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

Full Sail WassailFull Sail Wassail
BA SCORE
64.8%
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3.82 w/ 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
Ranking:
#12,212
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
867
Liked:
562
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.04%
Alströms:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
66
Trade:
0
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Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Revisited Full Sail's Wassail today, with a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

a. beautifully rich and complex dark redwood-amber colored body with a thick two-finger khaki-gray head. The head faded slowly leaving a beautiful ring and some incredible sticky mossy lacing at the top of the glass. Darker brown/caramel/date colored than I remembered.

s. Rich. A hint of pine hops up front, then a strong sweet and malt mix of figs, prunes, cocoa powder, whole wheat bread, and a bit of maple syrup. Sweet and malt dominate, but spice notes (juniper berries, cinnamon, nutmeg) and hop pine notes even it all out nicely.

t. similar to the nose. A beautiful dried fruit sweetness mixing with a roasty and toasty malt depth creates a nice balance. Prunes, candied apricots, dates, raisins and figs mix with bran muffin and toasted bread (pumpernickel?). A hint of fruit sour, and some definite hop pine notes come through as well.

m. smooth and nicely carbonated with fine bubbles yielding a thick and full mouthfeel. A citrusy and fruity foamy slickness is left behind (reminiscent of foaming hand soap, but in a pleasant way), also leaving many of the malt sweetness behind as well. It's lingering in a pleasing way without any aftertaste or bitter finish - very smooth and even.

d. I can easily drink a few (or more) at a time. It's a thick and full brew, with a 7% abv, which may not be sessionable for some, but as a winter warmer, it hits the spot beautifully. This is one that's complex enough to sip through, but also smooth and clean enough to polish more than a few off in a night - and the price makes that doable without regret. This year seems to be a strong one for Wassail, with a bit more character and oomph than some of the past years. Truly beautiful, and a must try if you can get it.

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Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of n00blar
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of silverking
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red with a tan head it decent retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty and spicy. There is also a strong pine a citrus hop presence. The taste is malty and woodsy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish reveals pine and coffee. There is light carbonation with a moderate/light mouthfeel. It is lighter in flavor than most other winter beers and it is incredibly refreshing in a season dominated by thick syrup-like brews. It is simply outstanding.

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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 mountdew1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz goblet. A nice 2 finger dirty white foamy head on pour, settled down to 1 finger, with a fair amount of cling. Color was a very dark rich brownish red with a bit of transparency. Aroma was a bit sweet up front, then shifted to a bit of a spicy finish. Hints of pepper and a few other similar aromas. Flavor was initially subtle, then finished with a bit of bite. Started off creamy and smooth, then picked up some pepper, before leaving a bitter hops flavor in the mouth. Felt a bit off in the mouth, coated well, but not in the front of the mouth area, but more towards the back of the mouth. Overall a nice winter warmer. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some, but with enough flavor and kick to stand up to the cold.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured into a Duvel glass. Color is dark ruby/rich mahogany. Head is a light brown that dissipated rather quickly.

S- I love the esters in this, brown sugar, toffee, light bananas and toasted pine nuts.

T- well-balanced blend between the malts with a great hoppy finish. A little tart, that reminds me of bing cherries.

M- not the best winter warmer but not bad either. Leaves the mouth warm, which is probably due to higher alcohol content.

D- this beer is definitely drinkable, but it isn't outstanding. Honestly, I expected more from Full Sail's winter brew. Better than most, but could be better.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Full Sail beers, but have reviewed surprisingly few of them. Time to change that.

The Wassail is a beautiful beer. Poured into a barrel pint glass, it is a dark mahogany color with bright oranges and reds that glimmer through at the sides. Thick head of tan foam on top provides a healthy capstone and leaves behind some decent lace. The nose is fruity, with some (perhaps obligatory) winter warmer spices thrown in for good measure. Slightly malty aroma, but mostly filled with light fruits. Nice and unassuming. Taste is very nice. Again, fruity, but with a dry, spicy hop presence that really balances things out. Some apple and pear flavor, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is firm with a dry finish. Doesn't take away from the rest of the beer, which is nice.

This is a fine beer, in my opinion. A fruity, slightly spicy, dry winter brew. It's not over the top in any one department, which is a good thing. Too many winter warmers are overly spicy or not very well balanced, but this beer achieves an even balance without any problems. The folks at Full Sail have delivered another fine beer. Well done.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark red-brown color with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Earthy hops.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Earthy, spicy, bitter hops. Lightly toasted malt but no caramel.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Slightly warm.

O: Overall, this beer looks and feels great, but the hops were a bit too much for me given the style. Not bad though.

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Photo of bboven
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark brown body, clear with ruby highlights. Minimal head and lacing

Aroma is basic pale malt with a tiny bit of roast and alcohol.

Light cherry in the flavor that fades into slightly medicinal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full but soft carbonation, lively on the front of the palate but a little bit sticky at the back of the throat. Not overpowering in any mf aspect.

It's a pretty tasty WW, but a bit weak in many parts and a tinge medicinal in the flavor. Great smooth sipper, though. I would probably try another bottle of this sometime down the line.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

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

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail Winter Ale--Seasonal--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 1997 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark copper color. Light spice flavor. Hoppy not sweet. Sampled 11/6/1998.

1998 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Deep red brown color. Light hop and spice nose followed by smooth spicy malty body. Rich not sweet. Very nice dry hop finish. Sampled 12/27/1998.

1999 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze red color. Rich hop front with toasted roasted spicy notes. Nutmeg spice roasted malt body is easy to drink with minimal residual sweetness. Dry lingering balanced hoppy spicy finish. Sampled 11/6/1999.

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail-12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 2000 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper color bronze color with red highlights. Classic Full Sail rich floral earthy hop front with toasted notes. Earthy malty toasted body. Rich dry flavor with mild sweetness. Hoppy End. Sampled 9/28/2000.

2001-A Release (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze black cherry color. Light head. Nice lace. Mild crisp roasted hop nutmeg front. Dry roasted mildly spicy body. Flavors resonate without sweetness. Mild spicy cinnamon hop end. Easy not Big. Sampled 0/28/2001.

Wassail-Cheers-2001 12 oz Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Roasted floral hop front. Tangy dry crisp spiced roasted malt body. Creamy dry hoppy Winter spiced cinnamon nutmeg end. Crisp rich hoppy spiced Ale. Sampled 1/14/2002.

Wassail-Cheers. 2002-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin dark bronze amber color. Spicy mild hop front. Toasted burnt smooth sweet spicy malt body. Rich Winter Ale spice flavor lingers with malt to balanced spicy mild hop end. Sampled 10/21/2002.

Wassail-Christmas Tree-2002-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin black red color. Rich Full Sail earthy hop front. Toasted roasted spicy malt flavors. Thin textured rich flavored toasted crisp dry sweet body. Roasted spice clean hop end. Sampled 10/24/2002.

Wassail-2003 Ale Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black color. Lacy medium head. Rich roasted spicy floral coriander hop front. Dry sweet rich earthy roasted malty caramel nutmeg body. Clean dry nutmeg hop spice end. Tangy. Spicy IBU's. Sampled 10/13/2003.

Wassail 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--40 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild light tan lace head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral roasted malt spice hop front. Rich creamy crusty roasted black cherry mild sweet nutmeg body. Smooth dry lingering malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2004.

Wassail Winter Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Rich tight lacy tan head. Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild roasted hop winter spice front. Smooth roasted caramel nutmeg earthy creamy dry sweet body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Crisp malty brew. Sampled 12/22/2005.

Wassail-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Mild lacy head. Clear dark walnut black color. Spicy malt hop nutmeg front. Dry sweet spicy burnt toffee crisp roasted body. Spicy clean hop malt Winter spice end. Very nice! Sampled 10/19/2006.

Wassail-2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark bronze color. Rich roasted raisin hop front. Creamy smooth roasted toffee mild nutmeg currant malty body. Cloying malt hop Allspice mild tangy balanced end. Sampled 10/13/2007.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47-2008. 7.00% ABV--56 IBU's. (4.5+ / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted Dense lacy tan white head. Clear thin dark bronze black color. Roasted aromatic hop nutmeg malt front. Dry sweet crisp roasted mild crusty burnt nutmeg mild crusty toffee hint rich tangy body. Crisp mellow hop malt spice balanced rich roasted end. Sampled 10/15/2008. 6-Pack $5.98.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47--2009. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. 4.35 / 5.0 Winter Ale--Roasted. Lacy off white tan head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Rich toasted Winter spice floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet roasted winter spice toffee thin texture full hop resin infused malty body. Dry sweet hop spice rich clean end. Tasty roasted Winter. Sampled 12/27/2009 6-Pack--$6.99.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brewforce Of 47-2010. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin mild lace tan head. Clear dark ruby red color. Roasted floral hop front. Mild textured sweet roasted dry burnt fruit toffee toast mildly crusty smooth rich body. Balanced Winter hop spice smooth roasted end. Sampled 10/9/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a dark brown beer, clear with highlighting. Dark tan head reduced slowly to a consistent layer. Nice splotched lacing.

S-Spices overtake the aromas, with hints of malts underneath. Christmasy.

T-Spicey and bitter, seemingly with complex contributions from both spices and hops. Some earthiness comes through, as well. A malt backbone is present underneath all of this, not quite a sweet character, but more in line with biscuity with hints of nuttiness. Finishes clean, bitter and spicey.

M-Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Moves sluggishly around my mouth.

D-A nice beer over which to watch the snow fall. This one makes me feel in the winter and holiday mood. Good, but not great.

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Photo of nickhiller
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of sporklift87
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

A - 1/4" off white head fell immediately. Ruby colored beer with some garnet tint against the light.

S - Earty malt. Sweet. Subtle hop aroma until the beer warms and some nice tangy hops become apparent in the nose.

T - Bitter hops are apparent in the taste mare than in the aroma. Dark fruit. Mild chocolate. Rich. Butter. Sweet.

M - Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.

D - Enjoyable. Seemed similar to a hopped up Youngs Winter Warmer. I am going to re-visit this soon and see how it changes.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of tonistruth
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brown with copper hues, 1/4" of off white foam with like retent, soda like foam

S- chocolate, toasted malts, cookie and hops

T- toasted and rich chocolate malts dominate, chocolate cookie aftertaste

M- rich and smooth body with a dry after

D- too rich to session, solid winter warmer, recommended

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Beer rating: 64.8% out of 100 with 867 ratings
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