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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

759 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ChaseTheAce, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass poured a dark brown with mahogany hues, a nice off-white head that settles into a good foamy topping, some decent lacing. The aroma is a fairly bland malty base, just maybe some spices in there, but I could be imagining, or hoping.

The taste is quite a bit better, but it takes some attention to like. Its a play of subtleties, and you won't get anything obvious besides a good malting and some fine spices. Dive deeper and you recognize the herbal, spicy hops, the slight warmth. It really should be warmed quite a bit, probably 50 plus degrees, because at that point, you get a winter warmer that feels like a good beer to drink for a long night of reading or half snoozing by the fireplace. If only I had a fireplace....

objectivemonkey, Jan 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of phantomwyse
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out looking like Coca-Cola. Seriously. With a thin off white head that turns patchy, yet clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very malty -- smells of fresh baked bread, toast, caramel, creamed corn, with a slight metallic note.

T: Malty and sweet -- brown sugar, dinner rolls with buttery simplicity, caramel, Graham crackers. The hops cut through the malt effectively without being overpowering.

M: Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Leaves off with a silky finish.

D: Reminds of a beer from Appalachian Brewing Company in Gettysburg that I can no longer remember the name of. With that being said, this is a no nonsense quality beer with a malt medley and great hop balance. Give it a whirl.

phantomwyse, Dec 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

voornstar, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: caramel, spice, and some earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, spices, bready malt, allspice, and a hint of clove. Bitterness is mild. There is a bit of overall earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: easy drinking winter beer that is great in front of a fireplace. A few of these could be consumed in a session.

Gavage, Nov 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ChaseBeer, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Mikegsparks, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this yesterday while watching Michigan vs. Ohio St.

Pours a deep brown with a slight head.

Aromas are toasty, and a bit sweet from the malts.

Flavors are good. The alcohol is noted, but not overpowering, also tasted a toasted sweetness from the malts. A bit burnt, oaky, and metallic as well. The beer finishes crisp, and tart, with a bit of a hop bite. Interesting brew.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, beer is certainly smooth, and does settle in your mouth nicely.

This is a tasty drinkable session worthy winter beer, but I tend to like my winter warmers to be a bit more bold.

flexabull, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Leviathan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail pours a deep mahogany/brown color with a two finger white head that laces nicely down the glass.

Smell is roasted, malty ale with hints of caramel.

This beer is smooth with a hefty dose of roasted malt flavor. Not much spice/vanilla flavors that are generally attributed to this style of beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, finishing slightly bitter. Hops are well disguised by the judicious amount of malts, but detectable on the finish.

Wassail is a competent brew and drinks rather easily. I will certainly enjoy the rest of the six pack. However, I don't think that there is enough going on here to bring me back for more. Definitely worth the price of admission, but you'd probably be happier including this in a beer share...

Leviathan, Nov 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mklisz, May 19, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid brown color. The head is one inch in height, and a rocky tan head. The aroma is of brunt caramel, with chocolate, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice winter beer that I can see myself drinking in the future.

KarlHungus, Mar 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach122, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Mikecap, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MilkManX, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a super dark cola appearance with a small dollop of light tan head. Retention was nonexistent but leaves behind a nice swirly film. 

S:  Sweet candied malt, roasted malt, sweet prunes, sugar coated dates, candied almonds, spiced rum soaked plums. Hints of caramel bananas, amaretto syrup and vanilla extract. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose. Malty, roasty, sweet and spicy warming booze. The hops are more apparent in the taste, which balance out the sweetness nicely.  The feel is light-medium but a tad creamy with prickly carbonation.  Finishes dry with lingering spiced run soaked fruit.  Flavors gets a tad dank once warmed. 

O:  "Here we go a wassailing along...". That's all I know!  Anyways, this is a well rounded winter warmer. Tons of malt, and spicy booze and hops to balance it out.  Once warned it transforms to a much more aggressive warmer. I would love to have this on a cold evening hayride. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

grubefresh, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-red color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, caramel, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, spices, a little citrus, caramel, and a touch of hops. Different than what I expected, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

vermilcj, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Anew, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

tbeer40, Apr 25, 2014
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.