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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 48 | 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 kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice amber colored ale with impressive lacing and a frothy beige head with staying power. The smell has some malty tones, figs and other dark fruits and some yeasty, bready whiffs. Taste is big time malty with a spicy bite. There is also some chocolate, nutmeg and orange in the mix. A little coffee too. A lot going on. The mouthfeel was too thin for such a flavored brew. Nice drinking winter warmer. Multiples are easily consumed on a cold day. A worthy try from the Full Sail crew.

Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice dark brown color with red highlights and an off white head that recedes to lacing. The aroma brings to mind a nice malty stout, with a bit of citrus hops in the background. Lots of roasted malt flavor up front with nicely balanced by the dry, astringent, finish. not what I'd consider a traditional winter warmer, but I'm thankful for that. the medium body and good co2 make this a nice drinkable beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Deep, dark brown in color with a gorgeous head that pitted and laced quite well. This was nice.

Smell – Musty maple and brown sugar smells lead off this one. Underneath there’s some good toasted malt and nice dark fruits. Nothing really big here, but it’s got all the parts.

Taste – There’s a small hop flavor to this one that balances the taste. Everything from the nose is there. Again, nothing big, but all the components of a good effort.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very chewy. This is like a wad of molasses-laden taffy in your mouth.

Drinkability – A nice example of the style, especially at a little over a dollar a bottle.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a fluffy 2 fingers deep tan. Very good head retention & good lacing.

S: Toasted malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, cinnamon & warming alcohol up front. Finishes spicy with fruittyness ( hints of berries), bitter chocolate & a trace of iron

MF: Chewy with really low carbonation

Drinks okay/good, but seems a bit hotter alcohol-wise this year, what gives? I liked this better last year, but a good winter warmer

Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasatch sent this to me a while back. thanks dude.

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Off white head leaves speck of lacing on the glass. Color is a deep chestnut brown. Very solid and barely lets any light through.

Smell is muted. There are some nutty hints and that's about it. Taste comes through much stronger. Nutty pine flavoring. Subtle caramel malt sweetness. Very warming and perfect for a cold evening.

Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black- doesn't look like you will see through it until held to the light. Nice, thick head, long lasting, great lacing throughout.
Very light scent of malt, bread, light hops.
Taste is complex. No spices in this warmer. All malt and hops. Great balance though. Malty, caramel, bready, tea, slight sweetness, mild sweet chocolate (very faint), followed by hops but complimenary, not overpowering at all.
Great balance, carbonation, color, complexity. Cannot detect the 7% in any way.

Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better beers I have ever had from Full Sail. It pours a ver dark, almost black, color and looks very enjoyable. The smell is very nice too. It has a lot of sweetness and a bit of roastedness. The taste is the best part of this beer. For some reason it reminds me of a Session Black Lager. It has a nice roasted taste with a bunch of flavor. I love the lingering after taste. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. It has some carbonation to the beer, but nothing special. Overall this is a very good beer. I have never had it before today and I have to say that I will be buying this again.

Photo of tangentrider
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown beer with a tan head; dark copper highlights when held to the light

S- Sweet malt, caramel, slightly nutty

T- Hops hit right off with pine and coffee, followed by a touch of sweetness (not much); finish is bitter herbal. Could be a bit sweeter for the style, but overall a good winter warmer.

MF- High carbonation, yet smooth in the mouth.

D- I love hops, so the hoppiness is a plus for me; I'll have this one again.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany in color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a spicy, peppery hop aroma. The flavor that hits me first is maple syrup and brown sugar, which it then flows to a peppery, spicy hop taste. The brown sugar follows you to the drying finish. This is a full-bodied brew that will warm you up. It has a bitterness that will stick with you through each sip. A nice, warming brew.

Sampled 11/19/03

Photo of KroMagnon
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a nice picture of a spruce tree in the snowy forest with a single red ball adorning it. The beer poured a tan head, not really prominent, dissipated rapidly. The color is a deep brownish-red. The aroma is a touch malty, a touch fruity, with some woodish notes and a slight higher alcohol fruitiness as well. The flavor is nicely balanced, maybe one of the best balanced brews I've had. It starts with a little malt, but complex, with hints of gingerbread and caramel, then gives a little bit of hop flavor (maybe pine-like?) and some dried fruit flavors, then you get a nice dash of hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Alcohol content is a little rough but still good. Thanks to Secret Santa 2004 nvsblman for this one.

Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice blend of rich, dark malts with some drief fruit and spicing. Malt is quite evident; hops are too, but not so much. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The tastes are nice. There are some aromatic qualities that carry through into the flavor. The hops are a nice start on the tongue, with the rich, roasty malt goodness harmonizing wonderfully. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The mouthfeel is filling with flavor which is constantly changing, morphing into something new. Overall this is a nice version of a winter warmer style beer. Really solid and enjoyable because of the spice/hop character to balance it out.

Photo of genaro
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the year 2003. It had a nice brown/copper color with a small head that did not last too long. The lace was decent. It had a fragrant, fruity aroma with elements of grapefruit, and berries. The taste was good, citrusy and fruity, with the presence of caramel. A good use of flavoring hops added much to the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, bitter, alcoholly, and a little oily. It culminated with a smooth, dry, sweet finish. A pleasant beer to have around.

Photo of brewqueno
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle
Pours slightly hazy medium brown with a very thin white head.
Aroma of pine tree resins, some dark fruits and toffee.
Flavor had lots resins and pine notes, almost reminiscent of Anchor X-mas. Hops are almost spicy. Fruity dark malts behind the hop assault.
Mouthfeel is a combination of gritty resined hop tones on a solid base of toffee.
Drinkability

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet, cereal malt aroma wafts up from the dark brown body of this Winter offering from Full Sail, with citrus notes lurking as well. The palate shows cereal sweetness for an instant, chased by a pleasing hop presence. Malt and hops play around on the finish, along with a lingering tartness on the sides of the tongue. The soft tan head leaves ample tracings on the inside of the glass.

In my esteemed opinion, Wassail is quite good, especially for a Winter Seasonal.

Photo of silverking
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red with a tan head it decent retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty and spicy. There is also a strong pine a citrus hop presence. The taste is malty and woodsy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish reveals pine and coffee. There is light carbonation with a moderate/light mouthfeel. It is lighter in flavor than most other winter beers and it is incredibly refreshing in a season dominated by thick syrup-like brews. It is simply outstanding.

Photo of johnyeast
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight beige head. Quite an aroma of spice. I'll just list the smells that I found with this one. Nutmeg, fig, tartness, roasted grains, all spice. The taste is warming with a roasted, nutty, caramel, sourness. Not as heavy as it looks or other holiday/winter brews. Also fairly drinkable for a holiday beer. I am impressed with the Full Sail Wassail this year.

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wine Source, enjoyed from a snifter chilled and allowed to increase in temperature gradually.

The color is like toffee with a deep crimson highlight and thick creamy pale cap. There is an ultra fine bead with lace that is stringy and there is decent head retention/clarity. The smell is a nice mix of fruit with a deep roasted nose and gentle cocoa powder woody odor, the smell has slight toast and vanilla with some dried fruit and light caramel with gentle stone fruit esters and mild alcohol. The feel is warming and shows the alcohol with moderately bitter and spiced entry. The carbonation level is nice and a balance is achieved between the malt and NW hops. The ale has a full texture which leans toward the dry side with hints of alcohol and spice that carry on into the slightly dry finish.

A dry toasty cocoa and mildly roasted malt flavor leads to a slight pine note from the hops with a nice flavor accenting the mild caramel from the malt which segues into a dark cherry note and the subtle dried fruit tinges as hinted at by the nose. There is some yeast flavor with the nice dry toasted malt and mild coffee-like tinges. I get a light brown sugar compliment in the finish with subtle alcohol flavors that round out the taste. Overall I liked having this again, but my first review of it. I enjy the overall high drinkability for a strong brown spicy ale. This is perfect for late fall/winter drinking...I would buy this again.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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....

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've had my eye one for several years,but have never actually purchased. Seems appropriate for an October night with a very cold north wind blowing in some frigid air.
I let this sit awhile before I opened it, based on several others recommendations regarding temperature.
Aroma was much light/softer than I expected. Subtle dark malts of some sweetness (almost candy like, but not too much). Nice soft spicy character too.
Pours very nicely with a heavy darker head that settles slowly and leaves plenty of reminders on the side of the glass. Clear with a very dark amber pushing brown bu loaded with deep garnet color. Very attractive.
Nice sweetness surrounds the darker malt character. Slight spiciness with a darker fruit taste. Dryness and bitterness also evident but blend very well forming a well rounded drink.
Moderately to thicker built body with a lower carbonation which greatly enhances the smoothness.
Nicely made winter ale of not too much heaviness, but thick enough to qualify as a winter warmer. has some flavors reminiscent of Summit winter warmer but with greater thickness and heaviness.
Having gone recently to trying Full Sail beers I'm impressed with much of their lineup (at least what's available in MN). Solid beers of high quality, great flavors and good recipes. Well done.

Photo of peck95
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very dark amber with a nice tan head and some good lacing
don't get much on the aroma a small alcohol presence and some slight raisin
is quit a surprise good hop spice and wonderful sweet malt presence one of my favorite winter warmers so far
mouth and drink are both good for the style the high abv is barely noticeable

Photo of mountdew1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz goblet. A nice 2 finger dirty white foamy head on pour, settled down to 1 finger, with a fair amount of cling. Color was a very dark rich brownish red with a bit of transparency. Aroma was a bit sweet up front, then shifted to a bit of a spicy finish. Hints of pepper and a few other similar aromas. Flavor was initially subtle, then finished with a bit of bite. Started off creamy and smooth, then picked up some pepper, before leaving a bitter hops flavor in the mouth. Felt a bit off in the mouth, coated well, but not in the front of the mouth area, but more towards the back of the mouth. Overall a nice winter warmer. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some, but with enough flavor and kick to stand up to the cold.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one if my palate is totally clean, otherwise you can't taste the subtle grape-ish flavor, which balances the overall flavor and tames the strong alcohol taste a bit.

A - Not bad. A nice dark body with a decent off-white head.
S - Nice malty scents.
T - As mentioned, it has a sort of grape taste which I like. But it's rather subtle and if you're eating something salty while drinking this, it totally kills the flavor, so that all you really get is an overwhelming alcohol flavor.
M - Flavors spread about the tongue with conviction.
D - As a stand-alone drink, without food, this is a good one.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.