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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

826 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 39
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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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 476
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JustinQ
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.49 for a six pack

A: Light brown/amber in the pour. nice 1 finger white head.

S: hops right off the back, smells like hot wort when your chilling

T: Perfect balance of maltiness and hoppiness. i even get a little bit of roast character.

M: full bodied, little bit of enamel ripping. very smooth

O: Very good brew, been trying all the full sail i can recently, have yet to be dissappointed.

Photo of huskerfan76
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into wine glass...
Deep chestnut brown amber color. It looks heavy, but not spectacular.
Cherry and wood/earthy aroma.
Taste of wood grilled cherries, caramel, with a hint of chestnut. Much "lighter" than the pour suggests. Overall, a very drinkable high abv winter warmer, but seems to be lacking the big wow factor.

Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark chestnut hue under a nice, creamy off-white head. Spiced, lightly nutty, herbal hop aroma. Caramel and spice sweetness balanced with a solid earthy/piney hop presence. Fruity through the middle finishing dryish and lightly bitter. Solid, creamy body with a bit of tartness. Somewhat holiday-esque, without any overbearing spice. Pretty good...

Photo of laxguy13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really nice dark malts on the nose, some coffee, touches of caramel, chocolate and plums. Pours a really nice deep amber with an off white one finger head. Mild alcohol on the nose too though witch is semi-uninviting.

Medium in body and slightly viscous (but not overwhelmingly) this beer displays layers of dark flavors. Toasted and spicy bittering dark chocolate malts up front with a brighter semi-fruit finish that comes from the hops. Well balanced but more on the malty side.

Definitely a fine choice for a winter warming session beer.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep red color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date marked clearly on the label.
One finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention.
Predominantly malty on the nose, with notes of caramel, toffee, sweet esters and hints of piney hops.
Taste compliments the aroma, and is very, very malty. Upfront there are sweet notes, with bready malty notes in the middle to a slight tinge of bitterness in the finish. Chewy, almost full-bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol warmth is felt towards the end of the beer. Leaves behind some really nice lacing. Visually this is a very good beer.
On the whole, I would say that this is a very good winter warmer. I feel it is more under-rated than it should be. Worth a try if you like winter warmers, you won't be disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby with a thin white mousse that dies down within seconds.

S: The nose is dominated by malts, with aromas of dark bread, bitter chocolate, toffee, and (to a much lesser extent) grassy, herbal hops easily detectable. I appreciate the fact that this beer does not incorporate spices, so I don't get the stereotypical Christmas cookie aromas so typical of American winter warmers.

T: Notes of dark bread, bitter chocolate, leather, toffee, heavy cream, roasted nuts, dried fruit (black cherries and currants), and grassy hops are present on the palate. The finish is bitter and herbal with grassy hop notes mingling with toffee and nut flavors. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and a little more bitter than I would have liked.

M: Full bodied, thick, and dry with a weighty feeling in the mouth, this is one ale that will warm you up quickly on a cold evening. It's not particularly drinkable or smooth, but I like that feeling of malt heft that lends this beer some substance.

O: This is a solid winter warmer that straddles the line between traditional and New World takes on the style. Save this one for after dinner on a snowy night. Not bad at all. In fact, I could see this being a good gateway to traditional English warmers.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

A - Somewhat vigorous pour yielded about 1 finger of light tan head. There's a nice coat of lacing with every sip, but the head dies down after not that long. Does form some more head with each sip, but not a lot. Beer itself is a deep dark amber. Really needs to be held up to the light to see those highlights. 12 oz brown bottle with freshness date. Artwork is a holiday version of the usual Full Sail format. Major emphasis on their independence and employee-owned status. That's cool. Wouldn't mind more talk about the beer, though.

S - Hard for me to articulate the specifics, but it definitely has a holiday vibe. I get yeast, hints of chocolate, caramel, maybe rum, coffee and oak? It's a clean aroma, and pleasant. Not overwhelming - wouldn't mind being overwhelmed.

T - Hop flavor mellows out as the beer warms up. It's tasty at both stages, but I prefer it a little warmer. The malts and the yeast really come through more. Tastes a lot like the aroma, but stronger. Great aftertaste.

M - Pretty smooth. Nice and creamy as you drink it. Some coffee bean dryness in the aftertaste.

O - A very tasty brew and a "should try" for fans of the style. Very interesting that this is not brewed with any holiday spices but manages to present all these holiday flavors. If you get a six pack and have the time for this, try letting one of the bottles warm up for twenty minutes or so before pouring. I really think this beer opens up with a little warmth. Also - don't use a pint glass. This beer deserves something that will open up the aroma. On a side note - I just started homebrewing and my first batch was a Full Sail Wassail clone. Looking forward to seeing how it compares. Ok, try this!

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into snifter (love the "Naughty/Nice" twist-off)

A - a nice finger of light tan foam rests atop a nearly-black dark brown body with red highlights; beautiful to behold!

S - pine, citrus, dark fruit, rich malt, touch of chocolate

T - rich malt and chocolate; hops move in with pine and lemon notes; chocolate and dry fruit stick around for a bittersweet finish; complex and well-balanced

M - full-bodied with medium/high carbonation; smooth and creamy

O - This is one of many reasons for which winter is my favorite season for beer shopping. A solid winter ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the classic PNW winter warmers . This is a malt centric beer that shines a red brown in the glass. The beer has a long finish and though the hops are there it is the malt that really anchors the taste. I do like Jubelale better but this is still a great Xmas beer that at 7% can be a regular part of the Holiday beer fridge.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 23FEB12

A: deep brown with cherry hues. finger of light tan head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. spotty lace.
S: smells of metal with some malts and some herbal hops. Pretty weak.
T: Dark cherries, sweet malts, some tannins, some hops. Interesting. Nice at warmer temps.
M: Medium with fine and prickly carb.
O: I'd drink it again, but I won't stock in the house again probably.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.