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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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JK4Stout

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- This is one good LOOKING beer. It is a rich mohoghany color with just the right amount of head.

S- The smell kind of leads you to know what to expect here. Very spicy arome. A blend of clove, nutmeg, and hop that isn't too offensive.

T- Here is where they lose ya. It seems this beer is spiced hard just for the sake of being spicy. That takes away from the taste sadly.

M- Here we have a good medium to high bodied beer. Goes down smooth, but not as smooth as it could. (see taste)

D- Not very much here. It was worth a try, and the price is capatible, but I just think as far as christmas beers go this one is WAY down there.

12-14-2010 17:28:32 | More by JK4Stout
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

A - Pours a very dark brown. A descent light tan head that

S - Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted dark malt, captain crunch cereal, brown sugar, raisins,

T - Roasted malts/dark cocoa come first. The dark cocoa seems to stick on the tongue all the way through. Then brown sugar, woody roasted grain, raisins, faint spice. A candy grape "Now & Later" flavor resides in the background. It sounds weird but it actually provides a subtle tartness. Citrus hops open up and add bitterness at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation. Syrupy yet creamy.

One of my favorite winter warmers. Not a ton of spice in this one which adds to the drinkability. The hops balance out the syrupy sweetness without overtaking it. Highly recommended!

12-13-2010 23:47:35 | More by StaveHooks
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

Full Sail Wassail pours a clear ruby color into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is mild with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins? grapes?) and a hint of piney hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, slightly slick with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with spicy notes. It begins with caramel malt and brown sugar before some hints of clove and nutmeg move in. There's a touch of raisin in there too. It finishes with a mild pine bitterness. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy drinking beer. Well balanced with light spicyness. I guess I was looking for more spices in this beer and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. However, it's well balanced and the flavors really come out as the beer warms in the glass.

12-12-2010 22:28:42 | More by WanderingFool
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Will produce a very nice head with an aggressive pour. Sticky lacing endures.

Smells medicinal with hints of cloves and nutmeg. What little hop presence exists is dank and not very exciting.

As the beer warms the flavors pop a little more and it's very easy to drink. The medicinal flavors are still there, and the hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

This beer doesn't really "wow" me, but the spicing is subtle, and I appreciate that, as overspicing kills so many winter warmers. Not sure if I'd pick up another 6-pack of this, but for the price I paid I'm not complaining. Worth a shot.

12-12-2010 02:58:54 | More by ElGallo
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Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-brown on the pour, with a small light-khaki-colored head that leaves some lace. Body turns reddish when backlit.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. A touch of spice and some sprucey hops.

T: First impression is of the aftertaste: surprising lingering piney bitterness. Body consists of toasted nuts up front, with spice following, and lingering spice and spruce in the aftertaste. Some drying alcohol is there too, but no real heat from the alcohol. As it warms I get a bit of sweetness - think caramel malt.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate with an appropriate level of sharpness to it.

D: Good. All in all, this is a decent winter warmer. May be a tad bit too hoppy/bitter for the style (or, at least for what I was expecting tonight), but it's a good beer.

12-11-2010 03:34:22 | More by Kendo
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured 12oz bottle into a Deschutes long tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark ruby color with a thin frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin texture of lacing around the glass.

S - Pine, sweet caramel malt with an aroma of citrus, dark fruits, dates, raisins and fresh baked yeasty bread.

T - There is a nice malty dark ale flavor to this beer with spices and a strong presence of grassy hops. There is also a very strong backbone of pine flavors in this beer.

M - Moderate body to this beer with good carbonation and a creamy texture to this beer. Very smooth mouth feel.

D - Great beer which hides the 7.0% abv very nicely. This reminds me of a hyped up double version of an Anchor Steam Christmas Ale. Nice beer overall.

12-10-2010 17:04:41 | More by racer2k
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +6%

highly enjoyable winter brew. old ale, it would seem, really. with a fuller hop profile, especially due to some spicy hop flavor. the website indicates that the hops are all NW varieties, so i suspect willamette

it's got a rich mahogany color with decent froth and lacing

rich and nutty malt flavoring, with a dried cherry and woody hop finish. caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some butterscotch. a touch of hoptea at the finish, once bubbles have escaped. touch of malt roasting. mouthfeel could have been a little more robust, but was still decent

12-10-2010 03:59:59 | More by bruachan
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Dark red with a very small off-white head that dies down pretty quickly. A frothy ring leaves a few spots of very fine lace.

S- Caramel malt comes through in heaps. Besides that I get a deep, sweet dark fruit note, some citrus zest and slight yeast hints. Bread. Apple as it warms, very fruity later on.

T- Sort of has a pale/amber ale feel to it, not the winter warmer type I am used to. Pine hops are big (which I didn't really get from aroma) with some grassy feel to it as well. Caramel and dark fruit are the other main flavors to me. Apple, fig, grapefruit and raisin later on. Has a spicy finish to it but apparently not spiced (maybe just strong pine/zest).

MF- Moderately thick body that is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is high and stings the palate while I search for flavors.

DB- Sort of reminds me of Celebration Ale in a way but with a strange spice finish. It is kind of a strong pine/grapefruit combo and bites the palate. Kind of confusing but still flavorful and I enjoy it.

12-10-2010 03:43:43 | More by cbutova
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jamex

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Bought at Trader Joe's for around $6.99 a six pack.

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a nice dark brown like most warmers. Produced a 1-2 finger head that simmered down to the surface after a minute or two.

I like this beer. I've never been a HUGE fan of Full Sail beers but this one is decent. No weird smells or tastes - just a nice, pleasant warmer that goes down well. A tad of spice but not as much as other detected. A little hint of sweet mixed with the malt and hops. I'm almost getting more of a brown ale than a warmer. A TAD thin.

I agree with a fellow reviewer that this one is best after waiting a bit after the pour. Let it warm a bit. A nice, budget session beer during the holidays.

12-10-2010 03:16:01 | More by jamex
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Full Sail has come to New Hampshire. Got a few 6 packs at Village Market in Hampton Falls, and tried this one first.
Medium brown color with red highlights. A halo of a head, but still a bit of lace.
Sweet malt, spice aroma.
It tasted like a spice cake, that's the best way I could describe it. There was a bit of late piney hops.
Medium bodied, pleasant seasonal beer.

12-08-2010 15:38:38 | More by lordofthewiens
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kaseydad

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice amber colored ale with impressive lacing and a frothy beige head with staying power. The smell has some malty tones, figs and other dark fruits and some yeasty, bready whiffs. Taste is big time malty with a spicy bite. There is also some chocolate, nutmeg and orange in the mix. A little coffee too. A lot going on. The mouthfeel was too thin for such a flavored brew. Nice drinking winter warmer. Multiples are easily consumed on a cold day. A worthy try from the Full Sail crew.

12-08-2010 02:15:46 | More by kaseydad
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Genuine

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from the bottle into my Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

What a beautiful dark amber/reddish color this beer has, along with a whitish, thin head that doesn't stick around for long - no pun intended. Not much lacing to be had here.

Smell - sweet, bread like malts, figgy. I'm not noticing any hops in the nose, even as the beer warms, more malty notes come on out to play.

Taste - This is a beer that remains shy till it warms up a bit. Straight from the fridge cold, this beer is unimpressive. Once it begins to warm up, more of it's flavors emerge. Figgy, fruity, bready, the carbonation subsides a great deal, leaving the beer very smooth and creamy. Mostly a malt body with a hop kick right at the end. Maybe more of a hop nudge. Deep flavors. Not detecting any sort of spices.

Mouthfeel - this one is light and creamy. Very nice and easy to drink.

Drinkability - This is a beer I could have a few of in a session without any problems at all. A wonderful Winter Warmer. This beer tastes like Full Sail was chasing after Anchor's Christmas Ale but stopped halfway through. This is a great brew for the winter, the 7% abv is barely noticable and it's a solid brew to kick back on winter nights. I just wish it had slightly more kick.

12-06-2010 23:14:48 | More by Genuine
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked this up in Totowa since this is finally available here. The only time I had a beer from these guys was over a year ago when I was in California. Winter came pretty harshly here in the last week and I figured that this would go along well with it. Sure enough, this was a solid Winter Warmer and one that didn't last in my fridge for very long!

Good pour to this - had a nice mahagony-brown hue with virtually no head and a fair amount of lacing. It was just a bit thinner in the mouthfeel than I envisioned but the flavor was great. Dark fruit, pumpernickel, some caramel, and a hint of dry hops combine for a pleasant warming effect. Nice a "spice rack in a bottle" like some other winter beers, this one's mellow and somewhat creamy in its taste.

Not to mention that I could have more than one in a sitting. It's perfect for this time of the year and worth the buy, even if it's just a tad high in the alcohol department. I couldn't taste it at all and this would easily go well with some gingerbread or sugar cookies during this holiday season. A solid offering from Full Sail that did not last in my fridge for very long!

12-06-2010 18:00:27 | More by JerzDevl2000
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dogfishandi

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

12oz twist off bottle that is next to impossible to twist off. 042111 stamped on bottle. from the fridge into a SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a dark ruby red/ brown, very nice looking ruby red when held up to the light. about a one finger of creamy retentive off white head. very nice furry sticky lace. from what i can tell, good clarity.

nicely balanced aroma. piney hops with light notes of citrus. dark fruity malts, some plum, fig. not a huge aroma, but still very present.

i enjoy the taste much more than the aroma would have suggested. mostly hop dominate, but still nicely balanced. citrus hops, somewhat piney. dark fruity malt, plum, figs, caramel, light cocoa. medium bodied. somewhat of a dry finish. lots of lingering bitterness. a fine bitey carbonation.

a great choice for the colder months. a nice hoppy, IPA like winter warmer. it looks like full sail has just began distributing to western new york and this is the first beer from them ive got the chance to enjoy and i liked it very much. i look forward to trying some more from full sail.

12-06-2010 01:45:43 | More by dogfishandi
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almychristopher

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

this beer pours a nice dark brown color with red highlights and an off white head that recedes to lacing. The aroma brings to mind a nice malty stout, with a bit of citrus hops in the background. Lots of roasted malt flavor up front with nicely balanced by the dry, astringent, finish. not what I'd consider a traditional winter warmer, but I'm thankful for that. the medium body and good co2 make this a nice drinkable beer.

12-05-2010 05:12:28 | More by almychristopher
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +17%

Winter Ales tend to be dark (good) and full of nutmeg and crap I wouldn't otherwise want in my beer (bad). Full Sail avoids the trappings, giving a dark, hoppy, malty winter ale that stands up to sitting around the fire. The color is dark caramel, the malts are complex, the balance just right at 7%abv. What stands out is how easily drinkable and enjoyable this is. A perfect seasonal brew. I could not ask for more.

12-05-2010 01:56:00 | More by anotherpg
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours out looking like Coca-Cola. Seriously. With a thin off white head that turns patchy, yet clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very malty -- smells of fresh baked bread, toast, caramel, creamed corn, with a slight metallic note.

T: Malty and sweet -- brown sugar, dinner rolls with buttery simplicity, caramel, Graham crackers. The hops cut through the malt effectively without being overpowering.

M: Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Leaves off with a silky finish.

D: Reminds of a beer from Appalachian Brewing Company in Gettysburg that I can no longer remember the name of. With that being said, this is a no nonsense quality beer with a malt medley and great hop balance. Give it a whirl.

12-04-2010 22:53:43 | More by phantomwyse
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -11%

pours to a deep mahogany brown that is still translucent with a disappointing light tan head that quickly settles to a spotty film, yet sticks well to the glass.

pretty faint aroma of dark breads, nuts, and some herbal hops.

more flavorful than aromatic with plenty of sticky sweet caramelly malts and a considerable nuttiness. hops are a bit earthy and spicy but mostly herbal.

medium bodied and syrupy with way too much carbonation for my liking to complement the flavor profile.

drinks okay. overall, it brings to mind an english brown ale with a bit more spicy hops. not bad, but not great.

12-03-2010 07:04:44 | More by silentjay
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bum732

Lesotho

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

S: Lots of toffee and dark fruits, some nutmeg, dark cherries, currants, cinnamon and clove spiciness.

L: Murky darkish amber, no head, some lacing.

T: Fruity estery malt followed quickly by citrusy hoppiness. Slight toffee sweetness. Hop dryness in the finish with touch of fruit. Quite hoppy.

M: Some alcohol, medium high body, medium-high carbonation. Some alcohol detectable.

A nice winter warmer, more on the hoppy and spicy end. Flavors are a little muted for 7%, but defintiely drinkable.

11-30-2010 05:51:58 | More by bum732
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-red color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, caramel, and some spices.

T: Tasted of malt, spices, a little citrus, caramel, and a touch of hops. Different than what I expected, but a tasty beer nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

11-29-2010 13:05:52 | More by avalon07
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Short-lasting head that settles to less than a single layer of bubbles. The beer is a deep brown, but light shines through easily. No lasting lace other than minute spots.

There is a background smell of soured milk. A pleasant blend of crystal and pale malts prevails. The hop presence is very mild.

Far more hop on the tongue than the smell indicates. Nice balance of darker and paler malts. A dry brew, the fine carbonation adds to the spritzy experience. Light cocoa in the background. The body is on the weak side for the style, but isn't that distracting.

11-28-2010 23:03:37 | More by smcolw
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Leviathan

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Wassail pours a deep mahogany/brown color with a two finger white head that laces nicely down the glass.

Smell is roasted, malty ale with hints of caramel.

This beer is smooth with a hefty dose of roasted malt flavor. Not much spice/vanilla flavors that are generally attributed to this style of beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, finishing slightly bitter. Hops are well disguised by the judicious amount of malts, but detectable on the finish.

Wassail is a competent brew and drinks rather easily. I will certainly enjoy the rest of the six pack. However, I don't think that there is enough going on here to bring me back for more. Definitely worth the price of admission, but you'd probably be happier including this in a beer share...

11-28-2010 03:03:06 | More by Leviathan
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Dark clear garnet with a fluffy light tan head that laces very nicely. Attractive brew.

S-Sweet malts with some hops in the background. Not what I would generally look for in a winter warmer but more of a robust ESB. Decent nose, just a bit underwhelming.

T-Rich, sweet caramel malts give way to a bitter midrange, some citrus pine hops and a very dry lingering astringent finish. I don't detect any spicing in this other than the hopping. An oaky, earthy thing going on here as well.

M-On the richer side of medium with balanced carbonation. Slighly creamy.

D-Good solid winter ale, but not one that I would label a warmer, or certainly not a wassail. A nice switchup from most seasonal offerings but it would be a bit boring to drink another back to back.

11-27-2010 23:01:10 | More by caddybuyer
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MadeInOregon

California

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

I remembered trying Full Sail's Wassail winter warmer a couple years ago and couldn't recall how it stacked up against the other West Coast warmers that have a special place in my heart :). For that reason I picked up a single for the sole purpose of writing this review...

Poured out, it's a very, deep brown color with a reddish tinge. It is crystal-clear with absolutely no sediment. The color actually looks a lot like an English porter. There was no head except a very thin solar eclipse-like ring of white foam around the glass. Unfortunately there is really nothing attractive about this beer.

The smell, on the other hand, is great. It's reminiscent of cherry, cotton candy/malt, and hops. Not too sweet and not too bitter or sour. Very, very nice.

The taste went like this:
sweet fruit -> malt & hops -> chocolate -> hops & espresso

This is a very complex, yet well-balanced ale. However I didn't find it to be very "warming", even with 7%. I think this beer is intended to satisfy the cravings of the hop heads in the NW, as the hops are very intense for a warmer and overpower some of its qualities. Yet there is a huge amount of malty sweetness which screams "wintertime!" I'd say this is one of the better winter seasonals from the West. It's definitely better than Deschutes', as good as Pyramid's, probably about the same as Sierra Nevada's, but not as good as Golden Valley's.

Time to go buy the rest of that 6-pack!

11-27-2010 06:46:36 | More by MadeInOregon
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Many thanks to my good friend cdkrenz...you are the man CK!

A - Poured with a clear brown body, with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. The head was a thin cap of light khaki, not very good retention and very minute spotty lacing.

S - Not a lot in terms of aroma. Maybe a little toffee malt, some slight nuttiness to it I guess. Not much going on in the nose.

T & M - Much better than the nose, actually the flavor surprised me a bit. Caramel malt combines with a certain dark fruity character, the fruit tastes like raisins. Toward the end there is a nice little hop bitterness. A subtle complexity. This isn't quite like any winter warmer I've had in the past (which is good, because the over the top spiciness isn't my thing). Medium bodied, crisp finish that leaves a slight hop bitterness on your tongue after the swallow.

D - I'm usually not a fan of Winter Warmers, but this one has restored my faith in the style. Many thanks to a good friend that brought this back from Oregon for me to try.

11-27-2010 06:23:03 | More by drizzam
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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