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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 Yaz8
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured dark ruby brown with a smallish head and good lacing. Roasted malts and coffee are featured in the smell, which lacked the spruce and spiciness you might expect in a winter seasonal. Roasted coffee beans are the strongest flavors, which include rich maltiness and some chocolate. A hint of hops bitterness is evident to keep things balanced. Medium mouthfeel, full carbonation, and a crisp clean hops aftertaste.

Yaz8, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rust color. Smells of pine sap and a little caramel. Tatse is much hoppier than I expected, and there isn't as much malt as I'd like (if anything, it tastes a little like the Alt I just had...).

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good brew. The pine especially suits the time of year well.

skybluewater, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail has come to New Hampshire. Got a few 6 packs at Village Market in Hampton Falls, and tried this one first.
Medium brown color with red highlights. A halo of a head, but still a bit of lace.
Sweet malt, spice aroma.
It tasted like a spice cake, that's the best way I could describe it. There was a bit of late piney hops.
Medium bodied, pleasant seasonal beer.

lordofthewiens, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Dark ruby red with a browm hue. Thick,creamy light tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Clean,moderate aromas piney/citrusy malt noses of carmell/chocolate and nutty.An earthy woodieness,very pleasing and balanced aroma.

Taste alot like the aromas citrus/pine malt tastes of burnt chocolate,carmell/toffee. A smooth sharp bitter finish very grapefruity

Medium mouthfeel,chewy and cloying. Enjoyable brew,very tasty making for a good drinkability. Complex aromas and taste a very good winter beer.

jcdiflorio, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev +5%

mkrass, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

melodicnoise, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

huskerfan76, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

InfernoBoss, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a nice creamy head that leaves a pretty lacing thoughout the entire drinking of the pint. Clean aroma with slight chocolate, hops, cinnamon and fruit smells. Someone mentioned Evergreen and I think that may be the unidentified item in the aroma that makes this sort of unique. Taste is clean and bright....light mouthfeel...nothing heavy or buttery like most winter offerings but bright with taste of hops, cinnamon, fruits (nothing distinctive....just lightly fruit) and malt. Almost an IPA hops aftertaste...not too bitter...just nice and refreshing with touch of cinnamon. Very noticable alcohol in the warmth going down and the taste, however it is not disagreeable. Bright slightly fruity aftertaste.
I enjoyed this winter offering.

IntriqKen, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +5%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TownDunkel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After Christmas, nothing better than making a beer run and picking up a new one. Full Sail Wassail, not going to lie but I grabbed this one on looks alone

Appearance - A beautiful mahogany brown that makes a wonderous sight

Smell - A fresh and snappy scent. Hoppy and flavorful

Taste - If you like hops, this is your beer! Tastes like it is fresh off the barley.

Mouthfeel - full and delicious. Carbonation is good but wears a little quickly.

Overall - 4/5 on all counts. Delicious but if your not in the mood for a hoppy beer, this is not your drink.

TownDunkel, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +5%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery in Hood River, Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge- not yet available in bottles this year

appearance: served in an imperial pint glassdeep mahogany-ruby body, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel, holiday spices

taste: I had this beer on a pretty warm and sunny september day in Oregon but it still hit the spot after a nice hike, spot on hopping matches a thick caramel center with nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. beer #1 from full sail was a pretty nice success

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and full

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. Dark brown / red with one inch tan head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is malty cocoa and coffee.
Taste is sweet dark malts at first, followed by a bitter cocoa-rich coffee and a trace of cherries. As the beer warms the deep bitterness takes over. Finish is bitter and long lasting. Slight alcohol taste. Overall another fine winter beer. Coffee lovers should give this a try.
Mouthfeel is rich and not too thick.
Drinkability is good for a shorter session.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks as usual to the kind BA's that supply all of these goodies to me, This one being no exception. Served chilled and poured onto a DFH pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/14/2008.

The pour was rather nice, a deep, dark mahogany color came forward right away. Some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch and half of creamy white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with some nice side glass lacing.

Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of spice and touches of light herbal hops. Not a heavy aroma, but defintley on the winter tone with nice spice notes. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied ale with a nice carbonation really let the flavors pop. Intresting mix again of light caramel malts, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of light grain. A smooth, deleicate finish left me looking for another sip as the alcohol was all but absent from the flavor.

Overall an intresting take on the style, not your typical warmer but very good none the less. I would love to have a couple more of these to enjoy, really very good.

mikesgroove, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I roughed this one up while pouring, yielding a 3/4 inch khaki cap that leaves quite a bit of lace. Color is a dark brown with lots of red that lets very little light through. I'm still looking at the color, I can't remember ever seeing a beer of this unique hue.

Malty on the nose. Definitely some roasty chocolate malts. Sweet caramel malts also make themselves known. Hop bill is subtle and earthy. I also note some alcohol, especially as it warms.

Edit: I've purposely drank this one slowly, and the nose definitely opens up even more with some warmth. I even notice some fruity yeast aromas and flavors... it's reminding me of a Belgian dubbel in some ways. Note to self, let it warm up more next time!

Complex malts dominate the flavors, as well. They start sweet and smooth, but this beer has a long finish that morphs to significant burnt barley/cocoa and bittering at the end. Medium body fits well, as does the light carbonation. Despite a rather low 7% abv, they are present in the flavors. Intentional or not?

Overall, a beer I can return to every holiday season. I don't look forward to it like I do Sierra Nevada's Celebration, but the cheapskate in me can't turn down Full Sail's great prices for quality beer here in Portland. Not the most versatile for food pairing, but I like the complexity of this beer without Full Sail getting too crazy with spices or other weird things for a holiday beer. Let this one warm up a few degrees out of the fridge before drinking it.

josiahschlender, Feb 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sparkling clear mahogany in color, roils in the glass when poured for a spectacular visual experience. After the beer settles, the tan head is still at least one half inch tall with lots of sticky lace.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted malt with a strong juniper note from the hops and winter spices, probably cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: Taste begins with dark, toasty malts, dark fruit, and a coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Toward the middle of the taste, mild grapefruit-bitter hops appear, although less than the aroma led me to expect. The relatively subdued hops nonetheless lingered well past the end of the taste. Fairly pronounced alcohol flavor is notable in the taste of this strong and warming beer. It is better consumed at cellar than refrigerator temperatures.

Mouth feel: Soft, with a quite full body, slight tingle of carbonation at the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: An absolutely superb Christmas ale, well worth finding.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Dec 25, 2002
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4/5  rDev +5%

Knobs303, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +5%

crobinso, May 31, 2012
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.