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

Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

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BA SCORE
86
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 468 | Show All Ratings:
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 03:17:25 | More by Billolick
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Tinfang

California

4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the usual goblet. Best by 3-17-13 but this six pack will be finished off in the next week. Clear dark amber with a creamy thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of malt and slight spiciness which might be hops. Mmmm hops! This is one of the best beers ever to my taste in terms of a strong but not out of control hops flavor with great definition and complexity. Every sip for the first half of the glass revealed new dimensions. The malts complement them perfectly with a sort of toasted cookie quality. Mouthfeel was substantial but not thick and the lingering hops presence was a bonus.

I wish the FSB website had more details on the recipie. I'd really like to know specifically what went into this divine brew. Tried this last year and was highly ambivalent, but this year's batch is really memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:14:28 | More by Tinfang
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:29:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 14:48:14 | More by DrDemento456
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 18:50:10 | More by spinrsx
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caisno

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown and appealing

Smell - Spice, lighter breads, light fruit like banana and a hint of citrus hops with malt

taste - Spice is number one, brown bread and a very faint clove, malt is very strong,

mouthfeel - astringent, and sharp at the same time a smooth coating. very unique mouth

overal - the tast alone is somthing ill buy this again for, however the unique mouth feel is somthing worth buying just for the sensation one time. I've never had a mouthfeel beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:27:57 | More by caisno
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DavidST

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottle into a tulip glass, best by 2/23/12 (?) on the back. This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head which has good retention. The smells are of spices, caramel, other malts, no hops by now. The feel is medium. The taste is good, lots of malts, some spices, a definite alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:25:04 | More by DavidST
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that's somewhat opaque with a 1/2 inch off-white head that loosens and becomes an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Neat constellations of bubbles on the surface and likewise-patterned lacing.

S- Roasty and somewhat alcoholic. Also a tad sweet-smelling with some spice notes in the back.

T- Heavy onset of roast that slips into a rubbery, boozy gutter and does not recover. No hops, no spice, no balance. Just strange.

M- Sharp twangs from the alcohol on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Dry with medium carbonation.

O- I don't know if this is what a true "Wassail" is supposed to be like, but this just does not agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:15:08 | More by Immortale25
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albertjr21

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, a deep and glowing mahogany lurks beneath an off-white head. Aroma is of a cool and mildly peppermint spiced candy. Dark fruit, perhaps prune, rides sweetly along a complementary deep toasted malt blend backbone. Robust but smooth body with a warming feel in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:05:17 | More by albertjr21
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gskitt

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:33:24 | More by gskitt
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As described by Full sail, this beer pours a mahogany color. Head is light tan, very thick, dense, good retention. As I drink it leaves some very nice lacing. Body of the beer is too thick to really see into. Very pretty beer. Smell is of floral hops and a little caramel malt, very crisp clean smell. Taste starts with a bit of earthy bitterness, then I get some of the more roasty malts. Ends with an piney bitterness, and a touch of light sweetness once it has really left the tongue, maybe a little bit of a citric hop in there or something. I haven't let this warm up too much yet, but I have not yet detected any alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is just a little heavy, perfect mouthfeel when designing a winter warmer for hop lovers. Overall this is a really solid beer, I'll be buying more of this next winter. It's a fantastic nightcap for the beer lover who doesn't want to drink a $7 22oz bottle. Well done Full Sail!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 07:46:35 | More by gkunkle
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hailyeast

Ohio

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

A-Poured into a tulip because I'm anticipating following this with a sour, maybe. Couldn't get a head noticed 1/2 way n poured hard to finish but just a lace of head.
S-malty and earthy , maybe vegetal herbal. Like a barley wine made with nugget or columbus or something
T-more of the same thick, sweet, malty, alcholic, herbal, vegetal all hop bitterness like no aroma hops were used.
O-not a bad beer, just not a memorable one, I like it but wouldn't want a 6er too many other good /better beers out there for me. Solid average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 04:42:46 | More by hailyeast
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tbern007

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:33:28 | More by tbern007
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really impressive looking beer. Amber, brown a little dark - definitely looks like a winter style beer. Perfectly formed two fingers of bright white head lingers nicely with the drink. Smell is lightly spicy with a good deal of malt.

Taste is malty, with some light hop bitterness. Doesn't have a particular flavor, just malty without the winter spice or sugar I expected. Light medium body. Overall a decent beer, but better examples of the style exist.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:09:41 | More by Jesstyr
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beergoot

Colorado

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

Appearance: solid amber; thick white head that leaves plenty of foamy rings down the glass

Smell: toasty malts; earthy and sweet

Taste: malt, malt, malt; and then a pleasant bitterness; alcohol warmth is definitely there but is on par with the style

Mouthfeel: medium body, some chewy sweetness overall

Overall: a better than average winter warmer, going for the strong malt profile; no strong herbal or spice notes; fair bitterness to top things off.

This is the 2011 version at 6.5% ABV

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:07:17 | More by beergoot
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Popp24

California

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice winter warmer. It has a nice hopiness to it but also has a creamy taste to it like a stout. In the smell I get spices and hops maybe some caramel. The taste is really nice and I really get some nice breadiness and then a nice smooth hop aftertaste. Overall this is one I would drink every winter and I will look for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 08:12:20 | More by Popp24
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark red-brown color with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Earthy hops.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Earthy, spicy, bitter hops. Lightly toasted malt but no caramel.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Slightly warm.

O: Overall, this beer looks and feels great, but the hops were a bit too much for me given the style. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:51:31 | More by SolipsismalCat
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel hue with almost a finger of tan head and large bubbles.

S: The aroma is amazing; lightly spicy with nutmeg and white pepper mixed with watermelon, peach and cantaloupe fruits, not quite Belgian but extremely inviting all the same.

T/M: A medium to high level of carbonation attacks the tongue at first but mellows quickly giving way to sweet, bready malts, subtle bright fruits and a soft bitter finish, like a more potent amber.

I don't always drink winter ales, but when I do, it will probably be this one.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:06:14 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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TownDunkel

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass. Thanks for this one, Steve.

Live review.

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color, almost brown, 2 finger tan head settles after 5 minutes into a full cap, sticky small bubble lacing everywhere, and it refuses to let go of the glass. Very, very impressive so far.

S: Not a ton here, caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of a spicy, earthy hop, some light toast notes as well. Kind of bland, to be honest.

T: Hoppy like a rabbit! Hop bitterness is very pronounced, citric, piney, herbal, earthy, and very sharp. The sweetness that existed heavily in the aroma is masked by these overwhelming hops. Slight toast and caramel notes come toward the finish before getting buried beneath a nasty alcohol burn and another wave of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter. Meh. Better than the aroma, I guess.

M: Thin, slick, oily. Decently carbed. Again, meh.

O: Meh. This beer is a Winter Warmer alright. The bitterness and the burn from the alcohol could keep anyone warm. This is more a hoppy red ale than a winter warmer, IMO. Heavy handed, in all honesty. Would I buy more? No. Would I drink it again? Probably not. Just overpowering, and I'm a hophead.

I thought Full Sail was supposed to be good. This is meh.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:54:09 | More by Keffa
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:46:11 | More by tempest
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keithmurray

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany with some beige head

smell - cocoa, hazelnut, bit of smoke

taste - cocoa, hazelnut, caramel, roasted malt, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the finish, flavors linger in the palate nicely

Overall - nice version of a winter warmer, good job, Full Sail

Price Point - 6pk/$8.99

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 18:51:13 | More by keithmurray
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/7/12.

Pours a clear super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, caramel, and some dry spice flavors. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but nothing all that great. I am not really a fan of the spice bitterness that this beer leaves in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:31:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brotherloco

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle x2. Best by 04/03/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. A finger + of beige foam forms and settles at a moderate pace. A good amount of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of bready and dark malt, along with some caramel sweetness. Hints of vanilla, and dry spices. Medium hop presence.

Initial flavor is mildly sweet followed quickly by a almost cherry like tang. Fairly bitter floral hops finish things up. Hops come out in the flavor more than the nose.

Medium bodied with medium but sharp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 03:57:00 | More by brotherloco
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice dark reddish brown color with a thinnish head that never really goes away and leaves spotty lacing.

Nice nose, roasted malt, biscuity aroma. Tastes the way it smells, but nicely balanced, even if it is a bit thin. I know that the style is not supposed to be that thick, but with the nice toasty flavor it is nice.

Not a fan of the spiced winter warmers, so this is a nice departure. Will pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:52:55 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.