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

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867 Ratings
Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

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

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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Photo of Beermazter310
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with orange highlights. Two finger tan head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is spicy with some caramel and biscuit malts backed up by an average sprucy hoppiness. Flavor is spicy, nice bitterness, hinhts of pine and orange, lots of caramel malts, hints of chocolate, some boozy qualities. Slightly sweet and bone dry on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight warming on the swallow. A very nice winter warmer, but I've had a few other that i liked better this year.

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

It's been some time since I last tried this beer. Based on the version I sampled at the river front tap room in Portland not too long ago, that's clearly my loss.

The beer pours a dark mahogany color with great head retention and lacing. This beer looks quite impressive. I don't get a lot on the nose, however, just some sweet malt with underlying cinnamon and alspice. On the palate there is so much going on that it's hard to describe. The beer is sweet with all kinds of spices (cinnamon, alspice, nutmeg), but there is also some surprising hoppy bitterness as well. The beer is pretty light on its feet and in fact is pretty drinkable. The hops help to act as a foil for the sweetness. Abv. is pretty well disguised in this beer and, as noted previously, it's surprisingly drinkable.

This is a pretty good beer, especially considering the style (which is not normally one of my favorites). Nice effort from Full Sail.

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Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in the Utah system. This bottle says 7.2 ABV and I poured it into a perfect pint.

Appearance: A wonderful ruby brown that is brilliantly clear when held up to a light. The fluffy three finger head leaves lacing all the way down and receded slowly. Looks great.

Smell: Very heavy on the malts, the illusion of spice created by hops and yeast. Nice dark bread.

Taste: A rich roasted malt taste with a nice dose of pine and citrus hops. This could almost be a CDA. The taste is a little sweet, but the bready note turns spicy while the finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: A malty heavy brew that is smooth with lower carbonation.

Overall: I like this one a lot. I paid 1.50 for this bottle and will get another before the season ends.

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

Pours a really deep red color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date marked clearly on the label.
One finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention.
Predominantly malty on the nose, with notes of caramel, toffee, sweet esters and hints of piney hops.
Taste compliments the aroma, and is very, very malty. Upfront there are sweet notes, with bready malty notes in the middle to a slight tinge of bitterness in the finish. Chewy, almost full-bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol warmth is felt towards the end of the beer. Leaves behind some really nice lacing. Visually this is a very good beer.
On the whole, I would say that this is a very good winter warmer. I feel it is more under-rated than it should be. Worth a try if you like winter warmers, you won't be disappointed.

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

2003 Edition: A lovely dark reddish/brownish colour. The aromas are very sweet, fruity, piney, and all over the place. Kind of like an OSA with sugar added....interesting. The taste is very sweet and fruity with some definate light hops and malts in their. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but never cloying and the drinkability is nice. A good one!

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

Deep garnet-colored brew with a thick tan head. Some lacing, and head thins considerably after the pour.

Aroma has a substantial hop presence, with underlying notes of sweet malt. The smell is heady and promises a strong brew.

Velvet smooth mouthfeel, smoky malt and nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol is discernable but doesn't get in the way.

Overall, a nice winter warmer, right up there with the best of the style. Full Sail continues to impress me with a nice roster of ales.

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

12 oz pores with a nice brownish red color into my pint glass.

smell has some hazzelnuts, burnt chocolate, and alcohol

very nice taste. i'm getting a nice chocolate and cherry combination which then leads to a little oak. very well balanced over all.

nice moderatly thick chewy mouthfeel

very drinkable. perfect for this winter season. i'll be getting more of this for sure.

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Photo of mkclutter7
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Freyermusic
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a nutty brown color with just a bit of lacing around the top

S-malty, sweet, spicy

T-predominately a malt taste of bread, caramel, and brown sugar, but has an undercurrent of hops for a slight bitter after taste. No real spices come out in the taste. The hops balances the malts nicely

M-medium body, low carbonation, a dry aftertaste

D-the abv isn't very obvious so you could easily have a few, not the most exciting winter warmer, but a decent pick

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

Appearance is a dark tea root beer color with a two inch head that dissipated to an eight of an inch with in minutes.
Smell is not strong, however a light sweet malt with pine hops dominating.
Taste has a lot going on compared to the smell; a light bready toasted caramel malt, moderate pine/resin grapefruit/orange hops, a light doughy yeast, and has hints of bubblegum that is not evident in the slightly malty finish.
Mouthfeel has a light/medium feel, slightly syrupy texture, and soft carbonation with a soft dry slightly malty finish.
Drinkability is ok for me, I really avoid winter brews however this one is great if I had to drink one.

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

Revisited Full Sail's Wassail today, with a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

a. beautifully rich and complex dark redwood-amber colored body with a thick two-finger khaki-gray head. The head faded slowly leaving a beautiful ring and some incredible sticky mossy lacing at the top of the glass. Darker brown/caramel/date colored than I remembered.

s. Rich. A hint of pine hops up front, then a strong sweet and malt mix of figs, prunes, cocoa powder, whole wheat bread, and a bit of maple syrup. Sweet and malt dominate, but spice notes (juniper berries, cinnamon, nutmeg) and hop pine notes even it all out nicely.

t. similar to the nose. A beautiful dried fruit sweetness mixing with a roasty and toasty malt depth creates a nice balance. Prunes, candied apricots, dates, raisins and figs mix with bran muffin and toasted bread (pumpernickel?). A hint of fruit sour, and some definite hop pine notes come through as well.

m. smooth and nicely carbonated with fine bubbles yielding a thick and full mouthfeel. A citrusy and fruity foamy slickness is left behind (reminiscent of foaming hand soap, but in a pleasant way), also leaving many of the malt sweetness behind as well. It's lingering in a pleasing way without any aftertaste or bitter finish - very smooth and even.

d. I can easily drink a few (or more) at a time. It's a thick and full brew, with a 7% abv, which may not be sessionable for some, but as a winter warmer, it hits the spot beautifully. This is one that's complex enough to sip through, but also smooth and clean enough to polish more than a few off in a night - and the price makes that doable without regret. This year seems to be a strong one for Wassail, with a bit more character and oomph than some of the past years. Truly beautiful, and a must try if you can get it.

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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 vkv822
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz : bottle

Deep red, near black with a foamy, fairly thick, cream colored head, nice lacing.

Pine, resiny hops blended with toffee notes, caramel malts as well as some dark, cocoa malt notes.

Medium body, with mild carbonation.

A very enjoyable winter warmer, a well executed hop profiles blends seamlessly into a great, dark malt profile.

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Photo of Thads324
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruddy brown. Tiny bit of tan head. Clears to wispy near nothingness on top quite quickly.
Smells of spicy wood. Not a heavy aged type wood, but faint and pleasant. A mild bready and slightly roasted malt. A hint of some fruity esters, but very small.
Taste starts mild and pleasant. Very faint roasted grain, a hint of smoky chocolate and hearty wheat bread. Just after the middle is a decent bitter hop, not much on exact taste though. Finishes slightly hoppy and mildly spicy. Like a slightly hoppy brown ale. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is higher end of medium. Low carbonation and easy going smooth finish.

A lackluster head and scent, great taste. The 7.2% is greatly masked and I whizzed through the bottle. I think this is one of the better winter beers I've had. Easy to drink, smooth, tasty and well made for the season. I'll have to bring some to Christmas dinner.

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

Deep rich mahogany color – clear – giant head, light yellow – decent carbonation

Good hop smell – sweet malt – little alcohol

Roasted – malt – alcohol – hops

Thick and boisterous, almost like a meal

Simple but good aroma patterns. Barrage of bold and daring flavors. Surprisingly strong alcohol. This is a great winter warmer: the roasted and hopped-up malt and alcohol delivered in a beautiful thick bubbly substance.

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Photo of bruachan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

highly enjoyable winter brew. old ale, it would seem, really. with a fuller hop profile, especially due to some spicy hop flavor. the website indicates that the hops are all NW varieties, so i suspect willamette

it's got a rich mahogany color with decent froth and lacing

rich and nutty malt flavoring, with a dried cherry and woody hop finish. caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some butterscotch. a touch of hoptea at the finish, once bubbles have escaped. touch of malt roasting. mouthfeel could have been a little more robust, but was still decent

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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.


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Photo of drizzam
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my good friend cdkrenz...you are the man CK!

A - Poured with a clear brown body, with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. The head was a thin cap of light khaki, not very good retention and very minute spotty lacing.

S - Not a lot in terms of aroma. Maybe a little toffee malt, some slight nuttiness to it I guess. Not much going on in the nose.

T & M - Much better than the nose, actually the flavor surprised me a bit. Caramel malt combines with a certain dark fruity character, the fruit tastes like raisins. Toward the end there is a nice little hop bitterness. A subtle complexity. This isn't quite like any winter warmer I've had in the past (which is good, because the over the top spiciness isn't my thing). Medium bodied, crisp finish that leaves a slight hop bitterness on your tongue after the swallow.

D - I'm usually not a fan of Winter Warmers, but this one has restored my faith in the style. Many thanks to a good friend that brought this back from Oregon for me to try.

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Photo of Popp24
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice winter warmer. It has a nice hopiness to it but also has a creamy taste to it like a stout. In the smell I get spices and hops maybe some caramel. The taste is really nice and I really get some nice breadiness and then a nice smooth hop aftertaste. Overall this is one I would drink every winter and I will look for it in the future.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel hue with almost a finger of tan head and large bubbles.

S: The aroma is amazing; lightly spicy with nutmeg and white pepper mixed with watermelon, peach and cantaloupe fruits, not quite Belgian but extremely inviting all the same.

T/M: A medium to high level of carbonation attacks the tongue at first but mellows quickly giving way to sweet, bready malts, subtle bright fruits and a soft bitter finish, like a more potent amber.

I don't always drink winter ales, but when I do, it will probably be this one.


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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a dark ruby color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of spicy hops and lighter hints of medium to dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Malt flavors - mostly caramel but seemingly with very light hints of chocolate - kick things off and segue into light spicy flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of fruit flavors - plum and maybe apricot - make an appearance and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. The thickness is a bit on the thin side but the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is one of the better winter warmers I remember having and I attribute this to the strength of the malt flavors and using a modest amount of spices. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of zfw
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique brown-black color, nice malty aroma, relatively light body in a very dark beer.

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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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