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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

766 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of DerKaiser
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beers like Wassail and also Widmer's Winternacht make me wish that holiday beers were brewed year-round. I guess I'll just have to stock up. Wassail pours a dark garnet color with a pungent malty, hoppy aroma.

This ale is very full-bodied and well hopped, with nice chewy toasted malt flavors. It's also quite spicy as well, with an oily texture and a dry, brandy-like finish. The 6.5% abv warms the face and nose nicely. I initially made the mistake of drinking this beer too cold. The flavors really come alive when this brew is drank just below cellar temperature.

Overall, this is a really nice winter sipping brew to be drank on cold nights next to warm fires. I recommend it.

DerKaiser, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine, sturdy, off-white head, dark brown color. Sweet aroma, but nothing too distinctive coming through. Faint hints of toffee, nuts, spices. Mild hoppiness, medium carbonation. Sweet maltiness. Very mild, very mellow, but to a fault. I like my winter ales with more of a kick, and this slides down too smooth for my tastes. Feels as if they were shooting for something like Anchor's Our Special Ale, but something held them back.

feloniousmonk, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, deep, deep red-brown. The head is average size and dry and sandy looking. The aroma is warm malt and is a bit spicy. The flavor is less malty than I would have thought with the appearance. A bit sour in the finish. Coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy.

aracauna, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and garnet in color with a puffy tan head that left lace on the glass that sparkled as the level of the liquid went down. Crisp fruity, floral hop aroma with a tiny bit of toastiness thrown in.It could have been just another tasty beer, but there was a slight sourness that pushed the brew from good to good and interesting. Hop flavor and bitterness are a major part of the beer, and both manage to be strong but not dominant and overpowering. Caramel, alcohol, and big toasted grain flavor with only a trace of burnt grain characteristics fill the mouth after the hops leave the palate. Fairly malty without being overly sweet, this beer was very well balanced.

My first Full Sail beer and if I can help it, it won’t be my last. Thanks to TXHops for the brew.

yen157, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those that don’t know Wassailing, is attributable more to Cider in England, than Ale - but hey, why ruin a bloody good drinking celebration.
In the west of Britain the good health of the apple trees was toasted on Twelfth Night. The luck of next year's crop of cider apples was wished. Bread soaked in cider was put into the branches of trees to keep evil spirits away. Ritual songs were sung. i.e. Wassailing. This is also done on 17th January: the Old Twelfth Night. Hot cakes were a popular accompaniment. Cider was often splashed on the apple trees while men fired their guns at the tree and banged on pots and pans.

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.

Erm, well I picked this 12 fl.oz. Bottle for just a Dollar. Pours a deep reddish-brown color, held to the light it has mahogany characteristic and a deep ruby red hue. Head is a slightly off-white color, a complex lace is spattered on the glass sides. No Cider here – this is definitely Ale. Pours with a medium carbonation, and a reasonable head, that settles to a ¼” brown collar throughout the duration. Nose is strong, of dark roasted biscuit malt, digestive oats, burnt barley and some strong olde worlde spices, including a strong cinnamon odor. It also has a piney coniferous Christmas Tree smell in the background.
Introduction is immediate, powerful roast malt leads to a strong mouthfeel, and a deeply robust body that carries this beer throughout. Middle is of spicy hops, and a bitterness that is unrepentant in its sole mission to devour the sweeter malt characteristics of this beer. The end is dry and quite acidicly sour at times; the finish almost reminds me of a sour Belgium brown ale.
I like this beer and I find it very drinkable - but why it is called Wassail - I have no idea at all.

A totally unexpected pick-up for a $1 = well worth it.
I will investigate other Full Sail beers from hereon in.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Pegasus, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of hyuga
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Very nice looking brew. A dark, dark red body, almost brown, very much like the color of a barleywine. The head is light tan (also like barleywine) and retains exceptionally. Aroma is that of pine and Christmas tree-like hops, very nice touch, I was waiting for a Christmas beer that was hopped like this. Combined with that is a toasted malt, making a very unique aroma. Just a touch of fruitiness is in there as well. As for the flavors, wow, this is very unique as well. The hops are definitely American-style, while the malt is very English. Hops are more spicy here, with the Christmas tree/pine character being more of an undertone. A bit of citrus is noticeable as well. The malt is toasted, sweet, and bread-like. In addition to all of that, I'm getting some dried fig. Excellent beer, very drinkable. Definitely much more than I was expecting from it. I'll definitely have this again, and again, and again...

hyuga, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, thanks to Bighuge for enabling me to sample this beer! It pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Roasted malt is what I mostly detect in the aroma. Roasted malt and spices dominate the flavor up front. The beer is well balanced with hops and finishes neutral to slightly bitter. Very drinkable with a very good flavor, although I might prefer it to be just a bit bolder. Great Winter Ale!

PhantomVodoo, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of DrewS
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is one of the better winter seasonals I've tried thus far. This beer pours out dark brown with a reddish tint. It has a decent off white head that falls to a thin layer on top. The balance can be detected right off the bat on the nose with both malt and hops competing for attention. Malt speaks up first on the tongue while the hops get in the last word and speak bitterly into the long finish. A good balance of sweet malt with a touch of molassas and hops with a piney earthiness make this beer a delight to drink. Throw in a touch of warming alcohol and you have yourself a hearty brew that chases away the winter blues. Thanks to dolem98 for enabling me to enjoy this great west coast treat.

DrewS, Dec 12, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition...

Dark ruby-brown appearance...nicely mannered head at 1/4 inch after settling. Malty aroma, a sense of brown sugar. Nice body, satisfying caramel and spiced taffy quality, just a bit of citrus mid-mouth. Generous, but not overbearing hops at the finish with a smooth swallow. Very pleasant, one of the non-agressive Old Ales. Nice middle-of-the-road Winter brew to have in the rotation "arsenal", sort of "session" in flavor profile.

ADR, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable! Initial aroma is of fruit. The first taste is very complex and gets better as you drink it and as it warms up some. It warms you up too. Excellent hop/malt balance.

proc, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of jreitman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown and nearly opaque in color. Very little white head ringed the glass. Sweet grain and citrus smells were the most evident with a slight spicy undertone. Mouthfeel is very creamy and adds a lot to the beer. Caramel, fruit and a hint of chocolate compromise a majority of the malt flavors. As the beer works itself to the back of the mouth, the bitterness really kicks in and rounds out the flavor profile.

jreitman, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked. X-mas seasonal themed label

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown with a fluffy light tan head that is really amazing, even pouring the brew was a treat on to its self ... medium sized bubbly cascading effect when poured vigorously.

Smell: A rich piney citrusy hop and almost rustic aroma of dark grains ranging from toasted to roasted to hints of chocolate and caramel. Very inviting with a pleasing fruitiness to boot.

Taste: Big, full bodied and creamy smooth ... lots of malt and fruit up front with flavours of raw honey and pears. Though a blend of alcoholic esters and aggressive hop bitterness wedge right in the middle and give off a warming feeling plus bitter / sweet earthy citrusy piney flavour. Hints of chocolate and prune in the back end with a dark chocolate cake like finish from the decent amount of residual sweetness in the end.

Notes: Very much a winter warmer with an American flare ... very impressive and a sheer joy to sip at cellar temp (55*F). One of the hoppier winter brews to be had. If you see this one on the shelf, buy it and sip the cold winter away.

Jason, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proured a nice dark amber brown with very little foam. The aroma has a strong malty smell and the taste was of a malty with a hint of spice flavor with a smooth finish. There was not much of a bitter after taste, but just enough to balance everything together.

BeerManDan, Oct 26, 2002
Photo of sinistersteve
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 version:

Well, I need to quit hitting these winter beers so damn early in the season, but my self-controll seems to still be on summer vacation. This is another exceptional winter beer. Super dark color which is very difficult to get any amber tones off of, but not as black as Gunniess. Nice piney scent and the taste is out of this world. Good full-flavor hoppiness to this outstanding beer. This is a great winter brew sureto keep me warm through the long and cold rainy season out here in the PNW.

sinistersteve, Oct 09, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown color with a hint of ruby. Thin milky head. Great aroma. Nice hop boquet. (Guessing it was dry hopped with centennial or cascade.) Also a hint of spice on the nose. Nutmeg? Nice full body. Warming effect is definately here. Nicely balanced beer as I get some good maltiness with decent hop notes. Has a bitter aftertaste. Nicely rounded winter brew.

Bighuge, Apr 01, 2002
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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.