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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

755 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | 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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SWMeyer4141

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Pretty dark brown, with some red hues. Darker then other WW's I've had. Head is an off white, almost brown. Some little lacing and retention.

Smell-Extremely subtle spices, and very subtle malts. This may be too cold right now and has to open up a litle bit. As it gets warmer it's still prety bland, some hops come out.

Taste-Ehh, kind of a mess. At first there's some sweet malts but something taste's awkward about it. It then turns into a kind of sourness along with some hops that just don't taste fresh. A tad bit of vodkaish towards the end. The more I drink it kind of taste's like soap.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, no body at all. Carbonation is there, but I wish there was more to eliminate this soapiness.

Overall-Not a tasty beer, don't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:36:56 | More by SWMeyer4141
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-08-2012 03:26:40 | More by rcatalano
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weerezboy

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-03-2012 21:28:21 | More by weerezboy
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2011 23:35:46 | More by brokentee
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Dmann

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great winter warmer. The color was a deep amber color with a nice off white head that stuck around for a long time. The smell was slightly piney and very spicey and made me want to investigate further. Out of all the winter beers I've had this year, this is one of the better ones for sure. The flavor was ultra balanced with a great bitter hop rush in the beginning that was matched quickly by a kick of malt and spices, and a nice spice aftertaste left me wanting more. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 11:12:36 | More by Dmann
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark burgundy-brown with a small creamy tan head that quickly broke up with large bubbles. Some nice lacing present.

The first full scent of the aroma immediatley screamed ginger cookies to me! A strong malty aroma spiced with ginger, cinnamon and a floral hop aroma as well.

Unlike the aroma, the taste reveals a malty cookie like backbone which is complimented, not overwhelmed, by the warm taste of spices as of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. A pleasant mild hopppiness balances the chocolate like malt backbone. No coffee overtones I could pick up on with a finish that is mildly bitter, again with just the right amount of balance which hides the alcohol warmth nicely. Very pleasing and only gets better as it warms.

The medium mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a nice amount of
carbonation and a hint of chewiness if I interpret that attribute correctly.

I was very surprised at the drinkability of this beer, I was afraid the spiciness would be overwhelming but this goes down smooth as the aforementioned silk. As the label says "ridiculously tasty" and at 7.0% ABV these could sneak up on you quick. I would love to relax in front of the fire after a good meal and melt into a few of these! I look forward to more winter warmer offerings but will seek Wassail out every year now. I also think I will have to revisit the other beers of this brewery soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:10:19 | More by BlackBearForge
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours an extremely dark shade of amber with a 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are pretty poor, but expected for the relatively high abv.

S - Malty foundation with caramel and some musty hops. Much milder than expected.

T - Full malt palate up front, with a caramel/toasted malt foundation. Nice floral and bittering hops come through in the climax, along with sweet ethanol. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and coarse, Suits the flavors well.

D - A very good warmer that only shows its abv when it needs to.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:36:56 | More by blakelive784
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a good sized off white head. The lacing is very good and the head lasts a long time. Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt, with a nice warmer hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry for this style. It's not a bad thing. Over all, this is a top 5'er winter brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:06:37 | More by whoneeds8
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kb2250

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28%

06-06-2012 00:04:48 | More by kb2250
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

never a big fan of the "special" winter brews save a few. pours out a nice ruby/brown. decent head, some nice lacing. smells malty with a very slight spice. taste isnt bad. infact its pretty good. malty with a good hop presence thats a bit piney. cinnamon comes to mind as well as other holiday flavors. herbal! not thick like some heavyweight winter brews, its nice and medium bodied, in the middle. while not my cup of tea i can def. appreciate it. i could see these going down pretty easy if thats your thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 03:59:23 | More by DESTRO
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diamondc

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 032110. $6.99 for a six pack.

A: Clear dark ruby red, nice lacing and great head retention.

S: Pine needles up front, tangerine skins in the middle, followed by some roast, nutmeg, herbal aromas in the background. Smells like Christmas.

T: A great balance between the pine-y citrus-lite hops and the slightly roasted sweet cherry-like malt. A bitter dark chocolate aftertaste adds to the complexity.

M/D: Not that much hotness detected or carbonation in this one, which makes for a creamy mouthfeel. A real nice sipper to enjoy on its own.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:49:57 | More by diamondc
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

latest review

the coffee quality does not seem so strong in subsequent tastings and the beer strikes me as far more drinkable than before. think i was starting to get a cold the first time. still, not as complex as i'd like and it lacks the full bodied, nourishing, spicy qualities i think it ought to possess. mouthfeel upgraded to 3, drinkability to 3.5.

3.5 opaque milk chocolate, nutty brown. thin cap, ring. occasional large chunkies.

3 smells like a porter w/ some crystal malt? fairly reserved aroma, or perhaps it's still too cold.

3 moderate to strong coffee bitterness. seems pretty astringent and alcoholic. not detecting a whole lot going on.

2.5 medium body, plenty carbonation. not enough body to support the bitterness and alcoholic presence.

2 maybe i drank it too cold. maybe my palate was off. maybe this 6-pack was mistreated. so far not my cup of coffee, er beer. next time i'll try sipping very slowly and letting it warm up more.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:59:47 | More by brewmudgeon
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-10-2014 13:11:52 | More by hmmmbeer10
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KevT

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-04-2013 02:20:13 | More by KevT
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rkhaze

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber with a small but dense head that leaves good lace. Aroma of sweet malt, candied red fruits, mild hop spiciness and a bit of yeast. A smidge Belgian-like in a way.
Flavors of rich roasted malt, berries, nuts and a hint of licorice. A hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A lot of good components but they don't seem to all quite come together.
Medium bodied and good drinkability.
I don't know if they change the recipe yearly, but this was enjoyed more than in past years.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:27:43 | More by rkhaze
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hsus0225

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-26-2013 02:37:35 | More by hsus0225
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

A-Dark clear garnet with a fluffy light tan head that laces very nicely. Attractive brew.

S-Sweet malts with some hops in the background. Not what I would generally look for in a winter warmer but more of a robust ESB. Decent nose, just a bit underwhelming.

T-Rich, sweet caramel malts give way to a bitter midrange, some citrus pine hops and a very dry lingering astringent finish. I don't detect any spicing in this other than the hopping. An oaky, earthy thing going on here as well.

M-On the richer side of medium with balanced carbonation. Slighly creamy.

D-Good solid winter ale, but not one that I would label a warmer, or certainly not a wassail. A nice switchup from most seasonal offerings but it would be a bit boring to drink another back to back.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:01:10 | More by caddybuyer
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 edition. Pours a reddish brown hue with a cream colored head that fades quickly. Has a sweet caramel smell. A sweet caramel taste up front followed by nicely roasted grains. Medium - heavy body which leaves the flavors on the tongue for a while. Not a lot of hop action here. Super smooth and easy drinking. nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 22:25:05 | More by beerceller99
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger chocolate head. Very dark brown in color. Retention is good and lacing is great.

Smell is of sweet malt. Some fruity yeast is also detected, maybe plum. There is also some faint hops somewhere.

First taste is of slight, hop bitterness. There is also some roasted, burnt malt in there. After taste is acidic sour green apple with some spice, maybe ginger

Head is nice and creamy. Body isnt as rich but still good. Carbonation isnt too high either.

Drink ability is above average. Akward combination of flavors with the spice and some fruit but it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 09:18:46 | More by angelmonster
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-15-2011 00:18:56 | More by jpbebeau
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olbubba

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-31-2012 23:18:24 | More by olbubba
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KoG

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 09:36:23 | More by KoG
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chickencoop

California

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

Picked this up in a sixer for like $4, liqour store was blowing out the winters, there loss, my gain. This is a very well balanced winter brew, unlike most winter beers that go over the top on direction or the other. Big hops, but rounded out with sweet malts on the finish to the end. Very good beer, and aged well as well. Good score on my part.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 02:44:38 | More by chickencoop
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almychristopher

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice dark brown color with red highlights and an off white head that recedes to lacing. The aroma brings to mind a nice malty stout, with a bit of citrus hops in the background. Lots of roasted malt flavor up front with nicely balanced by the dry, astringent, finish. not what I'd consider a traditional winter warmer, but I'm thankful for that. the medium body and good co2 make this a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:12:28 | More by almychristopher
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Telestic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-25-2011 18:53:32 | More by Telestic
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.