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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

756 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | 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:
"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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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
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: caramel, spice, and some earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, spices, bready malt, allspice, and a hint of clove. Bitterness is mild. There is a bit of overall earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: easy drinking winter beer that is great in front of a fireplace. A few of these could be consumed in a session.

11-25-2010 23:33:07 | More by Gavage
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5%

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a mildly bitter, roasted malt flavor with a bit of caramel malt sweetness for balance. It goes down smooth with a very dry and slightly fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable winter warmer. It's not overly complex, but quite enjoyable.

11-23-2010 21:29:19 | More by WesWes
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Brought back from OR from my friend Cdkrenz (on BA) I poured this into a pint glass and watched the aggressive head crawl up the glass (3 fingers) at which point the sticky lacing settled into a nice bubbly cap. The deep brown brew had a wonderful citrus hop nose. There were also hints of caramel and burnt malts. The taste was not typical for a WW but was delicious. There was a hint of fig and raisin to start with pine hops and some chocolate to follow and this was balanced at the finish with nice bitterness. I was skeptical as WW is not my favorite style but this brew is a nice selection and I was glad to have had the chance to sample. Thanks again Cdkrenz!

11-23-2010 01:41:45 | More by WJVII
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Apperance: This one pours a dark brown with about one ifnger of head that thins out a quick but leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: Not the usual aromas. A fair amount of citrus hop. A little bit of bready malt. Mild notes of cinnamon with twinges of clove.

Taste: The mouthfeel has a bit of buttery toffee feeling to it. Swetness from the malts carry brown bread sweetness. In the hop side of it all it is cirtusy but still a good roasted bite.

Notes: Overall this a rather tasty. Cheers.

11-22-2010 02:20:44 | More by horshack7
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Brown with a reddish tint, one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

I was not sure what I was smelling at first. But it dawned on me that what I was smelling was hops. Hops! in a winter warmer. It is a mixture of pine and citrus.

Does not really taste like a winter warmer with all the hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly herbal with a dose of pine. The malt gives a little bit of toffee flavor and sweetness. Slightly astrigent with a dry finish. Tastes like a very hoppy ESB.

Medium body with good carbonation that compliments the hoppy nature of this beer.

A different take of a winter warmer or should I say winter seasonal. A lot of hoppiness in this brew without additional spices.

11-21-2010 18:50:32 | More by morimech
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Tifore

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Picked up a six pack of this stuff for a buddy at work who was from Oregon. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown mahogany color but clear. A tan 1 finger head develops and slowly dissapates but leaves a nice cap.

S - Smells of lots of dark roasted carmel-y malts and light citrusy hops. I also get some clove and cinnamon but there light.

T - Taste really stands out with this brew. Very balanced. Sweet malts come first and are balanced but light bitter hops that don't overpower but compliment the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. Very enjoyable. Light carbonation on the tounge.

D - A seven percent alcohol beer that you don't notice it at all except after you've had a few and stand up. Definitely sneaks up on you. I will be picking up another six pack of this for sure.

11-21-2010 16:36:12 | More by Tifore
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Look - dark brown in color until held closer to the light, which reveals a more deeper crimson. About a finger's worth of beige or khaki colored foam that lingers for a while. Good carbonation.

Smell - crisp, slightly hoppy-smelling brew with a fresh, fruity hint to it.

Taste - Fairly hoppy, but balanced out with the malts. So-so at the start, but an intriguing flavor hits the side of the tongue in the middle..can't really describe it unfortunately. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Texture is thicker and a little filmy.

Drinkability - Very interesting brew, not terribly complex, but complex enough. Might be worth a six-pack just to figure it out.

11-21-2010 02:18:57 | More by Nerudamann
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nezelrac

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - reddish burnt umber with a relatively dense one inch pale tan head that fell a bit initially but had good retention and a little lacing

S - sweet malty aromas with fruity esters and top notes of baking spices

T - sweet malty notes give way to dried and bing cherry, then the hops start to come in mid-palate, building to a significant presence on the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth and round initially, with some astringency emerging at the finish

D - quite drinkable, could have another right now

11-19-2010 16:56:01 | More by nezelrac
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass. Big bubbles of a light brown which recedes at a good pace. Color is a walnut dark brown ending off in a redish hue in the bottom.

Malt nose, not any spices, some nut. Nothing really jumps out and the nose is quite small

Tastes like a regular bitter with no fruit, nothing spicey but highly tobacco in nature and flavor.

Not very watery beer with a decent body but easily drinkable.

11-19-2010 02:43:28 | More by smakawhat
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

My first Full Sail beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades over semi hazy semi clear dark copper rusty brown color.

Nose is all over the place, with some dark malts, a bit of syrupy aromas with light molasses and caramel, some nutmeg and nutty aromas, a bit of toffee, roasted malts, a bit of tobacco, licorice, and hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich, with dark malts, creamy malts, some roasted malts with a bit of toffee, hints of tobacco, caramel, molasses, dark plum fruits, and some light nutty malts. The spices are a lot less here, hints of nutmeg, little bready malts. Some hops come through, earthy, chewy, nectar like. Some light mineral flavors and bitterness from the charred malts as well. Also there is a very slight hint of the UK earthy herbal Hedgerow hop I'm not a fan of. Finish is still somewhat sticky but dries quite a bit. Some lingering minerality, with lots more roasty dark malts, syrupy flavors, and toffee.

Mouth is medium body with syrupy flavors, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, not really any boozy flavors but a hint of warmth, also some sticky feel, light minerality.

11-15-2010 02:18:21 | More by jlindros
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augustgarage

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter.

Coppery, auburn-tinged, seal brown liquid, very dark yet clear with bright dark-candy-apple-red highlights. Isabelline delicate foam collar and lasting slick coat the surface. Give it a real vigorous pour if you want better retention!

A nice variety of malt in the nose, suggesting caramel, rye bread, and a hint of chocolate. Fruity esters are present as well, suggesting sangria infused with clove-studded oranges and C-hops.

Somewhat tart and earthy/spicy palate entry - suggests cherry pits, a hint of treacle, nuts, and a light evergreen-ish bitterness from the hops. No aged qualities, though the tartness is very slightly vinuous. Balanced yet hop-forward finish (Willamette in particular peeks through).

Medium-bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated, moderately warming (as it should be).

Winter warmers seem to be based on a wide variety of base beers...in this case, I'm reminded of a dark mild with greater potency both in terms of ABV and in hoppiness (with a distinctive NW character). A decent example of the style, but drink it now, as I don't think this would age as gracefully as Anchor's X-mas ale...

11-15-2010 01:51:57 | More by augustgarage
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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