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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Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kingcurio
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of phantomwyse
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out looking like Coca-Cola. Seriously. With a thin off white head that turns patchy, yet clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Very malty -- smells of fresh baked bread, toast, caramel, creamed corn, with a slight metallic note.

T: Malty and sweet -- brown sugar, dinner rolls with buttery simplicity, caramel, Graham crackers. The hops cut through the malt effectively without being overpowering.

M: Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Leaves off with a silky finish.

D: Reminds of a beer from Appalachian Brewing Company in Gettysburg that I can no longer remember the name of. With that being said, this is a no nonsense quality beer with a malt medley and great hop balance. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle stamped 040312-14:22-FL. Sampled on December 1, 2011. The pour is a handsome looking dark, mahogany amber with a silky, lasting head. Malts are clearly on the nose with a bread and biscuit lining and mellow hop character. I found the body to be about medium but also rather acidic or astringent. Sweet at first and then bitter after that when tasting it. The hop ending tends to be almost dry. Fairly well balanced.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Full Sail beers, but have reviewed surprisingly few of them. Time to change that.

The Wassail is a beautiful beer. Poured into a barrel pint glass, it is a dark mahogany color with bright oranges and reds that glimmer through at the sides. Thick head of tan foam on top provides a healthy capstone and leaves behind some decent lace. The nose is fruity, with some (perhaps obligatory) winter warmer spices thrown in for good measure. Slightly malty aroma, but mostly filled with light fruits. Nice and unassuming. Taste is very nice. Again, fruity, but with a dry, spicy hop presence that really balances things out. Some apple and pear flavor, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is firm with a dry finish. Doesn't take away from the rest of the beer, which is nice.

This is a fine beer, in my opinion. A fruity, slightly spicy, dry winter brew. It's not over the top in any one department, which is a good thing. Too many winter warmers are overly spicy or not very well balanced, but this beer achieves an even balance without any problems. The folks at Full Sail have delivered another fine beer. Well done.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark mahogany beer with a small, light tan, thick head. Dishwasher-spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet and floral; a nice creaminess with underlying toffee and some grapes. Very hoppy in the front. A tangy, fruity full middle. A bitter, floral, dark hoppy dry finish with some nice spiciness. A little grainsy in the aftertaste. There's almost a red wine thing going on in the finish for me. The sweetness in the nose never really developed. But I still think this is a very good beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz goblet. A nice 2 finger dirty white foamy head on pour, settled down to 1 finger, with a fair amount of cling. Color was a very dark rich brownish red with a bit of transparency. Aroma was a bit sweet up front, then shifted to a bit of a spicy finish. Hints of pepper and a few other similar aromas. Flavor was initially subtle, then finished with a bit of bite. Started off creamy and smooth, then picked up some pepper, before leaving a bitter hops flavor in the mouth. Felt a bit off in the mouth, coated well, but not in the front of the mouth area, but more towards the back of the mouth. Overall a nice winter warmer. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some, but with enough flavor and kick to stand up to the cold.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one if my palate is totally clean, otherwise you can't taste the subtle grape-ish flavor, which balances the overall flavor and tames the strong alcohol taste a bit.

A - Not bad. A nice dark body with a decent off-white head.
S - Nice malty scents.
T - As mentioned, it has a sort of grape taste which I like. But it's rather subtle and if you're eating something salty while drinking this, it totally kills the flavor, so that all you really get is an overwhelming alcohol flavor.
M - Flavors spread about the tongue with conviction.
D - As a stand-alone drink, without food, this is a good one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, with a very small, short-lasting off-white head. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes of coffe and roasted flavors. Has other flavors that I can't really place, but this is an enjoyable winter brew, to say the least. There are better examples out there, but this is still worth trying.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Jersey into a pint glass.

Wassail is a dark mahagony beown shoe polish color with some redness towards the light. I get about a inch of firm cream red head that's tight and last. It dies to a ring around the collar with slight stick.

Caramel and chocolate greet the nose on first whiffs and some candi cane rears it's head with significant warming. No alcohol in sight. It's for the winter, no doubt.

A malty warmer for winter, caramel malt up front with some cinnamon and small spice. Chocolate not so much,A candi like finish. This has a bit more build than Wreck The Halls, which I like.

Feel is a big medium with a malty base and a nice carb that's not stinging, but pricking. Finishes malty with a candi after taste.

Well, a Full Sail with some power. This is a good example of a WW and something to look for on occasion. Somwe warming brings out some alc, but not much. a nice strong beer.

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Photo of beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is something about winter ales that allow a certain abandon to their creation. This version pours a deep chocolate with a thin lace. Deep sweet chocolate and caramel aromas. The smooth, sweet flavor hints at bitter-sweet chocolate and sugary caramel. The bitterness is moderate with a heart-warming finish and an earthy spruce hop spice.. Balanced and tasty on a stormy winter night.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with just a slight head that sticks around as a thin swirl. Smells malty but dry, with some nice spice notes. The taste is reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, with a warm, spicy breadiness, but also with a nice herbal bitterness that lingers. Smooth and medium bodied in the mouth, I've always found this to be a quite drinkable winter warmer, and always a good value for the money.

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Photo of Yaz8
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured dark ruby brown with a smallish head and good lacing. Roasted malts and coffee are featured in the smell, which lacked the spruce and spiciness you might expect in a winter seasonal. Roasted coffee beans are the strongest flavors, which include rich maltiness and some chocolate. A hint of hops bitterness is evident to keep things balanced. Medium mouthfeel, full carbonation, and a crisp clean hops aftertaste.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass poured a dark brown with mahogany hues, a nice off-white head that settles into a good foamy topping, some decent lacing. The aroma is a fairly bland malty base, just maybe some spices in there, but I could be imagining, or hoping.

The taste is quite a bit better, but it takes some attention to like. Its a play of subtleties, and you won't get anything obvious besides a good malting and some fine spices. Dive deeper and you recognize the herbal, spicy hops, the slight warmth. It really should be warmed quite a bit, probably 50 plus degrees, because at that point, you get a winter warmer that feels like a good beer to drink for a long night of reading or half snoozing by the fireplace. If only I had a fireplace....

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Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've had my eye one for several years,but have never actually purchased. Seems appropriate for an October night with a very cold north wind blowing in some frigid air.
I let this sit awhile before I opened it, based on several others recommendations regarding temperature.
Aroma was much light/softer than I expected. Subtle dark malts of some sweetness (almost candy like, but not too much). Nice soft spicy character too.
Pours very nicely with a heavy darker head that settles slowly and leaves plenty of reminders on the side of the glass. Clear with a very dark amber pushing brown bu loaded with deep garnet color. Very attractive.
Nice sweetness surrounds the darker malt character. Slight spiciness with a darker fruit taste. Dryness and bitterness also evident but blend very well forming a well rounded drink.
Moderately to thicker built body with a lower carbonation which greatly enhances the smoothness.
Nicely made winter ale of not too much heaviness, but thick enough to qualify as a winter warmer. has some flavors reminiscent of Summit winter warmer but with greater thickness and heaviness.
Having gone recently to trying Full Sail beers I'm impressed with much of their lineup (at least what's available in MN). Solid beers of high quality, great flavors and good recipes. Well done.

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Photo of peck95
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very dark amber with a nice tan head and some good lacing
don't get much on the aroma a small alcohol presence and some slight raisin
is quit a surprise good hop spice and wonderful sweet malt presence one of my favorite winter warmers so far
mouth and drink are both good for the style the high abv is barely noticeable

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle
Pours slightly hazy medium brown with a very thin white head.
Aroma of pine tree resins, some dark fruits and toffee.
Flavor had lots resins and pine notes, almost reminiscent of Anchor X-mas. Hops are almost spicy. Fruity dark malts behind the hop assault.
Mouthfeel is a combination of gritty resined hop tones on a solid base of toffee.
Drinkability

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sweet, cereal malt aroma wafts up from the dark brown body of this Winter offering from Full Sail, with citrus notes lurking as well. The palate shows cereal sweetness for an instant, chased by a pleasing hop presence. Malt and hops play around on the finish, along with a lingering tartness on the sides of the tongue. The soft tan head leaves ample tracings on the inside of the glass.

In my esteemed opinion, Wassail is quite good, especially for a Winter Seasonal.

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Photo of silverking
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red with a tan head it decent retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty and spicy. There is also a strong pine a citrus hop presence. The taste is malty and woodsy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish reveals pine and coffee. There is light carbonation with a moderate/light mouthfeel. It is lighter in flavor than most other winter beers and it is incredibly refreshing in a season dominated by thick syrup-like brews. It is simply outstanding.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight beige head. Quite an aroma of spice. I'll just list the smells that I found with this one. Nutmeg, fig, tartness, roasted grains, all spice. The taste is warming with a roasted, nutty, caramel, sourness. Not as heavy as it looks or other holiday/winter brews. Also fairly drinkable for a holiday beer. I am impressed with the Full Sail Wassail this year.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wine Source, enjoyed from a snifter chilled and allowed to increase in temperature gradually.

The color is like toffee with a deep crimson highlight and thick creamy pale cap. There is an ultra fine bead with lace that is stringy and there is decent head retention/clarity. The smell is a nice mix of fruit with a deep roasted nose and gentle cocoa powder woody odor, the smell has slight toast and vanilla with some dried fruit and light caramel with gentle stone fruit esters and mild alcohol. The feel is warming and shows the alcohol with moderately bitter and spiced entry. The carbonation level is nice and a balance is achieved between the malt and NW hops. The ale has a full texture which leans toward the dry side with hints of alcohol and spice that carry on into the slightly dry finish.

A dry toasty cocoa and mildly roasted malt flavor leads to a slight pine note from the hops with a nice flavor accenting the mild caramel from the malt which segues into a dark cherry note and the subtle dried fruit tinges as hinted at by the nose. There is some yeast flavor with the nice dry toasted malt and mild coffee-like tinges. I get a light brown sugar compliment in the finish with subtle alcohol flavors that round out the taste. Overall I liked having this again, but my first review of it. I enjy the overall high drinkability for a strong brown spicy ale. This is perfect for late fall/winter drinking...I would buy this again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice blend of rich, dark malts with some drief fruit and spicing. Malt is quite evident; hops are too, but not so much. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The tastes are nice. There are some aromatic qualities that carry through into the flavor. The hops are a nice start on the tongue, with the rich, roasty malt goodness harmonizing wonderfully. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The mouthfeel is filling with flavor which is constantly changing, morphing into something new. Overall this is a nice version of a winter warmer style beer. Really solid and enjoyable because of the spice/hop character to balance it out.

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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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