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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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
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 merlin48
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition pours a clear ruby body with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is complex, malty, spicy, and hoppy, all mingling together nicely in the nose. Toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, spruce pine, and some floral hop notes provide a pleasant wintry bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a spicy bite of ginger.

Taste largely echoes the nose, with toffee and a hint of chocolate fronting the maltiness. Spices are prominent, mostly cinnamon. Some cola flavors are picked up toward the finish. Floral hops bitterness takes over the finish.

Nicely complex, and well balanced. An excellent winter warmer. Thanks to waldowin for this enjoyable PacNorthwest winter gem.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt with some holiday spices: mainly nutmeg but a few other spices are mixed in as well. The flavor is full of holiday spices and caramel, as well as quite a bit of grassy and piney hops. This is definitely a highly-hopped winter warmer. The alcohol is also present and seems like it is higher than 7 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark clear garnet with a fluffy light tan head that laces very nicely. Attractive brew.

S-Sweet malts with some hops in the background. Not what I would generally look for in a winter warmer but more of a robust ESB. Decent nose, just a bit underwhelming.

T-Rich, sweet caramel malts give way to a bitter midrange, some citrus pine hops and a very dry lingering astringent finish. I don't detect any spicing in this other than the hopping. An oaky, earthy thing going on here as well.

M-On the richer side of medium with balanced carbonation. Slighly creamy.

D-Good solid winter ale, but not one that I would label a warmer, or certainly not a wassail. A nice switchup from most seasonal offerings but it would be a bit boring to drink another back to back.

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Photo of JustinQ
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.49 for a six pack

A: Light brown/amber in the pour. nice 1 finger white head.

S: hops right off the back, smells like hot wort when your chilling

T: Perfect balance of maltiness and hoppiness. i even get a little bit of roast character.

M: full bodied, little bit of enamel ripping. very smooth

O: Very good brew, been trying all the full sail i can recently, have yet to be dissappointed.

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Photo of Tolann
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark, nearly opaque brown in color. Has a thick, dense head that leaves behind a tight lace.

S - Spices and sweet chocolate

T - Chocolate taste in the back. Hops bitterness on the front. Some roasty characteristic that is hidden in there in between.

M - Lively and medium/light mouth-feel. Some warming and dryness that would be expected from this style of beer. Some boozyness hangs on your breath.

D - This 6pack was enough of an experience, at least for this season. It's not an every day beer and it's not a beer that you want to have several of in an evening. Not bad tho if you're in the mood for it.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice dark reddish brown color with a thinnish head that never really goes away and leaves spotty lacing.

Nice nose, roasted malt, biscuity aroma. Tastes the way it smells, but nicely balanced, even if it is a bit thin. I know that the style is not supposed to be that thick, but with the nice toasty flavor it is nice.

Not a fan of the spiced winter warmers, so this is a nice departure. Will pick this one up again.

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Photo of Yeroc
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 12oz bottle @ O-Bar & Grill, Eugene, OR. Pours a dark mahogany color similar to cola. Very small head dissipates quickly. Pleasant hop taste and odor. Tastes of toasted malt. Leaves mouth feeling a bit dry. Hoppyness becomes more apparent as it warms. A bit heavy for a lunch beer, But would be great on a cool winter night or as a nightcap.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a dark brown beer, clear with highlighting. Dark tan head reduced slowly to a consistent layer. Nice splotched lacing.

S-Spices overtake the aromas, with hints of malts underneath. Christmasy.

T-Spicey and bitter, seemingly with complex contributions from both spices and hops. Some earthiness comes through, as well. A malt backbone is present underneath all of this, not quite a sweet character, but more in line with biscuity with hints of nuttiness. Finishes clean, bitter and spicey.

M-Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Moves sluggishly around my mouth.

D-A nice beer over which to watch the snow fall. This one makes me feel in the winter and holiday mood. Good, but not great.

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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 spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, earthiness, butterscotch, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There are also some herbal notes and some anise mixed with an earthiness. It ends with a dark fruit and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A decent seasonal that is very drinkable. The flavours are somewhat bold but the beer isn't cloying. I'd pick this one up again.

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

Short-lasting head that settles to less than a single layer of bubbles. The beer is a deep brown, but light shines through easily. No lasting lace other than minute spots.

There is a background smell of soured milk. A pleasant blend of crystal and pale malts prevails. The hop presence is very mild.

Far more hop on the tongue than the smell indicates. Nice balance of darker and paler malts. A dry brew, the fine carbonation adds to the spritzy experience. Light cocoa in the background. The body is on the weak side for the style, but isn't that distracting.

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

Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer.

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

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured out a dark burgundy color with flecks of red. It had a small, white head that left some nice lace on the glass.

S – It smelled of grassy hops and light caramel malt.

T – The dominant taste was hops (Cascade?). There was a good roasted malt flavor with a hint of spices.

M – It was crisp and sharp with a subtle warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D – This is a very good beer. It was the first that I’ve had from Full Sail and I am quite impressed.

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

Wasatch threw this brew into our recent trade as an extra. Thanks a lot John!

Full Sail Wassail has a brown body with orange and ruby highlights. The light brown head is thick and creamy looking, but doesn't have a whole lot of staying power. It does manage to lay down some lacing though.

The aroma is definitely on the malty side, with rich toffee, caramel and a bit of toasted malt. The spices are muted, but I can just pick them out (or maybe I imagined them, because I'm pretty sure those are hops, not spices!).

The malt flavors are richer and even more powerful than what the aroma suggests. Rich toffee and a touch of caramel mix with toasted malt some cocoa. After the initial malt burst I realize that there weren't any spices in the aroma at all, just malt and hops. Underneath the malt is a powerful hop profile that adds a solid amount of bitterness, citrus fruit and a good bit of pine. Although I say that the hops are "underneath" the malt, I really mean that the malt comes first, because this is a beer with equally large amounts of hop and malt flavors. Somewhere toward the finish is a hint of tobacco and muted flavors of dark fruits.

The bitterness from the hops attack the tongue. The body is fairly light due to zesty carbonation.

Honestly, I opened this beer thinking that I would drink half of it and use the other half as a marinade because I expected something heavily spiced. That did not happen, I drank the whole thing. Argentinians use dry rub anyway.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short lasing head and good lacing.

Scent pf some fruits, spices and a hint of chocolate. Pretty good, and balanced well, I like it.

Taste of spices, some malts, and a slight burnt character with a hint of alcohol. Not bad, but this one could use a little work.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat robust.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out reddish/amberish color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, fruity and slightly malty. Taste was sweet, malt and a bit of fruit a light hoppy backround as well. Didn't really notice a high carbonation but there was a bit of bubbles. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Pretty good winter brew.

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

A - Pours a deep, ruby-mahogany hue, with minimal head, head retention, and lacing. A tame, almost dormant looking beer, but perhaps that's fitting for a winter ale in a way.

S - Smell is on the faint side, but is of toffee, molasses, pine, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is a solid blend of biscuity toffee/molasses maltiness, with somewhat pronounced fruit flavors of apricot, cherry, and prune, and finishes with a slight coffee/pine bitterness.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with only very light carbonation. A bit lighter than usual for this style.

D - Above average drinkability for the style, the ABV could sneak up on your with this one.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have tried it. Those looking for a winter warmer with less pine/coffee flavors should give this one a try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very enjoyable wintery brew, lacking in spice and sweet, which makes me happy. pours really dark brown with a faint orangey glow, inch of fading khaki head on top. the aroma is really malt forward, dark and well toasted, maybe some unmalted barley in here too, its got that roasty bitter aromatic. flavor is more balanced than the nose, less bitter than expected, and the malts take on more of a breakfast cake character, molassas without the sweetness, gentle and distinct, easily on of the better full sail beers ive had. the feel works too, really lazy carbonation contributes to a heavier vibe, but the body is fairly light despite its color, slides right down no problem. sessionable id day, but the well hidden abv might sneak up on you after a few. either way i really enjoyed this as a slow sipper, letting it come up to room temperature to let the full malt complexity unfold. well done, i know its hard to resist spicing the bejeezus out of these winter seasonals.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice head on it, that left little to no lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, not quite black.

While smelling the beer, there is a noticable bit of spice that comes up through the glass. A little bit of roast breaks through.

The taste is much like the smell. There is some definite, but I could not determine spice to this beer, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very dark tasting beer which is reflected in the 7% ABV.

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Photo of tempest
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single at Princeton's Liquors. The aroma is a bit sharp with alcohol, but there's also a pleasant mix of banana and date, and brown, bready malt. I really like the roasty edge to the flavor. It blends in with the dark fruit and crusty cocoa barley flavor for a wonderfully-balanced American take on the style. I had a Deschutes Jubelale the night before and prefer this winter warmer, despite the lower hoping rate. Great beer.

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Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.

S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well

T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.

M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.

Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.

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Photo of woemad
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A longtime PNW winter beer, one of the first offered by a regional brewer, iirc. For whatever reason, I've never had one until now. 12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane, with freshness date indicating good until March 10, 2008. Different label than the one featured on BA, and has a lower abv (6.5%) than that listed here.

Poured a murky, reddish brown, with a tight tan head that dropped fairly quickly, but is easily re-agitated. Spotty lace.

Initially, there wasn't much of a nose to this beer, just a weak citrusy hop aroma. As it warmed up, some spiciness and dark fruit scents became more obvious and balance out the hops. It doesn't smell like a massive flavor bomb, but giving this few minutes to warm up is a good idea, as it does get more interesting.

As noted above, not a flavor bomb. There is a citrusy hoppiness of no great strength that is matched by a mild, raisiny flavor. A very mild "holiday" spiciness is in evidence, as well. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A decent beer, not earth shattering, but solid. While I don't regret finally trying it, I don't feel I've missed anything by not hitting it before. This would be a decent winter ale for people not used to them. Someone looking for a rich spiciness or a more robust hop flavor would probably want to look elsewhere.

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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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