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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 HuskyinPDX
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a medium brown with a large tan head after a vigorus pour.

S - Christmas spice and very malty.

T - Raisins and dark fruit with a touch of spice.

D - Good carbonation with a fairly light body.

O - Christmas-winter ale. A good standard, but still solid.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Gump
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I noticed an earthy flowery, rose-type of aroma without the sweetness. After that came a stinky septic smell. I take a deep whiff and I'm reminded of an outdoor porta-jon that was recently disinfected. I guess it's a byproduct of the yeast during fermenting.

The pour looks good enough, so I take a sip.

The flavors are quite good and easily drinkable.
Malty, nutty, some bitterness at the tip of my tongue.

Gump, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark nutty color with a good amount of off white head. Smells of roasted barley and nuts. The taste is fairly sweet with a nutty aftertase. Some hops are present but not completely obvious. The mouth feel is good... A little over carbonated. Overall a good holday brown ale.

csiewert, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of brongladest
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

brongladest, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of younger35
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this from my local brew shop along with a couple other winter warmers. I’ve had this brew before but finally getting around to reviewing it tonight. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a really dark brownish red with a small half finger head with a light sandy color. Leaves almost no cap and a very small collar. Not much lacing present.
Smell- Some roasted malts and burnt brown sugar is the vast majority of the nose on this one. Some dark fruits are also present (plums, cherries and a touch of raisin) but not in much strength.
Taste- Starts with a bit of a over-roasted malt and some alcohol drenched cherries. A tad bit of sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar is present to semi-balance the slight citrus bitterness. The dark fruit in the nose is kind of present but really only in the aftertaste. It’s rather enjoyable until the finish when it becomes a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lot of aggressive carbonation and a hint of alcohol warming.
Drinkability- For the most part (other than Vesuvius) I’m a Full Sail fan. The nose is a huge disappointment but the taste isn’t bad. It becomes a little much after a while though because it is fairly cloying. A bit more hop (or full fermentation) may reduce this (what do I know…?) and make it a bit more enjoyable.

younger35, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours to a deep mahogany brown that is still translucent with a disappointing light tan head that quickly settles to a spotty film, yet sticks well to the glass.

pretty faint aroma of dark breads, nuts, and some herbal hops.

more flavorful than aromatic with plenty of sticky sweet caramelly malts and a considerable nuttiness. hops are a bit earthy and spicy but mostly herbal.

medium bodied and syrupy with way too much carbonation for my liking to complement the flavor profile.

drinks okay. overall, it brings to mind an english brown ale with a bit more spicy hops. not bad, but not great.

silentjay, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany with a short, off-white head. Good balalnce of hops and malts in the nose and taste. Has a smooth, caramel and earthy flavor up front. Spice, hops, and tea come through in the middle. Dry, nutty, and earthy finish. Enjoyable, but it left me wanting more.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass. Big bubbles of a light brown which recedes at a good pace. Color is a walnut dark brown ending off in a redish hue in the bottom.

Malt nose, not any spices, some nut. Nothing really jumps out and the nose is quite small

Tastes like a regular bitter with no fruit, nothing spicey but highly tobacco in nature and flavor.

Not very watery beer with a decent body but easily drinkable.

smakawhat, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50. Enjoyed from my trusty red wine glass.... still listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore; Dave Seamen mix.

Aggressive pour produced a shortlasting light tan head... pretty good lacing lasts through most of the glass. Dark Dark brown ... but still nice and translucent.

Nutty biscuity brown malts dominated the nose ... like an less malty English old ale ... sort of expected low PNW/American hop balance.

Taste is the same with some lite cherry and raisin mixed ... not overly complex by any means, but still supremely drinkable. No noticeable spicing, but there is a definate fruitiness with the roasted/nutty malts that makes it definitely interesting. Only sweet on the finish ... sorta reminds me of a Flintstone vitamin ... fruity and metallic.

I buy at least a few of these every winter, and am never disappointed. Solid beer from a brewery that I typically don't appreciate any of their 12 oz brews.

JohnGalt1, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle marked "12". Nice amber brown color. Toasty malty is the best feature. Some roasted malt and a little charred flavor. A modest hoppiness but it's just a bitter bump and then back to the earthy roast. Another example of how IBU figures often seem to be totally unreliable.

Pretty unremarkable but quite drinkable. More of a regular amber with some bark in the flavor. I always look forward to the holiday beers but I prefer ones with a distinctive roast malt or a zippy hop to go with the sweetness. But keep the cinnamon, thanks.

mactrail, Nov 13, 2011
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 NatetheGreat
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was a dark brown with coffee colored soft, dense head. aroma of cocoa and piney hops. needs to warm quite a bit before the flavors begin open up - malty sweetness of chocolate and spice with the piney hops from the nose coming through also in the taste. mouthfeel was thick and chewy; this is a meal of a beer. great for a winter night, but the flavor wasn't quite all i hoped for.

NatetheGreat, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black, with a light brown head that's sticky and lasts, although as a thin layer in my glass.

It has a light aroma of molasses, nothing big, but not too light.

The taste is malty, with coffee and roasted flavors mixing with a note of bread. This is an interesting Winter Warmer, because I don't detect any spices. There's also a bit of tannic bite in the aftertaste.

A smooth body has enough heft.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but is not one of my favorites from Full Sail, which is a bit disappointing. It's worth a try, especially for the malt fans out there.

Shaw, Feb 28, 2008
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 grub
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours lightly hazy dark brown with a small cap of fine light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. earthy and slightly spicy hops. just a hint of citrus.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. rich caramel and toffee. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. warming alcohol. earthy and spicy hops, with just a slight citrus edge.

mouthfeel is ok. medium body seems a touch thin. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. it's a bit of an odd beer. smells sweet, but is actually pretty dry. advertises "pacific northwest hops", but has almost none of the typical citrus+pine duo. seems almost astringent. not quite sure what they were aiming for with this one, but it's not doing much for me.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail pours a clear ruby color into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is mild with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins? grapes?) and a hint of piney hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, slightly slick with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with spicy notes. It begins with caramel malt and brown sugar before some hints of clove and nutmeg move in. There's a touch of raisin in there too. It finishes with a mild pine bitterness. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy drinking beer. Well balanced with light spicyness. I guess I was looking for more spices in this beer and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. However, it's well balanced and the flavors really come out as the beer warms in the glass.

WanderingFool, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass. Thanks for this one, Steve.

Live review.

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color, almost brown, 2 finger tan head settles after 5 minutes into a full cap, sticky small bubble lacing everywhere, and it refuses to let go of the glass. Very, very impressive so far.

S: Not a ton here, caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of a spicy, earthy hop, some light toast notes as well. Kind of bland, to be honest.

T: Hoppy like a rabbit! Hop bitterness is very pronounced, citric, piney, herbal, earthy, and very sharp. The sweetness that existed heavily in the aroma is masked by these overwhelming hops. Slight toast and caramel notes come toward the finish before getting buried beneath a nasty alcohol burn and another wave of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter. Meh. Better than the aroma, I guess.

M: Thin, slick, oily. Decently carbed. Again, meh.

O: Meh. This beer is a Winter Warmer alright. The bitterness and the burn from the alcohol could keep anyone warm. This is more a hoppy red ale than a winter warmer, IMO. Heavy handed, in all honesty. Would I buy more? No. Would I drink it again? Probably not. Just overpowering, and I'm a hophead.

I thought Full Sail was supposed to be good. This is meh.

Keffa, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby-red colour, with great clarity. Looks like a deep port or a heavily tannic red wine. Head is filmy, but fine bubbled. Lacing is patchy, but decent enough. It forms at least. Body is pleasantly heavy, and the very fine bubbling works well with it. Not a bad look.

Nose is very vinous, big notes of oaked red wine, and a slightly boozy cherry kirsch character. Hints of spice and cinnamon, muted enough, but enough to give a lift to the other characters. Quite pleasant.

Taste is also pleasant, although the booze is a little bit more prominent here, giving a slight heat and harshness to the back of the palate. The front is quite sweet, with some of the spice coming through as well. Light esters on the back give a slight fruitiness along with the boozy bite. Not bad. Feel is surprisingly thin given the good look of the thickness, and the booze hurts rather than helps this.

Decent enough, although it tastes slightly more harsh the more you drink it. There's pleasant characters to it, but it's missing a coherent story, and there are notes which become far too prominent. Good. Not great.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

RenoZymurgist, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine, sturdy, off-white head, dark brown color. Sweet aroma, but nothing too distinctive coming through. Faint hints of toffee, nuts, spices. Mild hoppiness, medium carbonation. Sweet maltiness. Very mild, very mellow, but to a fault. I like my winter ales with more of a kick, and this slides down too smooth for my tastes. Feels as if they were shooting for something like Anchor's Our Special Ale, but something held them back.

feloniousmonk, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is burnt malts and flavor has hints of caramel with roasty bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, slightly fruity but a touch of fusel alchol peeks through

Taste: Starts with a burnt caramel malt flavor that turns quite bitter, mid-palate; after the swallow, some holiday spice flavors kick in to provide some sweet flavors but the piney orange bitterness returns, full-force, into the finish; also some unpleasant fusel alcohol at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but could be thicker; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would sure like to see the bitterness toned down to highlight some of the sweet flavors that get overwhelmed

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/7/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown-reddish colored body, but it's not cloudy. Has a big creamy off-white head, decent lacing, lasting. Has a nutty fresh smelling aroma, but it's a little sour. A woody, dusty nut taste. Sour acidic aftertaste. Some light spices.

jujubeast6000, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby red color, with a medium creamy tan head that dissapates quickly to a light film on the beer. There are lots of real strong lacing.

The aroma is strong with caramel malt then quickly fades to soft earthy hops way in the back. After that it fades to a dull burned malt smell... After a swirl, the hops come through well... pine and floral hops.

The flavor is quite the smae as above with heavy malt and slight earthy hops in the back with a solid bitterness. Some burned malt notes... not very complex, pretty simple, but that's not a bad thing, not every beer has to be all complex n' stuff.

Full to medium bodied, coats the mouth well, kinda creamy and smooth with a touch of alcohol in there.

Very drinkable.

hoplover82, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of PdxBeerGeek
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

first time ive had this beer this year. havent had many of the winter warmers but its definately got alot of flavor to it and cant go wrong being 7.2% ABV overall a really good beer would definitely have it on tap if i could find it..even for a darker beer it still has a lighter IPA taste with a hint of caramel? (maybe)

PdxBeerGeek, Dec 15, 2012
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.