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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

831 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 37
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"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
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Ratings: 831 | Reviews: 478
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it's got a nice dark chocolate aroma, very sweet topped off with nutty scents. It looks very inviting, dark brownish-reddish body , semi hazy and is topped off with a semi thick tan head that's very bubbly and sticks around for a bit; it has some strong lacing qualities. It has a medium to light mouth feel, clean and has mild carbonation. Faint hops are present some roasted oats and grains, its sweet overall and no alcohol flavors, not even I the aftertaste. I look forward to drinking this one again...

Photo of errantnight
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting winter warmer.

Pours a rich deep, deep brown, almost black with hints of red. Slightly hazy, with a rich, creamy head. There's not much of it, barely a finger... but it lasts and lasts, leaves great lacing. Was more and more impressed as I went along.

Aroma is excellent, a waft of hops, leaning towards the citrus variety, with subtle impressions of roast and maybe a bit of warm spice? Malty and full.

The taste is frankly a bit flat... it's got a very nice medium fullness and evenness about it, a clean bittering, a bit chewy. The malt character is a bit simple, a slightly roasted caramel... but there's no richness or complexity. The spices get a bit lost in the background, and I do appreciate their subtle presence. And while this is super drinkable, and certainly something I'd throw back a number of on a holiday evening, it actually is lacking a certain fullness of mouth feel which I look for when reaching for a winter warmer.

An interesting, very American style twist on a winter warmer... I really feel like they just need to relax the reigns just a little bit. Definitely let this one warm up if you want it to have a shot at impressing you... I just can't help but feel like this is just a half step or two away from being phenomenal. Maybe next year?

Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok i found this bottle of wassail in the back of my garage fridge today..had been there since January I guess...says best by 02/14/03..so only 4 and ahalf months over !!
The beer pours a nice dark garnet almost brown witha lovelly thick inch high creamy off white head..that stayed quite some time
Nice aroma..chocolaty and spicy tones..though well done.
I dunno but this seems to taste better than when I had the rest of the six pack..its flavourful yet smoother and less aggresivesweet malts followed by a creamy chocolaty taste followed by a nice "zap" of hops at the end ..very nice.
Nice and smooth and creamy on the palate.
Pretty drinkable even for a hot sweaty night.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Pours a near black color but when held to the light its dark ruby in appearance. Although when poured the head was not thick, the retention was great, a thin layer sticks around throughout the beer. Tan head with very a very creamy appearance to it. Smell is unique, I expected a chocolate and caramel smell to it however hops are definitely present. A nice balance of both gives this beer a terriffic aroma. Hops hit my tounge up front which leads to a toasted grain on the backside. A nice chocolate aftertaste was a pleasant suprise. Light on the carbonation feels just right and the creamy mouthfeel is on par. Overall a great beer IMO. Best offering I've had from Full Sail yet.

Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice and slow. Rich amber body with nice straw head. Little lacing.

S - Not too strong of a scent... Nice, but relaxed. Nice light citrus notes.

T - Ridiculously tasty (just like the label says). Awesomely smooth and delicious. Spices and cinnamon dominate.

M - Great carbonation and awesome bitterness. Perfect body too.

O - A litle all over the place, but a pretty solid brew. Nice work Full Sail.

Photo of yuriruley
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark colors with red hues, nice white colored head if you pour aggressively.

Smell - Smell faint hops and some malts.

Taste - Has a very mellow taste, has a mild hop flavor, and some malt flavors. I think if they picked up the flavors a little bit this beer would be phenomenal.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thin, but kind of creamy.

Drink - Despite being 7% I think I found this beer very session worthy.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It is on par with jubelale, though it's flavors aren't as aggressive. I find it easier to drink several of these. Definitely put these guys on my radar, I will be trying some of their other stuff. Also at $6.99 a sixer this stuff is hard to beat.

Photo of jreitman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown and nearly opaque in color. Very little white head ringed the glass. Sweet grain and citrus smells were the most evident with a slight spicy undertone. Mouthfeel is very creamy and adds a lot to the beer. Caramel, fruit and a hint of chocolate compromise a majority of the malt flavors. As the beer works itself to the back of the mouth, the bitterness really kicks in and rounds out the flavor profile.

Photo of diamondc
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 032110. $6.99 for a six pack.

A: Clear dark ruby red, nice lacing and great head retention.

S: Pine needles up front, tangerine skins in the middle, followed by some roast, nutmeg, herbal aromas in the background. Smells like Christmas.

T: A great balance between the pine-y citrus-lite hops and the slightly roasted sweet cherry-like malt. A bitter dark chocolate aftertaste adds to the complexity.

M/D: Not that much hotness detected or carbonation in this one, which makes for a creamy mouthfeel. A real nice sipper to enjoy on its own.

Photo of Chas58
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a quick glance out the window at the 8 inches of snow it was clear that a winter beer was in order. The Wassail had been an early season favorite so a return to this and a review was in order.

Appearance: A dark yet reddish color that upon initial pour seemed amber-ish.  A very limited light brown head that trails away quickly  The head is limited despite an agreesive pour. The beer appears a rich brown, and dark in color upon settling in the glass. 

Smell: A subtle yet clearly spiced nose meets you immediately. The spiciness and color match well and entice you to take a sip. Cinnamon and floral spice is clear. 

Taste: The first taste provides you with a rich mouthful of flavor that is strong, moderately carbonated and pleasant. This gives you an immediate strong sense of the cool weather beer you want to drink. The aftertaste is apparent yet appropriate. The hoppiness is tempered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The upfront carbonation is moderate and the back end carbonation is persistent and pleasant.  

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but does appear to have a stronger alcohol content than it's 7.0. The beer is not heavy like many winter and late season beers, so is a very pleasant beer for enjoying. 

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from whoneeds8, Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a tan head that left plenty of lacing.

S - spiced malty aroma.

T - roasted and spiced malty flavor with a touch of alcohol warming on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - a pleasant way to warm up.

Photo of slyke
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is a deep red-brown color with an off-white head that fades to a thin cap, some lacing. The aroma is malty with a note of nutmeg. Malt dominates the taste with expected winter warmer spiciness and some hoppiness toward the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is just right for the style, not light, not as full as a porter. Drinkability is good. This is a solid beer that recalls an historical style. Try this one.

Photo of DerKaiser
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beers like Wassail and also Widmer's Winternacht make me wish that holiday beers were brewed year-round. I guess I'll just have to stock up. Wassail pours a dark garnet color with a pungent malty, hoppy aroma.

This ale is very full-bodied and well hopped, with nice chewy toasted malt flavors. It's also quite spicy as well, with an oily texture and a dry, brandy-like finish. The 6.5% abv warms the face and nose nicely. I initially made the mistake of drinking this beer too cold. The flavors really come alive when this brew is drank just below cellar temperature.

Overall, this is a really nice winter sipping brew to be drank on cold nights next to warm fires. I recommend it.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.
Love the name 'Wassail'. Dark mahogany with a very sturdy beige head and loads of sticky lace. A nice fruity aroma mixes well with sweet malt and floral hops. The sweet and smoky heavy malt blends nicely with the complex (berries, citrus and lightly metallic) hop bite. This is a strong and hearty winter offering. I hope to find some more this coming winter. Thanks Genaro!

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another re-rate..I ws new at this when I rated a lot of these winter beers and have since retasted and lowered their scores slightly..


-Beautiful flowery hop flavor nestled into a fine malt base. Sweet malt up front with perfect hop balance...really nice flavor...more hops evident deeper into the beer..mahogany reddish in appearance...this is a splendid beer...

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown color with a hint of ruby. Thin milky head. Great aroma. Nice hop boquet. (Guessing it was dry hopped with centennial or cascade.) Also a hint of spice on the nose. Nutmeg? Nice full body. Warming effect is definately here. Nicely balanced beer as I get some good maltiness with decent hop notes. Has a bitter aftertaste. Nicely rounded winter brew.

Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from yesterday:

Enjoy By 2/21/14. I guess I'm about a month out....
Very dark, nut Brown, almost transparent. Small head, tan, creamy.
Aroma is slightly nutty, some spice, although it says there isn't any.
Taste is bread and caramel up front, sweet, then some hop bitterness to follow.
Kind of thin, especially for a 7.2% abv, but decent. leaves a bitter aftertaste with some kind of spice on the roof of the mouth.

Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a foamy light tan colored head that fades into a bubbly lace. Nose is fresh cedar and pine with notes of floral hops, citrus, and spice. Medium in body with a bit of a slick mouthfeel from the hop oils. Taste is sweet malt and dark fruit at first followed by a touch of chocolate and some earthy herbal flavors. Bitter hop resins are present towards the finish and remain in a lingering aftertaste. A nice winter warmer.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahoganey with a full and fluffy head and lacing down the glass. Aroma is lacking a little but there is a malty smell there. One of the more interesting tasting beers I've ever tried though. Malty and creamy up front but on the back side its hoppy and bitter. It's a malty beer with a bite and that is very interesting to me. I definitely enjoy the polarity of the two flavors together. Let it warm up and the complexities show through more intensly. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable at 7 percent no matter if your a hop guy or a malt guy. Good beer.

Photo of jettjon
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass, small head quickly fades leaving good lacing and a thin cap which persists. Very dark brown with ruby/chestnut notes when held to light. Nose: Sweet and toasted malt, chocolate notes, actually very nice. Tastes of sugary and burnt malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouth is nicely chewy, viscous, quenching, and smooth, very complementary to flavor profile. Overall: A pleasant surprise. I’m not usually a fan of Winter Ales but this one is quite tasty. As a bonus, one of my “non-beer” friends really liked this one, probably because of the sweet, chocolate flavor profile. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of Dmann
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!

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Very dark amber that mimics brown. Tan one inch frothy head with good retention. Settles a a bubby cap. Patchy lacing along the glass.

Musty dark malt aromas that are nicely complemented by a light caramel scent. At the end there are bits of warming alcohol.

Chewy bitter malts start the flavors off with a brief creamy burst then followed by a kick of alcohol. The finish comprises of a roasty bitterness from the malts as well as a some piney drying hops. The alcohol comes back at the end adding a little dryness.

Very complex winter warmer. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Plenty of robust flavors to find in every sip.

Photo of rkhaze
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber with a small but dense head that leaves good lace. Aroma of sweet malt, candied red fruits, mild hop spiciness and a bit of yeast. A smidge Belgian-like in a way.
Flavors of rich roasted malt, berries, nuts and a hint of licorice. A hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A lot of good components but they don't seem to all quite come together.
Medium bodied and good drinkability.
I don't know if they change the recipe yearly, but this was enjoyed more than in past years.

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet brown, big khaki head. Heavy caramel, treacle, shortbread, roasted nuttiness, faint coffee. Nice balanced vein of earthy, spicy hop flavor. Bit of fruit and mineral from the yeast. Just the way I like my winter warmers - NO spices, rich complex flavors, in a small enough beer that I can drink a pint or two. Ridiculous value at $6.75/sixer.

Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A medium dark brown with a dark copper hue. The head is foamy, creamy, and one fingered thick with some retention . There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is somewhat opaque with a little bit of the light showing through.

Nose: A wonderful roasted malt with molasses. The aroma reminds me of a spice cider. There is a nice fruitiness and a hint of floral aroma. There is also a hint of floral esters.

Taste: A nice rich roasted malt with fruitiness, heavy spice and floral esters. The taste doesn't resemble the aroma of spice cider.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and slightly creamy. The body of the beer is medium full. The finish is bitter and refreshing. There is a nice balance in the beer and is a very tasty winter warmer. The beer has a nice edge and the hops is not over whelming. I enjoyed this beer.

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

A: A dark brown with lots of ruby and excellent clarity. The head is about a finer of fine, tan bubbles that last for a long time and leave a light bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate hops aroma of pine with an rich malt aroma with some caramel malt aroma. There kind of kettle caramelization aroma that reminds me of a Scottish Strong ale. There are some light esters of orange and prunes.

T: A rich malt flavor that isn't sweet like barelywines can get with a mild caramel flavor. There is a a firm hops bitterness and a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is fairly bitter with an off-dry finish and a citrus hops aftertaste. There are some low fruit flavors like orange and prunes with a touch of honey.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: A malty and moderately hoppy beer that fits the bill of a holiday ale in my house having no fruit nor spice and a good hops showing. I want a bit more in the nose from the hops and the malt but then it would almost be a dark IPA. It's a great looking beer. Don't drink this one to cold our you miss the best parts which are subtle fruity and hops flavors.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.