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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

762 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 29
Gots: 19 | 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 ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish-red with a creamy looking tan head that is very short but again, looks creamy. The smell is very malty and a slight whiff of raisins or prunes. Taste is the same with an odd alcoholic aftertaste. This is actually my least favorite Full Sail beer. I wish they put Wreck The Halls into sixers instead of this stuff. I can’t say this isn’t a good beer, it’s just one I don’t happen to care much for.

ArrogantB, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a near black color but when held to the light its dark ruby in appearance. Although when poured the head was not thick, the retention was great, a thin layer sticks around throughout the beer. Tan head with very a very creamy appearance to it. Smell is unique, I expected a chocolate and caramel smell to it however hops are definitely present. A nice balance of both gives this beer a terriffic aroma. Hops hit my tounge up front which leads to a toasted grain on the backside. A nice chocolate aftertaste was a pleasant suprise. Light on the carbonation feels just right and the creamy mouthfeel is on par. Overall a great beer IMO. Best offering I've had from Full Sail yet.

bunnyhustle, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
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

Mebuzzard, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Elegant frothy head. Modest nutty aroma with a dusting of cocoa. Full Sail doesn’t go far in being daring here, unless you consider daring to be a low-alcohol winter warmer that shies from the traditional panoply of tropic spices. The brew is deep glowing red with lots of polish, deserving lace, and ample body. The flavor has a toys-in-the-attic mustiness with old-world malt character. Hops are held in check. The gentle smoky finish nearly hints at peat. A good drinker that’s worth waiting for. Available Oct.-Dec.

RedDiamond, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery in Hood River, Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge- not yet available in bottles this year

appearance: served in an imperial pint glassdeep mahogany-ruby body, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel, holiday spices

taste: I had this beer on a pretty warm and sunny september day in Oregon but it still hit the spot after a nice hike, spot on hopping matches a thick caramel center with nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. beer #1 from full sail was a pretty nice success

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and full

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer from boolshot for my BA annv and Wasatch in a trade – thanks!

And a nice little warmer it was – deep and clear cola brown, lite ivory head. Good whiff of woody spices, migrating into a rich and malty quaff that was loaded with winter spices – mainly nutmeg and cinnamon. A dry and crisp finish, pushed along with a solid load of hops.

I would go for a few of these in the winter, hope this comes with a decent price – around $9 a sixer?

Vancer, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of beckje01
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep ruby color with a quarter inch of creamy head.

S- Some malt upfront with nice spices there too.

T- Creamy malt start leading to a small spice kick.

M- Thin with some carbonation tingle.

D- Easy and only 6.5% so it seems to low in my taste for a winter warmer just doesn't do its job.

beckje01, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, hops, cinnamon and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is likewise malty, but quite tart and bitter, with flavors of dark fruit, hops and a little bit of spice. It seems a lot like a Scottish Ale to me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The after-taste is bitter, but not-so-much from the hops.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium carbonation, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish, which is surprising for a beer with very little sweetness to it.

D: Not all that tasty to me, goes down ok, good kick, decent representation of style with a few quirks to make it different, to be honest it’s a decent beer, but there are a lot of others that I would choose first even within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark russet that becomes cherry skin red with backlighting. The buff colored cap is currently filling the glass from the nonic bulge on up, and has a firmly creamy texture that looks even better as it deflates than it did right after the pour. A cheese grater-like lace display is the capper on a wonderful appearance.

Generally speaking, I like spices in my winter warmers. I couldn't find anything that indicated that spices are added to Wassail and it doesn't smell like they are. To me, the beer smells like a quality English pale ale or an ESB (albeit, one brewed with darker malt than usual). I initially thought the nose needed a hook, something to set it apart as a winter seasonal to be reckoned with. Quality is hook enough.

The flavor is hookless as well, unless one considers deliciousness to be a hook. I definitely do because Wassail has begun to reel me in and I've only had a few mouthfuls so far. Spicy hop flavor (clove-spiced oranges and apricots especially), as well as the interplay between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, is the key to the beer's success. I can't begin to guess at the hop bill, but I absolutely love it. My undying appreciation continues to increase with each passing ounce. This is great beer.

I'm a little surprised that alcohol is so noticeable at only 6.5%. It tastes like 8% at least. Having said that, it's so well-integrated and such an desired characteristic in a beer of this style, at least according to me, that I wouldn't change a thing. I can't help but think that something other than malt, hops, yeast and water is present. If not, then Full Sail has hit on a unique recipe that I hope they don't decide to tinker with. Unless they can improve things even more, of course.

The mouthfeel is expansive and lightly creamy. It's probably on the lighter side of the winter warmer spectrum, but then so is the rest of the beer. I love the well-buried nature of the bubbles.

This is one of those ales that snuck up on me. I liked what I tasted in the first few ounces and I love what I'm tasting in the last few. This is yet another outstanding winter warmer from the Pacific Northwest that favors hops at least as much, if not more, than it favors malt. Wassail is one of Full Sail's best beers and would be an automatic purchase every winter if I was lucky enough to live in their distribution area.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 13, 2007
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 Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good cool weather, aggressively hopped, Winter Warmer.

I poured this beer into a large thistle with a dark brown sugar color, while a decent lingering tan head settled on top. Smelled of lightly roasted malt as caramel and hops intertwine and trail off. Tastes have touches of apple cider spices and subtle dark malt, with a full hoppy finish. Medium mouth feel, not a heavy beer, but not really a session beer either...Paired great with a lemon/sage roasted chicken....Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of ccrida
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A translucent, dark purplish chocolate color, with a thick, creamy tan head that quickly dissipated and left a slight, sticky lace. A fairly sweet, piney aroma dominates, joining roasted malt and alcohol. The taste is malty, with burnt toast and sweet spruce, finishing with a strong bitter taste and warmth of alcohol. The body leans towards thin and boozy, with very little carbonation. Overall I found the aftertaste a bit too acrid to make the Wassail that drinkable, even more so if you serve it strait from the fridge.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog

Pours a clean clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly slightly sweet malts, some hops, and lots of caramel. The taste is sligthly sweet/malty, with a very nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice winter warmer.

Wasatch, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one if my palate is totally clean, otherwise you can't taste the subtle grape-ish flavor, which balances the overall flavor and tames the strong alcohol taste a bit.

A - Not bad. A nice dark body with a decent off-white head.
S - Nice malty scents.
T - As mentioned, it has a sort of grape taste which I like. But it's rather subtle and if you're eating something salty while drinking this, it totally kills the flavor, so that all you really get is an overwhelming alcohol flavor.
M - Flavors spread about the tongue with conviction.
D - As a stand-alone drink, without food, this is a good one.

JayTheFinn, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boolshot for this bottle.

Pours into my glass a nice dark brown with burgundy highlights around the edge. Half inch of tan head.

The smell kinda reminds me of the smell when I bite into a piece of Ferrero Rocher candy. Sweet, nutty, chocolate. The aroma is somewhat light, but nice.

Good flavor with this one. Dark chocolate, nuts, cherries, and a pine hop bite that gives it that nice kick. The hops add just the right amount of bitterness to the brew. Some alcohol is detectable.

Thicker medium body. A touch of dryness in the aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. I am really starting to "warm" up to these winter warmers.

Imstillthegman, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of jmarcot
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Creamy tan head was small, dissipated quickly. Color was a dark, clear, toasted burgundy. Aroma was light, subtly sweet. Carbonation was mild. Flavor is surprisingly light, malts are dry not overly sweet. Dry aftertaste lingers warmly. Wouldn't mind having another right now.

jmarcot, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of deuschbag
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pores with a nice brownish red color into my pint glass.

smell has some hazzelnuts, burnt chocolate, and alcohol

very nice taste. i'm getting a nice chocolate and cherry combination which then leads to a little oak. very well balanced over all.

nice moderatly thick chewy mouthfeel

very drinkable. perfect for this winter season. i'll be getting more of this for sure.

deuschbag, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Riggo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. creamy beige head falls to thin collar with moderate lacing.

smell: dark fruits (prunes, baked apples), perhaps clove, some burnt sugar along with piney hops.

taste: very well-balanced a slight hit of crisp hops upfront, juicy with rich dark fruits in the middle, quickly followed and balanced crisp piney hops. some flavor of alcohol.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a light crisp carbonation.

drinkability: perhaps better than your average winter warmer thanks to the hops and the crisp carbonation.

one of the best holiday seasonals i've had the pleasure to try and definitely one of this breweries best offerings.

Riggo, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of EagleTalon
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a real treat. It pours to a thick bubbly off-white head with lacing. Deep brown color and good clarity. Aroma is of fresh, spicy hops. There is also a very rich maltiness in the aroma that smells delicious. Flavor is very big and a pleasure to savor. It starts with a blast of slightly roasty malt and spicy hops and then the hops take over the palate in a very good way. The malt sweetness is perfectly balanced by the hops. Finishes with a spicy hoppiness and a very nice lingering caramel and roast malt goodness. A very fine beer I wish was available year-round.

EagleTalon, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"12 Fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty winter ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47." Enjoy by 03 01 07

Full-bodied dark brown winter warmer in the tradition of Anchor OSA. Grainy and spicy, with a bitter bite from the hops, and perhaps a bit from the alcohol. It's no boozy beast, but the alcohol is a notable flavor componant, staking it's claim as "heavier than average" at 6.5% abv. The malt body is familiar but hard to describe, except as micro or homebrew-esqe. There are faint and subtle Christmas spices barely present, like clove, cinnomon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Would pair well with pumpkin pie. Spicy carbonation. Everything about it is above average. Nice long, bitter fallout. Cheers!

rayjay, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, slightly fruity but a touch of fusel alchol peeks through

Taste: Starts with a burnt caramel malt flavor that turns quite bitter, mid-palate; after the swallow, some holiday spice flavors kick in to provide some sweet flavors but the piney orange bitterness returns, full-force, into the finish; also some unpleasant fusel alcohol at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but could be thicker; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would sure like to see the bitterness toned down to highlight some of the sweet flavors that get overwhelmed

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of jordanmills
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours thick brown with a moderate amount of head. Smells of a little malt, a lot of hops (something piney in there), a trace of spice (maybe allspice and a dash of cinnamon?). I swear it's almost as hoppy as an IPA. The finish is a little longer and smoother, but with some alcoholic bite. It's not bad to drink, though I think a winter warmer should be maltier and not as hoppy - I couldn't drink more than a couple.

jordanmills, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown-maple syrup color. Very sturdy amber-tinged head, with thick, creamy lacing.

Toasted malt in the nose, along with hints of caramel, piney hops, brown bread, and Christmas spices.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors, burnt sugar, and a serious and citrusy hop kick. Long, bitter citrus zest finish.

Full-bodied beer, with a very luxurious, creamy texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Could easily imagine sitting in front of a fire with a six-pack of this stuff. Very drinkable.

MVassar, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Dark ruby red with a browm hue. Thick,creamy light tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Clean,moderate aromas piney/citrusy malt noses of carmell/chocolate and nutty.An earthy woodieness,very pleasing and balanced aroma.

Taste alot like the aromas citrus/pine malt tastes of burnt chocolate,carmell/toffee. A smooth sharp bitter finish very grapefruity

Medium mouthfeel,chewy and cloying. Enjoyable brew,very tasty making for a good drinkability. Complex aromas and taste a very good winter beer.

jcdiflorio, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chesnut brown with a well formed 1 1/2 finger beige colored head that left nice rings of lace as it slowly.Big chocolate aromas along with some nice drying earthiness quite roasted in character,quite dry I have to say on the palate wich in my opinion is a nice change of pace for winter warmer brews.Unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones really show themselves on the palate as well as a roasted chesnut flavor, a bit of spiciness comes thru late giving it a sharper finish,not overly complex but quite flavorful.Iam glad I tried this it is a solid no frill winter warmer, quite dry and tasty.

oberon, Dec 17, 2006
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.