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

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86
very good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 37
Gots: 45 | 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 DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of nathanho
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
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?

Photo of warmstorage
1.58/5  rDev -58.6%
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!

Photo of germaniac
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of fisherman34
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!

Photo of IntriqKen
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
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.

Photo of spoots
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!

Photo of BrewRunner
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.

Photo of mashmstr2
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
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.

Photo of beersarang
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.

Photo of rowew
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.

Photo of mentor
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
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

Photo of KroMagnon
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.

Photo of watermelonman
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.

Photo of Crotor
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.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
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.

Photo of Mark
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.

Photo of mzwolinski
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.

Photo of gbontrag
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.

Photo of alexgash
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.

Photo of KoG
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.

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