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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

766 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 19 | 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 sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear mahogany with ruby highlights and a fluffy beige head of 2 cm foams up easily.
The aroma is sweet. There is caramel and toffee with some slight spiciness that I think is nutmeg. Also some citrus notes but not rindy, more fruity like an orange.
I take a sip and discover a finely carbonated beer with average body. The texture is a little watery.
Flavor starts of sweet caramel and toffee and rolls quickly to some bitey hops that carry some piney and rindy characteristics. The hops linger on my palate and dry out my mouth after each swallow.
The beer is easy to drink, but I was hoping for more complexity in the beer per winter warmer style. Seems to be more of a decent pale ale.
I wouldnt hunt it down to try it again.

sulldaddy, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a dark russet clear carbonationless appearance with a settled khaki spotty coating that leaves decent lace spots.

Nutty Earthy aroma. A malty mix of walnut and light berry.

First swigs: Balanced cherry soda meets pancake. Just a mix of fruity apple and pie crust blend. A bit mish-mashy to me. Clean red apple finish.

Feel is fine with a medium body and gentle carbonation. No clinging aftertastes.

Last swigs: Thanks to G.D. for the bottle. It's not really what I think of as a Winter Warmer. More of an Amber, to me.

Let every man take off his hat
And shout out to th'old apple tree
Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear.

blitheringidiot, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of imrichbeeeatch
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Late 2005, on tap at local restaurant. Pours deep mahogany color with nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt and nice American hops. Resin, citrus, pine. The aroma was probably my favorite part of the beer. The first taste is all hops, tasted as expected from aroma. Then it turned sweet. I was able to taste the bready malt and a slight chocolate flavor which was nice. Then the hops snap back into action, cleaning my mouth. It has nice body, full but not heavy. It was a little to sweet for my taste. Fine beer, but not my favorite from these guys.

imrichbeeeatch, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of BeerAngel
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours almost the color of Coke and has a nice cream colored head that shrinks down leaving a thin long-lasting layer. The smell consists of pungent citrus fruit and light fresh baked bread. Nice! The taste reveals a repeat of the aromas with a pronounced hoppy edge sliding into the bread backbone. It also has traces of a bitter chocolate towards the end of each swallow. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes dry.

Notes: Not the best offering I've had from this brewery, but a solid beer nonetheless. Cheers and thanks to pineywoodsrooter for this brew!

BeerAngel, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off white head fell immediately. Ruby colored beer with some garnet tint against the light.

S - Earty malt. Sweet. Subtle hop aroma until the beer warms and some nice tangy hops become apparent in the nose.

T - Bitter hops are apparent in the taste mare than in the aroma. Dark fruit. Mild chocolate. Rich. Butter. Sweet.

M - Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.

D - Enjoyable. Seemed similar to a hopped up Youngs Winter Warmer. I am going to re-visit this soon and see how it changes.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition pours a clear ruby body with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is complex, malty, spicy, and hoppy, all mingling together nicely in the nose. Toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, spruce pine, and some floral hop notes provide a pleasant wintry bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a spicy bite of ginger.

Taste largely echoes the nose, with toffee and a hint of chocolate fronting the maltiness. Spices are prominent, mostly cinnamon. Some cola flavors are picked up toward the finish. Floral hops bitterness takes over the finish.

Nicely complex, and well balanced. An excellent winter warmer. Thanks to waldowin for this enjoyable PacNorthwest winter gem.

merlin48, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 offering.

The hearty, tan head settles quickly inot the clear, dark brown liquid below. Eventually, the foam slows and almost stops with about an inch sitting on top. Some wet lace marks where the head was at its height.

This winter offering doesn't willingly give up its fragrance. A musky floral smell, slightly chocolate malt, too, is what I'm finding.

Mmm, smooth on the tongue with a great hop/malt balance. The hops stay around longer and create a dry feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste that is a bit like dark chocolate. The first flavor is the creamy malt. But each bit of flavor only stays for a moment before the other comes in to balance it. It isn't a blow you away flavor but it is good and well thought out.

This guy really feels good in your mouth. And yes, the alcohol content helps warm you a bit on a wet and cold evening. Another nice one from the fine folks at Full Sail.

misterscooter, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, with a small initial head that recedes, leaving but a few traces of foam on the top. Lightly fruity aroma, with some toasty malt and a slight spiciness, fainter than I remember it in the past. Solid malt underpinning, roasted and nutty, with noticible bitterness. The finish leaves an oddly medicinal alcohol aftertaste, perhaps from the spices (cinnamon? licorice?). Full, rounded body, with average carbonation.

Not as good as I recall it from the past.

allengarvin, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chunkified head laces stringy all the way down. Amber to copper in color.

Hops, toast,dough, take charge in this winter warmer. Alcohol is warming for sure and a nice combo with the bready characteristics. spices are an afterthought when it gets bitter towards the middle and end. The finish is an unexpected but welcomed mellow light malt a bit citrusy that quickly gives way to the dry hop aftertaste.

another fine brew from full sail. One of the more underrated breweries in my opinion.

DogFood11, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

never a big fan of the "special" winter brews save a few. pours out a nice ruby/brown. decent head, some nice lacing. smells malty with a very slight spice. taste isnt bad. infact its pretty good. malty with a good hop presence thats a bit piney. cinnamon comes to mind as well as other holiday flavors. herbal! not thick like some heavyweight winter brews, its nice and medium bodied, in the middle. while not my cup of tea i can def. appreciate it. i could see these going down pretty easy if thats your thing.

DESTRO, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of nathanho
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown amber with almost no head and little carbonation - unremarkable. Smells like rootbeer, tastes like bland rootbeer and malt liquor...ok, not that bad but the taste is very flat with some spice as an afterthought. Mouthfeel isn't offensive but you wouldn't know you had a beer in your mouth...maybe like cold, watered down au jus? I did finish a six-pack, but only because that's all that was left in the fridge. Just wait 'til nex year?

nathanho, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of warmstorage
1.58/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can't believe I'm drinking the same beer as other people, or the same beer as I've had in years past, for that matter. This beer is, in a word, lame. And sad. And pretty close to tasteless.

Serving is from a 12 ounce bottle. Apparent "best before" dating of 042506 on bottle, and 13:14 (bottling time?) This and the new label design are what correct me when I wonder if I somehow got a bottle that has been hiding on a warm shelf somewhere for several years.

Poured into a beer clean pint glass. Almost no visible head, what existed was light colored and dense and soon gone.

Aroma is slightly matly, slight hints of roastiness. Zero hop or fruitiness or spice in smell. Same things goes when it has warmed beyond cellar temp, to full room temp.

Color is thin brown, or deep amber. Average to slightly high carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and fast and fleeting.

Taste is like a slightly tangy brown ale. Zero hop presence noted. Slightly sweet, again it's like a light bodied brown ale. There is some sort of very slight zing to it, which suggests it will deliver more, and then just doesn't. Some note of alcohol, but nothing to rescue it. Tastes like a lot of boring homebrew I've had. Taste changes little as it warms. Totally underwhelming beer.

Like a boring English winter warmer: like something cut out of the Samuel Smith winter warmer cloth, but if possible, even more boring.

Wow -- I would never buy this one again. Very, very disappointing, after interesting versions of this beer I've had in years past, and after their label describes it as "ridiculously tasty winter ale." Blah!

warmstorage, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of germaniac
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry red, with brown highlights. Smell is a decent mix of sweet malt and piney, resiny hops. Sweet, caramelly malts are in the forefront flavorwise, turning into a hop bitterness that packs a considerable bite for the style. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a fireside sipper on a cold winter's day.

germaniac, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

fisherman34, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

IntriqKen, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

warriorsoul, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of spoots
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

spoots, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of BrewRunner
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

BrewRunner, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of mashmstr2
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

mashmstr2, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Gagnonsux, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

beersarang, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

rowew, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

mentor, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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

CRJMellor, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

KroMagnon, Mar 02, 2005
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.