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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

476 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 476
Hads: 832
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | 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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Reviews: 476 | Hads: 832
Photo of TownDunkel
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Keffa
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (1,252 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (368 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish red with a healthy 1.5 finger tan head. Impressive retention and lacing.

Smell is very malty. Roasted malt and caramel malt dominate with maybe a touch of chocolate. Some hoppy notes are also present.

The taste is more of a balance between malt and hops. Some citrusy hop flavors are apparent along with some chocolate and coffee from the malt. All leading to an assertive bitterness on the finish.

Overall this beer is very close to being excellent. If the maltiness and hoppiness would meld just a little bit more. I would get it regularly, though, if it were available closer to me. (660 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. There's a grassy whiff to it. It's thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. It's powerful and untamed. (556 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - think chestnuts or roasted pecans. tan head that quickly fades to the edge of the glass with little atolls floating around the surface

S - Munich-y, bread crust, slight coffee and a citrus-y/spiciness

T - pretty dry malt character, coffee & roasted comes through nicely with little to no astringency. this citrus thing is kind of weird, maybe bitter orange peel, maybe just "C" hops.

M - mod-high carbonation, but still fairly smooth

O - A decent beer. the nice balance of roast with citrus character makes me keep drinking. (532 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This has the appearance of foamy soda, very bubbly and caramel-brown colored. Not much aroma comes through. The flavor is all out of wack. There’s a harsh clove taste to it that dominates, and a sharp finish. It manages to be bitter without any hoppiness. Next year I’ll pass. (280 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a depth of malt richness and complex fruity esters, along with savory alcohols- this darker Winter Warmer takes on the attitude of English Strong Ales and Old Ales.

The dark, russet brown beer has an onyx-like sheen but with garnet brown hues and brilliant clarity. Sturdy lighlty tanned head releases a scattered pattern of lace yielding from a creamy and structured foam stance.

Molasses and brown sugar are the halmarks of the beer's scent along with a part-malt and part-grain blend. Low on hops but rich with a rummy-sweet alcohol scent that all reminds me of fruit cake.

Flavors are much more complex as the flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and toasty grains, roasted walnuts, and the fruitier components of grilled apples, marmelade, and red grapes all play a mild part. Citrusy hops provide a glimmer of bright bitterness to offset the malty-dry taste of toast, bitter chocolate, and light char.

Medium-full, this inquisitive ale shares the body of medium attenuated Brown Ales but with the dryish finish of fully fermented Old Ales. Light and creamy carbonation hold onto its structure well past mid palate and provides a woody and dry taste into a lingering aftertaste of toast, chocolate, and light char.

Endearing as an ale that exhibits mostly the flavors of English Strong Ales or younger Old Ales, and that of Brown Ales and American Strong Ales- a blend that's all classy, experimental, and ecclectic. (1,430 characters)

Photo of Mahlik
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - As the description states, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger bubbly, khaki head. Head dissipates to leave a bubbly ring around the glass.

S - A nice holiday aroma. Very malty up front. Biscuity and sweet with some caramel and bread notes. Dark fruits, cranberries and spices really help bring out the holiday vibe. Grass and hay notes from the hops help balance it out.

T - A seemingly balanced combination of malts and hops. Toffee, biscuit and caramel blend with spices and hints of dark fruits. The grassy and piney hop profiles help balance everything out. There is a slight metallic flavor.

M - In terms of body, this beer is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers a bit. Definitely not a sipper but still not something you are just going to down with ease.

O - Not bad. I had this beer a few weeks ago and thought it was a complete failure. I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. While I don't think this beer is great, I do think it's a decent winter ale to have when you want to grab a sixer of something. I don't see myself grabbing this beer a third time though. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The head retention is amazing. The appearance is really dark and clear.

You could describe the smell as "Splended" it reminds me of dyed Easter eggs. Such as bright balance.

The taste is very nice and drinkable. It tastes "dark." Fairly malty and has some bitterness to it. It's a solid beer, but is a bit bland.

The mouthfeel reminds me of when something slushy like Jell-O gets sucked through a straw. (406 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this bottle last week and now I have decided to try a beer from this brewery for the first time. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a half finger head. A deep mohogany crimson color. Slight signs of carbonation too. The head has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices come to nose. Breadiness and some biscuit too.

Taste: Sweet malts, breadiness, spiciness from the hops and spices, dark fruit, and some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little chewy, very drinkable, medium carbonation,

Overall: Not a bad beer from this brewery. I think I have an imperial in my stash, but this was a good one to get me acquainted with this brewery from OR. Will be looking for more of this in the future. (809 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I had to hold it up to the window to peek through the beer. The view of my neighborhood seemed to be filtered by the sepia setting on my camera. Perfect lacing. I wish I could comment more on the smell but my nose is stuffed up. The taste was wonderful - Angels at a track meet stomping all over my tastebuds. My mind chased the bitter, smokey, sweet and malty tastes swirling in my mouth cave. Each swallow is like a curtain opening down my throat with exciting sensations. Damn, I love this beer. (516 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle stamped 040312-14:22-FL. Sampled on December 1, 2011. The pour is a handsome looking dark, mahogany amber with a silky, lasting head. Malts are clearly on the nose with a bread and biscuit lining and mellow hop character. I found the body to be about medium but also rather acidic or astringent. Sweet at first and then bitter after that when tasting it. The hop ending tends to be almost dry. Fairly well balanced. (431 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head.

S: Some toasted malt and breadiness along with some hints of dark fruit and spices. Citrus hops in the background.

T: Have to say, I'm usually not very impressed by Full Sail, but this one's pretty good. A base of caramel, toffee and toasted malt with a strong backbone of pine hops that grow in bitterness as the beer warms. I'd have this one again. (405 characters)

Photo of JustinQ
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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... (354 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,252 characters)

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.