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

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478 Reviews

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Reviews: 478
Hads: 842
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 42
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"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
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Reviews: 478 | Hads: 842
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a medium brown with a large tan head after a vigorus pour.

S - Christmas spice and very malty.

T - Raisins and dark fruit with a touch of spice.

D - Good carbonation with a fairly light body.

O - Christmas-winter ale. A good standard, but still solid.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep dark chestnut sitting under a 1” foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: caramel and spice, hints of fruit cake,
T: A full flavored spicy fruitcake start with traces of chocolate gives way to a dry, astringent finish.
F: fine soft medium carbonation, medium full body.
O: Suprisingly well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Nutty, toasted bread and malt aroma with a slightly earthy note. Good.

Dry malt flavour with a roasty edge, light fusel alcohol and mild fruity esters. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A nice malty ale with enough bitterness to balance it out. Good.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice blend of rich, dark malts with some drief fruit and spicing. Malt is quite evident; hops are too, but not so much. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The tastes are nice. There are some aromatic qualities that carry through into the flavor. The hops are a nice start on the tongue, with the rich, roasty malt goodness harmonizing wonderfully. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The mouthfeel is filling with flavor which is constantly changing, morphing into something new. Overall this is a nice version of a winter warmer style beer. Really solid and enjoyable because of the spice/hop character to balance it out.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper tinted red body with a one finger tan head that died slowly. Hops are prevelant in this beer's aroma, some citric hops, but it is really about the roasted and sweet malts. Same with the taste as it is a medium-to-full-bodied beer that goes down smootha and creamy. Tasted roasted malts, caramel, some chocolate well-balanced with dark fruits and citric hops that are noticeable in the backend b/c of a dry finish. Overall, even with the dry finish this is a sweeter than normal beer with a large amount of that sweetness a chocolate taste. This is a good beer and I look forward to having it on a cold winter night (not an old bottle in the spring).

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of spicy hops and lighter hints of medium to dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors - mostly caramel but seemingly with very light hints of chocolate - kick things off and segue into light spicy flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of fruit flavors - plum and maybe apricot - make an appearance and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is a bit on the thin side but the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the better winter warmers I remember having and I attribute this to the strength of the malt flavors and using a modest amount of spices. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I cannot really say it is a favorite.

Release 2002
Well it has been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let us see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Nose is spicy with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Cannot really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark, clear brown with a ruby tint. Tan head is mild. It also leaves ribbons of lacing.

S-Smell is light spice and rich sweet malt. Dark fruits. Gingerbread. Nutmeg. Light hoppiness. Pleasant mixture of spice, sweets and hops.

T-Flat root beer and gingerbread with baked-in raisins. Decent amount of perfumey hops. On the hopper side of the style. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Holiday spices. I get the slightest hint of booze.

M-Carbonation is very soft. Mild bitterness. A hint of alcohol. Overall, quite drinkable. I also enjoyed it more as it warmed.

O/D-A solid Winter Warmer. I enjoyed the rather noticeable hoppiness. One of the better Winter Warmers in my opinion. Might try it again next Winter.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of ccrida
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and malty with a rich hoppy undertone. It pours a rich, semi-opaque mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head - very appetizing. Flavor is mouth-filling, malty with strong spice hints, plenty of hoppy bitterness, and just a touch of sweetness. Texture is lively and jazzy, and finish is lip-smacking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny brown color with a frothy light beige head that has average retention and excellent lacing.

Loads of fruit in here, both light and dark varieties...strawberries, currants, blackberries and red apples. Floral hop aroma mingles with a toasty sweet malt presence and creates a pretty complex and potent smelling brew.

Hmm, interesting flavor...a bit more mellow that I was expecting. Fruits really fade more into the background and the toasty malts are nicely balanced with grassy and floral hop flavors. Carbonation level is nearly perfect and the alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting. Has interesting spice hints reminiscent of spruce tips, cinnamon sticks and coriander. Quite Christmasy. Only problem I have with this beer is there is something in the aftertaste that doesn't quite set well with me, a bit of a tang that I don't like. For the most part though, it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of champ103
1.91/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A dark ruby color, almost a Bloody Marry look to it (find of odd I think). No head forms at all, and no lace. This was after a very aggressive pour. Again, kind of odd.
S: Some roasted malt and light fruity hops, but mostly that enoying veggie aroma that is present in several of Full Sail's beer's. I find that almost detestible.
T: Same as the nose, a bit more bitter though. That veggie taste does not agree with me at all. Its like somebody put tomatto juice in my beer. Again, think of a Bloody Mary.
M/D: Medium to full bodied, not bad here. The 7% abv does not really show, but there is no reason for me to want to drink this.

I am not a big fan of Full Sail I guess. This is not the first time I have detected the veggie character in one of there beers. I am suprised I am the only one compenting on this asspect. Oh well, Full Sail beer's are just not for me.

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Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at DeCicco`s in NY.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a thin head, some lacing.
Wassail`s smell contains some coffee, roasted malt, nuts. Taste is rich and sweet, small flavor of hops, not too much random christmas spice, which is fine by me. MF is medium-full bodied, some alcohol and spice in the finish. Drinkability is just above average for a winter warmer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another re-rate..I ws new at this when I rated a lot of these winter beers and have since retasted and lowered their scores slightly..

-Beautiful flowery hop flavor nestled into a fine malt base. Sweet malt up front with perfect hop balance...really nice flavor...more hops evident deeper into the beer..mahogany reddish in appearance...this is a splendid beer...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brownish mahogany color with a small tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving just a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sweet fruity smell of a dark fruit nature. The aroma is heaviest of some raisin and plum mixed with some other sweeter caramel aromas as well. Along with these smells comes some spice of nutmeg and a bit of nutmeg. Some lighter roasty smells as well as a little bit of a toast are there as well, creating a sweet and lightly roasty winter warmer smell.

Taste – The taste begins much drier than anticipated from the nose. It begins with just a bit of dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum with some light caramel mixed within. Along with these tastes, are some rather roasty flavors of dark toasted bread. As the taste advances, the roastiness increases a bit with some coffee notes coming to the tongue. All the while, the sweet fades some, with some spice flavors of nutmeg and clove taking their place. In the end, with the sweet fading, the spice and roast increasing, and the oncoming of a little bit of an earthy taste, one is left with a somewhat, drier, and darker spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for a winter warmer with a carbonation level that is average. A thicker body may have helped with the lighter sweetness and darker flavors of the brew accentuating them more, but overall the feel was OK.

Overall – A rather decent winter warmer. It didn’t have a huge sweetness or a huge booziness, like most winter warmers have; which was rather nice. It was in some ways too easy drinking and a little bland for

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, dark-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, cinnamon, and light spices

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, bread, and light spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, the bitterness and sweetness play well together..the aftertaste is very bitter

Drinkability: This strikes me as an extra spicy amber with a distinct hoppy edge. This is hoppier than most and the alcohol is well hidden. Two at most, an above average beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby with a thin white mousse that dies down within seconds.

S: The nose is dominated by malts, with aromas of dark bread, bitter chocolate, toffee, and (to a much lesser extent) grassy, herbal hops easily detectable. I appreciate the fact that this beer does not incorporate spices, so I don't get the stereotypical Christmas cookie aromas so typical of American winter warmers.

T: Notes of dark bread, bitter chocolate, leather, toffee, heavy cream, roasted nuts, dried fruit (black cherries and currants), and grassy hops are present on the palate. The finish is bitter and herbal with grassy hop notes mingling with toffee and nut flavors. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and a little more bitter than I would have liked.

M: Full bodied, thick, and dry with a weighty feeling in the mouth, this is one ale that will warm you up quickly on a cold evening. It's not particularly drinkable or smooth, but I like that feeling of malt heft that lends this beer some substance.

O: This is a solid winter warmer that straddles the line between traditional and New World takes on the style. Save this one for after dinner on a snowy night. Not bad at all. In fact, I could see this being a good gateway to traditional English warmers.

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Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Winter Warmer. This is a difficult style to pull off. Full Sail's entry manages to provide an interesting flavor profile without overindulging in any particular Winter Warmer cliche. The beer pours dark brown with a healthy beige cap. Bubbles lace the glass as the liquid level falls. The aroma is Scottish Ale caramel sweet. There are some interesting fruit notes, apricots, peaches, etc. The flavor brings in a strong and very much appreciated bitter flavor. It's not a huge beer or a dramatic beer, but it fulfills the aim of a Winter Warmer without looking to old standby of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices. Re-rated 12/10/09: Not quite as good as I remember.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.