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

Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
BA SCORE
64.8%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 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
Ranking:
#12,188
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
867
Liked:
562
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.04%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
66
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a fluffy 2 fingers deep tan. Very good head retention & good lacing.

S: Toasted malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, cinnamon & warming alcohol up front. Finishes spicy with fruittyness ( hints of berries), bitter chocolate & a trace of iron

MF: Chewy with really low carbonation

Drinks okay/good, but seems a bit hotter alcohol-wise this year, what gives? I liked this better last year, but a good winter warmer

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, walnut-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Meek, meager nose smelling only lightly of chocolate-covered nuts and sprucey hops.

Taste: Plenty nutty upfront with lesser tastes of roast and chocolate. Earthy blend of spicy, sprucey flavored hops. A deep bitterness lasts until the dry finish with a lingering roasted nut taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A middle-of-the-road winter release for me that, while not bad, certainly didn't do anything for me. Especially with so many other fine wintertime brews rolling around.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark russet that becomes cherry skin red with backlighting. The buff colored cap is currently filling the glass from the nonic bulge on up, and has a firmly creamy texture that looks even better as it deflates than it did right after the pour. A cheese grater-like lace display is the capper on a wonderful appearance.

Generally speaking, I like spices in my winter warmers. I couldn't find anything that indicated that spices are added to Wassail and it doesn't smell like they are. To me, the beer smells like a quality English pale ale or an ESB (albeit, one brewed with darker malt than usual). I initially thought the nose needed a hook, something to set it apart as a winter seasonal to be reckoned with. Quality is hook enough.

The flavor is hookless as well, unless one considers deliciousness to be a hook. I definitely do because Wassail has begun to reel me in and I've only had a few mouthfuls so far. Spicy hop flavor (clove-spiced oranges and apricots especially), as well as the interplay between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, is the key to the beer's success. I can't begin to guess at the hop bill, but I absolutely love it. My undying appreciation continues to increase with each passing ounce. This is great beer.

I'm a little surprised that alcohol is so noticeable at only 6.5%. It tastes like 8% at least. Having said that, it's so well-integrated and such an desired characteristic in a beer of this style, at least according to me, that I wouldn't change a thing. I can't help but think that something other than malt, hops, yeast and water is present. If not, then Full Sail has hit on a unique recipe that I hope they don't decide to tinker with. Unless they can improve things even more, of course.

The mouthfeel is expansive and lightly creamy. It's probably on the lighter side of the winter warmer spectrum, but then so is the rest of the beer. I love the well-buried nature of the bubbles.

This is one of those ales that snuck up on me. I liked what I tasted in the first few ounces and I love what I'm tasting in the last few. This is yet another outstanding winter warmer from the Pacific Northwest that favors hops at least as much, if not more, than it favors malt. Wassail is one of Full Sail's best beers and would be an automatic purchase every winter if I was lucky enough to live in their distribution area.

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked. X-mas seasonal themed label

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown with a fluffy light tan head that is really amazing, even pouring the brew was a treat on to its self ... medium sized bubbly cascading effect when poured vigorously.

Smell: A rich piney citrusy hop and almost rustic aroma of dark grains ranging from toasted to roasted to hints of chocolate and caramel. Very inviting with a pleasing fruitiness to boot.

Taste: Big, full bodied and creamy smooth ... lots of malt and fruit up front with flavours of raw honey and pears. Though a blend of alcoholic esters and aggressive hop bitterness wedge right in the middle and give off a warming feeling plus bitter / sweet earthy citrusy piney flavour. Hints of chocolate and prune in the back end with a dark chocolate cake like finish from the decent amount of residual sweetness in the end.

Notes: Very much a winter warmer with an American flare ... very impressive and a sheer joy to sip at cellar temp (55*F). One of the hoppier winter brews to be had. If you see this one on the shelf, buy it and sip the cold winter away.

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

A big thanks as usual to the kind BA's that supply all of these goodies to me, This one being no exception. Served chilled and poured onto a DFH pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/14/2008.

The pour was rather nice, a deep, dark mahogany color came forward right away. Some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch and half of creamy white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with some nice side glass lacing.

Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of spice and touches of light herbal hops. Not a heavy aroma, but defintley on the winter tone with nice spice notes. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied ale with a nice carbonation really let the flavors pop. Intresting mix again of light caramel malts, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of light grain. A smooth, deleicate finish left me looking for another sip as the alcohol was all but absent from the flavor.

Overall an intresting take on the style, not your typical warmer but very good none the less. I would love to have a couple more of these to enjoy, really very good.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wine Source, enjoyed from a snifter chilled and allowed to increase in temperature gradually.

The color is like toffee with a deep crimson highlight and thick creamy pale cap. There is an ultra fine bead with lace that is stringy and there is decent head retention/clarity. The smell is a nice mix of fruit with a deep roasted nose and gentle cocoa powder woody odor, the smell has slight toast and vanilla with some dried fruit and light caramel with gentle stone fruit esters and mild alcohol. The feel is warming and shows the alcohol with moderately bitter and spiced entry. The carbonation level is nice and a balance is achieved between the malt and NW hops. The ale has a full texture which leans toward the dry side with hints of alcohol and spice that carry on into the slightly dry finish.

A dry toasty cocoa and mildly roasted malt flavor leads to a slight pine note from the hops with a nice flavor accenting the mild caramel from the malt which segues into a dark cherry note and the subtle dried fruit tinges as hinted at by the nose. There is some yeast flavor with the nice dry toasted malt and mild coffee-like tinges. I get a light brown sugar compliment in the finish with subtle alcohol flavors that round out the taste. Overall I liked having this again, but my first review of it. I enjy the overall high drinkability for a strong brown spicy ale. This is perfect for late fall/winter drinking...I would buy this again.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass. Big bubbles of a light brown which recedes at a good pace. Color is a walnut dark brown ending off in a redish hue in the bottom.

Malt nose, not any spices, some nut. Nothing really jumps out and the nose is quite small

Tastes like a regular bitter with no fruit, nothing spicey but highly tobacco in nature and flavor.

Not very watery beer with a decent body but easily drinkable.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!
12 oz. twist-cap bottle:

Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head that is everlasting and leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy with citrus and pine notes in the back with plenty of toffee.

The taste is of darkish malt, caramel/toffee. Gentle spiciness with pine in the back as it progresses. Warming alcohol in a very dry finish.

Fuller side of medium body with a bit of an oily slickness.

Glad I had the opportunity to sip on this (though it's quite easy to more than sip) on a chilly late March day (while no longer winter, it still "hit the spot"). A very nice winter ale that is not overly spiced. Well-balanced with a good hop presence, and warming, without being too hot. Would get this as a winter regular if it were avalailable in my area. Thanks again, John!

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Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, rye, slight earthy malt, citrus hops, piney hops, hint of roasted malt, licorice, and slight wood. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, slight yeast, piney hops, hint of yeast, hint of cinnamon, hint of pale malt. and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity, but only an average appearance.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine, sturdy, off-white head, dark brown color. Sweet aroma, but nothing too distinctive coming through. Faint hints of toffee, nuts, spices. Mild hoppiness, medium carbonation. Sweet maltiness. Very mild, very mellow, but to a fault. I like my winter ales with more of a kick, and this slides down too smooth for my tastes. Feels as if they were shooting for something like Anchor's Our Special Ale, but something held them back.

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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 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 Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 30 Nov 16
Bottled On: 100316

Been many moons since I've last had this brew. New Label!

Pours a very nice clean clear golden dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, pretty nice small creamy light tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda nutty, very slight hop note, very slight spice. The taste is malty, slight hop/spice, kinda nutty. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, a nice winter warmer.

Thanks msubulldog

Pours a clean clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly slightly sweet malts, some hops, and lots of caramel. The taste is sligthly sweet/malty, with a very nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice winter warmer.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 64.8% out of 100 with 867 ratings
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