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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | 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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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark red in colour. Stunning aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and nutmeg. More lemongrass in the flavor, along with heather, hops, and some grainy malts. I tend to expect seasonals like this to be syrupy and thick, but this one was a nice change of pace. You could actually drink a few of these and still be able to stand up afterwards. Unique!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 22:02:40 | More by fisherman34
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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a nice creamy head that leaves a pretty lacing thoughout the entire drinking of the pint. Clean aroma with slight chocolate, hops, cinnamon and fruit smells. Someone mentioned Evergreen and I think that may be the unidentified item in the aroma that makes this sort of unique. Taste is clean and bright....light mouthfeel...nothing heavy or buttery like most winter offerings but bright with taste of hops, cinnamon, fruits (nothing distinctive....just lightly fruit) and malt. Almost an IPA hops aftertaste...not too bitter...just nice and refreshing with touch of cinnamon. Very noticable alcohol in the warmth going down and the taste, however it is not disagreeable. Bright slightly fruity aftertaste.
I enjoyed this winter offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 05:57:08 | More by IntriqKen
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another rare one at Red Bones this month...have really bumped up my visits with the gems they are putting on tap these days.
Arrived a bright worn copper color with a full finger of creamy tan head...stuck around for the entire pint and produces some of the finest lacing I have seen.
Nothing huge in the nose, but inviting nonetheless...some mild spice with a sweet malt addition. Very clean with no carbonation in the scent.
The taste is truly enjoyable...more of the spice shines through as it warms, as I prefer this one darn near room temperature. A decent hop profile, but not overly bitter and a solid malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is average...if this one was slightly thicker I would have skipped the rest of the day of work and had a few more.
Carbonation was perfect and with the abv, this one could be one of the best winter warmers out there IMO. A definite must try if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 20:09:40 | More by warriorsoul
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spoots

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 is an excellent year for this beer. I enjoyed last year's bottling, but this one is a gem.

Pours a gorgeous clear roan color with a long-lasting, two-finger head and plenty of lacing. Lots of life in this beer. The smell is deliciously balanced.Yes it's hoppy for a winter warmer, but the malt is right there to balance the aroma. Superb nose on this one.

The taste is pure heaven...malt, cinnamon, more malt, chocolate. Lots of volume, and nothing left behind. The flavor just goes on and on.

Mouthfeel is creamy, dense, complex. Finish is long and satisfying.

I absolutely love this beer. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 04:56:54 | More by spoots
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BrewRunner

Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark red/amber (kind of blood reddish) color with a white head.

The smell kind of disappointed me. Nothing really distinctive came out.

Taste and mouthfeel were good. Like the smell there is nothing really distinctive to separate it from other beers, but nothing takes away as well.

Overall it's a good beer. Good for a cold winter's night, and worth the purchase. But there are a few other that I would take if I had the choice between them and Wassail.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 02:57:13 | More by BrewRunner
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mashmstr2

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2005 Wassial. I found this year to be better than previous years Wassial. The color is a deep chestnut with red hues. Clear. Nice complex malty nose resides in aroma. Some green hops notes under the malt. Nice medium body with a silkiness. Medium and dark Crystal malts dominate this very complex malty beer. Hops are well balanced with the intense maltiness. A hint of herbal spiciness comes through. the beer finishes with nice toffee and fruit flavors.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 23:36:31 | More by mashmstr2
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wassail's color is dark brown with a creamy, light-brown head of average height. The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet malts and piney hops. Neither dominates, leaving an interesting in-between smell. A sip starts with rich, sweet malt flavor, but towards mid sip piney hops take over and continue through an extended finish. The bitterness level is pretty high and the hops have a pretty strong drying effect. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but too hoppy to be what I want from a winter warmer. I'd choose an IPA, a 2XIPA, or a maltier winter warmer over Full Sail's Wassail. That said, I'm sure there are some hopheads that'll love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 21:06:45 | More by Gagnonsux
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beersarang

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with some red in the light, tan head has decent retention. Glittery lace.

Mild roast and caramel aroma, sweet.

Good firm malt profile with mild spices. Caramel and ever so subtle chocolate is present. Hop bitterness is mild and the spice flavor is also kept in check. Finishes warm and sweet, but still balanced overall.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid winter warmer, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 03:10:30 | More by beersarang
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rowew

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Design updated to fit the new full sail line. Nice painting of a snowy Mt. Hood on the neck. Best by date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Very dark with a bit of red visible when held up to the light. Head is thin, but good retention.

Smell: Very full aroma - malt aroma, but not sweet. Lots of hops.

Taste: Starts off slightly sweet, then the hops come in. Well balanced, but not overly exciting.

Overall impression: Fairly one dimensional, but a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 00:16:23 | More by rowew
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mentor

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in my fridge nearly one year to cool the alcohol hot. Bottle says best before 022505, but I thought aging would do this beer good. Pours a three finger tan head over a clear brown beer with redish character. Some tiny particulates suspended in the beer. Smells rough grassy co-ho that's deep, oily, and enticing. An underlying malt sweet works with the hops...more chocolate than caramel. Tastes orange oil hoppy flavored with pine and a rough grassy character. A piercing bitter that's countered very well by the thick sugary malt sweet. The sugar sweet has some chocolate character and maybe a dark nut character (hazelnut?). The finish is dry and I'm left with the impression I've just toked on a cigarette. There is also a sweet fruity ester that I just can't place. Dark and deep ponderous aftertaste. Prune and cinamon. Md body and md-heavy carbonation. As a hop-head, I like the combination of hop flavor, biter, adn grassy co-ho. Nice malty that the hops ride the crest of. Enjoyable, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 08:30:55 | More by mentor
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle
Pours slightly hazy medium brown with a very thin white head.
Aroma of pine tree resins, some dark fruits and toffee.
Flavor had lots resins and pine notes, almost reminiscent of Anchor X-mas. Hops are almost spicy. Fruity dark malts behind the hop assault.
Mouthfeel is a combination of gritty resined hop tones on a solid base of toffee.
Drinkability

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 01:18:55 | More by CRJMellor
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a nice picture of a spruce tree in the snowy forest with a single red ball adorning it. The beer poured a tan head, not really prominent, dissipated rapidly. The color is a deep brownish-red. The aroma is a touch malty, a touch fruity, with some woodish notes and a slight higher alcohol fruitiness as well. The flavor is nicely balanced, maybe one of the best balanced brews I've had. It starts with a little malt, but complex, with hints of gingerbread and caramel, then gives a little bit of hop flavor (maybe pine-like?) and some dried fruit flavors, then you get a nice dash of hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Alcohol content is a little rough but still good. Thanks to Secret Santa 2004 nvsblman for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 02:47:12 | More by KroMagnon
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watermelonman

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a dark shade of ruby and brown with a small head. The lacing is minor. The smell is very spiced, while the taste is sweet and spiced up front and moves to bitter in the finish.

Something about the blend of hops takes away from the rest of it. Bitterness really takes over the finish, and leaves no trace of the other good flavors. Still, it's not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 11:28:09 | More by watermelonman
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Crotor

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear maple with one finger of off-white head, good retention.

Big, chewy, caramel malt nose. There's a hint of a floral hop flare, but it stuggles for the spotlight and fails.

It has a substantial malt body balanced by slightly harsh, mildly piney hops. Straightforward dark crystal malts and American hops, not much else goin' on. It strikes an odd balance in that it is indeed balanced, but it feels like it shouldn't be. I feel that if either the hops or the malt in this beer were stronger, it'd be a greater success, but as it is, they're strangely strong but muted, canceling each other out too well.

The almost viscous, resinous mouthfeel is a plus, but it may negatively impact the drinkability.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 22:15:28 | More by Crotor
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 14th Jan 05 (bottle best by Sept 05) after three hours in fridge. I noticed that the label for this winters brew was different to the one shown (maybe changes every season).

Appearence: tan/ruby colour with slight haze. Head only reasonable.

Smell: excellent fruits, malt and hops promising great things to come.

Taste: Strong taste, quite "hoppy" with toasted malts. A bit dissappointing after the smell.

Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy feel with nice enough aftertaste.

Drinkability: Tasted like more, a pleasent wintery one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 10:46:44 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Mark

California

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

Finally an American winter beer that is not spice riddled. I'm realizing that I like Full Sail beer lately and this brew is no exception. Dark copper body was topped by a medium thick off white head. Lacing was scattered but intricate. Aroma was of slightly toasted malts. Taste profile was a surprise as it was very hoppy with citrus notes. Good drinkable winter beer. I liked that it wasn't real heavy and spicy. a hop accented winter beer and I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 19:25:19 | More by Mark
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mzwolinski

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color -- a deep, but mostly clear, ruby when held to the light. Thin, spotty tan head. Fruitcake and bubblegum aroma, some toffee malt and spice. More bubblegum in the flavor. The biggest selling point is a really nice roasty, bitter flavor at the end that lingers long into the aftertaste. Overall a very English-tasting beer. Medium-bodied and pretty easy-drinking. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 00:46:21 | More by mzwolinski
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like unfinished walnut lumber, it's a bit dull.
pretty thin head
Alcohol is not all that well disguised... There's not enough malt to mask the alcohol, and this isn't high in alcohol. Very thin brew. Hop spice is all over; pine blah blah blah...
Not as warm as it is hot. Winter warmer my butt. Just another over-hopped interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 16:49:18 | More by gbontrag
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Rich, dark ruby with a small, off-white head. Nose is made up of grapes (vinous), raisins, tangy malt, backed by evergreen boughs and pine resin. Like a Christmas tree dipped in jam. Sweetish, vinous malt flavors up front. Hops come on big and early. Resinous, piney, and delicious. Finish is bitter and piney with sweet, sugar cookie notes. Yum. Medium-bodied, refreshing, yet warming enough for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 04:01:22 | More by alexgash
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KoG

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 09:36:23 | More by KoG
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Troyone

California

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark tea root beer color with a two inch head that dissipated to an eight of an inch with in minutes.
Smell is not strong, however a light sweet malt with pine hops dominating.
Taste has a lot going on compared to the smell; a light bready toasted caramel malt, moderate pine/resin grapefruit/orange hops, a light doughy yeast, and has hints of bubblegum that is not evident in the slightly malty finish.
Mouthfeel has a light/medium feel, slightly syrupy texture, and soft carbonation with a soft dry slightly malty finish.
Drinkability is ok for me, I really avoid winter brews however this one is great if I had to drink one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 08:31:32 | More by Troyone
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Hunter

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet-colored brew with a thick tan head. Some lacing, and head thins considerably after the pour.

Aroma has a substantial hop presence, with underlying notes of sweet malt. The smell is heady and promises a strong brew.

Velvet smooth mouthfeel, smoky malt and nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol is discernable but doesn't get in the way.

Overall, a nice winter warmer, right up there with the best of the style. Full Sail continues to impress me with a nice roster of ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:23:43 | More by Hunter
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, dark red brew with a dirty white head that subsided very quickly leaving no lace or anything.
Aroma is very hoppy with only a touch of malt which gets overwhelmed by the piney almost grapefruitlike aroma.
The taste is hoppy as well with very little of the malt that I thougt i would taste from the color. A bit onesided in the flavor department this beer does get better as it warms revealing a bit more of the dark kilned malt flavor.
Body is not very good for a winter warmer as this beer is pretty thin and it is evidenced by the extreme lack of head. The carbonation is almost perfect however as there is very little carbonic bite from the artificial carbonation which i believe is much rougher than natural carbonation.
Overall I would rather have a jubelale from Deschutes than another wassail from Full Sail but it is a much better winter warmer than Celebration Ale which should be renamed Holiday IPA as it rhymes and indicates what you will taste better. The brewers at Full Sail should have bottle conditioned this one as well so that it can be aged more than a year and that they could have achieved a much higher carbonation level with less carbonic bite. A great winter beer if it is all that is available besides leftover summerfest and the usual flagship brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 07:59:43 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Dmann

California

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

A great winter warmer. The color was a deep amber color with a nice off white head that stuck around for a long time. The smell was slightly piney and very spicey and made me want to investigate further. Out of all the winter beers I've had this year, this is one of the better ones for sure. The flavor was ultra balanced with a great bitter hop rush in the beginning that was matched quickly by a kick of malt and spices, and a nice spice aftertaste left me wanting more. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 11:12:36 | More by Dmann
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, thin layer of off-white foam with poor head retention

Aroma: piny hops, chocolate, dark malts, very lightly fruity, hint of spiciness, a bit woody, touch of oxidation

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a hearty roast edge, gripping piny hop flavor and bitterness, a bit soapy, finishes dry with a bitter/roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, somewhat chewy, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Full-flavored, but pretty clean (almost literally from the slight soapy taste!). A good X-mas brew, though. Really fresh taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 22:44:42 | More by GreenCard
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.