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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle stamped 040312-14:22-FL. Sampled on December 1, 2011. The pour is a handsome looking dark, mahogany amber with a silky, lasting head. Malts are clearly on the nose with a bread and biscuit lining and mellow hop character. I found the body to be about medium but also rather acidic or astringent. Sweet at first and then bitter after that when tasting it. The hop ending tends to be almost dry. Fairly well balanced.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

Photo of champ103
1.91/5  rDev -49.9%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
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).

Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep, dark brown in color with a gorgeous head that pitted and laced quite well. This was nice.

Smell – Musty maple and brown sugar smells lead off this one. Underneath there’s some good toasted malt and nice dark fruits. Nothing really big here, but it’s got all the parts.

Taste – There’s a small hop flavor to this one that balances the taste. Everything from the nose is there. Again, nothing big, but all the components of a good effort.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very chewy. This is like a wad of molasses-laden taffy in your mouth.

Drinkability – A nice example of the style, especially at a little over a dollar a bottle.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wassail's color is dark brown with a creamy, light-brown head of average height. The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet malts and piney hops. Neither dominates, leaving an interesting in-between smell. A sip starts with rich, sweet malt flavor, but towards mid sip piney hops take over and continue through an extended finish. The bitterness level is pretty high and the hops have a pretty strong drying effect. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but too hoppy to be what I want from a winter warmer. I'd choose an IPA, a 2XIPA, or a maltier winter warmer over Full Sail's Wassail. That said, I'm sure there are some hopheads that'll love this beer.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Edition: A lovely dark reddish/brownish colour. The aromas are very sweet, fruity, piney, and all over the place. Kind of like an OSA with sugar added....interesting. The taste is very sweet and fruity with some definate light hops and malts in their. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but never cloying and the drinkability is nice. A good one!

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those that don’t know Wassailing, is attributable more to Cider in England, than Ale - but hey, why ruin a bloody good drinking celebration.
In the west of Britain the good health of the apple trees was toasted on Twelfth Night. The luck of next year's crop of cider apples was wished. Bread soaked in cider was put into the branches of trees to keep evil spirits away. Ritual songs were sung. i.e. Wassailing. This is also done on 17th January: the Old Twelfth Night. Hot cakes were a popular accompaniment. Cider was often splashed on the apple trees while men fired their guns at the tree and banged on pots and pans.

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.

Erm, well I picked this 12 fl.oz. Bottle for just a Dollar. Pours a deep reddish-brown color, held to the light it has mahogany characteristic and a deep ruby red hue. Head is a slightly off-white color, a complex lace is spattered on the glass sides. No Cider here – this is definitely Ale. Pours with a medium carbonation, and a reasonable head, that settles to a ¼” brown collar throughout the duration. Nose is strong, of dark roasted biscuit malt, digestive oats, burnt barley and some strong olde worlde spices, including a strong cinnamon odor. It also has a piney coniferous Christmas Tree smell in the background.
Introduction is immediate, powerful roast malt leads to a strong mouthfeel, and a deeply robust body that carries this beer throughout. Middle is of spicy hops, and a bitterness that is unrepentant in its sole mission to devour the sweeter malt characteristics of this beer. The end is dry and quite acidicly sour at times; the finish almost reminds me of a sour Belgium brown ale.
I like this beer and I find it very drinkable - but why it is called Wassail - I have no idea at all.

A totally unexpected pick-up for a $1 = well worth it.
I will investigate other Full Sail beers from hereon in.

Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Full Sail has come to New Hampshire. Got a few 6 packs at Village Market in Hampton Falls, and tried this one first.
Medium brown color with red highlights. A halo of a head, but still a bit of lace.
Sweet malt, spice aroma.
It tasted like a spice cake, that's the best way I could describe it. There was a bit of late piney hops.
Medium bodied, pleasant seasonal beer.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.