July 21, 2017

Full Sail Wassail

A- / 4.1
Full Sail Wassail

According to Full Sail:

A few unmistakable signs tell us when winter has arrived here in Hood River. The waterfalls in the Gorge start kicking out the jams. The snow report for the backcountry regains its hold over us. And the Wassail starts flowing once again. We’ve brewed Wassail every holiday season since 1988, and it’s now as much a part of the festivities as sharing a roaring fire with our closest family and friends. 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.

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Reviews of Full Sail Wassail

Review by Aaron D. Campbell on January 7, 2011

A- / 4.1

Appearance – Pours a dark reddish brown that is nearly opaque even when held up to light. No head to speak of but light tan lacing that sticks around.

Smell – Dark fruits are obvious, shortbread, chocolate, slightly yeasty, and with light but clear alcohol notes.

Taste – Sweet malt up front with the dark fruits, followed by an light hop that balances it out a little. Things finish with the shortbread and chocolate from the nose along with the warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Full bodied, good carbonation, slightly sharp if you drink it cold…let it come up to 55-60 F and it smooths right out.

Drinkability – Great cold weather beer; full, strong, and tastes great at a slightly warmer temp.