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

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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, ruby-mahogany hue, with minimal head, head retention, and lacing. A tame, almost dormant looking beer, but perhaps that's fitting for a winter ale in a way.

S - Smell is on the faint side, but is of toffee, molasses, pine, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is a solid blend of biscuity toffee/molasses maltiness, with somewhat pronounced fruit flavors of apricot, cherry, and prune, and finishes with a slight coffee/pine bitterness.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with only very light carbonation. A bit lighter than usual for this style.

D - Above average drinkability for the style, the ABV could sneak up on your with this one.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have tried it. Those looking for a winter warmer with less pine/coffee flavors should give this one a try.

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Photo of beckje01
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep ruby color with a quarter inch of creamy head.

S- Some malt upfront with nice spices there too.

T- Creamy malt start leading to a small spice kick.

M- Thin with some carbonation tingle.

D- Easy and only 6.5% so it seems to low in my taste for a winter warmer just doesn't do its job.

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Photo of Pjev11
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of soonerlight
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of SaranacinTexas
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 northaustin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark black. one finger of light brown head.has some retention and lacing.

smell is heavy malts and alchohol. reminds me of alot of scotch ales or winter warmers. it is ok.

taste is heavy and very roasty. not too sweet and very enjoyable. i drank mine at room temerature. alchohol masked very well.

leaves youre mouth with a satisfying semi sweet stickiness that warms. i like it.

glad to have my wassail back. been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this release all year. loved it last year and im looking forward to enjoying it this winter.

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Photo of SJbigtuna
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Keffa
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass. Thanks for this one, Steve.

Live review.

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color, almost brown, 2 finger tan head settles after 5 minutes into a full cap, sticky small bubble lacing everywhere, and it refuses to let go of the glass. Very, very impressive so far.

S: Not a ton here, caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of a spicy, earthy hop, some light toast notes as well. Kind of bland, to be honest.

T: Hoppy like a rabbit! Hop bitterness is very pronounced, citric, piney, herbal, earthy, and very sharp. The sweetness that existed heavily in the aroma is masked by these overwhelming hops. Slight toast and caramel notes come toward the finish before getting buried beneath a nasty alcohol burn and another wave of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter. Meh. Better than the aroma, I guess.

M: Thin, slick, oily. Decently carbed. Again, meh.

O: Meh. This beer is a Winter Warmer alright. The bitterness and the burn from the alcohol could keep anyone warm. This is more a hoppy red ale than a winter warmer, IMO. Heavy handed, in all honesty. Would I buy more? No. Would I drink it again? Probably not. Just overpowering, and I'm a hophead.

I thought Full Sail was supposed to be good. This is meh.

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Photo of blackearth
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark reddish brown body with a pillowy off-white head. Aroma is of sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of burnt toast and chocolate with lots of spicy hoppiness. Smooth, sweet finish...a little too sweet, but still very good.

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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 AustinBeerLvr
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle w/a clearly marked freshness date of April 08 on the bottle.

A: Simply wonderful. Pours with a good amount of head and the body is a beautiful deep, dark mahogany color with some reddish hues. Excellent lacing coats the class and a slight head remains on the top as well.

S: Nose is very assertive citrus hoppiness on this brew along with some roasted malt that takes the back seat to the hops.

T & M: The sip starts off with a roasted maltiness and some molasses that quickly transitions to a very assertive hop flavor. The citrus hops stay present the rest of the way through along with a peppery flavor that meshes with a touch of warming alcohol to round things out. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, very full bodied, as it should be for the style.

D & Notes: This is one assertive brew! It has the unique characteristic of being both very assertive in hops as well as a big malt flavor as well. That said, it's not overdone, and is simply an awesome all around beer. Too damn drinkable for words, even considering its high ABV. This is essentially a dark IPA, and the very complex flavors of this brew are a sheer joy to let dance on your tongue. One of my top seasonal winter beers.

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Photo of MilkManX
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

I roughed this one up while pouring, yielding a 3/4 inch khaki cap that leaves quite a bit of lace. Color is a dark brown with lots of red that lets very little light through. I'm still looking at the color, I can't remember ever seeing a beer of this unique hue.

Malty on the nose. Definitely some roasty chocolate malts. Sweet caramel malts also make themselves known. Hop bill is subtle and earthy. I also note some alcohol, especially as it warms.

Edit: I've purposely drank this one slowly, and the nose definitely opens up even more with some warmth. I even notice some fruity yeast aromas and flavors... it's reminding me of a Belgian dubbel in some ways. Note to self, let it warm up more next time!

Complex malts dominate the flavors, as well. They start sweet and smooth, but this beer has a long finish that morphs to significant burnt barley/cocoa and bittering at the end. Medium body fits well, as does the light carbonation. Despite a rather low 7% abv, they are present in the flavors. Intentional or not?

Overall, a beer I can return to every holiday season. I don't look forward to it like I do Sierra Nevada's Celebration, but the cheapskate in me can't turn down Full Sail's great prices for quality beer here in Portland. Not the most versatile for food pairing, but I like the complexity of this beer without Full Sail getting too crazy with spices or other weird things for a holiday beer. Let this one warm up a few degrees out of the fridge before drinking it.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 mnredsoxfan69
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DarrellK
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of ONN8
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jslice99
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 871 ratings
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