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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 486
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 NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 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 tbeer40
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 zenwatts
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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 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 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 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 Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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 IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of JayKay412
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin ring of foam. Dark-brown opaque color. Smells of dried fruit, especially prunes. Tastes of dark chocolate with dried fruits, prunes and raisins with a lingering hops bitterness. This is a spicy winter brew that would be great eating some fruitcake and reading a novel by the fireplace on a wintry evening.

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Photo of Chaz
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark cola brown in color to the naked eye, and a brilliant ruby-amber when held up to direct light. A firm pour produces a medium tan head of one finger and average duration. Lacing is moderately sticky, fairly average for the style. Altogether it looks pretty inviting.

The nose is equal parts hop and malt profiles. Piney, resiny* hops start the fun and are followed by a burst of mid-range citrus hop (Centennial?), followed by an insistent dry, biscuity malt character and finally a rounder, sweeter malt character -- rather plummy, along with a lighter note of strawberry jam.

Sweet and tangy on the first sip, followed with a uniform, lightly-scrubbing briskness across the palate, ending with a lighter bitter-sweet character. Aromatic notes include an echo of the light strawberry jam from the nose along with dry, toasty/bready malt, light herbal qualities, and a touch of warming alcohol. As this warms up a lighter element of fusel alcohol presents itself, although this does not detract from the overall drink. Bitterness is minimal, but lingers nicely throughout -- a fairly well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is at least average, and it's much as I remember it, in that it's a lighter-bodied beer as per the style -- come to think of it, I'd say that this adds to the overall drinkability.

Notes:
*Favorably reminds me of Alba Scots Pine Ale!

As far as winter seasonals are concerned, Wassail has been a favorite for years, and I'm inclined to rate it fairly highly. Yet in making an effort to rate this to-style I wondered if I wouldn't knock this down from its pedestal! In the end it seems that I still consider it at least slightly better than average.

Pairs well with all manner of food, but in particular I'd say it holds up well to heartier entrees, richer foods, and even bittersweet chocolates and lighter desserts.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Pours mahogany in color with an off-white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is malty, caramel, with a spicy, peppery hop aroma. The flavor that hits me first is maple syrup and brown sugar, which it then flows to a peppery, spicy hop taste. The brown sugar follows you to the drying finish. This is a full-bodied brew that will warm you up. It has a bitterness that will stick with you through each sip. A nice, warming brew.

Sampled 11/19/03

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