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

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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:
484
Ratings:
862
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
15.97%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
64
For Trade:
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Photo of KoG
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Heavy, dark brown color with minimal head and no lacing. Half serving pour. Slight copper hue when held directly to the light, but overall mostly opaque.

Smell: Medium malty aromas with slight breadiness. Comb in honey nose with slight herbaceous spiciness. Touch of volatility high in the nose.

Taste: Bitter and medicinal in the foretaste, opening up to significant hops bitterness. Slightly spiced and solvent like. Not unpleasant. Hints at roasted malt flavors without acknowledging them fully. Not a bad beer by any means but a little bizarre. A lot like an ESB without the assertive sweetness. Wassail is traditionally mulled, so I don't think its true to style, but not a bad holiday beer.

Mouth: Decent body, maybe a little on the thin side, medium carb.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity, thin layer of off-white foam with poor head retention

Aroma: piny hops, chocolate, dark malts, very lightly fruity, hint of spiciness, a bit woody, touch of oxidation

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a hearty roast edge, gripping piny hop flavor and bitterness, a bit soapy, finishes dry with a bitter/roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine carbonation, somewhat chewy, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Full-flavored, but pretty clean (almost literally from the slight soapy taste!). A good X-mas brew, though. Really fresh taste.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really impressive looking beer. Amber, brown a little dark - definitely looks like a winter style beer. Perfectly formed two fingers of bright white head lingers nicely with the drink. Smell is lightly spicy with a good deal of malt.

Taste is malty, with some light hop bitterness. Doesn't have a particular flavor, just malty without the winter spice or sugar I expected. Light medium body. Overall a decent beer, but better examples of the style exist.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice looking dark brown/mahogany with a copper hue shinning through the rim, a long lasting tight one finger beige head accompanied leaving an excellent lace. The aroma was faint in comparison to its flavor. A subtle scent of caramel, herbs, cinnamon and brown sugar comes through. Medium to full body with dominate sweet malt upfront, oily and slighty bitter followed with a hint of spice (had trouble making out the spice)and softly carbonated. This was an enjoyable winter warmer, very drinkable and great with Pad Thai and Panang curry. Enjoy

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Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a thick mouthfeel. The flavor has a nice amount of floral hops that comes through, but there is a strong malt presence as well. Enjoyable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass. A very attractive Mahogany leaning towards black color. Poured a thick, but quickly dissapating head. Aroma not as bold as it could be. Taste is more fulfilling than aroma would indicate. Good, satisfying body. Very drinkable, could easily have a session with this beer. Worthy of your time.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, dark-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, cinnamon, and light spices

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, bread, and light spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, the bitterness and sweetness play well together..the aftertaste is very bitter

Drinkability: This strikes me as an extra spicy amber with a distinct hoppy edge. This is hoppier than most and the alcohol is well hidden. Two at most, an above average beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. twist off bottle. Wassail pours a medium brown with a thin off white head, which settles to a surface ring in a few minutes. Shows garnet highlights and is typically clear for the style.

Dark malts and a bit of chocolate on the nose. No real winter spice to speak of, but full bodied and with notes of cherry liqueur and some woody hops. A bit more hop spice with some warming.

Roasted malts upfront in the flavor. Bit of caramel segues into a smooth sweetened cherry then a light bitterness with some lingering orange amber malts. Offers a decent finish with a light but firm carbonation. Medium bodied and slightly slick in nature given the light carbonation. Decent drinkability yet nothing excels.

More fruity than spicy for a Winter Warmer, rich and with moderate depth for support. A sipper for me given the malt structure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn a winter beer in August. This might be terrible.

A - Looks nice a clear ruby amber hue with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head. No noticeable sediment so this held up nice.

S - Smells of mostly herbal hops and dark fruits mostly raisin and dates. Also some sweet malts I can't place.

T - Not sure how bitter this is fresh but the twang of bittering hops is still in the finish. Being more malt forward I can taste caramel like sweet malts and dark fruits. Kind of herbal yet it works.

M - Medium and kind of chewy

Overall this winter warmer held up nice for the months it been on the shelf. I would be curious to try this again fresh.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of malt, fruit (perhaps some cherry notes), and a subdued spice character as well. A brown ale with a thin tan head, that shows deep clear amber hues when held up to the light. Nice, pretty well balanced, though perhaps a tad thin. Lightly sweet in the front, with a bit of bitterness and spiciness in the finish. It is like a little brother to Deschutes Jubelale. Some definite cherry notes here. Really does remind me of a weaker version of the Jubelale. If I had not had that, I would think a bit more highly of this. Still this is pretty good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice and meaty English ale, dark copper colored with small creamy beige head. Light nutty aroma, flavor is more earthy, nutty, dark malts with a small hops bite at the end. Some lingering bitterness. Would not be out of place in a British pub next to the fire....

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: An appealing shade of mahogany. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head that produces a thin layer of spotty lacing.

S: Hop oil and rich baking chocolate with a layer of roasted malt. It's actually quite nice and unexpected.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Underneath is a solid backbone of garden fresh herbs and grassiness. As it starts wrapping up, I get a wave of dried prunes and toasted almonds.

M: On the lighter side considering the ABV. It's creamy enough, but I can't say I was bowled over by the way this one sat in my mouth, or felt going down. Prickly carbonation doesn't quite suit this one.

O: Having a couple of these would be easy enough, as it isn't obnoxiously spiced like a lot of holiday offerings tend to be these days.

I'm glad I'm almost finished with my holiday "leftovers". I'm just not in the mood for these spiced winter warmers, but I know they need to be quaffed sooner, rather then later.

Full Sail's Wassail overachieves - it is one of the better offerings I've had from them. Most of Full Sail's lineup is mediocre to dissapointing, though this one really is quite pleasing. It's reasonably well balanced and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't hunt this one down, but would happily enjoy one at a Christmas party.

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

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bottle into a tulip glass, best by 2/23/12 (?) on the back. This pours a dark brown with a smallish tan head which has good retention. The smells are of spices, caramel, other malts, no hops by now. The feel is medium. The taste is good, lots of malts, some spices, a definite alcohol presence.

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

With a depth of malt richness and complex fruity esters, along with savory alcohols- this darker Winter Warmer takes on the attitude of English Strong Ales and Old Ales.

The dark, russet brown beer has an onyx-like sheen but with garnet brown hues and brilliant clarity. Sturdy lighlty tanned head releases a scattered pattern of lace yielding from a creamy and structured foam stance.

Molasses and brown sugar are the halmarks of the beer's scent along with a part-malt and part-grain blend. Low on hops but rich with a rummy-sweet alcohol scent that all reminds me of fruit cake.

Flavors are much more complex as the flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and toasty grains, roasted walnuts, and the fruitier components of grilled apples, marmelade, and red grapes all play a mild part. Citrusy hops provide a glimmer of bright bitterness to offset the malty-dry taste of toast, bitter chocolate, and light char.

Medium-full, this inquisitive ale shares the body of medium attenuated Brown Ales but with the dryish finish of fully fermented Old Ales. Light and creamy carbonation hold onto its structure well past mid palate and provides a woody and dry taste into a lingering aftertaste of toast, chocolate, and light char.

Endearing as an ale that exhibits mostly the flavors of English Strong Ales or younger Old Ales, and that of Brown Ales and American Strong Ales- a blend that's all classy, experimental, and ecclectic.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition pours a nice reddish brown with a tan head that is pleasant to look at. The smell is of a pine tree with citrus zest, a spicy nut arom linger, baked pie crust and toasted grain, the taste is a spiced apple and baked squash with a pine wood hop taste, hints of spiced crust blend well with the hops. Good quality beer.

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Photo of a2marzman83
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick and bubbly tan head on top of this dark brown beer. Dried blood red tint when held up to light. A little cascade of bubbles result from a vigorous pour.

Sweet smell. Toffee, cherry, and dark malt in the nose. No real spiciness present nor do I detect much alcohol, both surprises. Not the nose I was expecting for a 7% ABV winter warmer but very pleasing none the less.

Burnt caramel malts blends with a sweet fruitiness. A piney hop bitterness present throughout. Again, as in the nose, the alcohol is masked nicely and only comes out as the beer reaches room temperature.

Drinks easy. I felt this one in my cheeks long before I wanted to stop drinking. Perfect for a cold night and not bad for a warm one either.

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

Full Sail's Wassail Winter warmer pours a cola-brown body and a fizzy tan head that isn't long for this world. When help up against the light of a table-lamp, the dark body turns bright red, and a smattering of bubbles appears in it.

The nose is malt-dominated; no hops are appreciable. Strong aromas of toasted grain are accompanied by the clean smell of alcohol.

The taste threw me for a loop at first. No hops were appreciable in the nose, but man oh man do they hit the palate; hops of the bittering variety, that is. This beer tastes like strong, slightly over-brewed black tea.

Overall a nice beer that I probably won't revisit. But I did enjoy it till the last drop.

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

Picked up a sixer of this at DeCicco`s in NY.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a thin head, some lacing.
Wassail`s smell contains some coffee, roasted malt, nuts. Taste is rich and sweet, small flavor of hops, not too much random christmas spice, which is fine by me. MF is medium-full bodied, some alcohol and spice in the finish. Drinkability is just above average for a winter warmer.

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

Dark brownish-red with a creamy looking tan head that is very short but again, looks creamy. The smell is very malty and a slight whiff of raisins or prunes. Taste is the same with an odd alcoholic aftertaste. This is actually my least favorite Full Sail beer. I wish they put Wreck The Halls into sixers instead of this stuff. I can’t say this isn’t a good beer, it’s just one I don’t happen to care much for.

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

Wassail's color is dark brown with a creamy, light-brown head of average height. The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet malts and piney hops. Neither dominates, leaving an interesting in-between smell. A sip starts with rich, sweet malt flavor, but towards mid sip piney hops take over and continue through an extended finish. The bitterness level is pretty high and the hops have a pretty strong drying effect. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but too hoppy to be what I want from a winter warmer. I'd choose an IPA, a 2XIPA, or a maltier winter warmer over Full Sail's Wassail. That said, I'm sure there are some hopheads that'll love this beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didnt know what to expect with this beer. As a winter ale, I was thinking more along the lines of a holiday brew with lots of spices. This did not have any.
At first I thought I was drinking a brown ale, had the right about of malt to it, but still it was different.
It was warming and very enjoyable.

This was one of the beers that I have a hard time picking out some of the finer traits. It wasn't hoppy, it wasn't this, it wasn't that, but it did seem to pull it all together.

Not something year round, at least for me, but in the cold winter, this tastes pretty good.

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.82 out of 5 based on 862 ratings.
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