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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

825 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 38
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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Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single at Princeton's Liquors. The aroma is a bit sharp with alcohol, but there's also a pleasant mix of banana and date, and brown, bready malt. I really like the roasty edge to the flavor. It blends in with the dark fruit and crusty cocoa barley flavor for a wonderfully-balanced American take on the style. I had a Deschutes Jubelale the night before and prefer this winter warmer, despite the lower hoping rate. Great beer.

Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.

S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well

T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.

M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.

Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.

Photo of woemad
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A longtime PNW winter beer, one of the first offered by a regional brewer, iirc. For whatever reason, I've never had one until now. 12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane, with freshness date indicating good until March 10, 2008. Different label than the one featured on BA, and has a lower abv (6.5%) than that listed here.

Poured a murky, reddish brown, with a tight tan head that dropped fairly quickly, but is easily re-agitated. Spotty lace.

Initially, there wasn't much of a nose to this beer, just a weak citrusy hop aroma. As it warmed up, some spiciness and dark fruit scents became more obvious and balance out the hops. It doesn't smell like a massive flavor bomb, but giving this few minutes to warm up is a good idea, as it does get more interesting.

As noted above, not a flavor bomb. There is a citrusy hoppiness of no great strength that is matched by a mild, raisiny flavor. A very mild "holiday" spiciness is in evidence, as well. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent beer, not earth shattering, but solid. While I don't regret finally trying it, I don't feel I've missed anything by not hitting it before. This would be a decent winter ale for people not used to them. Someone looking for a rich spiciness or a more robust hop flavor would probably want to look elsewhere.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany amber, with a half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, lightly vegetal hops. Flavor dominated by sweet bready malt and winter spices, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with hop and spice bitterness, with the spicing nicely balanced with the bitterness. Somewhat subdued flavor, but overall nicely balanced and pleasant to drink. Medium bodied. Spicing is great for a wassail and I'll grab another one of these during the holidays.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has some sweetness and aromas of caramel with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is rather complex and has caramel, malty sweetness, raisins, spices and toffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite its alcohol content, the beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Wassailing we will go... Pours a ruby mahogony brown, not much of a head on this one.

Smells a little of spices, cinnamon, cardamon? nutty malts.

Tastes a very deep, sweet, chocolate, hoppy resiny aftertaste, very complex, love the malt bill, but balanced with sweet piney northwest hops?

Leaves a lingering aftertaste of warm sugar, hops, and alcohol.

Get this beer if you can.

Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Naugros
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a copper glow and some islands of bubbly foam and a likewise crown that leaves some nice, persistent lacing.

Cereal grain malty with some tropical fruit esters and a touch of spice, perhaps allspice.

Malty in the taste as well with some piny hops bitterness. Some of the spice continues through but is washed out in the finish by the hops.

Perhaps the hoppiest winter brew I've ever had, but I haven't tried any holiday beer from Stone yet. :) The malt backbone isn't quite enough to balance the IBUs, but there's enough to support them.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep drown body with a light tan head. Nice stamina in the head and decent legs to boot.

S - Rich malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and spice.

T - Malty with a light hoppy presence throughout. Not much complexity here for a winter warmer but the flavor is good.

M - Lightly coarse throughout with a definte presence in the finish.

~ Not a bad beer by any means. I wouldn't say this is a classic winter warmer style but the beer is definitely good.

Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby. Subtle, fruity, malt driven aroma with a touch of caramel, pit fruit, chocolate and hop leafs in the nose. Chewy, malt accented flavor. Notes of caramel, pit fruit, grape skins and chocolate along with a lingering hop bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

Photo of northaustin
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark black. one finger of light brown head.has some retention and lacing.

smell is heavy malts and alchohol. reminds me of alot of scotch ales or winter warmers. it is ok.

taste is heavy and very roasty. not too sweet and very enjoyable. i drank mine at room temerature. alchohol masked very well.

leaves youre mouth with a satisfying semi sweet stickiness that warms. i like it.

glad to have my wassail back. been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this release all year. loved it last year and im looking forward to enjoying it this winter.

Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown brew with a frothy, tan head.

Smell: Hints of hops and sweet malt. Alcohol is also apparent.

Taste: Good balance between hop and malt flavors. Sweet and dry at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body.

Drinkablity: A very easy drinking winter brew from Full Sail.

Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. There's a grassy whiff to it. It's thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. It's powerful and untamed.

Photo of dagubna
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mentor
3.84/5  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 1759Girl
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite a pretty beer Full Sail has concocted for their 2007 Christmas Ale...
It pours almost garnet-colored, a dark reddish brown. Balanced carbonation makes it not too lively, but far from flat. Small head, but lacing for days.

The smell oddly enough reminds me of pine trees and cinammon... but thankfully there is a rich aroma of malty-goodness that save the beer from smelling like Glade airfreshener.

The taste is sweet, nutty, and malty (of the goodness previously described). There is a strong resin and cinnamon finish that softens but hangs for well... a very long time. Lots of complexity, but not as much balance as I like.

The feeling in your mouth, however is gorgeous! Smooth, silky, incredible.. So incredibly good that I actually said 'incredible' in a french accent because it deserved such smoothness...

I'm not going to lie, as for drinkability.. I'm not as into this as Anchor's or even Sierra Nevada's, Christmas offerings this year, but it is still very drinkable to this lass.

Photo of jscal10
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger of tan head. A nice ruby colored body.
Smell is bread and grain, rich overall.
Taste is hardy. Lots of malt here with balanced bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay. Little eating a loaf of bread.
Thicker body, low carbonation and a stickiness to it.
A hefty beer. Perfect for the cold weather.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy cola like color with a very short off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a bready malt, caramel, some fruity sweetness and grassy hops. The taste is quite malty, bready, with a good amount of caramel sweetness. There is a tin like grassy hop that adds bitterness to offset the sweet malt. There is a general fruitiness to the brew as well. The flavor profile is not mind blowing but it is fairly balanced. The beer has a moderate to full body with prickly carbonation; has a slight slickness to it despite the carbonation. Finishes with a grassy metallic bitterness. A nice malty/hoppy brew. The hops don't taste very fresh but it balances out the malt. Not disappointed at all though not sure I would buy it again.

Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful ruby brown. A wonderful lacing follows suit. Smells of heady hops and the crisp, NW wind in late fall.

Full malt flavor that finishes with dry, but smooth, bitter hops. Notes of berries, caramel, a touch of coffee, alcohol, and a bit of spice. Hops are citrusy and carry a slight sting in the mouthfeel...but rounds out nicely. Warming all the way down into the belly.

What a great beer to have with game and root veggies. Might even be nice to go with a spicy, homemade pumpkin pie. Bonus.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Freshness date extends well into July.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Great clarity. One finger of off-white head retains well. Lacing forms thin, delicate rings on the glass.

S: Strong hop aroma of resiny pine, citrus zest, and freshly cut grass. Cherry juice and berry. Dessert-like malt scents of bread pudding, fruitcake, and hermit cookies.

T: Bread crust with a slight burnt edge. Toasted malts. Fruitcake. Gingersnaps. Strong hop bite with formidable bitterness. Pine, spicy and oily. Even some ruby red grapefruit flavors clamp down on the tongue. Cherry juice. Brown cocoa. Strong spicy and bitter finish lingers for a long time.

M: Modestly thick. Creamy and chewy. Mild seltzery carbonation.

O: A ton of hop character on top of a stodgy malt body. It comes on a bit strong, but as a winter beer it works. Not for the faint of heart, but it'll warm your cockles on a cold winter day.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is citrousy, hoppy but not as bold as I expected from Full Sail as a winter warmer but it was good. great golden, copper color and i had this ice cold( i know, i know defeats the purpose) but it was tasty either way. I had it on tap years ago and recall it tasting much better of course, tasting notes canyt be recalled from that one.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance is nice reddish color with a decent head.

Taste is malty and sweet with some slight hop flavor. Some spicy notes were present too, but slight, with hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty good and drinkability is good.

Overall I enjoyed it, I would have it again if I can find it again.

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