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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep red color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date marked clearly on the label.
One finger off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention.
Predominantly malty on the nose, with notes of caramel, toffee, sweet esters and hints of piney hops.
Taste compliments the aroma, and is very, very malty. Upfront there are sweet notes, with bready malty notes in the middle to a slight tinge of bitterness in the finish. Chewy, almost full-bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol warmth is felt towards the end of the beer. Leaves behind some really nice lacing. Visually this is a very good beer.
On the whole, I would say that this is a very good winter warmer. I feel it is more under-rated than it should be. Worth a try if you like winter warmers, you won't be disappointed.

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

18

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

A - Somewhat vigorous pour yielded about 1 finger of light tan head. There's a nice coat of lacing with every sip, but the head dies down after not that long. Does form some more head with each sip, but not a lot. Beer itself is a deep dark amber. Really needs to be held up to the light to see those highlights. 12 oz brown bottle with freshness date. Artwork is a holiday version of the usual Full Sail format. Major emphasis on their independence and employee-owned status. That's cool. Wouldn't mind more talk about the beer, though.

S - Hard for me to articulate the specifics, but it definitely has a holiday vibe. I get yeast, hints of chocolate, caramel, maybe rum, coffee and oak? It's a clean aroma, and pleasant. Not overwhelming - wouldn't mind being overwhelmed.

T - Hop flavor mellows out as the beer warms up. It's tasty at both stages, but I prefer it a little warmer. The malts and the yeast really come through more. Tastes a lot like the aroma, but stronger. Great aftertaste.

M - Pretty smooth. Nice and creamy as you drink it. Some coffee bean dryness in the aftertaste.

O - A very tasty brew and a "should try" for fans of the style. Very interesting that this is not brewed with any holiday spices but manages to present all these holiday flavors. If you get a six pack and have the time for this, try letting one of the bottles warm up for twenty minutes or so before pouring. I really think this beer opens up with a little warmth. Also - don't use a pint glass. This beer deserves something that will open up the aroma. On a side note - I just started homebrewing and my first batch was a Full Sail Wassail clone. Looking forward to seeing how it compares. Ok, try this!

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Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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

12-oz bottle into snifter (love the "Naughty/Nice" twist-off)

A - a nice finger of light tan foam rests atop a nearly-black dark brown body with red highlights; beautiful to behold!

S - pine, citrus, dark fruit, rich malt, touch of chocolate

T - rich malt and chocolate; hops move in with pine and lemon notes; chocolate and dry fruit stick around for a bittersweet finish; complex and well-balanced

M - full-bodied with medium/high carbonation; smooth and creamy

O - This is one of many reasons for which winter is my favorite season for beer shopping. A solid winter ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

One of the classic PNW winter warmers . This is a malt centric beer that shines a red brown in the glass. The beer has a long finish and though the hops are there it is the malt that really anchors the taste. I do like Jubelale better but this is still a great Xmas beer that at 7% can be a regular part of the Holiday beer fridge.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 23FEB12

A: deep brown with cherry hues. finger of light tan head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. spotty lace.
S: smells of metal with some malts and some herbal hops. Pretty weak.
T: Dark cherries, sweet malts, some tannins, some hops. Interesting. Nice at warmer temps.
M: Medium with fine and prickly carb.
O: I'd drink it again, but I won't stock in the house again probably.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A pretty aggressive pour gives me a one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is a light brown and it is very pillowy and fluffy looking. Mostly small bubbles, but some medium sized ones as well. Head retention isn't bad, I still have about a half of a finger of head left. The lacing looks super good, but we will have to see how that goes as I get down to the bottom of the glass. The body is extremely dark, I get a lot of black, some brown and a little bit of ruby as well. Very nice color combination really, the ruby only comes out in a few areas. Visibility is almost 100% zero, the only reason it isn't 100% is because of the ruby, it lets a few things through. Can't really see the carbonation. Overall it's a really nice looking beer, the head is pretty much gone now, but there is some foam still on top of the body. We'll see how the lacing goes, but so far it looks really nice! The smell of this beer is very interesting, it has a very unique malt character on the nose. On the description it says that it is brewed with multiple kinds of malts, I'm not surprised at all. It's a very roasty and sweet malt smell, but it's not to roasty at all, in fact the roastyness probably takes a back seat to the sweetness. Still though, the sweetness isn't over the top either, they both smell very nice and they seem to compliment each other very well. Alcohol is present on the nose, but just barely, just enough so you know it's there, it too compliments the beer very nicely. There are some nice hops here as well, not super present, but for sure there. Finally there seem to be some spices, not extremely dominant at all, but the beer seems festive, and even though I am trying super hard to smell the spices and not coming up with much, it still smells like they are there. Perhaps cinnamon or brown sugar? Overall it's a really great smell, pretty darn complex, as well as deep and big on the nose. Very great smell. The flavor is also very good, not quite as god as the flavor, but pretty darn close. First off I get that big malt character, caramel malts perhaps, with roasted malts, deep, rich, with a little bit of cocoa perhaps? It a super super awesome malt character. The hops and alcohol compliment this beer excellently, they are both just barely there, but there enough that they make an impact and help the beer out. To me, it's really hard to make the flavor of alcohol actually compliment the beer, but they did it perfectly here. For sure a spice taste to this as well, not over the top, for sure behind all the other flavors, but it's there. I mean I don't know what else to say, complex malts, hops and alcohol are balanced, topped off with some spice, excellent tasting beer. I'm right between a 4.5 and a 4 for taste and I really don't know what to go with. I'm gonna do 4, just because it could totally go either way, and because I don't think this beer quite deserves all 4.5's, and it looks like that's where I'm heading. The mouthfeel is pretty damn good too. The carbonation is right about where it should be for a winter beer - below medium, probably even small. The carbonation doesn't feel like a bunch of big bubbles on your mouth, rather a bunch of small ones. It's a pretty subtle, yet festive and somewhat jazzy carbonation. The body is a little small for the style, but it works, and the perfect amount of alcohol helps you ignore the less than huge body. Overall a great mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty damn high for 7%. I know 7% isn't through the roof in terms of ABV, but still, it's high enough that you should have a little trouble with it, and there is no trouble with this beer at all, it goes down as easy as pie. Overall this is a really excellent beer, I had had it a few times in the past couples of days and didn't pay much attention to it, the last time I had it, and this time (the review) it really grew on me and popped out as an awesome beer. Kinda surprising for a brewery that has screw off caps and is pretty mass produced in the state of Oregon, but there you go, I guess you can't always tell a book by it's cover. Great freaking beer.

The appearance turned out to be wonderful. The lacing followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass, and while it was a tiny bit patchy, it was still very present, and not weak like some patchy lacing is. The head didn't last forever but it had pretty good retention and it looked really nice a pillowy when it was poured. On top of all of that it had a nice looking body. The only reasons this beer didn't look perfect was because the lacing was a little bit patchy and the head didn't last forever, but whatever, it's still a great looking beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Pretty dark brown, with some red hues. Darker then other WW's I've had. Head is an off white, almost brown. Some little lacing and retention.

Smell-Extremely subtle spices, and very subtle malts. This may be too cold right now and has to open up a litle bit. As it gets warmer it's still prety bland, some hops come out.

Taste-Ehh, kind of a mess. At first there's some sweet malts but something taste's awkward about it. It then turns into a kind of sourness along with some hops that just don't taste fresh. A tad bit of vodkaish towards the end. The more I drink it kind of taste's like soap.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, no body at all. Carbonation is there, but I wish there was more to eliminate this soapiness.

Overall-Not a tasty beer, don't buy it.

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

12 oz bottle marked "12". Nice amber brown color. Toasty malty is the best feature. Some roasted malt and a little charred flavor. A modest hoppiness but it's just a bitter bump and then back to the earthy roast. Another example of how IBU figures often seem to be totally unreliable.

Pretty unremarkable but quite drinkable. More of a regular amber with some bark in the flavor. I always look forward to the holiday beers but I prefer ones with a distinctive roast malt or a zippy hop to go with the sweetness. But keep the cinnamon, thanks.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours an extremely dark shade of amber with a 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are pretty poor, but expected for the relatively high abv.

S - Malty foundation with caramel and some musty hops. Much milder than expected.

T - Full malt palate up front, with a caramel/toasted malt foundation. Nice floral and bittering hops come through in the climax, along with sweet ethanol. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and coarse, Suits the flavors well.

D - A very good warmer that only shows its abv when it needs to.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Red/Crimson that borders on being opaque Black. Pours a 2 fingerhead that leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell - Burnt and Roasted Malts with hints of Chocolate, Yeasts and fruity notes. There's also a distinct apple scent thrown in as well.

Taste - It starts off with a very sweet fruity note, but finishes off with a bitter aftertaste. Burnt Malts are also pretty strong, perhaps a little too strong, as well as yeasts, spices and the mild fruity notes. Okay as far as flavor, but the burnt malts offset the flavor a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavier side, which is normal for this type of ale. The carbonation is a bit too much for this type of beer.

Overall - Had the burnt malt flavor and carbonation not been as strong, I would've loved this beer. It does start out promising, but in the end I felt disappointed and felt that this could've been better; There are better Winter Warmers out there than this

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