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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

480 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 480
Hads: 850
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 480 | Hads: 850
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice and meaty English ale, dark copper colored with small creamy beige head. Light nutty aroma, flavor is more earthy, nutty, dark malts with a small hops bite at the end. Some lingering bitterness. Would not be out of place in a British pub next to the fire....

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really impressive looking beer. Amber, brown a little dark - definitely looks like a winter style beer. Perfectly formed two fingers of bright white head lingers nicely with the drink. Smell is lightly spicy with a good deal of malt.

Taste is malty, with some light hop bitterness. Doesn't have a particular flavor, just malty without the winter spice or sugar I expected. Light medium body. Overall a decent beer, but better examples of the style exist.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice looking dark brown/mahogany with a copper hue shinning through the rim, a long lasting tight one finger beige head accompanied leaving an excellent lace. The aroma was faint in comparison to its flavor. A subtle scent of caramel, herbs, cinnamon and brown sugar comes through. Medium to full body with dominate sweet malt upfront, oily and slighty bitter followed with a hint of spice (had trouble making out the spice)and softly carbonated. This was an enjoyable winter warmer, very drinkable and great with Pad Thai and Panang curry. Enjoy

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Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a thick mouthfeel. The flavor has a nice amount of floral hops that comes through, but there is a strong malt presence as well. Enjoyable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass. A very attractive Mahogany leaning towards black color. Poured a thick, but quickly dissapating head. Aroma not as bold as it could be. Taste is more fulfilling than aroma would indicate. Good, satisfying body. Very drinkable, could easily have a session with this beer. Worthy of your time.

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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I cannot really say it is a favorite.

Release 2002
Well it has been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let us see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Nose is spicy with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Cannot really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion.

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Photo of KoG
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Heavy, dark brown color with minimal head and no lacing. Half serving pour. Slight copper hue when held directly to the light, but overall mostly opaque.

Smell: Medium malty aromas with slight breadiness. Comb in honey nose with slight herbaceous spiciness. Touch of volatility high in the nose.

Taste: Bitter and medicinal in the foretaste, opening up to significant hops bitterness. Slightly spiced and solvent like. Not unpleasant. Hints at roasted malt flavors without acknowledging them fully. Not a bad beer by any means but a little bizarre. A lot like an ESB without the assertive sweetness. Wassail is traditionally mulled, so I don't think its true to style, but not a bad holiday beer.

Mouth: Decent body, maybe a little on the thin side, medium carb.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, thin layer of off-white foam with poor head retention

Aroma: piny hops, chocolate, dark malts, very lightly fruity, hint of spiciness, a bit woody, touch of oxidation

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a hearty roast edge, gripping piny hop flavor and bitterness, a bit soapy, finishes dry with a bitter/roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, somewhat chewy, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Full-flavored, but pretty clean (almost literally from the slight soapy taste!). A good X-mas brew, though. Really fresh taste.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from the bottle and was dark amber in colour. It smelled of malty spice and hop. This beer had a surprisingly high alcohol content which was not really reflected in the taste. Thevarious flavors passed over the palate in distinct phases. The initial taste was sweet, followed by a light hoppiness and finished with a toasty nuttiness common to many winter ales. This lingered as a mild, roasty after taste.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a reddish tint, one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

I was not sure what I was smelling at first. But it dawned on me that what I was smelling was hops. Hops! in a winter warmer. It is a mixture of pine and citrus.

Does not really taste like a winter warmer with all the hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly herbal with a dose of pine. The malt gives a little bit of toffee flavor and sweetness. Slightly astrigent with a dry finish. Tastes like a very hoppy ESB.

Medium body with good carbonation that compliments the hoppy nature of this beer.

A different take of a winter warmer or should I say winter seasonal. A lot of hoppiness in this brew without additional spices.

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Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"12 Fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty winter ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47." Enjoy by 03 01 07

Full-bodied dark brown winter warmer in the tradition of Anchor OSA. Grainy and spicy, with a bitter bite from the hops, and perhaps a bit from the alcohol. It's no boozy beast, but the alcohol is a notable flavor componant, staking it's claim as "heavier than average" at 6.5% abv. The malt body is familiar but hard to describe, except as micro or homebrew-esqe. There are faint and subtle Christmas spices barely present, like clove, cinnomon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Would pair well with pumpkin pie. Spicy carbonation. Everything about it is above average. Nice long, bitter fallout. Cheers!

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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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head.

S: Some toasted malt and breadiness along with some hints of dark fruit and spices. Citrus hops in the background.

T: Have to say, I'm usually not very impressed by Full Sail, but this one's pretty good. A base of caramel, toffee and toasted malt with a strong backbone of pine hops that grow in bitterness as the beer warms. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle x2. Best by 04/03/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. A finger + of beige foam forms and settles at a moderate pace. A good amount of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of bready and dark malt, along with some caramel sweetness. Hints of vanilla, and dry spices. Medium hop presence.

Initial flavor is mildly sweet followed quickly by a almost cherry like tang. Fairly bitter floral hops finish things up. Hops come out in the flavor more than the nose.

Medium bodied with medium but sharp carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite dark brown, with red hints around the edges. Smell is malty, a bit of a spicy backbone too it. Taste is all malt at first, then comes the winter spices. They come on a bit spicy. Some clove, even orange peel, and a slight hint of cinnamon. Seems like the flavors aren't blended that well together. They are quite disparate, then comes a bitterness on the back. Drinkability suffers from too much going on. Wish it was a bit toned down.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent bronze-red with a regal head of taupe. Laces decently, too.

Smells like a malty red ale. Caramelized grains, dark fruits, baked earth, hints of cranberry and plum. Maybe a little vanilla.

Much drier than the nose. Metallic malts, some hop bitterness, light twanginess, some toastiness, and earthiness. Wet/bitter graininess. Slight hint of dark fruits.

Medium body with some booziness and a hefty carbonation.

Not a bad warmer. I like the lack of big spice flavors.

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Photo of mhewes
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a dark brown with an off white head.

S : It's got a spicy malt smell with a hint of hops. The alcohol is evident in the smell

T : Really sweet malt with a caramel/toffee flavor. There's a hint of hops but they are overshadowed by the malt

M : Creamy, smooth

D : It's good but not in bunches. If the malts were toned down some, it would make it better

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet hue, with a slight haze. Vigorous pour yields a one fingered, persistant, dense beige head. Tattered lace remains. Hop nose is a combination of gentle citrus and sweet, earthy wood. Mellow bubblegum esters meld well with the stately dark lovibond crystal malt. Trace butterscotch and cocoa hints. Understated and clean aromawise. In flavor, a snap of dryish, chocolate malt bitterness upfront is ensued by a melange of burnt caramel and sweet biscuit. Sweetness diminishes progressively, with hop bitterness eventually becoming dominant. Subdued herbal hop flavor with a pine needle twang. Hints of caramelized plum arise late, but are brushed aside promptly by the hop presence. Well calculated in attenuation, with a dextrinous mouthfeel a notch shy of velvety. Finishes with a resurgence of sweetness, with soft notes of toast and maple sap fading readily. A rather gentle old ale, but certainly well balanced and with ample character to keep the palate interested. Any less viscous and this would run the risk of being insipid. Regardless, Wassail is a tasty "winter warmer."

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good retention. Grainy, spicy nose with a strong earthy character and a rumor of milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same; hearty malt and spicy hops. Balanced by alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Pretty decent winter warmer.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - think chestnuts or roasted pecans. tan head that quickly fades to the edge of the glass with little atolls floating around the surface

S - Munich-y, bread crust, slight coffee and a citrus-y/spiciness

T - pretty dry malt character, coffee & roasted comes through nicely with little to no astringency. this citrus thing is kind of weird, maybe bitter orange peel, maybe just "C" hops.

M - mod-high carbonation, but still fairly smooth

O - A decent beer. the nice balance of roast with citrus character makes me keep drinking.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 2 finger sticky tan head sits proudly atop this dark brown/cola colored brew

S - rich roasted malt, slight chocolate, hints of dark fruits and earthy/spicy hops.

T - opens with a rich malty profile which then expands and flirts with some sweet and slightly spicy flavors before closing with a kiss of hops that never over-power but instead lend an earthy and nutty characteristic. great balance achieved!

MF - low amounts of CO2, a bit smaller body than I would like, but still enough to satisfy

D - very approachable and session worthy winter warmer. never too big but enough girth to fight off the cold.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.