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 twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

A beer that tells us "To Drink." Or at least thats what the term Wassail means. Hence the song "Here we come a wassailing." In olden times when people would go caroling it would basically become a traveling party. This song was sung in between each house to alert the next house to be prepared with possibly a snack and especially something to drink, usually a spiced (or mulled) mead, wine, or beer. Too bad people don't adhere to that custom today.

A- This beer is a weird oak/olive color. I thought it was a strange color in terms of beer. There was no head as this poured out very oily and thick.

S- Caramel is very much there in the nose, the beer has some malt to it. I also smell a touch of vanilla. If this had a touch of Christmas spice that would make it extra great.

T- This is a malty beer. Sweet at first then bitter toward the end. The bitterness is that of grapefruit pith. The sweet is by way of the malts, and there is a touch of spice mixed in which wasn't there in the smell. The Alcohol is well hidden, but it serves it purpose of warming the body. To me this tastes like a dark and strong rye bread. It isn't too bad, but the bitterness doesn't seem to work well here. I was hoping for something a little on the sweeter side.

M- The bitterness puckers a bit on your tongue. The thickness is great, and is expected of a beer like this.

D- Easy to drink, the ABV is well hidden. The bitterness does slow me down a bit.

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

This poured to a dark shade of ruby and brown with a small head. The lacing is minor. The smell is very spiced, while the taste is sweet and spiced up front and moves to bitter in the finish.

Something about the blend of hops takes away from the rest of it. Bitterness really takes over the finish, and leaves no trace of the other good flavors. Still, it's not a bad beer.

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

Finally an American winter beer that is not spice riddled. I'm realizing that I like Full Sail beer lately and this brew is no exception. Dark copper body was topped by a medium thick off white head. Lacing was scattered but intricate. Aroma was of slightly toasted malts. Taste profile was a surprise as it was very hoppy with citrus notes. Good drinkable winter beer. I liked that it wasn't real heavy and spicy. a hop accented winter beer and I liked it.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium, frothy beige head, medium lasting

Aroma: Malty; medium hoppy; dried fruits; molasses

Taste: Malty; peppery; well-balanced; starts off creamy and quickly goes to Belgium ale flavors of peppers, cloves, and dried fruit; finishes slightly bitter from roasted grains; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Dark chestnut colored body with ruby highlights. A decent looking off-white colored head about 1 finger thick makes an all too brief appearance.

Aroma is full of spicy and flowery hops followed by a sweet caramel malty backbone. Not really picking up on much that suggests Winter Warmer, but still not bad.

First taste is much more hoppier than expected, with lots of floral and spicy hop notes. The variety of malts takes a bit of a backseat but do provide some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy. Overall this is a great tasting beer but I'm having trouble thinking of this as a Winter Warmer as it doesn't quite have the warming factor I look for.

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

Dark brown in color -- a deep, but mostly clear, ruby when held to the light. Thin, spotty tan head. Fruitcake and bubblegum aroma, some toffee malt and spice. More bubblegum in the flavor. The biggest selling point is a really nice roasty, bitter flavor at the end that lingers long into the aftertaste. Overall a very English-tasting beer. Medium-bodied and pretty easy-drinking. Not too shabby.

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

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Dark ruby red with a browm hue. Thick,creamy light tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Clean,moderate aromas piney/citrusy malt noses of carmell/chocolate and nutty.An earthy woodieness,very pleasing and balanced aroma.

Taste alot like the aromas citrus/pine malt tastes of burnt chocolate,carmell/toffee. A smooth sharp bitter finish very grapefruity

Medium mouthfeel,chewy and cloying. Enjoyable brew,very tasty making for a good drinkability. Complex aromas and taste a very good winter beer.

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

Appearance- Pours a massive 2 finger rocky head that has excellent staying power. Some nice clinging lace remains in the glass. The brew is a just see through brown.

Smell- A nice complex aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon, plums, light hops, and dark rum

Taste- A lot like the smell with a big emphasis on brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum. The semi-cloying sweetness bumped taste from a 4.5 down to a 4.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and clean

Drinkability- A bit sweet for a few in a row but for a sweet treat now and then, it's a hit.

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Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer. One last winter warmer before spring rolls in. Poured into the lopsided SA Perfect Pint glass that I have yet to return.

Pretty cascade effect down the waist of the glass. Thin, bubbly inch of tan head. Clear, black tea body.

Light chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream & subtle fruit. Faint grain & perceived bitterness. Potent alcohol.

Biscuit sweetness upfront, plus some suspected lactose sugar. Small amount of dark chocolate. Slight leafy, lingering bitterness. Tea-like tannins. Oxidation. Maybe some coffee that wasn't there before. Non-medicinal. I wouldn't have picked this out as a wassail in a blind tasting(no advertised spices on their website).

Feel is pretty light & thin. Carbonation is about right. Frothy. Not grainy. Alcohol is fine.

An easy winter warmer. Would of potentially enjoyed more traditional spices, but that often doesn't end well.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 4 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This brew has a nice malty nose. What really ruined it for me was the astringent aftertaste. I may try it again next year when it's out, but this was a big disappointment. You win some, you lose some.

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Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of DoctorDog
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark reddish/copper, and clear. Pours with ~1/2 finger of tan head. Fades quickly into a thin ring and smattering of bubbles.

S- Fair amount of piney hop aroma, followed with a moderately sweet, dark brown sugar maltiness.

T- Quite a bit of tea-like hop flavor is first noted, and provides a fair dose of of bitterness. Nice roasty, malty sweetness balances things out. Interesting and pleasant.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel.

D- Quite good. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Future outlook: Had not yet had anything from Full Sail that knocked my socks off, so I was a bit surprised at how much I liked this one. Worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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