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

BA SCORE
86
very good
867 Ratings
Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States
fullsailbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
867
Reviews:
486
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of Texasfan549
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mentor
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in my fridge nearly one year to cool the alcohol hot. Bottle says best before 022505, but I thought aging would do this beer good. Pours a three finger tan head over a clear brown beer with redish character. Some tiny particulates suspended in the beer. Smells rough grassy co-ho that's deep, oily, and enticing. An underlying malt sweet works with the hops...more chocolate than caramel. Tastes orange oil hoppy flavored with pine and a rough grassy character. A piercing bitter that's countered very well by the thick sugary malt sweet. The sugar sweet has some chocolate character and maybe a dark nut character (hazelnut?). The finish is dry and I'm left with the impression I've just toked on a cigarette. There is also a sweet fruity ester that I just can't place. Dark and deep ponderous aftertaste. Prune and cinamon. Md body and md-heavy carbonation. As a hop-head, I like the combination of hop flavor, biter, adn grassy co-ho. Nice malty that the hops ride the crest of. Enjoyable, drinkable.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite a pretty beer Full Sail has concocted for their 2007 Christmas Ale...
It pours almost garnet-colored, a dark reddish brown. Balanced carbonation makes it not too lively, but far from flat. Small head, but lacing for days.

The smell oddly enough reminds me of pine trees and cinammon... but thankfully there is a rich aroma of malty-goodness that save the beer from smelling like Glade airfreshener.

The taste is sweet, nutty, and malty (of the goodness previously described). There is a strong resin and cinnamon finish that softens but hangs for well... a very long time. Lots of complexity, but not as much balance as I like.

The feeling in your mouth, however is gorgeous! Smooth, silky, incredible.. So incredibly good that I actually said 'incredible' in a french accent because it deserved such smoothness...

I'm not going to lie, as for drinkability.. I'm not as into this as Anchor's or even Sierra Nevada's, Christmas offerings this year, but it is still very drinkable to this lass.

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Photo of jscal10
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has some sweetness and aromas of caramel with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is rather complex and has caramel, malty sweetness, raisins, spices and toffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite its alcohol content, the beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Murchmac
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Wassailing we will go... Pours a ruby mahogony brown, not much of a head on this one.

Smells a little of spices, cinnamon, cardamon? nutty malts.

Tastes a very deep, sweet, chocolate, hoppy resiny aftertaste, very complex, love the malt bill, but balanced with sweet piney northwest hops?

Leaves a lingering aftertaste of warm sugar, hops, and alcohol.

Get this beer if you can.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DogFood11
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chunkified head laces stringy all the way down. Amber to copper in color.

Hops, toast,dough, take charge in this winter warmer. Alcohol is warming for sure and a nice combo with the bready characteristics. spices are an afterthought when it gets bitter towards the middle and end. The finish is an unexpected but welcomed mellow light malt a bit citrusy that quickly gives way to the dry hop aftertaste.

another fine brew from full sail. One of the more underrated breweries in my opinion.

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Photo of Naugros
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a copper glow and some islands of bubbly foam and a likewise crown that leaves some nice, persistent lacing.

Cereal grain malty with some tropical fruit esters and a touch of spice, perhaps allspice.

Malty in the taste as well with some piny hops bitterness. Some of the spice continues through but is washed out in the finish by the hops.

Perhaps the hoppiest winter brew I've ever had, but I haven't tried any holiday beer from Stone yet. :) The malt backbone isn't quite enough to balance the IBUs, but there's enough to support them.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep drown body with a light tan head. Nice stamina in the head and decent legs to boot.

S - Rich malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and spice.

T - Malty with a light hoppy presence throughout. Not much complexity here for a winter warmer but the flavor is good.

M - Lightly coarse throughout with a definte presence in the finish.

~ Not a bad beer by any means. I wouldn't say this is a classic winter warmer style but the beer is definitely good.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby. Subtle, fruity, malt driven aroma with a touch of caramel, pit fruit, chocolate and hop leafs in the nose. Chewy, malt accented flavor. Notes of caramel, pit fruit, grape skins and chocolate along with a lingering hop bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of northaustin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark black. one finger of light brown head.has some retention and lacing.

smell is heavy malts and alchohol. reminds me of alot of scotch ales or winter warmers. it is ok.

taste is heavy and very roasty. not too sweet and very enjoyable. i drank mine at room temerature. alchohol masked very well.

leaves youre mouth with a satisfying semi sweet stickiness that warms. i like it.

glad to have my wassail back. been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this release all year. loved it last year and im looking forward to enjoying it this winter.

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Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown brew with a frothy, tan head.

Smell: Hints of hops and sweet malt. Alcohol is also apparent.

Taste: Good balance between hop and malt flavors. Sweet and dry at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body.

Drinkablity: A very easy drinking winter brew from Full Sail.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. There's a grassy whiff to it. It's thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. It's powerful and untamed.

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Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A longtime PNW winter beer, one of the first offered by a regional brewer, iirc. For whatever reason, I've never had one until now. 12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane, with freshness date indicating good until March 10, 2008. Different label than the one featured on BA, and has a lower abv (6.5%) than that listed here.

Poured a murky, reddish brown, with a tight tan head that dropped fairly quickly, but is easily re-agitated. Spotty lace.

Initially, there wasn't much of a nose to this beer, just a weak citrusy hop aroma. As it warmed up, some spiciness and dark fruit scents became more obvious and balance out the hops. It doesn't smell like a massive flavor bomb, but giving this few minutes to warm up is a good idea, as it does get more interesting.

As noted above, not a flavor bomb. There is a citrusy hoppiness of no great strength that is matched by a mild, raisiny flavor. A very mild "holiday" spiciness is in evidence, as well. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent beer, not earth shattering, but solid. While I don't regret finally trying it, I don't feel I've missed anything by not hitting it before. This would be a decent winter ale for people not used to them. Someone looking for a rich spiciness or a more robust hop flavor would probably want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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

Bottle into wine glass...
Deep chestnut brown amber color. It looks heavy, but not spectacular.
Cherry and wood/earthy aroma.
Taste of wood grilled cherries, caramel, with a hint of chestnut. Much "lighter" than the pour suggests. Overall, a very drinkable high abv winter warmer, but seems to be lacking the big wow factor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again.

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

Short-lasting head that settles to less than a single layer of bubbles. The beer is a deep brown, but light shines through easily. No lasting lace other than minute spots.

There is a background smell of soured milk. A pleasant blend of crystal and pale malts prevails. The hop presence is very mild.

Far more hop on the tongue than the smell indicates. Nice balance of darker and paler malts. A dry brew, the fine carbonation adds to the spritzy experience. Light cocoa in the background. The body is on the weak side for the style, but isn't that distracting.

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

Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer.

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

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.82 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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