fingers of head. Some hops and roasted coffee/chocolate come through on the palate. Definitely a bit of alchohol noticable on the finish. Perhaps a little fruit at the end as well. A good winter warmer.

notoriousdav, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of JBogan
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and murky brown with a one finger off white head which quickly turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

A nice spicy and slightly hoppy scent greets the nose,along with a bit of roasted malts.

Tasted very much as it smelled. A good balance of flavors, with a hint of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel was creamy but a bit thin. Only the slightest bit of carbonation, so it felt somewhat flat on the tongue.

Not a bad seasonal, and worth a try if you come across it. I felt it lacked something, perhaps a bit more liveliness in the mouthfeel to make it a really enjoyable beer.

JBogan, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off white head fell immediately. Ruby colored beer with some garnet tint against the light.

S - Earty malt. Sweet. Subtle hop aroma until the beer warms and some nice tangy hops become apparent in the nose.

T - Bitter hops are apparent in the taste mare than in the aroma. Dark fruit. Mild chocolate. Rich. Butter. Sweet.

M - Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.

D - Enjoyable. Seemed similar to a hopped up Youngs Winter Warmer. I am going to re-visit this soon and see how it changes.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice head on it, that left little to no lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, not quite black.

While smelling the beer, there is a noticable bit of spice that comes up through the glass. A little bit of roast breaks through.

The taste is much like the smell. There is some definite, but I could not determine spice to this beer, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very dark tasting beer which is reflected in the 7% ABV.

rgrholmes168, Dec 27, 2008
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.