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

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787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 33
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of racer2k
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

racer2k, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

bruachan, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cbutova, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of jamex
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jamex, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kaseydad, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Genuine
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Genuine, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

JerzDevl2000, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dogfishandi, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

almychristopher, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of anotherpg
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

anotherpg, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of phantomwyse
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

phantomwyse, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

silentjay, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bum732, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Leviathan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Leviathan, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

caddybuyer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

MadeInOregon, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drizzam, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gavage, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

WJVII, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

horshack7, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Nov 21, 2010
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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