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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

476 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | 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: 476 | Hads: 832
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Running4beer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (305 characters)

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! (310 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet hue, with a slight haze. Vigorous pour yields a one fingered, persistant, dense beige head. Tattered lace remains. Hop nose is a combination of gentle citrus and sweet, earthy wood. Mellow bubblegum esters meld well with the stately dark lovibond crystal malt. Trace butterscotch and cocoa hints. Understated and clean aromawise. In flavor, a snap of dryish, chocolate malt bitterness upfront is ensued by a melange of burnt caramel and sweet biscuit. Sweetness diminishes progressively, with hop bitterness eventually becoming dominant. Subdued herbal hop flavor with a pine needle twang. Hints of caramelized plum arise late, but are brushed aside promptly by the hop presence. Well calculated in attenuation, with a dextrinous mouthfeel a notch shy of velvety. Finishes with a resurgence of sweetness, with soft notes of toast and maple sap fading readily. A rather gentle old ale, but certainly well balanced and with ample character to keep the palate interested. Any less viscous and this would run the risk of being insipid. Regardless, Wassail is a tasty "winter warmer." (1,091 characters)

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! (346 characters)

Photo of genaro
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the year 2003. It had a nice brown/copper color with a small head that did not last too long. The lace was decent. It had a fragrant, fruity aroma with elements of grapefruit, and berries. The taste was good, citrusy and fruity, with the presence of caramel. A good use of flavoring hops added much to the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, bitter, alcoholly, and a little oily. It culminated with a smooth, dry, sweet finish. A pleasant beer to have around. (460 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark mahogany beer with a small, light tan, thick head. Dishwasher-spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral; a nice creaminess with underlying toffee and some grapes. Very hoppy in the front. A tangy, fruity full middle. A bitter, floral, dark hoppy dry finish with some nice spiciness. A little grainsy in the aftertaste. There's almost a red wine thing going on in the finish for me. The sweetness in the nose never really developed. But I still think this is a very good beer. (489 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is something about winter ales that allow a certain abandon to their creation. This version pours a deep chocolate with a thin lace. Deep sweet chocolate and caramel aromas. The smooth, sweet flavor hints at bitter-sweet chocolate and sugary caramel. The bitterness is moderate with a heart-warming finish and an earthy spruce hop spice.. Balanced and tasty on a stormy winter night. (389 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with a very small, short-lasting off-white head. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes of coffe and roasted flavors. Has other flavors that I can't really place, but this is an enjoyable winter brew, to say the least. There are better examples out there, but this is still worth trying. (297 characters)

Photo of BeerBard
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm tasting a 2002 and 2003 side-by-side. The aged 2002 is a bit cloudy... both have a small head that sits for a while. Both are wonderful examples of the "American Christmas Special"....malty/hoppy, high alcohol and highly flavored old ale - dopplebock - trippel - porter variant that takes a moment to warm in the mouth before hitting you with a punch. Reminds me of the Anchor Christmas seasonal. Lots of reviewers seem unimpressed. Let them drink Pabst! I think it's a wonderful beer. Consider letting a couple age a year or two...don't be scared. Fresh up it has more bite...aged it has a rounded dessert-like quality. I think it's my last 2002, so I'll put a few 2003's aside and write again in a few years. Merry Christmas! (731 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: A beautiful, crystal clear ruby/mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that lasted for quite a while. Lacing thoughout. One of the prettier seasonals out there.

Smell: Wow. Starts with a burst of sweet apple, pear and fresh floral hops--it almost smells like a big Sonoma zinfandel. Yum. After it warms a bit, a dense malt comes through, sweet with hints of caramel and bourbon. If every beer smelled like this, the world would be a better place.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Doesn't quite live up to its aroma. For a winter brew, the mouthfeel is a bit thin and light. Starts with a building sweet malt/Irish whiskey flavor, but it's quickly overpowered by big tart fruit and floral hops. Finishes with a bitter hop bite and a long-lasting astringent aftertaste.

Drinkability: While the flavor is not outstanding, it's quite good, and the (relatively) light body and awesome aroma make this one a very easy beer to drink. In fact, I think I'll have another right now.

Not a huge, complex or unusually spiced beer, but a very drinkable, great-tasting brew. I'll be back for more. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1-16-04 on it. Had a clear dark brown color and a foamy one-finger off-white head that shrank to a wispy skim and left patchy lace.
The smell was sweet, of spiced apples, with some caramel malt notes and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and floral hops. The taste was sweet up front, akin to a caramel-coated apple. Crystal malt flavor were prevalent mid-range, and it finished with a spicy hops flavor. The feel was medium-bodied and smooth.
Didn't really know what to make of this beer. The aroma was somewhat like that of the '02 Anchor X-Mas Ale but the flavor wasn't as appealing. Still, an interesting brew. (680 characters)

Photo of ecoboy
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label proclaims its hop/malt balance. It surely errs on the side of malt. I sampled Full Sail Wassail after another scotch-styled Christmas, and found this superior.

Mahogany hue.

Lots of different flavors settling and testing the various senses of the taste buds. Flashes of flavor alternate, all resting atop the thinned-molasses mouthfeel. Battleship of malt with big guns blazing; brazil-nuttiness, deep down dark flavor. Alcohol presence somewhat muted, for a change from what one might expect from a "stronger" style.

Recommended. (551 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I cannot really say it is a favorite.

Release 2002
Well it has been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let us see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Nose is spicy with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Cannot really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion. (1,163 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany in color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a spicy, peppery hop aroma. The flavor that hits me first is maple syrup and brown sugar, which it then flows to a peppery, spicy hop taste. The brown sugar follows you to the drying finish. This is a full-bodied brew that will warm you up. It has a bitterness that will stick with you through each sip. A nice, warming brew.

Sampled 11/19/03 (453 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good. (554 characters)

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. (666 characters)

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

A beautiful ruby brown. A wonderful lacing follows suit. Smells of heady hops and the crisp, NW wind in late fall.

Full malt flavor that finishes with dry, but smooth, bitter hops. Notes of berries, caramel, a touch of coffee, alcohol, and a bit of spice. Hops are citrusy and carry a slight sting in the mouthfeel...but rounds out nicely. Warming all the way down into the belly.

What a great beer to have with game and root veggies. Might even be nice to go with a spicy, homemade pumpkin pie. Bonus. (508 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber with a small but dense head that leaves good lace. Aroma of sweet malt, candied red fruits, mild hop spiciness and a bit of yeast. A smidge Belgian-like in a way.
Flavors of rich roasted malt, berries, nuts and a hint of licorice. A hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A lot of good components but they don't seem to all quite come together.
Medium bodied and good drinkability.
I don't know if they change the recipe yearly, but this was enjoyed more than in past years. (505 characters)

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.