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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-18-2011 17:31:08 | More by InfernoBoss
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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

11-27-2005 05:57:08 | More by IntriqKen
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 19:51:12 | More by twowheelssoar
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TownDunkel

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-28-2011 01:17:29 | More by TownDunkel
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2011 23:35:46 | More by brokentee
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

09-18-2007 02:22:47 | More by dirtylou
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2013 02:54:41 | More by fivetime
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Spikester

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-11-2008 01:36:13 | More by Spikester
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-25-2012 01:00:17 | More by Hopmodium
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omegaman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2012 22:58:56 | More by omegaman
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-14-2008 23:33:12 | More by mikesgroove
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

02-02-2010 04:29:11 | More by josiahschlender
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-04-2012 04:35:01 | More by Stoffel
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-25-2002 13:36:22 | More by Pegasus
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Knobs303

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-23-2014 21:01:11 | More by Knobs303
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-08-2014 22:44:27 | More by Karibourgeois
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-30-2012 23:15:33 | More by crobinso
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark, amber color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. Beer had a best by date of April.

Smell- This beer had a huge malty richness with great chocolate and caramel notes. A slight hint of hoppiness was present. Had a nice sour fruitiness to it as well.

Taste- This beer was full of malts and fruits. Very interesting brew. The beer had alcoholic esters which gave me a slight warming sensation which was balanced nicely with hints of chocolates and fruits. Again, as in the smell, a nice hint of hops was present.

Mouthfeel- Nice, thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall- This was a great beer which would be awesome during the Christmas season. Not one of my favorite winter warmers but still a wonderful winter beer.

07-18-2008 23:19:53 | More by Beerbuddha
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2013 20:36:30 | More by AnitaBrewski
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laxguy13

Montana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-24-2011 21:15:42 | More by laxguy13
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ATXRyan

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-25-2012 21:42:21 | More by ATXRyan
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brewmasterbrown

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-15-2013 23:48:25 | More by brewmasterbrown
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ONN8

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-19-2011 16:58:40 | More by ONN8
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-03-2012 00:58:26 | More by ChaseTheAce
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Into a pint glass poured a dark brown with mahogany hues, a nice off-white head that settles into a good foamy topping, some decent lacing. The aroma is a fairly bland malty base, just maybe some spices in there, but I could be imagining, or hoping.

The taste is quite a bit better, but it takes some attention to like. Its a play of subtleties, and you won't get anything obvious besides a good malting and some fine spices. Dive deeper and you recognize the herbal, spicy hops, the slight warmth. It really should be warmed quite a bit, probably 50 plus degrees, because at that point, you get a winter warmer that feels like a good beer to drink for a long night of reading or half snoozing by the fireplace. If only I had a fireplace....

01-28-2008 03:41:12 | More by objectivemonkey
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.