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

very good
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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Reviews: 486 | Ratings: 867
Photo of gbontrag
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like unfinished walnut lumber, it's a bit dull.
pretty thin head
Alcohol is not all that well disguised... There's not enough malt to mask the alcohol, and this isn't high in alcohol. Very thin brew. Hop spice is all over; pine blah blah blah...
Not as warm as it is hot. Winter warmer my butt. Just another over-hopped interpretation.

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Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark ruby with a small, off-white head. Nose is made up of grapes (vinous), raisins, tangy malt, backed by evergreen boughs and pine resin. Like a Christmas tree dipped in jam. Sweetish, vinous malt flavors up front. Hops come on big and early. Resinous, piney, and delicious. Finish is bitter and piney with sweet, sugar cookie notes. Yum. Medium-bodied, refreshing, yet warming enough for the winter.

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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.

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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 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 RenoZymurgist
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, dark red brew with a dirty white head that subsided very quickly leaving no lace or anything.
Aroma is very hoppy with only a touch of malt which gets overwhelmed by the piney almost grapefruitlike aroma.
The taste is hoppy as well with very little of the malt that I thougt i would taste from the color. A bit onesided in the flavor department this beer does get better as it warms revealing a bit more of the dark kilned malt flavor.
Body is not very good for a winter warmer as this beer is pretty thin and it is evidenced by the extreme lack of head. The carbonation is almost perfect however as there is very little carbonic bite from the artificial carbonation which i believe is much rougher than natural carbonation.
Overall I would rather have a jubelale from Deschutes than another wassail from Full Sail but it is a much better winter warmer than Celebration Ale which should be renamed Holiday IPA as it rhymes and indicates what you will taste better. The brewers at Full Sail should have bottle conditioned this one as well so that it can be aged more than a year and that they could have achieved a much higher carbonation level with less carbonic bite. A great winter beer if it is all that is available besides leftover summerfest and the usual flagship brews.

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Photo of Dmann
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!

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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.

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

Pours a brilliant cola brown with amber hues. The smallish tan head leaves strings of khaki lace on the glass as I drink.

There is a slight touch of alcohol in the nose that is blended with a doughy spice aroma. Subtle fruit and spice remind me of a breakfast bread.

There is a slight spice flavor in the mouth--cloves maybe. A touch of smoked malt join in the taste to creat a delightful winter drinking experience.

This is a medium bodied beer that aspires to be a bigger beverage. The bittering hops grab the back of the tongue and leave a lasting impression on the mouth. The carbonation is creamy and smooth and act to deliver the beer in a most pleasant manner.

This is a delightful drinking experience. This beer offers all that you would expect from a winter warmer--rich complex flavor and smooth easy drinkability. A pleasant drink to have while staring at the lights of your Chritmas tree.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. The body is shiny, translucent crimson -- maroon-ish when held to direct light. The head is light brown (or dark tan) and has the consistency of thick cream of wheat with some maple syrup stirred in, and falls leaving some pasty film on the walls of the glass.


Top is all maraschino cherries and candied plums, with an underbelly of gingerbread spiciness. The finish has a subtlty wood-smokey malt depth. Hollah?


Opens with a brown-sugary, tangy citrus rind kick across my palate, deep and delicious. The middle, I hasten to say this, reminds me of Hawaiian punch, but majorly pimped out.

The aftertaste is a sugary tart massage.

I usually avoid Full Sail due in part to their typically lackluster line-up and atrocious graphic design that appears to be intended for, I don't know, yuppies with sail boats. But this particular brew was a welcomed surprise.

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

Pours a deep rust color. Smells of pine sap and a little caramel. Tatse is much hoppier than I expected, and there isn't as much malt as I'd like (if anything, it tastes a little like the Alt I just had...).

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good brew. The pine especially suits the time of year well.

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

12/07/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a drink by 02/25/05 on the label. Consumed from my Pike Place Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber pour with a nice large bubbled foamy head and very nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of spicyness going on. So many things as it's hard to pick and choose. So, lets just leave it at that. Extreme spicyness and hops.

Taste- Cloves, maybe some anise, pine, raisins, nutmeg. Lots of goodies in here. Lots of hops also. They are a tad bitter also.

Mouthfeel- A thicker beer than I expected. Decent carbonation level.

Drinkability- Better as it warms. Didn't sense a huge alcohol presence, which makes it go down easily. Good beer, but not great. But definitely worth a try each Christmas.

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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 donnebaby
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color is an excellent color for a spiced winter brew methinks. Thin haze somehow supports large islands of big bubbles that don't go away. Nose has some big malts and sweet cherry cider, edged with spices, pepper and cloves, and hops, which seem to mellow out and become sweeter and creamier. Alot more alcohol seeps out of this than expected.

In the mouth, this could aaaalmost be just another pale ale, albeit a good one. Malts are heavy and the alcohol cuts around the edges. Notes of cherry. Spice and sweetness are kept to a minimum. Creamy heaviness is there, however, which is always good in a winter warmer. Rocky mineral hop bitterness comes out of nowhere to finish off this beer and add some choppiness.

A little disappointed here with my first Full Sail sampling, although my expectations were high.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition pours a nice reddish brown with a tan head that is pleasant to look at. The smell is of a pine tree with citrus zest, a spicy nut arom linger, baked pie crust and toasted grain, the taste is a spiced apple and baked squash with a pine wood hop taste, hints of spiced crust blend well with the hops. Good quality beer.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, deep ruby-brown/black with a thin wisp iof a head. The aroma is fruity, roasty, amlty, and piney. It has quite a bit of fruity esters (cherry and banana) some caramel, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste. It does not seem to be too hoppy, but it is older, though I do not know how old. It also has a slight pleasant oxidized taste to it as well. I can see where this beer would age well.

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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 Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 12 oz. bottle: This one poured a cloudy brown color. There wasn't too much head at all. A bit of fruit and spices to the nose, with a hint of roastiness in the background. The taste is malty, yet a touch sour. Possibly some cherries in there? Slightly dry and a hint of bitterness to the aftertaste. Good!

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Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet hue, with a slight haze. Vigorous pour yields a one fingered, persistant, dense beige head. Tattered lace remains. Hop nose is a combination of gentle citrus and sweet, earthy wood. Mellow bubblegum esters meld well with the stately dark lovibond crystal malt. Trace butterscotch and cocoa hints. Understated and clean aromawise. In flavor, a snap of dryish, chocolate malt bitterness upfront is ensued by a melange of burnt caramel and sweet biscuit. Sweetness diminishes progressively, with hop bitterness eventually becoming dominant. Subdued herbal hop flavor with a pine needle twang. Hints of caramelized plum arise late, but are brushed aside promptly by the hop presence. Well calculated in attenuation, with a dextrinous mouthfeel a notch shy of velvety. Finishes with a resurgence of sweetness, with soft notes of toast and maple sap fading readily. A rather gentle old ale, but certainly well balanced and with ample character to keep the palate interested. Any less viscous and this would run the risk of being insipid. Regardless, Wassail is a tasty "winter warmer."

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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 genaro
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the year 2003. It had a nice brown/copper color with a small head that did not last too long. The lace was decent. It had a fragrant, fruity aroma with elements of grapefruit, and berries. The taste was good, citrusy and fruity, with the presence of caramel. A good use of flavoring hops added much to the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, bitter, alcoholly, and a little oily. It culminated with a smooth, dry, sweet finish. A pleasant beer to have around.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark mahogany beer with a small, light tan, thick head. Dishwasher-spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral; a nice creaminess with underlying toffee and some grapes. Very hoppy in the front. A tangy, fruity full middle. A bitter, floral, dark hoppy dry finish with some nice spiciness. A little grainsy in the aftertaste. There's almost a red wine thing going on in the finish for me. The sweetness in the nose never really developed. But I still think this is a very good beer.

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Photo of beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is something about winter ales that allow a certain abandon to their creation. This version pours a deep chocolate with a thin lace. Deep sweet chocolate and caramel aromas. The smooth, sweet flavor hints at bitter-sweet chocolate and sugary caramel. The bitterness is moderate with a heart-warming finish and an earthy spruce hop spice.. Balanced and tasty on a stormy winter night.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with a very small, short-lasting off-white head. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes of coffe and roasted flavors. Has other flavors that I can't really place, but this is an enjoyable winter brew, to say the least. There are better examples out there, but this is still worth trying.

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