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

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86
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484 Reviews
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
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64
For Trade:
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Photo of Mustard
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "enjoy by" date -- in this case 011604 -- printed dot-matrix style on the label's bottom, left edge; purchased as a "busted" single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a dark, clear, ruby-brown; sizeable, batter-like, beige-hued head; fine, understated lacing; head hangs around for about a minute or so.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy and nicely so.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with firm notes of toffee, brown sugar and molasses coursing throughout; beautifully spicy; secondary flavors include those of bubble gum, nutmeg and a host of other things.

Notes: Wow, pretty interesting stuff; will definitely seek this out in the future.

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Photo of Keffa
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass. Thanks for this one, Steve.

Live review.

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color, almost brown, 2 finger tan head settles after 5 minutes into a full cap, sticky small bubble lacing everywhere, and it refuses to let go of the glass. Very, very impressive so far.

S: Not a ton here, caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of a spicy, earthy hop, some light toast notes as well. Kind of bland, to be honest.

T: Hoppy like a rabbit! Hop bitterness is very pronounced, citric, piney, herbal, earthy, and very sharp. The sweetness that existed heavily in the aroma is masked by these overwhelming hops. Slight toast and caramel notes come toward the finish before getting buried beneath a nasty alcohol burn and another wave of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter. Meh. Better than the aroma, I guess.

M: Thin, slick, oily. Decently carbed. Again, meh.

O: Meh. This beer is a Winter Warmer alright. The bitterness and the burn from the alcohol could keep anyone warm. This is more a hoppy red ale than a winter warmer, IMO. Heavy handed, in all honesty. Would I buy more? No. Would I drink it again? Probably not. Just overpowering, and I'm a hophead.

I thought Full Sail was supposed to be good. This is meh.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The label proclaims its hop/malt balance. It surely errs on the side of malt. I sampled Full Sail Wassail after another scotch-styled Christmas, and found this superior.

Mahogany hue.

Lots of different flavors settling and testing the various senses of the taste buds. Flashes of flavor alternate, all resting atop the thinned-molasses mouthfeel. Battleship of malt with big guns blazing; brazil-nuttiness, deep down dark flavor. Alcohol presence somewhat muted, for a change from what one might expect from a "stronger" style.

Recommended.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into standard pint.

A: rather agressive sidepour got no head really. A bit of bubbles trying desperatly to form a cap. Deep clear mahogany, looks really good. Red highlights
in brown beer.

S: toasty up front and it almost smells creamy if you get what I mean. reminds me a bit of Ninkasi's Sleigh'r.

T: roasty and toasty like it should be. The hops just balance it out. Leaves a pleasant dark malt taste in the mouth. A bit of alcohol warmth in the throat. Glad I got a 6pack.

M: medium bodied and very crisp. Finishes really clean. More refreshing than most beers that dark.

O: wow that is good, I do not regret the 6pack.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a nice picture of a spruce tree in the snowy forest with a single red ball adorning it. The beer poured a tan head, not really prominent, dissipated rapidly. The color is a deep brownish-red. The aroma is a touch malty, a touch fruity, with some woodish notes and a slight higher alcohol fruitiness as well. The flavor is nicely balanced, maybe one of the best balanced brews I've had. It starts with a little malt, but complex, with hints of gingerbread and caramel, then gives a little bit of hop flavor (maybe pine-like?) and some dried fruit flavors, then you get a nice dash of hop bitterness at the end to round it out. Alcohol content is a little rough but still good. Thanks to Secret Santa 2004 nvsblman for this one.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

What a beautiful dark amber/reddish color this beer has, along with a whitish, thin head that doesn't stick around for long - no pun intended. Not much lacing to be had here.

Smell - sweet, bread like malts, figgy. I'm not noticing any hops in the nose, even as the beer warms, more malty notes come on out to play.

Taste - This is a beer that remains shy till it warms up a bit. Straight from the fridge cold, this beer is unimpressive. Once it begins to warm up, more of it's flavors emerge. Figgy, fruity, bready, the carbonation subsides a great deal, leaving the beer very smooth and creamy. Mostly a malt body with a hop kick right at the end. Maybe more of a hop nudge. Deep flavors. Not detecting any sort of spices.

Mouthfeel - this one is light and creamy. Very nice and easy to drink.

Drinkability - This is a beer I could have a few of in a session without any problems at all. A wonderful Winter Warmer. This beer tastes like Full Sail was chasing after Anchor's Christmas Ale but stopped halfway through. This is a great brew for the winter, the 7% abv is barely noticable and it's a solid brew to kick back on winter nights. I just wish it had slightly more kick.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Dark brown almost purple color with one and a half finger head. Smells delicious, mostly malt (fig, brown sugar) but it has a tremendous amount of piney and floral hops to balance it out. The flavor is great. A lot of toffee and caramel with just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the edges. Even better than I remembered.

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

Pours a deep rust color. Smells of pine sap and a little caramel. Tatse is much hoppier than I expected, and there isn't as much malt as I'd like (if anything, it tastes a little like the Alt I just had...).

Nevertheless, this is a pretty good brew. The pine especially suits the time of year well.

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Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black- doesn't look like you will see through it until held to the light. Nice, thick head, long lasting, great lacing throughout.
Very light scent of malt, bread, light hops.
Taste is complex. No spices in this warmer. All malt and hops. Great balance though. Malty, caramel, bready, tea, slight sweetness, mild sweet chocolate (very faint), followed by hops but complimenary, not overpowering at all.
Great balance, carbonation, color, complexity. Cannot detect the 7% in any way.

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Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. creamy beige head falls to thin collar with moderate lacing.

smell: dark fruits (prunes, baked apples), perhaps clove, some burnt sugar along with piney hops.

taste: very well-balanced a slight hit of crisp hops upfront, juicy with rich dark fruits in the middle, quickly followed and balanced crisp piney hops. some flavor of alcohol.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a light crisp carbonation.

drinkability: perhaps better than your average winter warmer thanks to the hops and the crisp carbonation.

one of the best holiday seasonals i've had the pleasure to try and definitely one of this breweries best offerings.

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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 wolfinthemirror
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a darker, cola color, a small head of about half an inch results and reduces to patches of suds. Transparent for the most part, a slight haze and some radiance when held to the light.

smells of spicy hops, almost like a helium balloon. some candied malts as well.

Very interesting flavor development, a sweet malty middle, with christmas time flavors like cinnamon, maybe some dark fruit and sugar plums. Nice spicy hopping for balancing, as the smell hinted. Very tasty.

It has a very smooth feel to it with some good body to it. Medium carbonation.

Over all, this is a great winter warmer, a great choice for Christmas.

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Photo of germaniac
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry red, with brown highlights. Smell is a decent mix of sweet malt and piney, resiny hops. Sweet, caramelly malts are in the forefront flavorwise, turning into a hop bitterness that packs a considerable bite for the style. Overall, a pretty good beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a fireside sipper on a cold winter's day.

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

For the year 2003. It had a nice brown/copper color with a small head that did not last too long. The lace was decent. It had a fragrant, fruity aroma with elements of grapefruit, and berries. The taste was good, citrusy and fruity, with the presence of caramel. A good use of flavoring hops added much to the taste. The mouthfeel was smooth, bitter, alcoholly, and a little oily. It culminated with a smooth, dry, sweet finish. A pleasant beer to have around.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a dark black slightly red color. Head is light brown and fluffy.

Smell - the first thing i detected was a citrusy hoppyness. Also there are some notes of chocalate and molasses.

taste - the taste is full bodied, some hints of chocalate with an overall cream flavored taste. this beer is a little hoppy and is very good.

mouthfeel is full a pretty heavy beer. it is also very well balanced. 7% abv and really warms you up good.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 version:

Well, I need to quit hitting these winter beers so damn early in the season, but my self-controll seems to still be on summer vacation. This is another exceptional winter beer. Super dark color which is very difficult to get any amber tones off of, but not as black as Gunniess. Nice piney scent and the taste is out of this world. Good full-flavor hoppiness to this outstanding beer. This is a great winter brew sureto keep me warm through the long and cold rainy season out here in the PNW.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass

A - Somewhat vigorous pour yielded about 1 finger of light tan head. There's a nice coat of lacing with every sip, but the head dies down after not that long. Does form some more head with each sip, but not a lot. Beer itself is a deep dark amber. Really needs to be held up to the light to see those highlights. 12 oz brown bottle with freshness date. Artwork is a holiday version of the usual Full Sail format. Major emphasis on their independence and employee-owned status. That's cool. Wouldn't mind more talk about the beer, though.

S - Hard for me to articulate the specifics, but it definitely has a holiday vibe. I get yeast, hints of chocolate, caramel, maybe rum, coffee and oak? It's a clean aroma, and pleasant. Not overwhelming - wouldn't mind being overwhelmed.

T - Hop flavor mellows out as the beer warms up. It's tasty at both stages, but I prefer it a little warmer. The malts and the yeast really come through more. Tastes a lot like the aroma, but stronger. Great aftertaste.

M - Pretty smooth. Nice and creamy as you drink it. Some coffee bean dryness in the aftertaste.

O - A very tasty brew and a "should try" for fans of the style. Very interesting that this is not brewed with any holiday spices but manages to present all these holiday flavors. If you get a six pack and have the time for this, try letting one of the bottles warm up for twenty minutes or so before pouring. I really think this beer opens up with a little warmth. Also - don't use a pint glass. This beer deserves something that will open up the aroma. On a side note - I just started homebrewing and my first batch was a Full Sail Wassail clone. Looking forward to seeing how it compares. Ok, try this!

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Photo of misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 offering.

The hearty, tan head settles quickly inot the clear, dark brown liquid below. Eventually, the foam slows and almost stops with about an inch sitting on top. Some wet lace marks where the head was at its height.

This winter offering doesn't willingly give up its fragrance. A musky floral smell, slightly chocolate malt, too, is what I'm finding.

Mmm, smooth on the tongue with a great hop/malt balance. The hops stay around longer and create a dry feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste that is a bit like dark chocolate. The first flavor is the creamy malt. But each bit of flavor only stays for a moment before the other comes in to balance it. It isn't a blow you away flavor but it is good and well thought out.

This guy really feels good in your mouth. And yes, the alcohol content helps warm you a bit on a wet and cold evening. Another nice one from the fine folks at Full Sail.

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Photo of wknight167
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a clear, but dark reddish mohagany with a 1 finger light tan head that slowly settle to a cap.

Nose- Pine and citrus hops up front, with dark caramel and roast malts on the trailing end.

Palate- Sweet and fruity up front, followed by piney citrus hops and finishing with a touch of chocolate and some slight alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet throughout, though the hops in the middle hide the malt quite a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated

Drinkability- Easy drinking with good character.

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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 Crotor
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear maple with one finger of off-white head, good retention.

Big, chewy, caramel malt nose. There's a hint of a floral hop flare, but it stuggles for the spotlight and fails.

It has a substantial malt body balanced by slightly harsh, mildly piney hops. Straightforward dark crystal malts and American hops, not much else goin' on. It strikes an odd balance in that it is indeed balanced, but it feels like it shouldn't be. I feel that if either the hops or the malt in this beer were stronger, it'd be a greater success, but as it is, they're strangely strong but muted, canceling each other out too well.

The almost viscous, resinous mouthfeel is a plus, but it may negatively impact the drinkability.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Mahlik
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - As the description states, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger bubbly, khaki head. Head dissipates to leave a bubbly ring around the glass.

S - A nice holiday aroma. Very malty up front. Biscuity and sweet with some caramel and bread notes. Dark fruits, cranberries and spices really help bring out the holiday vibe. Grass and hay notes from the hops help balance it out.

T - A seemingly balanced combination of malts and hops. Toffee, biscuit and caramel blend with spices and hints of dark fruits. The grassy and piney hop profiles help balance everything out. There is a slight metallic flavor.

M - In terms of body, this beer is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers a bit. Definitely not a sipper but still not something you are just going to down with ease.

O - Not bad. I had this beer a few weeks ago and thought it was a complete failure. I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. While I don't think this beer is great, I do think it's a decent winter ale to have when you want to grab a sixer of something. I don't see myself grabbing this beer a third time though.

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Photo of Gump
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I noticed an earthy flowery, rose-type of aroma without the sweetness. After that came a stinky septic smell. I take a deep whiff and I'm reminded of an outdoor porta-jon that was recently disinfected. I guess it's a byproduct of the yeast during fermenting.

The pour looks good enough, so I take a sip.

The flavors are quite good and easily drinkable.
Malty, nutty, some bitterness at the tip of my tongue.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - reddish burnt umber with a relatively dense one inch pale tan head that fell a bit initially but had good retention and a little lacing

S - sweet malty aromas with fruity esters and top notes of baking spices

T - sweet malty notes give way to dried and bing cherry, then the hops start to come in mid-palate, building to a significant presence on the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth and round initially, with some astringency emerging at the finish

D - quite drinkable, could have another right now

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Photo of ebrauser
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Maple syrup brown tinged with ruby. Very thin to nonexistent head.

Aroma: Plum, spices, and fresh apples.

Flavor: Spicy and warming, there is a semi-citrusy twang in the beginning that comes from some hops. Bitterness fades out into a peppery middle with body but certainly not an over-sweet winter beer.

MF: Bodied, but not sweet. An easy-drinking winter beer

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