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

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 834
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 39
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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 cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red with a very small off-white head that dies down pretty quickly. A frothy ring leaves a few spots of very fine lace.

S- Caramel malt comes through in heaps. Besides that I get a deep, sweet dark fruit note, some citrus zest and slight yeast hints. Bread. Apple as it warms, very fruity later on.

T- Sort of has a pale/amber ale feel to it, not the winter warmer type I am used to. Pine hops are big (which I didn't really get from aroma) with some grassy feel to it as well. Caramel and dark fruit are the other main flavors to me. Apple, fig, grapefruit and raisin later on. Has a spicy finish to it but apparently not spiced (maybe just strong pine/zest).

MF- Moderately thick body that is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is high and stings the palate while I search for flavors.

DB- Sort of reminds me of Celebration Ale in a way but with a strange spice finish. It is kind of a strong pine/grapefruit combo and bites the palate. Kind of confusing but still flavorful and I enjoy it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better beers I have ever had from Full Sail. It pours a ver dark, almost black, color and looks very enjoyable. The smell is very nice too. It has a lot of sweetness and a bit of roastedness. The taste is the best part of this beer. For some reason it reminds me of a Session Black Lager. It has a nice roasted taste with a bunch of flavor. I love the lingering after taste. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. It has some carbonation to the beer, but nothing special. Overall this is a very good beer. I have never had it before today and I have to say that I will be buying this again.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Full Sail Wassail is an old school winter warmer, no spicing here. Brewed with four different malts and a heavy hand of Pacific Northwest hops.

Thick and bubbly, two fingers of light tan foam form from a heavy pour. As the head slowly drops down, the lacing shows an amazing retention after each taste. Dark-charred hickory color could be mistaken for black, you can barely see through the brew even when put up to a bright light. Clean malty aroma with shortbread, brown bread and caramel, hops pull in a mild herbal and spicy note in the nose. Smooth and a little creamy with a solid and slightly thick medium body. The malt character kicks things off with sweet bread, cocoa powder, caramel, toasted walnuts and a bit of fresh-bailed hay. Hops seem to want to balance and complement rather than dominate. Bitterness is more than sufficient yet the flavor adds layers of floral, citric and spicy notes. Suggestions of chocolate covers oranges, candied fruit and a mild charred-wood hit in the semisweet finish.

Within the balance there is drinkability, complex but approachable. Tasting this beer makes us realize that winter is not long enough and we'll just have to wait another year. Excellent job.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy cola like color with a very short off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a bready malt, caramel, some fruity sweetness and grassy hops. The taste is quite malty, bready, with a good amount of caramel sweetness. There is a tin like grassy hop that adds bitterness to offset the sweet malt. There is a general fruitiness to the brew as well. The flavor profile is not mind blowing but it is fairly balanced. The beer has a moderate to full body with prickly carbonation; has a slight slickness to it despite the carbonation. Finishes with a grassy metallic bitterness. A nice malty/hoppy brew. The hops don't taste very fresh but it balances out the malt. Not disappointed at all though not sure I would buy it again.

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

Dark, black-cherry read color with a very slim head. The aroma is of roasted, toasted malts...some spicy hop flavors are in the distance, but specialty malts are in the center of the smell. The taste is very balanced...lots of sweetness up front...again, plenty of roasted malt, and a very pronounced bitterness. Spicy, pepperiness is present in the flavor, along with a notable warming. An almost candy-like sweetness lingers, along with a pronounced bitterness. This is a reasonably enjoyable and drinkable beer, nice for winter, but not outstanding.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a reddish tint, one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

I was not sure what I was smelling at first. But it dawned on me that what I was smelling was hops. Hops! in a winter warmer. It is a mixture of pine and citrus.

Does not really taste like a winter warmer with all the hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly herbal with a dose of pine. The malt gives a little bit of toffee flavor and sweetness. Slightly astrigent with a dry finish. Tastes like a very hoppy ESB.

Medium body with good carbonation that compliments the hoppy nature of this beer.

A different take of a winter warmer or should I say winter seasonal. A lot of hoppiness in this brew without additional spices.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel hue with almost a finger of tan head and large bubbles.

S: The aroma is amazing; lightly spicy with nutmeg and white pepper mixed with watermelon, peach and cantaloupe fruits, not quite Belgian but extremely inviting all the same.

T/M: A medium to high level of carbonation attacks the tongue at first but mellows quickly giving way to sweet, bready malts, subtle bright fruits and a soft bitter finish, like a more potent amber.

I don't always drink winter ales, but when I do, it will probably be this one.


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

I am reviewing it way out of season, but it was available at a store so I picked it up. I really enjoyed this beer.

Started out pouring straight into an imperial pint. Wasn't producing much of a head, so I threw the last bit in, and it created this momentary cascading effect, similar to that of a Guinness as best I can describe. I was quite the sight. After it was all said and done with, it was a nice dark looking brew.
The smell was very malty with a hint of sweetness and some smokiness. I was rather pleasant.

Medium bodied. Went down smooth.

Could easily kill a sixer. This is a great brew. I'm sorry I waited so long to try it. I look forward to this winter...

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

One of the classic PNW winter warmers . This is a malt centric beer that shines a red brown in the glass. The beer has a long finish and though the hops are there it is the malt that really anchors the taste. I do like Jubelale better but this is still a great Xmas beer that at 7% can be a regular part of the Holiday beer fridge.

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Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark ruby with a small, off-white head. Nose is made up of grapes (vinous), raisins, tangy malt, backed by evergreen boughs and pine resin. Like a Christmas tree dipped in jam. Sweetish, vinous malt flavors up front. Hops come on big and early. Resinous, piney, and delicious. Finish is bitter and piney with sweet, sugar cookie notes. Yum. Medium-bodied, refreshing, yet warming enough for the winter.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger of tan head. A nice ruby colored body.
Smell is bread and grain, rich overall.
Taste is hardy. Lots of malt here with balanced bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay. Little eating a loaf of bread.
Thicker body, low carbonation and a stickiness to it.
A hefty beer. Perfect for the cold weather.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 031311 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and solid 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and woody, musty maltiness witha kiss of orange and grapefruit hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately the hoppiness is only a shadow of the nose, and the flavor is a bit too woody and cardboardy for my taste. There is a pepper type of spiciness in the middle, but mostly bland, blunt woodiness reminiscent of green, not-quite-conditioned homebrew is the dominant flavor. The sweetness is pretty muted with a little bit of brown ale sour.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation and a cardboard aftertaste without much sweetness.

D: I thought this brew would be right up my alley -- a winter warmer without spice -- but unfortunately the hops-malt mix in the brew doesn't hit it for me at all.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok i found this bottle of wassail in the back of my garage fridge today..had been there since January I guess...says best by 02/14/03..so only 4 and ahalf months over !!
The beer pours a nice dark garnet almost brown witha lovelly thick inch high creamy off white head..that stayed quite some time
Nice aroma..chocolaty and spicy tones..though well done.
I dunno but this seems to taste better than when I had the rest of the six pack..its flavourful yet smoother and less aggresivesweet malts followed by a creamy chocolaty taste followed by a nice "zap" of hops at the end ..very nice.
Nice and smooth and creamy on the palate.
Pretty drinkable even for a hot sweaty night.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head.

S: Some toasted malt and breadiness along with some hints of dark fruit and spices. Citrus hops in the background.

T: Have to say, I'm usually not very impressed by Full Sail, but this one's pretty good. A base of caramel, toffee and toasted malt with a strong backbone of pine hops that grow in bitterness as the beer warms. I'd have this one again.

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

I got this brew from whoneeds8, Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a tan head that left plenty of lacing.

S - spiced malty aroma.

T - roasted and spiced malty flavor with a touch of alcohol warming on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - a pleasant way to warm up.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass...
Deep chestnut brown amber color. It looks heavy, but not spectacular.
Cherry and wood/earthy aroma.
Taste of wood grilled cherries, caramel, with a hint of chestnut. Much "lighter" than the pour suggests. Overall, a very drinkable high abv winter warmer, but seems to be lacking the big wow factor.

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Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition pours a clear ruby body with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is complex, malty, spicy, and hoppy, all mingling together nicely in the nose. Toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, spruce pine, and some floral hop notes provide a pleasant wintry bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a spicy bite of ginger.

Taste largely echoes the nose, with toffee and a hint of chocolate fronting the maltiness. Spices are prominent, mostly cinnamon. Some cola flavors are picked up toward the finish. Floral hops bitterness takes over the finish.

Nicely complex, and well balanced. An excellent winter warmer. Thanks to waldowin for this enjoyable PacNorthwest winter gem.

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Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark chestnut hue under a nice, creamy off-white head. Spiced, lightly nutty, herbal hop aroma. Caramel and spice sweetness balanced with a solid earthy/piney hop presence. Fruity through the middle finishing dryish and lightly bitter. Solid, creamy body with a bit of tartness. Somewhat holiday-esque, without any overbearing spice. Pretty good...

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

2003 12 oz. bottle: This one poured a cloudy brown color. There wasn't too much head at all. A bit of fruit and spices to the nose, with a hint of roastiness in the background. The taste is malty, yet a touch sour. Possibly some cherries in there? Slightly dry and a hint of bitterness to the aftertaste. Good!

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