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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"12 Fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty winter ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47." Enjoy by 03 01 07

Full-bodied dark brown winter warmer in the tradition of Anchor OSA. Grainy and spicy, with a bitter bite from the hops, and perhaps a bit from the alcohol. It's no boozy beast, but the alcohol is a notable flavor componant, staking it's claim as "heavier than average" at 6.5% abv. The malt body is familiar but hard to describe, except as micro or homebrew-esqe. There are faint and subtle Christmas spices barely present, like clove, cinnomon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Would pair well with pumpkin pie. Spicy carbonation. Everything about it is above average. Nice long, bitter fallout. Cheers!

 711 characters

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

A: Murky dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head.

S: Some toasted malt and breadiness along with some hints of dark fruit and spices. Citrus hops in the background.

T: Have to say, I'm usually not very impressed by Full Sail, but this one's pretty good. A base of caramel, toffee and toasted malt with a strong backbone of pine hops that grow in bitterness as the beer warms. I'd have this one again.

 405 characters

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

12oz bottle x2. Best by 04/03/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. A finger + of beige foam forms and settles at a moderate pace. A good amount of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of bready and dark malt, along with some caramel sweetness. Hints of vanilla, and dry spices. Medium hop presence.

Initial flavor is mildly sweet followed quickly by a almost cherry like tang. Fairly bitter floral hops finish things up. Hops come out in the flavor more than the nose.

Medium bodied with medium but sharp carbonation.

 571 characters

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Design updated to fit the new full sail line. Nice painting of a snowy Mt. Hood on the neck. Best by date stamped on the label.

Appearance: Very dark with a bit of red visible when held up to the light. Head is thin, but good retention.

Smell: Very full aroma - malt aroma, but not sweet. Lots of hops.

Taste: Starts off slightly sweet, then the hops come in. Well balanced, but not overly exciting.

Overall impression: Fairly one dimensional, but a well made beer.

 514 characters

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.

 441 characters

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent bronze-red with a regal head of taupe. Laces decently, too.

Smells like a malty red ale. Caramelized grains, dark fruits, baked earth, hints of cranberry and plum. Maybe a little vanilla.

Much drier than the nose. Metallic malts, some hop bitterness, light twanginess, some toastiness, and earthiness. Wet/bitter graininess. Slight hint of dark fruits.

Medium body with some booziness and a hefty carbonation.

Not a bad warmer. I like the lack of big spice flavors.

 481 characters

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

A : Pours a dark brown with an off white head.

S : It's got a spicy malt smell with a hint of hops. The alcohol is evident in the smell

T : Really sweet malt with a caramel/toffee flavor. There's a hint of hops but they are overshadowed by the malt

M : Creamy, smooth

D : It's good but not in bunches. If the malts were toned down some, it would make it better

 364 characters

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

Release 2003
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I cannot really say it is a favorite.

Release 2002
Well it has been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let us see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Nose is spicy with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Cannot really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion.

 1,163 characters

Photo of KoG
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

 492 characters

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.

 772 characters

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

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, thin layer of off-white foam with poor head retention

Aroma: piny hops, chocolate, dark malts, very lightly fruity, hint of spiciness, a bit woody, touch of oxidation

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a hearty roast edge, gripping piny hop flavor and bitterness, a bit soapy, finishes dry with a bitter/roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, somewhat chewy, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Full-flavored, but pretty clean (almost literally from the slight soapy taste!). A good X-mas brew, though. Really fresh taste.

 589 characters

Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really impressive looking beer. Amber, brown a little dark - definitely looks like a winter style beer. Perfectly formed two fingers of bright white head lingers nicely with the drink. Smell is lightly spicy with a good deal of malt.

Taste is malty, with some light hop bitterness. Doesn't have a particular flavor, just malty without the winter spice or sugar I expected. Light medium body. Overall a decent beer, but better examples of the style exist.

 455 characters

Photo of GimpyCane
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a thick mouthfeel. The flavor has a nice amount of floral hops that comes through, but there is a strong malt presence as well. Enjoyable.

 261 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass. A very attractive Mahogany leaning towards black color. Poured a thick, but quickly dissapating head. Aroma not as bold as it could be. Taste is more fulfilling than aroma would indicate. Good, satisfying body. Very drinkable, could easily have a session with this beer. Worthy of your time.

 326 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, dark-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, cinnamon, and light spices

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, bread, and light spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, the bitterness and sweetness play well together..the aftertaste is very bitter

Drinkability: This strikes me as an extra spicy amber with a distinct hoppy edge. This is hoppier than most and the alcohol is well hidden. Two at most, an above average beer.

 477 characters

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. twist off bottle. Wassail pours a medium brown with a thin off white head, which settles to a surface ring in a few minutes. Shows garnet highlights and is typically clear for the style.

Dark malts and a bit of chocolate on the nose. No real winter spice to speak of, but full bodied and with notes of cherry liqueur and some woody hops. A bit more hop spice with some warming.

Roasted malts upfront in the flavor. Bit of caramel segues into a smooth sweetened cherry then a light bitterness with some lingering orange amber malts. Offers a decent finish with a light but firm carbonation. Medium bodied and slightly slick in nature given the light carbonation. Decent drinkability yet nothing excels.

More fruity than spicy for a Winter Warmer, rich and with moderate depth for support. A sipper for me given the malt structure.

 872 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

 643 characters

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

Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good.

 554 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice and meaty English ale, dark copper colored with small creamy beige head. Light nutty aroma, flavor is more earthy, nutty, dark malts with a small hops bite at the end. Some lingering bitterness. Would not be out of place in a British pub next to the fire....

 263 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: An appealing shade of mahogany. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head that produces a thin layer of spotty lacing.

S: Hop oil and rich baking chocolate with a layer of roasted malt. It's actually quite nice and unexpected.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Underneath is a solid backbone of garden fresh herbs and grassiness. As it starts wrapping up, I get a wave of dried prunes and toasted almonds.

M: On the lighter side considering the ABV. It's creamy enough, but I can't say I was bowled over by the way this one sat in my mouth, or felt going down. Prickly carbonation doesn't quite suit this one.

O: Having a couple of these would be easy enough, as it isn't obnoxiously spiced like a lot of holiday offerings tend to be these days.

I'm glad I'm almost finished with my holiday "leftovers". I'm just not in the mood for these spiced winter warmers, but I know they need to be quaffed sooner, rather then later.

Full Sail's Wassail overachieves - it is one of the better offerings I've had from them. Most of Full Sail's lineup is mediocre to dissapointing, though this one really is quite pleasing. It's reasonably well balanced and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't hunt this one down, but would happily enjoy one at a Christmas party.

 1,447 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days.

 562 characters

Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Wassail pours a big loose head over an almost opaque cola-colored brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose is grapefruit rind, vanilla, a little toasted malt. Up front the flavor is toasty malt with bare mocha and molasses notes with sharper herbal/grassy hop notes off the back. Mouthfeel starts soft but dries a bit, with a long leafy hop aftertaste. This is a winter warmer style beer, but I was hoping for a little more malt action here, it seems a tad light bodied to me.

 483 characters

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottle into a tulip glass, best by 2/23/12 (?) on the back. This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head which has good retention. The smells are of spices, caramel, other malts, no hops by now. The feel is medium. The taste is good, lots of malts, some spices, a definite alcohol presence.

 321 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.