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

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753 Ratings

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


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The head retention is amazing. The appearance is really dark and clear.

You could describe the smell as "Splended" it reminds me of dyed Easter eggs. Such as bright balance.

The taste is very nice and drinkable. It tastes "dark." Fairly malty and has some bitterness to it. It's a solid beer, but is a bit bland.

The mouthfeel reminds me of when something slushy like Jell-O gets sucked through a straw.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:17:34 | More by Vashtar
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-16-2011 12:29:07 | More by bigred89
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label proclaims its hop/malt balance. It surely errs on the side of malt. I sampled Full Sail Wassail after another scotch-styled Christmas, and found this superior.

Mahogany hue.

Lots of different flavors settling and testing the various senses of the taste buds. Flashes of flavor alternate, all resting atop the thinned-molasses mouthfeel. Battleship of malt with big guns blazing; brazil-nuttiness, deep down dark flavor. Alcohol presence somewhat muted, for a change from what one might expect from a "stronger" style.


Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 17:54:36 | More by ecoboy
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-21-2012 06:15:22 | More by pjeezus
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-22-2012 17:36:15 | More by Falcone
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium, frothy beige head, medium lasting

Aroma: Malty; medium hoppy; dried fruits; molasses

Taste: Malty; peppery; well-balanced; starts off creamy and quickly goes to Belgium ale flavors of peppers, cloves, and dried fruit; finishes slightly bitter from roasted grains; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:21:59 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm tasting a 2002 and 2003 side-by-side. The aged 2002 is a bit cloudy... both have a small head that sits for a while. Both are wonderful examples of the "American Christmas Special"....malty/hoppy, high alcohol and highly flavored old ale - dopplebock - trippel - porter variant that takes a moment to warm in the mouth before hitting you with a punch. Reminds me of the Anchor Christmas seasonal. Lots of reviewers seem unimpressed. Let them drink Pabst! I think it's a wonderful beer. Consider letting a couple age a year or two...don't be scared. Fresh up it has more bite...aged it has a rounded dessert-like quality. I think it's my last 2002, so I'll put a few 2003's aside and write again in a few years. Merry Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 02:31:38 | More by BeerBard
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-14-2013 18:38:44 | More by Pjev11
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-27-2013 19:56:36 | More by powdersoldier
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-08-2013 05:31:14 | More by wiscokid920
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-26-2012 05:37:53 | More by fishguyac
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-24-2013 05:38:09 | More by Dapperticus
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brew pub in Hood River, OR on 2010-01-31

A - Deep mahogony with a wonderfully rich, tan head

S - Chocolate, bread, hops, fruit

T - Great. Toasted grain, dark chocolate, citrus caramel, fruit and a delicious, oily dry hop flavor.

M - Thick with low carbonation

D - Don't pass this one up if you get a chance.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-26-2010 17:39:05 | More by Tucquan
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper pour with a little off white head. Leaves a little lacing behind, though that doesn't last long. Keeps a thin head throughout.

S: There's a sweetness and strong malt present in the initial smell. Second comes a milder, sour, fruity scent. The malt dominates throughout, though.

T: The malt is obvious up front with some graininess prominent as well. Caramel notes complement and some mild bitter hops emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, initially fairly crisp but gets thicker as it goes on.

Very nice beer and a good example of the style. A little thick, but the taste is amazing and the smell wonderful. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 07:17:05 | More by ScorpyX
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-10-2013 23:18:45 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-22-2012 16:16:11 | More by RhodyNative
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-04-2012 19:02:16 | More by GTB
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-25-2013 17:55:09 | More by GFD400
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer. But wow! This beer exceeded all expectations. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, a nice aroma of sweet malted hops hit my nose. Upon inspection I noticed the exact right amount of carbonation and lacing. The beer is wonderfully smooth and sweet and goes down exceptionally smooth. A very worthy effort and a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:56:52 | More by ronniebruner
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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!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:46:36 | More by MadeInOregon
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby colored and clear, nice head, good lacing.

There's an awesome malty base to the nose and flavor, along with some sweet fruitiness, a nice little bit of subtle chocolate, and a crisp, clean, deliciously strong bitterness.

Really for a winter warmer, I haven't ever tasted one so bitter, and I love it! It's amazing, this is perhaps my favorite beer in the style ever. Drinkability is off the charts high, and I'm going to have to make the trip (somewhat across town) to the big liquor store where I found it, to make sure I get some more before it runs out.

Full sail, hats off to you. I'm a fan of your beers, but this one is really outstanding, the best you've made yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 22:58:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass, creating a one-inch head and modest lacing. The brew was dark brown, with almost no light shining through.

The nose was malty with roasted smells apparent, as well as caramel.

Very tasty! The caramel in the nose carried over into the taste, mixing with a spicy kick up front and dark cherries and other mild fruit flavors in the background.

The mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is a great example of an ideal winter warmer. The spices are noticeable and help make the brew warm and lively, but they are in balance and not overbearing. It is also easy enough to drink that it could potentially serve as a session beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:44:43 | More by ZBerkeleyan
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Full Sail Wassail is an old school winter warmer, no spicing here. Brewed with four different malts and a heavy hand of Pacific Northwest hops.

Thick and bubbly, two fingers of light tan foam form from a heavy pour. As the head slowly drops down, the lacing shows an amazing retention after each taste. Dark-charred hickory color could be mistaken for black, you can barely see through the brew even when put up to a bright light. Clean malty aroma with shortbread, brown bread and caramel, hops pull in a mild herbal and spicy note in the nose. Smooth and a little creamy with a solid and slightly thick medium body. The malt character kicks things off with sweet bread, cocoa powder, caramel, toasted walnuts and a bit of fresh-bailed hay. Hops seem to want to balance and complement rather than dominate. Bitterness is more than sufficient yet the flavor adds layers of floral, citric and spicy notes. Suggestions of chocolate covers oranges, candied fruit and a mild charred-wood hit in the semisweet finish.

Within the balance there is drinkability, complex but approachable. Tasting this beer makes us realize that winter is not long enough and we'll just have to wait another year. Excellent job.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:05:22 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz. twist top brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a very dark redish brown color with pretty good clarity and nice sticky head. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma has strong hops over roasted malts.

Flavor is very good for the style. Lots of hop bitterness but well balanced with big malts. Carmel, chocolate, and cherries in the malt with a strong piney hop overtone.

Mouthfeel is also very good being well-carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability is good for the style and I wouldn't think twice about having another.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 22:41:22 | More by GilGarp
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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
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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