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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

740 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 740
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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Boto

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 02:55:45 | More by Boto
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marc77

California

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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."

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 01:29:41 | More by marc77
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 19:25:09 | More by francisweizen
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genaro

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 21:05:09 | More by genaro
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kbub6f

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 01:00:50 | More by kbub6f
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 15:41:54 | More by beernut7
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 04:18:25 | More by TastyTaste
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BeerBard

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 02:31:38 | More by BeerBard
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WetCoaster

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 05:57:41 | More by WetCoaster
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Boilermaker88

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 18:16:04 | More by Boilermaker88
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 17:54:36 | More by ecoboy
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Gusler

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 02:09:28 | More by Gusler
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 17:33:54 | More by BeerBuilder
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 15:30:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 00:33:05 | More by RoyalT
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Zraly

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 02:42:18 | More by Zraly
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rkhaze

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:27:43 | More by rkhaze
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Mustard

District of Columbia

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "enjoy by" date -- in this case 011604 -- printed dot-matrix style on the label's bottom, left edge; purchased as a "busted" single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a dark, clear, ruby-brown; sizeable, batter-like, beige-hued head; fine, understated lacing; head hangs around for about a minute or so.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy and nicely so.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with firm notes of toffee, brown sugar and molasses coursing throughout; beautifully spicy; secondary flavors include those of bubble gum, nutmeg and a host of other things.

Notes: Wow, pretty interesting stuff; will definitely seek this out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 06:08:55 | More by Mustard
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Rumrunner

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Enjoy by date is 11/04.

I believe this is the 2003 version. The sticker shows a winter scene with a snow covered tree on the right and the Full Sail red logo to the left. The neck has a 'happy holidays' greeting and a 'Cheers!' in white lettering. Cheers to Full Sail as well for this wintery ale.

A deep dark reddish mahogany color. A burnt quality to the color as well. A small to medium off white head. Not much lacing from this one. Scents are bold sweet malt and earthy spices. Some cinnamon and a hint of clove. There is some softening grain and oats. A slight bite of alcohol and fruits with a brown sugar quality. Very enjoyable.

Flavors are many and complex. The malts are sweet. Caramel and molassas. Wonderful earthy spices with a pine crispness. Cinnamon and a burnt spicey flavor. A dash of pepper as well. This ale has a wood flavor quality. Hard to follow that one but it is enjoyable. Some coffee grounds and a good bite of hop bitterness. A finish of oats, brown bread and dark fruits with brown sugar and even dates. The flavors represent the season exceptionally well. Flavors evolve as ale warms.

The mouthfeel is bold. It is very present. It has a bit of an alcohol bite and some slickness. The drinkability falls in the sipping category for me personally. It goes down very easily but I will still sip. All I need now is for it to snow in So.Cal. and a fire place.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 05:51:14 | More by Rumrunner
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
Love the name 'Wassail'. Dark mahogany with a very sturdy beige head and loads of sticky lace. A nice fruity aroma mixes well with sweet malt and floral hops. The sweet and smoky heavy malt blends nicely with the complex (berries, citrus and lightly metallic) hop bite. This is a strong and hearty winter offering. I hope to find some more this coming winter. Thanks Genaro!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 04:02:47 | More by BeerResearcher
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beerguy101

California

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

2002 version - Deep red color, medium foamy head. Malty and smooth. Spice with nutmeg and ??. Flavor is complex. A little taste of raisins and figs. Malty and not very hoppy. Lots of flavor, subtle and diverse. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and a little bitter.

2000 version-Deep Red color, medium head. Roasted malts, full flavor, aggressively hopped. Robust full mouthfeel. Very malty. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is malty and somewhat bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 01:00:44 | More by beerguy101
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jcalabre

California

2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 4 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This brew has a nice malty nose. What really ruined it for me was the astringent aftertaste. I may try it again next year when it's out, but this was a big disappointment. You win some, you lose some.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 03:12:12 | More by jcalabre
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 22:37:35 | More by Reidrover
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

Another re-rate..I ws new at this when I rated a lot of these winter beers and have since retasted and lowered their scores slightly..


-Beautiful flowery hop flavor nestled into a fine malt base. Sweet malt up front with perfect hop balance...really nice flavor...more hops evident deeper into the beer..mahogany reddish in appearance...this is a splendid beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 21:16:09 | More by ZAP
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a foamy light tan colored head that fades into a bubbly lace. Nose is fresh cedar and pine with notes of floral hops, citrus, and spice. Medium in body with a bit of a slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Taste is sweet malt and dark fruit at first followed by a touch of chocolate and some earthy herbal flavors. Bitter hop resins are present towards the finish and remain in a lingering aftertaste. A nice winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 15:35:00 | More by Morris729
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.