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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: 843
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 43
Gots: 53 | 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: 843
Photo of SawDog505
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 2/28/13. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a one inch off white head that leaves behind some attractive lace. Smell is caramel, biscuit, some pine, tangerine, brown sugar, and a hint of nutmeg. Taste surprises with a hit of chocolate and some grapefruit up front and the other flavors blend in through out. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and very drinkable. This is really good and different another beer I will be drinking during the holiday season.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Put this in your regular Christmas rotation.

A lot to offer. A dark ale with a spicy nose, it might even make fruitcake palatable. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sharp attack of hops on the first sip, but it's needed as you get into this ale. The malt and spice needs a balancing element.

The taste as it warms in the glass is satisfying, rich and makes you glad it's a holiday.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby colored and clear, nice head, good lacing.

There's an awesome malty base to the nose and flavor, along with some sweet fruitiness, a nice little bit of subtle chocolate, and a crisp, clean, deliciously strong bitterness.

Really for a winter warmer, I haven't ever tasted one so bitter, and I love it! It's amazing, this is perhaps my favorite beer in the style ever. Drinkability is off the charts high, and I'm going to have to make the trip (somewhat across town) to the big liquor store where I found it, to make sure I get some more before it runs out.

Full sail, hats off to you. I'm a fan of your beers, but this one is really outstanding, the best you've made yet.

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Photo of Thornlovesbeer
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really good to say about this beer... typical taste that is far from a Winter Ale.. for the most part taste like an Oktoberfest... starting to wonder if the 7.2% ABV is really true... I drank 6 of them in a 3 hour period and felt no more of a kick then if I drank 6 5.0% brews.. not impressed even with the 90 day's availability-theme on the label... one of the reason's I bought it and never will again! Not trying to be a sour puss but this brew is far from a solid brew that deserves top ratings I have had WAY better.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full Sail Wassail has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark, brown-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and pretty heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, chocolaty, and vegetative smell, and the flavor is of all that, with dark bread crust, chocolate powder, fruit, and lots of strong residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Full Sail Wassail finishes semi-dry, rich, delicious, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent Winter warmer.


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Photo of TheMarkE
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a small head of foam that disappears quickly.

Smell: Malts, dark fruits, hops.

Taste: Dark fruit, malts, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, almost chewy. Creamy.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Good balance of malts and hops, and not too spicy like many winter warmers tend to be. A solid brew like most of Full Sail's offerings.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Freshness date extends well into July.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Great clarity. One finger of off-white head retains well. Lacing forms thin, delicate rings on the glass.

S: Strong hop aroma of resiny pine, citrus zest, and freshly cut grass. Cherry juice and berry. Dessert-like malt scents of bread pudding, fruitcake, and hermit cookies.

T: Bread crust with a slight burnt edge. Toasted malts. Fruitcake. Gingersnaps. Strong hop bite with formidable bitterness. Pine, spicy and oily. Even some ruby red grapefruit flavors clamp down on the tongue. Cherry juice. Brown cocoa. Strong spicy and bitter finish lingers for a long time.

M: Modestly thick. Creamy and chewy. Mild seltzery carbonation.

O: A ton of hop character on top of a stodgy malt body. It comes on a bit strong, but as a winter beer it works. Not for the faint of heart, but it'll warm your cockles on a cold winter day.

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Photo of jettjon
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass, small head quickly fades leaving good lacing and a thin cap which persists. Very dark brown with ruby/chestnut notes when held to light. Nose: Sweet and toasted malt, chocolate notes, actually very nice. Tastes of sugary and burnt malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouth is nicely chewy, viscous, quenching, and smooth, very complementary to flavor profile. Overall: A pleasant surprise. I’m not usually a fan of Winter Ales but this one is quite tasty. As a bonus, one of my “non-beer” friends really liked this one, probably because of the sweet, chocolate flavor profile. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium, frothy beige head, medium lasting

Aroma: Malty; medium hoppy; dried fruits; molasses

Taste: Malty; peppery; well-balanced; starts off creamy and quickly goes to Belgium ale flavors of peppers, cloves, and dried fruit; finishes slightly bitter from roasted grains; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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 shand
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strangely enough, it's still wintery in Florida, and this has four more days until it's best by date. Wassail pours a murky brown color with a large head that laces wonderfully. The aroma is muddled, providing a nondescript maltiness and spiciness. The taste fares better though, offering a much more rich malt experience along with a touch of nuttiness that goes very well with the spices. Malty bitterness lingers through the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, it goes down easily without highlight, and the drinkability is pretty solid. Overall, it's a good winter warmer that's cheap.

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Photo of DrBrewDay
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle at ~45F

Appearance- Deep brown/red. Transluscent with ruby highlights. Thick Ivory persistent head

Aroma- Floral, earthiness, roast like bittersweet chocolate, slight alcohol

Flavor- Malt and roastiness at the begging, feeling very full. The bitterness then comes in and evens out the malt flavors. The hop flavors, for me, come in at the end..lots of floral notes. Finish is dry but full with the floral hop flavor mixed with the roast

Mouthfeel- Medium. Carbonation appears good. Slight pleasant alcohol warmth at the end.

Overall- One of my favorite winter seasonals.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very enjoyable wintery brew, lacking in spice and sweet, which makes me happy. pours really dark brown with a faint orangey glow, inch of fading khaki head on top. the aroma is really malt forward, dark and well toasted, maybe some unmalted barley in here too, its got that roasty bitter aromatic. flavor is more balanced than the nose, less bitter than expected, and the malts take on more of a breakfast cake character, molassas without the sweetness, gentle and distinct, easily on of the better full sail beers ive had. the feel works too, really lazy carbonation contributes to a heavier vibe, but the body is fairly light despite its color, slides right down no problem. sessionable id day, but the well hidden abv might sneak up on you after a few. either way i really enjoyed this as a slow sipper, letting it come up to room temperature to let the full malt complexity unfold. well done, i know its hard to resist spicing the bejeezus out of these winter seasonals.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz goblet. A nice 2 finger dirty white foamy head on pour, settled down to 1 finger, with a fair amount of cling. Color was a very dark rich brownish red with a bit of transparency. Aroma was a bit sweet up front, then shifted to a bit of a spicy finish. Hints of pepper and a few other similar aromas. Flavor was initially subtle, then finished with a bit of bite. Started off creamy and smooth, then picked up some pepper, before leaving a bitter hops flavor in the mouth. Felt a bit off in the mouth, coated well, but not in the front of the mouth area, but more towards the back of the mouth. Overall a nice winter warmer. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some, but with enough flavor and kick to stand up to the cold.

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Photo of Braz
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if the recipe on this changes every year or not but this is the 2012 version. Beautiful nutty brown color, clear and has small bubbles coming up from bottom entire time. Aromas of raisin, prune and dark fruit. Roasted smell too, with a creamy light tan head. Leaves a nice lace on glass. Sweetness strikes first, touch of vanilla and I get a hint of citrus zest. Spicy flavors follow with black pepper and a general nuttiness. Finish is a roasted coffee bitterness. Has a nice warming effect and a sort of foamy volume to it. One of the best winter warmers I've had so far.

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Photo of silverking
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from the bottle and was dark amber in colour. It smelled of malty spice and hop. This beer had a surprisingly high alcohol content which was not really reflected in the taste. Thevarious flavors passed over the palate in distinct phases. The initial taste was sweet, followed by a light hoppiness and finished with a toasty nuttiness common to many winter ales. This lingered as a mild, roasty after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper pour with a little off white head. Leaves a little lacing behind, though that doesn't last long. Keeps a thin head throughout.

S: There's a sweetness and strong malt present in the initial smell. Second comes a milder, sour, fruity scent. The malt dominates throughout, though.

T: The malt is obvious up front with some graininess prominent as well. Caramel notes complement and some mild bitter hops emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, initially fairly crisp but gets thicker as it goes on.

Very nice beer and a good example of the style. A little thick, but the taste is amazing and the smell wonderful. Well done.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. But wow! This beer exceeded all expectations. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, a nice aroma of sweet malted hops hit my nose. Upon inspection I noticed the exact right amount of carbonation and lacing. The beer is wonderfully smooth and sweet and goes down exceptionally smooth. A very worthy effort and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz : bottle

Deep red, near black with a foamy, fairly thick, cream colored head, nice lacing.

Pine, resiny hops blended with toffee notes, caramel malts as well as some dark, cocoa malt notes.

Medium body, with mild carbonation.

A very enjoyable winter warmer, a well executed hop profiles blends seamlessly into a great, dark malt profile.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ZBerkeleyan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass, creating a one-inch head and modest lacing. The brew was dark brown, with almost no light shining through.

The nose was malty with roasted smells apparent, as well as caramel.

Very tasty! The caramel in the nose carried over into the taste, mixing with a spicy kick up front and dark cherries and other mild fruit flavors in the background.

The mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great example of an ideal winter warmer. The spices are noticeable and help make the brew warm and lively, but they are in balance and not overbearing. It is also easy enough to drink that it could potentially serve as a session beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin khaki head. Sticks around as a floater, however. Dark, coca-cola brown color, semi-cloudy with little clarity.

S- Some sour scents, vinous notes, cherry, oak and other barrel sort of smells.

T- Definitely some alcohol tastes, tart and crisp flavor. Hard for me to pick out much, but tasty.

M- Medium bodied with a vinous feel afterward. Sharp carbonation and relatively wet feel.

O- High scoring, I just wish I could pick out more flavors in the taste. That would elevate it to a very good instead of a good.

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Photo of fx20736
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Cola brown with a cappuchino tan head. Nice lacing.

aroma is toasted malt with a faint spiciness like cocoa and ginger and cloves.

mouthfeel is average.

taste; toasted brown bread with a definite bittersweet cocoa flavor. light bitterness like walnuts on the finish. Bitterness increases pleasantly as beer warms.

a nice malty sipper, probably better at a slightly warmer temp.

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Photo of PdxBeerGeek
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

first time ive had this beer this year. havent had many of the winter warmers but its definately got alot of flavor to it and cant go wrong being 7.2% ABV overall a really good beer would definitely have it on tap if i could find it..even for a darker beer it still has a lighter IPA taste with a hint of caramel? (maybe)

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