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

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Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

*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 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 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 elglueckert
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another rare one at Red Bones this month...have really bumped up my visits with the gems they are putting on tap these days.
Arrived a bright worn copper color with a full finger of creamy tan head...stuck around for the entire pint and produces some of the finest lacing I have seen.
Nothing huge in the nose, but inviting nonetheless...some mild spice with a sweet malt addition. Very clean with no carbonation in the scent.
The taste is truly enjoyable...more of the spice shines through as it warms, as I prefer this one darn near room temperature. A decent hop profile, but not overly bitter and a solid malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is average...if this one was slightly thicker I would have skipped the rest of the day of work and had a few more.
Carbonation was perfect and with the abv, this one could be one of the best winter warmers out there IMO. A definite must try if you can find it.

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

Thanks to Boolshot for this bottle.

Pours into my glass a nice dark brown with burgundy highlights around the edge. Half inch of tan head.

The smell kinda reminds me of the smell when I bite into a piece of Ferrero Rocher candy. Sweet, nutty, chocolate. The aroma is somewhat light, but nice.

Good flavor with this one. Dark chocolate, nuts, cherries, and a pine hop bite that gives it that nice kick. The hops add just the right amount of bitterness to the brew. Some alcohol is detectable.

Thicker medium body. A touch of dryness in the aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. I am really starting to "warm" up to these winter warmers.

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Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cfh64
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

A-Wassailing we will go... Pours a ruby mahogony brown, not much of a head on this one.

Smells a little of spices, cinnamon, cardamon? nutty malts.

Tastes a very deep, sweet, chocolate, hoppy resiny aftertaste, very complex, love the malt bill, but balanced with sweet piney northwest hops?

Leaves a lingering aftertaste of warm sugar, hops, and alcohol.

Get this beer if you can.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it's got a nice dark chocolate aroma, very sweet topped off with nutty scents. It looks very inviting, dark brownish-reddish body , semi hazy and is topped off with a semi thick tan head that's very bubbly and sticks around for a bit; it has some strong lacing qualities. It has a medium to light mouth feel, clean and has mild carbonation. Faint hops are present some roasted oats and grains, its sweet overall and no alcohol flavors, not even I the aftertaste. I look forward to drinking this one again...

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

Dark ruby color is an excellent color for a spiced winter brew methinks. Thin haze somehow supports large islands of big bubbles that don't go away. Nose has some big malts and sweet cherry cider, edged with spices, pepper and cloves, and hops, which seem to mellow out and become sweeter and creamier. Alot more alcohol seeps out of this than expected.

In the mouth, this could aaaalmost be just another pale ale, albeit a good one. Malts are heavy and the alcohol cuts around the edges. Notes of cherry. Spice and sweetness are kept to a minimum. Creamy heaviness is there, however, which is always good in a winter warmer. Rocky mineral hop bitterness comes out of nowhere to finish off this beer and add some choppiness.

A little disappointed here with my first Full Sail sampling, although my expectations were high.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: This one pours a dark brown with about one ifnger of head that thins out a quick but leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: Not the usual aromas. A fair amount of citrus hop. A little bit of bready malt. Mild notes of cinnamon with twinges of clove.

Taste: The mouthfeel has a bit of buttery toffee feeling to it. Swetness from the malts carry brown bread sweetness. In the hop side of it all it is cirtusy but still a good roasted bite.

Notes: Overall this a rather tasty. Cheers.

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

Very enjoyable! Initial aroma is of fruit. The first taste is very complex and gets better as you drink it and as it warms up some. It warms you up too. Excellent hop/malt balance.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy deep brown with a steady tan head.

Piney, spicy, sweet smell. Caramelly malt.

Taste is spicy, roasty. A very good warmer.

Good mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer. This doesn't take cold weather to be good.

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Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A very interesting winter warmer.

Pours a rich deep, deep brown, almost black with hints of red. Slightly hazy, with a rich, creamy head. There's not much of it, barely a finger... but it lasts and lasts, leaves great lacing. Was more and more impressed as I went along.

Aroma is excellent, a waft of hops, leaning towards the citrus variety, with subtle impressions of roast and maybe a bit of warm spice? Malty and full.

The taste is frankly a bit flat... it's got a very nice medium fullness and evenness about it, a clean bittering, a bit chewy. The malt character is a bit simple, a slightly roasted caramel... but there's no richness or complexity. The spices get a bit lost in the background, and I do appreciate their subtle presence. And while this is super drinkable, and certainly something I'd throw back a number of on a holiday evening, it actually is lacking a certain fullness of mouth feel which I look for when reaching for a winter warmer.

An interesting, very American style twist on a winter warmer... I really feel like they just need to relax the reigns just a little bit. Definitely let this one warm up if you want it to have a shot at impressing you... I just can't help but feel like this is just a half step or two away from being phenomenal. Maybe next year?

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a 12 ounce commemorative mug from Brugge, Belgium.

A: It poured a deeply dark brown body that when back lit was brightly cherry. There was a moderate head that was inhibited by my gentile pour, however, the head supported a nice lacing that followed the brew down the side of the glass.

S: It had a distinct aroma of brown sugars and toasted malts accented by dark fruits (e.g., plums).

T: It begins with a subtle warm sweet taste of toasted malts and brown sugar followed by a hint of dark fruits and the tang of spices. None of the spices dominate making the flavors balanced across the palate. The alcohol is well hidden yet help the brew finish clean and providing a warm glow that welcomes the next swig.

M: Medium-bodied and well balanced. There is a nice hop spice bite that is well balanced with the sweet toasted malts, the ABV is sufficient to warm and clean the palate but not overpower the brew, and from beginning to end of each swig the flavors remain clean and balanced.

D: This is a fine winter warmer. It nailed the warmer element and presents a well crafted balance between sweets and spices that are reminicent of Wassail without loosing the essential "beerness" of the brew.

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Photo of Beermazter310
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huffs
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 872 ratings
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