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

Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

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BA SCORE
86
very good

739 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


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:
"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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle
Pours slightly hazy medium brown with a very thin white head.
Aroma of pine tree resins, some dark fruits and toffee.
Flavor had lots resins and pine notes, almost reminiscent of Anchor X-mas. Hops are almost spicy. Fruity dark malts behind the hop assault.
Mouthfeel is a combination of gritty resined hop tones on a solid base of toffee.
Drinkability

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 01:18:55 | More by CRJMellor
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a nice picture of a spruce tree in the snowy forest with a single red ball adorning it. The beer poured a tan head, not really prominent, dissipated rapidly. The color is a deep brownish-red. The aroma is a touch malty, a touch fruity, with some woodish notes and a slight higher alcohol fruitiness as well. The flavor is nicely balanced, maybe one of the best balanced brews I've had. It starts with a little malt, but complex, with hints of gingerbread and caramel, then gives a little bit of hop flavor (maybe pine-like?) and some dried fruit flavors, then you get a nice dash of hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Alcohol content is a little rough but still good. Thanks to Secret Santa 2004 nvsblman for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 02:47:12 | More by KroMagnon
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watermelonman

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark shade of ruby and brown with a small head. The lacing is minor. The smell is very spiced, while the taste is sweet and spiced up front and moves to bitter in the finish.

Something about the blend of hops takes away from the rest of it. Bitterness really takes over the finish, and leaves no trace of the other good flavors. Still, it's not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 11:28:09 | More by watermelonman
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Crotor

California

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

Pours a clean and clear maple with one finger of off-white head, good retention.

Big, chewy, caramel malt nose. There's a hint of a floral hop flare, but it stuggles for the spotlight and fails.

It has a substantial malt body balanced by slightly harsh, mildly piney hops. Straightforward dark crystal malts and American hops, not much else goin' on. It strikes an odd balance in that it is indeed balanced, but it feels like it shouldn't be. I feel that if either the hops or the malt in this beer were stronger, it'd be a greater success, but as it is, they're strangely strong but muted, canceling each other out too well.

The almost viscous, resinous mouthfeel is a plus, but it may negatively impact the drinkability.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 22:15:28 | More by Crotor
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 14th Jan 05 (bottle best by Sept 05) after three hours in fridge. I noticed that the label for this winters brew was different to the one shown (maybe changes every season).

Appearence: tan/ruby colour with slight haze. Head only reasonable.

Smell: excellent fruits, malt and hops promising great things to come.

Taste: Strong taste, quite "hoppy" with toasted malts. A bit dissappointing after the smell.

Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy feel with nice enough aftertaste.

Drinkability: Tasted like more, a pleasent wintery one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 10:46:44 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Mark

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally an American winter beer that is not spice riddled. I'm realizing that I like Full Sail beer lately and this brew is no exception. Dark copper body was topped by a medium thick off white head. Lacing was scattered but intricate. Aroma was of slightly toasted malts. Taste profile was a surprise as it was very hoppy with citrus notes. Good drinkable winter beer. I liked that it wasn't real heavy and spicy. a hop accented winter beer and I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 19:25:19 | More by Mark
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mzwolinski

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color -- a deep, but mostly clear, ruby when held to the light. Thin, spotty tan head. Fruitcake and bubblegum aroma, some toffee malt and spice. More bubblegum in the flavor. The biggest selling point is a really nice roasty, bitter flavor at the end that lingers long into the aftertaste. Overall a very English-tasting beer. Medium-bodied and pretty easy-drinking. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 00:46:21 | More by mzwolinski
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like unfinished walnut lumber, it's a bit dull.
pretty thin head
Alcohol is not all that well disguised... There's not enough malt to mask the alcohol, and this isn't high in alcohol. Very thin brew. Hop spice is all over; pine blah blah blah...
Not as warm as it is hot. Winter warmer my butt. Just another over-hopped interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 16:49:18 | More by gbontrag
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 04:01:22 | More by alexgash
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KoG

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 09:36:23 | More by KoG
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Troyone

California

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

Appearance is a dark tea root beer color with a two inch head that dissipated to an eight of an inch with in minutes.
Smell is not strong, however a light sweet malt with pine hops dominating.
Taste has a lot going on compared to the smell; a light bready toasted caramel malt, moderate pine/resin grapefruit/orange hops, a light doughy yeast, and has hints of bubblegum that is not evident in the slightly malty finish.
Mouthfeel has a light/medium feel, slightly syrupy texture, and soft carbonation with a soft dry slightly malty finish.
Drinkability is ok for me, I really avoid winter brews however this one is great if I had to drink one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 08:31:32 | More by Troyone
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Hunter

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet-colored brew with a thick tan head. Some lacing, and head thins considerably after the pour.

Aroma has a substantial hop presence, with underlying notes of sweet malt. The smell is heady and promises a strong brew.

Velvet smooth mouthfeel, smoky malt and nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol is discernable but doesn't get in the way.

Overall, a nice winter warmer, right up there with the best of the style. Full Sail continues to impress me with a nice roster of ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:23:43 | More by Hunter
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, dark red brew with a dirty white head that subsided very quickly leaving no lace or anything.
Aroma is very hoppy with only a touch of malt which gets overwhelmed by the piney almost grapefruitlike aroma.
The taste is hoppy as well with very little of the malt that I thougt i would taste from the color. A bit onesided in the flavor department this beer does get better as it warms revealing a bit more of the dark kilned malt flavor.
Body is not very good for a winter warmer as this beer is pretty thin and it is evidenced by the extreme lack of head. The carbonation is almost perfect however as there is very little carbonic bite from the artificial carbonation which i believe is much rougher than natural carbonation.
Overall I would rather have a jubelale from Deschutes than another wassail from Full Sail but it is a much better winter warmer than Celebration Ale which should be renamed Holiday IPA as it rhymes and indicates what you will taste better. The brewers at Full Sail should have bottle conditioned this one as well so that it can be aged more than a year and that they could have achieved a much higher carbonation level with less carbonic bite. A great winter beer if it is all that is available besides leftover summerfest and the usual flagship brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 07:59:43 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Dmann

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great winter warmer. The color was a deep amber color with a nice off white head that stuck around for a long time. The smell was slightly piney and very spicey and made me want to investigate further. Out of all the winter beers I've had this year, this is one of the better ones for sure. The flavor was ultra balanced with a great bitter hop rush in the beginning that was matched quickly by a kick of malt and spices, and a nice spice aftertaste left me wanting more. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 11:12:36 | More by Dmann
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, thin layer of off-white foam with poor head retention

Aroma: piny hops, chocolate, dark malts, very lightly fruity, hint of spiciness, a bit woody, touch of oxidation

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a hearty roast edge, gripping piny hop flavor and bitterness, a bit soapy, finishes dry with a bitter/roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, somewhat chewy, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Full-flavored, but pretty clean (almost literally from the slight soapy taste!). A good X-mas brew, though. Really fresh taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 22:44:42 | More by GreenCard
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filabrazilia

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant cola brown with amber hues. The smallish tan head leaves strings of khaki lace on the glass as I drink.

There is a slight touch of alcohol in the nose that is blended with a doughy spice aroma. Subtle fruit and spice remind me of a breakfast bread.

There is a slight spice flavor in the mouth--cloves maybe. A touch of smoked malt join in the taste to creat a delightful winter drinking experience.

This is a medium bodied beer that aspires to be a bigger beverage. The bittering hops grab the back of the tongue and leave a lasting impression on the mouth. The carbonation is creamy and smooth and act to deliver the beer in a most pleasant manner.

This is a delightful drinking experience. This beer offers all that you would expect from a winter warmer--rich complex flavor and smooth easy drinkability. A pleasant drink to have while staring at the lights of your Chritmas tree.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 03:27:03 | More by filabrazilia
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RootedFool

California

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The body is shiny, translucent crimson -- maroon-ish when held to direct light. The head is light brown (or dark tan) and has the consistency of thick cream of wheat with some maple syrup stirred in, and falls leaving some pasty film on the walls of the glass.

Smell:

Top is all maraschino cherries and candied plums, with an underbelly of gingerbread spiciness. The finish has a subtlty wood-smokey malt depth. Hollah?

Taste:

Opens with a brown-sugary, tangy citrus rind kick across my palate, deep and delicious. The middle, I hasten to say this, reminds me of Hawaiian punch, but majorly pimped out.

The aftertaste is a sugary tart massage.

I usually avoid Full Sail due in part to their typically lackluster line-up and atrocious graphic design that appears to be intended for, I don't know, yuppies with sail boats. But this particular brew was a welcomed surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 04:39:01 | More by RootedFool
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skybluewater

Minnesota

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

Pours a deep rust color. Smells of pine sap and a little caramel. Tatse is much hoppier than I expected, and there isn't as much malt as I'd like (if anything, it tastes a little like the Alt I just had...).

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good brew. The pine especially suits the time of year well.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 07:41:26 | More by skybluewater
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GClarkage

California

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

12/07/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a drink by 02/25/05 on the label. Consumed from my Pike Place Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber pour with a nice large bubbled foamy head and very nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of spicyness going on. So many things as it's hard to pick and choose. So, lets just leave it at that. Extreme spicyness and hops.

Taste- Cloves, maybe some anise, pine, raisins, nutmeg. Lots of goodies in here. Lots of hops also. They are a tad bitter also.

Mouthfeel- A thicker beer than I expected. Decent carbonation level.

Drinkability- Better as it warms. Didn't sense a huge alcohol presence, which makes it go down easily. Good beer, but not great. But definitely worth a try each Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 22:58:01 | More by GClarkage
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zacharius

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber brown with a white cascading head. The beer has a nice hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt aroma also smells estery but not that pleasant of esters, smells yeasty (but is not bottle conditioned?) and alcoholic. Taste is roasted malts, not as sweet as I thought it would be but it is fairly well hopped so this may skew my perception. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol taste is there as well, it could be blended in better, perhaps this beer could have used more aging. Probably couldn't drink very many of these because of the alcohol content but is a nice sipping brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 00:35:25 | More by zacharius
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color is an excellent color for a spiced winter brew methinks. Thin haze somehow supports large islands of big bubbles that don't go away. Nose has some big malts and sweet cherry cider, edged with spices, pepper and cloves, and hops, which seem to mellow out and become sweeter and creamier. Alot more alcohol seeps out of this than expected.

In the mouth, this could aaaalmost be just another pale ale, albeit a good one. Malts are heavy and the alcohol cuts around the edges. Notes of cherry. Spice and sweetness are kept to a minimum. Creamy heaviness is there, however, which is always good in a winter warmer. Rocky mineral hop bitterness comes out of nowhere to finish off this beer and add some choppiness.

A little disappointed here with my first Full Sail sampling, although my expectations were high.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 07:07:54 | More by donnebaby
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beertaster13

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition pours a nice reddish brown with a tan head that is pleasant to look at. The smell is of a pine tree with citrus zest, a spicy nut arom linger, baked pie crust and toasted grain, the taste is a spiced apple and baked squash with a pine wood hop taste, hints of spiced crust blend well with the hops. Good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 04:40:52 | More by beertaster13
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beerceller99

Louisiana

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

2002 edition. Pours a reddish brown hue with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Has a sweet caramel smell. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by nicely roasted grains. Medium - heavy body which leaves the flavors on the tongue for a while. Not a lot of hop action here. Super smooth and easy drinking. nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 22:25:05 | More by beerceller99
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ark57

Pennsylvania

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

It pours a clear, deep ruby-brown/black with a thin wisp iof a head. The aroma is fruity, roasty, amlty, and piney. It has quite a bit of fruity esters (cherry and banana) some caramel, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste. It does not seem to be too hoppy, but it is older, though I do not know how old. It also has a slight pleasant oxidized taste to it as well. I can see where this beer would age well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 15:03:09 | More by ark57
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Running4beer

Massachusetts

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

Pours out reddish/amberish color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, fruity and slightly malty. Taste was sweet, malt and a bit of fruit a light hoppy backround as well. Didn't really notice a high carbonation but there was a bit of bubbles. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Pretty good winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 21:41:47 | More by Running4beer
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