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
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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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/07/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a drink by 02/25/05 on the label. Consumed from my Pike Place Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber pour with a nice large bubbled foamy head and very nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of spicyness going on. So many things as it's hard to pick and choose. So, lets just leave it at that. Extreme spicyness and hops.

Taste- Cloves, maybe some anise, pine, raisins, nutmeg. Lots of goodies in here. Lots of hops also. They are a tad bitter also.

Mouthfeel- A thicker beer than I expected. Decent carbonation level.

Drinkability- Better as it warms. Didn't sense a huge alcohol presence, which makes it go down easily. Good beer, but not great. But definitely worth a try each Christmas. (786 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good. (554 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Jersey into a pint glass.

Wassail is a dark mahagony beown shoe polish color with some redness towards the light. I get about a inch of firm cream red head that's tight and last. It dies to a ring around the collar with slight stick.

Caramel and chocolate greet the nose on first whiffs and some candi cane rears it's head with significant warming. No alcohol in sight. It's for the winter, no doubt.

A malty warmer for winter, caramel malt up front with some cinnamon and small spice. Chocolate not so much,A candi like finish. This has a bit more build than Wreck The Halls, which I like.

Feel is a big medium with a malty base and a nice carb that's not stinging, but pricking. Finishes malty with a candi after taste.

Well, a Full Sail with some power. This is a good example of a WW and something to look for on occasion. Somwe warming brings out some alc, but not much. a nice strong beer. (917 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: caramel, spice, and some earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, spices, bready malt, allspice, and a hint of clove. Bitterness is mild. There is a bit of overall earthiness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: easy drinking winter beer that is great in front of a fireplace. A few of these could be consumed in a session. (506 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, murky red/brown into a pint glass, without much of a head, fair retention.

S: Smells of piney hops, malt, spices, and a bit of cherry.

T: This beer has a very interesting flavour. It reminds me a bit of Wreck the Halls, though the spice character is different and somewhat more robust. The flavour is a nice flavourful mix of pine hops and spice, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg, with a bit of cherry, spruce character.

M: Resiny, oily, medium-bodied, but very easy to drink.

D: A very good Winter Warmer, tastes match the season perfectly, need to go buy more of this while it is still available. A very good beer by Full Sail. (659 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly creamy head tops a body of bright mahogany, light ruby brew. Little retention of head, a quick swirl brings it out again for a bit.
Soft hints of alcohol, nutmeg, earth-tones and malt in the nose. Caramel and nut bring up the rear. Sweetness becomes more noticeable after initial sip, so, too, the winter spices. A bit of nutmeg and ginger, but not much. Malt takes over the taste. Alcohol comes around in finish.
An average beer, would not be my choice for winter warmer (482 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass. Big bubbles of a light brown which recedes at a good pace. Color is a walnut dark brown ending off in a redish hue in the bottom.

Malt nose, not any spices, some nut. Nothing really jumps out and the nose is quite small

Tastes like a regular bitter with no fruit, nothing spicey but highly tobacco in nature and flavor.

Not very watery beer with a decent body but easily drinkable. (424 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Full Sail winter ale! This must be the "winter warmer" thread from Wreck the Halls. On to the beer:

Chestnut brown in color with a creamy head that retains well and delievers splothces of lace to the glass. Spruce and pine are scented in the nose, with accents of walnuts and toffee. My initial reaction to this beer upon tasting is among lines of a winter warmer plus a kick of hops. In this case, it's a combo that works. Assorted spices like cinnamon and spruce are tasted, brown ale type flavors pull through from the malt, and trickles of pine make their presence known. Balanced overall, and it's a beer that you could drink a couple of despite the fact I didn't know it possessed a 7% ABV. Delicious, and one of the better offerings to come out of Full Sail. (774 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 Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with just a slight head that sticks around as a thin swirl. Smells malty but dry, with some nice spice notes. The taste is reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, with a warm, spicy breadiness, but also with a nice herbal bitterness that lingers. Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth, I've always found this to be a quite drinkable winter warmer, and always a good value for the money. (406 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby-red colour, with great clarity. Looks like a deep port or a heavily tannic red wine. Head is filmy, but fine bubbled. Lacing is patchy, but decent enough. It forms at least. Body is pleasantly heavy, and the very fine bubbling works well with it. Not a bad look.

Nose is very vinous, big notes of oaked red wine, and a slightly boozy cherry kirsch character. Hints of spice and cinnamon, muted enough, but enough to give a lift to the other characters. Quite pleasant.

Taste is also pleasant, although the booze is a little bit more prominent here, giving a slight heat and harshness to the back of the palate. The front is quite sweet, with some of the spice coming through as well. Light esters on the back give a slight fruitiness along with the boozy bite. Not bad. Feel is surprisingly thin given the good look of the thickness, and the booze hurts rather than helps this.

Decent enough, although it tastes slightly more harsh the more you drink it. There's pleasant characters to it, but it's missing a coherent story, and there are notes which become far too prominent. Good. Not great. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass I have clear very deeply brown colored ale with a smallish tan colored head. Strong red highlights when held up to the light.

The smell is sweet and herbal and bitter smelling. Scent of spruce and weirdly enough rose petals. Little bit of orange and cinnamon aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and spicy with a fairly strong woody bitterness in the finish. This is a winter warmer in which the hop bitterness dominates the other flavor. Spruce and cinnamon are the next strongest flavors here but the herbal bitterness is strong. Finally there is some vanilla flavor present. Ginger detected as a hot flavor, though you might not, I am allergic to ginger.

Mouthfeel is good. The spicy elements of this beer are more felt in the mouth than tasted.

An OK beer but not the best of the Winter Warmer beer class. On the bitter end of the spectrum this probably will improve with a bit of aging. If you want a bitter beer with winter warmer features added then this is the beer for you. (996 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is citrousy, hoppy but not as bold as I expected from Full Sail as a winter warmer but it was good. great golden, copper color and i had this ice cold( i know, i know defeats the purpose) but it was tasty either way. I had it on tap years ago and recall it tasting much better of course, tasting notes canyt be recalled from that one. (342 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been some time since I last tried this beer. Based on the version I sampled at the river front tap room in Portland not too long ago, that's clearly my loss.

The beer pours a dark mahogany color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks quite impressive. I don't get a lot on the nose, however, just some sweet malt with underlying cinnamon and alspice. On the palate there is so much going on that it's hard to describe. The beer is sweet with all kinds of spices (cinnamon, alspice, nutmeg), but there is also some surprising hoppy bitterness as well. The beer is pretty light on its feet and in fact is pretty drinkable. The hops help to act as a foil for the sweetness. Abv. is pretty well disguised in this beer and, as noted previously, it's surprisingly drinkable.

This is a pretty good beer, especially considering the style (which is not normally one of my favorites). Nice effort from Full Sail. (925 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is burnt malts and flavor has hints of caramel with roasty bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. (312 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog

Pours a clean clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly slightly sweet malts, some hops, and lots of caramel. The taste is sligthly sweet/malty, with a very nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice winter warmer. (378 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: An appealing shade of mahogany. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head that produces a thin layer of spotty lacing.

S: Hop oil and rich baking chocolate with a layer of roasted malt. It's actually quite nice and unexpected.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Underneath is a solid backbone of garden fresh herbs and grassiness. As it starts wrapping up, I get a wave of dried prunes and toasted almonds.

M: On the lighter side considering the ABV. It's creamy enough, but I can't say I was bowled over by the way this one sat in my mouth, or felt going down. Prickly carbonation doesn't quite suit this one.

O: Having a couple of these would be easy enough, as it isn't obnoxiously spiced like a lot of holiday offerings tend to be these days.

I'm glad I'm almost finished with my holiday "leftovers". I'm just not in the mood for these spiced winter warmers, but I know they need to be quaffed sooner, rather then later.

Full Sail's Wassail overachieves - it is one of the better offerings I've had from them. Most of Full Sail's lineup is mediocre to dissapointing, though this one really is quite pleasing. It's reasonably well balanced and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't hunt this one down, but would happily enjoy one at a Christmas party. (1,447 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50. Enjoyed from my trusty red wine glass.... still listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore; Dave Seamen mix.

Aggressive pour produced a shortlasting light tan head... pretty good lacing lasts through most of the glass. Dark Dark brown ... but still nice and translucent.

Nutty biscuity brown malts dominated the nose ... like an less malty English old ale ... sort of expected low PNW/American hop balance.

Taste is the same with some lite cherry and raisin mixed ... not overly complex by any means, but still supremely drinkable. No noticeable spicing, but there is a definate fruitiness with the roasted/nutty malts that makes it definitely interesting. Only sweet on the finish ... sorta reminds me of a Flintstone vitamin ... fruity and metallic.

I buy at least a few of these every winter, and am never disappointed. Solid beer from a brewery that I typically don't appreciate any of their 12 oz brews. (964 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" thick tan head above the clear brown brew. Head lasts well, with layers of thick coating lace. Aroma is worty and fruity. Taste also is reminiscent of wort, with spicing and balancing bitterness near the end. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Have to admit the name had me thinking cider, not winter warmer, but I adjusted. (474 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass. A very attractive Mahogany leaning towards black color. Poured a thick, but quickly dissapating head. Aroma not as bold as it could be. Taste is more fulfilling than aroma would indicate. Good, satisfying body. Very drinkable, could easily have a session with this beer. Worthy of your time. (326 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  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. (371 characters)

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

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days. (562 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a medium brown with a large tan head after a vigorus pour.

S - Christmas spice and very malty.

T - Raisins and dark fruit with a touch of spice.

D - Good carbonation with a fairly light body.

O - Christmas-winter ale. A good standard, but still solid. (290 characters)

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