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

Pours a deep rust color. Smells of pine sap and a little caramel. Tatse is much hoppier than I expected, and there isn't as much malt as I'd like (if anything, it tastes a little like the Alt I just had...).

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good brew. The pine especially suits the time of year well. (302 characters)

Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. creamy beige head falls to thin collar with moderate lacing.

smell: dark fruits (prunes, baked apples), perhaps clove, some burnt sugar along with piney hops.

taste: very well-balanced a slight hit of crisp hops upfront, juicy with rich dark fruits in the middle, quickly followed and balanced crisp piney hops. some flavor of alcohol.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a light crisp carbonation.

drinkability: perhaps better than your average winter warmer thanks to the hops and the crisp carbonation.

one of the best holiday seasonals i've had the pleasure to try and definitely one of this breweries best offerings. (693 characters)

Photo of TheLiterati
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish in color, tinged with red…rich, lovely color, topped with a dense but smallish tan head.

Smells of nutmeg and spice with woodsy undertones, and makes me want to light a fire and curl up with a good book – in spite of the fact that it’s 90 degrees here in So Cal!

Mouthfeel is nice...smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Malty-sweet on the front, with a nice hoppy finish. A great seasonal offering! (433 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a darker, cola color, a small head of about half an inch results and reduces to patches of suds. Transparent for the most part, a slight haze and some radiance when held to the light.

smells of spicy hops, almost like a helium balloon. some candied malts as well.

Very interesting flavor development, a sweet malty middle, with christmas time flavors like cinnamon, maybe some dark fruit and sugar plums. Nice spicy hopping for balancing, as the smell hinted. Very tasty.

It has a very smooth feel to it with some good body to it. Medium carbonation.

Over all, this is a great winter warmer, a great choice for Christmas. (631 characters)

Photo of germaniac
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry red, with brown highlights. Smell is a decent mix of sweet malt and piney, resiny hops. Sweet, caramelly malts are in the forefront flavorwise, turning into a hop bitterness that packs a considerable bite for the style. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a fireside sipper on a cold winter's day. (349 characters)

Photo of genaro
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the year 2003. It had a nice brown/copper color with a small head that did not last too long. The lace was decent. It had a fragrant, fruity aroma with elements of grapefruit, and berries. The taste was good, citrusy and fruity, with the presence of caramel. A good use of flavoring hops added much to the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, bitter, alcoholly, and a little oily. It culminated with a smooth, dry, sweet finish. A pleasant beer to have around. (460 characters)

Photo of sinistersteve
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of olfolxholme
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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! (1,747 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark brown almost purple color with one and a half finger head. Smells delicious, mostly malt (fig, brown sugar) but it has a tremendous amount of piney and floral hops to balance it out. The flavor is great. A lot of toffee and caramel with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the edges. Even better than I remembered. (329 characters)

Photo of misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 offering.

The hearty, tan head settles quickly inot the clear, dark brown liquid below. Eventually, the foam slows and almost stops with about an inch sitting on top. Some wet lace marks where the head was at its height.

This winter offering doesn't willingly give up its fragrance. A musky floral smell, slightly chocolate malt, too, is what I'm finding.

Mmm, smooth on the tongue with a great hop/malt balance. The hops stay around longer and create a dry feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste that is a bit like dark chocolate. The first flavor is the creamy malt. But each bit of flavor only stays for a moment before the other comes in to balance it. It isn't a blow you away flavor but it is good and well thought out.

This guy really feels good in your mouth. And yes, the alcohol content helps warm you a bit on a wet and cold evening. Another nice one from the fine folks at Full Sail. (913 characters)

Photo of wknight167
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a clear, but dark reddish mohagany with a 1 finger light tan head that slowly settle to a cap.

Nose- Pine and citrus hops up front, with dark caramel and roast malts on the trailing end.

Palate- Sweet and fruity up front, followed by piney citrus hops and finishing with a touch of chocolate and some slight alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet throughout, though the hops in the middle hide the malt quite a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated

Drinkability- Easy drinking with good character. (518 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 Crotor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear maple with one finger of off-white head, good retention.

Big, chewy, caramel malt nose. There's a hint of a floral hop flare, but it stuggles for the spotlight and fails.

It has a substantial malt body balanced by slightly harsh, mildly piney hops. Straightforward dark crystal malts and American hops, not much else goin' on. It strikes an odd balance in that it is indeed balanced, but it feels like it shouldn't be. I feel that if either the hops or the malt in this beer were stronger, it'd be a greater success, but as it is, they're strangely strong but muted, canceling each other out too well.

The almost viscous, resinous mouthfeel is a plus, but it may negatively impact the drinkability.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but nothing to write home about. (800 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 Gump
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I noticed an earthy flowery, rose-type of aroma without the sweetness. After that came a stinky septic smell. I take a deep whiff and I'm reminded of an outdoor porta-jon that was recently disinfected. I guess it's a byproduct of the yeast during fermenting.

The pour looks good enough, so I take a sip.

The flavors are quite good and easily drinkable.
Malty, nutty, some bitterness at the tip of my tongue. (418 characters)

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - reddish burnt umber with a relatively dense one inch pale tan head that fell a bit initially but had good retention and a little lacing

S - sweet malty aromas with fruity esters and top notes of baking spices

T - sweet malty notes give way to dried and bing cherry, then the hops start to come in mid-palate, building to a significant presence on the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth and round initially, with some astringency emerging at the finish

D - quite drinkable, could have another right now (561 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Maple syrup brown tinged with ruby. Very thin to nonexistent head.

Aroma: Plum, spices, and fresh apples.

Flavor: Spicy and warming, there is a semi-citrusy twang in the beginning that comes from some hops. Bitterness fades out into a peppery middle with body but certainly not an over-sweet winter beer.

MF: Bodied, but not sweet. An easy-drinking winter beer (415 characters)

Photo of baseballrock
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a dark black slightly red color. Head is light brown and fluffy.

Smell - the first thing i detected was a citrusy hoppyness. Also there are some notes of chocalate and molasses.

taste - the taste is full bodied, some hints of chocalate with an overall cream flavored taste. this beer is a little hoppy and is very good.

mouthfeel is full a pretty heavy beer. it is also very well balanced. 7% abv and really warms you up good. (443 characters)

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

Poured a nice looking dark brown/mahogany with a copper hue shinning through the rim, a long lasting tight one finger beige head accompanied leaving an excellent lace. The aroma was faint in comparison to its flavor. A subtle scent of caramel, herbs, cinnamon and brown sugar comes through. Medium to full body with dominate sweet malt upfront, oily and slighty bitter followed with a hint of spice (had trouble making out the spice)and softly carbonated. This was an enjoyable winter warmer, very drinkable and great with Pad Thai and Panang curry. Enjoy (555 characters)

Photo of tburkhart
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/mahogony with little head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smells a bit roasty with a hint of spice.

Tastes of roasted malts and slight alcohol.

Fairly creamy feel.

Not what I expected for a Winter Warmer. (292 characters)

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice head on it, that left little to no lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, not quite black.

While smelling the beer, there is a noticable bit of spice that comes up through the glass. A little bit of roast breaks through.

The taste is much like the smell. There is some definite, but I could not determine spice to this beer, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very dark tasting beer which is reflected in the 7% ABV. (461 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 jkdrummer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very foamy and a mellows out to a nice thick lace. Color is a dark nutty brown -- very inviting. Aroma is one of roasted malts and some yeast. Taste is delicious and very creamy. Some bitterness but the roasted malts dominate. For 7% the alcohol burn is not there so I figure a good session ale. Tones of coffee and chocolates. Wonderful for 2008. Recommended.

Jk (370 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber brown with a white cascading head. The beer has a nice hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt aroma also smells estery but not that pleasant of esters, smells yeasty (but is not bottle conditioned?) and alcoholic. Taste is roasted malts, not as sweet as I thought it would be but it is fairly well hopped so this may skew my perception. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol taste is there as well, it could be blended in better, perhaps this beer could have used more aging. Probably couldn't drink very many of these because of the alcohol content but is a nice sipping brew. (591 characters)

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