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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 garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've had my eye one for several years,but have never actually purchased. Seems appropriate for an October night with a very cold north wind blowing in some frigid air.
I let this sit awhile before I opened it, based on several others recommendations regarding temperature.
Aroma was much light/softer than I expected. Subtle dark malts of some sweetness (almost candy like, but not too much). Nice soft spicy character too.
Pours very nicely with a heavy darker head that settles slowly and leaves plenty of reminders on the side of the glass. Clear with a very dark amber pushing brown bu loaded with deep garnet color. Very attractive.
Nice sweetness surrounds the darker malt character. Slight spiciness with a darker fruit taste. Dryness and bitterness also evident but blend very well forming a well rounded drink.
Moderately to thicker built body with a lower carbonation which greatly enhances the smoothness.
Nicely made winter ale of not too much heaviness, but thick enough to qualify as a winter warmer. has some flavors reminiscent of Summit winter warmer but with greater thickness and heaviness.
Having gone recently to trying Full Sail beers I'm impressed with much of their lineup (at least what's available in MN). Solid beers of high quality, great flavors and good recipes. Well done.

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Photo of mghotbi
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smells of pine and coffee.

Blast of piney sharp bitterness on the tongue, followed by bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Mild fruity sweetness pokes through just before a long hoppy dry finish. Alcohol wamth prominent.

Moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Today was a cold day and the Wassail was quite drinkable and warming, however, I couldn't see this as a session beer. Perfectly suited to the season.

A thoroughly enjoyable fall/winter beer with a prominent hop profile. Another fine brew from the folks at Full Sail.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, purchased 4/06, dated 4/11/06. Pours a dark brownish ruby red with a frothy off white head that dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet doughy (almost play-doh) chocolate malts with a little mint.

The flavor is sweet malts, some tea-like spices, nuttiness, and a touch of fruits followed by a subdued grassy hoppiness that leaves a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium but kind of watery.

Overall, a decent Christmas beer. It's kind of reminiscent of the Hibernation, but not quite as good.

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Photo of supercolter
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- decent appearance, not a real lot of head and it dissapated relatively quickly, but good dark brown color with a hint of orange
S- Smells good a lot of malt, that is about it but good strong smell
T- a lot of malt welcomes you, with a very weak hop flavor at the end
M- Nice and creamy
D- could go for a couple

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Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby. Subtle, fruity, malt driven aroma with a touch of caramel, pit fruit, chocolate and hop leafs in the nose. Chewy, malt accented flavor. Notes of caramel, pit fruit, grape skins and chocolate along with a lingering hop bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of NVbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition of Full Sail's Winter Warmer, poured into a goblet glass. Pours a dark mahogany color, with a slight ruby color. Approx. 1/2" off-white head, disipates quite quickly.
Smell has hints of earthy malt tones, and hint of alcohol. Minimal hops smell to my nose, even after warming up.
Taste is mostly malt flavor, hints of hops, but the final alcohol taste seems to cover that. The alcohol taste is not overpowering, just lets you know its there.
Mouthfeel is to be as expected, nice fullness, not watery. This is a very drinkable winter warmer, one to return back to every year,

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Photo of goochpunch
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a ruby brown with a thin, frothy tan head that leaves quite quickly. Smells of chocolate, roasty, earthy malt, and resinous hops. Alcohol is present in the nose, but it has a way of tying the other smells together. This beer marries a sweet chocolatey maltiness with a sturdy hop kick. I think of this as a beer that's somewhere in between a winter warmer and a brown ale. The big gripe here: too thin. Way too watery here, and the flavors drop out as soon as you start getting into them. Mouthfeel is creamy and not at all heavy. Yeah, this one's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, on March 25, 2006: the Christmas 2005 brew. On sale for $5.99 for the six-pack.

Pretty dark mahogany brew with a minimal head, that leaves surprisingly thick and sticky lacing. Smell of toasted malts, spices (nutmeg, ground pepper), and some piney metallic hops. Taste is far hoppier than I would have looked for in a winter warmer, but then this is a west coast brew, so what did expect? Actually reminded me a great deal of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday. Toasted malt notes are all but covered up by the hops. I don't think this is to style: the malt should be much further forward and the hops should be more restrained. It's okay for what it is, but my taste score is primarily a reflection of the fact that winter warmers are SUPPOSED to be malty sweet with low hops (See this style descriptor: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/47.) According to this definition, this beer is definitely not to style. Fortunately the taste mellows and the malt comes up a bit as the beer warms.

Good mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Calling this a winter warmer seems a misnomer. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale, though at 6.5%, it wouldn't fit that category either.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's right before Christmas for $1.79 each.

Beer pours a mahogeny color with an off white head. The head is sustaining well and leaving a decent lacing behind. Nose is malty and of dark fruits. Taste is of a hint of chocolate malts, dark fruits, and is balanced nicely by a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is creamy smooth. Drinkability is good as the abv is a bit warming but not over the top. I will seek this brew out in future holiday seasons!

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet, cereal malt aroma wafts up from the dark brown body of this Winter offering from Full Sail, with citrus notes lurking as well. The palate shows cereal sweetness for an instant, chased by a pleasing hop presence. Malt and hops play around on the finish, along with a lingering tartness on the sides of the tongue. The soft tan head leaves ample tracings on the inside of the glass.

In my esteemed opinion, Wassail is quite good, especially for a Winter Seasonal.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nice art on label, notes best before 04 11 06 (enjoyed 02 13 06), 6.5% abv. and a brew force of 47.

Aroma: Nice light malt, tea, a little butter, and some grassy hops.

Appearance: Deep brown glass shows clarity when backlit. Head falls to a respectable light cover and laces nicely.

Flavor: Hops come out in the taste right away. They are a bit grassy with some pine notes and fairly well balanced by caramel malt. The finish is a bit slick and bittering leaving a strong hop taste to chew on for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily texture, medium low carbonation level.

Overall Impression: Not bad. Much hoppier than I expected and that cut down the drinkability for me personally. The tea flavor was a bit much as well. Just didn’t blow my sail, but you should give it a shot, at least once.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of the 2005 edition. Pours a pretty dark brown with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A half-inch creamy tan head leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very heavy on the roasted malt, with some subtle holiday spices in the background - nutmeg, clove, and a bit of mocha. Palate is again full of roasted malt, balanced by some slightly bitter floral hops. Spiciness doesn't really come through, although a bit of smokiness is evident. Medium body is a bit creamy, carrying the flavor well. A decent winter warmer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights and a fluffy beige head of 2 cm foams up easily.
The aroma is sweet. There is caramel and toffee with some slight spiciness that I think is nutmeg. Also some citrus notes but not rindy, more fruity like an orange.
I take a sip and discover a finely carbonated beer with average body. The texture is a little watery.
Flavor starts of sweet caramel and toffee and rolls quickly to some bitey hops that carry some piney and rindy characteristics. The hops linger on my palate and dry out my mouth after each swallow.
The beer is easy to drink, but I was hoping for more complexity in the beer per winter warmer style. Seems to be more of a decent pale ale.
I wouldnt hunt it down to try it again.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a dark russet clear carbonationless appearance with a settled khaki spotty coating that leaves decent lace spots.

Nutty Earthy aroma. A malty mix of walnut and light berry.

First swigs: Balanced cherry soda meets pancake. Just a mix of fruity apple and pie crust blend. A bit mish-mashy to me. Clean red apple finish.

Feel is fine with a medium body and gentle carbonation. No clinging aftertastes.

Last swigs: Thanks to G.D. for the bottle. It's not really what I think of as a Winter Warmer. More of an Amber, to me.

Let every man take off his hat
And shout out to th'old apple tree
Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Late 2005, on tap at local restaurant. Pours deep mahogany color with nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and nice American hops. Resin, citrus, pine. The aroma was probably my favorite part of the beer. The first taste is all hops, tasted as expected from aroma. Then it turned sweet. I was able to taste the bready malt and a slight chocolate flavor which was nice. Then the hops snap back into action, cleaning my mouth. It has nice body, full but not heavy. It was a little to sweet for my taste. Fine beer, but not my favorite from these guys.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours almost the color of Coke and has a nice cream colored head that shrinks down leaving a thin long-lasting layer. The smell consists of pungent citrus fruit and light fresh baked bread. Nice! The taste reveals a repeat of the aromas with a pronounced hoppy edge sliding into the bread backbone. It also has traces of a bitter chocolate towards the end of each swallow. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes dry.

Notes: Not the best offering I've had from this brewery, but a solid beer nonetheless. Cheers and thanks to pineywoodsrooter for this brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off white head fell immediately. Ruby colored beer with some garnet tint against the light.

S - Earty malt. Sweet. Subtle hop aroma until the beer warms and some nice tangy hops become apparent in the nose.

T - Bitter hops are apparent in the taste mare than in the aroma. Dark fruit. Mild chocolate. Rich. Butter. Sweet.

M - Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.

D - Enjoyable. Seemed similar to a hopped up Youngs Winter Warmer. I am going to re-visit this soon and see how it changes.

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Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 offering.

The hearty, tan head settles quickly inot the clear, dark brown liquid below. Eventually, the foam slows and almost stops with about an inch sitting on top. Some wet lace marks where the head was at its height.

This winter offering doesn't willingly give up its fragrance. A musky floral smell, slightly chocolate malt, too, is what I'm finding.

Mmm, smooth on the tongue with a great hop/malt balance. The hops stay around longer and create a dry feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste that is a bit like dark chocolate. The first flavor is the creamy malt. But each bit of flavor only stays for a moment before the other comes in to balance it. It isn't a blow you away flavor but it is good and well thought out.

This guy really feels good in your mouth. And yes, the alcohol content helps warm you a bit on a wet and cold evening. Another nice one from the fine folks at Full Sail.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, with a small initial head that recedes, leaving but a few traces of foam on the top. Lightly fruity aroma, with some toasty malt and a slight spiciness, fainter than I remember it in the past. Solid malt underpinning, roasted and nutty, with noticible bitterness. The finish leaves an oddly medicinal alcohol aftertaste, perhaps from the spices (cinnamon? licorice?). Full, rounded body, with average carbonation.

Not as good as I recall it from the past.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chunkified head laces stringy all the way down. Amber to copper in color.

Hops, toast,dough, take charge in this winter warmer. Alcohol is warming for sure and a nice combo with the bready characteristics. spices are an afterthought when it gets bitter towards the middle and end. The finish is an unexpected but welcomed mellow light malt a bit citrusy that quickly gives way to the dry hop aftertaste.

another fine brew from full sail. One of the more underrated breweries in my opinion.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

never a big fan of the "special" winter brews save a few. pours out a nice ruby/brown. decent head, some nice lacing. smells malty with a very slight spice. taste isnt bad. infact its pretty good. malty with a good hop presence thats a bit piney. cinnamon comes to mind as well as other holiday flavors. herbal! not thick like some heavyweight winter brews, its nice and medium bodied, in the middle. while not my cup of tea i can def. appreciate it. i could see these going down pretty easy if thats your thing.

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Photo of nathanho
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown amber with almost no head and little carbonation - unremarkable. Smells like rootbeer, tastes like bland rootbeer and malt liquor...ok, not that bad but the taste is very flat with some spice as an afterthought. Mouthfeel isn't offensive but you wouldn't know you had a beer in your mouth...maybe like cold, watered down au jus? I did finish a six-pack, but only because that's all that was left in the fridge. Just wait 'til nex year?

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Photo of warmstorage
1.58/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can't believe I'm drinking the same beer as other people, or the same beer as I've had in years past, for that matter. This beer is, in a word, lame. And sad. And pretty close to tasteless.

Serving is from a 12 ounce bottle. Apparent "best before" dating of 042506 on bottle, and 13:14 (bottling time?) This and the new label design are what correct me when I wonder if I somehow got a bottle that has been hiding on a warm shelf somewhere for several years.

Poured into a beer clean pint glass. Almost no visible head, what existed was light colored and dense and soon gone.

Aroma is slightly matly, slight hints of roastiness. Zero hop or fruitiness or spice in smell. Same things goes when it has warmed beyond cellar temp, to full room temp.

Color is thin brown, or deep amber. Average to slightly high carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and fast and fleeting.

Taste is like a slightly tangy brown ale. Zero hop presence noted. Slightly sweet, again it's like a light bodied brown ale. There is some sort of very slight zing to it, which suggests it will deliver more, and then just doesn't. Some note of alcohol, but nothing to rescue it. Tastes like a lot of boring homebrew I've had. Taste changes little as it warms. Totally underwhelming beer.

Like a boring English winter warmer: like something cut out of the Samuel Smith winter warmer cloth, but if possible, even more boring.

Wow -- I would never buy this one again. Very, very disappointing, after interesting versions of this beer I've had in years past, and after their label describes it as "ridiculously tasty winter ale." Blah!

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Photo of germaniac
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry red, with brown highlights. Smell is a decent mix of sweet malt and piney, resiny hops. Sweet, caramelly malts are in the forefront flavorwise, turning into a hop bitterness that packs a considerable bite for the style. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a fireside sipper on a cold winter's day.

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