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

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86
very good
486 Reviews
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
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
867
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.04%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003
The beer as it spills from the bottle a translucent deep sanguineous color with a splendid somewhat creamy tan head, and the lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is spicy sweet, coriander, light hits of cinnamon, fresh and clean to the senses, the start is malt rich, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is briskly acidic, the hop powerful in their spiciness, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. A decent drinking beer, but I cannot really say it is a favorite.

Release 2002
Well it has been 2 years since I sampled this beer, so let us see if it has improved any in that time. The pour is an unblurred sanguineous color, the head exorbitant in size and frothy in texture, as it degenerates, it leaves glutinous sheets of lace to smother the glass. Nose is spicy with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and, malt, lightly sweet and a real sniffer for the old schnozzle. Start is all malt, the top skimpy in mouth feel, just not all there, the finish is mildly carbonated, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste dry and lightly bitter. Cannot really say this beer does much for me, waterish and just lacking in my humble opinion.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby with a thin white mousse that dies down within seconds.

S: The nose is dominated by malts, with aromas of dark bread, bitter chocolate, toffee, and (to a much lesser extent) grassy, herbal hops easily detectable. I appreciate the fact that this beer does not incorporate spices, so I don't get the stereotypical Christmas cookie aromas so typical of American winter warmers.

T: Notes of dark bread, bitter chocolate, leather, toffee, heavy cream, roasted nuts, dried fruit (black cherries and currants), and grassy hops are present on the palate. The finish is bitter and herbal with grassy hop notes mingling with toffee and nut flavors. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and a little more bitter than I would have liked.

M: Full bodied, thick, and dry with a weighty feeling in the mouth, this is one ale that will warm you up quickly on a cold evening. It's not particularly drinkable or smooth, but I like that feeling of malt heft that lends this beer some substance.

O: This is a solid winter warmer that straddles the line between traditional and New World takes on the style. Save this one for after dinner on a snowy night. Not bad at all. In fact, I could see this being a good gateway to traditional English warmers.

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Photo of ccrida
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A translucent, dark purplish chocolate color, with a thick, creamy tan head that quickly dissipated and left a slight, sticky lace. A fairly sweet, piney aroma dominates, joining roasted malt and alcohol. The taste is malty, with burnt toast and sweet spruce, finishing with a strong bitter taste and warmth of alcohol. The body leans towards thin and boozy, with very little carbonation. Overall I found the aftertaste a bit too acrid to make the Wassail that drinkable, even more so if you serve it strait from the fridge.

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

on tap at the brewery in Hood River, Oregon along the Columbia River Gorge- not yet available in bottles this year

appearance: served in an imperial pint glassdeep mahogany-ruby body, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: citrus hops, toasted malt, sweet caramel, holiday spices

taste: I had this beer on a pretty warm and sunny september day in Oregon but it still hit the spot after a nice hike, spot on hopping matches a thick caramel center with nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. beer #1 from full sail was a pretty nice success

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and full

drinkability: good

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

This beer pours a solid brown color. The head is one inch in height, and a rocky tan head. The aroma is of brunt caramel, with chocolate, and a hint of grapefruit. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice winter beer that I can see myself drinking in the future.

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

Aroma is strong and malty with a rich hoppy undertone. It pours a rich, semi-opaque mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head - very appetizing. Flavor is mouth-filling, malty with strong spice hints, plenty of hoppy bitterness, and just a touch of sweetness. Texture is lively and jazzy, and finish is lip-smacking.

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Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better beers I have ever had from Full Sail. It pours a ver dark, almost black, color and looks very enjoyable. The smell is very nice too. It has a lot of sweetness and a bit of roastedness. The taste is the best part of this beer. For some reason it reminds me of a Session Black Lager. It has a nice roasted taste with a bunch of flavor. I love the lingering after taste. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. It has some carbonation to the beer, but nothing special. Overall this is a very good beer. I have never had it before today and I have to say that I will be buying this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tawny brown color with a frothy light beige head that has average retention and excellent lacing.

Loads of fruit in here, both light and dark varieties...strawberries, currants, blackberries and red apples. Floral hop aroma mingles with a toasty sweet malt presence and creates a pretty complex and potent smelling brew.

Hmm, interesting flavor...a bit more mellow that I was expecting. Fruits really fade more into the background and the toasty malts are nicely balanced with grassy and floral hop flavors. Carbonation level is nearly perfect and the alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting. Has interesting spice hints reminiscent of spruce tips, cinnamon sticks and coriander. Quite Christmasy. Only problem I have with this beer is there is something in the aftertaste that doesn't quite set well with me, a bit of a tang that I don't like. For the most part though, it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a reddish tint, one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

I was not sure what I was smelling at first. But it dawned on me that what I was smelling was hops. Hops! in a winter warmer. It is a mixture of pine and citrus.

Does not really taste like a winter warmer with all the hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly herbal with a dose of pine. The malt gives a little bit of toffee flavor and sweetness. Slightly astrigent with a dry finish. Tastes like a very hoppy ESB.

Medium body with good carbonation that compliments the hoppy nature of this beer.

A different take of a winter warmer or should I say winter seasonal. A lot of hoppiness in this brew without additional spices.

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

Good Winter Warmer. This is a difficult style to pull off. Full Sail's entry manages to provide an interesting flavor profile without overindulging in any particular Winter Warmer cliche. The beer pours dark brown with a healthy beige cap. Bubbles lace the glass as the liquid level falls. The aroma is Scottish Ale caramel sweet. There are some interesting fruit notes, apricots, peaches, etc. The flavor brings in a strong and very much appreciated bitter flavor. It's not a huge beer or a dramatic beer, but it fulfills the aim of a Winter Warmer without looking to old standby of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices. Re-rated 12/10/09: Not quite as good as I remember.

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Photo of pkalix
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review from yesterday:

Enjoy By 2/21/14. I guess I'm about a month out....
Very dark, nut Brown, almost transparent. Small head, tan, creamy.
Aroma is slightly nutty, some spice, although it says there isn't any.
Taste is bread and caramel up front, sweet, then some hop bitterness to follow.
Kind of thin, especially for a 7.2% abv, but decent. leaves a bitter aftertaste with some kind of spice on the roof of the mouth.

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

Half finger of tan head. A nice ruby colored body.
Smell is bread and grain, rich overall.
Taste is hardy. Lots of malt here with balanced bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay. Little eating a loaf of bread.
Thicker body, low carbonation and a stickiness to it.
A hefty beer. Perfect for the cold weather.

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

Appearance – Deep, dark brown in color with a gorgeous head that pitted and laced quite well. This was nice.

Smell – Musty maple and brown sugar smells lead off this one. Underneath there’s some good toasted malt and nice dark fruits. Nothing really big here, but it’s got all the parts.

Taste – There’s a small hop flavor to this one that balances the taste. Everything from the nose is there. Again, nothing big, but all the components of a good effort.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very chewy. This is like a wad of molasses-laden taffy in your mouth.

Drinkability – A nice example of the style, especially at a little over a dollar a bottle.

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

Pours a slightly hazy cola like color with a very short off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a bready malt, caramel, some fruity sweetness and grassy hops. The taste is quite malty, bready, with a good amount of caramel sweetness. There is a tin like grassy hop that adds bitterness to offset the sweet malt. There is a general fruitiness to the brew as well. The flavor profile is not mind blowing but it is fairly balanced. The beer has a moderate to full body with prickly carbonation; has a slight slickness to it despite the carbonation. Finishes with a grassy metallic bitterness. A nice malty/hoppy brew. The hops don't taste very fresh but it balances out the malt. Not disappointed at all though not sure I would buy it again.

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Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 031311 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and solid 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and woody, musty maltiness witha kiss of orange and grapefruit hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately the hoppiness is only a shadow of the nose, and the flavor is a bit too woody and cardboardy for my taste. There is a pepper type of spiciness in the middle, but mostly bland, blunt woodiness reminiscent of green, not-quite-conditioned homebrew is the dominant flavor. The sweetness is pretty muted with a little bit of brown ale sour.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation and a cardboard aftertaste without much sweetness.

D: I thought this brew would be right up my alley -- a winter warmer without spice -- but unfortunately the hops-malt mix in the brew doesn't hit it for me at all.

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

Bottle into wine glass...
Deep chestnut brown amber color. It looks heavy, but not spectacular.
Cherry and wood/earthy aroma.
Taste of wood grilled cherries, caramel, with a hint of chestnut. Much "lighter" than the pour suggests. Overall, a very drinkable high abv winter warmer, but seems to be lacking the big wow factor.

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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 wedge
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark chestnut hue under a nice, creamy off-white head. Spiced, lightly nutty, herbal hop aroma. Caramel and spice sweetness balanced with a solid earthy/piney hop presence. Fruity through the middle finishing dryish and lightly bitter. Solid, creamy body with a bit of tartness. Somewhat holiday-esque, without any overbearing spice. Pretty good...

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown, chestnut colored body with a foamy cream-colored head.

S- Malty, lots of roastiness, some sweetness, hints of roasted nuts.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma, some roastiness, some nuttiness, hints of caramel.

M- Medium-full bodied, lingering aftertaste and some stickiness left behind. Medium carbonation as well.

O- Pretty decent malty winter beer. Pretty good flavors come through.

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

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's right before Christmas for $1.79 each.

Beer pours a mahogeny color with an off white head. The head is sustaining well and leaving a decent lacing behind. Nose is malty and of dark fruits. Taste is of a hint of chocolate malts, dark fruits, and is balanced nicely by a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is creamy smooth. Drinkability is good as the abv is a bit warming but not over the top. I will seek this brew out in future holiday seasons!

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

For those that don’t know Wassailing, is attributable more to Cider in England, than Ale - but hey, why ruin a bloody good drinking celebration.
In the west of Britain the good health of the apple trees was toasted on Twelfth Night. The luck of next year's crop of cider apples was wished. Bread soaked in cider was put into the branches of trees to keep evil spirits away. Ritual songs were sung. i.e. Wassailing. This is also done on 17th January: the Old Twelfth Night. Hot cakes were a popular accompaniment. Cider was often splashed on the apple trees while men fired their guns at the tree and banged on pots and pans.

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.

Erm, well I picked this 12 fl.oz. Bottle for just a Dollar. Pours a deep reddish-brown color, held to the light it has mahogany characteristic and a deep ruby red hue. Head is a slightly off-white color, a complex lace is spattered on the glass sides. No Cider here – this is definitely Ale. Pours with a medium carbonation, and a reasonable head, that settles to a ¼” brown collar throughout the duration. Nose is strong, of dark roasted biscuit malt, digestive oats, burnt barley and some strong olde worlde spices, including a strong cinnamon odor. It also has a piney coniferous Christmas Tree smell in the background.
Introduction is immediate, powerful roast malt leads to a strong mouthfeel, and a deeply robust body that carries this beer throughout. Middle is of spicy hops, and a bitterness that is unrepentant in its sole mission to devour the sweeter malt characteristics of this beer. The end is dry and quite acidicly sour at times; the finish almost reminds me of a sour Belgium brown ale.
I like this beer and I find it very drinkable - but why it is called Wassail - I have no idea at all.

A totally unexpected pick-up for a $1 = well worth it.
I will investigate other Full Sail beers from hereon in.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Full Sail Wassail has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark, brown-red appearance, lots of bubble streams, and pretty heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, chocolaty, and vegetative smell, and the flavor is of all that, with dark bread crust, chocolate powder, fruit, and lots of strong residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Full Sail Wassail finishes semi-dry, rich, delicious, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent Winter warmer.

RJT

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

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Full Sail Wassail is an old school winter warmer, no spicing here. Brewed with four different malts and a heavy hand of Pacific Northwest hops.

Thick and bubbly, two fingers of light tan foam form from a heavy pour. As the head slowly drops down, the lacing shows an amazing retention after each taste. Dark-charred hickory color could be mistaken for black, you can barely see through the brew even when put up to a bright light. Clean malty aroma with shortbread, brown bread and caramel, hops pull in a mild herbal and spicy note in the nose. Smooth and a little creamy with a solid and slightly thick medium body. The malt character kicks things off with sweet bread, cocoa powder, caramel, toasted walnuts and a bit of fresh-bailed hay. Hops seem to want to balance and complement rather than dominate. Bitterness is more than sufficient yet the flavor adds layers of floral, citric and spicy notes. Suggestions of chocolate covers oranges, candied fruit and a mild charred-wood hit in the semisweet finish.

Within the balance there is drinkability, complex but approachable. Tasting this beer makes us realize that winter is not long enough and we'll just have to wait another year. Excellent job.

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Photo of beergoot
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: solid amber; thick white head that leaves plenty of foamy rings down the glass

Smell: toasty malts; earthy and sweet

Taste: malt, malt, malt; and then a pleasant bitterness; alcohol warmth is definitely there but is on par with the style

Mouthfeel: medium body, some chewy sweetness overall

Overall: a better than average winter warmer, going for the strong malt profile; no strong herbal or spice notes; fair bitterness to top things off.

This is the 2011 version at 6.5% ABV

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

Had this at the brew pub in Hood River, OR on 2010-01-31

A - Deep mahogony with a wonderfully rich, tan head

S - Chocolate, bread, hops, fruit

T - Great. Toasted grain, dark chocolate, citrus caramel, fruit and a delicious, oily dry hop flavor.

M - Thick with low carbonation

D - Don't pass this one up if you get a chance.

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3.82 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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