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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

759 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

tubeyes, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

Magpie14, Nov 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Peyton5410, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of philbertk
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail Winter Ale--Seasonal--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 1997 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark copper color. Light spice flavor. Hoppy not sweet. Sampled 11/6/1998.

1998 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Deep red brown color. Light hop and spice nose followed by smooth spicy malty body. Rich not sweet. Very nice dry hop finish. Sampled 12/27/1998.

1999 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze red color. Rich hop front with toasted roasted spicy notes. Nutmeg spice roasted malt body is easy to drink with minimal residual sweetness. Dry lingering balanced hoppy spicy finish. Sampled 11/6/1999.

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail-12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 2000 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper color bronze color with red highlights. Classic Full Sail rich floral earthy hop front with toasted notes. Earthy malty toasted body. Rich dry flavor with mild sweetness. Hoppy End. Sampled 9/28/2000.

2001-A Release (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze black cherry color. Light head. Nice lace. Mild crisp roasted hop nutmeg front. Dry roasted mildly spicy body. Flavors resonate without sweetness. Mild spicy cinnamon hop end. Easy not Big. Sampled 0/28/2001.

Wassail-Cheers-2001 12 oz Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Roasted floral hop front. Tangy dry crisp spiced roasted malt body. Creamy dry hoppy Winter spiced cinnamon nutmeg end. Crisp rich hoppy spiced Ale. Sampled 1/14/2002.

Wassail-Cheers. 2002-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin dark bronze amber color. Spicy mild hop front. Toasted burnt smooth sweet spicy malt body. Rich Winter Ale spice flavor lingers with malt to balanced spicy mild hop end. Sampled 10/21/2002.

Wassail-Christmas Tree-2002-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin black red color. Rich Full Sail earthy hop front. Toasted roasted spicy malt flavors. Thin textured rich flavored toasted crisp dry sweet body. Roasted spice clean hop end. Sampled 10/24/2002.

Wassail-2003 Ale Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black color. Lacy medium head. Rich roasted spicy floral coriander hop front. Dry sweet rich earthy roasted malty caramel nutmeg body. Clean dry nutmeg hop spice end. Tangy. Spicy IBU's. Sampled 10/13/2003.

Wassail 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--40 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild light tan lace head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral roasted malt spice hop front. Rich creamy crusty roasted black cherry mild sweet nutmeg body. Smooth dry lingering malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2004.

Wassail Winter Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Rich tight lacy tan head. Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild roasted hop winter spice front. Smooth roasted caramel nutmeg earthy creamy dry sweet body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Crisp malty brew. Sampled 12/22/2005.

Wassail-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Mild lacy head. Clear dark walnut black color. Spicy malt hop nutmeg front. Dry sweet spicy burnt toffee crisp roasted body. Spicy clean hop malt Winter spice end. Very nice! Sampled 10/19/2006.

Wassail-2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark bronze color. Rich roasted raisin hop front. Creamy smooth roasted toffee mild nutmeg currant malty body. Cloying malt hop Allspice mild tangy balanced end. Sampled 10/13/2007.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47-2008. 7.00% ABV--56 IBU's. (4.5+ / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted Dense lacy tan white head. Clear thin dark bronze black color. Roasted aromatic hop nutmeg malt front. Dry sweet crisp roasted mild crusty burnt nutmeg mild crusty toffee hint rich tangy body. Crisp mellow hop malt spice balanced rich roasted end. Sampled 10/15/2008. 6-Pack $5.98.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47--2009. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. 4.35 / 5.0 Winter Ale--Roasted. Lacy off white tan head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Rich toasted Winter spice floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet roasted winter spice toffee thin texture full hop resin infused malty body. Dry sweet hop spice rich clean end. Tasty roasted Winter. Sampled 12/27/2009 6-Pack--$6.99.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brewforce Of 47-2010. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin mild lace tan head. Clear dark ruby red color. Roasted floral hop front. Mild textured sweet roasted dry burnt fruit toffee toast mildly crusty smooth rich body. Balanced Winter hop spice smooth roasted end. Sampled 10/9/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010.

philbertk, Oct 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

dhbiker0889, Feb 12, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a dark brown beer, clear with highlighting. Dark tan head reduced slowly to a consistent layer. Nice splotched lacing.

S-Spices overtake the aromas, with hints of malts underneath. Christmasy.

T-Spicey and bitter, seemingly with complex contributions from both spices and hops. Some earthiness comes through, as well. A malt backbone is present underneath all of this, not quite a sweet character, but more in line with biscuity with hints of nuttiness. Finishes clean, bitter and spicey.

M-Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Moves sluggishly around my mouth.

D-A nice beer over which to watch the snow fall. This one makes me feel in the winter and holiday mood. Good, but not great.

CHSLBrew, Dec 29, 2008
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

nickhiller, Nov 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.6%

n00blar, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, on March 25, 2006: the Christmas 2005 brew. On sale for $5.99 for the six-pack.

Pretty dark mahogany brew with a minimal head, that leaves surprisingly thick and sticky lacing. Smell of toasted malts, spices (nutmeg, ground pepper), and some piney metallic hops. Taste is far hoppier than I would have looked for in a winter warmer, but then this is a west coast brew, so what did expect? Actually reminded me a great deal of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday. Toasted malt notes are all but covered up by the hops. I don't think this is to style: the malt should be much further forward and the hops should be more restrained. It's okay for what it is, but my taste score is primarily a reflection of the fact that winter warmers are SUPPOSED to be malty sweet with low hops (See this style descriptor: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/47.) According to this definition, this beer is definitely not to style. Fortunately the taste mellows and the malt comes up a bit as the beer warms.

Good mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Calling this a winter warmer seems a misnomer. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale, though at 6.5%, it wouldn't fit that category either.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 27, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark cola brown in color to the naked eye, and a brilliant ruby-amber when held up to direct light. A firm pour produces a medium tan head of one finger and average duration. Lacing is moderately sticky, fairly average for the style. Altogether it looks pretty inviting.

The nose is equal parts hop and malt profiles. Piney, resiny* hops start the fun and are followed by a burst of mid-range citrus hop (Centennial?), followed by an insistent dry, biscuity malt character and finally a rounder, sweeter malt character -- rather plummy, along with a lighter note of strawberry jam.

Sweet and tangy on the first sip, followed with a uniform, lightly-scrubbing briskness across the palate, ending with a lighter bitter-sweet character. Aromatic notes include an echo of the light strawberry jam from the nose along with dry, toasty/bready malt, light herbal qualities, and a touch of warming alcohol. As this warms up a lighter element of fusel alcohol presents itself, although this does not detract from the overall drink. Bitterness is minimal, but lingers nicely throughout -- a fairly well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is at least average, and it's much as I remember it, in that it's a lighter-bodied beer as per the style -- come to think of it, I'd say that this adds to the overall drinkability.

Notes:
*Favorably reminds me of Alba Scots Pine Ale!

As far as winter seasonals are concerned, Wassail has been a favorite for years, and I'm inclined to rate it fairly highly. Yet in making an effort to rate this to-style I wondered if I wouldn't knock this down from its pedestal! In the end it seems that I still consider it at least slightly better than average.

Pairs well with all manner of food, but in particular I'd say it holds up well to heartier entrees, richer foods, and even bittersweet chocolates and lighter desserts.

Chaz, Mar 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium, frothy beige head, medium lasting

Aroma: Malty; medium hoppy; dried fruits; molasses

Taste: Malty; peppery; well-balanced; starts off creamy and quickly goes to Belgium ale flavors of peppers, cloves, and dried fruit; finishes slightly bitter from roasted grains; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brown with copper hues, 1/4" of off white foam with like retent, soda like foam

S- chocolate, toasted malts, cookie and hops

T- toasted and rich chocolate malts dominate, chocolate cookie aftertaste

M- rich and smooth body with a dry after

D- too rich to session, solid winter warmer, recommended

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and murky brown with a one finger off white head which quickly turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

A nice spicy and slightly hoppy scent greets the nose,along with a bit of roasted malts.

Tasted very much as it smelled. A good balance of flavors, with a hint of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel was creamy but a bit thin. Only the slightest bit of carbonation, so it felt somewhat flat on the tongue.

Not a bad seasonal, and worth a try if you come across it. I felt it lacked something, perhaps a bit more liveliness in the mouthfeel to make it a really enjoyable beer.

JBogan, Oct 22, 2008
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3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark nutty color with a good amount of off white head. Smells of roasted barley and nuts. The taste is fairly sweet with a nutty aftertase. Some hops are present but not completely obvious. The mouth feel is good... A little over carbonated. Overall a good holday brown ale.

csiewert, Dec 22, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Full Sail beers, but have reviewed surprisingly few of them. Time to change that.

The Wassail is a beautiful beer. Poured into a barrel pint glass, it is a dark mahogany color with bright oranges and reds that glimmer through at the sides. Thick head of tan foam on top provides a healthy capstone and leaves behind some decent lace. The nose is fruity, with some (perhaps obligatory) winter warmer spices thrown in for good measure. Slightly malty aroma, but mostly filled with light fruits. Nice and unassuming. Taste is very nice. Again, fruity, but with a dry, spicy hop presence that really balances things out. Some apple and pear flavor, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is firm with a dry finish. Doesn't take away from the rest of the beer, which is nice.

This is a fine beer, in my opinion. A fruity, slightly spicy, dry winter brew. It's not over the top in any one department, which is a good thing. Too many winter warmers are overly spicy or not very well balanced, but this beer achieves an even balance without any problems. The folks at Full Sail have delivered another fine beer. Well done.

Atlas1, Nov 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a super dark cola appearance with a small dollop of light tan head. Retention was nonexistent but leaves behind a nice swirly film. 

S:  Sweet candied malt, roasted malt, sweet prunes, sugar coated dates, candied almonds, spiced rum soaked plums. Hints of caramel bananas, amaretto syrup and vanilla extract. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose. Malty, roasty, sweet and spicy warming booze. The hops are more apparent in the taste, which balance out the sweetness nicely.  The feel is light-medium but a tad creamy with prickly carbonation.  Finishes dry with lingering spiced run soaked fruit.  Flavors gets a tad dank once warmed. 

O:  "Here we go a wassailing along...". That's all I know!  Anyways, this is a well rounded winter warmer. Tons of malt, and spicy booze and hops to balance it out.  Once warned it transforms to a much more aggressive warmer. I would love to have this on a cold evening hayride. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Oct 20, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.

S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well

T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.

M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.

Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.

gopens44, Jan 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Deep, dark mahogony, obviously reddish hues. Head is 1/4" dissipates quickly leaving only a thin ring.

S. Roasty malt bill up front, somewhat chocolatey and fruity of dates and raisins, and a touch of hops.

T. Chocolatey, roasty, deep caramelized brown sugar. The hops do their best to keep up with the sweetness. Finish is sweet and lingering with moderately stong alcohol tastes.

M. Thick and chewy in the mouth with high carb.

D. Too sweet and rich for session, but an OK beer. Not worthy of seeking out and just barely above average.

MMAJYK, Nov 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BodiesLexus, Dec 26, 2013
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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