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

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3.82/5
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868 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#13,008
Reviews:
487
Ratings:
868
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
67
Trade:
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Ratings: 868 |  Reviews: 487
Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours dark red with a tiny head. Smells of winter spices and roasted grain. Tastes of dark roasted grain and berries, with very slight hop bite. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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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 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 udubdawg
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

pours reddish brown, a creamy light tan cap growing to nearly three quarters of an inch. The head would recede slowly, clinging stubbornly to the sides of the glass and leaving spotty lace.
Aroma isn't quite wowing, but very pleasant and generally quite rich and full. There's some toasted grain and a bit of caramel, before citrusy hops and surprising alcohol strength takes over.
Very tasty beer. When a touch too cold I don't particularly enjoy the alcohol, but adequately warmed it is a full-flavored beverage full of fruit, caramel without too much residual sweetness or any cloying finish, and ample hops. The same alcohol that is distracting when cold adds to the full warming nature when warmer. Delicious, and the body is excellent. It seems medium full without ever being filling, excellent soft carbonation and pleasant bitterness in the finish. With a name like Wassail I expected spices, but if they are there they are light and I can't pinpoint anything in particular. I'd love to have a couple more of these, so I shall stop typing and go get one...

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Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

The Wassail poured a dark amber with a nice foam head with a little retention. The aroma was of spices and maltiness.

The flavor of the beer was roasted toasty malts. It had a nice hoppiness to finish of the taste.

In the mouth it was a tad chewy and left a tingling on the back of the throat. Overall a very good winter warmer and I would buy a six pack to enjoy.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chestnut brown elixir with a nice creamy cap of foam. The foam left plenty of lacing on the glass as it goes down. The aroma is caramel sweet and nutty grainy malt. A touch of northwestern hops brings some pine to the party. Malt brings some sweet, caramel notes to the party to the flavor party. The hops nicely balance the flavor. This is a fine brew.

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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 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 JayKay412
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany with purplish red hues. 1 finger of tight tan head fades quickly. Some good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, raisins, and pine. Tastes of brown sugar, citrus fruits, roasted malt, berries, chocolate, raisins, and spices with a touch of coffee and a pine tree sap finish with a slightly salty aftertaste. Medium in body with moderately active carbonation. Roasty with a bittering hop presence. Took me a couple of sips to start grasping this beer, but in the end it was a unique winter warmer and drinkable.

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Photo of dd43
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a woody quality to the mouthfeel in this beer, and a leathery aroma mixed with carob, dark fruits (date?) and pie spice. Hop bitterness is present but hard to pin down in terms of aromatics. Interesting and worth trying in the cold months.

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Photo of jettjon
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass, small head quickly fades leaving good lacing and a thin cap which persists. Very dark brown with ruby/chestnut notes when held to light. Nose: Sweet and toasted malt, chocolate notes, actually very nice. Tastes of sugary and burnt malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouth is nicely chewy, viscous, quenching, and smooth, very complementary to flavor profile. Overall: A pleasant surprise. I’m not usually a fan of Winter Ales but this one is quite tasty. As a bonus, one of my “non-beer” friends really liked this one, probably because of the sweet, chocolate flavor profile. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark brown in color until held closer to the light, which reveals a more deeper crimson. About a finger's worth of beige or khaki colored foam that lingers for a while. Good carbonation.

Smell - crisp, slightly hoppy-smelling brew with a fresh, fruity hint to it.

Taste - Fairly hoppy, but balanced out with the malts. So-so at the start, but an intriguing flavor hits the side of the tongue in the middle..can't really describe it unfortunately. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Texture is thicker and a little filmy.

Drinkability - Very interesting brew, not terribly complex, but complex enough. Might be worth a six-pack just to figure it out.

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

A: A dark brown with lots of ruby and excellent clarity. The head is about a finer of fine, tan bubbles that last for a long time and leave a light bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate hops aroma of pine with an rich malt aroma with some caramel malt aroma. There kind of kettle caramelization aroma that reminds me of a Scottish Strong ale. There are some light esters of orange and prunes.

T: A rich malt flavor that isn't sweet like barelywines can get with a mild caramel flavor. There is a a firm hops bitterness and a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is fairly bitter with an off-dry finish and a citrus hops aftertaste. There are some low fruit flavors like orange and prunes with a touch of honey.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth in the throat.

O: A malty and moderately hoppy beer that fits the bill of a holiday ale in my house having no fruit nor spice and a good hops showing. I want a bit more in the nose from the hops and the malt but then it would almost be a dark IPA. It's a great looking beer. Don't drink this one to cold our you miss the best parts which are subtle fruity and hops flavors.

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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 TheMarkE
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a small head of foam that disappears quickly.

Smell: Malts, dark fruits, hops.

Taste: Dark fruit, malts, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, almost chewy. Creamy.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Good balance of malts and hops, and not too spicy like many winter warmers tend to be. A solid brew like most of Full Sail's offerings.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of JoeLacy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 868 ratings
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