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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

787 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | 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 WJVII
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from OR from my friend Cdkrenz (on BA) I poured this into a pint glass and watched the aggressive head crawl up the glass (3 fingers) at which point the sticky lacing settled into a nice bubbly cap. The deep brown brew had a wonderful citrus hop nose. There were also hints of caramel and burnt malts. The taste was not typical for a WW but was delicious. There was a hint of fig and raisin to start with pine hops and some chocolate to follow and this was balanced at the finish with nice bitterness. I was skeptical as WW is not my favorite style but this brew is a nice selection and I was glad to have had the chance to sample. Thanks again Cdkrenz!

WJVII, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JoeLacy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JoeLacy, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Casterbridge, Nov 21, 2012
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 Popp24
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice winter warmer. It has a nice hopiness to it but also has a creamy taste to it like a stout. In the smell I get spices and hops maybe some caramel. The taste is really nice and I really get some nice breadiness and then a nice smooth hop aftertaste. Overall this is one I would drink every winter and I will look for it in the future.

Popp24, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tjcamm, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of chodinheaven
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahoganey with a full and fluffy head and lacing down the glass. Aroma is lacking a little but there is a malty smell there. One of the more interesting tasting beers I've ever tried though. Malty and creamy up front but on the back side its hoppy and bitter. It's a malty beer with a bite and that is very interesting to me. I definitely enjoy the polarity of the two flavors together. Let it warm up and the complexities show through more intensly. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable at 7 percent no matter if your a hop guy or a malt guy. Good beer.

chodinheaven, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of JHendu
4/5  rDev +4.7%

JHendu, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -21.5%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, thanks to Bighuge for enabling me to sample this beer! It pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Roasted malt is what I mostly detect in the aroma. Roasted malt and spices dominate the flavor up front. The beer is well balanced with hops and finishes neutral to slightly bitter. Very drinkable with a very good flavor, although I might prefer it to be just a bit bolder. Great Winter Ale!

PhantomVodoo, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of silverking
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red with a tan head it decent retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty and spicy. There is also a strong pine a citrus hop presence. The taste is malty and woodsy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish reveals pine and coffee. There is light carbonation with a moderate/light mouthfeel. It is lighter in flavor than most other winter beers and it is incredibly refreshing in a season dominated by thick syrup-like brews. It is simply outstanding.

silverking, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of rogerthegill
3/5  rDev -21.5%

rogerthegill, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of terence
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

terence, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it's got a nice dark chocolate aroma, very sweet topped off with nutty scents. It looks very inviting, dark brownish-reddish body , semi hazy and is topped off with a semi thick tan head that's very bubbly and sticks around for a bit; it has some strong lacing qualities. It has a medium to light mouth feel, clean and has mild carbonation. Faint hops are present some roasted oats and grains, its sweet overall and no alcohol flavors, not even I the aftertaste. I look forward to drinking this one again...

vickersspitfire, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany in color, about a half inch of creamy head.

S - Smells a bit of pine, but a little sweet. A bit chocolatey even. Dark fruit.

T - First taste reveals pine and cloves, working into some malt, a bit of mocha. Finishes into a bitter hoppy taste.

M - Smooth at the beginning and finishes very dry. Takes a lot of moisture from the mouth. This was definitely less carbonated than I thought it would be.

D - Goes down easy. Can't taste any of the alcohol really, not a lot of heat to this one.

Overall - I thought it was quite good. A little 'less' than what I expect in a winter warmer, perhaps a little more heat to the alcohol. However, the taste is very complex and interesting. One of the more complete I've had. Great work from the folks at Full Sail

BeerBuckeye, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jamstone714, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jordanmckell, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach122, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of wiscokid920
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wiscokid920, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Huffs
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Huffs, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of jpmclaug
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - brown with hints of orange on the edge, a normal size light tan head rests on top, light lacing remains on the inside of the glass

S - caramel, buttery toasted malt with a hint of gingerbread, not especially fragrant however

T - sweet malts with hints of fruit, surprisingly strong piney hop taste at the end leaves a lingering bitter taste in my mouth

M - Fair amount of carbonation with a medium to heavy body

D - Not too incredibly complex but a solid overall beer. The piney hop flavor at the end was interesting and unexpected. I wouldn't mind drinking this one again but I won't be searching it out.

jpmclaug, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of kb2250
2.75/5  rDev -28%

kb2250, Jun 06, 2012
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 OakedCanuck
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.

OakedCanuck, Nov 09, 2010
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.