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 natelocc787
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised at how good this beer was.

Great burnt ruby color, huge caramel colored head that was creamy to say the least. Malty, hoppy and spicy in the nose, smells like a darker, more robust version of the style. Big time dose of malt backing with a nice fresh hop presence. Nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla tangerines, dark red apple covered with caramel make this a very tasty beverage on a cold winter night. Mouthfeel was very creamy and bubbly at the same time, subdued bitterness in the finish from the hop bill. This winter warmer is chocked full of flavor, spice and everything nice.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown body with some ruby highlights...the head was off white and showed great retention...fell slowly to a solid cap and left nice lacing

S - The aroma is very malty with sweet caramel...there are some lighter dark fruit aromas...and I'm detecting some hops

T - Toffee and caramel jump out right away...they are sweet, but not cloying...there's almost a creaminess to the sweet flavors...the dark fruits are subtle in the middle of the beer...those hops come through in the middle-end...it was a nice surprise...I get a coffee finish that's roasted and bitter

M - Medium bodied...carbonation level is nice...I enjoyed the hop bite

O - This was a nice surprise to find in Maryland...it was towards its expiration date but I found the flavors pronounced and not lacking at all...the malts were sweet with caramel and toffee flavors and those hops were a nice, bright addition

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-brown on the pour, with a small light-khaki-colored head that leaves some lace. Body turns reddish when backlit.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. A touch of spice and some sprucey hops.

T: First impression is of the aftertaste: surprising lingering piney bitterness. Body consists of toasted nuts up front, with spice following, and lingering spice and spruce in the aftertaste. Some drying alcohol is there too, but no real heat from the alcohol. As it warms I get a bit of sweetness - think caramel malt.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate with an appropriate level of sharpness to it.

D: Good. All in all, this is a decent winter warmer. May be a tad bit too hoppy/bitter for the style (or, at least for what I was expecting tonight), but it's a good beer.

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

Appearance - dark mahogany with some beige head

smell - cocoa, hazelnut, bit of smoke

taste - cocoa, hazelnut, caramel, roasted malt, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the finish, flavors linger in the palate nicely

Overall - nice version of a winter warmer, good job, Full Sail

Price Point - 6pk/$8.99

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

2003 12 oz. bottle: This one poured a cloudy brown color. There wasn't too much head at all. A bit of fruit and spices to the nose, with a hint of roastiness in the background. The taste is malty, yet a touch sour. Possibly some cherries in there? Slightly dry and a hint of bitterness to the aftertaste. Good!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since this is finally available here. The only time I had a beer from these guys was over a year ago when I was in California. Winter came pretty harshly here in the last week and I figured that this would go along well with it. Sure enough, this was a solid Winter Warmer and one that didn't last in my fridge for very long!

Good pour to this - had a nice mahagony-brown hue with virtually no head and a fair amount of lacing. It was just a bit thinner in the mouthfeel than I envisioned but the flavor was great. Dark fruit, pumpernickel, some caramel, and a hint of dry hops combine for a pleasant warming effect. Nice a "spice rack in a bottle" like some other winter beers, this one's mellow and somewhat creamy in its taste.

Not to mention that I could have more than one in a sitting. It's perfect for this time of the year and worth the buy, even if it's just a tad high in the alcohol department. I couldn't taste it at all and this would easily go well with some gingerbread or sugar cookies during this holiday season. A solid offering from Full Sail that did not last in my fridge for very long!

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Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, a deep and glowing mahogany lurks beneath an off-white head. Aroma is of a cool and mildly peppermint spiced candy. Dark fruit, perhaps prune, rides sweetly along a complementary deep toasted malt blend backbone. Robust but smooth body with a warming feel in the finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Received from my father-in-law
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 23, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by May 13, 2014

Poured a mahogany clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel, toffee, roasty nuts, molasses and toast.

Tasted like a better version of the smell. Roasted nutes, caramel, toffee, biscuit and light chocolate.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

It was a very nice winter beer. I’d have it again.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good cool weather, aggressively hopped, Winter Warmer.

I poured this beer into a large thistle with a dark brown sugar color, while a decent lingering tan head settled on top. Smelled of lightly roasted malt as caramel and hops intertwine and trail off. Tastes have touches of apple cider spices and subtle dark malt, with a full hoppy finish. Medium mouth feel, not a heavy beer, but not really a session beer either...Paired great with a lemon/sage roasted chicken....Enjoy

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this bottle last week and now I have decided to try a beer from this brewery for the first time. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a half finger head. A deep mohogany crimson color. Slight signs of carbonation too. The head has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices come to nose. Breadiness and some biscuit too.

Taste: Sweet malts, breadiness, spiciness from the hops and spices, dark fruit, and some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little chewy, very drinkable, medium carbonation,

Overall: Not a bad beer from this brewery. I think I have an imperial in my stash, but this was a good one to get me acquainted with this brewery from OR. Will be looking for more of this in the future.

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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 jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Full Sail beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades over semi hazy semi clear dark copper rusty brown color.

Nose is all over the place, with some dark malts, a bit of syrupy aromas with light molasses and caramel, some nutmeg and nutty aromas, a bit of toffee, roasted malts, a bit of tobacco, licorice, and hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich, with dark malts, creamy malts, some roasted malts with a bit of toffee, hints of tobacco, caramel, molasses, dark plum fruits, and some light nutty malts. The spices are a lot less here, hints of nutmeg, little bready malts. Some hops come through, earthy, chewy, nectar like. Some light mineral flavors and bitterness from the charred malts as well. Also there is a very slight hint of the UK earthy herbal Hedgerow hop I'm not a fan of. Finish is still somewhat sticky but dries quite a bit. Some lingering minerality, with lots more roasty dark malts, syrupy flavors, and toffee.

Mouth is medium body with syrupy flavors, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, not really any boozy flavors but a hint of warmth, also some sticky feel, light minerality.

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Photo of alexrichman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A> Nice coffee color, tan head although not much lacing

S> Very malty, mostly roasted flavors with complex undertones of sweet dark fruits

T> Delicious, a great mix of dark malts with a very nice hop biterness. Great finish that really clarifies both flavors.

M> My only real complaint about this beer is that IMHO it's just too thin for the style

D> Very drinkable for this style, I think they sacrifice the feel of the beer to make this one of the most sessionable winter warmers on the market

Great winter beer, Full Sail always has great prices too. Not my favorite winter warmer but an all around great beer.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark red in colour. Stunning aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and nutmeg. More lemongrass in the flavor, along with heather, hops, and some grainy malts. I tend to expect seasonals like this to be syrupy and thick, but this one was a nice change of pace. You could actually drink a few of these and still be able to stand up afterwards. Unique!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Elegant frothy head. Modest nutty aroma with a dusting of cocoa. Full Sail doesn’t go far in being daring here, unless you consider daring to be a low-alcohol winter warmer that shies from the traditional panoply of tropic spices. The brew is deep glowing red with lots of polish, deserving lace, and ample body. The flavor has a toys-in-the-attic mustiness with old-world malt character. Hops are held in check. The gentle smoky finish nearly hints at peat. A good drinker that’s worth waiting for. Available Oct.-Dec.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby brown with a thin head leaving a nice lace. Smell of dark roasted malts, molassas and coffee. Taste has that roasted malt, coffee, spice with a good amount of hops leaving a bitter roastiness. Mouthfeel seems medium with good carbonation to help the bitterness go down. I'd say it's a good hop head winter ale thats not over the top with the ABV hidden well.

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

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try

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

A beautiful ruby brown. A wonderful lacing follows suit. Smells of heady hops and the crisp, NW wind in late fall.

Full malt flavor that finishes with dry, but smooth, bitter hops. Notes of berries, caramel, a touch of coffee, alcohol, and a bit of spice. Hops are citrusy and carry a slight sting in the mouthfeel...but rounds out nicely. Warming all the way down into the belly.

What a great beer to have with game and root veggies. Might even be nice to go with a spicy, homemade pumpkin pie. Bonus.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Freshness date extends well into July.

A: Dark ruby red in color. Great clarity. One finger of off-white head retains well. Lacing forms thin, delicate rings on the glass.

S: Strong hop aroma of resiny pine, citrus zest, and freshly cut grass. Cherry juice and berry. Dessert-like malt scents of bread pudding, fruitcake, and hermit cookies.

T: Bread crust with a slight burnt edge. Toasted malts. Fruitcake. Gingersnaps. Strong hop bite with formidable bitterness. Pine, spicy and oily. Even some ruby red grapefruit flavors clamp down on the tongue. Cherry juice. Brown cocoa. Strong spicy and bitter finish lingers for a long time.

M: Modestly thick. Creamy and chewy. Mild seltzery carbonation.

O: A ton of hop character on top of a stodgy malt body. It comes on a bit strong, but as a winter beer it works. Not for the faint of heart, but it'll warm your cockles on a cold winter day.

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

Wassail is citrousy, hoppy but not as bold as I expected from Full Sail as a winter warmer but it was good. great golden, copper color and i had this ice cold( i know, i know defeats the purpose) but it was tasty either way. I had it on tap years ago and recall it tasting much better of course, tasting notes canyt be recalled from that one.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance is nice reddish color with a decent head.

Taste is malty and sweet with some slight hop flavor. Some spicy notes were present too, but slight, with hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty good and drinkability is good.

Overall I enjoyed it, I would have it again if I can find it again.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of shoegueuze
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

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