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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, slightly fruity but a touch of fusel alchol peeks through

Taste: Starts with a burnt caramel malt flavor that turns quite bitter, mid-palate; after the swallow, some holiday spice flavors kick in to provide some sweet flavors but the piney orange bitterness returns, full-force, into the finish; also some unpleasant fusel alcohol at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but could be thicker; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would sure like to see the bitterness toned down to highlight some of the sweet flavors that get overwhelmed

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

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Photo of jordanmills
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours thick brown with a moderate amount of head. Smells of a little malt, a lot of hops (something piney in there), a trace of spice (maybe allspice and a dash of cinnamon?). I swear it's almost as hoppy as an IPA. The finish is a little longer and smoother, but with some alcoholic bite. It's not bad to drink, though I think a winter warmer should be maltier and not as hoppy - I couldn't drink more than a couple.

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Photo of MVassar
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown-maple syrup color. Very sturdy amber-tinged head, with thick, creamy lacing.

Toasted malt in the nose, along with hints of caramel, piney hops, brown bread, and Christmas spices.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors, burnt sugar, and a serious and citrusy hop kick. Long, bitter citrus zest finish.

Full-bodied beer, with a very luxurious, creamy texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Could easily imagine sitting in front of a fire with a six-pack of this stuff. Very drinkable.

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

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Dark ruby red with a browm hue. Thick,creamy light tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Clean,moderate aromas piney/citrusy malt noses of carmell/chocolate and nutty.An earthy woodieness,very pleasing and balanced aroma.

Taste alot like the aromas citrus/pine malt tastes of burnt chocolate,carmell/toffee. A smooth sharp bitter finish very grapefruity

Medium mouthfeel,chewy and cloying. Enjoyable brew,very tasty making for a good drinkability. Complex aromas and taste a very good winter beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chesnut brown with a well formed 1 1/2 finger beige colored head that left nice rings of lace as it slowly.Big chocolate aromas along with some nice drying earthiness quite roasted in character,quite dry I have to say on the palate wich in my opinion is a nice change of pace for winter warmer brews.Unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones really show themselves on the palate as well as a roasted chesnut flavor, a bit of spiciness comes thru late giving it a sharper finish,not overly complex but quite flavorful.Iam glad I tried this it is a solid no frill winter warmer, quite dry and tasty.

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Photo of notoriousdav
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice winter brew from this small brewery. Pours a deep mohagany with a two fingers of head. Some hops and roasted coffee/chocolate come through on the palate. Definitely a bit of alchohol noticable on the finish. Perhaps a little fruit at the end as well. A good winter warmer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a fluffy 2 fingers deep tan. Very good head retention & good lacing.

S: Toasted malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, cinnamon & warming alcohol up front. Finishes spicy with fruittyness ( hints of berries), bitter chocolate & a trace of iron

MF: Chewy with really low carbonation

Drinks okay/good, but seems a bit hotter alcohol-wise this year, what gives? I liked this better last year, but a good winter warmer

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Photo of RJLarse
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I spotted a six-pack of Full Sail Wassail at a grocery store, and picked it up on a whim. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark walnut color and is clear, with a red hue when held up to the light. A decent eggshell white head forms, and produces good lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell hoppy, with evergreen fragrances, and a mild sweet malt aroma.

The taste is sharp, bitter and acerbic. There is a charcoal flavor along with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is OK, a bit cloying, and the sharp flavor makes the mouthfeel a bit zippy as well.

This beer is drinkable but, but only for one or two at a time. The flavor is sharp, and overpowering. It's like a dark roasted IPA.

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Photo of slyke
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is a deep red-brown color with an off-white head that fades to a thin cap, some lacing. The aroma is malty with a note of nutmeg. Malt dominates the taste with expected winter warmer spiciness and some hoppiness toward the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is just right for the style, not light, not as full as a porter. Drinkability is good. This is a solid beer that recalls an historical style. Try this one.

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

Had this yesterday while watching Michigan vs. Ohio St.

Pours a deep brown with a slight head.

Aromas are toasty, and a bit sweet from the malts.

Flavors are good. The alcohol is noted, but not overpowering, also tasted a toasted sweetness from the malts. A bit burnt, oaky, and metallic as well. The beer finishes crisp, and tart, with a bit of a hop bite. Interesting brew.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, beer is certainly smooth, and does settle in your mouth nicely.

This is a tasty drinkable session worthy winter beer, but I tend to like my winter warmers to be a bit more bold.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep rich mahogany color – clear – giant head, light yellow – decent carbonation

Good hop smell – sweet malt – little alcohol

Roasted – malt – alcohol – hops

Thick and boisterous, almost like a meal

Simple but good aroma patterns. Barrage of bold and daring flavors. Surprisingly strong alcohol. This is a great winter warmer: the roasted and hopped-up malt and alcohol delivered in a beautiful thick bubbly substance.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish in color, tinged with red…rich, lovely color, topped with a dense but smallish tan head.

Smells of nutmeg and spice with woodsy undertones, and makes me want to light a fire and curl up with a good book – in spite of the fact that it’s 90 degrees here in So Cal!

Mouthfeel is nice...smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Malty-sweet on the front, with a nice hoppy finish. A great seasonal offering!

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Photo of clickpush
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Brown bodied beer marked with ruby highlights. About an inch of tan cover over top, clinging to the glass along sides while in the center fluffy active bubbles make the head come to life and combine with the lazy bubbles within the beer to create some nice lacings as the head melts down.

Nose: Warm and pine-like with some berry notes up front. Bread and yeast combine with alcohol to give it some peppery qualities. Accented with caramel hints.

Mouth: An excellent combination of warm roast flavors and bitter grapefruit hops. Very bitter finish with some burnt toast and coffee notes. Up front some caramel but not sweet, differing from the smell. Delicious.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Very dark amber that mimics brown. Tan one inch frothy head with good retention. Settles a a bubby cap. Patchy lacing along the glass.

Musty dark malt aromas that are nicely complemented by a light caramel scent. At the end there are bits of warming alcohol.

Chewy bitter malts start the flavors off with a brief creamy burst then followed by a kick of alcohol. The finish comprises of a roasty bitterness from the malts as well as a some piney drying hops. The alcohol comes back at the end adding a little dryness.

Very complex winter warmer. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Plenty of robust flavors to find in every sip.

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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 mghotbi
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smells of pine and coffee.

Blast of piney sharp bitterness on the tongue, followed by bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Mild fruity sweetness pokes through just before a long hoppy dry finish. Alcohol wamth prominent.

Moderately creamy mouthfeel.

Today was a cold day and the Wassail was quite drinkable and warming, however, I couldn't see this as a session beer. Perfectly suited to the season.

A thoroughly enjoyable fall/winter beer with a prominent hop profile. Another fine brew from the folks at Full Sail.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, purchased 4/06, dated 4/11/06. Pours a dark brownish ruby red with a frothy off white head that dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet doughy (almost play-doh) chocolate malts with a little mint.

The flavor is sweet malts, some tea-like spices, nuttiness, and a touch of fruits followed by a subdued grassy hoppiness that leaves a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium but kind of watery.

Overall, a decent Christmas beer. It's kind of reminiscent of the Hibernation, but not quite as good.

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Photo of supercolter
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- decent appearance, not a real lot of head and it dissapated relatively quickly, but good dark brown color with a hint of orange
S- Smells good a lot of malt, that is about it but good strong smell
T- a lot of malt welcomes you, with a very weak hop flavor at the end
M- Nice and creamy
D- could go for a couple

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Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby. Subtle, fruity, malt driven aroma with a touch of caramel, pit fruit, chocolate and hop leafs in the nose. Chewy, malt accented flavor. Notes of caramel, pit fruit, grape skins and chocolate along with a lingering hop bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of NVbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition of Full Sail's Winter Warmer, poured into a goblet glass. Pours a dark mahogany color, with a slight ruby color. Approx. 1/2" off-white head, disipates quite quickly.
Smell has hints of earthy malt tones, and hint of alcohol. Minimal hops smell to my nose, even after warming up.
Taste is mostly malt flavor, hints of hops, but the final alcohol taste seems to cover that. The alcohol taste is not overpowering, just lets you know its there.
Mouthfeel is to be as expected, nice fullness, not watery. This is a very drinkable winter warmer, one to return back to every year,

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Photo of goochpunch
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a ruby brown with a thin, frothy tan head that leaves quite quickly. Smells of chocolate, roasty, earthy malt, and resinous hops. Alcohol is present in the nose, but it has a way of tying the other smells together. This beer marries a sweet chocolatey maltiness with a sturdy hop kick. I think of this as a beer that's somewhere in between a winter warmer and a brown ale. The big gripe here: too thin. Way too watery here, and the flavors drop out as soon as you start getting into them. Mouthfeel is creamy and not at all heavy. Yeah, this one's pretty drinkable.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, on March 25, 2006: the Christmas 2005 brew. On sale for $5.99 for the six-pack.

Pretty dark mahogany brew with a minimal head, that leaves surprisingly thick and sticky lacing. Smell of toasted malts, spices (nutmeg, ground pepper), and some piney metallic hops. Taste is far hoppier than I would have looked for in a winter warmer, but then this is a west coast brew, so what did expect? Actually reminded me a great deal of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday. Toasted malt notes are all but covered up by the hops. I don't think this is to style: the malt should be much further forward and the hops should be more restrained. It's okay for what it is, but my taste score is primarily a reflection of the fact that winter warmers are SUPPOSED to be malty sweet with low hops (See this style descriptor: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/47.) According to this definition, this beer is definitely not to style. Fortunately the taste mellows and the malt comes up a bit as the beer warms.

Good mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Calling this a winter warmer seems a misnomer. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale, though at 6.5%, it wouldn't fit that category either.

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

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's right before Christmas for $1.79 each.

Beer pours a mahogeny color with an off white head. The head is sustaining well and leaving a decent lacing behind. Nose is malty and of dark fruits. Taste is of a hint of chocolate malts, dark fruits, and is balanced nicely by a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is creamy smooth. Drinkability is good as the abv is a bit warming but not over the top. I will seek this brew out in future holiday seasons!

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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 HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nice art on label, notes best before 04 11 06 (enjoyed 02 13 06), 6.5% abv. and a brew force of 47.

Aroma: Nice light malt, tea, a little butter, and some grassy hops.

Appearance: Deep brown glass shows clarity when backlit. Head falls to a respectable light cover and laces nicely.

Flavor: Hops come out in the taste right away. They are a bit grassy with some pine notes and fairly well balanced by caramel malt. The finish is a bit slick and bittering leaving a strong hop taste to chew on for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily texture, medium low carbonation level.

Overall Impression: Not bad. Much hoppier than I expected and that cut down the drinkability for me personally. The tea flavor was a bit much as well. Just didn’t blow my sail, but you should give it a shot, at least once.

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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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