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

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86
very good
481 Reviews
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Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Reviews: 481 | Ratings: 854
Photo of Vashtar
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of zacharius
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance is nice reddish color with a decent head.

Taste is malty and sweet with some slight hop flavor. Some spicy notes were present too, but slight, with hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty good and drinkability is good.

Overall I enjoyed it, I would have it again if I can find it again.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a terrific winter warmer! It pours a dark reddish brown that has ruby highlights. It has a fine white head that persists and leaves wonderful lacing on the glass. The smell malty, and nothing too spectacular. The flavor is amazing. It has a crisp hop bite, and the alcohol to back it up. There is not a specific flavor that jumps out, but a nice bitterness and malty flavor that combines to make a fantastic beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful as well--it is medium to thick.
As far as drinkability, it is good for a winter warmer--it is not a session beer for sure! Great beer to have for the holiday season!

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Photo of jpaltan
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite dark brown, with red hints around the edges. Smell is malty, a bit of a spicy backbone too it. Taste is all malt at first, then comes the winter spices. They come on a bit spicy. Some clove, even orange peel, and a slight hint of cinnamon. Seems like the flavors aren't blended that well together. They are quite disparate, then comes a bitterness on the back. Drinkability suffers from too much going on. Wish it was a bit toned down.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out reddish/amberish color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, fruity and slightly malty. Taste was sweet, malt and a bit of fruit a light hoppy backround as well. Didn't really notice a high carbonation but there was a bit of bubbles. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Pretty good winter brew.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Heavy, dark brown color with minimal head and no lacing. Half serving pour. Slight copper hue when held directly to the light, but overall mostly opaque.

Smell: Medium malty aromas with slight breadiness. Comb in honey nose with slight herbaceous spiciness. Touch of volatility high in the nose.

Taste: Bitter and medicinal in the foretaste, opening up to significant hops bitterness. Slightly spiced and solvent like. Not unpleasant. Hints at roasted malt flavors without acknowledging them fully. Not a bad beer by any means but a little bizarre. A lot like an ESB without the assertive sweetness. Wassail is traditionally mulled, so I don't think its true to style, but not a bad holiday beer.

Mouth: Decent body, maybe a little on the thin side, medium carb.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight beige head. Quite an aroma of spice. I'll just list the smells that I found with this one. Nutmeg, fig, tartness, roasted grains, all spice. The taste is warming with a roasted, nutty, caramel, sourness. Not as heavy as it looks or other holiday/winter brews. Also fairly drinkable for a holiday beer. I am impressed with the Full Sail Wassail this year.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was a dark brown with coffee colored soft, dense head. aroma of cocoa and piney hops. needs to warm quite a bit before the flavors begin open up - malty sweetness of chocolate and spice with the piney hops from the nose coming through also in the taste. mouthfeel was thick and chewy; this is a meal of a beer. great for a winter night, but the flavor wasn't quite all i hoped for.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich tan head topping an opaque brown ale. Nice lacing was left on the dimpled mug.

S: Sweet malts and spicey hops. Slight whiff of sweet chocolate followed by spicey/citrusy hops.

T: Really a nice blending of malts and hops. Light sweetness in the forefront showing mellow roasted malt flavors, then pleasent hops show up lending a flowery spiciness to the mix. There is an appropriate lite bitternes in the finish. Very good.

M: Good carbonation and full mouthfeel gives the feeling of substance.

D: No problem finishing one of these. I found myself looking forward to the next sip. All around a great beer.

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Photo of bayougutter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, nice creamy off white head with good retention and lacing. Semi sweet and toasted malts with come caramel and toffee. Hint of coffee as well. Taste is toasted malts, slight sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, with a slight coffee bitterness at the finish. All of these tastes came together well for me. Mouthfeel a nice medium with good carbination until the end. Well done and will have more, you should give it a try.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a thin white head. There are many smells to this beer, most notable are hop and floral. Based on the smells of the beer I was expecting a strong hoppy beer, somewhat similar to the sierra nevada celebration ale, but this beer was surprisingly subtle. It is hoppy without being overwhelming. I was expecting more malt flavors, but they were'nt missed. Once the beer warms some, a slight cranberry flavor arises, and the hops become more present. This gives the beer a very nice character. Overall this is a very good winter brew, very drinkable with decent complexity. definately something i could drink often. I almost wish it wasnt a seasonal brew, because I would enjoy this beer any time of the year.

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Photo of marc956
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been my favorite winter beer (even more so than Sierra Nevada's) ever since I first tried
it in Portland OR a few years ago. Lots of flavor
and pairs with different kinds of food, as does a
good wine. Highly recommended - even if like me, you live somewhere with warm winters.

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Photo of quaybr
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber and crystal clear. Thin head that didn't stick around too long.

Subtle aroma with hint of chocolate, caramel, and herbal hops.

Warmer temps lend to sturdier backbone - malt character becomes bolder and more complex and the spices seem more present. Quiet grassy/piney bittering hops complement the caramel and toffee malts well. Good balance.

Carbonation is very good. Medium body.

This is a really drinkable winter warmer - there are spices present but not at all overpowering. I would excitedly drink this again.

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Photo of cerveza5150
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark red amber, almost completely black in color. Small bubbles of carbonation lead to an OK head; kinda weak, but good looking none the less.

The taste is biscuity malt, with a slight metallic hop aftertaste. The taste is what I expected, but to tell everyone the truth, I'm not as impressed as I was last year. The hops and the malt compete for dominance, and I'm not sure that either one has complete control.

The real standout is the mouthfeel. The look of the head had me wondering if this ale was going to make it. How wrong I was at first glance. The mouthfeel is beyond creamy; almost goes down like a nitro-infused guiness. It is really good and almost begs for another sip, even though the taste was average to me.

Overall a good winter brew. Not my favorite this year, but not bad at all! Cheers!!

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Photo of Tinfang
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the usual goblet. Best by 3-17-13 but this six pack will be finished off in the next week. Clear dark amber with a creamy thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of malt and slight spiciness which might be hops. Mmmm hops! This is one of the best beers ever to my taste in terms of a strong but not out of control hops flavor with great definition and complexity. Every sip for the first half of the glass revealed new dimensions. The malts complement them perfectly with a sort of toasted cookie quality. Mouthfeel was substantial but not thick and the lingering hops presence was a bonus.

I wish the FSB website had more details on the recipie. I'd really like to know specifically what went into this divine brew. Tried this last year and was highly ambivalent, but this year's batch is really memorable.

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Photo of Tifore
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this stuff for a buddy at work who was from Oregon. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown mahogany color but clear. A tan 1 finger head develops and slowly dissapates but leaves a nice cap.

S - Smells of lots of dark roasted carmel-y malts and light citrusy hops. I also get some clove and cinnamon but there light.

T - Taste really stands out with this brew. Very balanced. Sweet malts come first and are balanced but light bitter hops that don't overpower but compliment the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. Very enjoyable. Light carbonation on the tounge.

D - A seven percent alcohol beer that you don't notice it at all except after you've had a few and stand up. Definitely sneaks up on you. I will be picking up another six pack of this for sure.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: a new, classy, vintage-inspired label showcasing a bold, cranberry shield upon which the Full Sail logo and evergreen lettering are emblazoned.

Pours a wonderful, deep mahogany capped by a creamy biscuit-colored head which stays and laces the glass well. A clean, malty nose with a mineral\metallic edge. Dark toast and deep caramelization hint at the flavor to come.

Again with the deeply caramelized malts, a hit of molasses sweetness and vieled mineral edge. Herbal, green hoppiness is present but restrained at first. Becomes more aromatic and delicate as it warms, softening the mineral-bite and bringing subtle layers of earthiness (like some late-fall leaf mold) to the fore. More resinous and piney (minty?) hops are also revealed. Creamy, but fairly light-bodied for a 7% winter warmer. Finishes clean and crisp on the palate. A solid and drinkable example of the style – kicks the butt of other more ‘Celebrated’ examples.

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Photo of peck95
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very dark amber with a nice tan head and some good lacing
don't get much on the aroma a small alcohol presence and some slight raisin
is quit a surprise good hop spice and wonderful sweet malt presence one of my favorite winter warmers so far
mouth and drink are both good for the style the high abv is barely noticeable

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Photo of joshwlt
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a dark hazy brown color with a lightly brown-tan head. Smells of toffee, slightly soured barley malt (maybe sour apple too). Tastes great with an initial hit of sweet caramel, shortly followed by smooth bready chocolate malt, then I find a little smokiness to it and finishes with a little oiliness similar to butter. Sticky lace as it goes down. Fairly straightforward malty brew... a little out of season, so the hop spice may have degraded if there was any prominent hop presence.

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Photo of JK4Stout
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A- This is one good LOOKING beer. It is a rich mohoghany color with just the right amount of head.

S- The smell kind of leads you to know what to expect here. Very spicy arome. A blend of clove, nutmeg, and hop that isn't too offensive.

T- Here is where they lose ya. It seems this beer is spiced hard just for the sake of being spicy. That takes away from the taste sadly.

M- Here we have a good medium to high bodied beer. Goes down smooth, but not as smooth as it could. (see taste)

D- Not very much here. It was worth a try, and the price is capatible, but I just think as far as christmas beers go this one is WAY down there.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good cool weather, aggressively hopped, Winter Warmer.

I poured this beer into a large thistle with a dark brown sugar color, while a decent lingering tan head settled on top. Smelled of lightly roasted malt as caramel and hops intertwine and trail off. Tastes have touches of apple cider spices and subtle dark malt, with a full hoppy finish. Medium mouth feel, not a heavy beer, but not really a session beer either...Paired great with a lemon/sage roasted chicken....Enjoy

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